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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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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: The Gauntlet (The Cage #3) by Megan Shepherd-4 Stars

The Gauntlet is the final book in The Cage series, and while I found it thrilling and interesting, it was my least favorite book in the series because of the ending.

In The Gauntlet, Cora and her friends escaped from the Kindred and are on a ship with Bonebreak, a mosca. They left behind Cassian who was being tortured because Cora needs to run the Gauntlet so humans can be considered intelligent like the other species.

There was a lot of drama, death, surprises, and twists (and a little romance) throughout this novel. Cora is so strong, as is all the others who escaped with her, but they as humans can only fight for so long without help from others. The actual gauntlet sounded incredible and interesting, a total mind warp that pushes you in every direction. With certain species on the brink of war with one another and ready for a complete take over, can Cora successfully complete the Gauntlet to save humanity and her friends, and be considered as worthy as the others?

With plenty of action and heart stopping shockers, The Gauntlet was super intriguing but as the final novel, it was slightly disappointing because of the decision a certain character made at the end.

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Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty- 5 Stars

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Review to Serafina and the Black Cloak here.

Robert Beatty is back and even better with the sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak. Serafina and Braeden, along with their animal friends defeated the man in the black cloak, thinking that all would go back to normal after his death. But the second book brings more trouble. Animals are fleeing the forest, and a detective, Mr. Grantham, arrives, who is looking in to Mr. Thorne’s (the man in the black cloak) murder. Book two also introduces another new character from England, Lady Rowena, who quickly makes friends with Braeden.

This book is ten times scarier than the first book! It was full of non-stop action, suspense, plot twists, thrills, and mystery. Serafina is a brave heroine who isn’t afraid to fight for what she believes is right. She desperately wants to shift into her catamount form but hasn’t succeeded. While struggling with her sense of belonging, she learns many lessons and proves to be a great role model for young readers. Strange, magical, unexplainable things are happening at Biltmore  and Serafina is the only one who truly understands what is going on, but doesn’t know how to stop the evil.

The author creates such an amazing, magical world at Biltmore, complete with characters so real, you find yourself experiencing their same emotions. You’ll find yourself cringing in fear, crying, and pumping your fist in the air over successes. I can’t wait for the next book!

* I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review!*

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Book Review: Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery, 1) by Ellery Adams-4 Stars

 

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I love cozy mysteries. Especially ones involving food, and especially especially ones with a paranormal aspect! They are just fun books that I simply enjoy relaxing with and reading. They aren’t too heavy or make you think too much.

Pies and Prejudice is set in a small town in Georgia where everybody knows everybody, sweet tea is a staple, and families are tight-knit. Ella Mae LeFay has come back home to Georgia after catching her husband cheating on her in the elevator of their New York apartment. She loves baking pies, and it seems like her emotions and feelings get baked into these pies. Thinking about her childhood crush who is all grown up and hunky leaves crumb toppings full of lust onto pies, leading those who eat it to proclaim their love to those they’ve longed for for years! A blueberry pie baked with resentment, fear, and feeling of loss sends blue tears of heartache streaming down the faces of it’s eaters. I loved the magical aspect of this cozy mystery, but I was a little annoyed at how long it took for it to sink in to Ella Mae that she and her family possessed special magical talents.

Ella Mae is a suspect in a murder/arson because her marble rolling pin is at the scene with her fingerprints all over it. Ella Mae has to clear her name, so she sets out on her own investigations, all while opening up her very own pie shoppe! Looking forward to reading the next book in this series soon!

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Book Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater-5 Stars

 

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Make way for the Raven King!

You know those series that just suck you in and you can’t stop reading but you don’t REALLY want to get to the end because that means it’s the end and there will be no more…. this is that kind of series!

Ronan and Adam, Orphan Girl, Henry, Blue and Gansey, Noah… This book had so much going on. I loved it. It was the perfect ending to the series. I can’t tell you how many chapters left me with my mouth hanging open, or slightly in tears from shock or happiness! If you haven’t started reading The Raven Cycle, you need to because this series is full of action, love, friendship, craziness, evil, heartache, pain, and magic, all blended together beautifully. The author has such a way with words, the way her lines dance across the pages to create such a magical world. There were so many twists, shocking revelations, (like holy crap-Cabeswater, Henry/his mom etc.) new friends and relationships. There was pain and beauty, love and evil, and some really insanely gruesome and crazy parts! Everything about this final book was perfect. I still love Ronan the most, and would love a spinoff/novella about him!!!

 

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Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater-Book III in The Raven Cycle-5 Stars

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Man, this series is one wild ride. The story and world just keeps getting better book after book! Like the two books preceding it, Blue Lily, Lily Blue made me laugh, cry, terrified me, and enthralled me. I love this world Stiefvater has created, I love the raven boys, I adore Blue, and I fell in love with Mr. Gray and Jesse Dittley. In this novel, Blue accepts her non-psychic-ness more so than she had. It still stings to not be “special” like the rest of the women in her family, but she realizes that by being a “mirror” and amplifying paranormal aspects for others, she truly is special and can bend things essentially, to her will. She can cut energy suckers off, also.

I like to keep my reviews spoiler-free, but I will mention some things that happen without giving anything away. Blue’s mom has disappeared, She and Mr. Gray are in love, Greenmantle, (Mr. Gray’s previous employer) is the boy’s new Latin teacher….bad things happen, HUGE secrets are revealed, crazy things go on…this book is just a roller coaster! And it is seriously creepy and scary, but I can’t keep from reading. I devoured this one. I said it on the last review and I’ll say it again, I just love the relationship the boys and Blue have. I literally found myself crying at the emotional moments! Like Adam in the courtroom, Blue and Gansey’s almost pretend kiss. Ronan is still my favorite, I am liking Adam a bit better, and enjoying having Noah around more often!

I can not wait for the final installment in this series. My life is revolving around those raven boys, Blue, Glendower, and Cabeswater.

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Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Book II of The Raven Cycle)-5 Stars

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If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

The Dream Thieves picks up right after The Raven Boys. This book is creepy, thrilling, romantic, and magical all at once.

Oh, Ronan. He’s my favorite. While I love Gansey, there’s just something about Ronan that I LOVE.

This book centered around Ronan and his ability to steal things from dreams. We find that he has a lot of secrets, and that made me love him all the more. Noah is still a sweet, sad boy. The moment between him and Blue was just wonderful, but sad. I’m disliking Adam more and more, and I’m desperately wanting Blue and Gansey to kiss. Even though I know terrible things would happen. Never has an author made a pretend kiss seem so magical and romantic though!!

I really love Blue and her crazy family. She doesn’t know her father, but has never once doubted her mother’s love. I find that in a lot of YA the protagonist is dealing with dysfunctional familial relationships so this is refreshing.

I thought book 2 was CRAZY, and I liked it better than book 1 because so many things happen, so many things are revealed, and this world the author has created is just spectacular.  Ronan’s night horrors are incredibly scary (don’t read this before bed!) and described in such detail they practically come through the pages!

This book is freaking hilarious too. The innuendos, sass, and sarcasm ooze from practically every other page, even when the situation is seriously creepy! I’m addicted to this series!

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Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- 4.5 Stars

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What would you do if you saw a boy who was destined to die, and the only reason you saw his spirit is because you either are the one who killed him, or you’re his true love?

The Raven Boys chronicles the story of 4 boys- Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, and a very non-psychic girl from a very psychic family, Blue. The boys belong to Aglionby Academy- a private, high-society school. Blue goes to your basic public school. They live in Henrietta, Virginia, a place teeming with magical/paranormal aspects.

All of the characters were superbly developed. Their present lives, backstories, physical descriptions, all of it. I think my favorite raven boy so far is Ronan, and Blue made for an excellent female protagonist. She was strong, sassy, passionate, and loyal. Gansey’s life mission is to find the corpse road/ ley line and wake Glendower- a welsh king. He who wakens Glendower can ask for anything. If you’re confused, it’s okay. I was too. You will began to understand as you read further in.

Trees that speak in Latin, little pools of water containing fish that can change with just a thought…walking through all four seasons in one place, time moving so slow that 45 minutes is really 7? What is Cabeswater? And where is Glendower?

For like 120 pages I was seriously confused and tempted to quit reading because I was so lost. I felt the book was lacking detail, or leaving out a lot of key information. But then it got GOOD, and I started to figure out what was going on! It’s funky and creepy but oh, so entertaining. I loved the relationship between all the boys, even though it seemed a little strange at times, but I really liked how they all fit together, each with their own uniqueness.

 

The writing and general world building was so descriptive and magical! While this is a pretty dark and creepy book, there’s lots of snarky sass and humor tossed in that lightens it up a touch. I love Blue and her raven boys. I can’t wait to go along with them in the remaining books!