Book Review

Book Review: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman

36364793Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: February 26 2019

Number of pages: 304

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Henry Holt

Genre: thriller, mystery, murder

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

Liv and Jory have hated each other. Now Liv is suing her parents for emancipation and Jory thinks the whole debacle is just another attention stunt. But on the day of their hearing, both their parents disappear and the siblings are forced to work with each other. Liv suspects that Jory knows more than he is telling…which is true and she also has a feeling where their parents might be.

Jory joins Liv on their road trip which soon takes a turn for the worse when they start to unearth dark family secrets thought to be buried, forcing them to relive their past while trying to get a grip on the present.

I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Continue reading “Book Review: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman”

Book Review

Book Review: The Mermaid by Christina Henry

36358268Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: January 19 2018

Number of pages: 325

Format: paperback

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: historical, magical realism, romance

Audience: adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

Once there lived a mermaid name Amelia who could never be content with the sea, and was so curious about the world above the ocean that she decided to live on land. Once there was a man name P.T. Barnum who longed to make his fortune with his museum of wondrous curiosities, and there was nothing more wondrous than a real mermaid. Amelia agrees to be in his exhibit for Barnum, only if she can leave whenever she likes and so, she continued to walk among the humans. But Barnum has never given up on his moneymaking schemes and wasn’t about to yet with his mermaid.

Review:

Christina Henry writes very dark and gritty fairy tale retellings. First there was Alice and the Red Queen with characters from Alice in Wonderland, then there was a retelling of Peter Pan but a story told in the perspective of Captain Hook inside The Lost Boy, and now we have The Mermaid. A story which I thought was a retelling of the little mermaid but it’s actually a historical fantasy with elements of magical realism (which is better). Continue reading “Book Review: The Mermaid by Christina Henry”

Book Review

Book Review: The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley

38763327Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: January 22 2019

Number of pages: 352

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: mystery, fiction, crime

Audience: adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

It’s autumn inside Bishop Lacey’s chapel and the interior is decked with exotic flowers and decorations as Flavia de Luce’s sister, Ophelia is getting married. After the ceremony, the new couple are about to cut the wedding cake together when suddenly, a severed finger is discovered. Flavia wraps up the finger using a cloth and take it straight back to her lab where she and Dogger solve this new mystery: whose finger is it and where did it come from? How did it get inside the wedding cake? An expert in chemical poisons, Flavia has solved many mysteries, sharpening her detection skills and deciding to turn professional by setting up shop inside Buckshaw with Dogger. Little do they know that their first case together as professionals is closer to home…

My Review:

So I have been trying to look for answers as to whether this is the last book in the Flavia de Luce series. There is nothing on Goodreads that says it is and neither the synopsis, although someone left a comment saying that Alan Bradley was signed to do ten books for the series, and ten books I think, is more than enough. Continue reading “Book Review: The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley”

Book Review

Book Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

39863498Rating: 3 out of 5 hoots

Published: January 15 2019

Number of pages: 388

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: fantasy, LGBT, romance, historical, mystery

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

It’s 1889 in Paris. In the centre of the city is the Exposition Universelle. A wealthy gentleman and treasure hunter name Severin Montagnet-Alarie has tabs on all the dark secrets. When an elite Order of Babel persuades him to help on a mission, Severin is offered a treasure even he could not refuse: his inheritance.

To hunt the ancient artifact, Severin requires the aid from a team of experts. Together they will join Severin as he explores the darker parts of Paris. What they might find could also change the course of history – but only if they can stay alive.

My Review:

An advanced reading copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

There are two things that I like about this book: the writing and the story. This was my first time reading from Roshani Chokshi and at last time’s TeenReads Preview my Twitter friend, Nafiza told me her writing is really good. I couldn’t wait to take the ARC home and read it because if Nafiza says that it’s good, then it must be; I trust her word. Oh and just a quick shout out, Nafiza Azad is coming out with her debut book The Candle in the Flame this year. I’m so excited for her release! And if you haven’t seen the cover and synopsis yet then you can check it out here on Goodreads. Okay enough said, back to my review… Continue reading “Book Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi”

Book Review

Review: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie Mclemore

36952596Rating: 3 out of 5 hoots

Published: October 9 2018

Number of pages: 375

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: fantasy, LGBT, magical realism, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

The del Cisne girls are not only sisters-they are opposites and rivals. Blanca is obedient and graceful, and Rosa is manipulative and vicious. They know that of the powerful curse passed down for generations, that their family is bound to swans where one sister is chosen to turn into a swan and the other sister stays human.

But when two local boys cross their paths, unbeknown to them they are drawn to the swan’s dangerous game and are intertwined with the strange and the unpredictable magic found deep in the woods. Only the truths that face all four of them could save or destroy them. Continue reading “Review: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie Mclemore”

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”

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”