And The Trees Crept In, by Dawn Kurtagich | Book Review #186

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Stay away from the woods…28449150

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?


Having heard that And The Trees Crept In was a horror novel, I of course had to read the book. However, what I read wasn’t a horror novel in my opinion at all. Really if anything, And The Trees Crept In is a psychological thriller with some mystery elements. There’s also the fantasy element to the novel overall that was entertaining too. Continue reading

Frozen, by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston | Book Review #185

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Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the 15850937-2destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.


Frozen is book 1 of 3 in the Heart of Dread series by Melissa de la Cruz, and Michael Johnston. I definitely think that Frozen would be a better read if you didn’t read the synopsis, so.. sorry for putting up there, ahaha. Continue reading

Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison | Book Review #184

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30264All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party… and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining – and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead… or undead.


Dead Witch Walking is the first book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.

Dead Witch Walking features a story that takes place far into the future. In this future there was a virus that ruined the world causing mass destruction and death among the humans. The story actually takes place after the the after-math. Continue reading

Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige | Book Review #183

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Hello lovelies! Todays post is a book review of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.

18053060“I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.”


Dorothy Must Die (DMD) is the first book in the Dorothy Must Die saga. I’ve actually read Dorothy Must Die back in 2014, so re-reading it again was both refreshing and a reminder why I didn’t enjoy Dorothy Must Die as much as I had wanted to.  Continue reading

The Midnight Sea, by Kat Ross | Book Review #182

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They are the light against the darkness. 29670787-2

The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.

And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…


The Midnight Sea is a Young Adult Fantasy. There are romance elements to this novel, if you’re interested in that. The Midnight Sea is book 1 in the Fourth Element series. Continue reading

Unravelling Isobel, by Eileen Cook | Book Review #181

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13547344Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the Internet only three months before and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.
But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.
 


I got this book on a whim while picking up books from the library and I’m not quite sure if I should be happy that I did.. Continue reading

Insatiable, by Meg Cabot | DNF | Book Review #180

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Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper.

6953500But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them. 

Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die. (Not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does.)

But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side. It’s a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, Lucien’s already dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own. 

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare. 

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . . 

If she even has one.


What had drawn me into this book was not the cover; although it is pretty, but actually the fact that the main character, Meena, is sick about writing and hearing about vampires. So I thought to myself, why not just borrow Insatiable form the library? It turns out, I’m incredibly glad that I borrowed Insatiable from the library.  Continue reading

The Vanishing Throne, by Elizabeth May | Book Review #179

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The Vanishing Throne is the second book to The Falconerby Elizabeth May. If you haven’t yet read The Falconer, there will be spoilers in this review.

26797462Everything she loved is gone.

Trapped. Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the fae portal she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes in an alien world of mirrors, magic, and deception—a prisoner of the evil fae Lonnrach, who has a desperate and deadly plan for his new captive.

Tortured. Time after agonizing time Lonnrach steals Aileana’s memories, searching for knowledge to save his world. Just when she’s about to lose all hope, Aileana is rescued by an unexpected ally and returns home, only to confront a terrifying truth. The city of Edinburgh is now an unrecognizable wasteland. And Aileana knows the devastation is all her fault.

Transformed. The few human survivors are living in an underground colony, in an uneasy truce with a remnant of the fae. It is a fragile alliance, but an even greater danger awaits: the human and fae worlds may disappear forever. Only Aileana can save both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing so might be her life…”


If there was one thing that I’d have to tell someone about this book that I liked about this sequel is that there’s still one point of view, which is great to be honest!

Without spoilers, I’ll say that the beginning is kinda heart breaking. Continue reading

After the Woods, by Kim Savage | Book Review #178

Would you risk your life to save your best friend? 17998474

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.”


Trigger Warning: Emotional Abuse, Kidnapping, PTSD, Murder.

There is little I can actually say about After the Woods for fear of spoiling the book for you. This book may contain spoilers. (Short review) Continue reading

The Novice, by Taran Matharu | Book Review #177

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from 25901556another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.


I had thought that The Novice would be a lug of a book. That the story would drag and be incredibly boring. I mean, we’ve all read a book like that. But what I read had me pretty interested and intrigued. Continue reading