Book Review

Book Review | BEYOND THE GRAVE, by C. J. Archer

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Beyond the Grave (The Ministry of Curiosities #3), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: November 4, 2015 (audiobook published February 1, 2017)
Published by: C. J. Archer
Audiobook Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Length: 9 hrs 26 min (284 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

At the request of Lady Harcourt, Charlie and Lincoln begin searching for her missing stepson. Still recovering from her ordeal at the hands of a diabolical villain, Charlie is supposed to be resting. But resting is dull, so she throws herself into the task at hand, much to Lincoln’s frustration.

The search leads them down a dark path littered with family secrets and titillating scandal. Using her necromancy to expose those secrets, Charlie unwittingly raises a spirit with the power to override her control. With a dead body on the loose in London, Charlie and Lincoln must work together to send it back before havoc is unleashed, and the committee members find out.

Because if they do, they will have more ammunition in their fight to send Charlie away from her home and everyone she loves.


My Review: 

Loved this one as much as the first two, although it felt a but slower with a more mundane mystery. I still enjoyed the characters, though, and am eager to start the next one in the series.

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Book Review | HER MAJESTY’S NECROMANCER, by C. J. Archer

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Her Majesty’s Necromancer (The Ministry of Curiosities #2), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: August 24, 2015 (audiobook published August 6, 2019)
Published by: C. J. Archer
Audiobook Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Length: 8 hrs 10 min (268 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When bodies go missing from the cemetery, Lincoln and the Ministry of Curiosities investigate. But not Charlie. As a housemaid at Lichfield Towers, she doesn’t get involved in Ministry business.

Instead, she conducts investigations of her own. She searches for details about her real mother, and makes inquiries into Lincoln’s background. What she learns has the power to destroy the fragile trust they’ve built, or bring them closer together.

As secrets are revealed, and investigations don’t go as planned, Charlie finds her necromancy sucking her into a whirlpool filled with betrayal, lies and danger.


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Book Review | THE LAST NECROMANCER, by C. J. Archer

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The Last Necromancer (The Ministry of Curiosities #1), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: August 11, 2015 (audiobook published October 27, 2016)
Published by: C. J. Archer/Spoken Realms
Audiobook Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Length: 9 hrs (268 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

For five years Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time her father banished her. This time she brings even more trouble upon herself.

People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world – Charlotte – but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will and for an organization she doesn’t trust?

Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.


My Review:

I really enjoyed listening to this one. Despite the fact that for a lot of the beginning it felt like nothing was happening, I still really enjoyed it and became completely invested in Charlie and the mysteries surrounding her. I loved the inclusion of V.F. in it and how that played out. Part of me felt like it should have been eye-roll inducing, but I was actually excited when I saw where things were going with the necromancy. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was her infatuation with Fitzroy – he just rubbed me the wrong way sometimes and also he is twelve years older than her. Still, I absolutely enjoyed listening to it and can’t wait to start the next one.

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Book Review | TARNISHED ARE THE STARS, by Rosiee Thor

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Tarnished Are the Starsby Rosiee Thor

Publish Date: October 15, 2019 (audiobook published October 1, 2019)
Published by: Scholastic Press
Audiobook Narrated by: Rosie Jones
Length: 11 hrs 17 min (384 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog — donning the moniker Technician — to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws.

Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father’s respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father’s elusive affection is worth chasing at all.

Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner’s secrets at any cost — even if it means betraying her own heart.

When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic — before the Commissioner ends them first.


My Review:

I listened to this as an audiobook and so it took a little bit of getting into and understanding the world-building, but once I did I absolutely enjoyed it. I loved the characters and the plotline was intriguing, and it kept me completely enthralled throughout it.  Continue reading “Book Review | TARNISHED ARE THE STARS, by Rosiee Thor”

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Book Review | ENDLESSLY, by Kiersten White

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Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3), by Kiersten White

Publish Date: July 24, 2012 
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Eiden
Length: 9 hrs 55 min (385 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

In Endlessly, pink-loving, butt-kicking Evie has way too much on her to-do list. Paranormals are begging her to open a faerie gate so they can leave the human world, something Evie’s not sure she has the power to do. The Dark Queen is torturing humans and must be destroyed.

On top of all that, Evie’s prom is coming up. She’s not sure what to wear, and, oh, yeah, her shape-shifting boyfriend, Lend, has been cursed so that he falls into an enchanted sleep whenever he and Evie are in the same room…and even Evie’s ex-boyfriend, the faerie Reth, can’t reverse the dark magic.

An epic battle is looming, and the choices Evie makes will determine the fate of whole paranormal world—and her own life.


My Review:

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Book Review | SUPERNATURALLY, by Kiersten White

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Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2), by Kiersten White

Publish Date: June 1, 2011 (audiobook published July 26, 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Eiden
Length: 8 hrs 12 min (336 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.


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