Book Review

Book Review | BLOODWITCH, by Susan Dennard

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Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3), by Susan Dennard

Publish Date: February 12, 2019
Published by: Tor Teen
Length: 464 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.


My Review:

Holy moly. This book. THIS SERIES. I just….I swear with each book it just gets better and better. The intricacies of the world-building and plot. The complexity of the characters. The slow-burn, scream-at-the-characters-to-just-kiss-already romance that is so much more than just romance, its soulmates. The high-paced action and gut-dropping twists and turns. If you haven’t caught on by now, I LOVED this book. Continue reading “Book Review | BLOODWITCH, by Susan Dennard”

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Book Review | GOOD OMENS, by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

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Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Publish Date: May 1, 1990
Published by: William Morrow/HarperCollins
Audiobook Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 12 hrs 33 min (412 pages)
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes NutterWitch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .


My Review:

There were parts of this I enjoyed (Crowley and Aziraphale) and parts that kind of dragged (every other character, especially Adam) so I wasn’t completely enthralled with this book. For much of it I felt like I was forcing myself to continue it, and seriously considered DNFing it several times. Continue reading “Book Review | GOOD OMENS, by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett”

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Book Review | FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT, by Jenn P. Nguyen

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Fake It Till You Break Itby Jenn P. Nguyen

Publish Date: May 28, 2019
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.

After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.

The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…


My Review:

I wish I could say I enjoyed this book but sadly it was just not for me. The premise is what initially interested me, and the first chapter hooked me easily. I immediately loved Mia for her sardonic one-liners and wanted nothing more than to see these two characters bicker with each other while struggling to put on a facade of being in love for their mothers. However, this was not the case. Continue reading “Book Review | FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT, by Jenn P. Nguyen”

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Book Review | SPIN THE DAWN, by Elizabeth Lim

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Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1)by Elizabeth Lim

Publish Date: July 9 2019
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.


My Review:

Not many people would think to themselves: “You know what would make a great crossover? Mulan and Project Runway.” But Elizabeth Lim apparently did and guess what – she was right. Obviously that isn’t the entirety of the story (although the part that was was so interesting I could have easily read an entire book about a magical fantasy fashion contest), but was actually just the beginning. This story is filled with trials, magic, myths and legends, a delicious slow-burn romance and a journey that will take you to the moon and back – literally.   Continue reading “Book Review | SPIN THE DAWN, by Elizabeth Lim”

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Book Review | STRANGE AND EVER AFTER, by Susan Dennard

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Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3), by Susan Dennard

Publish Date: July 22, 2014 (audiobook published November 6, 2018)
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 11 hrs 53 min (387 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

It has been a tumultuous time for Eleanor Fitt since life as she knew it in Philadelphia came to an abrupt end. Although the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and Daniel—have helped her survive, Eleanor has lost almost everything.

And now, Jie has been taken by the evil necromancer Marcus. Eleanor is determined not only to get Jie back but to finally end this nightmare. To do so, she must navigate the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt amid the rising Dead, her unresolved feelings for Daniel, and her volatile relationships with Joseph and with Oliver, her demon. But it won’t be easy. Because Allison, her friend from Philadelphia, has tagged along, becoming strangely entangled in Eleanor’s mission.


My Review:

Well this was definitely a conclusion worthy of this trilogy. It was a strong finish, with character arcs coming to strong ends, painful moments and ones of extreme action and suspense, and of course my emotions running all over the place. Continue reading “Book Review | STRANGE AND EVER AFTER, by Susan Dennard”

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Book Review | THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, by Holly Black

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtownby Holly Black

Publish Date: September 3, 2013
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 419 pages
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.


My Review:

I started reading this just before BookCon and while I wasn’t all that in the mood for it afterwards, I had made enough of a dent that I wanted to keep going. The writing is very much the style I come to expect from Holly Black at this point – both easy to fall into but also full of imaginative prose. Continue reading “Book Review | THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, by Holly Black”