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Book Love Review: The Darkest Part Of The Forrest by Holly Black

A unique story that blends the modern day life of teen siblings, Hazel & Ben, with the not so secret world of the fairy folk. When the horned boy in the glass coffin awakes Hazel & Ben must figure out how he escaped and how it relates to the strange things happening in their town.  The duo must deal with the secrets of their past and games of their childhood in order to make sense of what is happening between the “folk” and the humans and uncover their own hidden roles.

 

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What I loved about this book:

  • The slightly strained sibling relationship that plays out as the teens uncover the lies and truths that have separated them over the years.
  • An excellent stand-alone story that manages to deliver an excellent plot, believable characters and enchant with fantasy elements.
  • A roller coaster of unexpected twists and turns.
  • I enjoyed the relationship between the “Folk” and the townspeople.
  • Hazel is a delightfully flawed character, who knows she is flawed, but struggles with her flaws and understanding why she does the things she does. By the end of the book, the reader will understand what triggered one of her flaws.
  • Jack. I loved this changeling, his evolving relationship with Hazel, and the way he is torn between his human family and the “folk” who traded him away.

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You Should Read This Book If:

  •  You are a fan of Holly Black
  • You enjoy contemporary fantasy reads that involve fairies or folklore.
  • You are fascinated with the idea of changelings.
  • You enjoy books with realistic sibling relationships
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Book Love Review: The House Of Furies by Madeleine Roux

 

What a winner! I listened to The House of Furies on audiobook during my recent travels.  It was delightfully read and engaging. The narrator used a variety of voices and accents for the characters.

This book follows the runaway Luisa Dutton as she takes employment as a maid at the Coldthistle boardinghouse. She discovers that the house draws people who have done evil deeds to it. The boarders check in to make use of the healing waters of the spring. The owner and staff make sure that the guests won’t be leaving the house alive.

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What I Loved About This Book

Louisa is an engaging character. I loved her spunky attitude and her curiosity that always lands her in situations over her head.

Some Chapters are Chapters from the book Louisa is reading. It is written by the owner of the boarding house and documents his travels and insight into creatures and beings that are not human and the abilities they possess. This was a tidy way to learn about the other characters in the book. Expect hellhounds, changelings, and phantom shadow creatures.

The pacing of the book is good. It does start a bit slow but builds up into a powerful story with unexpected twists and turns. I honestly did not know what was going to happen next and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

Louisa is both disturbed, protected, and draw to the house and the strange characters. I really enjoyed her struggle with the evil and the evil deeds of those who come to Coldthistle house.

It is possible that I will never look at birds without remembering this book and the unique and disturbing role they play. I love books that stick a thought or image in my head for years to come.

The romantic relationship was not my favorite aspect of the story but it did play it’s part well and unlike some romantic subplots it was a driving force for Louisa’s actions at times.

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You Should Read This Book If

You enjoy a story that plays out the Good Vs Evil idea with a different spin.

You are fascinated with lore, paranormal, ghost stories or urban legends.

You once loved (or still love) all things with an R.L. Stine vibe

You enjoy a historical setting that is rooted in folklore and legend.

On another note, dI highly recommend the audiobook because the narrator does multiple voices and accents. You will thank me later!

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Overall, I adored the slightly creepy but not quite scary vibe. It does have some gorey scenes but they are written in a way that you get the idea with having overdone gross details.

I have already checked out all the other books by this author and I can’t wait to read the sequel. If you want to talk book with me find me on Social Media and don’t forget to follow me on Youtube.

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Book Love Review: Before She Ignites

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Recommended by Stormie. Every time I try to get a shot of this book she bombs it.

Dragons. Intrigue. Memorable Characters. If I only had a few words to describe this book those would hit the mark perfectly. Before She Ignites is the first book in The Fallen Isles Trilogy by Jodi Meadows and the September Owlcrate selection.

 

Mira is the beautiful face of the peace treaty she is named for but her passion is for dragons. When she discovers a secret and speaks out she finds herself tossed in jail. Under the care of a cruel guard who wants to know her secrets,  she must come to terms with who she is, what the treaty really stands for, who her real friends are and find a way to protect the dragons.

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There is a lot to love about this book so I will stick to my favorite aspects of it without giving away to much of the plot.

WHAT I LOVED:

  • Mira is a well-developed character that will stick with me for a long time. By the end of the book, she finds an inner strength that she didn’t know she had. Mira has to learn to survive and dig deep into herself to accomplish goals she feels completely unequipped to deal with.
  • There is a full fantasy world packed into this novel. The author did an excellent job building this world and transplanting me into it without much confusion.
  • There are a lot of characters in this book and each gives it a bit a flavor without being overwhelming or confusing.
  • Mira’s love for the dragons and her loyalty to those she trusts are strong elements in this book that drive her, but she struggles to hold on to protecting them when faced with the cruel treatment from a prison guard and the treaty makers.
  • The book lived up to my expectations based on the cover, title, back & inside cover blurbs and the first pages.  I say this because it is rare that a book actually delivers everything I expect based on those things.
  • The romantic element is perfect.  Realistic. Tension. Swoon-worthy. I can’t wait to see what develops between them in the next book.

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Who Should Read This Book”

  • Dragon fans and fantasy world lovers
  • If you like a book with flawed characters who struggle realistically in the face of cruelty to find strength and inner power.
  • If you enjoy a  romantic subplot that doesn’t take over the main plot but keeps you interested.
  • Even if you are not a big fantasy or dragon fan I recommend giving this book a read for excellent storytelling and compelling characters

 

 

 

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Book Love Review: The Sandcastle Empire.

This amazing book was the June Owlcrate selection.  Armed with a field guide to a mysterious island and a vial of her father’s blood and teeth Eden attempts to escape her war-torn world to find refuge and answers on the island.

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What I loved about this book:

* It was a quick easy read.
* That it takes place on a mysterious jungle island that is more than it seems.
* The writing style is engaging and detailed without slowing the pace.

*  Chapters alternate between regular length and 1-2 pages.

*  Chapters alternate between regular length and 1-2 pages.
* The overall plot is interesting and it has a lot of neat world-building aspects.
* Excellent 1st chapter that grabs you and keeps you reading.

* Some details will stick with me forever. The Vial of blood and teeth. The beetles.

I rated this four stars instead of five for a few reasons that are a bit hard to pinpoint. There was nothing I disliked about this book but here a few reasons I didn’t rate it 5 stars.

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My Opinion:

* The world, although fascinating, didn’t work for me at first. After I started thinking of island in the terms of the tv series LOST instead of  I think of when I think of a Dystopian world it felt a little more realistic to me.
* The plot seemed to fall into place to EASY. There are many excellent setbacks and twists but something about it just felt off.  I never felt that the character was in grave danger even when she was in the midst of it but it was still interesting enough to keep me reading. Honestly, I think my expectations of what I thought the book was going to be was what caused me not to rate it five stars.  It was more sci-fi than I was anticipating.
* The end. I hope this is a series because the end left me hanging and not in a good way. I needed a little more resolution even if it is a series.

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Overall, this is a fantastic book that is easy to dive into and get lost in. It has a lot of tech and sci-fi elements, suspense and  I can see this series blooming into something addictive.