Posts Categorized: paranormal

Secret (Elemental #4): review discussion

Secret (Elemental #4): review discussion

Hi everyone! Since Kate and I are both big fans of the Elemental series, we decided it’d be fun to do a joint review discussion for Secret, the latest installment. Please be aware that there will be spoilers for this series in our chat, although we won’t give away any major plot points in this particular book. Let’s begin!   Wendy: Brigid sure doesn’t mess around. The book stars off with a debriefing/interrogation scene, and then bam! There’s an unexpected event and we’re immediately plunged into the action. It’s great how the prologue serves as both a recap and to jolt you into feeling like you’re in this world again. Kate: I thought the recap aspects, in particular, were very well done.  And what I like about the Unexpected Event was how bad-ass and scary Silver was in the last book, you know?  And how I can feel sorry for… Read more »

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Neverwas: review

Neverwas: review

Neverwas is the highly anticipated second installment in the Amber House trilogy. This book starts off on quite a spin. At the end of Amber House, Sarah rescues both her little brother Sam and her aunt Maggie from the dream world which changes the course of the future. Neverwas is consequently based on an alternate present — a time when the Nazis won WWII; when the world continents are divided under the oppressive commands of the German and Japanese empires; and when racial segregation is still routine. In comparison, Neverwas is a departure from its predecessor. It is bigger and more ambitious in scale, moving away from domestic drama into an all-out, no holds barred, twilight zone-esque fight to save the “real” world. It is still frightening, still mysterious and still gripping — only that the source of these fears and mysteries have slightly changed along with history. In other… Read more »

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Untold: review

Untold: review

Title: Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2)Author: Sarah Rees BrennanRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 24, 2013Publisher: Random HouseAge Group: YASource: Borrowed Sit down. I have a lot to say… There have been much debate over Sarah Rees Brennan’s second installment in her Lynburn Legacy trilogy. It had been so hyped up it almost jinxed itself. Untold has received giddy praise and somber criticism. So, which is it? Well, it’s kind of both.Untold tells the aftermath of Kami and Co. after having discovered that it was Rob Lynburn who had been doing the massacring around not-so-sleepy-town Sorry-in-the-Vale. Now, he’s recruiting to build an army. As is with most middle books, the basic premise is preparation. Kami needs to spread the word out to the people, to educate them and arm them of and against these evil magic doers. Plot-wise, the book suffered faintly — I say faintly because I am unyielding… Read more »

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Spirit: Tour Kick-off with Secrets of the Elemental Series + Giveaway!

Spirit: Tour Kick-off with Secrets of the Elemental Series + Giveaway!

Let’s be honest here. I’m a big fan of the the Merrick boys–so the idea of a story about Hunter, the guy who who is always fighting with them, didn’t initially catch my attention, particularly after Gabriel’s awesome story in Spark. But man, did this third installment in the Elemental series knock my socks off! There is lots of action (of ALL kinds, hee hee) and lots of unexpected emotion. Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer is fantastic PNR/UF, written with the kind of intensity, energy, thought, and originality that’s so often lacking in in those genres. I’m in total shock over how ballsy this book is in terms of unconventional plot and character development, particular in Hunter’s story arc with the mysterious Kate, a girl who has her own agenda–but still can’t stop herself from getting her heart involved. You’ll find yourself a fan of Hunter’s as soon as you start… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: White Lines, Strands of Bronze and Gold, Breathless + free novella!

Mini Reviews: White Lines, Strands of Bronze and Gold, Breathless + free novella!

Today’s mini reviews are for books that surprised me in different ways, mostly because the stories or characters weren’t quite what I thought they would be. Sometimes that can be a very good thing. —————————————— Title: White LinesAuthor: Jennifer BanashRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: April 4, 2013Publisher: Putnam JuvenileAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher White Lines by Jennifer Banash isn’t the sort of novel that I would normally be attracted to, so I am really glad that a copy landed on my doorstep. 17-year-old Cat is living a teenager’s dream in the 1980s–she has her own apartment in New York City, which is bankrolled by her neglectful father. By day, she is a fragile creature struggling with infrequent visits from her abusive mother. By night, she loses herself in the frenzied, glittering world of the club scene, where she fends off skeevy characters and succumbs to… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: The Boyfriend App + The Nightmare Affair

Mini Reviews: The Boyfriend App + The Nightmare Affair

We’re trying out a new format today with mini reviews! It’s a good way for us to share some quick thoughts about our recent reads, and to cover more books on the blog than we’d typically be able to. ———————————————– Title: The Boyfriend AppAuthor: Katie SiseRating: 3 out of 5 starsRelease Date: April 30, 2013Publisher: Balzer & BrayAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher Smart, geeky Audrey McCarthy needs money for college, so she decides to enter a competition to design a phone app that lets users find their perfect romantic match. I loved the idea of a girl who’s a tech nerd, so I was very entertained by the first half of this book. Audrey’s a fun character, and the explanations of technical terms and use of social media is well-integrated into the story; I also enjoyed the breezy writing and quick pace. But halfway through, the plot… Read more »

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School Spirits: review

School Spirits: review

Title:  School SpiritsAuthor: Rachel HawkinsRating:3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: May 14, 2013Publisher:Disney HyperionAge Group: YASource: gifted ARC Confession time: as someone who is still suffering from Archer withdrawals a big fan of the first two Hex Hall books, I was a little nervous about the prospect of a spinoff series. I’m happy to report that School Spirits finds the author back in fine form, this time with a character that was introduced in Spellbound. Remember the girl who talked to the Torin, the guy stuck in the mirror? Izzy Brannick is now fifteen, and her family has a long history as hunters of supernatural creatures. After she and her mom move to a new town in Mississippi, she starts to investigate mysterious hauntings at her high school under the guise of membership in the PMS (hah!) or Paranormal Management Society. The problem is, this case is more complicated than… Read more »

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