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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 | 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!
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Book Review | ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE, by C. C. Hunter

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One Foot in the Grave (The Mortician’s Daughter #1), by C. C. Hunter

Publish Date: October 31, 2017 
Published by: BookEnds
Audiobook Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 7 hrs 18 min (325 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Her dad’s job is with the dead… and he’s bringing his work home with him.

Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.

But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?


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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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