Book Review

The Price of the Occult by Leslye Walton

35879387Rating: 3/5 owl hoots

Published: March 13 2018

Number of pages: 288

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Genre: dark fantasy, romance, occult, supernatural, magical realism

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

 

Summary:

All Nor Blackburn wants to be is a normal teenager living on the sweet touristy island called Anathema Island. But then a mysterious book comes out, and the island’s flora and animals raise their hackles as strangers begin sprouting strange fern tattoos. A storm is coming, and it’s coming for Nor.

My Review:

Once upon a time, I read a beautiful story about a girl with wings and her mother who was mending a broken heart when she was young. It was a wonderful and sad story about love, family, loss, and about the girl who wanted to find her place in the world where people were normal and didn’t have wings. I loved this story it was a page turner and it also made me cry a little in the end.

Years later another story comes out, and this one is about a family of witches who lived on an island for generations. It is a curse for a Blackburn witch to fall in love, only to have their hearts broken and raising their child by themselves. But Nor Blackburn is different from her ancestors and her mother. She wants to live a normal unremarkable life, working in a touristy shop that sells witchy occult stuff, and just being a plain teenager. But pretty soon, things change on the island when a strong storm comes like a bad omen. Nor’s past suddenly catches up to her, and now she has to find a way to end her family’s curse that has carried over for generations. Continue reading “The Price of the Occult by Leslye Walton”

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Book Review

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

34728667Rating: 5/5 owl hoots

Published: March 6 2018

Number of pages: 525

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Genre: fantasy, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Zelie Adebola remembers when Orisha was alive with magic. But then everything changed when magic disappeared. On that fateful night, under the orders of the ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving them including Zelie and her mother without hope.

Now Zelie has a chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must outrun the crown prince who is obsessed with getting rid of magic for good.

In Orisha, where there are snow leoponaires and vengeful spirits lurking in the waters, the greatest danger is Zelie, as she tries to find control over her powers and her feelings for the enemy. 

Warning: minor spoilers ahead! Continue reading “Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi”

Book Review

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

Published: July 25 2016

Number of pages: 434

Format: paperback

Publisher: Harper Voyager Books

Genre: dark fantasy, mystery, murder, cult

Audience: adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Mia Corvere was only ten years old when she lost everything. Ever since that day, she has vowed vengeance against the empire but waiting for the chance to strike at her enemies might be fleeting, so she seeks training among the infamous assassins of the Red Church of Itreya. Inside the Church’s halls, Mia must prove herself worthy against the deadliest opponents and survive from the murderers, liars, and daemons that lurk within the murder cult. The Red Church is no ordinary school, but neither is Mia.

Warning: minor spoilers ahead! Continue reading “Nevernight by Jay Kristoff”

Book Review

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Rating: 2/5 owl hoots

Published: January 30 2018

Number of pages: 368

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Genre: dark fantasy, fairy tale

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Seventeen year old Alice spent most of her life driving on the road with her mother, with bad luck following them. But then her grandmother, a popular author known for her cult classic book of dark fairy tales, dies alone at her estate. And if her bad luck couldn’t get any worse, Alice’s mother is stolen away leaving behind a message for her: don’t ever go into the Hazel Wood.

Alice has stayed away from her grandmother’s estate long enough, but now she has enter to find her mother. She allies with her classmate, Ellery Finch, and together they go into the Hinterland to save her mother, and find out her grandmother’s tale and quite possibly, how her own tale went wrong.

My Review:

I have said this before: the problem with hyped books is that it doesn’t always live up to its hype. And this is one of them. The story wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t incredible either. There was a no wow factor, the whole story seemed meh in the end. Continue reading “The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert”

Book Review

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

nice try jane sinnerRating: 4/5 owl hoots

Published: January 9 2018

Number of pages: 416

Format: ARC

Publisher: Clarion Books

Genre: contemporary

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

 

Summary:

Recently expelled from high school, Jane Sinner grudgingly enrolled into community college, a situation made slightly more bearable after joining a reality TV show. House of Orange is her chance to start over and show everyone what she can do to win a free car. And no one in community college knows what she did in high school so that’s a bonus.

Jane can settle for HOO’s growing fanbase and whatever her Psych course can teach her, to prove to the world or at least the viewers that she has what it takes to win.

My Review:

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

An advanced reading copy was received by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Following Jane Sinner beginning her reality TV show life in a house shared with other college students was unbearable at first, but with a few tricks up her sleeves and a lot of patience and to win a free car, she damn went all the way through with the competition. There were a few setbacks (well, okay more like mental breakdowns from the stress of being on live TV and everything else that was going on in her personal life) but with her motivation to see through to the end was all she needed to keep going, along with the support from her sister, friends, and her new fanbase. Continue reading “Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke”

News and Updates

Happy Bilated New Year!

It’s Saturday morning and the first thing that popped into my head for things I need to do is write a new post. More like my first post for the year 2018. It’s late to say Happy New Year to you all but as the saying goes, better late then never. Speaking of which it’s about time I update you on what’s happening in my life right now. Continue reading “Happy Bilated New Year!”

News and Updates

Merry Christmas!

Hello dear readers,

I hope each and every one of you from around the world, are enjoying your Christmases with friends, family, and all your loved ones this year. Have a safe and happy holiday season and I will see you all again in the New Year! Happy reading!

merry christmas

Book Review

Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

the last of augustRating: 3/5 owl hoots

Published: February 14 2017

Number of pages: 316

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Genre: mystery, contemporary

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are spending their winter vacation in Europe to get away for the semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets as the mood in the Holmes Sussex estate is intense. On top of that, Watson and Holmes might be more then just friends, but Charlotte’s past remains a wall between them.

Charlotte’s uncle Leander suddenly goes missing disturbing the peace, and with clues that he was involved in a case dealing with an art heist in Europe, Charlotte and Jamie are off again. This time to Berlin where they meet August Moriarty (presumed dead by most people), and his entire family accused for ripping off famous paintings for years. But as they follow the underground art scene in Berlin and the art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson realize this case is bigger than they can handle and much more complicated. Continue reading “Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro”