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Review: Wax

Title: Wax

Author: Gina Damico

Date of Publication: August 2nd, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Paraffin, Vermont, is known the world over as home to the Grosholtz Candle Factory. But behind the sunny retail space bursting with overwhelming scents and homemade fudge, seventeen-year-old Poppy Palladino discovers something dark and unsettling: a back room filled with dozens of startlingly life-like wax sculptures, crafted by one very strange old lady. Poppy hightails it home, only to be shocked when one of the figures—a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to know what he is—jumps naked and screaming out of the trunk of her car. She tries to return him to the candle factory, but before she can, a fire destroys the mysterious workshop—and the old woman is nowhere to be seen.

With the help of the wax boy, who answers to the name Dud, Poppy resolves to find out who was behind the fire. But in the course of her investigation, she discovers that things in Paraffin aren’t always as they seem, that the Grosholtz Candle Factory isn’t as pure as its reputation—and that some of the townspeople she’s known her entire life may not be as human as they once were. In fact, they’re starting to look a little . . . waxy. Can Poppy and Dud extinguish the evil that’s taking hold of their town before it’s too late?

My Review:

Wax takes place in Paraffin, Vermont where a candle factory is the main attraction that brings in tourists. The main character Poppy had an incident on reality television and is constantly bullied by a boy at her school and is on a mission to get back at him. She then finds herself inside of the candle factory where she runs into a crazy old lady and thinks a bunch of nonsense is going on. When she arrives home from the factory she opens up her trunk to find a boy inside of it screaming and who may not actually be a boy at all.

Some of the people inside of Paraffin start to appear not themselves and Poppy is going to figure out what is going on and help save the town along with a new friend made of wax that she named Dud.

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This was a really fun and very weird book which is not to be taken too seriously. The lead character was very snarky and witty, and I especially loved her conversations with her best friend Jill.

Dud was well Dud. He was really cute, strange and likeable and reminded me of Brendan Fraser in Encino Man except he wasn’t a caveman but a waxman. I also really liked Poppy’s parents. They were hilarious.

A lot of the events were predictable, and the ending did feel a little rushed and maybe not as creepy as I wanted it to be, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked that there was a team effort to help prevent the town from turning into wax, and another character I liked was Jesus who was full of craziness.  If you want a read full of entertainment then I would try out this book.

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Review: Ever the Hunted

Title: Ever the Hunted

Author: Erin Summerill

Date of Publication: December 27, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

My Review: 

Ever the Hunted starts out with Britta our main character getting caught for poaching and is offered a deal to live by finding the person who killed her father.  Britta learns this to be her best friend Cohen who she has not seen in over a year.  She has an ability where she is able to detect whether people are lying or telling the truth, and when she discovers that it is truth the only thing she can do is hunt down Cohen.  But things are not always as they seem.

I felt Britta was an extremely strong and well developed character, and I loved reading from her point of view.  She has had a large amount of loss in her life which no one at her age should have to suffer. The book is told in first person, so I felt a real connection with Britta and could feel everything that she was feeling. She was also great with a bow!

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On the search for Cohen, Britta is taken on this mission by three side characters, Captain Omar, Leif, and Thomas.  I really liked Leif and I felt he had a genuine heart.

When we finally meet up with Cohen things start to take a whole new kind of turn and Britta leaves the group by escaping and is on a new kind of search to set things right.  We end up meeting my absolute favorite character Enat.  She is spunky and loving and such an amazing old woman.

The romance is what kind of lost me here.  I think it was just because I am still not sure how I feel about Cohen.  I liked him, but I didn’t love him, but we will see how he is in the next book.

There were all kinds of twists and turns in this book with some I felt predictable, but there were others where I was pleasantly surprised by the turn of events.  My heart strings got pulled, and I feel like they are still mending by a particular moment in the book, but I can’t give any spoilers.  While this book did feel like an opening book to a series there was still a lot going on, and oh my goodness that ending.  I feel like there is going to be a lot to go down in book two, and I am already anxious to read it.

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