Book Review

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”

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Book Review | A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY, by Susan Dennard

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2), by Susan Dennard

Publish Date: July 23, 2013 (audiobook published November 6, 2018)
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 12 hrs 7 min (406 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

With her brother dead and her mother unwell, Eleanor Fitt is alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and sees haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her.

To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. But Oliver harbors a dangerous secret involving necromancy and black magic that entices Eleanor. If she can resist him, she’ll be fine. When she arrives in Paris, she finds a whole new evil lurking—forcing her to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

In Paris, there’s a price for this darkness strange and lovely, and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.


My Review:

So I definitely enjoyed listening to this one more than the first one for some reason. Usually second books always feels like a drag to me, but strangely this one actually caught my attention more. Continue reading “Book Review | A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY, by Susan Dennard”

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Book Review | THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS, by Katy Rose Pool

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There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness #1)by Katy Rose Pool

Publish Date: September 3, 2019
Published by: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Pages: 496
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it? 

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?


My Review:

This book has completely stolen my heart. When I first came across it, I discovered it on Edelweiss and the cover is what clearly caught my eye. And seriously, bravo to the designer and publishing team for so encapsulating this story in such a poignant design for the cover. I then read the title, the summary, and just went “yes.” I couldn’t stop thinking about it and when I found out that Katy Rose Pool was going to be at BookCon, I started reading it sooner than anticipated and have zero regrets. (And yes I stalked met her outside of a panel she was doing and she was sweet and wonderful and I couldn’t have been happier). With a cast of characters that steal your heart away and a breathtaking world that is built upon my dreams (or so it seems), this book is just…everything. Continue reading “Book Review | THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS, by Katy Rose Pool”

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Book Review | AGAIN, BUT BETTER, by Christine Riccio

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Again, but Better, by Christine Riccio

Publish Date: May 7, 2019
Published by: Wednesday Books
Length: 373 pages
Genre: YA Fiction (with a little bit of fantasy)
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that? 

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! 

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. 

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.


My Review:

This is one of those books that takes my own what-ifs and brings them into a reality I could only fantasize about. Going into this book, I was hopeful but hesitant. I have not followed Christine Riccio on any social media platform, but I knew she was popular from seeing her name a lot. So when I saw that she was getting a book published I was trying not to expect too much. The premise sounded interesting, to be sure, especially since I too have a lot of regrets about college and decisions I made that I wish I could go back and do again, so I was immediately intrigued when I first read the description. And surprisingly, by the end of the book, I could not stop smiling like a drunken idiot. Continue reading “Book Review | AGAIN, BUT BETTER, by Christine Riccio”