Release: November 14, 2017
Page Count: 368
A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.
Our story begins on a frosty night…
Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.
But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi, a companion novel to Mafi’s Furthermore was absolutely breathtaking in it’s own dark morbid way. Let’s just say that even though Whichwood was the very opposite of Furthermore it was still amazing. I loved Whichwood.
- The characters in Whichwood were truly the heart of the novel and really made up what this story truly meant. While the plot was still gorgeously written, Laylee’s character has a terrible life and she’s the definition of a pessimist. SHE CLEAN’S DEAD BODIES. I would be a pessimist too. Anyway, I found Laylee’s character to be really unique, heartbroken, sad, lonely among a variety of other things.
- I really liked the friendship included in this novel as well the mistakes. There were so many mistakes in it! Let me clarify, Alice makes mistakes, and I really found that represented people really well because PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES and I really think that’s important. As for the friendship aspect, I felt that Mafi portrayed the idea of what true friendship is vs. the idea of wanting to help but not really wanting to help if you know what I mean.
- The concept of this story was really unique. And dark. But mostly unique. A young girl who has to wash the bodies of the dead, rip people’s fingernails off and do many more disgusting things. As disgusting as it was, I LOVED IT!
- One of my favorite parts of this novel was the message regarding family. Laylee has no family, people in town avoid her. She has no one. But while she doesn’t have a blood family with her, she does have her friends which I found really sweet and important: friends are family too.
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An Enchantment of Ravens
Release: September 26, 2017
Page Count: 304
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.
Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
Unusually, An Enchantment of Ravens is a fantasy novel on the shorter side, yet it still proves to stand among some of the biggest YA bestsellers of fantasy such as Sarah J Maass’ Throne of Glass series, and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series and spin off Six of Crows duology.
- I loved how unique the magic system in this novel was. As I’ve mentioned previously, I have read lots of fantasy novels that star the fae within them and I have never read a book before where the fae are unable to create things. I’ve never read a novel where the fae must rely on mortals.
- The romance was definitely a slow burn and wow was it fabulous. Together Rook and Isobel’s characters just fit perfectly and yeah let’s just leave it at that and say they’re perfect and deserve to be happy together forever.
- It was short! And I don’t mean this in a bad way, like I said at the beginning of this review, while this novel is short it certainly doesn’t make it any lesser than some bestsellers out there. The length of the novel ensured for a well paced plot that was constantly moving without any lag time.
- The author’s writing was amazing. The tiny details the author incorporated into this novel was amazing and really painted a picture of the world she envisioned in my minds eye.
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Hunting Prince Dracula
Release: September 19, 2017
Page Count: 448
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
Prepare for a bunch of giggly girly feels in this review! Hunting Prince Dracula, sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s #1 NYT Bestseller, Stalking Jack the Ripper was stunning. I was amazed at how much I loved Hunting Prince Dracula. Bloody, dark and full of mystery, Hunting Prince Dracula was a sequel that you will not want to miss.
- The romance was amazing. And the funny part is, there was really barely any romance. But you know we all ship Wadsworth and Cresswell together…right right right? This entire novel murdered my soul with Cresswell’s subtle teasing. Let’s just say the TENSION WAS REAL and it certainly unleashed the giggles.
- The suspense of this novel was really done well. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but did I? This novel was dark and haunting and it truly makes you rethink what lies within the dark.
- Oh Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell, how I love you. These two characters are such sweethearts and I love them with all my heart. Maniscalco did a wonderful job fleshing out these characters even more so than they were in the first book.
- The plot was fantastic, from page one I was hooked. There was never a dull moment for this novel.
I would have a negatives portion for this novel, fortunately, there are none. The only real negative was the fact that I can’t get the next book RIGHT NOW. Overall, Hunting Prince Dracula was absolutely fabulous. It was so good. I honestly can’t really describe it in any other way. Kerri Maniscalco is a true artist of words.
The Cruel Prince
Release: January 2, 2018
Page Count: 384
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black was absolutely lethal. I’ve previously read Black’s previous works such as Black Cat and did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I was definitely tentative going in to this book, however The Cruel Prince proved to be quite magical, full of deadly fae and lots of bloody betrayal.
- The characters were fabulous. Especially the bad guys. They were woven amazingly. Holly Black wrote them in such a way that really made you hate the bad guys. That’s how real they were. The acts some of these characters committed were brutal and nothing even close to petty. All of the characters, fae or no are spun to in such a way that leaves everyone to have both a good and evil side.
- I’ve seen many representation of the fae world. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the fae were seen as the brutal beings lots of folklore portray them to be. I felt that Black stuck to the traditional “fae” very well in her world building. The fae within this novel are truly ugly and cruel beings.
- NO ROMANCE. NO ROMANCE. NO ROMANCE. Do you want me to say it again? Okay, well, there is romance, but it doesn’t really count since there are only maybe 15 pages of it spread out across the entire novel. Seeing a YA novel without romance is so refreshing. I love cheesy romantic novels to death but c’mon…
- The plot for the most part was relatively well paced, 4/5 of the novel was really well paced, I finished it in a day once I got past the slow parts in the beginning. Every ending for every chapter hooked me in.
- Diversity! The Cruel Prince had Bi representation in it!
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Release: September 5th, 2017
Page Count: 384
Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.
When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff was just as bloody and fantastic as the first in the series, Nevernight. I can easily say that Nevernight was one of my favorite reads of 2016, and luckily I received an ARC from the publisher. While Nevernight was fantastic, Godsgrave quickly surpassed my expectations and was in fact better than Nevernight.
*Note there will be spoilers from NEVERNIGHT
- The writing was absolutely gorgeous. Like Nevernight, Godsgrave wasn’t a fast paced novel. But the style it is written in creates a darker and more slow burn novel. It is slow, but gripping all the way through. It is also important to note that because it is a slower paced novel, it does take awhile to read.
- Character development was pretty amazing to watch. We see Mia struggle and learn to become comfortable with herself. We see Mr. Kindly and Eclipse with their friendly banter, (I’ll be honest with you Mr Kindly and Eclipse are low key my favorite characters) and of course we see the new allies Mia makes throughout the novel.
- The plot was well done. The end murdered my soul, tore it to pieces and left me crying and begging for more. Kristoff is definitely a master at creating plot twists.
- I believe this series is borderline YA and NA, either way it had sex in it. We don’t see a lot of sex in YA but it’s nice to see some realism in YA books.
- LACK OF FOOTNOTES. The first book had so. Many. Footnotes. I wanted to cry when I saw a footnote that was half a page long. Godsgrave definitely held back on the footnotes and that was a definite positive.
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I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Release: May 30, 2017
Page Count: 336
Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo was a cutesy fun novel that follows the story line of senior Desi as she sets up the steps of her favorite k-drama’s in order to win over the man of her dreams. While this novel was certainly light and full of that lovely drama I basically live off, it did have some fatal flaws. While I enjoyed this novel, it was not as fabulous as I anticipated it would be, however it held many positive aspects I enjoyed as well.
- I really enjoyed the cute and fun aspect this story incorporated. While our main character certainly had that “dark past” we often see in YA contemporary, it wasn’t a focal point of the story that actually drove the plot
- The main characters were fabulous. While I’m not Korean, I’m Chinese, I felt that Goo did a very good job at portraying Desi’s home life and her relationship with her father.
- Not to mention, Luca was spectacularly gorgeous! 😉
- I really liked the concept of the K-Drama’s throughout this novel. I love K-Drama’s myself and I thought it was really funny how Desi was trying to win Luca over through similar K-Drama tactics. This idea I felt was super unique, Goo did a good job.
- Goo is a great writer, while the writing wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen, it was good and that made for a story that was entertaining
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SPOILERS THROUGHOUT REVIEW!
I’ll admit, I read the book by Jay Asher a very long time ago. So long ago that I didn’t really remember the plot. I knew the concept, I knew that Clay was surprise surprise didn’t actually do something terrible. But did I remember the characters or anything? Nope. There has been so much controversy regarding this show and can I just call myself neutral?
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