Feb 11

Comics Will Break Your Heart

Book Reviews 0 ★★★★

Comics Will Break Your Heart was an adorable story with hattips to geeks of all kinds – from the greats of British literature to, obviously, comic book fans! The plot is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, only the two families in question are descendents of patriarchs who together birthed one of the greatest comic book franchises of all time, only to have a bitter falling out.

Mir and Weldon are both likable characters, young people approaching the end of high school with the usual amount of trepidation and flailing about as they try to figure out their place in the world and what they want to do with their lives. They meet by sheer accident, when Weldon’s misbehavior prompts his high-powered, fame and fortune focused father to send him away for the summer, to his aunt and uncle’s house in the small town he has rarely seen. Despite his undercurrent of resentment and propensity for lying, Weldon is charismatic and charms just about everyone he meets. Mir has a work ethic to rival most adults, desperate to rise above her family’s extreme economy of existence. I liked that she didn’t seem embarrassed by her admittedly rather eccentric parents, but she knew that their choices were not going to be hers. I could understand her resentment of being forced to the extremes of frugal living – such as buying a second hand Monopoly and painting rocks to replace the missing pieces.

The cast of side characters was endearing too, even if I felt that their stories were left unfinished. I loved Mir’s friends Evan and Raleigh, and I hope maybe the author plans to write more about them at some point. Evan especially! He was just so sweet and kind and clearly cared so much about Mir. I really liked that even though he wanted to care about her in a more-than-friends way, when she said made it clear she wasn’t interested he completely dropped it, but remained a great friend. A lot of guys could take a lesson! 😛

The Romeo/Juliet plot was a little weak, mostly because of its predictability. The adults of the two families have had some hard feelings in the past, but their reasons for estrangement sound weak, especially the way Weldon’s aunt presents her case.

4/5 stars. I loved the descriptions of fandoms and comics, and Comic Con. It definitely appeals to the inner (and not so inner) nerd!

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Feb 10

January Reading Wrap Up!

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Yes, it’s 10 days into February and I’m just now getting this up. I really wanted to at least do a January post though, because I had a fabulous reading month! This was partly due to having much more time than usual to read, as I didn’t go back to classes until January 15th, but also I just read some awesome books that I thoroughly enjoyed.

FIRST, an apology – I have been absolutely HORRIBLE at replying to comments in the past month. Please be sure I read every single one of them but replying to them on my phone is kind of a pain and sometimes I forget by the time I get to my laptop, which is old and starting to be a complete pain in the ass to load WordPress on. Why, who knows, but…I will try to do better! Please keep commenting! It seriously brightens my days.

The above picture is of books that found their way to my shelves this month, but unfortunately I haven’t actually gotten around to reading those yet, hehe (except The Winter of the Witch and The Au Pair). So here we go!

Basic Reading Stats

  • 15 books finished (check out my GoodReads shelf to see what they were!)
  • 3,786 pages read
  • 3 hours 51 minutes of audiobooks
  • 8 Beat the Backlist books
  • 6 New Release books
  • 5 Diverse Reads books

Incoming Book Haul

You can see these from the picture, obviously, but of note:

  • the OwlCrate special edition of The Gilded Wolves! I’m in love with the silver and blue accents. Also the character cards came as a pre-order gift from the publisher and are they not just the most awesome thing. 😀

  • Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse Read-a-long is still going on, so PLEASE check it out! I am woefully behind, but still have hopes of catching up (hence the Curtsies and Conspiracies purchase). Also, I might have, um, FINALLY obtained the illustrated edition of Soulless…signed by the author, no less!! EEEEEEP.

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Feb 07

Review of Cogheart

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Review of CogheartCogheart by Peter Bunzl
on September 1, 2016
Genres: Middle Grade
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Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat. . . .

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . .

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.

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Cogheart is a tale with many moving pieces, not unlike the steam-punk mechanicals that Lily’s father builds. Unfortunately I think it’s a bit flat, as I never felt very attached to the characters. Also, for a middle grade novel, there is an awful lot of proverbializing and “lessons learned” sort of speeches, which I found annoying and am sure many of the target audience would as well. It also has a bit of a dark feel in some places, not unlike the Series of Unfortunate Events series – only these dark events don’t seem to have much effect on the characters except as plot devices.

Despite these flaws, I did finish the book and found the mech aspect interesting. I just have doubts about the book’s ability to hold the attention of a middle grade reader due to the issues I’ve mentioned.

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Feb 05

A Monster Like Me

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A Monster Like MeA Monster Like Me by Wendy Swore
Published by Shadow Mountain on March 5, 2019
Genres: Middle Grade, Modern
Pages: 304
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Being the new kid at school is hard, but Sophie has a secret weapon: her vivid imagination and her oversized, trusted Big Book of Monsters--an encyclopedia of myths and legends from all over the world. The pictures and descriptions of the creatures in her book help her know which kids to watch out for--clearly the bullies are trolls and goblins--as well as how to avoid them. Though not everyone is hiding a monster inside; the nice next-door neighbor is probably a good witch, and Sophie's new best friend is obviously a good fairy.

Sophie is convinced she is a monster because of the "monster mark" on her face. At least that's what she calls it. The doctors call it a blood tumor, and it covers almost half of her face. Sophie can feel it pulsing with every beat of her heart. And if she's a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster on the inside, too. She knows that it's only a matter of time before the other kids, the doctors, and even her mom figure it out.

The Big Book of Monsters gives Sophie the idea that there might be a cure for her monster mark, but in order to make the magic work, she'll need to create a special necklace made from ordinary items--a feather, a shell, and a crystal--that Sophie believes are talismans. Once she's collected all the needed ingredients, she'll only have one chance to make a very special wish. If Sophie can't break the curse and become human again, her mom is probably going to leave--just like Dad did. Because who would want to live with a real monster?

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Sophie thinks she’s a monster. She thinks a lot of people around her are monsters too, and she carries her Big Book of Monsters around almost everywhere she goes so that she can identify them and protect herself and her mom from them. The big birthmark – a hermangioma – that covers one side of her face makes kids and even adults stare and even make fun of her, and as a result she has severe social anxiety. Her world of monsters helps everything make sense. Until things start to change, and the bullying gets worse, and her monsters might just make her lose the only friend she’s ever had.

This was a fantastic book! Sophie is 11 years old, and the writing will appeal to kids that age and even a little older. The idea of Sophie so fully believing in the idea of people being monsters, will be a little more hard to go along with, but the book has a cast of loving, supportive adults that – while not hogging the page time – make it clear that Sophie’s way of dealing with the issues caused by her birthmark is not the healthiest way.

Autumn, a sweetheart of a girl at Sophie’s new school, is such a vivacious, loving friend to Sophie that she unwittingly opens an entire new world to her shy friend. Autumn’s grandmother, a gardener and herbalist, is another new friend that slowly draws Sophie out of her shell with gentleness and acceptance.

I really liked that Sophie’s mom was such a positive character. Even though she was far from perfect, she loved Sophie with all her heart and really, truly wanted the absolute best for her. In so many MG and YA books the parents are negative influences and I was happy to see a strong mother/daughter relationship.

4/5 stars. Strongly recommend for any kid and any library! Also worth noting: the author herself had a hermangioma as a child, and some of the incidents in the book came from her experiences.

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Feb 04

Silver Hollow Blog Tour!

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Silver Hollow
Jennifer Silverwood
(Borderlands Saga #1)
Publication date: May 31st 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fairy Tales, Fantasy

“I shouldn’t have to tell you this isn’t a fairy story…”

After her parents’ car crash ten years before, Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. She may be a writer, but she believes in reality over fiction. She ignores the unexplained mysteries surrounding her, never mind the dreams of a past life, or the fact she can fry technology with a touch. Not even a timely invitation from her long-lost uncle in England gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire.

Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.

**Previously published in 2012. This NEW EDITION has been FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED. The original novel is now no longer available.**

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The hour before dawn found Amie pulling her car round the back alley. Through the gloom and decades-buried waste behind Pat’s Delights was a narrow strip leading to the back staircase leading up to her flat. The drive home had been a royal pain in the arse, thanks to her headache and glaring headlights.

The Brit’s face came unbidden to her as she gathered her things and moved her weary legs. Now that she knew him to be the stranger at her parent’s funeral ten years ago, she was convinced he knew something about Uncle Henry’s letters.

The faded yellowing parchment marked with heavy black ink, with words too absurd to be true, flashed in her mind. As she dug through her purse for her keys, she once again recalled how angry she had been ten years ago after reading his first note. So what the cops were uncertain how the accident had happened. So what her father had known some powerful people. Amie had been primped and pushed into the upper-class social sphere through her teens and knew how to handle that sort. She could take care of herself just like she always had. She would tear up the letters and the tickets tonight. The twins and James were her family now.

As she placed her shoe upon the first rickety metal step, two thick and powerful hands grabbed her from behind, pulling her deeper into the back alley. It happened so quickly she forgot to scream. Amie dropped her purse as her fingers dragged and slipped over the metal grating.

“Let go,” she begged, her voice weaker than she intended. His choking embrace only tightened.

She couldn’t breathe. Tears burned her eyes and she reared her head back sharply to knock against the psycho dragging her away. His grip slackened enough for her feet to touch the ground.

Damn it!” He growled deeply as he tore at her dress. He snatched her by the waist before she could take another step.

She cried out, only to feel her face being smashed against a brick wall. She gasped as the figure turned her around and pushed until the sharp stone dug into her shoulders painfully. Amie lifted her head only to come face-to-face with the black-masked figure.

He’s going to rape me, was her first horrifying thought. His brilliant blue eyes blazed into hers, filled with unmistakable purpose.

Too late she realized his true intentions as a sickeningly cool object was plunged into her chest and pulled quickly out again. Strange words came hissing past the man’s lips then, and for a moment his blue eyes glowed amber-red.

She grabbed at the hole in her chest, fingers brushing against her father’s amulet and blinked past tears. Amie’s vision swam, then blurred as she slumped against the trash-littered concrete. She lifted her hands from her chest to find them covered in red.

“Nimue!” A new cry echoed loudly against the brick walls. The voice was familiar and new at once.

Amie gasped and turned desperately to find a tall man standing beside her forgotten vehicle. He was broader in the shoulders than her murderer and wrought by shadow light, but she could not see his face.

Her murderer twisted around to face the mouth of the alley, knife gleaming crimson in his hand. Blood dripped from its point onto the filthy ground.

You’re too late, she thought as her dark knight cried her name again.

The two men exchanged brief, bitter words in a strange tongue she didn’t understand. Without warning, the tall man rushed her murderer with a hoarse cry and flash of crackling light.

She trembled as her mind began to slowly fade. The further she fell the less sense the scene before her made. She watched the tall man toss her attacker into the air over his shoulder and into the brick opposite her. A strange dark light flickered at the edge of her vision and crackling energy danced over the suddenly luminous alley. She saw these things, but her mind refused to believe them.

Time slowed as dark spots filled her vision, then rushed back to the present when a pair of warm hands cradled her in a firm embrace. He lifted her from the muck and fixed his dark eyes on her. Obsidian-cut eyes, familiar eyes, pierced through her and reached deeper.

“I knew it was you,” she whispered and choked on hot liquid at the back of her throat.

“Don’t try to talk.” His face, once so indiscernible it could be called plain, twisted as though in agony at her words. Even though she was slipping, falling into a calm quiet darkness, he refused to let her go. His hand moved from her neck to the gaping hole in her chest, then pressed down firmly.

She cried out as a shock went through her, as he clasped hold of something tearing deep inside of her. The black of his irises gave way to a strange mix of blue and green flecks gleaming in their depths. She saw…

Fields of brilliant emerald grass and a sun filled with more colors than she knew to name.

Darkness and a dirty cell, where heavy fists punctuated his pain.

Time beyond counting became a lifetime lost.

A green-eyed dark-haired beauty bathed in sunlight stretching out her hand to him.

Someone was screaming. Amie frowned as the woman’s cries grew louder. Pain spiked up in her chest as her lungs constricted and her heart was shredded, then reformed. The woman’s screams died when she took a breath and realized the voice was hers.

She blinked.

And then she was lying within the narrow strip between two brick buildings, alone.

 

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Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time, she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador, or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of three series–Heaven’s Edge, Wylder Tales and the Borderlands Saga–and the stand-alone titles Stay and She Walks in Moonlight. She released her first serialized Urban Fantasy, Angel Blue in August 2018.

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Jan 31

Maud

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MaudMaud by Melanie J. Fishbane
Published by Penguin Teen on April 25, 2017
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 376
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Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery—Maud to her friends—has a dream: to go to college and, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott, become a writer. But living with her grandparents on Prince Edward Island, she worries that this dream will never come true. Her grandfather has strong opinions about a woman’s place in the world, and they do not include spending good money on college. Luckily, she has a teacher to believe in her, and good friends to support her, including Nate, the Baptist minister’s stepson and the smartest boy in the class. If only he weren’t a Baptist; her Presbyterian grandparents would never approve. Then again, Maud isn’t sure she wants to settle down with a boy—her dreams of being a writer are much more important.

Life changes for Maud when she goes out West to live with her father and his new wife and daughter. Her new home offers her another chance at love, as well as attending school, but tensions increase as Maud discovers her stepmother’s plans for her, which threaten Maud’s future—and her happiness—forever.

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Maud is an engaging fictionalized account of the early life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the creator of the Anne of Green Gables books beloved the world over. While a work of historical fiction, the book encompasses many known facts and events of Montgomery’s life. I was very surprised to see how very similar, in many ways, her growing up years were to those of her character Anne. It was also very sad to see how, unlike Anne, she never really seemed to have support or love from much of her family. I was very intrigued to say the least, and will be looking at a full length biography of her in the future.

I was struck by how hard Montgomery worked to be able to write her stories. In a time when women were expected only to marry and have children, and anything else was considered strange or even evil, she chose education over even her current happiness or in some cases relationships with her family. She seems to have been a feminist before the term was coined. Though she did of course later marry and have children, it was only after she was an established and successful author.

The author takes time to shed light on the condition of women’s rights at this time in Canadian history, as well as the plight of some of the native people such as the Metis. There is also particular emphasis on the conflict between different denominations within the Christian church.

The author has included a brief historical biography in the back of the book, along with specifics about what happened to certain characters. This really helped to tie up the story, especially since this particular book ended before Montgomery was even eighteen.

4.5/5 stars. Highly recommend for anyone who has enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables story!

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Jan 27

2019 Reading Challenges

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Eeeek! January is almost over and I still haven’t put up a post with the reading challenges I’m participating in this year. Whoops. In the beginning of the month I was busy reading – *gasp* – and then the semester started so I’ve been busy with homework and studying. BUT. I’m still here! And I am trying to play along in a few challenges. If you’re still looking for one yourself, or you’d just like to see what all is going on out there in the blogosphere, check out this amazing list of reading challenges over at Girl XOXO. Anyway, here are mine! I’m typically HORRIBLE at keeping up with these, but I always have good intentions and it’s always so exciting to jump into a new year. 🙂

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As I have the last several years, I’m setting a GoodReads goal. I actually kept the number the same this year as last year, because I got SO behind last year due to school being more overwhelming than I anticipated. I only met my goal because the semester ended with two weeks of 2018 left to go, and I pretty much did nothing but read during those two weeks! 😛 So, my overall reading numbers goal is 52 books in 2019. That’s one a week. No biggie. Or so I always think…

Next is NovelKnight’s Beat the Backlist Challenge! I’ve participated in this every year since it started, even though last year I failed SPECTACULARLY. Haha. This year I do want to really focus more on reading books from previous years, especially ONES I’VE ALREADY BOUGHT. Ahem. I’m linking to my GoodReads TBR shelf as my list, because even though there are a TON more books on here than I could ever possibly read, I know that yes, every book I own is on that list. My goal is 20 backlist books.

Next, the 2019 Diversity Reading Challenge! I’m so happy that Celebrity Readers has managed to combine the two diverse book challenges I participated in for 2017 and 2018, and I’m really sad they’ve had so few people sign up. So if you’re reading this and you want to challenge yourself to read more diversely – GO SIGN UP! My goal for this one is 25 books.

And one of my favorites – a Debut Author Challenge! I’d been participating in That Artsy Reader Girl’s debut challenge, but she doesn’t seem to be doing it this year so I’m linking in with this one from Class of 2K19 Books. I will probably never remember to submit screenshots of things, but I *know* I will be reading at least a handful of debuts. My goal is 12 debut books.

Last but not least, the 2019 New Release Challenge! Hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms. I think, like a lot of book bloggers, I read more new releases than backlist books. I wish I had more time to read more, because I think they are equally deserving of attention, but I do so love the feeling of reading a new book along with everyone else who’s been so excited about it. So my goal for this one is the same as the backlist challenge, 20 books.

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Jan 25

Shadow Walker Blog Tour and Review

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Shadow Walker Blog Tour and ReviewShadow Walker (Bloody Hearts, #1) by Anya J. Cosgrove
Published by Anya J Cosgrove on January 17, 2019
Pages: 264
Goodreads four-stars

A newborn witch is hunted for her blood. Two smoking-hot brothers teach her how to survive. Can she unravel their dark secrets?

Demons. Magic. Fear.

I never believed in witches until I became one. I thought monsters existed only on television screens. I was wrong. And naïve. Thom Walker saved me, but I don’t trust him. His brother Liam is one of them. A demon. He almost devoured me.

Desire. Secrets. Forbidden love.

Witchcraft isn’t easy, and my sparring sessions with my two saviors/jailers are distracting as hell. My feelings must be laid on ice before I end up dead. And I need to find out if I can actually lose my soul, or if it’s a weird metaphor.

Liam says I should embrace the darkness. And the darkness is coming…

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I am so excited to be able to give a high recommendation to Anya Cosgrove’s debut novel! This book was such a fun, entertaining read.

They say ignorance is bliss. I say ignorance gets you killed. I still miss it, though.

Best Things

  • Um, the brothers! Duh. They’re very different but they’re both hot. Haha! Thom is the friendly, popular guy that everyone likes, and Liam is the brooding anti-hero. As you know by now, if you’ve read my blog for any length of time…I am ALL ABOUT the anti-heroes. Yes please.
  • Alana is a fun character, and I’m super eager to see how she grows and matures in future books. She comes around to this whole supernatural thing very quickly, and it would have been a sore point for me except that she even says in her narration that it’s very odd, how easily she accepted this new world that she is suddenly thrust into. So I’m interested to see if that plays out in any way down the road as well.
  • The slow burn! I absolutely hate insta-love, and while of course it’s pretty normal for any hot-blooded human to feel some physical pull to an attractive other person, I don’t think it’s normal for a true obsession to switch on immediately. THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN HERE, and I am so grateful. It made me enjoy the story so much more!
  • The evil guy is really despicable. Not just sort of nasty. Like made my skin crawl in horror. Which is IMPORTANT! If the stakes aren’t high enough, the story won’t work…and it worked, let me tell you.

Minor Complaints

  • Love triangle. Obviously that was a main point of this story, it even says it in the GR description – but I really didn’t think *I* personally would be so torn between the brothers. ARGH!
  • Need more details on how all this witch/warlock/demon/magic stuff actually works, and it’s origins. It’s explained a little, but…really needs some more fleshing out. Hopefully in the next books!
  • Erm…the cover. I absolutely HATE covers with barechested men or scantily clad women. Like I couldn’t read a physical copy of this in public. Can we please just not? There’s so many other cool scenes from this book that they could have chosen…but that’s a very small beef. Just ignore the cover!

I cannot WAIT for the next installment of Bloody Hearts, which is titled Witch’s Honor and is due out on April 11, 2019!

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Anya J Cosgrove lives in Québec with her husband, her beautiful son, and two mischievous cats. She works as a veterinarian by day. She’s a travel and Disney junkie and is passionate about her favorite paranormal series.

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Jan 24

Review of Bind the Soul

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If you haven’t read the first in this series, I highly recommend it and you can check out my review right here. That review is spoiler free, but THIS review may contain spoilers for the first book!

Bind the Soul picks up right where Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone #1) left off. Piper is back home at the consulate, and Ash is gone. Lyle has spent weeks searching for him and only has the barest of information. Piper knows that Ash is a big boy and can take care of himself…but she also knows he sacrificed a lot for her, and that despite his own power seemed genuinely afraid of whoever – whatever – holds sway over him. To help him would mean defying her father AGAIN, risking her own safety (since she still has no idea how she managed to use the Sahar), and plunging into Hades itself…and the choice may not be hers to make.

“Death is easy. Living is difficult.”

Phew! This book took a really dark turn. There are some torture scenes that left my heart racing. I was so very emotionally invested in these characters. I’m also Team Ash ALL THE WAY, I don’t care what anyone says. I love anti-heroes in general, and as a love interest he is just so swoonworthy (is that a word? it should be).

There is SO MUCH going on here. The upper and lower daemons are still trying to get their hands on the Sahar, which has so very inconveniently become attached to Piper. Piper just wants to prevent world destruction, and get Ash back. And become a consul, which means never becoming involved with Ash, or Lyre, or any other daemon.

Riiiiight.

How’s that working out for ya, my girl?

The pace of this book is fast and furious as our lovelies escape and re-escape and try to stay one step ahead of the Father of All Nasties, a.k.a. the very sadistic Samael. Every time I thought they might get a breather – whoops, just kidding! Here’s another nasty punch to brighten your day. It just kept going and going and I absolutely loved it. There are also a couple of new characters introduced that I really hope will be in the rest of the books, as their stories seem like they would be absolutely fascinating. Also, ahem, can someone please introduce a love interest for Lyle so that I can stop fretting over it?

There are some absolutely heart-melting scenes spaced in between all the action. Ash and Piper have such incredible chemistry and yet they both seem convinced they can’t be together (trope-y, yes, but it works). Rational thought never keeps sparks from flying though, and it doesn’t keep traitorous hearts from caring when the mind would rather not.

She lifted her face, met his eyes – and saw his soul beneath the black. “Kill that bastard,” she whispered.

One thing that really bothered me throughout the first half of this book was how Piper seemed to have regressed in maturity. This series is marketed as YA, I understand that. However, the first book was really not very YA in tone or content, at all. Piper is supposed to be seventeen, but she acts more like someone in their early twenties. So, I expected this one to be the same and it wasn’t quite. The last half it was back to the old Piper. It was rather frustrating, but oh well. It was only mildly distracting.

Piper’s parentage and inherited (or not) magic still isn’t explained and I am absolutely dying of curiosity. I feel like there must be SOMETHING there or else she wouldn’t have been able to connect with the Sahar the way she did, but that part wasn’t delved into much at all in this book.

Overall 4/5 stars, highly, HIGHLY recommend! This is an awesome futuristic urban fantasy series with characters you can really get behind. I am SO READY to dive into the third book!

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Jan 18

Annaliese Rising Blog Tour and Review!

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Annaliese Rising Blog Tour and Review!Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake
Published by Entangled: Teen on January 8, 2019
Genres: magical realism, Modern, Young Adult
Pages: 350
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Half-Blood meets Antigoddess in a thrilling, romantic new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake.

When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m so excited to be a part of this book tour! Analiese Rising sounded fascinating to me the moment I read the blurb, and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint. Be sure to scroll to the end and enter the giveaway!

I had an error in blog scheduling and apologize that this post was supposed to be up yesterday!

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4/5 stars! I definitely recommend Analiese Rising, especially if you enjoyed Percy Jackson or similar stories. I’ll be on the lookout for more from Brenda Drake!

Things I Loved

  • The ancient gods of MANY different countries (not just Greek or Roman, as is so very common) are plunked down in the middle of modern day Europe. The way their quirks and foibles and abilities are revealed was absolutely fascinating.
  • After the first few chapters of set-up, the action was non-stop. Analiese and Marek go globetrotting, and so much happens to them in such a short time. Phew!
  • The whole premise of death-risers. WHAAAAAT. I need more. Please tell me there will be a sequel.
  • Analiese’s relationship with her brother, Dalton. I love those two so much and seriously needed more of Dalton. He seemed like such a cool guy and kind of got the short end of the stick.
  • Diversity! Yes! While the MCs are straight and white, there are several secondary characters of various colors and sexualities/genders.

Small Complaints

  • The insta-love. I know this is YA and it’s kind of expected but really. Sigh. Also, let me repeat for the 9,909th time…BOY SWEAT DOES NOT SMELL GOOD.
  • The way adults treat teenagers, like they’re still small children. I realize this happens in real life, but come oooooon can’t we have at least one adult who realizes that their underage charges are actually capable?
  • Would like some more background on how the Risers came to be…maybe another book?? Pleeeeease? Hehe.

About the Author

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda’s world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there’s always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she’s not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hash tag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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