Book Review

Review: Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaffer

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Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: September 3 2019

Number of pages: 432

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Genre: urban fantasy, horror, mystery, paranormal

Audience: young adult

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Summary:

Nita escaped her kidnappers and is running away from the black market. Now all she wants to do is live her life without having to look over her shoulder. But when the video of her self-healing herself comes out on the Internet, Nita becomes the target for the black market again. So to keep herself safe she makes herself be feared, that way no one will dare to come after her.

With Kovit back, her plans begin to backfire but Nita is sure that after she takes her revenge on Fabricio for betraying her, she is sure that her plan will work. But killing Fabricio is hard work even with Kovit and yet, Nita is determined to kill him at all costs.

My Review:

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

It was a year ago after I read Not Even Bones and I remember thinking how intense and thrilling it was to watch Nita’s character grow from a naive girl working inside her parent’s basement to a survivor who escaped from her kidnappers and destroyed the black market. She had help escaping from a zannie name Kovit. A zannie is an unnatural creature that has a hunger for pain to stay alive. Normally, it would be wise to stay away from a zannie but this particular one chose to stay with Nita after she was detained inside her cage. But now Nita is outside of her cage and has a thirst for revenge against the boy who started her kidnapping. Continue reading “Review: Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaffer”

Book Review

Review: Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella by Gail Carriger

poison or protect by gail carrigerPublished: June 21 2016

Format: ebook

Genre: steampunk, supernatural, paranormal, romance, comedy manners, Victorian

Audience: adult fiction

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

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Summary:

Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately for her, she looks fabulous in black. But what society doesn’t know is that all of her husbands were marked to death by her employer, and Preshea has one last assignment.

It was suppose to be an easy assignment, attend a house party with less bloodshed but Preshea didn’t anticipate Captain Gavin Ruthven, a massive, irresistible Scot working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart, a terrifying prospect as she never knew she had one.

I was given an e-arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. Editing and copying my content is strictly prohibited. Stealing is rude! 

My Review:

I should back up a bit and provide a little backstory here. For anyone who hasn’t read her books yet, Preshea appears in the Etiquette and Espionage universe as a young student at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, where they teach young ladies to finish…everything. Including learning the fine art of dance and etiquette as well as death, diversion, and espionage. She isn’t one of Sophronia’s closest friend so she doesn’t appear as often, except as her adversary. Because we don’t see her frequently inside and outside the school, I always found Preshea as a mysterious character. Continue reading “Review: Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella by Gail Carriger”

Book Review

Review: The Archived by VE Schwab

the archived by victoria schwabPublished: January 22 2013

Number of pages: 321

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Disnet Hyperion

Genre: fantasy, mystery, paranormal, romance

Audience: YA

Rating: 3/5 owl hoots

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Summary:

Each body has a story to tell, a life that only Librarians can read. The Dead are called Histories, and the vast realm they rest in is called the Archive.

Da first taught Mackenzie Bishop when she was 12 years old, and now that Da is dead, Mac is determined to prove herself as the new Keeper tasked with hunting violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves. Being a Keeper is dangerous as it’s a constant reminder of how much Mac has lost. With Da gone and her little brother dead, Mac begins to wonder about the boundary between the living and the dead. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed but someone is waking them, altering Histories, and deliberately erasing chapters. It’s up to Mac to piece together the mystery before the Archive crumbles and falls apart.

My Review:

Victoria Schwab has never failed to let me down! After proclaiming my love for this author and her Darker Shade of Magic series, I have been on a winning streak to read her earlier works. Continue reading “Review: The Archived by VE Schwab”

Book Review

Review: Vicious by VE Schwab

viciousPublished: January 20 2015

Number of pages: 384

Format: paperback

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre: supernatural, mystery, paranormal, scifi

Audience: older adults

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

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Summary:

Victor and Eli are two brilliant but arrogant college students recognized for their sharpness and ambition. In their senior year, they both shared a research project on adrenaline and near death experiences that may reveal supernatural abilities. But when their thesis moves from academic to experimental, something goes horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison and is out hunting for Eli, aided by a young girl with a stunning ability. In the meantime, Eli is on a mission to uncover every supernatural person he can find along with his sidekick, an enigmatic young woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, and driven by memories of betrayal and loss, these men are on a course for revenge but who will live in the end?

 

My Review:

I like to take a moment and say that VE Schwab is one of the most brilliant authors ever. If you haven’t read her books yet, I encourage you to do so especially if you love reading fantasy and scifi books as much as I do then you must read her books! She is just awesome you guys, I have never met her in person because her tours are always in the States, but if there was ever an opportunity when she might come up and visit Vancouver, then I would drop everything so I can finally meet this incredible author in person! Her writing is amazing and her imagination is spectacular! I mean who would have thought about writing a story of a magician travelling between parallel Londons? Bloody brilliant! After reading A Darker Shade of Magic I have been on a mission to read her earlier books including The Archived which I’m currently reading. I absolutely love her writing, her imagination, her story telling that VE Schwab is number two on my list after Neil Gaiman. Ok now that I’m done proclaiming my love for this wonderful author, I will go back to my review. Continue reading “Review: Vicious by VE Schwab”

Book Review

Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

faefeverPublished: June 28 2009

Number of pages: 370

Format: mass market paperback

Publisher: Dell

Genre: paranormal, horror, thriller and suspense, fantasy, occult

Audience: adult fiction

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

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Summary: 

When Mac receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. Mac knows her sister’s killer is nearby and the sidhe-seer is once again on the hunt for the Sinsar Dubh for answers and for revenge. But her quest to find the dark book brings her closer to the changing streets of Dublin where there is a suspicious cop on her tail, and on top of that, she’s on a dangerous alliance with V’lane, a fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man of secrets.

My Review: 

After two books in the series, we finally get answers to this dark book that everyone’s been talking about!

But holy crap that ending! I felt like I wanted to smash something against the wall after what had happened! After that jaw dropping and intense cliffhanger, I was absolutely stunned. I couldn’t recover after the effects of that cliffhanger and decided that I needed a short break from this series. I really needed to read something happier so I’ve decided to pick up a different story as a medication after Faefever. This series is escalating to a point where I’m loving every moment of the story so far, and once I’m fully recovered, I’m definitely going back to reading the fever series because, damn, it’s getting so good! Continue reading “Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning”

Book Review

Review: Bloodfever by Karie Marie Moning

bloodfeverPublished: August 28 2007

Number of pages: 317

Format: mass market paperback

Publisher: Dell

Genre: paranormal, horror, thriller and suspense, fantasy, occult

Audience: adult fiction

Rating: 5/5 owl hoots

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Summary:

Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book that holds dark magic and is the key to the world of fae and man. She continues to be pursued by assassins, and mysterious figures that she can’t resists nor can she trust either. Mac finds herself between two powerful men: V’lane, the immortal fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a dangerous and irresistible man. For centuries the realm of men and fae coexisted but now the walls from both worlds are crumbling down and Mac stands between them.

My Review: 

After Darkfever, I found myself ripping through this series. It’s becoming so addictive that I went out and bought the rest of the books all in one go! Continue reading “Review: Bloodfever by Karie Marie Moning”

Book Review

Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

library of souls by ransom riggsPublished: September 22 2015

Number of pages: 458

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genre: fantasy, paranormal, mystery

Audience: YA

Rating: 5/5 owl hoots

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Summary;

The adventure that began Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children finally comes to a conclusion. Jacob and Emma must find a way to save their friends and Miss P by travelling through history, fighting wights and hollows, and forging allies for the epic battle of peculiardom.

My Review: 

I’m going to be honest here; I was not ready to read this. I love the peculiar books and when the final book came out, I was excited but sad that it was going to end! The good news is that I can enjoy reliving this experience over again, but when I finished, I laid down on my bed crying, knowing that it’s all over. Continue reading “Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs”

Book Review

Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

the graveyard book by neil gaimanPublished: September 8 2008

Number of pages: 307

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: dark fantasy, mystery, paranormal, coming-of-age

Audience: children and adults of all ages

Rating: 5/5 owl hoots

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Summary: 

Nobody Owens (Bod) could have been a normal boy if he didn’t live in a graveyard and was raised and educated by ghosts, with a guardian who is neither the living nor the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard as Bod discovers new things such as the Indigo Man beneath the hill, and a gateway that leads to the land of the ghouls. But if Bod leaves the graveyard then he might be under attacked by a man name Jack who murdered his family.

My Review:

I loved this book so much that it’s become one of my favorite Gaiman books! The only problem about writing this review is that I can’t think of any other wonderful words to say then this is the most brilliant childhood story I read. Sorry if my review becomes short as I run out of words to say on how incredible this book is.

Thanks to Gaiman, I have become a fan of macabre in children’s literature. Gaiman is an amazing storyteller and I love how he writes a childhood story and twists it into something dark and grisly. A boy named Nobody Owens (Bod for short) who was raised in a graveyard by the dead with a guardian to mentor him and can slip away between the borders of the dead and the living. Like any child growing up, Bod is eager to escape the graveyard that has kept him safe, and into the world where he can explore and meet living people. This is more then just a dark fantasy story, it’s a coming-of-age as we see Bod growing up from a stubborn, naïve little boy to a clever and bold young man. Continue reading “Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman”