Book Review, Space, ya sci-fi, young adult

Book Review | STARFALL, by Melissa Landers

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Starfall (Starflight #2), by Melissa Landers

Publish Date: February 7, 2017 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Length: 368 pages
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.


My Review: 

This was a so-so sequel. I honestly found myself only mildly interested in it, and even at times it felt like I was forcing myself to slog through it. Continue reading “Book Review | STARFALL, by Melissa Landers”

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Book Review | STARFLIGHT, by Melissa Landers

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Starflight (Starflight #1), by Melissa Landers

Publish Date: February 2, 2016 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Length: 362 pages
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…


My Review: 

I really enjoyed the characters and overall plotline in this, despite some plot holes here and there. It was an extremely fun read, with a slow-burn enemies-to-lovers there-is-only-one-bed romance that had me grinning madly Continue reading “Book Review | STARFLIGHT, by Melissa Landers”

Book Review, Favorite Reads, mg paranormal, Middle Grade

Book Review | THE EMPTY GRAVE, by Jonathan Stroud

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The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5), by Jonathan Stroud

Publish Date: September 18, 2018 (first published September 12, 2017)
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 427
Genre: MG Paranormal/Horror
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Five months after the events in THE CREEPING SHADOW, we join Lockwood, Lucy, George, Holly, and their associate Quill Kipps on a perilous night mission: they have broken into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum, where the body of the legendary psychic heroine Marissa Fittes lies. Or does it? This is just one of the many questions to be answered in Book 5 of the Lockwood & Co. series. Will Lockwood ever reveal more about his family’s past to Lucy? Will their trip to the Other Side leave Lucy and Lockwood forever changed? Will Penelope Fittes succeed in shutting down their agency forever? The young agents must survive attacks from foes both spectral and human before they can take on their greatest enemy in a climactic and chaotic battle. And to prevail they will have to rely on help from some surprising–and shadowy–allies.


My Review:

Such a good ending! I loved seeing everything come together finally, have all the questions answered, and of course, the little family that is Lockwood & Co come out on top in the end.  Continue reading “Book Review | THE EMPTY GRAVE, by Jonathan Stroud”

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Book Review | THE CREEPING SHADOW, by Jonathan Stroud

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The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. #4), by Jonathan Stroud

Publish Date: September 12, 2017 (first published September 13, 2016)
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 435
Genre: MG Paranormal/Horror
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them–and only them–to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along. . . .


My Review:  Continue reading “Book Review | THE CREEPING SHADOW, by Jonathan Stroud”

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Book Review | THE HOLLOW BOY, by Jonathan Stroud

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The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3), by Jonathan Stroud

Publish Date: August 16, 2016 (first published September 15, 2015)
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 385
Genre: MG Paranormal/Horror
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

As a massive outbreak of supernatural Visitors baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests throughout London, Lockwood & Co. continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. Anthony Lockwood is dashing, George insightful, and Lucy dynamic, while the skull in the jar utters sardonic advice from the sidelines. There is a new spirit of openness in the team now that Lockwood has shared some of his childhood secrets, and Lucy is feeling more and more as if her true home is at Portland Row. It comes as a great shock, then, when Lockwood and George introduce her to an annoyingly perky and hyper-efficient new assistant, Holly Munro.

Meanwhile, there are reports of many new hauntings, including a house where bloody footprints are appearing, and a department store full of strange sounds and shadowy figures. But ghosts seem to be the least of Lockwood & Co.’s concerns when assassins attack during a carnival in the center of the city. Can the team get past their personal issues to save the day on all fronts, or will bad feelings attract yet more trouble?

Danger abounds, tensions escalate, and new loyalties form in this third delightfully terrifying adventure in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.


My Review:

For a lot of this book I was kind of bitter and angry, but by the end I still loved it and these characters absolutely. Continue reading “Book Review | THE HOLLOW BOY, by Jonathan Stroud”

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Book Review | THE WHISPERING SKULL, by Jonathan Stroud

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The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2), by Jonathan Stroud

Publish Date: September 15, 2015 (first published September 16, 2014)
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 424
Genre: MG Paranormal/Horror
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.


My Review:

I think I found my new obsession, because I can’t get enough of this series and I am only on book two. I love these characters, love the plots, love the mysteries and ghastly ghostliness. It keeps me entranced and chilled to the bone, on edge throughout the entire book while I follow Lucy, Lockwood and George through their investigations. Continue reading “Book Review | THE WHISPERING SKULL, by Jonathan Stroud”