Switched, by Amanda Hocking | Book Review #261

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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

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The Charmer, by Autumn Dawn | Silence Fallen, by Patricia Briggs | [Mini] Book Reviews #259 & #260

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10533095Jasmine didn’t realize her friend Wiley was special until they were drawn into another world. Here Wiley is betrothed to the ruler of the Haunt, a wererace both dangerous and proud.

Keilor is the master of soldiers, a man few would cross, yet he’d never met a menace like the little brunette his princess calls friend. Will Jasmine find the portal home, or will she find a werewolf of her own?


This is a little mini-review of my re-read of The Charmer. The first time I read The Charmer I was still in high school. I was probably 15 at the time. Well, I’m currently 22 so it’s been seven years since I’ve last read The Charmer.

Overall the Charmer is a short read, I think I finished reading The Charmer in only 2 hours, maybe? The plot of the story is fast as well.

I enjoyed reading Jasmine’s story again. I think that my only wish were that the rest of the series was told in Jasmine’s point of view as well. — The rest of the series is told in different views of the exact same time line that The Charmer is told in.

I gave The Charmer, 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads.



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Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…


I was quickly laughing in this novel. I was legitimately laughing within the first 2 pages. Continue reading

The Body in the Woods, by April Henry | Book Review #258

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18490532In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear, and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.


Trigger Warning: Murder

I didn’t know what to expect in The Body in the Woods. All I knew about this book, this series really, was that it is a Mystery. And what a mystery this book was!

Told in multiple points of view, we have Nick, Alexa, and Ruby. We have a few other points of view as well, but these views only have a chapter. We even get a chapter or two in the point of view from the murderer. 

I found that the plot to this book was more of a slow burn, then at the peak almost everything happens at once. After we find out for then finally trickling down to a “normal” pace. Having said that we pretty much get a sense of what happened from Nick, Alexa, and Ruby. 

unnamed-15I didn’t know for sure who the killer was until the last little bit of the book. Which was surprising in itself. I admire Henry’s writing and how everything surrounding the murderer was pretty hush hush until it was time for the reveal. 

At the beginning I didn’t really appreciate Alexa, Nick and Ruby’s views, but how they’ve proven to be important to the story, I value their views on things. Everything about The Body in the Woods was interesting. Everything. I’m not even kidding.

I liked how by the end of the book, these three end up friends. The three of them aren’t really averse to each other in the beginning, but they’re more distant than anything else. So I enjoyed seeing them become friends by the end of the book.

I ended up giving The Body in the Woods, 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read The Body in the Woods? 

Happy Reading!
Adele

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Frost Like Night, by Sara Raasch | Book Review #257

Frost Like Night is the third, and final book in the Snow Like Ashes series by Sara Raasch. This review may contain spoilers. 

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28512486Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.


The plot in Frost Like Night moves pretty quickly when you only think about the book in one point of view. With three points of view however, I felt like the story was dragging on and on, never ending. Continue reading

Twist, by Kylie Scott | Book Review #256

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28220678When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they’re emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets… apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.


Twist is the second book in the Dive Bar series. You can read this book as a stand-alone if you wished. 

I enjoyed reading Joe and Alex’s story. I enjoyed getting to know the Alex, and to an extent, Joe as well. Continue reading

The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco | Book Review #255

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The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.


When I started reading The Bone Witch, I noticed right away that the writing was beautiful and fairytale-esque.  Continue reading

Library Reads #30

libraryrreadsLibrary Reads: I’m a Library Lover, so these posts are where I document the books I’ve borrowed from either one library, of a few libraries. I’ll tell you a little bit about what I expect from the book, or the author’s writings. Whether what I say is a sentence long, or a few sentence’s. From doing these posts, I hope to spread a little of my love for libraries, while also informing you of books that you may or may not have known of!

These are the books that I’ve borrowed from the last 2 weeks of July, up until the end of August. Enjoy!


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To Catch a Killer, by Sheryl Scarborough | Book Review #254

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29939266Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father’s identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother’s best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother’s killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she’s secretly doing on her own.

Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she’s close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it’s too late.


The start of To Catch a Killer was a bit of a shocker, but I like how easily we’re guided into the rest of the story. Continue reading

Dirty, by Kylie Scott | Book Review #253

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25671827The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?


Dirty is the first book to the Dive Bar series by Kylie Scott. This series is also more of a Novella that makes up a series, so each book is it’s own story, yet all the stories are connected in the same world. Continue reading

The Fallen Kingdom, by Elizabeth May | Book Review #252

The Fallen Kingdom is the third book in the Falconer trilogy, therefor this review may contain spoilers. 

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32498439The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series. Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her. Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, and publishing simultaneously in the UK, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer’s story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.


The Fallen Kingdom starts abruptly, and somewhat in a weird manner. Weird as in…well.. you’ll definitely know what I’m talking about if, and/or when you read the book. I like how the story began though! I liked what followed as well, and how the beginning of this The Fallen Kingdom seamlessly eased into the rest of the book.   Continue reading