Book Review

Book Review | WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU DEMONS, by Jennifer Honeybourn

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When Life Gives You Demonsby Jennifer Honeybourn

Publish Date: July 17, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 272
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Shelby Black has spent the past year training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest and Shelby’s guardian—believes she has a gift for expelling demons, and he’s put her through exorcist boot camp hell, but he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity quiet, especially from Spencer, her cute math tutor. Secrets run in Shelby’s family, though: her mother has been missing ever since an exorcism went horribly wrong, and Uncle Roy is tight-lipped about it. But Shelby’s hell-bent on finding her mom, no matter what—even if what it ends up costing her her soul AND a date with Spencer.


My Review:

I honestly didn’t think I was going to end up reading this book in two days but that’s exactly what I did. Somehow it sucked me right in and I could not bring myself to put it down until I finished it. With some great Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mediator vibes, this book was fun, quick, and a completely engrossing read. Continue reading “Book Review | WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU DEMONS, by Jennifer Honeybourn”

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Book Review | THE SOUL KEEPERS, by Devon Taylor

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The Soul Keepersby Devon Taylor

Publish Date: July 3, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Death is just the beginning.

After dying in a terrible car accident, Rhett awakens in the afterlife and is recruited to join the crew of the Harbinger, a colossal seafaring vessel tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead. To where exactly, no one knows. But the crew must get the souls there, and along the way protect them from vicious soul-eating monsters that will stop at nothing to take the ship and all of its occupants.

Rhett and his new friends have a hard enough time fighting back the monsters that grow bolder and more ferocious every day. But then a new threat emerges, a demon who wants something that Rhett has. And if she gets it, it could mean the end of everything… for both the living and the dead.


My Review:

I really wanted to enjoy this book, and while the writing style was definitely good and easy to get through, there was something that just didn’t click for me. In fact, I almost DNF’d it several times in the first half, but decided to continue with it because it was moving so quickly and I thought I might get into it at some point. There were definitely missing elements to the story and plot, and just a scraping of the surface of the characters that left me wanting more from them than what I got. Continue reading “Book Review | THE SOUL KEEPERS, by Devon Taylor”

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Book Review | BLACK IS FOR BEGININGS, by Laurie faria Stolarz

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Black is for Beginnings (Blue is for Nightmares #5), by Laurie faria Stolarz

Publish Date: September 8, 2009
Published by: Flux
Pages: 160
Genre: YA Fantasy/Graphic Novel
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Prophetic dreams. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Stacey’s nightmares are back. And all she wants to do is go to Colorado and work things out with Jacob, who hasn’t been able to remember her since he lost his memory in his brush with death. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts. Black is for Beginnings reveals the never-before-seen backstory–and what lies ahead–for the young, spellcasting lovers.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | BLACK IS FOR BEGININGS, by Laurie faria Stolarz”

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Book Review | ACE OF SHADES, by Amanda Foody

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Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)by Amanda Foody

Publish Date: April 10, 2018
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss and NetGalley in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.


My Review:

I knew as soon as I read the description of this book that it was going to be a must-read for me. And I knew as soon as I started it that I was going to love it. The atmosphere, the fantasy setting that mixes a 1920’s vibe with a very unique magic system, and of course the characters all pulled me into this enticing world and kept my attention throughout. Continue reading “Book Review | ACE OF SHADES, by Amanda Foody”

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Book Review | DREAD NATION, by Justina Ireland

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Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1)by Justina Ireland

Publish Date: April 3, 2018
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.


My Review:

This is one of those books that hooks you from the start and holds on tight throughout the story. I almost skipped reading it because I was falling behind on the egalleys I needed to read, but I am so glad I read the prologue “just to see how it was.” The writing was so immediately engrossing and spectacular that I knew I needed to continue. Justina Ireland has a voice that is distinct and radiant, and has created a unique story that is both thrilling and eye-opening. Continue reading “Book Review | DREAD NATION, by Justina Ireland”

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Book Review | THE SUPERVILLIAN AND ME, by Danielle Banas

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The Supervillain and Meby Danielle Banas

Publish Date: July 10, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy/Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Never trust a guy in spandex.

In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.

That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.

After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.


My Review:

I honestly did not intend to read this book so soon, considering it doesn’t come out until July, but for some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about it and so I picked it up to see if reading the first chapter would satisfy my craving for a bit. It ended up sucking me in instead and somehow I couldn’t put it down. And while the story is very entertaining and easy to follow, it does lack in some areas and could have used more depth. Continue reading “Book Review | THE SUPERVILLIAN AND ME, by Danielle Banas”