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Book Review: Dark Frost

Feb
12
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Title: Dark Frost (Mythos Academy #3)

Author: Jennifer Estep

Summary: [from GoodReads]

I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me again. Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me and I’m in for the fight of my life.

My Review

I have loved this series from the very beginning. The mythology is fun, the boarding school is awesome and the love interest is dreamy. But, unfortunately, this one fell a little short of the others for me.

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Book Review: A Discovery of Witches

Feb
07
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Title: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls #1)

Author: Deborah Harkness

Summary: [from GoodReads]

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

My Review

Wow! I totally did not expect this book. I knew very little about it going in, other than it was a big-seller fantasy. I was half expecting it to be another Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – a good book, but near impossible to get through. Instead I found myself swept away in a remarkably intricate paranormal romance that left me desperate for more!

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Book Review: The Last Dragonslayer

Feb
05
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Title: The Last Dragonslayer (The Last Dragonslayer #1)

Author: Jasper Fforde

Summary: [from GoodReads]

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

My Review

Over the years my love for Jasper Fforde has waned a little. I loved the first few books of the Thursday Next series, but as each novel got bigger and more complex, I felt like the stories suffered for it. But I keep picking up book after book of his, hoping they’ll return to the perfection of the first few novels of his that I read.

Enter The Last Dragonslayer – the first in a new series meant for a Young Adult audience. Completely new world, with its own problems and magic. And I loved it. THIS is what I expect a Jasper Fforde novel to be!

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Book Review: Switched

Jan
31
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Title: Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1)

Author: Amanda Hocking

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.

My Review

I put off reading this one for so long! I have to admit, I was a little prejudiced. I had heard it was originally self-published, and I don’t generally read many self-pub/indie books. Turns out, this one actually wasn’t too bad!

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Book Review: Unraveling

Jan
29
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Title: Unraveling (Unraveling #1)

Author: Elizabeth Norris

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed–as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows–with every fiber of her being–that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something–but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened–the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life–points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets–and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

My Review
This review is of an ARC copy

Woah! I did not see that one coming, AT ALL! And then, once I got it? SO GOOD!

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Book Review: The Diviners

Jan
24
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Title: The Diviners (Diviners #1)

Author: Libba Bray

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.

My Review

Holy crap is Diviners a big book! It was so intimidating that I kept putting it off, worried it would be just too hard to get through. Silly me – it wasn’t hard at all and it was a fabulous read!

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Book Review: Ten

Jan
22
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Title: Ten 

Author: Gretchen McNeil

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 SHHHH!
Don’t spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

My Review

Let me say up front: I don’t do well with horror. I hate horror movies and can only barely manage the gore in crime dramas. I still have nightmares about the one snippet of one of the Hostel movies I was forced to watch in my Pop Culture class. So why I thought Ten would be a good book for me? I haven’t the faintest clue.
Even so, I’d say Ten was fairly well written. I liked that the majority of the characters (except the first ones to die) were fairly well rounded – I really believed that they could each have a motive. I also really liked that there was a mystery to it. It wasn’t just a straight up horror where they know exactly what is after them, and why if there is a reason. I had no idea who was behind it until the very end when it was revealed and I would be very surprised if anyone did. That’s just the way it’s written!

So, even though this was an unusual genre for me and I wouldn’t call it a favorite by a long shot, I thought the book was very well written. If I can find myself enjoying horror, then it must be good!





Book Review: Sapphire Blue

Jan
17
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Title: Sapphire Blue (Edelstein Trilogy #2)

Author: Kerstin Gier

Summary: [from GoodReads]

Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.

My Review

I have been waiting for Sapphire Blue for what seems like forever. I mean, after the first one stopped practically in the middle of a sentence, what was I supposed to do? I love me some time travel, though, so however impatiently I waited it was well worth it.

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Book Review: Dark Star

Jan
15
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Title: Dark Star (Dark Star #1)

Author: Bethany Frenette

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human–something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers–livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything–and everyone–she loves.

My Review

There are things about this book that make me very rant-y, so let me make this clear right away: I enjoyed Dark Star. I thought it an incredibly interesting and entertaining book and I would definitely recommend it to others. That said, there were a few things that bothered the cr*p out of me!

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Book Review: False Memory

Jan
10
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Title: False Memory (False Memory #1)

Author: Dan Krokos

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.

Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving.

Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter… when there may not be a future.

My Review

Have you ever read a book that felt like it started in the middle? This one does that – for good reason! – but I’m not sure I liked it. Read more »





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