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Review: Lost Boy

Title: Lost Boy

Author: Christina Henry

Date of Publication: July 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

My Review:

Peter Pan has always been quite the iffy story for me. He always struck me as a creepy kind of character. A super old boy stuck in a young boy’s body, dragging young children to an island. Super odd. So therefore, I was always intrigued by Captain Hook! And this was truly his story!

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Jamie was relatable, completely relatable, even though he had done heinous things over the years. Yet, it was all because of Peter’s urge to “play.” I loved Jamie because he was like a daddy hen to a lot of the boys, especially Charlie. And there were twists and turns along the way. Since this is prequel, I’m sure you guys know how it all ends, but it is the character driven story that gets you there that is truly unique and horrific! And it definitely can be gruesome!

I’ve read a couple other books by Henry, and like the others, this one did not disappoint whatsoever! The world was terrifying with devious deceptions hidden in small places, and it was one that I couldn’t get out of my head, even after reading!

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Who is your favorite Peter Pan character?

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Hey guys! Clouded by Envy as well as my friend’s, Amber R. Duell’s, Dream Keeper has made it to the second round for cover of the month! If you would like to vote for them both, that would be so awesome!

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Review: The Space Between

Title: The Space Between

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Date of Publication: November 14th, 2011

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Goodreads Summary:

Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped – and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

My Review:

This is now the fourth Brenna Yovanoff book I’ve read, and I seriously hate myself for not finding her books sooner! This one was so much fun and put a whole new unique spin on demons! And yes, all the feels!

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Daphne is probably the cutest demon I’ve read about. Loved her personality! She had struggles within herself, adjusting to the world above, searching for her missing brother, and meeting a human boy, Truman, who will need to help her!

The descriptions were so cool, and the story was original. There was swoon, emotion, action, mythology, horror vibes—pretty much all things cool! It was perfect!

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What’s your favorite unique book?

Review: Fiendish

Title: Fiendish

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Date of Publication: August 14th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.

Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

My Review:

So we begin this lovely tale with a girl being rescued from a cellar. She can’t see because her eyes are sewn shut and she’s been down there for years! This was awesome!

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This is the third book I’ve read by Yovanoff and I seriously loved it. It was weird yet had contemporary aspects and so the magic realism was so cool! The characters were well developed and the story was driven by these characters in a unique fashion. Fisher was complicated and needed hugs and a reminder that things sometimes can’t be controlled, or maybe they can but you need help in order to that.

Clementine was probably my favorite character. She had a Rapunzel-like quality where she was wholesome and innocent yet brave and fierce and wanting to help everyone and everything she could. That is an extraordinary personality to have and one that we in the world should all be striving for.

As for the parts with the Hollow, it was so unique and well described with perfect world building. The creatures were awesome and the magic was beautiful and deadly. I can’t get over how well Yovanoff writes, and I can’t wait to read the other books I have by her!

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Have you read any books by Brenna Yovanoff?

Review: Paper Valentine

Title: Paper Valentine

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Date of Publication: January 8th, 2013

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Goodreads Summary:

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

My Review:

I absolutely loved The Replacement! So what did I have to do? Order a bunch of other books by this author! There was some nice solving crime type thing in this one!

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Paper Valentine had a bit of everything! Mystery, friendship, horror, romance, and a great MC. Hannah wasn’t typical and she felt like a real teen. Sometimes she was a follower, sometimes a leader, sometimes indecisive, as are most teens when they are trying to discover themselves.

The side characters were well developed. I liked Finny and Hannah’s sister Ariel a lot! I had a bit of the movies Valentine meets Scream vibes in this yet mixed with originality. Can’t wait to read more from Yovanoff!

 

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What’s your favorite mystery involving ghosts?

Review: Dying for an Invitation

Title: Dying for an Invitation

Author: Theresa Braun

Date of Publication: December 26th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Dacie returns to Romania where she’s ready to coax her invisible childhood playmate to reveal himself to her. Tension and passion fire up between them. Dacie’s mother spouts cautionary advice regarding the supernatural; however, Dacie shirks the warning as nonsense born from local legends. A lost letter lands in Dacie’s hands, suggesting the powers of the undead might have a grip on the family lineage. When her mother dies, so do the answers. And, Dacie needs the comfort of her unseen companion more than ever…

My Review:

Probably the best short story I’ve ever read. I’m hard to please when it comes to short stories. But this… this was so good!

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For a short story, Dacie was super well developed. We learn about her as a child, we learn about her past, and we learn about something she secretly wants. There’s a mystery companion who Dacie has known since she was a child, and the question is, does she give into that temptation or turn it down?

The ending was perfect yet I still want to know more. I want more answers and I want a sequel! This story was bloody brilliant and Braun is definitely my top short story author! Loved it!

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Who’s your favorite supernatural/paranormal character?

Review: The Replacement

Title: The Replacement

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Date of Publication: September 21st, 2010

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Goodreads Summary:

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

My Review:

I love weird, and I love horror vibes with romance thrown in! So this was all of my cups of tea! Peppermint included! The whole idea of a weirdly, sick, creature baby getting switched with a human one was pretty freaking awesome!

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Mackie may just be one of my favorite MCs ever! He was sweet and relatable. At first he didn’t want to get involved with things. And to be truthful, I wouldn’t either! Especially when there is all kinds of craziness going on below ground! Seriously loved all the side characters, especially Roswell! And I can’t forget about Emma, Tate, or the twins!

Yovanoff has wonderful descriptions that aren’t bordering anywhere near tiring. I could feel and see everything she described. Seriously loved this story! And I just threw my money out the window to order the rest of her books!

 

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