Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Release Date: March 6th, 2017
Read: September 6th-7th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 320 pages
Source: McNally Robinson

Description from GoodReads:

   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.


   Do you ever think about leaving this town?
   I am always subconsciously seeking out mermaid and witch books, that is how The Wicked Deep came to my attention, and of course the gorgeous cover. I'm a sucker for covers with moons, stars and trees. 
   When it comes to villains or the bad guy, I really enjoy learning about their story and how they get to where they were, how they became who they are. The Wicked Deep was perfect for that because we got two different kinds of chapter styles, flashbacks to the past, which focused on the three sisters' history, and the present with the protagonist Penny. Shea Ernshaw wrote the two kinds of chapters perfectly to the point where they both blended together in the end. 
   I couldn't help but fall in love with the sisters and their story. They were three independent sisters that would sometimes cause a little mischief, but didn't deserve to die the way they did. The mysteriousness to the sisters made them all that more appealing to me, and I couldn't help but look forward to their chapters. 
   I really enjoyed how Shea Ernshaw give the little town the same mysterious vibes as she did the sisters, it made everything that much more entertaining and intriguing. I've read a lot of stories that take place in small unknown towns, and after a while the trend burnt me out, but The Wicked Deep was a refreshing twist on the trend that I'm glad I gave a chance. 
   Then finally, I loved the little witch hunt that occurred in the novel. Where all the students attempted to hunt down, and figure out which sister was stowed away in whomever's body. It was a thrill to read about, and I was continuously trying to figure out what sister was where before the characters in the book did. Boy was I wrong!  
   Normally standalones don't appeal all that much to me, I, for the most part feel that standalones don't wrap up nicely the way the author intended them too. The Wicked Deep sure showed me differently. The story kept me intrigued, surprised and in love throughout the whole novel. 
   The Wicked Deep was a thrilling and magical witch hunt that I'd recommend to all lovers of witches and possibly mermaid tales. I look forward to what Shea Ernshaw has in store for us next!


Favourite Quote:

"If only love were so easily conjured, there wouldn't be so many broken hearts."

Recommend to People Who Enjoy: 

Young Adult, Paranormal, Witches, Mystery Vibes, Magic, Courses, Redemption 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Review: Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Release Date: January 10th, 2017
Read: July 8th-18th, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: The Witchlands, #2
Format: ARC, 384 pages
Source: Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review

Description from GoodReads:

   After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

   When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

   After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


   It is always easier to blame gods or legends than it is to face our own mistakes.
   I had picked up Windwitch a week or two after reading Truthwitch, with the first book not having impressed me much, I didn't really care to pick up the sequel. But eventually I did, and it took me just as long to get into this one as it did its previous book. 
   Windwitch had a different vibe than Truthwitch did, going right into the book you knew that it'd be different than the first in the series. The vibe went from magic and survival to revenge and power. Comparing the books, Windwitch was certainly easier to get into than Truthwitch, I didn't find myself bored constantly, and when I was unhappy with a point of view I could easily read through the chapter and move onto the new point of view. I even found myself enjoying the opposite perspectives than I did in Truthwitch. It was like the characters I found boring before finally became interesting, and the interesting characters became boring.
   I feel as if Dennard built up this anticipation in Truthwitch, but completely dropped that antiquation when we opened the first chapter of it's sequel. So much happened in the end of the first novel, and we barely encountered any more information that furthered the plot along in Windwitch. It didn't help that the first chapter of the book literally just threw us in a random storyline without any background information to how we got there. The beginning of the sequel felt as if two or three chapters were missing, I was not satisfied, and couldn't explain how confused I was.
   Windwitch was the third Susan Dennard novel in which I've read, and I continue to think that her books are just not for me. I can not see myself picking up anything else of hers in the future.


Favourite Quote:

"Mhe varujta. Trust me as if my soul were yours."

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Witches, Royalty, Powers, Death, Betrayal

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blog Tour: Reunited by Colleen Houck

   Hello and welcome to the Reunited Blog Tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! I've been the biggest fan of Colleen Houck, since her Tigers series, as most of you all know by now. So of course I jumped at the chance to be apart of the blog tour! Today on the tour you'll see the top ten things Colleen is excited for you to look forward to in Reunited, as well as a giveaway! So I hope you all enjoy! 

Reunited by Colleen Houck

Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: Reawakened, #3
Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana’s farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories.

   But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must now harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all.

   With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become.

   Reunited is the heart-pounding conclusion to the Reawakened series. 

   It is time for Lily to find her sunset.


Top Ten Things to Look Forward to in Reunited!

1. Ahmose-Though Ahmose makes an appearance in all three books, you really get to know this tall, dark, and handsome stranger in Reunited. Ahmose is a quiet man. He tends to keep his thoughts and emotions to himself, but he feels deeply and a lot is going on beneath his calm demeanor. There are many sweet scenes between Ahmose and Lily and I think you’re going to love him.

2. Cherty-My ferryman returns in Reunited. We learn more about his job and get to see him in action once again. He’s one of my absolute favorite characters. I love this surly cosmic sea captain and hope you do too!

3. Apep-The scary snake of Egyptian mythology finally rears his head, literally. As you know I’ve now included snakes in both of my series and though Fanindra can be frightening, this guy will have you shaking in your golden sandals. With fangs larger than spears and the ability to hypnotize you with his eyes, mortals don’t stand much of a chance.

4. People Eating Plants-There is a frightening world in Reunited where things aren’t quite right. The flora is quite nasty and has a terrible habit of luring in the unsuspecting with beauty and scent. Lily must learn how to navigate this dangerous landscape.

5.The Dreamworld-For those of you who are familiar with my series, you know that Asten is called the Dreamer and he has the power of entering the dreams of others. For the first time, you get to experience the dreams of my three heroines and see what they truly wish for through Asten’s eyes.

6.Seth-You finally get to meet the god Seth in this book and figure out how he’s been trapped all these centuries. His prison is not a pretty one and when he emerges, he’s ready to seek revenge once and for all. 

7. Unicorn Battle-Yes, you read that right. There is a pretty awesome battle and the unicorns join in. What’s even more amazing than a unicorn battle? A celestial unicorn battle. 

8. Heart Scarab-In Reunited you’ll learn what a heart scarab truly is and how the creation and trading of a heart scarab is a key that unlocks many things.

9. The Devourer-My evil queen of the dead returns in Reunited and she’s formed an army. I think the Devourer is my favorite villain. She’s just so bad, it’s almost good and I look forward to every scene she’s in.

10. The Waters of Chaos-In Reunited, you’ll not only learn about but visit the Waters of Chaos. This is the place where all the gods were created. It’s the origin of the cosmos and it’s the setting for the climax of the series. 

I hope you’ll enjoy this conclusion to the Egyptian series and love it as much as I do. Hop on to the back of your unicorn and head off on an adventure where danger lurks around every corner and your destination is the stars.

-Colleen Houck

Don't forget to check out the books that started it all!

   New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

3 winners will receive a finished copy of REUNITED, US Only.

   Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you all will love Renuited! A don't forget to check out the next and previous stops on the tour! 

Week One:

7/31/2017- YA Books Central- Interview
8/1/2017- Here's to Happy Endings- Review
8/2/2017- YA and Wine- Guest Post
8/3/2017- a GREAT read- Review
8/4/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Week Two:

8/8/2017- Ohana Reads- Guest Post
8/9/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review
8/10/2017- The Cover Contessa- Interview
8/11/2017- Riddle's Reviews- Review

Friday, July 21, 2017

Blog Tour: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

   Hello and welcome to The Last Magician Blog Tour! Today I have for you my review of our lovely book, as well as a giveaway! So I hope you enjoy, and good luck with the giveaway! 

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Release Date: July 18th, 2017
Read: July 18th- 21st, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Standalone 
Format: ARC, 512 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Description from GoodReads:

   Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

   In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

   Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

   But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


   freedom from the book.
   I have two secret loves that I actively seek out in YA books, ones that don't seem to be all that popular currently. One of those being witches, which is what brought my attention to The Last Magician. So of course I jumped at the chance to review it for the publisher when they put it up in their blogger newsletter, even though I now know it's not really about witches...
   The Last Magician isn't anything like I thought it was going to be, going into the book I expected magic and either a modern day or dystopian world of sorts where the story takes place. What I got was  Now You See Me vibes and a Kate and Leopold world. I knew when going into the book that we'd get some time travel, but I didn't expect the whole story to take place in the past. It was honestly a refreshing twist, the first couple chapters gave me some doubts but once the story had taken route I just knew I was in for an adventure.
   I'm not a person who usually enjoys time travel books, and yet I always seem to be reading them. The idea that if you go back in time and change something, that something in the future will swift too, is always what gets to me. Usually for the most of a time traveling book I'll send up playing the "What If" game, but I didn't find myself having to play that game with The Last Magician. Esta, our protagonist, was already constantly playing the "What If" game throughout the novel, making me overcome the need to do it alongside her thus allowing me to enjoy the book.
   My absolute favourite thing about The Last Magician was the gangsterish vibes that the story created, the characters, the city, everything made for such a unique reading experience.
   The Last Magician was a magical gangsterish read that had you constantly guessing as to who the magician really was, thus having you on your toes for the entirety of the book. I throughly enjoyed The Last Magician and can't wait to pick up the sequel when it releases!


Favourite Quote:

"Are you looking for me?"

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Magicians, Now You See Me (movie), Kate and Leopold (movie), New York


Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, Unhooked, & The Last Magician (Simon Pulse, Spring 2017). When she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy THE LAST MAGICIAN & swag, US Only.

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   And that concludes my stop on the tour, as well as the tour itself! I hope you all enjoyed, and if you haven't already picked up a copy of the book, hopefully you do it soon!

Week One:

7/10/2017- YA and Wine- Interview
7/11/2017- Here's to Happy Endings- Review
7/12/2017- Novel Novice- Guest Post
7/13/2017- What the Cat Read- Review
7/14/2017- Stories & Sweeties- Excerpt

Week Two:

7/17/2017- NovelKnight- Review
7/18/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
7/19/2017- Forever 17 Books- Review
7/20/2017- Wishful Endings- Interview
7/21/2017- Ohana Reads- Review