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Book Review | WHITE HOT KISS, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publish Date: February 25, 2014 (audiobook published April 22, 2014)
Published by: Harlequin Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 12 hrs 25 min (392 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

One kiss could be the last 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.


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Book Review | SPECTACLE, by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

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Spectacleby Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Publish Date: February 12, 2019
Published by: Tor Teen
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Mystery/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley, and as a physical ARC through my workplace, in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.


My Review:

So much of me want to like this book more than I did. I was intrigued from the summary, and was looking forward to it very much. And the beginning started off well. But slowly, over the course of the novel, I found myself losing interest as the writing took off on tangents that felt unnecessary to the plot, and only mildly interested in the characters themselves. Continue reading “Book Review | SPECTACLE, by Jodie Lynn Zdrok”

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Book Review | JUST DREAMING, by Kerstin Gier

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Just Dreaming (The Silver Trilogy #3), by Kerstin Gier

Publish Date: October 8, 2015 (audiobook published May 2, 2017)
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Translated to English by: Anthea Bell
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Pages: 349 (approx. 10 1/2 hrs)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

The course of dream travel never did run smooth—at least, not in Liv Silver’s experience. Able to visit other people’s dreams (whether they want her to or not), Liv has solved mysteries, unearthed difficult truths, fought madmen, and escaped life-threatening peril, all from the comfort of her own bed. But Liv’s troubles are just beginning…

A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead-set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy.


My Review:

This was definitely a great ending to such a fun trilogy! I very much enjoyed listening to these audiobooks. Gier has such a way of pulling me into the story so easily and filling it with such interesting ideas and fun characters that I can’t help but falling in love. Continue reading “Book Review | JUST DREAMING, by Kerstin Gier”

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Book Review | DREAM ON, by Kerstin Gier

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Dream On (The Silver Trilogy #2), by Kerstin Gier

Publish Date: June 26, 2014 (audiobook published June 21, 2016)
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Translated to English by: Anthea Bell
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Pages: 317 (approx. 10 hrs)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home (and her new family) in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long.

It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over–in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv?


My Review:

I enjoyed this one just as much as the first one, although I did feel in the beginning that Liv wasn’t as Little-Miss-Nancy-Drew as she claimed to be. There were just a lot of clues and things that she didn’t seem to pick up on, and it was getting a little annoying. Towards the end she got better, but with focus being on other things it didn’t really matter much then, anyway.  Continue reading “Book Review | DREAM ON, by Kerstin Gier”

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Book Review | DREAM A LITTLE DREAM, by Kerstin Gier

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Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy #1), by Kerstin Gier

Publish Date: March 8, 2013 (audiobook published April 14, 2015)
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Translated to English by: Anthea Bell
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Pages: 319 (approx. 10 hrs)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.

The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what’s really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn’t possibly know–unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute….


My Review:

So after being completely sucked into the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier, I knew I had to continue with her work in Dream a Little Dream. And from the description alone it was already giving me some Raven Boys vibes, so I was excited to get into it. And it definitely did not disappoint. Continue reading “Book Review | DREAM A LITTLE DREAM, by Kerstin Gier”

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Book Review | THE BODY FINDER, by Kimberly Derting

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The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1), by Kimberly Derting

Publish Date: March 16, 2010
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 338
Genre: YA Paranormal/YA Romance/YA Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.


My Review:

I have been in a contemporary/paranormal sort of mood lately, so this one definitely fit the bill when I randomly chose to pick it up from my TBR. It was an engaging story, with an interesting main character and premise, a great friend-to-lovers romance, and a captivating and suspenseful plot. Continue reading “Book Review | THE BODY FINDER, by Kimberly Derting”