Book Review

Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab

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City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1), by Victoria Schwab

Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Published by: Scholastic Press
Pages: 272
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. 


My Review:

Being a fan of V.E. Schwab’s other books, when I heard that she was working on a middle grade novel about ghosts, I knew I had to read it. This book was a fun and suspenseful read, full of some interesting characters and world-building, and a wonderful story about friendship and ghosts. Continue reading “Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab”

Book Review

Book Review | AN ARGUMENTATION OF HISTORIANS, by Jodi Taylor

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An Argumentation of Historians (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #9), by Jodi Taylor

Publish Date: May 1, 2018
Published by: Night Shade Books
Pages: 421
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”―these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

From Tudor England to the burning city of Persepolis, from a medieval St. Mary’s under siege to Victorian Rushford and a very nasty case of gaol fever, Max is struggling to keep her private life intact. There’s an ambitious programme hindered by giant teapots, plus Mrs. Midgely’s objection to dead hamsters in her airing cupboard, and Mr. Markham’s stubborn refusal to reveal his exact marital status.

And as if that’s not enough―the unfortunately not leprosy-laden Malcolm Halcombe is back. Admittedly, none of this is the most secure platform from which to launch an initiative to bring down the renegade Clive Ronan, but hey―what’s the worst that could happen?


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | AN ARGUMENTATION OF HISTORIANS, by Jodi Taylor”

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Book Review | ANNE’S HOUSE OF DREAMS, by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne’s House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #5), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1917 (audiobook published in November 23, 2011)
Published by: Librivox.org
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 243 (approx. 7 1/2 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Anne’s own true love, Gilbert Blythe, is finally a doctor, and in the sunshine of the old orchard, among their dearest friends, they are about to speak their vows. Soon the happy couple will be bound for a new life together and their own dream house, on the misty purple shores of Four Winds Harbor.

A new life means fresh problems to solve, fresh surprises. Anne and Gilbert will make new friends and meet their neighbors: Captain Jim, the lighthouse attendant, with his sad stories of the sea; Miss Cornelia Bryant, the lady who speaks from the heart — and speaks her mind; and the tragically beautiful Leslie Moore, into whose dark life Anne shines a brilliant light.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | ANNE’S HOUSE OF DREAMS, by L. M. Montgomery”

Book Review

Book Review | WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU, by A. E. Kaplan

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We Regret to Inform Youby A. E. Kaplan

Publish Date: August 21, 2018
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.75 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she’s rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. All the sacrifices her mother made to send her to prep school, the late nights cramming for tests, the blatantly résumé-padding extracurriculars (read: Students for Sober Driving) … all that for nothing. 

As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies known as “The Ophelia Syndicate,” Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations.


My Review:

Okay, so I honestly didn’t think I was going to be in the mood to read this when I started it, but from the first chapter onward I was hooked. The writing was fast, smooth and completely immersing, pulling me in and not letting go for one second. The characters are diverse and full of life, and the plot was both heartaching and beautiful. This book is one of those books that everyone can relate to in some way (re: feeling like a failure despite knowing you did your best), and is unflinchingly real in everything it portrays.  Continue reading “Book Review | WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU, by A. E. Kaplan”

Book Review

Book Review | SANCTUARY, by Caryn Lix

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Sanctuaryby Caryn Lix

Publish Date: July 24, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse
Pages: 480
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.


My Review:

Wow. Okay, let me just say right off the bat – wow. This book completely blew me away. It shook me up in all the right ways, took me on a rollercoaster adventure, had me completely unable to put it down, and was just downright awesome. From the concept to the characters to the action, this book is gripping, suspenseful, thrilling, and quite possibly one of my favorite reads of the year so far. Continue reading “Book Review | SANCTUARY, by Caryn Lix”

Book Review

Book Review | THE BODY FINDER, by Kimberly Derting

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The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1), by Kimberly Derting

Publish Date: March 16, 2010
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 338
Genre: YA Paranormal/YA Romance/YA Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.


My Review:

I have been in a contemporary/paranormal sort of mood lately, so this one definitely fit the bill when I randomly chose to pick it up from my TBR. It was an engaging story, with an interesting main character and premise, a great friend-to-lovers romance, and a captivating and suspenseful plot. Continue reading “Book Review | THE BODY FINDER, by Kimberly Derting”