Book Reviews

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

“Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads 

Okay, so I was sent this book in a giveaway that I won on Twitter back in April. I had heard quite a bit about this book and I was interested in reading this book because the premise sounded so interesting. And OMG was it good.

I had heard some mixed reviews so I wasn’t sure. But there were so many plot twists that had me SHOOK. And the ending. I couldn’t stop talking to my mom about this book (which is how I know a book is good).

I did give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Mostly because it was a little slow at the beginning and there was some insta love. But overall, I completely recommend this book. It’s a great witchy book, and would be absolutely perfect for October!

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay, so I was very wary of starting this book. I didn’t love the Grisha trilogy and everyone loves this book. I didn’t think that Leigh Bardugo was for me, writing wise. But I still wanted to read it just to be sure. And like okay.

This book was amazing. The writing, story, romance, and everything is so much better than in the Grisha trilogy. I liked this book a whole lot more.

I did feel that the pacing was a little slow, but other than that it was amazing. The characters are amazing and I love the morally grey characters and their backgrounds.

I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I loved this book, the only thing I didn’t like was the pacing. I do recommend this to anyone, you don’t need to read the Grisha Trilogy to understand what is going on.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

“They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

This book you have probably seen everywhere. It’s been hyped since it came out. It hit the New York Times Bestseller list at #1. It was optioned for a film before it was even out. And a lot of the time, books are not worth the hype. It’s sad, but it’s true. This book really is.

The characters, the world, the magic system is so well thought out. It’s incredible. Fantasy novels are based a lot on the world and the magic system. Having one that makes sense and is easy to follow is amazing.

The thing is though, even though I absolutely loved the book, I had a few small minor issues. Basically, I did feel like there was some insta love, which a lot of the times can be obnoxious. The pacing was a little off for me personally. I felt like it was very slow, but it picked up at other times. Some chapters were only a few pages, while others were like 10 pages.

The ending had such a cliffhanger. You don’t know what happened and the book felt like just the beginning of a very long drawn out story, which I’m so excited for. It’s like the beginning to the Harry Potter series. There’s also a hate to love trope which I absolutely love, but I know some people don’t.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! The small issues I had with it couldn’t make it move down. I recommend this to anyone, old and young alike. It might awaken the same magic you felt when you read the Harry Potter series for the first time.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

“A debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi.

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

I will show you
what a woman can do.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

This book was sent to me in a giveaway and I absolutely loved it! I wasn’t expecting to love it, but I wasn’t sure what to read and it was short and partially told in verse. So I picked it up.

And Omg this book. Like the synopsis says, it is about a real person. And it does tell her story. It has so many feminist vibes and I just loved this book so much. I took pictures of some pages because the quotes were just things I wanted to remember.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I loved it, I was getting into a reading slump while I was reading it. But this does have a trigger warning for rape. If that doesn’t bother you, I would recommend it to literally anyone! It was so good and so important.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

“Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for – a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband?

Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges – a gay, rebellious teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts.

As one woman’s marriage unravels, another’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters.

Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost. Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I love Ellen Hopkins and her books. They are alays dark and poetic. Most of them are told in verse which makes them extremely easy to get through. This is an adult book and honestly, I enjoyed it just as much as her other books that I have read. It pulled me in and really got me. Even though it is long, I still absolutely loved it.

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. I do recommend it to older audiences since it is adult,  but I think if you have read any of her other work, you will enjoy this one.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

“Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I absolutely loved this short story collection. They felt like real fairytales. I was really into the stories as I read them one by one, over a month. They were lyrical. The illustrations in the physical version are stunning. The entire book itself is stunning, stories and all.

I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars. I liked some stories more than others, but overall I really loved this short story collection.

Until Next Time,

Alex

 

 

 

Book Reviews

A Court of Frost and Starlight

“Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So first of all, I enjoyed this book. But there were a lot of problems. This book didn’t really have a plot. But it did follow the characters we know and love (and hate.) But from what I can tell it did bridge that gap between the first part and second part of the ACOTAR series. It set up the rest of the story. It was a novella so it was only about 230 pages.

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars, mostly for feels. I recommend this to anyone who has read the ACOTAR series and anyone who is at least 16+ since the series is a little mature.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

“On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay so it’s been a few weeks since I read this book, so I’m gonna try my best to share my thoughts.

This book I was expecting to love and I enjoyed it. I think I’m over the dystopian thing so like maybe that’s why I wasn’t so into it? I enjoyed the concept, but there was something that made this book not as enjoyable. The ending also pissed me off.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t very memorable. I do recommend this to 14+ since it is YA. I don’t know if there are any trigger warnings, but I would be wary since it does deal with death.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

“At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I honestly didn’t think I was going  to end up enjoying this book. I had heard so many good things about this book which is why I wanted to pick it up. I thought it was somewhat slow, but the last two full chapters were what really made me give it a higher rating. I loved it! It made the entire book worth it.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this to older audiences cause it does deal with agorraphobia so be wary of that.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

“When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So, I wasn’t planning on really enjoying this book after reading More Happy Than Not. But I really ended up enjoying this much more than I anticipated. I think because I could identify with the grief that the two main characters were going through. I didn’t relate too much to the grief. My ex boyfriend didn’t die, but my dad did. So I couldn’t identify with everything, but I knew that feeling of utter hopelessness and not really knowing how to go on.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It was enjoyable, but at times it was a little slow. I would recommend this to older audiences since it does deal with grief and depression. And be wary of those if you are sensitive to those subjects.