Book Review

Book Review: Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez

31179006Rating: 4/5 hoots

Published: June 5 2018

Number of pages: 448

Format: ARC

Publisher: Imprint

Genre: romance, fantasy, supernatural

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

As best friend and lady in waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. But then she unwillingly saves the life of her enemy and after she heals him with her ancient healing magic, he falls in love. Branwen starts to dream about an era of peace, but the princess she serves is not easily convinced. Determined to fight for what’s right, Branwen must stand against her closest confidant and the man she comes to love.

Inspired by the star cross love story of Tristan and Iseult, this is the story of the legend’s new heroine: Branwen.

My Review:

I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I want to thank Raincoast Books for sending me this ARC. I know this book has already come out and to be honest, I finished reading this months ago but completely forgot to write a review for it. I know I know, I’m a terrible person for writing this late; I was switching jobs and that is how I forgot about this. I still remember some of my thoughts and feelings about this book which should be enough to write a full review. So let’s get started. Continue reading “Book Review: Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez”

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Book Review

Book Review: The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Rating: 3.5/5 hoots

Published: June 27 2017

Number of pages: 513

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: romance, LGBTQ, historical fiction

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and raised to be a gentleman but he was never to be tamed. Even the most finest boarding schools and constant reprimanding from his father were not enough to stop him from enjoying gambling halls, late nights with drinking spirits and sleeping with women and men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quiet life of pleasure will soon come to an end when he returns and is expected to take care of his father’s estate. But Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and travelling companion, Percy.

Monty isn’t about to give up. Even with his young sister Felicity tagging along, Percy is still willing to keep his spirits high and enjoy these last few months of pleasure and sordid affairs, and flirting with Percy from France to Rome. But then Monty’s reckless decision leads his friend and sister in danger, leaving the trio into a harrowing manhunt that spans across the continent, questioning everything that Monty thought he knew including his relationship with the boy he likes. Continue reading “Book Review: The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee”

Book Review

Book Review: Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

37570585Rating: 5/5 hoots

Published: September 4 2018

Number of pages: 363

Format: ARC

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Genre: urban fantasy, horror, mystery, supernatural

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their parts on the internet, she only dissects the body. Her mother brings Nita the specimen before shipping them off to buyers. But one day, things change for Nita when her mother brings a live specimen and orders her to cut it off to pieces. It’s a live teenage boy who won’t stop begging for help. Nita wants out.

But after she saves her victim, Nita ends up in his place and since she isn’t human, Nita is shipped to the Death Market where all the other supernaturals are sold. She has this special ability to alter her biology, which is priceless in the black market. Locked in a cage, struggling to escape, Nita must ask herself if she is willing to be the worst kind of monster if she ever wants to be free from her prison.

Review:

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

I have never watched the Dexter TV series so I’m just going to use NBC Hannibal meets This Savage Song instead. It still works as they’re both TV shows with psychopathic serial killers and cannibals. So if you watched the TV show Dexter or Hannibal or both, and you absolutely enjoyed the Dark Duet duology by Victoria Schwab (my most favorite author of all time) then you might enjoy this new debut by Rebecca Schaffer who decided to make this into a series and I’m very excited by that. Continue reading “Book Review: Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer”

Book Review

Book Review: Toil & Trouble 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe

36426163Rating: 5/5 hoots

Published: August 28 2018

Number of pages: 416

Format: ARC

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: fantasy, romance, occult, LGBTQ, feminism, contemporary YA

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, or withholding arcane knowledge of magic and power. Toil & Trouble features sixteen stories of different girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destiny and learning to create, to cure, and to kill.

This collection reveals a universal truth: there is nothing more powerful – and dangerous, than a teenage girl who believes in herself.

A young witch using social media to connect with her astrology loving fans including a cute NASA fan. A priestess of death is called to investigate a murder ritual. A bruja who cures lovesickness must find a way to cure her own when she finds out she’s in love with the altar boy. A theater production is threatened to be cancelled by a churel. In Reconsturction-era Texas, a girl must learn to survive the solders who invaded her desert oasis. In the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective powers to destroy their captors.

An advanced reading copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Continue reading “Book Review: Toil & Trouble 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe”

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”

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”