Saturday, January 25, 2020

Review: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Book: House of Salt and Sorrows
Author: Erin A. Craigh
Series: Standalone
Publication: August 9, 2019



In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.
 



Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Book: Beneath the Sugar Sky
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #3
Publication: January 9, 2018



When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.)

If she can't find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests...

A tale of friendship, baking, and derring-do.

Warning: May contain nuts. 



Thursday, January 16, 2020

Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Book: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #2
Publication: June 13, 2017



Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.



Sunday, January 12, 2020

Review: Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Book: Every Heart A Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #1
Publication: April 5, 2016



Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.



Saturday, January 4, 2020

Review: Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book: Storm and Fury
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Harbinger #1
Publication: June 11, 2019



Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…




Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!!! Can you believe that it's 2020 already?










I'm going to be spending probably the next three months trying to remember to write "2020" instead of "2019" or anything of the other years in the 2010s. Jeez, that's kind of crazy to think about it...we can now say "2010s." So weird! Also, if any of you have any tips to help me remember not to write "2020," do let me know. I'm always really bad at it haha.

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful start to your new year. May this year be filled with tons of happiness, friends, family, and of course, great books!

Happy 2020 to you all, and happy reading!




Friday, December 27, 2019

Series Review: The Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Huzzah! It's another series review! I recently (okay, not that recently) re-read Jennifer L. Armentrout's The Dark Elements series, in preparation for reading Storm and Fury, which is the first book to the spinoff series about Zayne. Yes, that Zayne. And yes, I know, the covers have changed like 3 times (I own a mismatched set, which is every reader's worst nightmare because they. Don't. MATCH. *painful shrieking*), but here's the second version, so hopefully most(?) people will be at least familiar with it.






Let's get to it!