Book Review

Book Review | A LIGHT AMONGST SHADOWS, by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood

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A Light Amongst Shadows (Dark is the Night #1), by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood

Publish Date: June 1, 2018 (audiobook published August 20, 2019)
Published by: Tantor Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Kale Williams
Length: 8 hrs 12 min (342 pages)
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/LGBTQ+/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

James Spencer is hardly the typical troubled youth who ends up at Whisperwood School for Boys. Instead of hating the strict schedules and tight oversight by staff, James blossoms, quickly making friends, indulging in his love of writing, and contemplating the merits of sneaking love poems to the elusive and aloof William Esher.

The rumors about William’s sexuality and opium reliance are prime gossip material amongst the third years . . . rumors that only further pique James’ curiosity to uncover what William is really like beneath all that emotional armor. And, when the normally collected William stumbles in one night, shaken and ranting of ghosts, James is the only one who believes him.

James himself has heard the nails dragging down his bedroom door and the sobs echoing in the halls at night. He knows others have, too, even if no one will admit it. The staff refuses to entertain such ridiculous tales, and punishment awaits anyone who brings it up.

Their fervent denial and the disappearance of students only furthers James’ determination to find out what secrets Whisperwood is hiding . . . especially if it prevents William and himself from becoming the next victims.


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Book Review | THE WISDOM OF MADNESS, by C. J. Archer

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The Wisdom of Madness (The Ministry of Curiosities #10), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: June 5, 2018
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 260 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

With Alice determined to discover the truth about her past, and Seth determined to help her, the couple find themselves sucked into a world where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. On the run to escape a mad queen’s wrath, and with an entire realm looking for them, tensions fray and friendships are tested.

Even worse for Seth, shocking secrets he’d rather leave buried are brought to the surface.

Joined on their adventure by an irritable Gus and a mysterious Eva, the four friends must learn the truth of Alice’s past so she can forge her future.

But a future with whom? And where?


My Review:

This is unfortunately not a great book to conclude a series with. Continue reading “Book Review | THE WISDOM OF MADNESS, by C. J. Archer”

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Book Review | DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN, by Tricia Levenseller

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Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2), by Tricia Levenseller

Publish Date: February 27, 2018 (audiobook published March 1, 2018)
Published by: Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 9 hrs 13 min (341 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


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Book Review | VOW OF DECEPTION, by C. J. Archer

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Vow of Deception (The Ministry of Curiosities #9), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: December 5, 2017
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 297 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

With the wedding only days away, the Ministry is thrown into turmoil when another murder is committed by a shape-shifter. But this time the newspapers make the connection to werewolves – and the Ministry. Suddenly the attention is focused on Lichfield Towers and its residents as the police investigate and parliament wants to shut the organization down.

It could spell the end of everything Charlie has come to love.

As the authorities close in and ministry secrets are exposed, past allies can no longer be trusted. Can Charlie save her home, her loved ones, and herself? Or will she lose Lincoln and her friends forever?


My Review:

This one felt much better than the last few books in the series. I don’t know if it is because I read a different book between the last one and this one and suddenly got in the mood for it again, or if it was because I was just excited to be closing in on the end of the series. But either way, I felt like the characters, Charlie especially, felt more like they were in the beginning and the plot was more intriguing and fast-paced as opposed to feeling like it was dragged out and going in circles.  Continue reading “Book Review | VOW OF DECEPTION, by C. J. Archer”