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Book Review | SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, by Susan Dennard

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Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1), by Susan Dennard

Publish Date: July 24, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 388 (Audiobook about 10 hours 42 min)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. After discovering the Dead are rising and wreaking havoc in Philadelphia, she knows that her brother is involved.

So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. Yet as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life hangs in the balance.


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Book Review | THE CRUEL PRINCE, by Holly Black

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1), by Holly Black

Publish Date: January 2, 2018
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 370
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


My Review:

Having previously read and thoroughly enjoyed The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, when I read the description for this I knew I had to read it. Of course, once I actually bought it, it ended up on my TBR pile for far too long. But finally I took it down and started reading it…and was a little unenthused for a large chunk of it to be quite honest. Continue reading “Book Review | THE CRUEL PRINCE, by Holly Black”

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Book Review | THE DEVOURING GRAY, by Christine Lynn Herman

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The Devouring Grayby Christine Lynn Herman

Publish Date: April 2, 2019
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Narrated by: Sarah Beth Goer
Length: 10 hrs 2 min (360 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.


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Book Review | VICTORY OF EAGLES, by Naomi Novik

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Victory of Eagles (Temeraire #5), by Naomi Novik

Publish Date: July 8, 2008
Published by: Del Rey Books
Pages: 374
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

For Britain, conditions are grim: Napoleon’s resurgent forces have breached the Channel and successfully invaded English soil. Napoleon’s prime objective is the occupation of London. Unfortunately, the dragon Temeraire has been removed from military service–and his captain, Will Laurence, has been condemned to death for treason. Separated by their own government and threatened at every turn by Napoleon’s forces, Laurence and Temeraire must struggle to find each other amid the turmoil of war. If only they can be reunited, master and dragon might rally Britain’s scattered resistance forces and take the fight to the enemy as never before–for king and country, and for their own liberty.


My Review:

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Book Review | STONE COLD TOUCH, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publish Date: August 11, 2014 (audiobook published October 21, 2014)
Published by: Harlequin Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 15 hrs 1 min (448 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life–no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…. 


My Review:

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Personal

So about those reading habit changes…

You know how I recently decided to start reading for myself and my mood and just, not try to cram in egalleys before their publish date?  Yeah that’s a laugh.

I’m the children’s lead at my local BN and they just announced the YA Book Club and I know I’m going to be running it (especially since I love YA).  Technically I don’t have to read the books, I’m just there to facilitate and get the discussion rolling, but it would be stupid not to.  Also the first three books are already on my TBR anyway.

It’s just the fact that I just made the decision to go back to reading for me and now I have three books lined up that I need to read before a certain date again.

And then there is BookCon and the fact that some of the authors I want to meet and get autographs from have books I haven’t read yet and that I really want to before meeting them.  If I even get autographing tix for them (here’s crossing fingers for Meg Cabot and Eoin Colfer, my top two choices).

But I’m not going to think about that today because I just came off of one hellish tech week (where each night ended around 11 or 12 and I ended up getting 5 hours of sleep each night, maybe less), and I just need a day to not really think about anything so I am just catching up on some TV shows instead.

Like, I am more than happy that there is going to be a YA Book Club for BN now, but also I’m just sighing internally because lol I tried.