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Review: Certain Dark Things

Title: Certain Dark Things

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: October 25th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.

Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.

And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.

Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?

My Review:

I wanted to read this because I really liked Silvia’s other book, The Beautiful Ones. While I still liked her other book better, this one was pretty great. First, I liked the Mexico setting. Second, these vampires were awesome.

The main girl Atl isn’t your normal heroine. She’s not the best at everything, she has killed, and she wants to take care of herself first. Domingo was such a clinger, but he was so sweet that you can’t help but like him.

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Nick was a freaking douche of a vampire, and his chapters were probably my favorite. I liked most of the side characters as well. What slowed it down for me was Ana’s chapters. I know why Ana’s chapters had to be there—so you can see why everything connects, but not a lot went down in most of hers. Toward her last few chapters they did get intense, though!

Overall, this was a fun read. Loved the darkness. Loved the ending. And I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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Review: Wintersong

Title: Wintersong

Author: S. Jae-Jones

Date of Publication: February 7th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

My Review:

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Wintersong begins with Liesl who basically looks down upon everything about herself. Her brother is the musical genius, and her sister is the beauty in the family who is engaged to Hans a friend of Liesl’s who Liesl has cared about a long time. Liesl’s sister Käthe is taken away by The Goblin King when she chose to pay more attention to her brother because even though she loves both of them her love for music she loves most of all, and that is what her brother produces is music. When she discovers her sister has been taken Liesl will do everything in her power to get her sister back above ground.

Labyrinth has been one of my all time favorites movies for well forever! So when I heard this was a retelling with romance I was bouncing off the walls excited. The first half of the story was actually really good even though there were some things I just didn’t understand like how this king stole your sister yet you are still finding yourself fawning over him as her sister is still being held captive! Maybe if she had already been released!!

I liked Liesl and the fact that she wasn’t super beautiful, but we never stop hearing about how plain or ugly she is, and her self esteem is so low. This to me rubbed me the wrong wasy because in the WHOLE BOOK she thinks about how plain she is!

The Goblin King! Oh yes The Goblin King! I was ready to be swooned by his ways and sadly I was not… He is the Lord of Mischief which we never stop hearing that line… There are parts where I really do like him, but my heart wasn’t all in.

This whole book is revolved around music which would be fine as well, but maybe just because I am not a musician I was just getting slightly annoyed with how much they kept talking about it.

The romance was good, but it was not great as I imagined it to be. Maybe my expectations were too high? I don’t even know. I did like the fact that they were childhood friends and had known each other, but it constantly seemed as if The Goblin King was in love with the girl who she once was even though he does help bring her out of this shell she has trapped herself in. I still have a lot of unanswered questions even though this one is a stand alone.

I am just not even sure about the side characters either. Käthe was just pretty much flirting all the time, and I don’t even know why Hans is brought into the story because there are a lot of unanswered questions about him. Liesl’s brother and grandmother were the most interesting and went well with the story.


The writing was very beautiful and just about as gorgeous as Roshani Chokshi’s writing for The Star-Touched Queen, and even though some parts were really good and the ending was great I just find a lot missing, and I wish those pieces would have come together

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Review: Nevernight

Title: Nevernight

Author: Jay Kristoff

Date of Publication: August 9th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

My Review:

This review is going to be short because I am still so lost and was not sure what was even going on, and I would read more and then I found myself off daydreaming as I was reading, and then I would have to go back and read and was still confused.

Jay can most definitely write that was not the problem to me here. It was there were like three things going on at one time. It was like we had the story in regular font, then we had backflashes in italic font, and then we had footnotes.  This stuff was not even spaced out. It was all on the same couple of pages!

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There were a lot of metaphors and similes going on which a lot of them I did actually like. That cover! That cover is also one of my favorites that I have seen this year, and I would sleep with it under my pillow every night if I could. I did like the whole revenge plot but other than that I don’t think I will be reading book two.

 

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Review: The Dead Boyfriend

Title: The Dead Boyfriend

Author: R.L. Stine

Date of Publication: September 27th, 2016

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My Review:

So first off it has been forever since I read an R.L. Stine book, so I thought I would give it a go. Instead I should have been just saying no.

This book kicks off with Caitlyn our main character who eventually meets a guy named Blade and this is insta love of the worst kind.  There is another girl named Deena Fear who believes that Blade is both hers and Caitlyn’s which is all types of strange. She is a real weirdo.

Caitlyn does some real crazy stuff and some stuff goes down with Blade. It isn’t really a spoiler because obviously the title is called The Dead Boyfriend so obviously Blade somehow ends up a gonner.

Anyways lets just say Blade is backkkkkkkkkkkk.  Caitlyn is one of the worst point of views I have ever read from. I am sure my ten or eleven year old self would have loved this book, but I just can’t handle anymore of these R.L. Stine books. As history repeats itself this book does end on a twist as it serves from my memories of the Stine books. Sometimes nostalgia just does not work out, but maybe it will for you.

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