Book Review, ya fantasy

Book Review | THE POTION DIARIES, by Amy Alward

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The Potion Diaries (Potion #1), by Amy Alward

Publish Date: July 2, 2015
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?

And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news. 

No big deal, then.


My Review:

I came across this book by happenstance at my workplace and was instantly intrigued. It sounded like it would be cute and romantic with an intriguing fantasy world and plot. And while the story easily drew me in, I was not completely enthralled with the writing itself, and the romance was definitely lacking. Continue reading “Book Review | THE POTION DIARIES, by Amy Alward”

Book Review, ya urban fantasy

Book Review | THE WICKED DEEP, by Shea Ernshaw

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The Wicked Deepby Shea Ernshaw

Publish Date: March 6, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.


My Review:

When I first started this book I thought I was going to love it. The atmosphere was perfectly eerie, the premise had me completely intrigued, and the writing easily pulled me in. And while it was a good read, I just think I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped to. Continue reading “Book Review | THE WICKED DEEP, by Shea Ernshaw”