Book Review

Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

37880094Rating: 5 out of 5 hoots

Published: October 2 2018

Number of pages: 450

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: fantasy, adventure, historical fiction, mystery

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

A year after her brother Monty’s whirlwind grand European tour, Felicity has returned to England to study medicine. Meanwhile, avoiding a marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor in Edinburgh. But her intellect and passion will never be acknowledged by the school administrators who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then Felicity learns about her old childhood friend marrying a doctor who she idolizes in Germany, and an opportunity opens. Felicity believes if she could meet her idol then this man might be able to change her future. But she has no money for the trip. Luckily, a mysterious woman is willing to pay for her way, so long as she is allowed to travel as her maid in disguise.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees but once the woman’s true motives are discovered, Felicity regrets her decision after she becomes part of a perilous quest from the German countryside to Zurich and to the secrets beneath the waters of the Atlantic. Continue reading “Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee”

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Book Review

Review: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

36949995Rating: 5 out of 5 hoots

Published: October 2 2018

Number of pages: 384

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genre: fantasy, mystery, adventure, romance, retelling

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies – girls hired to kill quickly and quietly, and also mercifully. But Frey is done with the death trade and dreams of a bigger life. When she hears about an unstoppable monster terrorizing villages, Frey decides this is the Mercies chance out of the death trade and into fame and fortune. This could ensure a new future for the Mercies and her actions may even change the story arc of women everywhere.

My Review:

This is one of the best standalone YA fantasy I’ve read this year. I don’t come across a lot of standalone books in YA these days as more and more authors are leaning towards series, but this is a standalone that was praised and blurbed by authors such as Laini Taylor. I was so excited when I first heard about this at a book preview and how it was blurbed as a retelling of Beowulf but with an all female cast! Since then this book exploded all over social media with people shouting out how amazing this story is and how everyone enjoyed it. I learn to take these hyped up reviews with a grain of salt as not all overhyped books I’ve previously read did well for me. But this turned out way better than I expected, with a strong story about four heroines and how they found each other, to the decision they made together that will change their fate forever, this story stayed with me and still has. Continue reading “Review: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke”

Book Review

Review: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKenney

36952594Rating: 1 hoot out of 5 hoots

Published: September 25 2018

Number of pages: 359

Format: ARC

Publisher: Imprint

Genre: romance, urban fantasy, mystery

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

The first time Nightmares came, Alice almost lost her life. Now after learning how to fight and armed with magical weapons, she battles these monsters in the dark dream realm called Wonderland. But life in real world Atlanta isn’t so simple as Alice juggles between school, her overprotective mom, and a high maintenance best friend. Fighting monsters is a full time job and comes with a curfew.

When Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor, Addison is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland, and using everything she’s learned in both worlds to save her mentor and her friends from a new threat.

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

My Review:

I really wanted to like this story. The plot seemed interesting enough and it’s been a long time since I read an reimagining of Alice in Wonderland that I was very excited to receive an ARC of this and dive back into the whimsical world that I love. In this Wonderland there are monsters called Nightmares that are running amok in our world. On top of that, Alice our heroine, is threatened by the Black Knight who forces her to find a magical artifact that is missing so she and her Wonderland friends are looking for it to save both their worlds. Continue reading “Review: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKenney”

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”

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”