Review: The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Detailed Rating:

  •  Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings.

Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

Review:

Publisher: Createspace
Date of Publication:  22nd November 2010
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 438
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

If I saw Rising Tide on a bookstore I probably wouldn’t even pick it up, I’ll be honest. But after reading it I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up its sequel.

As you probably already guessed this book surprised me in a very positive way. I was expecting something in the lines of Twilight but with the genders reversed (so kind of like Life and Death). Well, Claudette tjrew a “no” at my face with the turning of every page!

Not only were the characters very lovable but I also found myself really caring about what happened to them! Claudette writes in a very simple but gripping way and she managed to created a little nest of love around Maura. Even though they were all very different I loved Maura, Caelyn, Ron, Merinda, Susie and Shane.

While most vampire books focus on how the protagonist deals with the situtation of either being a vampire or being with a vampire, Rising Tide focus on how to deal with becoming a vampire. How you notice the changes but really you don’t think they add up, its puberty ad first and the maybe a disease. I would characterize Rising Tide as an accurate portrait of what it would be for a regular teenager from our “real world” to have her life overlapping with the supernatural world. The word “vampire” only appears in the last sentence of the book! A very refreshing prespective!

The only thing I would add to Claudette’s book really would be a bit more of emotion in some excerpts (I won’t specify more since this is a spoiler free review). But other than that, great job!

I would recommend if you’re looking for a different vampire series with very good characters with an interesting sense of humor.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★☆☆☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Maura seems to drive her classmates away but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds.

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. 

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Publication:  February 18th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 274
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden


Book Rate:
 ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

First thing I did after finishing this books was checking goodreads to see if there would be a sequel. Guess what? There is! The only thing we have so far is the title (The Romeo Catchers – which sounds very interesting) but I’m excited anyway!

Reading The Casquette Girls was such an immersive experience! I had never read a story that takes place in New Orleans but I think this was the best one to start with: I fell in love with the city through Alys Arden’s words. Everything seemed so real and hypnotizing, The Casquette Girls truly transmits the reader the essence of this magical and oh-so-full-of-life city!

With some unexpected twist and turns the plot was very gripping, as were the characters. Although there are a few details I think could’ve been more worked on… The love triangle (beware, there’s a love triangle guys!) was “comme ci, comme ça”, never during my reading experience did I feel even slightly sure about any of Adele’s choices… And Emilio’s plot twist would’ve contributed a lot more to the story if it had been darker. But I can see a reason for it not be, since there’s a sequel coming out and there’s lots of angles that can be worked on about this character…

All in all, this was pretty intense. If you’re ever in the mood for a Halloween-ish read or even just a good book to escape “real life” for a bit: this is your guy! Or book… I don’t really know how to adapt this expression, ups 😉

The Casquette Girls brings New Orleans and Paris to you in just 560 pages!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (from goodreads):

Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.

Publisher: Skyscape
Date of Publication:  November 17th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 565
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Dream Walker by Michelle Murray


Book Rate: ★☆☆☆☆ (1/5)

Review:

The Dream Walker made me check its goodreads page twice in the time it takes me to read 118 pages. Twice. I had to make sure this is definitely considered a young adult book before writing this review because it surely didn’t feel like a young adult read to me…

Michelle Murray’s writing style stroke me as oversimplistic and somewhat childish. There was a consistent storyline with beginning, middle and end, true! But I cannot say I got to know the characters and the world at all. After finishing The Dream Walker I feel like someone just showed me a map of the world and a diagram with the characters’ names and relationships. Everything was described too quickly or not at all. The story was so fast-paced it seems like it didn’t really happen.

Besides this I also found the characters to be a bit incoeherent and their behaviour unrealistic on some occasions. Just to give you an idea: if the situations I’m referring to and that are described in the book as non-fantasy situtations, happened in real life and I witnessed them I would be screaming “What the hell are you doing lady/sir???” at the top of my lungs.

If this was a Middle Grade book my review probably would have been very different in some aspects, but since it’s not: here’s my opinion of it as a Young Adult.

I’m sorry to admit I do not recommend The Dream Walker.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★☆☆☆
  • Characters ★☆☆☆☆
  • Writing ★☆☆☆☆
  • Pacing ★☆☆☆☆
  • Cover ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Miranda is having vivid dreams of a world she’s never been to. A world full of castles, Forests, Ice Caves, and Dragons. She goes to a bookstore to see about these dreams, and discovers she is a Dream Walker. She has been called to save this mystical, magical world. 

On Mystica, the evil wizard Midnight has been released. Midnight is gathering an army, and preparing for war. Miranda needs to find and release the white wizard Lightning from his stone prison to save Mystica. Can she achieve this?

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Publication:  August 16th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Page Count: 120
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R. T. Lowe


Book Rate:
 ★★★★☆ (4/5)

I’m pretty I’ll be raving about this book for a little while…

The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen strikes me as a mixture of The Harry Potter Saga, a Stephen King’s thriller and a college contemporary. You can relate to it an awful lot since there are a lot of “today’s” references like Ke$ha, Taylor Swift, the Kardashians and The Hunger Games, so you really feel like the story happens in the world you live in. Which is great if you ask me.

The characters are great, incredibly realistic and smart and strong. They take precautions before jumping into dangerous situations which a lot of characters in other books don’t do and always strikes as unrealistic. Felix, Allison and Lucas (my top favourite, to be honest) are great, though! They could go to my college! (I would be besties with Allison, no doubt!!!).

The plotline is gripping, a page turner really, and I’m praying there are more books coming because I can’t leave this saga just yet. It’s not the common storyline we are all so used to, it has it’s unexpected twists and turns, which made this read so much greater for me.

If you’re looking for a good long time bookis companion then this is it. The almost 500 pages and smallish letter will keep you submerged in a hot chocolate drinking and frantic reading delicious environment.

A perfect Autumn read in my opinion!

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Reeling from a terrible accident that claimed the lives of his parents, Felix arrives at Portland College and there gradually dares to believe he can put his past behind him.

But a fateful storm looms on the horizon: In the nearby woods, two hikers become the latest victims in a series of gruesome murders; a disfigured giant embarks on a vicious cross-country rampage, killing teenagers who fail his ‘test’; and an ancient society of assassins tasked with eradicating the wielders of a mysterious source of power awakens after a long silence.

Only one man–the school’s groundskeeper–knows that the seemingly unrelated events are connected, and that an eighteen-year-old boy stands in the center of the storm.

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Publication:  May 20th 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure
Page Count: 494
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.