Wickerlight by Mary Watson Review

3 STARS

Thank you so much to Bloomsbury YA for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

After devouring and loving Mary Watson’s first book The Wren Hunt, I was very excited that it got a sequel.  I felt that the first book left on a small cliffhanger and I was ready to find out what happened next, mainly with the main character from the first book, Wren.

I was slightly disappointed that Wren didn’t play a huge role in the second book.  She was mentioned maybe a total of 5 times throughout the whole book and as I thought the first book left a lot up in the air regarding her, I was left still wondering what really happened with her.  

The writing style was just as good in the second book as it was the first and I enjoyed that the chapters alternated between the characters of Zara and David.  I just didn’t feel like I enjoyed the second book as much as I did the first.  I’m not sure if that’s because it focused on different characters or if it was the story itself but I was not as intrigued by this one.  I missed the romance between Wren and Tarc and wished there would have been more about them.

This book did have one of my favorite troupes (dislike to lovers) which I did enjoy and I’m really hoping there’s another book after this one as this one also felt like it ended on a small cliffhanger.  

Mary Watson’s writing style is definitely fantastical and whimsical and once you get a hang of pronouncing everything (thank you to the glossary in the back) I think everyone would enjoy this story.  It’s written to where you think it’s set in the late 1800s to early 1900s but it’s actually set in modern day which is one of the main reasons I enjoy her books so much.

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky Review

4 STARS

Thank you so much to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

This is one of those books that I am in complete awe of the author for creating such an amazing and fantastical world.  How Stephen Chbosky came up with the plot, characters, and events in this story is beyond my comprehension and I loved it.

I’m going to go ahead and admit that I am one of the slim few that have never read The Perks of Being A Wildflower and I’m a little ashamed to say it.  I had no clue what to expect going into this novel and I was definitely not prepared for what I experienced.

Don’t let the size of this book and the small print intimidate you, this story is amazing and twisty and dark but oh so good.  I loved the character of Christopher and how kind-hearted and what a protector he was.  He is such a sweet kid trying to help out his mom and also overcome all of the problems they’ve had in their life.  I know a lot of people were saying this book was way too long but honestly, I thought it was too short (I know, you would think over 700 pages is enough) but I didn’t want this story to end.  I wanted to read more about Christopher and his friends and family and find out about their lives after all the craziness went on.

All of the characters and events that went on in this book were executed perfectly and I honestly found myself gasping more than a few times with some of the crazy things that happened.  If you like almost paranormal, religious, fantasy I would say you would really enjoy this book.  It definitely is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I feel this was perfect as his big comeback novel.

Coral by Sara Ella Review

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was very excited going into this book because I love the original story of The Little Mermaid and love fairytale re-tellings so this sounded like a great story.  The cover immediately drew me in and the synopsis sounded great.

Let me first start off by saying my pros for this book.  I loved all of the characters for their own individual reasons, they were all well developed and I loved how each chapter was told from a different character’s perspective.  

I also loved the storyline of this book, it immediately intrigued me and the author has a whimsical, lyrical way of writing that I really enjoyed.  It is a little harder to read but I found by slowing down my reading speed I was able to fully understand everything and appreciate the story more.

Now we get to my cons; I didn’t really understand this story.  Quite a few times while reading this book I had to second guess myself and almost had to reread large chunks of it due to how confused I was.  What you originally think is three main characters in this book is actually only two but if you’re not paying close attention to what’s going on, you really don’t understand how two of the characters are the same.  

Another problem I had was how much this story jumped ahead without really giving you any warning.  All of a sudden we’re months ahead in the story without finding out the details or why it skipped ahead so far.  That was another thing that really threw me off when reading and I thought I had missed something.

I know the author tried to make it all a big plot twist at the end but I feel it fell a little short.  I might just be too used to reading thriller novels but it was a very anticlimactic plot twist for me.  

The only other con about this book for me was I felt like it could have been shorter.  There was a lot of information thrown in that I didn’t feel was entirely necessary.  

This still was a pretty good book overall and I commend the author for writing about the touchy subjects she did and bringing light to so many illnesses but this just wasn’t a great book for me.  The cover is very deceiving as it doesn’t deal much with underwater sea life so I feel like that will throw a lot of readers off.

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker Review

Thank you so much to Lion Forge and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This was my first graphic novel I’ve ever read and I loved it so much that I’m now hooked on them. The illustrations were amazing and the storyline was so good. It was the perfect amount of witchy and whimsical and I read it in one sitting. The characters were amazing, the plot was crazy, and I honestly couldn’t get enough of this book. This is definitely one I will reread over and over again.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones Review

5 STARS

Thank you so much to Little Brown Books for Young Readers for the free copy of this book for my review! 

This book is now one of my top favorite books of all time. It had the perfect amount of spooky, romance, and keep you on the edge of your seat creepy. I have never read a book like this before and I absolutely loved it. 

I would definitely classify this book as a dark fantasy with the rotting corpses and the dead coming back to life but it also had a lot of humor thrown in that surprised me. The writing was amazing and kept me entranced the entire time I was reading, it was so detailed and gripping. The world that Emily Lloyd-Jones created was richly-imagined but so simple at the same time, you could picture everything and that’s one thing I loved so much about this. 

I loved the characters of Ryn and Ellis, especially how Ellis was dealing with chronic pain throughout the book which is something I don’t normally find in fantasy books. Their relationship was so fun to read about and the ending honestly left me gasping and dreading for the outcome. 

Overall an excellent book that I highly, highly suggest reading. This was unlike any other fantasy book I’ve read and I doubt anything will ever compare to it. 

Review of Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) by Sarah Rees Brennan

4 STARS

Thank you so much to Scholastic Inc. Books for the free copy of this book for my honest review!

I grew up in the era of the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch and then when I saw they were making a more modern day show I was really excited. Then they came out with a book and my world was officially complete. Witchy, dark books have always been a favorite of mine (probably because Halloween is my favorite holiday) and this book definitely didn’t disappoint!

This book is based as a prequel to the show on Netflix and follows Sabrina as she’s about to turn 16 and tries to enjoy her last summer with Harvey and her two best friends. Her cousin Ambrose helps her cast a spell on Harvey that shows all of his true feelings. But when a wood spirit deceives Sabrina and the spell goes wrong, Sabrina must decide if she’s going down the wrong path and if all this power is truly worth it.

I loved the Netflix show Sabrina so I knew I would enjoy getting to learn about her life before the show. It honestly makes the show a little better getting to know more about the backstories to everything and it was so well written. The author’s writing style kept me engaged the entire time and I love how she nailed the characters perfectly. All the characters were well developed and relatable in their own ways and the number of times I laughed at Sabrina’s aunts’ tactics made for a great read.

This book had the perfect amount of darkness, humor, with a bit of romance thrown in for a perfect summer read. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Review of Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Thank you so much to Dutton Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I swear I will never be able to give Riley Sager anything but a 5-star review. His books have a way of sucking me and making me forget about everything else I should be doing I absolutely love them.

When Jules finds a hidden ad in the paper hiring for an apartment sitter she decides to give it a shot. Desperate for a job and barely making ends meet, Jules is willing to work just about anywhere at this point. When she arrives at the Bartholomew for her job interview she can’t believe her luck, getting to stay in this amazing place for four months and get paid a ridiculous amount of money to do so. And then comes the rules; no visitors, you must spend the night there every night, and you cannot speak to the other residents unless spoken to first. Jules agrees and when she meets another apartment sitter named Ingrid who shares the same disdain for some of the rules, Jules is excited to finally have someone to talk too and hang out with. But then Ingrid goes missing, doesn’t answer her phone, and leaves a mysterious note behind. As Jules starts digging more into the disappearance of Ingrid, she finds out more about the secrets behind the Bartholomew and how dangerous it really is.

I loved how this book was completely different from Riley Sager’s two other novels. What I had originally thought was going to be a book about a haunted apartment quickly turned into something I wasn’t expecting. The amount of suspense and creepiness in this book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and I honestly couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. The plot and storyline drew me in and I loved every minute of it.