Its almost the end of the year and I am behind on book reviews! So here are a couple mini-reviews for some of the books I read over the last 2 months or so!
Author: Sara Holland
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars! I loved the characters and the setting and lore behind Sempara and blood irons. I tried to listen to the audiobook for the first half of the book and then switched to the ebook when I got tired of how long the audiobook took. The only reason it didn’t get a 4-star rating is that I felt like it lacked a little bit of action. I am hoping the sequel is more exciting.
Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Release Date: September 20th, 2016
Genre: YA Mystery – Historical Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars! I read this book through audiobook. I enjoyed it. I thought Audrey was a bit rude. I understand she was supposed to be above the misogynistic standards of her era, but I don’t understand how she got away with some of the things she was saying. Some of the ways she talked to people and the stuff she said would be considered rude in 2018! Yet for the most part, people let her get away with it. When she wasn’t purposely being crass and rude to strangers and family, I actually liked her character, and I loved her and Thomas. The ending through me for a loop!
An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rodgerson
Release Date: September 26th, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
My Rating: 4/5 stars! I loved this and really wished I had more of it! I should give it 3.5 because I felt like this book could have been split into a duology or at least been a longer book. Despite that, I loved the story and the weird romance. I love books with Fae characters, especially when they have lore that really makes the fae stand out from other supernatural characters.
Author: Danielle Vega
Release Date: June 12th, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal Horror
Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned
Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.
Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.
Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .
The Assassin Game
Author: Kirsty McKay
Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Who will be left after lights out?
Tag, you’re it…
It’s 4:00 a.m. when they come for me. I am already awake, strung out on the fear that they will come, and the fear that they won’t. When I finally hear the click of the latch on the dormitory door, I have only a second to brace myself before—
At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game—it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “Killed” during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the “Killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join the Assassins’ Guild, she know it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.
But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she’s the next target?
My Rating: 3 Stars! This as well I thought would be scarier than it was. I should have known since it is a teen book. I wrongly assumed there would be more murder than there actually was. It entertained me but I wouldn’t say it really competes with a lot of books that came out around the same time. It reads like a book from the late 2000s, I was really surprised it only came out 2 years ago.
Shockingly, none of these books met my usual 4 star standards. Everless was the closest and I almost rated it 4 stars but I felt it kind of lacked something.
What is the last book that didn’t meet up to your expectations? Let me know in the comments.
Thank you for reading!