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Review: Hunting Prince Dracula

Title: Hunting Prince Dracula

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Date of Publication: September 19th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

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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.

My Review:

So, first off I really liked book one. When I saw this was going to be centered around Dracula, I was ecstatic. The question was, is Dracula an immortal going around killing people or is it someone impersonating him? Well, you have to read to find out!

Audrey Rose is a strong female character that doesn’t want anyone to stand up for her besides herself. A few times this got annoying when she got mad at Thomas for no real reason, but I get it. She wants to prove she can handle her own situations.

Thomas… Thomas… Thomas… what a great character and the cutest little flirt ever put into a book. Loved him! The banter was perfect!

You want creepiness? You got it! There was some awesome parts where I was like yes! I love creepy! There was a twist, that I didn’t guess so that was good for me, because I am usually not surprised by outcomes.

Last off, I have to know what the next book will be about!!!!!

 

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Review: Song of the Current

Title: Song of the Current

Author: Sarah Tolcser

Date of Publication: June 6th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

My Review:

I don’t even know about this one. I was bored the first fifteen percent of the book. Then it picked up then I got bored again, even with stuff going on. There was action throughout, but I could not connect with any of the characters. I did like Caro’s strength, and her all around personality, though.

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I also never really warmed up to the love interest. I felt he was just kind of there. The adventure and sword fighting was good, but just something was missing for me. I haven’t found a YA pirate book that I genuinely love. So, maybe the pirate life isn’t for me in this particular genre.

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Review: Select

Title: Select

Author: Marit Wiesenberg

Date of Publication: October 3rd, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?

My Review:

What a magnificent cover! This one started out pretty good, but then it got pretty weird. Julia isn’t technically human, and when things go down with her group of friends and her sister, she is sent to a public high school. She runs into a guy named John, who she sort of met when her sister almost died. By sort of met, I mean no talking, yet seem to know everything about each other.

The first thirty percent of the book is pretty much a connection between Julia and John yet no interaction or conversations??? Occasionally Julia can hear what John is thinking. The romance was just the worst kind of insta love. I don’t mind insta attraction, especially if there is some communication going on, but come on now? Then we get to the immaturity of the relationship, people getting mad, people trying to make each other jealous… I can’t take it!!! Honesty is the best policy guys!

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Another character I was not a big fan of was Angus… But some of the aspects were pretty cool about Julia and her group being highly evolved humans, and the stuff they could do. I am sure a lot of people are into this type of book, but it just was not for me. Also the book ended on a really odd cliffhanger!!!!

 

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Review: The Girl with the Red Balloon

Title: The Girl with the Red Balloon

Author: Katherine Locke

Date of Publication: September 1st, 2017

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When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.

My Review:

Wow. This book was pretty freaking good. Most time traveling books tend to get on my nerves with the exception of the Red Ruby trilogy.

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Ellie stumble upon a mysterious red balloon and finds herself transported back to 1988 in Berlin. She makes friends along the way and even finds herself. The book is actually told in two other point of views besides Ellie’s. One is a Romani boy named Kai in 1988, and a Jewish boy named Benno during the 1940’s.

I loved the characters, and my emotions were all over the place in this one. Everything comes full circle and connects brilliantly, and there is a lot of cool magic going on. I don’t want to give too much away, so you should go read it! And that ending!!!!

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Review: A Gathering of Shadows

Title: A Gathering of Shadows

Author: V.E. Schwab

Date of Publication: February 23rd, 2016

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It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

My Review:

Absolutely loved book one. This one wasn’t as great as the first book in my opinion, but still good. I felt Kell and Lila were separated way too long in this book. Also, I wasn’t a big fan of the White London chapters.

This book was full of action, and definitely two big swoony moments. Lila was pretty awesome in this book. Her character is strong, and I feel like she is growing with each book. There was a new character named Alucard, and I loved him!!!!!

Kell was pretty sulky in this book, but that is just his character. I felt the King and Queen treated him poorly. I understand their son is connected to Rhy, but he saved his life! Now. The end! What was that????? I am starting book three ASAP.

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Review: Shimmer and Burn

Title: Shimmer and Burn

Author: Mary Taranta

Date of Publication: August 8th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

My Review:

So, the first chapter in this book started out freaking amazing. I knew if the rest of the book continued on that type of track, it was going to be great! Things did derail, and it ended up just being okay for me.

The problem I had was I was kind of confused as to what was going on with the whole magic and addicts situation. I was more than a little lost with this world.

As for the characters, Bryn was actually a pretty great villain. I seriously had hate growing inside of me for this character. North was pretty awesome, and he was incredibly sweet. Faris… Faris… Faris… I don’t know. I didn’t like most of her decisions, and I just was not a big fan of hers, but I didn’t hate her.

There were some twists that I guessed before they occurred, but they were still decent. The ending has me wanting to continue on with the next book to see what happens! I think the next book has the potential to be better!

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Review: The Scarecrow Queen

Title: The Scarecrow Queen

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Date of Publication: October 31st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The final battle is coming . . .

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever . . .

Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury’s internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

My Review:

I loved this series! This book went a completely different route than I would have expected from book one, and I like that it wasn’t what I expected! This time around, the book has both Twylla and Erinn’s perspectives. I do prefer Erinn over Twylla, but Twylla has a special place in my heart.

Leif is well… he is Leif in this book. I missed that Silas was barely in the book. I was not a big fan of Merek in book one, but he won me over in this one! Loved the side characters.

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The Sleeping Prince… Lets get down to business with the villain. I think he is one of my favorites of all time. I want to like him, even though there isn’t one single nice thing about him, but he is just so intriguing! He is pretty awful to Erinn, too.

I don’t want to give much away, but if you haven’t started this series, start it now!

 

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