Review: The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

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Synopsis

Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

 

My Review

*Thanks again to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Candi Skye Thorn is a senior in high school and has been giving tarot readings for several years now. She doesn’t believe that she actually has psychic abilities but she knows a lot about the people at her school which helps her fake her readings. But when the town’s golden girl goes missing, she decides to help the police with her psychic visions because this time, she has some inside knowledge. Unfortunately though, things don’t go the way Skye expected them to go and suddenly the rest of her senior year is a lot more complicated than she thought it would be.

‘The Hanging Girl’ is the first one of Eileen Cook’s books I’ve read and I already know that it wasn’t the last one. I immediately fell in love with her writing style and I can’t wait to get more of it. If you’re looking for a great YA mystery thriller, this is the book you should choose.

It kept me on the edge of my seat and I just flew through it because I needed to know what was going to happen next. There are several major plot twists in this book and I didn’t see any of them coming. They were very well done and actually made me gasp. Another thing I loved about this book was that it has pretty short chapters. It may sound weird but that’s actually a big plus for me. When I need to take a break for some unexpected reason, I just hate having to stop reading a book in the middle of a chapter just because I would have to read another thirty pages to get to the next one.

The only thing that bothered me a little was that the characters just felt a little flat. I didn’t really feel connected with any of them, not even with Skye even though the book was written from her point of view. But this is just a minor thing and it definitely didn’t destroy my reading experience.

All in all, this was a great book and I really, really enjoyed it. I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend you get yourself a copy once it comes out. I’m definitely going to get myself a copy of her other book ‘Without Malice’ now because it’s been on my tbr ever since it came out and it’s time to finally read it!

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Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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Synopsis

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

 

My Review

“Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?” 

I started reading ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ because I felt like a reading slump was heading my way and a couple of people told me that this would be the perfect book to read in such a situation. And it actually is because this was such a quick read and I finished it in less than a day. It’s also a perfect summer read that you can enjoy while spending your time on the beach.

But even though it was a cute book, it was also very cliché and often quite predictable. But that wasn’t the worst thing about this book because it’s something I can usually live with. The worst thing was definitely the main character, Belly. She was such an annoying character and such a whiny little brat. I know that this is a coming of age novel and many girls that age might tend to behave like her but in my opinion, she was just way over to the top. She was complaining so much, she literally made me want to rip my hair out at some points.

Belly was constantly going on about how badly the boys were treating her, how they were always treating her like a child (though she was the one that constantly acted like a 9-year-old) and how they never asked her to come along when going somewhere. She literally made them responsible for everything she didn’t like, for example how she didn’t know anyone in the town they spend their summer breaks in because it would’ve been their job to take her to parties … like seriously though, what the hell? She can walk and talk, she should’ve left the house herself and made her own friends in that town instead of spending all her summer sulking because the three boys just preferred doing their own things.

She was literally such a pain in the neck, I think she was even more annoying than America from the Selection series and I actually thought that was impossible.

All of this just made me feel like I was way too old for this book and I really don’t know if I’ll actually continue this series even though I liked the other characters. I loved Conrad, Jeremiah and Steven and I also think that this book was generally very well written. But because of the main character and the fact that I felt a little too old for the entire story, I can only give TSITP 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(PS: I’m sorry about the fact that half of this review is just me complaining about the MC but she was literally driving me insane!)

Have you already read ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

 

My Review 

“I am done being careful. I am done being quiet. Let them see me angry. Let them hear me wail at the top of my lungs.”

I’m sitting here right now, trying to write a review for this book and I literally just can’t think of a fitting first sentence because I’m still so overwhelmed by how amazing this book was. ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ is one of the books you pretty much fly through, that absolutely absorbs you right from the beginning and then leaves you sitting there at the end of it, staring at the last page because you can’t believe that it’s already over. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year so far and my high expectations for it were definitely not disappointed.

‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ is a very gripping read and there wasn’t a single scene in this novel that bored me. It was full of plot twists that absolutely took me by surprise and left me sitting there with my mouth agape. The book was also very well written though that shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s read at least one of Leigh Bardugo’s novels prior to picking up this little masterpiece. I absolutely adore her writing style and she’s slowly but surely becoming one of my all-time favorite authors. She’s just amazing at writing fighting scenes that are realistic and varied so that you won’t feel like you’re reading the same thing over and over again even if there are several action-packed scenes in her books. Another thing she’s really good at is slipping in funny moments when you don’t expect anything like that to happen and my book is once again full of green sticky notes that I use to highlight funny things.

But one of the best things about ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ were definitely the amazing characters Leigh Bardugo has created. Especially, the strong female characters were amazing and kicked butt which I absolutely loved.

All in all, ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ is a book that definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved it and I’m probably going to guard it like gold. It’s a novel I would recommend to pretty much everyone and I absolutely can’t wait for Marie Lu’s book because I just love the idea of this entire series.

Have you already read ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Her Book Boyfriend by K. R. Grace

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Synopsis

She believes the secret to love is in the tropes of her favorite romance novels. He’s the best friend prepared to prove her wrong. Then comes the bet.
If she can’t land a boyfriend for prom by recreating the ten popular tropes in her favorite romance author’s books, she has to go to the prom with her. The glitch?
They’ve been close their entire lives. He’s the rock god and school legend, while she’s the brainy sidekick who does all his dirty breakups. Thus, finding a guy who doesn’t think they’re already an item is going to be a lot harder than she thinks.
Will she land the book boyfriend of her dreams? Or will she be forced to go to prom with her best friend. The truth is in the pages.

 

My Review

*Thanks again to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

‘Her Book Boyfriend’ tells the story of Macey who desperately wants to find a boyfriend she can take to prom with her. Unfortunately, that proves more difficult than she thought. But Macey loves reading and so she decides to go through her favorite author’s books and write down 10 steps, she think will most certainly help her find the perfect book boyfriend in time for prom.

I was very intrigued by the synopsis of this book because, let’s be honest here, don’t we all sometimes wish our favorite book boyfriends were real people? That’s why I was very excited for this novel and was really hoping I would end up liking it.

It definitely turned out to be a very cute and romantic story which made me smile a lot. ‘Her Book Boyfriend’ was also a very quick read, and I finished it within a couple of hours. Due to the fact that it was such a short book, I also feel like a couple of things that would usually bother me in young adult romance books, didn’t really bother me at all while reading HBB. One of those things was the fact that the female main character was sometimes a little too naïve. I usually don’t like it when teens that are almost of age, act like twelve-year-olds in certain situations. But like I said, since this book was only about 150 pages long, I could easily ignore things that might’ve usually bothered me and was able to really enjoy the story nevertheless.

There were also a couple of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in my copy of the book but I think that was because I was reading an ARC and I’m sure that will be different in the actual finished copy of this novel which is why I won’t let this influence my rating.

All in all, ‘Her Book Boyfriend’ was a cute and quick read and I really enjoyed it. It’s one of those books that will just make you smile a lot and will make you happy which is why I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

Review: A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William Collins

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Synopsis

The lonely and grieving Evan Umbra is the newest Venator to enter Veneseron, the school for demon hunters.

A Venator is a wizard, a spy and a demon hunter rolled into one. They’re taught how to wield their sorcery and enchanted weaponry by orcs, elfpires and aliens alike.

Their missions range from battling monsters and saving countless lives in the multiple worlds, to the more peculiar, like wrangling killer unicorns and calming down drunken yetis. In their free time Venators enjoy goblin soap-operas and underwater bubble travel, but they also understand that every new mission they’re given could be their last.

Whilst learning how to manipulate the elements, summon creatures to fight for him and shoot Spellzookas, Evan encounters a dangerous rival and meets a girl who makes him feel nauseous; but in a good way. He makes the first friends he’s ever had in the carefree Jed and the reckless Brooke. Whilst Jed gets on the wrong side of a rival Venator, Brooke finds herself falling for the enigmatic demon hunter who brought her to Veneseron, not knowing he isn’t quite human. But it soon becomes apparent that Evan is more than just a Venator. Everyone wants to kill or capture him, from demons to Dark-Venators and even people he’s supposed to be able to trust.

Evan reckons he probably won’t survive his first year at Veneseron.

 

My Review

*Thanks again to the author for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

When the author approached me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing his book, I was very intrigued by the synopsis of it and felt like ‘A Darker Shade of Sorcery’ would be a book that would absorb me and keep me on the edge of my seat. I continued thinking that at the beginning of it because it started out being really interesting. You get to read about the world he created in these books and I felt like the idea of this book has a lot of potential. Overall, it’s also very well written and I really enjoyed Will Collins’ writing style.

But those are the only positive things I can actually say about this book. I soon got a little bored with it because the first 80% of the book are only world building. He almost solely described the demon hunter school the main characters went to, which generally wasn’t a bad thing because I liked the idea of the school. But at some point, it just started being too much and I could barely remember all the information that was given in the books.

Every day he wrote about new classes the characters took, new things they had to learn and new places they went to in the castles and I just couldn’t remember all of it. Due to all the descriptions, there also weren’t many moments that gave the reader the chance to start feeling connected with the characters which is why I also wouldn’t really care if anything would happen to them. I must admit that I was a little fond of Brooke but I think it was mainly due to the fact that she was a teenage girl just like I’ve once been. Evan on the other hand, who I think was supposed to be the actual main character, was a character I felt absolutely no connection to and I sadly didn’t care about him at all.

There were also a few things that didn’t really make sense. For example, at one point they’re told that they’ll soon take their ‘apprentice trials’. Brooke is supposed to take them 2 weeks from that day and Evan another week later. But at the beginning of the next chapter it is said that a month had gone by and I thought they had just taken their trials during that time. But instead they were still a couple of weeks from their trials which would’ve been fine if there had been an explanation as to why their trials had been postponed but instead the story just continued as if nothing had changed. Once the trials then took place, I must also say that I was a little disappointed by them. More than half of the books was just about them working towards those trials and then they were done with them within three or four pages and I also didn’t really understand how they were supposed to work or what their actual tasks in the trials were.

Due to all the things I unfortunately didn’t like about this book, I also started losing interest in it the closer I got to the end of it. That also didn’t change when things started to get a little more action-packed during the last 10% of the book even though there were a couple of interesting things happening then that I didn’t expect to happen.

All in all, I would describe ‘A Darker Shade of Sorcery’ as a mixture of Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments. It’s a book that generally has a lot of potential but in my opinion, it would’ve been a lot better if there had been less world building and more moments during which the reader would’ve been able to build up a connection with the characters. That’s why I can only give 2.5 out of 5 stars to this book and I don’t think I will pick up the next book in the series.

Have you already read ‘A Darker Shade of Sorcery’ and did you like it? 🙂