Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch #2) by Adriana Mather book review

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Synopsis

The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.

Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.

Review

I really enjoyed reading this book! I did not read the first book in the series but this book still mad perfect sense without having read the first. Also nothing seemed to be too spoiled from book one to keep me from reading it. The writing style is beautiful and flawless and I greatly enjoyed the overall plot. I love how vivid and imaginative the book was. And if i’m not mistaken the author has family that was on the actual Titanic, so you could tell the topic was well researched. The characters are amazing and each one helps build the others. There was no one in the background and no character was irrelevant. Super fun read! Slightly spooky, and slightly eerie! I’d def recommend it!

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The Breathless by Tara Goedjen book review

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Synopsis

No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is. Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died. And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever. And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

Review

This book was actually pretty good. Now before I go into my review I want to say if you check out this book read it going in knowing its YA and not adult. I found the characters in this book to rather interesting. They were intriguing and each one added their own layer to the story. The plot while being very YA was still well written and did not feel drug out. I would have like more surprises to this story though. I felt as though things were a little predictable. This is my first book by this author and i’s still like to see more, as I did love the writing and found it well done and very interesting. Tara definitely has a knack for this kind of story. 4 stars from me.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo book review

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Synopsis

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

 

Review

I was pretty excited for this book! I was stoked when I saw some of my favorite YA authors are banding together to tell tales of Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batman, and Superman. This book is the first in the series of these tales that are being published. Bardugo has been one of my favorite authors for a while now and I fell in love with this book. She shows the power of female friendships, and what it means to stand up and fight! The characters in this book are strong and well written. Each one is very memorable and brings something to the story. No one is forgotten and you learn to love each character. The ending is left open to the potential of there being more books in the Wonder Woman series, which i’m looking forward to!

No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear book review

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Synopsis

A gripping reimagining of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired it

November is usually quiet in Holcomb, Kansas, but in 1959, the town is shattered by the quadruple murder of the Clutter family. Suspicion falls on Nancy Clutter’s boyfriend, Bobby Rupp, the last one to see them alive. New Yorker Carly Fleming, new to the small Midwestern town, is an outsider. She tutored Nancy, and (in private, at least) they were close. Carly and Bobby were the only ones who saw that Nancy was always performing, and that she was cracking under the pressure of being Holcomb’s golden girl. The secret connected Carly and Bobby. Now that Bobby is an outsider, too, they’re bound closer than ever. Determined to clear Bobby’s name, Carly dives into the murder investigation and ends up in trouble with the local authorities. But that’s nothing compared to the wrath she faces from Holcomb once the real perpetrators are caught. When her father is appointed to defend the killers of the Clutter family, the entire town labels the Flemings as traitors. Now Carly must fight for what she knows is right.

Review

This is a marvelous book! As soon as I saw the synopsis for this book I had to get my hands on it! I am an avid fan of Truman Capote and love thriller type books. This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I had already known before I read this book who had murdered the Clutter family due to me reading Capote’s book and researching the actual murders themselves, but this didn’t stop me from needing to keep reading on and turning the pages as fast as possible to see what would happen next! Amy definitely did her research as she stayed with as many true facts as possible including who was Nancy’s boyfriend at the time of the murders. This book was fascinating and great as a young adult read. Amy does a wonderful job at handling the murder scenes without being over the top or adding in too many details to where it would cross any lines of respect due in part to the actual family. I also loved all the extra tidbits to that time period that were slipped in. Such as: JFK running for president, Truman Capote and how he actually was as a person, the strain for that period between the social classes, and the way the town was as a whole. I found the writing wonderful and well done. While this is my first book by this author it wont be the last. I also thoroughly enjoyed the cover to this book. This is a high recommendation and 5 stars from me.

 

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood book review

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Synopsis

Plenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, their carcasses turning the land black. If anyone did believe it all, there’s no way River Red High would offer a field trip there for the senior class.

Five very different seniors on the trip—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—have reasons beyond school spirit for not ditching the trip. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any local folklore. To survive, they’ll have to band together in ways they never could have imagined and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves.

Review

This has to be one of the best horror books I have read in a long time! This book not only brings you horror and edge of your seat action, but also brings to light what it means to grow up. This book has so many valuable meanings within it. I particularly love how it shows high school for what it is, a lesson in growing up. This book does a great job of showing teenagers vs social classes, and finding oneself and learning how to stand up in the face of it all. The plot to this was original and well written. The layout of the house was vivid and imaginative and each scene following the different rooms had me unable to put this book down. This book is well written and truly immerses the reader into the world that the author has written. I particularly loved all the banter back and fourth between the main characters and the objects/ people they come across while going through the different rooms. The suspense to this book keeps building upon itself as you continue along with the story. Id particularly love to see a second book from this with maybe a prequel that tells the story to the folk legend that backs this book as it was very interesting.  This is definitely an author to watch for! 5 stars from me for this wonderful read!

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack book review

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Synopsis

the Angelus bell
ringing out over its villages and townlands,
over the fields and hills and bogs in between,
six chimes of three across a minute and a half,
a summons struck
on the lip of the void

Once a year, on All Souls’ Day, it is said in Ireland that the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit. Marcus Conway, a middle-aged engineer, turns up one afternoon at his kitchen table and considers the events that took him away and then brought him home again. Funny and strange, McCormack’s ambitious and other-worldly novel plays with form and defies convention. This is profound new work is by one of Ireland’s most important contemporary novelists. A beautiful and haunting elegy, this story of order and chaos, love and loss captures how minor decisions ripple into waves and test our integrity every day.

Review

SO…. This book is a bit different as well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this as it has beautiful narrative. The book flows with the character’s thoughts as you go from one thought to the next without stopping. This book is written in line breaks and one LONG sentence. I feel it was necessary for the story as it gave it more oomph. While reading the synopsis of the book I thought this would be a tad different than what I ended up reading. However what I did read was different for all the right reasons as I was drawn into the character’s mind as I saw into his life and who he is/was as a person. As I came to the conclusion of this book I was glad I went into this book blind as I’ve noticed tons of spoilers out there. If you pay close enough attention to the blurb for this book you are given away the ending (which still shook me). After reading author interviews I learned this book goes so much deeper than I thought. The author had actually mentioned he wanted to give away the ending due him not wanting it to feel cheap. While I love huge surprise endings as such, I can see how it did benefit the book to have given away such. The writing style is commendable and I could not tear myself from this book. There is such a poeticness to the voice behind this book. The premise of this book kept me reading on. The way the book flows was absolutely beautiful and I loved every word of it. This should have gotten a lot more notice I believe but I think the issue was the writing style. So, again take this book for what it is and go into it blind and let it flow though you and see the deeper meanings. Truly an author to keep on your shelf. 5 stars from me. I received this book from SoHo Teen in exchange for my open and honest review.

 

Sip by Brian Allen Carr book review

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Synopsis

A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival

It started with a single child, and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure light of the moon. Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to find more shadow, at any cost, or go mad. 150 years later, what’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome-cities that are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted friend Murk, and an ex-Domer named Bale, search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley’s Comet, which is only days away.

Review

What a strange little novel…… This novel is definitely different. one that is very very hard to explain without either giving away too much or by making it seem so weird that one might deter from reading it. now don’t get me wrong, i thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I am still confused to some aspects within the novel and not to sound as though it is a bad thing it is the way it is left intended by the author. i believe it is meant to leave you questioning things. Whether it is by the darkness of the novel both figurative and and actually within), the chapter and writing style or by the whole aspect of the crime of forcible amputation. This novel is definitely different. I highly recommend this novel because of such. It was an enjoyable read. The plot kept me reading on and I “1 clicked” read it. I did not want to put this book down as there was just so much depth to it below the surface. This book will leave you reeling and questioning things. While the ending is tied up pretty good, I want more of this as a series, just to see where it goes. The characters are diverse and well written and each has their own voice. Again while the plot being a little effed up and differently written, it was well loved by me. 4 stars from this girl. While i was sent this book from SoHo Teen for review, all thoughts, and opinions are my own.