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Book Review: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig- 5 Stars

Annaleigh lives at Highmoor, a manor by the sea with her father, stepmother, and sisters. She has lost four of her sisters in tragic deaths. Once there were twelve, now rumors swirl that the remaining eight sisters are cursed. The youngest sister Verity claims to see the ghosts of her dead sisters and draws their gruesome demises in her sketchbook. When Annaleigh starts to have the same visions as Verity she knows something dark and sinister is going on and sets out to uncover the truth before another sister’s life is cut short.

The writing is beautiful, the setting is creepy and magical, and the climactic villainous reveal will leave you with your jaw dropped! If you’re in the mood for a romantic, dark and disturbing fantasy then pick this one up! This spooky story will be perfect for reading around Halloween!

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Book Review: Finale by Stephanie Garber- 4 Stars

*Minor spoilers if you haven’t read the other books in the series*

I love this series! Stephanie Garber creates a world that is so magical, imaginative, and descriptive, you feel like you’re right there in the game. Finale picks up right after Legend abandons Tella on the steps after she wins the game. The fates have been freed from the Deck of Destiny, Scarlett and Tella’s mother has been rescued, and the game is finally over. Now, tough decisions must be made.

Finale is told between both Tella and Scarlett’s point of view. They are both courageous and headstrong, and will do whatever it takes to save the ones they love. This book had quite a bit more romantic scenes than the other two books, including a love triangle between Tella, Dante, and Jacks which I am all here for! Those boys are both crazy, messed up fellas, but I love certain things about both of them!

There’s a lot of characters that make up these books but they are all so well written and bring a lot of dimension to the world of Valenda. I really liked several of the fates, Jacks of course, but also The Lady Prisoner and Assassin. While I didn’t care too much for Tella in the first book, she became my favorite over the course of this series!

I felt the ending was rushed and kind of left me hanging but overall I really loved this book. The magic, intrigue, and shocking plot twists make for a wonderful reading experience! I’m sad this series is over but a book from Paloma or Legend’s POV would be amazing!

Have you read this series?

 

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Book Review: Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber- 4 Stars

The second book in the Caraval series took me forever to get through but once the action started picking up I couldn’t put it down! Legendary is from Tella’s point of view and while I honestly didn’t care for her character much in the first book, I actually grew to like her in this book! She’s strong and independent while she plays yet another game of Caraval in order to uncover Legend’s true identity. There’s not a lot I can say without giving away spoilers for either book, but the ending was absolutely insane! The world of Caraval and all of the players are so magical, some wicked, and the story is so entertaining. Nothing is as it appears, and lines become so blurred it’s hard to tell what is real from what is part of the game. Towards the end Tella must make a difficult decision and it was interesting to see her struggle with being rational when the majority of the time she makes rash decisions!

I can’t wait for Finale to be released!

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Book Review: Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1) by Gwenda Bond-5 Stars

I’m a huge fan of the show Stranger Things so I was really excited my library had this available! If you thought Dr. Brenner was evil in the show, just wait until you read this! This book was dark and creepy-in a different way than the show, with the monsters and the Upside Down, in that the book really dives in to the Hawkins Lab and you see what Dr. Brenner really does to these people. We get the back story on Eleven’s mom Terry which is insanely fascinating to read about after seeing her in such a state on the show! What I loved most about this book, and honestly love the most about the show, is the friendship dynamic. The group of friends in the book is somewhat similar to the kids’ friendship on the show and I ADORE IT.

The evil that goes on in the Hawkins Lab at the hands of Martin Brenner is so twisted and horrifying. Terry and three other young adults get sucked in to this nightmare hoping they can do something good, something BIG, at a time when young men are being drafted and sent off to Vietnam. At first they just wanted to make some extra cash, but it isn’t too long before they are too far in over their heads and it will take something drastic for Dr. Brenner to let them get out of this experiment.

The good thing about this book is you don’t have to be familiar with the show to understand it. Sure, it gives a lot of history and more understanding to the show, but if you like horror and science fiction books in general you can read it without being confused.

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Book Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout-4 Stars

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*Spoilers if you haven’t read Obsidian!*

 

FINALLY KATY AND DAEMON

Katy is still slightly annoying, Daemon is still very annoying, but the chemistry between them is explosive! It’s such a ridiculous, juvenile series but good grief I can’t help but be addicted!

After fighting the Arum, Katy is linked to Daemon and she has certain powers. The DOD is sniffing around town, and a new guy shows up that befriends Katy. There are a lot of shocking events and twists, as well as lots of romance! It’s fast paced and there is so much action happening which makes for a quick, easy read.

 

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Book Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout-3 Stars

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When Katy moves to West Virginia and meets her neighbors, sweet, friendly Dee and her brother-hot, rude, arrogant, HOT Daemon, she had no clue she was becoming friends with aliens.

Daemon was super annoying as was Katy for putting up with his crap. Otherwise, I really liked Katy! She is a book blogger and loves reading, she’s sassy and loyal. After her dad died her mom wanted to move, so Katy is grateful for Dee’s friendship- after a fresh start she needs a friend. I hated Daemon but the paranormal romance aspect kept me reading!

There are a lot of similarities to Twilight but instead of vampires we have aliens. The premise of the Luxen and their history was interesting and I liked how Katy became involved in their little group. The sci-fi battle and action scenes were awesome!

I read this in just a few hours while the baby was sleeping. It was fun and a quick read. If you’re looking for something light to enjoy for a few hours give this a try!

 

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Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) by Maggie Stiefvater- 5 Stars

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Yay! A novel all about Adam, Ronan, and Opal! The Raven Boys is one of my all time favorite series, and Ronan is my favorite from the books so I am ecstatic that Maggie came out with this!

It’s just a short little story dedicated to Opal, Ronan’s dream world girl. I love this world in The Raven Boys and I’m so glad we got to revisit it through Opal’s eyes, and see glimpses of Ronan possibly dreaming up a new Cabeswater.

I loved this but of course wish there was more!

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Book Review: Prose and Cons (Magical Bookshop #2) by Amanda Flower-3.5 Stars

 

I definitely liked the first book in this series more. This one seemed slower paced and Violet started to annoy me. I also didn’t like how it ended leaving me wanting more romance between Violet and Chief Rainwater!

Book 2 in this Magical Bookshop Mystery takes on a Poe theme. When a member of the writing group is found dead in the bookshop during a Poe reading, cute, vintage clothes lover Sadie becomes the prime suspect with all evidence pointing towards her! The magical shop keeps hinting at Violet to use the works of Poe to uncover the killer, but will her sleuthing cause her heart to beat nevermore?

A fun cozy mystery but the lack of intrigue had me wanting more. I do still look forward to book 3!

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Book Review: Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower- 4 Stars

Crime and Poetry is a cozy mystery set in a magical bookshop! Charming Books is set in Cascade Springs, not far from Niagara Falls. The quaint, upscale town of Cascade Springs is known for its water, which residents claim has healing qualities.  The bookstore is magical in the fact that YOU don’t pick your book, the perfect book picks YOU! Daisy runs Charming Books and is Violet’s fun and quirky grandma. Violet left Cascade Springs 12 years ago after a tragedy and public embarrassment, and has only returned to care for her grandma.

When Daisy’s friend is found murdered, she becomes a prime suspect. Violet makes it her mission to clear her grandma’s name. Complete with magic, mystery, history, and a dash of romance, Crime and Poetry is a charming, cozy read to curl up with and enjoy!

 

 

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Book Review: Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina #3) by Robert Beatty-4 Stars

Serafina and the Splintered Heart is the conclusion to the Serafina series. This is what I would consider an “upper” middle grades series. It’s quite frightening, but it’s still pretty juvenile feeling, so I wouldn’t classify it as young adult.

Overall I’ve enjoyed reading this series because of the setting being local to me, the fact that the heroine is a young girl looking for her place in the world, and the overarching theme of trust, friendship, and belonging is refreshing to read in a suspenseful, action-packed series.

There are lots of twists and surprises in the Splintered Heart. Serafina and her friends have been trying to defeat the Man in the Black Cloak all throughout the series. Have they finally succeeded? Can life at the Biltmore carry on as normal?

Complete with rich descriptions of the area and local history, suspense, strong characters, and a fast moving plot, the Splintered Heart is one for young teens and adults both to enjoy!