Favorite Reads

2019 Reading Round Up

2019 is at an end, the Roaring Twenties is right around the corner, and here is my round up of my reading for the year!  Favorite books read, goals achieved (and unachieved), and thoughts for the year to come!

First book read this year: All is Fairby Dee Garretson
Final book read this year: Of Fate and Phantoms (The Ministry of Curiosities #7), by C. J. Hunter


Favorite Reads of the Year

 

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Book Review | SPELLCASTER, by Claudia Gray

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Spellcaster (Spellcaster #1), by Claudia Gray

Publish Date: March 1, 2013 (audiobook published March 5, 2013)
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 11 hrs 8 min (389 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town—a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she’s come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away.

Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family’s tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia’s family, her newfound friends, and her own life. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets, and star-crossed romance.


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Book Review | FROM THE ASHES, by C. J. Archer

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From the Ashes (The Ministry of Curiosities #6), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: August 23, 2016 
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 309 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Charlie returns to Lichfield, she steps into chaos. The killer is still on the loose, Lady Harcourt’s secret is out, Seth and Gus are gone, and Lady Vickers has come to stay. But nothing compares to the chaos inflicted on Charlie’s heart by seeing Lincoln every day.

Despite their frequent clashes, Lincoln and Charlie manage to work together to narrow their list of suspects. No one can be trusted, especially not the members of the committee who are not what they seem. Long buried pasts are dug up as Charlie and Lincoln attempt to restore peace to Lichfield.

But when danger enters her home, Charlie’s world is shattered.


My Review: 

I think this one dragged for me a bit too, more because it’s the third book dealing with the same murder mystery and I just needed that to be solved already. The beginning and ending were great – I LOVED the addition of Alice and the ending was chock full of interesting stuff, but the middle was a bit of a drag.

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Book Review | ASHES TO ASHES, by C. J. Archer

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Ashes to Ashes (The Ministry of Curiosities #5), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: April 11, 2016
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 126 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Charlie is gone, and Lincoln finds that Lichfield Towers offers no sanctuary. With reminders of her at every turn, and employees threatening to mutiny, he must try to find the murderer who is killing supernaturals on his own. And keep the murderer away from Charlie.

When the strongman from the visiting Barnum and Bailey’s circus is murdered, Lincoln suspects a link, but piecing together the clues becomes dangerous and difficult work. He can’t afford to be distracted, yet he finds he can’t concentrate fully on the task. Even worse, Seth’s mother, the incomparable Lady Vickers, has come to stay.


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Book Review | THREE HEARTBEATS AWAY, by C. C. Hunter

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Three Heartsbeats Away (The Mortician’s Daughter #3), by C. C. Hunter

Publish Date: June 18, 2019
Published by: N/A
Audiobook Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 7 hrs 57 min (234 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

The dead carry their secrets with them…

At least until they end up at Riley Smith’s door. Her latest spectral visitor is a murdered bride with a need for revenge, and not necessarily for the person who killed her. Never mind that killer is about to strike again. Riley’s determined to help, but is missing Hayden, the hot, ghostly boy who’s always had her back.

Living, breathing Hayden is awake, which means his spirit isn’t around to flirt with Riley anymore. Worse yet, the “real” Hayden doesn’t remember her. Their connection had been so strong. Did his feelings for Riley just disappear into the ether?

As Riley gets closer to finding the bride’s killer, other secrets are revealed: secrets that changes everything Riley thought she knew about her parents. But before she can completely unravel the mystery of her past, Riley will need to escape the murderer that threatens her future.


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Book Review | TWO FEET UNDER, by C. C. Hunter

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Two Feet Under (The Mortician’s Daughter #2), by C. C. Hunter

Publish Date: October 1, 2018
Published by: BookEnds
Audiobook Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 6 hrs 23 min (325 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Riley has accepted that her special gift is to help dead people with their unfinished business. But she never thought she’d be tasked with helping the spirit of a convicted criminal who died in prison. He may lead her on the scariest mission yet, but helping him could mean saving the life of a child. The convict’s daughter needs a liver transplant and the one person who could still be a match is his brother…who also happens to be a gang leader.

Hayden’s not happy that Riley’s discovered who he is and is seeing him sick and unconscious in his hospital bed. This feels like as good a time as ever to cross over and put all of them out of their misery….but Riley is in danger. She’s visiting some of the most dangerous spots and confronting some of the creepiest low-lifes in town. For her, he’ll need to regain his strength and fight to keep her safe.

But dealing with other people’s problems still can’t keep Riley from her own. Her dad’s drinking has gotten worse. And she’ll soon learn it’s because he’s been keeping a huge, horrible secret that will change everything she believes about her family and her mother’s death.


My Review: 

Just as enjoyable as the first with some more romantic angst that gas me enthralled. About to start the next one!