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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!

Thanks to Book of the Month’s Young Adult affiliate program for my copy! Click here to sign up and use code GROW to receive your first book for only $9.99!

 

 

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Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer-4 Stars

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Before the villainous “off with their heads!” Queen of Hearts reigns, she was just a misunderstood girl who loved baking sweets. She didn’t desire royalty or marriage; she just wanted to have her very own bakery. But when foretold prophecies come true, we see a sweet girl become transformed into a merciless tyrant.

Cath loves baking delicious cakes, pies, and pastries. She want nothing more than to own her own bakery but her parents have other plans for her-to marry the boring, blubbering King of Hearts. At a party one night, Cath is surprised by Jest, the King’s handsome and fun jester who has yellow colored eyes and visits her window at night leaving trees and flowers in his wake.

The two begin a whirlwind relationship-visiting the Mad Hatter, narrowly avoiding the Jabberwocky, and discovering their fates from prophecies foretold by the Sisters. A magical, mysterious tale that gives insight to the sweet girl who is destined to become the ruthless ruler, the Queen of Hearts.

A must read for fans of Alice in Wonderland!

 

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Book Review: Roseblood by A.G. Howard-4 Stars

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From the author of one of my favorite series, Splintered, comes a dark and twisty spin on The Phantom of the Opera. Rune Germain lost her father at a young age. She has memories of him playing arias on his violin and she singing along, having never learnt the song, perfectly and beautifully. When she’s caught drunk and sends a boy to the hospital in a coma, music begins to imprison her. She can’t keep the melodies inside, but after releasing them, she is plagued with sickness or pain. Her mom doesn’t believe in the superstitions and auras Rune and her dad, as well as his family, believed in, which creates tension between the two of them. When Rune’s aunt offers to pay  her way at a prestigious opera arts academy, Roseblood, Rune’s mom hope it will help her get over her “stage fright.” Rune has become obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera rumors that are linked to the school. Soon, Rune is hearing whispers and violin melodies through the vent in her room. Could it be the elusive Phantom, THE Phantom? Could this be the key to helping Rune work through the pain that singing causes her?
Full of mystery and intrigue, as well as family secrets, Roseblood is a beautifully descriptive fantasy novel complete with some steamy romance as well as elements of darkness and evil. Highly recommend! This book is a standalone and I felt the story ended perfectly without any cliffhangers, although I wouldn’t say no to a continuation of the story! 4 stars to the fact I felt it was slow starting off.

Thank you to Netgalley and Amulet books for this review copy! All opinions are my own. Roseblood releases January 10, 2017!

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Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer-3 Stars

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I find myself in the minority with my feelings on this book. It had rave reviews, and I’ve been meaning to read it for awhile….

Basically, it sounds like a fantastic concept. A fresh new take on Cinderella, set in the future, with a cyborg as the main character?! I love retellings, but this one was a little boring and a lot predictable. Set in a world after World War IV, there are earthens and luna, who live on the moon.

Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing. She’s a skilled mechanic, and after her adoptive father dies, is under the guardianship of a terrible woman, Adri. Her stepsister Pearl loathes her, but her younger stepsister Peony is her only human friend. I knew exactly where the plot was going from the beginning in terms of who Cinder truly was so I just couldn’t get excited about the story.

3 stars for predictability but I did like the very last of it and may continue the series to learn more about what Cinder decides to do.

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Book Review: Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle- 3.5 stars

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review-thank you!

I really enjoy Greek mythology, so when I saw the synopsis for this and the fact that I had a chance to read it for free and give a review, obviously I jumped on that!

Sophie Darrow moves away from home to start college and is immediately, literally, in a brand new place- another realm-not just college! I really liked how the author put a fresh new spin on the story of Hades and Persephone. It wasn’t just the same story we all know but just set in modern day, it had a lot of new ideas like reincarnation, blue oranges, and dreams that show you who you were in past lives…

The thing that bothered me the most was how slow moving I felt this book was. While I did mostly enjoy it, it took me awhile to finish because some parts dragged on.  I also felt the supporting characters fell flat. While I was disappointed with that, the story was just such a cool and unique take on the myth that I still really enjoyed it! The way the author described the Underworld really transported me to that mythical place.

I’ve seen a lot of reviews that remark on how this book didn’t seem to flow together with all of the myths and history and this and that, but it’s fiction-it was fun and unusual. Also, the author explains at the end that she didn’t focus on accuracy and there were certain ideas she liked from different cultures that she wanted to fuse together. So, if you want a “historically” accurate modern retelling of Hades and Persephone, don’t read this. If you just like Greek mythology, creative retellings, and magical freaking oranges, then read this book! I look forward to reading the next one in the series!

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Book Review: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd-4.5 Stars

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What darkness began, only madness can end. 

I have been waaiiiiiiting for this book to come out for what feels like ages!! I really enjoyed the first two in this series, The Madman’s Daughter, and Her Dark Curiosity. This is the final book in the Madman’s Daughter series that revolves around the life of Juliet Moreau and the repercussions of her father’s “science.” The books are full of drama, danger, suspense, thrill, romance, and gore. They are all also based around classics- The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein.

I LOVE the main character, Juliet. She is a total bad A, strong, female lead! My other favorite character is Balthazar, one of Juliet’s fathers’ creations. He is so precious and kindhearted, but strong and willing to do whatever needed to show his loyalty. While I did like this book, I only gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5 because I didn’t care for the ending. It wasn’t necessarily a cliff-hanger but I don’t feel like loose ends got all the way tied up. If you’ve read it you know what I mean, I just want to stay spoiler-free!

The way Shepherd created the world of Juliet, Elizabeth, Hensley, Montgomery…etc… around Frankenstein was pure magic. It was superb. Not a cheesy retelling, but not a far-fetched take on the classic, but simply perfect, how she weaved the story of Elizabeth von Stein’s family into Juliet’s world. This book makes you think though. What IF you had the power and resources to bring a loved one back? If you weren’t guaranteed they would be “normal” would you still take that chance, just to have them back? Would you? Is it playing God? Is it evil or wrong? I found myself flinching at certain points in the book because the surgeries/procedures were quite gruesome and graphic, but I couldn’t look away. The way Shepherd describes certain procedures is so detailed, you feel like you’re in the laboratory watching everything unfold!

Juliet definitely struggled with some conflicting decisions, especially after a shocker about her father, but through everything she’s seen and done since book one, I feel like she accomplished what she wanted, and that was to find herself, to discover who/what she really was. You choose your own fate.  I just want more than this ending gave me!! *SOBS*

Lies, mysteries, secrets, danger, good and evil, right or wrong, magic and science, life and death… that’s what you’ll get when you read this series!! Highly recommend!

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Books I’m Most Excited About for January 2015

Today I wanted to share 3 books that I’m most excited to be released in January!

 

 

In no particular order, we have  “A Cold Legacy” by Megan Shepherd. This is book 3 of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy. I absolutely LOVE this series! It’s so creepy and is full of plot twists, so I can’t wait for the conclusion. Basically, Juliet Moreau’s father has created some peculiar creations, and Juliet is getting caught between all the evilness. It’s release date is January 27, 2015. I don’t have a review for book 1, but you can read my review on book 2 here.

Next up, I’m excited for book 3 in the Splintered trilogy, “Ensnared.” This trilogy is a crazy take on Alice in Wonderland. You can read my review on book 1, “Splintered”, here, and my review on book 2, “Unhinged”, here. I feel like “Ensnared” is going to be an epic conclusion to this magical, evil world A.G. Howard has created! It is to be released on January 6, 2015.

Lastly, we have “First Frost” by Sarah Addison Allen. I started reading her books when I was in high school, like  7 years ago! She creates a magical, sweet, believable world with her stories. This is a continuation of the Waverly family from her first book, “Garden Spells.” Each of her books contain massive amounts of magical realism which I LOVE SO MUCH. It’s release date is  January 20, 2015.

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There’s lots of great books being released in 2015! What are you most excited for in January?