A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab | Book Review #268

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22055262Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.


I was nervous about reading A Darker Shade of Magic since I’ve read another book by Schwab and didn’t really like it. Continue reading

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Blood Guard, by Megan Erickson | [ARC] Book Review #267

Thank you to Loveswept via Netgalley for allowing me to read Blood Guard by Megan Erickson, in exchange for an honest review.

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34444705Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change mydestiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.


Trigger Warning: Blood, Sex.

Since this is a vampire book, I felt the need to warn you against the blood, and sex scenes.

Blood Guard is the first book in the Mission series by Megan Erickson.

I found the synopsis for Blood Guard to be incredibly interesting. I actually originally thought that Blood Guard was a MLM book. Imagine my surprise when I read Athan’s part of the synopsis and found out that Tendra was actually a female! Continue reading

You’re Welcome, Universe, by Whitney Gardner | Book Review #266

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25701463When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.


Julia’s story is an interesting one. This is the first book I’ve read that had a main character who was deaf; and I won’t forget about You’re Welcome Universe. Continue reading

Windwitch, by Susan Dennard | Book Review #265

Windwitch is the second book in The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. This review may contain spoilers.

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29939390Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


The first thing that I realized about Windwitch, while reading the book, reading from all the different point of views there are so many point of views. There are at least 5 different view points; Merik Nihar, Safiya fon Hasstrel, Iseult det Midenzi, Viva Nihar, and Aeduan. While they are all interesting, Continue reading

The Sham, by Ellen Allen | [ARC] Book Review #264

Thank you to the Ellen Asher, via Netgalley for allowing me to read The Sham, in exchange for an honest review.

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22879003When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…

Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as “The Sham”, with her boyfriend, Jack, but he’s very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He’s also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months’ ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily’s classmates washed up in the local floods.

Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they’re pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.

WARNING: THIS BOOK IS UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNGER TEENAGE READERS. IT DEPICTS ADULT SITUATIONS, MURDER SCENES, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SEX AND PROFANITY.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The idea for this book came to me in a nightmare… It was so vivid that I imagined I was 17 again, at school, in the same group of 4 friends that I used to hang around with. We were involved in a murder and cover-up. I started writing partly as a way to get it out of my head and then the characters turned into real people… and Emily and Jack were born.

As some of the early reviewers have stated, it is quite extreme in chapter one, and necessarily so. This is the incident that sets up the whole book; something awful happens that sets off a train of events for the characters. This book is a mystery in two ways in that we’re: 1) trying to find out who killed Emily’s classmate; and 2) trying to work out who Jack is. I hope you enjoy it!


Trigger Warnings: Paranoia, Blood, Self Harm, Murder, Suicide

What drew me into the book was not only the cover, but the synopsis to The Sham as well. I only wished that the synopsis lived up to the story. Continue reading

October 2017 Publishings

ucbrpicHello everyone! I feel like it has been a while since I’ve done a post where I talk about the upcoming book releases that I’m particularly excited for..Even though I did write and post one last month, haha.

I don’t know about where you live, but where I live, the weather is finally cooling down. I’m also happy to report, that this summer I did not travel anywhere! Weehoo! I won’t take anymore time on this really bad intro. This months’ Publishings-that-I’m-Looking-Forward-to is kind of a long one, and I don’t want to make it any longer with the intro. So without a further ado, the books I’m looking forward to this October 2017! Continue reading

Undead and Unwed, by MaryJanice Davidson | Book Review #263

THIS BOOK IS FOR 18+ AUDIENCES.

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421129It’a been a helluva week for Betsy Taylor. First, she loses her job. Then, to top things off, she’s killed in a car accident. But what really bites (besides waking up in the morgue dressed in a pink suit and cheap shoes courtesy of her stepmother) is that she can’t seem to stay dead. Every night she rises with a horrible craving for blood. She’s not taking too well to a liquid diet.

Worst of all, her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious, power-hungry vampire in five centuries – a badly dressed Bela Lugosi wannabe, natch. Frankly, Betsy couldn’t care less about vamp politics, but they have a powerful weapon of persuasion: designer shoes. How can any self-respecting girl say no? But a collection of Ferragamos isn’t the only temptation for Betsy. It’s just a lot safer than the scrumptious Sinclair – a seductive bloodsucker whose sexy gaze seems as dangerous as a stake through the heart…


Undead and Unwed does contain a whole multitude of conversation topics that actually blow over really quickly. There are also sex scenes in the book and a whole lot more sex scenes in the rest of the series as well. I was originally maybe, 13/14 when I read this book, so. It’s been a while since I originally read the first eight or so books. I don’t even remember how I managed to buy this first book honestly! Hahaha.

Undead and Unwed originally came out back in 2004, so I have no idea where you’re going to find a copy, but I know there are ways to find a copy if you’re really interested in read the story.

I found Betsy to be witty and funny. And frankly, unless you’re ready for it, there’s a lot of unabashed chatter about a whole lot of things that could be triggers for some people.

Undead and Unwed was a really fast read for me, even though this is my 3rd or 4th re-read of the book. This series is one of my favourites, even though I read the 5th book, at an entirely too young age.

I never rated Undead and Unwed before, so I gave the book 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Happy Reading!
Adele

The Infinite, by Lori M. Lee | Book Review #262

The Infinite is the second book to the Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee. This review may contain spoilers. 

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23746099The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.

Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.

To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.

In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.


I didn’t know what to really expect to see within The Infinite since it had been a while for me since I read the first book, Gates of Thread and Stone. However, quickly into the book, my recollection was coming back, which was a good thing. Continue reading

TBR Tuesday #40; Supernatural Dreams & Hungry Wolves

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Hello reader/s! For a while now, I’ve been writing a bi-weekly post about books that are on
my TBR. TBR, if you don’t know is the abbreviation for To Be Read. My goal here is to shed some light on books that I’ve otherwise forgotten about. These books could be books I’ve been meaning to read from the library, or books that have been collecting dust on my shelves at home. My goal though is to say a little about the book and also give a little reasoning of why I want to read them. In hopes of reading them sooner than later. 


Todays post is a TBR Tuesday post. The books I will be talking about are both Young Adult Fantasy novels. This post is a very short, but nonetheless, I hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Switched, by Amanda Hocking | Book Review #261

This review contains spoilers.

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11457525When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.


Switched is the first book in the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking. Switched is the first book I read of Hockings’ writings, and I found that her writing was incredibly easy to read. While the book story wasn’t too over the top, the writing and pacing of the book was great and very enjoyable. The detailing of the writing was great in my opinion as well: not too over the top, but not all plane-jane, either.

Switched was actually on my TBR Tuesday #37th post. What I had hoped for this novel was something entirely different from what I got. What I hoped Switched would be about, or rather, what I hoped would happen was: Continue reading