Book Review, Ghosts

Book Review | HOLLOW WISHES, by Juliet Vane

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Hollow Wishes (Haunted Halls: Winter’s Cavern #1), by Juliet Vane

Publish Date: October 25, 2018
Published by: Juliet Vane
Length: 130 pages
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (1.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

A girl in love with a ghost. A ghost in love with a girl. Neither of them believes in happily ever afters.

Eighteen-year-old Winter doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters, even though she helps support her family by weaving stories about them. While some people visit Lago Caverns to experience the absolute darkness and ghostly atmosphere deep below the ground, most visitors come to hear Winter’s stories.

When a teacher goes missing amidst some ghastly rumors, Winter is the only person who believes something more nefarious is at play…especially when the teacher’s absence spells trouble for Lago Caverns. Armed with the friendship of a ghost, her own fearlessness, and her ability to craft stories that leave listeners spellbound, Winter will get to the bottom of this mystery and save her land.


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Book Review | OUR DARK DUET, by Victoria Schwab

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Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2), by Victoria Schwab

Publish Date:  June 13, 2017
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Audiobook Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
Length: 10 hrs 33 min (512 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.


My Review: 

I didn’t find myself as engrossed in this one as I was with the first. There was something that just wasn’t pulling me in like with This Savage Song.

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Book Review | SIGNIFICANCE, by Shelly Crane

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Significance (Significance #1), by Shelly Crane

Publish Date:  June 15, 2011 (audiobook published December 23, 2013)
Published by: Tantor Audio/Kiss Me Productions
Audiobook Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 13 hrs 40 min (396 pages)
Genre: YA Romance/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (1.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Maggie is a seventeen-year-old girl who’s had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but her mom left, her dad is depressed, she’s graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she meets Caleb. She saves his life and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing, but she’s supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. Things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.

They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she’s ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, but Caleb’s enemies know that Caleb is imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities.

Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?


My Review: 

I’m giving this 1.5 stars because while I sort of enjoyed this book, I also thought it wasn’t the best thing ever written. It definitely was lacking in many areas – particularly the characters – and if I had physically read this instead of listening to the audiobook, I think I would have probably hated it. Continue reading “Book Review | SIGNIFICANCE, by Shelly Crane”

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Book Review | A LIGHT AMONGST SHADOWS, by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood

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A Light Amongst Shadows (Dark is the Night #1), by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood

Publish Date: June 1, 2018 (audiobook published August 20, 2019)
Published by: Tantor Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Kale Williams
Length: 8 hrs 12 min (342 pages)
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/LGBTQ+/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

James Spencer is hardly the typical troubled youth who ends up at Whisperwood School for Boys. Instead of hating the strict schedules and tight oversight by staff, James blossoms, quickly making friends, indulging in his love of writing, and contemplating the merits of sneaking love poems to the elusive and aloof William Esher.

The rumors about William’s sexuality and opium reliance are prime gossip material amongst the third years . . . rumors that only further pique James’ curiosity to uncover what William is really like beneath all that emotional armor. And, when the normally collected William stumbles in one night, shaken and ranting of ghosts, James is the only one who believes him.

James himself has heard the nails dragging down his bedroom door and the sobs echoing in the halls at night. He knows others have, too, even if no one will admit it. The staff refuses to entertain such ridiculous tales, and punishment awaits anyone who brings it up.

Their fervent denial and the disappearance of students only furthers James’ determination to find out what secrets Whisperwood is hiding . . . especially if it prevents William and himself from becoming the next victims.


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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!