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Book Review | THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA, by T. J. Klune

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The House in the Cerulean Sea, by T. J. Klune

Publish Date:  March 17, 2020 
Published by: Tor Books/Macmillan Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 12 hrs 12 min (400 pages)
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours

My Review: 

The House in the Cerulean Sea is a story that feels both timeless and unforgettable. It’s the story of found families, found selves, learning to live with and overcome fears, understanding the unknown, soft romance, and of course, finding home. It made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me cry. This is one of those books that will stay forever in your heart as a place of comfort, love, hope and belonging. Continue reading “Book Review | THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA, by T. J. Klune”

audiobook, Book Review, ya paranormal, ya romance

Book Review | SIGNIFICANCE, by Shelly Crane

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Significance (Significance #1), by Shelly Crane

Publish Date:  June 15, 2011 (audiobook published December 23, 2013)
Published by: Tantor Audio/Kiss Me Productions
Audiobook Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 13 hrs 40 min (396 pages)
Genre: YA Romance/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (1.5 out of 5 stars)


Maggie is a seventeen-year-old girl who’s had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but her mom left, her dad is depressed, she’s graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she meets Caleb. She saves his life and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing, but she’s supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. Things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.

They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she’s ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, but Caleb’s enemies know that Caleb is imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities.

Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

My Review: 

I’m giving this 1.5 stars because while I sort of enjoyed this book, I also thought it wasn’t the best thing ever written. It definitely was lacking in many areas – particularly the characters – and if I had physically read this instead of listening to the audiobook, I think I would have probably hated it. Continue reading “Book Review | SIGNIFICANCE, by Shelly Crane”

audiobook, Book Review, Favorite Reads, Uncategorized, ya lgbtq, ya romance, ya urban fantasy

Book SERIES Review | The Elemental Series, by Brigid Kemmerer

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Elemental series

The Elemental Seriesby Brigid Kemmerer

I am doing something a little different, since I just blew through this series in like two weeks or something, and need to sort of let out my thoughts about this series in general.  Reviews for the individual books in the series can be found further down.

Series Review: 

Okay, I went into this series expecting a fun, exciting story about boys who can control the elements and finding love and blah blah.  Okay, yes I did get that.  What I did NOT expect to get, was a family of brothers that I would absolutely fall in love with. Continue reading “Book SERIES Review | The Elemental Series, by Brigid Kemmerer”

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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)


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.

My Review: 

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audiobook, Book Review, Favorite Reads, Sea/Pirates, ya fantasy, young adult

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)


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.

My Review:

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Book Review | DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, by Tricia Levenseller

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Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1), by Tricia Levenseller

Publish Date: February 28, 2017 (audiobook published July 18, 2017)
Published by: Feiwel Friends/Macmillan Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 7 hrs 25 min (311 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King

My Review: 

I really enjoyed listening to this book! I’ve had the physical copy on my shelf for a while, but when I realized the audiobook narrator was the same person who narrated the Ruby Red trilogy, which I adored, I knew I had to switch gears. Continue reading “Book Review | DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, by Tricia Levenseller”