Posts Categorized: 2.5 star books

Rival: review

Rival: review

Rivalby Sara Bennett Wealer I liked the first half of this book quite a lot. Kathryn and Brooke used to be best friends until something drove them apart–but what was it? The story starts off in senior year, told in alternating chapters between both girls’ points of view, then eventually goes back and forth between junior and senior years. This framework might sound complicated, but it actually works just fine, and the author does a good job of writing different voices for both girls’ narratives. The reader gets the usual insight of several events seen from two different points of view, and I found both girls to be fairly sympathetic and interesting in the beginning. I also enjoyed the immersion in the world of music and choir and opera. Sara Bennett Wealer has a musical background and her love and respect for music really show through her characters. I also liked… Read more »

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Bloodspell: review

Bloodspell: review

Bloodspell by Amalie Howard On her seventeenth birthday, Victoria Warrick receives an old journal that reveals that reveals she’s actually a very powerful witch. But because of a terrible curse, the “black blood” within her threatens to control and destroy her. Complicating matters is the mysterious Christian Devereux, who is hiding secrets of his own. With a set up that is so familiar to fans of paranormal romances, the execution in a story like this had better be pretty fantastic. I liked the premise of this book, and the first 25 pages or so are very good. There is a good fight scene; the introduction of Leto, a cat that is more than he seems; and the early signs of the great power that Victoria possesses. Unfortunately, the book then shifts to Christian’s point of view (where it occasional wanders throughout the book), and the story quickly starts to lose… Read more »

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Die for Me: review

Die for Me: review

Die for Meby Amy Plum Kate Mercier moves to Paris to live with her grandparents following the death of her mother and father. One day, she meets a beautiful boy named Vincent in a cafe and finds herself incredibly attracted to him. But just as she begins to think that there’s a future ahead for them, she discovers that Vincent is hiding a dangerous secret that will affect anyone he gets close to. What I liked about the book: (some spoilers ahead, though it’s information that is revealed fairly early in the story) * The paranormal set-up is a fairly original/unusual one. Vincent and his friends are revenants, undead guardians who help to save humans from potential danger. Their enemies are numas, who are undead evil-doers who try their best to lure humans to their deaths through various different methods. * I rather enjoyed the novelty of having a YA book… Read more »

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