My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars A copy of School Spirits was provided to me by Disney-Hyperion/Netgalley for review purposes.
Izzy Brannick comes from a long...moreMy rating: 3.5 of 5 stars A copy of School Spirits was provided to me by Disney-Hyperion/Netgalley for review purposes.
Izzy Brannick comes from a long line of monster hunters. Her family hunts them all for the Prodigium, the council that governs them all. The council that her cousin Sophie Mercer is in charge of. Izzy hasn't been the same since her sister went missing on a job both of them were supposed to be working on. She blames herself since she was supposed to be with her but ended up letting her go off by herself. Add to that, she just screwed up her last solo job and her mom has given her a lame assignment. It involves a ghost. And a high school. Which she has to personally attend.
I was a bit undecided when I heard about this spin-off series but when I got my hands on it my love of Hex Hall that had lay dormant sudden came alive again and I had to read this immediately. And in a single day. Hex Hall fans will love this spin-off, I have no doubt.
Izzy is such a charming yet completely clueless girl when it comes to the normal lives of teenagers. She considers black a satisfactory color for her entire wardrobe and she lacks any sort of social skills considering she's never been social and has never attended public school. So when she finds out she's going to have to actually attend a high school in order to get the necessary information to bring down the ghost that's currently haunting its halls, she's at a loss on how to acclimate. She buys all the teen magazines and the goofy teen TV shows in order to 'understand' more and... suffice it to say, it's hilarious.
Despite her lack of social skills, there still manages to be a completely adorable romance. Izzy and Dex are hilarious and awkward and it was completely endearing. It totally gave the warm fuzzies, I only wish it had gone on for more pages (this was an extremely quick read!) but fortunately this is the first in a new series so I look forward to seeing more Dex and Izzy time. Dex was definitely my favorite character with his peppy one-liners, but there were tons of characters to love in these pages. Torin, the 400-year old warlock currently trapped in Izzy's bedroom mirror, was a runner-up favorite.
Despite my gushing, I wasn't completely content with the ending. It wasn't so off-putting that I won't be continuing this series, but it'll be interesting to see where the story leads.
School Spirits is a delightful paranormal series with an unforgettable set of characters. Fun and full of witty banter, this is the perfect read for anyone looking for some quick mystical entertainment.
I never actually read this in school; however, I was very familiar with the storyline itself. The Crucible. What is there to say that hasn’t already b...moreI never actually read this in school; however, I was very familiar with the storyline itself. The Crucible. What is there to say that hasn’t already been said?
This story was based on historical people and real events and was a very authentic depiction of paranoid and hysterical people in a tiny village. Despite knowing this was mostly factual, it was still hard to imagine such an unfortunate situation occurring. This village had laws established but it blew me away how everything was handled. These people were accused of crimes that many of them were innocent of yet they were denied a fair trial and the accusers were believed 100%. This is a prime example of what happens when there are gaps in due process and when local governments infringe on an individual’s civil liberties: chaos.
The scene that I will forever remember was where they speak about Giles Corey and the torture he suffered through. Giles had been one of the individuals accused of witchcraft (falsely) but he refuses to admit guilt or innocence as he is educated in the law. The law at the time stated that anyone who refused to enter a plea could not be tried. To force a plea, the townsfolk proceeded to pile large stones on top of his body in an attempt to get him to admit to his ‘crimes’.
At the end of the audiobook I listened to there was an interesting tidbit regarding what followed in future years that I was unaware of.
‘Twenty years after the last hanging, the government awarded compensation to the victims still living and to the families of the dead. However, some people were still unwilling to admit their total guilt. The town was still divided into factions for some of those compensated by the government were not victims at all, but informers.’(less)
”In fairy tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks....moreInterested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!
”In fairy tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES.”
I decided to read this in support of Banned Book Week. So obviously I’m a bit behind schedule as this is my first time reading this and I know many of you had read this early on in your childhood. I’m 25 years old and am just now getting around to experiencing it. I positively adored Roald Dahl’s writing and am quite surprised that I never actually read a single one of his books.
”The curtains were never drawn in that house, and through the windows I could see huge snowflakes falling slowly on to an outside world that was as black as tar.”
Does it make me a total wuss to admit that this book really freaked me out a few times? And what about those pictures?! Holy crap.
[image error] That? Is some seriously scary shit right there.
Bottom Line… it was quite a charming little book and the relationship between the little boy and his grandmother was damn adorable.
Favorite Quote ”It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.”(less)
Shadow of Night picks up immediately after A Discovery of Witches ends (and I do mean immediately with little to no refres...moreMy rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Shadow of Night picks up immediately after A Discovery of Witches ends (and I do mean immediately with little to no refresher. This was my second attempt at reading and I attribute my success at completing it solely because of this recap I found online which was an immense help.) with Matthew and Diana traveling back into the past to search for Ashmole 782 and to seek Diana help with her powers. For those that don’t remember: Ashmole 782: the bewitched alchemical manuscript that Diana found in Oxford’s Bodleian library. After the local witches, daemons, and vampires begin targeting Diana in order to find out how an unskilled witch was able to obtain the manuscript that they believe contains important information about the creation and future of all supernatural creatures.
Considering the fact that I loved A Discovery of Witches I was beyond ecstatic when I snagged an ARC copy of Shadow of Night. Diving into it right away in hopes to devour it whole I realized immediately that that’s not how this was going to work. Positively rife with historical detail regarding the Elizabethan era and historical figures as well (Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, John Dee, William Shakespeare and of course Queen Elizabeth I), this is one that will take some time to get through not just because of the amount of pages. The historical tidbits were interesting but I felt they lacked any sort of purpose and ultimately overpowered the true story making it much more dense and longer than it should have been. The name dropping, while interesting, caused a bit of an eye-roll for me because, did Matthew not have a single uncool friend that failed to make it into the history books? Apparently not. I can appreciate the obvious extent of the research the author conducted but including every interesting person from the time period felt a little like ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ and should have been scaled back a little to focus more on Matthew and Diana.
Shadow of Night definitely had a case of middle book syndrome. Add to that there’s a real non-ending that will likely cause some grumbles. There was progress in the storyline but mostly things of little consequence. My favorite aspects by far were the slight glimpses of the present day and how Matthew and Diana’s actions were inevitably changing the future. It was extremely interesting but those passages were so few and far between that I kept hoping for more. The evolution of Diana’s powers was the most fascinating. Going back in time only resulted in throwing them into chaos and the slight control she did have over them dissipated but discovering the full extent of her powers was truly shocking.
Shadow of Night was definitely my least favorite of the trilogy so far but I’m looking forward to some resolution and seeing how everything turns out. I plan on picking up The Book of Life soon in case Harkness continues her non-recap trend. ________________
7/22/2014: *sigh* Holy shit. I did it. 24 hours of audio is rough. Review to come.
7/6/2014: Re-try. I couldn't get through this the first time I tried reading mostly because there's very little recap and I was having a hard time remembering what occurred in the first book. Found a fabulous repap (http://allsoulstrilogy.wikia.com/wiki...) and am now ready to try this again! Except this time on audio. :) ________________
This? Totally made my day. Or year.
Update: *cries really flipping hard* I got my hopes all up and everything.
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I think I'd offer up a kidney in exchange for this if I thought it'd do any good.(less)
I was already planning on reading this novel once it came out, and this little 'primer' didn't discourage me in any way. Melissa de la Cruz does a goo...moreI was already planning on reading this novel once it came out, and this little 'primer' didn't discourage me in any way. Melissa de la Cruz does a good job of setting the scene without delving into the story too much, opening up questions, and getting you anticipated for the real novel. I can't wait!(less)
Man... where do I start. Big sigh for this one. Big disappointment for me. I'm very sad this...moreInterested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!
Man... where do I start. Big sigh for this one. Big disappointment for me. I'm very sad this series is over and there won't be a chance to make something more of this series. I read the first and second books back to back when the second book was released and fell in love with Sophie and Jenna and Hex Hall and Archer and Cal and the world that Rachel Hawkins created. I was so eager to get my hands on Spell Bound that I had the release date marked on my calendar even. To say I was anticipating this like no other is an understatement.
I'm typically wary of the final books in series because they are rarely wrapped up sufficiently in my opinion and Spell Bound definitely fell in that category. For being such a short book and having so many loose ends that still needed tying up, I was extremely surprised that it took so long for anything to actually happen (plot-wise). Midway through the book I found myself bored and begging for something interesting to happen; it was really quite upsetting. Once the plot started actually 'progressing' I felt it was very forced, lacked sufficient explanation, and lacked in excitement.
I remember Sophie being a lot of fun and really funny in the first two books but despite the fact that there were some really funny moments her humor really fell a little flat for me. And her fluctuating maturity really drove me batty. One second she'd be acting like a mature young-adult making smart, rational decisions and the next moment she's acting like a teen making immature statements. There were moments that still put a smile on my face and had me laughing but...I missed old Sophie in this one. As for the other characters I really enjoyed Jenna's part but found myself really enjoying the scenes with the two new characters Izzy and Finley. Way too serious for their young age and pretty darn funny (but not an intentional funny. :) )
There were some major 'eh' moments that I didn't much care for. Don't click if you haven't read this! I don't make spoiler tags for nothing.
(view spoiler)[The love triangle was bearable but in Spell Bound it made no sense whatsoever to me. Sophie played with the emotions of both Cal and Archer and when she'd have her moments of 'internal turmoil' on who she wants to be with it didn't feel real or honest. Making out with Cal in the beginning came out of left field for me and then seconds later she's fawning over Archer and isn't even forthcoming about what she did. Then later when Elodie (possessing Sophie) made out with Cal both Sophie and Archer brushed the incident off but the fact that Sophie was obviously enjoying herself was completely swept under the rug. (hide spoiler)]
(view spoiler)[That whole spell that Lara did on Sophie that showed her the Casnoff family history? Anyone else think of Dumbledore's Pensieve or was it just me? (hide spoiler)]
(view spoiler)[And that last moment in Hex Hall when Elodie was possessing Sophie and she says that she shows her the grimoire. Elodie says, 'I brought it here'... uhh, how did she, a ghost, bring a book from Lara's office and place it in her dresser drawer? Did she levitate it Harry Potter style? No explanation was given and I felt something was off there. (hide spoiler)]
(view spoiler)[And that ending... really? Between the relatively quick war, the random assistance from Mrs. Casanoff, and then Cal dying!? Was that really necessary!? No other potential outcome? I mean way to break my heart. (hide spoiler)]
Very sad this series is over and that this is how it ended. Nonetheless, I am very excited to see what Rachel Hawkins comes up with next! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Yet another great book.. I think I actually enjoyed it a teensy bit more than Hex Hall; however, I did not laugh as much.
This book continues where th
...moreYet another great book.. I think I actually enjoyed it a teensy bit more than Hex Hall; however, I did not laugh as much.
This book continues where the first left off with Sophie deciding to go through the Removal after she finds out she's not actually a witch, but a demon, and a very powerful one at that. She flies to England with Cal (Love Cal-Archer can go away) and Jenna to meet her dad and spend some quality time with her as he is determined to change her mind about going through the Removal. While in England she finds out she's betrothed, she meets other demons, and she comes face to face with Archer again.
Once again, another cliff-hanger ending and I'm sitting here pulling my hair out. Can't wait till the 3rd installment is published. :)
4... 4.5 stars, definitely. Okay, so I loved this book… even though it had a total ‘Harry Potter’ feel to it. Only exception was that the main charact...more4... 4.5 stars, definitely. Okay, so I loved this book… even though it had a total ‘Harry Potter’ feel to it. Only exception was that the main character, Sophie Mercer, always knew she was a witch. She lived in the real world up until she tried to make a friend with a classmate by casting a love spell for her. The love spell went awry and because she made her powers known, she was shipped off to ‘Hex Hall’-Boarding School for the Gifted.
Not only did this book have very likable characters, an intriguing storyline, but it was hilarious. There were so many quotes I could have added as favorites; however, I stopped at 3…maybe 4. Lol
And the incident with Archer and Sophie in the cellar… Ahhhh! That had my mouth gaping. Even though I should have seen that one coming, it still threw me for a loop.
So now I must decide whether to jump right into Demonglass or wait… Decisions decisions. :)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Prime example of 'Don't judge a book by its cover'!
The main character, Lily Crane, is a witch and does have
...moreI was pleasantly surprised by this book. Prime example of 'Don't judge a book by its cover'!
The main character, Lily Crane, is a witch and does have a cat named Raisin, but that's where the similarities between the story and the cover end. Lily is unable to physically touch a human being without instantly learning about their life. It comes as a shock when not only does the most sought after guy, Ryder, asks her out, but she's able to touch him without finding out about his life.
Ryder knows too much about Lily and it makes her uncomfortable, yet he's unable to explain to her exactly where he knows her from. Lucian, a new kid at school, also seems to know too much about not only Ryder but Lily as well. Lily can't seem to understand the connection between all of them but knows that magic is involved and past lives.
This book was very enjoyable and highly recommended. :)
I... loved this book. When first reading the summary I was skeptical that the author would be able to include vampires, demons, and witches and not end up making it super cheesy. It definitely was not.
I loved the research that was quite obviously involved in the making of this book. I appreciate novels that appear that they took more than a week to write and this was definitely one of them.
The relationship between the two main characters was at times hard to understand because of the fast pace. I mean, they meet, a few weeks later they're madly in love? Hard to wrap my head around, but okay.
The storyline though was intriguing and definitely keeps you reading. I had read other reviews prior to reading and noticed how many people were upset because of the cliff-hanger ending. Personally I thought it was a great spot to end and I wouldn't have done it any different. Story has to end somewhere, but at least we have future books to look forward to. :) I can't wait!(less)
‘Witches of East End’ is the first in a new series by Melissa de la Cruz. Being a huge fan of her young adult Blue Bloods series I was immediately int...more‘Witches of East End’ is the first in a new series by Melissa de la Cruz. Being a huge fan of her young adult Blue Bloods series I was immediately intrigued at the idea of her branching off into adult fiction. Unfortunately I was super disappointed.
This book follows the story of the three Beauchamp women who live in north Hampton; Joanna and her two daughters Freya and Ingrid. All three women reside in North Hampton living relatively normal lives, even though they are actually powerful immortal witches who have been forbidden from practicing magic. Slowly at first, the three women begin practicing magic again hoping that they can successfully stay off the radar and won’t be punished. Ingrid is the first to discover individuals who are complaining of anything from infertility to a block in creativity have a gray darkness in their spirits, and it’s becoming more and more common.
I had a hard time with how the author just simply stated things and failed to explain. I also had a hard time liking the characters. Joanna helps care for this four year old child, Tyler, and the relationship between the two just comes off as not right. It explains how Joanna had lost her son long ago and that taking care of Tyler is like having her son back… I just kept wondering where his mother was and what she felt about that. Ingrid is a librarian and boring beyond all reason, but I did like how she was so willing to help people in need. Shoot, if I got to work with books all day I’d be the happiest person alive. Lol
Possible spoiler… And then there’s Freya… oh where do I begin. So Freya is engaged to marry Bran after a month of knowing each other. Bran and Freya throw an engagement party. Freya is constantly professing her love for Bran and how they were meant to be together. Freya sleeps with Bran’s brother Killian (Killian? Who the hell names their kid Killian?) at their engagement party. Freya continues to profess love for Bran while continuing to think of Killian while having sex with Bran. The whole situation just lacked class in so many ways. Of course there was this big revelation towards the end that made it all okay, but I still didn’t care for it.
And of course the Epilogue offered up a *big* cliffhanger but by the time it came around I found myself not caring in the slightest. I felt like I was dragging myself through the last half of the book… the author kept throwing in random facts and random storylines of past events and I was just bored. I won’t be continuing this series. (less)