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House of Ash Book Review

House of Ash by Hope Cookhouseofash

Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Amulet Books

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

eArc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

After hearing voices among an eerie copse of trees in the woods, seventeen-year-old Curtis must confront his worst fear: that he has inherited his father’s mental illness. A desperate search for answers leads him to discover Gravenhearst, a labyrinth mansion that burned down in 1894. When he locks eyes with a steely Victorian girl in a forgotten mirror, he’s sure she’s one of the fire’s victims. If he can unravel the mystery, he can save his sanity . . . and possibly the girl who haunts his dreams.

But more than 100 years in the past, the girl in the mirror is fighting her own battles. When her mother disappears and her sinister stepfather reveals his true intentions, Mila and her sister fight to escape Gravenhearst and unravel the house’s secrets—before it devours them both.

House of Ash

I wasn’t expecting much when I started reading this book, mainly because I have never heard of the author or book but the premise sounded very interesting. It gave me a Dawn Kurtagich kind of vibe, so I figured if anything it would be enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised that the book had me hooked basically at the very beginning.

This book is told in two POV’s Mila back in the 1890’s and Curtis from present day. I wasn’t sure how the two POV’s will be connected or if they will in any way, but I really liked how the author utilized them. I personally liked Milas’ part of the story a whole lot more, mainly because that was the part that most of the supernatural stuff was happening. Curtis’ POV was more him trying not to let people think he was beginning to have a mental illness like his father. The way that the author started to weave their two stories together though was very interesting and made the story more enjoyable.

The authors writing style reminded me a little bit of Dawn Kurtagich’s style, especially when the story centered around Mila and the supernatural. It was a little bit gothic in the sense that the author made the setting seem super dark and creepy when the story was being centered around Gravenhearst. The author also included illustrations at the end of some chapters. They weren’t needed but they helped add a little extra to what you were currently reading. Especially when it dealt with anything about Mila and Gravenhearst.

Character wise the only ones that stood out were Mila and Curtis. The supporting characters, while they played a big role in helping the plot advance, didn’t seem to be as fleshed out as the two main ones. Some of the characters seemed to just be placed in the scene for convenience than an actual purpose. Overall, it didn’t bother me too much because I liked the plot and how quickly it was advancing.

I enjoyed this book overall, but I wish that it had a stronger ending. It seemed as if the big climax happened and then everything was kind of loosely tied up in the end. My biggest question is what is going to happen to Curtis and his sister now? I have some other questions, but I don’t want to say anything because that would spoil some major parts of the book.


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Side note: This little guy is 7 years old today!! I can’t believe he has been in my life for that long and can’t wait to see what the next 7 years brings us!

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TBR Takedown Read-A-Thon

Thanks to a blogger that I recently started following, I saw this read-a-thon in one of her blog posts and just had to check it out. The TBR Takedown Read-A-Thon was created by Sam @RiverMoose-Reads (<— Click here to see the original post).  I thought this was a great idea, mainly because it’s summer and I just started knocking off some of my arcs on my list.

This read-a-thon started June 1st and ends July 31st, so I am already a few weeks behind and I’ll spend the rest of the week to catch up!

Rules (because everything has to have rules to follow in order to feel accomplished in completing something ;)):

  • Each book that counts must be an arc or review copy sent to you by an author, publisher, bookstore or review site like Netgalley.
  • Can be ebook or physical or audiobook.
  • Any genre.
  • Must be reviewed within the Read-A-Thon time frame (or, confirm review written and scheduled for release day).
  • Everyone welcome to join.
  • Non-review copy/arc reads will only count if you are COMPLETELY caught up on your arc/review copy TBR AND they are backlogged books (out a year +) (Also applies for those who want to participate but don’t have any ARCs).
  • Leave a comment on the original post and she will add you to her master list.
  • NO REQUESTING NEW ARCS DURING THE READ-A-THON,  IT DEFEATS THE PURPOSE.

She also included levels and prizes for each level accomplished, which I thought was a really nice touch. Other than the read-a-thon, she included blogging weekly topics. I thought this was a great idea, and was one of the reasons I really wanted to join.


Week one (June 1st): What ARCS do you currently have? + Top 10 Most Anticipated to Read Arcs.

I really don’t have exactly 10 arcs waiting to be read right now, mainly because I only request a few at a time so that I don’t feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of TBR books. But, I do have some right now (and I will include the ones I already read when the read-a-thon started).

Some of the titles will have links to my reviews if I have already read it.

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Bad Blood

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

Published: March 14th 2017 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


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Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault (Glass Vault, #1)

Quincey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault series #1) by Candace Robinson

Published: May 16th 2017 by CreateSpace

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I am on the list to receive the second and last book in the duology, but unfortunately that won’t happen until August after the read-a-thon ends.


fallenflameFallen Flame (Fallen Flame #1) by J.M. Miller

Expected Publication: June 19th 2017

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 


Dragon Redeemer

Dragon Redeemer (World of Aluvia, #3)

Dragon Redeemer (World of Aluvia #3) by Amy Bearce

Published: May 23rd 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press

Source: Curiosity Quills Press


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Metaltown

Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

Published: September 20th 2016 by Tor Teen

Source: Wiley Publications


houseofashHouse of Ash

House of Ash by Hope Cooke
Expected Publication: September 26th 2017 by Amulet Books
Source: NetGalley

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Riot of Storm and Smoke (Threats of Sky and Sea, #2)

Riot of Storm and Smoke (Threats of Sky and Sea #2) by Jennifer Ellision

Published: August 17th 2015

Source: NetGalley


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Fall of Thrones and Thorns (Threats of Sky and Sea, #3)
Fall of Thrones and Thorns (Threats of Sea and Sky #3) by Jennifer Ellision
Published: September 27th 2016
Source: NetGalley

Well I have 8 so far, so that isn’t too bad. I do have a couple waiting approval through NetGalley, so hopefully I will be able to add them to this list pretty soon.

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Fallen Flame Book Review

Fallen Flame (Fallen Flame #1) by J.M. Millerfallenflame

Expected Publication: June 19th, 2017

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

An eArc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?
Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.
To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him.
When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest.
As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him.
She fears finding out who she truly is.

The author is currently doing a release blitz closer to the time the book is published. I was going to join, however, it stated if I was going to give less than 3.5 stars to send them my review first before posting. I didn’t like that requirement, and think that if you, as an author, is sending out arcs for review then you should be able to take the bad with the good. Okay, rant over. Now on to the actual review of the book.

This was book one in the Fallen Flame series, and it was a decent start to this new world. It wasn’t very original in concept, but Miller does a good job in making it her own. Miller does an excellent job of world building on the little island that the entire book takes place on. However, it was a little confusing when they talked about other places in relation to where they were located. Eventually, I figured it out when it kept getting repeated (and maybe looking at the map in the beginning of the book helped out a lot as well).

Vala is the main protagonist in this story, and I enjoyed learning more about her throughout the book. I just wish that the pacing was a little bit faster, I didn’t really enjoy the book until about 80% in. We are told that Vala is different from everyone and that she was cursed when she was born. There is a lot of mystery surrounding that time, and Vala never really questions it until she meets an assassin who looks just like her. Ever since this assassin shows up, Vala starts to question everything about her life and who she really is. Which I thought was more interesting than what was going on in her life as a guard to the prince and eventually princess.

Plotwise, it didn’t seem to be much of one until the mystery of Vala’s past comes up near the end. And then it just seemed as if it was only placed there to set up the next book. Majority of the book was Vala and the guards trailing behind the royals and trying to keep assassins from killing the prince. When Vala is accused of murder, is when the plot really picks up and questions sort of start to get answered.

One aspects of the book that I had a major problem with was the relationship between the prince and Vala. It was always mentioned that Vala has gotten too close to the prince, and vice versa. When Vala is accused of murder, it was like that relationship never existed. He tortured her with water knowing how much pain it causes her, and he wouldn’t even listen to her. I’m glad that she finally realized that he was not someone she needed to give up her life for in order for him to live just because he is the prince.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad book. It set up the world building nicely, introduced the characters very well, and left us with a mystery that just started to be solved near the end. I just wish the pace was a little bit faster.

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Book Review

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1) by Candace Robinsonquinseywolfe

Published: May 16th 2017 by CreateSpace

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This eArc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary:

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

A book that intertwines horror elements and retellings, with humor and darkness

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault (Glass Vault, #1)

This is book one out of two in the Glass Vault series, with book 2 expected to be published around October.

Robinson did a fantastic job with weaving in the horror elements with all the classic fairytales that we all know and love. In the beginning I was wondering when that aspect of the book would start, but when it did I could barely put the book down! I didn’t see much humor in the book, but I did see a lot of darkness. I think I was expecting a little bit of a creep factor like in Dawn Kurtagich’s book, but this just had a more gruesome tone than creepy.

Perrie as a main character did not stand out as much to me as the side characters did. I almost wish her cousin Maisie was the main protagonist, but the end of the story made me change my mind. As Perrie and August go through each fairy tale, it seems as if they figure something out and by the next tale they have to figure it out all over again. By the time Perrie figures out how things are connected, I couldn’t help but just say “duh”. I think because once they are in the vault the pace of the book goes by very fast, so the author kind of goes into telling almost every detail rather than just showing how things unfold and let the reader try to figure it out for themselves. If we were on the same pace as Perrie, I wouldn’t have minded so much.

Other than Perrie, I really enjoyed the plot of this story (well after they actually go to the museum, the beginning could use some light editing just to make it go faster to the actual plot). It seems lately that I have been reading a lot of retellings, but none of them have had a horror twist aspect. The little snippets that we get of each one does a very good job of being very “scary-esque”, but I wish we could have stayed a little bit longer in a few of them to really explore the possibilities. Some scenes went by so fast, it was almost like why even put it in the book?

The ending, however, really brought up the book from 3 stars to 4. Sometimes it is really hard to write a very good ending, but Robinson did a very good job with this one. I almost wish I didn’t have to wait until October to read the second book!

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Bad Blood Book Review

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunettabadblood

Published: March 14th 2017 by Delacorte Press for Young Readers

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This eArc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

A girl discovers a family secret and a past full of magic that could both save her and put her in mortal danger in this suspenseful novel that’s perfect for fans of Katie Alender and Natasha Preston.

All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she’s worn all year like a scratchy sweater. After her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather was kept under her doctor’s watchful eye. Her family thinks she’s better—and there’s nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can’t believe she’s allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt’s home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can’t stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin.

Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything…except nightmares. Heather can’t stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather’s soul at rest…or they could slice her future deeper than any knife.

Bad Blood

First, I want to say that I really liked the setting in this book. Scotland plus witches? Yes, please.

Unfortunately, that’s really the most praise I can give for this book. The pacing was very slow, and it took a long time to develop why Primrose and Prudence’s chapters were relating to Heather. Rereading the synopsis, I realize that it says they are dreams, but I forgot about that going in and was a little confused about the flashbacks. For most of the book it was about Heather spending her time in Scotland with her aunt and friends, and occasionally having a huge urge to cut herself. Every time she always wonders why she has to and why can’t she be normal, but she never does anything to change the impulses. The idea of witches pops up every now and then during Heather’s normal day to day life, and it wasn’t until about 80% in that it really becomes relevant or start to connect with why Heather.

I felt as if all of the characters were very one dimensional and very cliche. We don’t really get a sense of who they are, and I never felt like I could connect to any of the characters as well while reading. For the most part, I kept thinking why was I still reading this book when I don’t even care about the characters?

By around the 80% mark though I started to become a little bit more invested and wanted to know how the whole story would play out. When the big showdown happened though, I was a little disappointed that what Heather did was all it took for everything to stop. I felt after all that (slow) buildup there should have been a bigger showdown between Heather and the twins.

Overall, it’s a decent book to read in between series or if you just need a book to read while waiting at the doctors office or something. It’s a slow build up, but at least the writing style was very nicely done. I definitely found myself reading in a Scottish accent whenever anyone talked, and Heather had a very distinct American one. Would probably make for a very good audiobook.

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Letters to the Lost Review

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmererletterstothelost

Published: April 4th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

eArc received by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Letters to the Lost

I read this book about a month ago, and I am finally finding the time to write the review. Hopefully, I do it some justice!

You know you found a really good book when you can read it all in one sitting! I started it one night when I had a little bit of insomnia (thank you pregnancy), and I just couldn’t put it down until I realized the book was over. This book did remind me a lot of P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, mainly because the two main characters were also leaving each other anonymous letters and started a pen pal “romance” I guess you would call it that. What I enjoyed about Letters to the Lost  was that it was very original (in it’s own way) and it took you through so many emotions (maybe I am just a little extra emotional lately).

This book takes you through one family’s (mainly Juliet’s) journey of grief after her mom died, and how she was able to live afterwards. What helped her a lot was writing letters to her mom, and one day someone wrote their own message on her letter. What started off as an angry response back, became her lifeline for the months that followed. Of course it seems as if no book is immune to cliches, and there were a few in here that were very cringe worthy.

Juliet was a very believable main character. You can tell that her grief was genuine, and her feeling as if she is stuck in the anger stage just made her more relatable as a person. Sometimes she was a little mean to Declan that didn’t seem called for, but when she would write to her pen pal she would always feel bad about it.

Declan was pretty much your bad boy “love/hate” interest for the entire book. Although Juliet definitely leaned more towards the hostile part for some apparent reason. You couldn’t help feel sorry for him and his back story. He has a mom who seems to be hardly there, a stepfather who is a jerk, and a chip on his shoulder. I really enjoyed how his story and Juliets started to weave together and ultimately they help each other during a hard time in their life.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I liked that it’s a standalone. Normally, I read a lot of fantasy series but it’s nice to just read a contemporary now and then.

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Mask of Shadows Book Review

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Millermaskofshadows

Expected Publication: September 5th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

This eArc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

What drew me to this book on NetGalley was the summary saying that it was for fans of Maas and Bardugo. I just wish that this book was more its own, rather than a mix of series that we have already read and for the most part love. This book had a Throne of Glass meets Hunger Games feel to it, and for that I didn’t have must interest in it.

The only aspect of this book that I did enjoy was that Sal was a gender fluid character, or well I more like the idea of such character. There was never really an explanation of why Sal was gender neutral, and the author made it seem as if everyone accepted Sal in whatever gender he/she was dressed that day. This would have been all fine and dandy that everyone was very accepting during this time if it wasn’t for Sal getting teary eyed every time someone accepted him (I’ll just call Sal him to make things simple). But even though Sal is gender fluid, it wasn’t a big aspect of the plot and sometimes felt thrown in as filler.

In reality, we don’t really know who Sal is as a character and anyone else for that matter. As soon as the audition starts everyone is given a number and a mask. This made caring about anyone in the book particularly hard, and since it’s a competition we don’t really learn who they are to begin with.

The world building was very confusing in this. I felt as if we were just thrown in and expected to know everything already. It didn’t help that I felt like I was rereading another book set in a dystopian world where everyone has to fight for the death to become the victor, or in this case the queens new assassin.

Overall, this book was a disappointment for me, and I will definitely not be picking up the second one when it comes out. Giving this book 2 stars is being very generous, my rating would actually be closer to 1-1.5.

Posted in Arc, NetGalley, Young Adult

Wanted eArc Review

Wanted (Spelled #2) by Betsy Schowwanted

Publication: February 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This eArc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

In the sequel to Spelled, can Robin Hood’s daughter, Rexi, stop the Wicked Witch from finding Excalibur?

Fairy-Tale Survival Rule No. 52:
No matter how difficult the obstacles or all-powerful the evil villain, one can rest assured that the hero of the story never dies. The sidekicks though…they should be worried.

Rexi Hood is proud to be an outlaw. After all, she’s the daughter of the infamous Robin Hood. But sidekick? Accomplice? Sorry, that wasn’t in her story description. Yeah, she and Princess Dorthea of Emerald have been inseparable since they teamed up to fight the wickedest witch. But if Rexi doesn’t figure out how to break the curse that binds them, forget being overshadowed by the spirited princess, Rexi’s going to become a Forgotten, wiped from the pages of Story and reduced to a puddle of ink.
Not happening. No way in Spell.
Rexi’s plan? Steal the sword Excalibur and use its magic to write her own tale. But Gwenevere has opened a new Academy of Villains in Camelot and danger lurks behind every plot twist. And you know how it goes in Story: keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

Wanted
I read the first book a little over a year and a half ago, and I don’t really remember it all that much. Which after reading this book, I probably should have reread beforehand. I was a little lost in the beginning, but once Schow moved away from it and more into Rexi’s story I started to really enjoy the book.
Probably for half the book I couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for Rexi and all the situations she was put through. Half of the time it wasn’t even her fault, but Rexi was the one who had to deal with the fall outs. For instance, in the first book Rexi sacrificed herself for Dorthea and then Dorthea brought her back to life. The catch was that Rexi’s life is now attached to Dorthea’s. In this book, Rexi seems to be dying a lot. At least 10-15 times, and each time she has to give up a memory to the Grim Reaper and eventually she started to become more and more like Dorthea. This unfortunately created a love triangle between Dorthea, Rexi, and Kato. Although, I am not really sure how Kato was developing feelings for her since he is “in love” with Dorthea. The whole situation didn’t make much sense (except from Rexi’s point of view) and Dorthea’s jealousy was just uncalled for.
One aspect that I didn’t like about this book was the fact that it seemed to jump around a lot from situation to situation. It seemed a little chaotic and not flushed out completely. At some points it even got a little confusing. Especially since I was reading an eArc copy, in the beginning of each new chapter the first letter of the word would be somewhere else in the sentence. This book definitely suffered from the middle book syndrome. All it really did was set up for the final book in the trilogy without really advancing that much plot-wise.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. I liked that Schow incorporated different legends instead of just fairy tales into this story. She also created some very interesting curve ball situations that was very creative. I hope in the third book Rexi gets to be involved with the love interest I want her to be with. ::crosses fingers::

Posted in Arc, NetGalley, Young Adult

Shadows of the Forest eArc Review

Shadows of the Forest by Emma Michaelsshadowsoftheforest

Published: November 4th 2016 by CHBB Publishing

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

This eArc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Everyone is dying to live in the Shadows of the Forest.
They gave me three rules to follow in exchange for my brother’s life:
1. Do not enter the West Wing;
2. Do not go outside after darkness falls; and
3. There is only one exit; The Gates.

This is what happened when I broke them…

Shadows of the Forest

What drew me to this book was the premise and the cover, lets be honest its gorgeous! I have never heard of Emma Michaels before, so I thought I would give her a shot. It was definitely not what I thought it was and for a 144 page book, it seemed to drag on in some places making it seem much longer.

This book is heavily influenced by Lily’s abuse from her father growing up, and how she is dealing with it now that her parents are dead. This would have been fine if it didn’t define all of Lily’s actions for the first half of the book. In the beginning it’s understandable how her past would define her, I get it, but for it to continue for half the book and then all of a sudden she’s over it it doesn’t make sense. There was no character development whatsoever, one minute she was “don’t touch me” and the next she was all over Arro (or whatever his name is, I don’t remember anymore =/).

I liked that Lily wanted to make sure that her brother lives and that she would do anything for him. It’s understandable that she has no idea where she is and that she keeps getting information at each new step instead of all at once. What would have been better for the book is if we weren’t reminded of it on every single page. Not only is this the driving force of the plot, it is also very confusing. Mainly because we will be in one scene where we get confusing descriptions and half sentences, and then next will be a flashback. Nothing is ever explained coherently or in an order that makes sense. There was a heavy mix of Japanese folklore in this, and unfortunately I don’t know enough to know if it was done properly.

Overall, this book needs a major edit overhaul. The way it is now, I wouldn’t suggest reading it. Just enjoy the cover and go enjoy another YA fantasy book.

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Wilder Book Review

Wilder (Birds of a Feather #1) by Lena Northwilder

Published: December 14th 2016 by FAB Publishing

This eArc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Wilder’s wonderful grandfather is dead, and so is her mother, but Grandpa Willy gives her one final gift in his will – the knowledge that her father is only her step-father.

Once she meets Hawker, the scary man who turns out to be her real dad, her life takes an unexpected turn. She finds out about a heritage she never knew she had, and secrets from the past are uncovered as she fights to save her part of the world from destruction.

And then there’s Mac, with his green eyes and a soft voice that flows through her like sweet honey. He’s there to help Wilder as she struggles with how to fit into the group of people around her dad, and with every bad thing that happens it becomes more important to have Mac in her life .

“Wilder” is the first in the Birds of a Feather series and a spin-off from the Dreughan trilogy. It’s set in modern time and can be read stand-alone.

Wilder (Birds of a Feather #1)

It is a little hard for me to write a review for this book. I enjoyed it for the most part, but it’s also something that I thought was kind of just meh. It has a lot of potential that I think a good editing session could take care of.

This book starts off with Wilder dealing with her mother and grandfathers death at a lawyers office. There she finds out that Paolo is not her real father and that’s why he has always treated her with disdain. Wilder gets mad and storms out of the office and decides to head to Norton to see her real father. When she gets to Norton, Wilder fights with probably every single person she runs into (this should have been a hint for how the rest of the book would go). As a MC Wilder did not grow at all. Yes, she eventually grew to accept her family and get over the fact that they weren’t there for all of her life, but she didn’t grow as a person. She would fight with everyone even if she had a good reason or not. Mac would say she was being childish and then Wilder would get mad at him. Rinse, lather, repeat.

The dialogue was also super awkward in about half the conversations. For instance, Wilder will be in an argument with someone and then all of a sudden they are all laughing it off like nothing happened. And this happened about 90% of the time!!! I’m all for it happening occasionally, but it shouldn’t be used in every single situation. Especially when this situation happened every other page.

The pacing in this book could have been better as well. It was so slow in some parts that I was dragging to continue reading. North didn’t even bring in the supernatural aspect until about half way through the book. Then North barely explained what it all meant and the prophecy they found was all very confusing. Even at the end when it was supposed to have all come together, I have no idea what happened and why.

Overall, this wasn’t a terrible book to read. I wish that the pacing was better and that there was even a little bit of character development. Wilder could have sure used it.