Book Review

Book Review | SEAFIRE, by Natalie C. Parker

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Seafire (Seafire #1), by Natalie C. Parker

Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Published by: Razorbill
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?


My Review:

So this book was a bit of a journey for me. Going into it I thought for sure I was going to love it – strong women, ships at sea, the fight against tyranny – but for some reason things just didn’t click for me right away. I don’t know if it was a mood thing (I had just spent a lot of time reading and needed a bit of a break), or if it was the writing itself, but I honestly didn’t feel that invested in the characters or the story until close to the end of the book. But when I did finally feel a stirring of interest, it kind of bloomed quickly and had me completely invested until the end. Continue reading “Book Review | SEAFIRE, by Natalie C. Parker”

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Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab

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City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1), by Victoria Schwab

Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Published by: Scholastic Press
Pages: 272
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. 


My Review:

Being a fan of V.E. Schwab’s other books, when I heard that she was working on a middle grade novel about ghosts, I knew I had to read it. This book was a fun and suspenseful read, full of some interesting characters and world-building, and a wonderful story about friendship and ghosts. Continue reading “Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab”

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Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi

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Emergency Contactby Mary H. K. Choi

Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher as a Barnes & Noble Bookseller in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.


My Review:

I had been hearing about this book all over the internet for a while before we received the ARC at work, and immediately snatched it up. It sounded like it was going to be a cute romance that is perfect for our modern age and I was eager to see what it was about. And while I wouldn’t say it was a “cute” romance, it was certainly an entertaining read with great characters and writing that kept me engaged. Continue reading “Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi”

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Book Review | THE HAZEL WOOD, by Melissa Albert

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The Hazel Woodby Melissa Albert

Publish Date: January 30, 2018
Published by: Flatiron Books
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher as a bookseller for barnes & Noble in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.


My Review:

The Hazel Wood is the wish of every fantasy lover out there, who dreams of finding a magical door to another world that is home to their favorite stories. Or is it? This book takes the idea of doors-between-worlds and fairy-tale adventures and turns them upside down on their heads and hands you their bleeding hearts on a corroded silver platter. It’s dark, it’s twisted, it gives you chills, but also keeps you completely entranced for the entire ride. Continue reading “Book Review | THE HAZEL WOOD, by Melissa Albert”

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Book Review | REIGN OF THE FALLEN, by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Reign of the Fallenby Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publish Date: January 23, 2018
Published by: Razorbill
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher as a Bookseller for Barnes & Noble in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?


My Review:

When I first came across this book I was extremely stoked and excited to read it. It quickly became one of my highly anticipated reads for 2018, and when I managed to get me hands on an ARC of it, I was ecstatic. But sadly, it just didn’t work for me in the long-run. Continue reading “Book Review | REIGN OF THE FALLEN, by Sarah Glenn Marsh”

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Book Review | GUNSLINGER GIRL, by Lyndsay Ely

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Gunslinger Girlby Lyndsay Ely

Publish Date: January 2, 2018
Published by: jimmy patterson (imprint of Little, Brown and Company)
Pages: 432
Genre: YA Fiction/Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher at BookCon2017 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….
In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.


My Review:

This book stole my heart. I really did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Continue reading “Book Review | GUNSLINGER GIRL, by Lyndsay Ely”