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

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

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: 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: 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

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

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

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: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

darkfeverPublished: August 28 2007

Number of pages: 342

Format: mass market paperback

Publisher: Dell

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

Audience: adult fiction

Rating: 3/5 owl hoots

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

Summary: 

When MacKayla’s sister is murdered, she leaves a single clue for her to find on Mac’s cellphone. Mac travels to Ireland searching for answers until she is faced with a greater mystery, and a gift that allows her to see through the world of Man and into the world of the Fae. As Mac travels deeper into the mystery behind her sister’s death, she meets Jericho Barrons, and V’lane an immortal fae who makes sex an addiction for human women. Mac’s mission: to find the Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the powerful Dark Book that will give them complete control over both worlds.

My Review:

After hearing how Lainey from GingerLainey fell in love with this series and recommended it for urban fantasy fans, I decided to pick up the first book, Darkfever, without realizing that I too, have jumped on this bandwagon with GingerLainey and everyone else who thought this series is addicting, because in all seriousness, it is! Continue reading “Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning”

Book Review

Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

american gods by neil gaimanPublished: April 4 2002

Number of pages: 588

Format: paperback

Publisher: HarperTorch

Genre: urban fantasy, gods, myths, mystery

Audience: older adults (mature language, violence, rape)

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

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Summary:

After Shadow is released from prison, he wants nothing more then to return to his quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that his wife died in an accident. Flying home after the funeral, Shadow meets with a mysterious stranger named Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow’s past than is possible. Wednesday warns him that a big storm is coming and things will never be the same for him.

My Review: 

What can I say about this story? I can say that it’s about an ex convict named Shadow who meets a stranger named Wednesday, and they go on a road trip together where they meet old and new gods. But that is just scratching the surface as you really have to read it to understand the tiny details that make up the entirety of the story. I am no stranger to Neil Gaiman as I have read The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Stardust but those where short compared to this 500-page novel! This was the most bizarre story I read this year as a lot of weird (and disturbing) moments happen in the plot. Continue reading “Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman”

Book Review

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

angelfall by susan eePublished: August 28 2012

Number of pages: 283

Format: paperback

Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing

Genre: apocalypse, dystopian, urban fantasy, romance

Audience: YA

Rating: 3/5 owl hoots

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Summary: 

Six weeks after the apocalypse and the modern world is demolished. Street gangs rule the day and survivors struggle to remain alive on whatever is left. Penryn, a seventeen-year-old girl is determined to rescue her sister after angels kidnap her. But not before she meets a wingless warrior named Raffe, who she saved after a vicious fight. Travelling through North California, both the broken angel and Penryn learn to rely on each other for survival as they journey to San Francisco to rescue her little sister, and for Raffe to do anything to become whole again.

Review: 

I read this book because it was selected by the YA Book Club as this month’s reading. I don’t normally read dystopian as they are not my forte, but the story included angels so that piqué my interest. Thinking about a dystopian story with angels demolishing the modern world, my first train of thought was angels + hell on Earth = Daughter of Smoke and Bone. At least those were my initial thoughts after reading the synopsis. I love the DOSAB trilogy but since this was a new series unfamiliar to me, I was cautious to begin reading with no expectations, as I had no idea what I was going to be in for.

First let’s talk about our heroine: seventeen-year-old Penryn. She is one tough chick and is trained in all arts of combat which is convenient when you are surviving after an apocalypse. Right in the very beginning, Penryn already has a lot on her plate: here little sister is handicapped and kidnapped by angels, her mother is delusional and wanders off, and she rescues a broken, wingless angel named Raffe after he is pulverized by other angels on the street. This is where her adventure begins, right at this moment when she and Raffe first meet and after some bickering they somewhat agree on helping each other for survival.

Penryn is the only human who has ever fought against an angel which is very impressive considering her age, and she has proven to be resourceful in all kinds of complicated situations, like infiltrating the aerie. I had a few minor problems with Penryn’s character like how she doesn’t ask enough questions, which I found rather unusual for someone who is calculating and cool headed and knows how to grit her teeth. Of course she isn’t always alone, after working things out with Raffe he eventually takes a liking to Penryn. Like in all YA romance, we have an attractive teenage girl who meets a dead gorgeous male, and I’m getting pretty tired of reading YA romances beginning this way. But the mystery behind the apocalypse and the angel mythos was enough for me to keep reading the story.

I love how Susen Ee grabs your attention from the first two chapters and plunges you into a different modern world that is in complete chaos, and a society were survivors are left to live on whatever scrapes they can find. This is more then a romantic YA story as there is mystery, angel mythos, and a coming-of-age story about a teenager in an apocalyptic world where everything has gone upside down. This was a pretty good read and as much as I enjoyed the ride, there were parts which I thought was awkward like the clubbing scene; seeing angels dressed in 1920s style and lounging at an Art Deco club is pretty weird to me. I also wished we could learn more as to why the war happened and what motivated the angels to strike disaster on humanity, but perhaps we will learn more about that in the sequel. A recommended read for dystopian, urban fantasy, and fans that love kick-ass heroines as much as I do.