🌟 Arc Review 🌟 The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

This was an incredible read that had me in it’s clutches from the very beginning to the last page!

I loved following Frances from shopgirl to murderess and then to a school of witchcraft.  Six months prior Frances lost her brother.  He was murdered but the whole scenario remains mysterious and plagues Frances daily. 

I loved The group of friends surrounding Frances, not to mention a plot that made me keep turning pages throughout the whole story.  The setting is 1911 in NYC and to watch all of this unfold at that time was simply remarkable.  

I cannot recommend this book enough! It really does have something for everyone and will keep you on your toes! Do yourself a favor and don’t miss out on this one!

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Thank you Netgalley and Wednesday Books for this incredible arc!

Wow! What a great creepy read! This is perfect for fans of spooky and chilling reads that are YA and LGBTQIA+ friendly.   All of these things combined made this one of my favorites while also getting me in the mood for Halloween and October and Fall in general,  lol. Ya’ll it’s so hot where I live, give me some autumn feels!

Logan arrives to Snakebite (a very small town in Oregon) with her dad, Alejo, to meet up with her other dad, Brandon.   However,  so much makes them stand out in this town.  Gay dads with a gay daughter and not only that (yes, this town is totally backwards) but when Brandon arrived 6 months prior to Logan and Alejo, a kid went missing and everyone thinks it’s their fault.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that the dads have their own ghost hunting show called Paraspectors! (So cool). 

Now, meet Ashley Barton.  A popular girl in this small town and also girlfriend to the missing kid, Tristan.   Get ready for a slow burn romance () and some serious ghost hunting once Logan and Ashley start hanging out (to the rest of the town’s dismay).

This book deals with some serious issues like, homophobia, grief, and true loneliness.   Snakebite is a town full of secrets and the Dark is waiting for it’s next victim.  

I love Ashley and Logan so much!! And this book fr gave me CHILLS  and goosebumps! Highly recommend for a scary read.  I need to give trigger warnings for violence, grief and homophobia.

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

Ellerie and her family live in a small village called Amity Falls or God’s Grasp. What starts out seeming to be a kind and peaceful place quickly turns into a mysterious scene full of attacks, vandalism and unexplained hatred. But where is this enmity coming from?

There are mysterious beasts with deformities (really creepy) and glowing silver eyes. Also, a strange woman described as beautiful with the same silver eyes but hands that are too long and misshapen. Everything just keeps getting more odd, as if someone or something is changing the town. But is it the towns peoples fault? Or the strangers from the woods?

I definitely recommend this chilling read! Trigger warnings for disturbing imagery related to animals and some people, violence and death.

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Shiori is a young princess with six older brothers. Everything seems to be going fine until she stumbles on a dangerous secret that leaves her outcast from the palace and speechless along with her brothers who have been turned into cranes. As she searches for a way to break this spell, she goes through many adventures, some good and some bad.
Even without a voice, princess Shiori goes through major character development and learns to use her actions to speak for her.
There are lots of twists and turns coupled with fast-paced action that kept me reading nonstop. This is a dreamy fairytale with a sweet romance, a talking paper bird and dragons! What more could a reader want?
And can I just say… THIS COVER IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

This book is simply a masterpiece.

Tragedy came in the form of Bandits.  The girl (the only name she goes by at this point) was soon completely alone after the murder of her father and the death of her brother. Soon after burying their bodies she learns that she can see ghosts.  Taking on her brothers name, Zhu Chongba, she travels to a monastery and begs admittance.  This is her final hope for survival and it is also where her true story begins.

This story is so meaningful for various reasons: gender dysphoria, feelings of not belonging,  complex characters, and dark and brutal themes of war. 

I highly recommend this read and I don’t think I’ll ever forget these characters or this harrowing tale.

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 What we Devour by Linsey Miller

Thank you Netgalley for this incredible read!

This story puts a whole new meaning to the idea of Sacrifice.   And it’s so so hard hitting! Especially with the way it ends!  I do not think I will be forgetting this story or any of these characters anytime soon.

This magic system is all about having either the power to create or destroy (or both)  and to use this ability comes with a high price.  Lorena has been living under the radar her whole life and is an unbound dualwrought (meaning she has a vilewright and noblewright and is not bound to serve anyone).   When a vilewrought prince named Alistair finds her, her life completely changes.   She goes from living in the rural country with the only family she knows to being part of a group of trained wrought and learning some things that alter her in every way.

So yes, this book was so so high in emotion for me.  The self harm, harming others, murder, deaths and mental impact of the magic system was very affecting to read about.  It’s hard to describe but the whole idea of the characters giving so much of themselves or taking it from others (voluntarily or involuntarily) for either creation or destruction is just deep.  It puts everything in this story about the class system and the idea on Who should rule or How they should rule in such an intriguing and thought provoking light. 

I definitely recommend this but please be warned of the triggers I mentioned earlier, particularly self-harm, violence and grief.

ARC Review!🌟 Daughter of Sparta by Claire Andrews 💖

Thank you Netgalley and Little Brown Books for this incredible arc!

Daphne is a young woman living with her brothers and adoptive parents in Sparta. However, she is not seen as a true Spartan but as a kind of Outcast. Daphne has the opportunity to take her brothers place in a popular race to catch a stag and return with the garland it’s wearing. Little does she know her life is about to change when she meets Artemis and agrees to help her.

This book is about an incredible quest full of danger and bringing to life the thrilling myths and legends of ancient Greek Mythology.

I definitely recommend this for fans of Mythology and young adult fantasy. There is something for everyone here; romance, conflict, prophesy, a powerful female warrior and the amazing depictions of Greek gods and goddesses. Definitely check this one out!

ARC Review, The Ivies by Alexa Donne

Thank you Netgalley for this wonderful Arc!

Olivia is in her senior year at Claflin Academy. She may be there on scholarship but she found her way into an elite group of girls called the Ivies. Their mission is to get into certain Ivy league Universities no matter what it takes. However, after one of the girls possibly took the Ivies leader’s, Avery, spot at Harvard things get scary.

This book is a perfect murder/mystery based on drama at a boarding school. I loved everything about this story, particularly how it kept me absolutely thrilled until the very end.

I definitely recommend this for all fans of murder/mystery stories that keep you guessing throughout the whole book!

ARC Review, Spells Trouble by P.C and Kristin Cast

Thank you Netgalley and Wednesday Books for this arc!

I loved this book! Centering on twins that are turning 16 in a small town. Hunter and Mercy may look alike but that is where their similarities mostly end. Hunter is an aspiring writer and quite introverted while her sister, Mercy, is the life of the party and always outspoken. Both, however, do have one thing in common: they are witches!

Turning 16 is always important for any teenager, but for a witch it can be defining. Mercy, Hunter and their mother, Abigail, have generations of witchy history to uphold and the twins 16th birthday is part of that. However, things are not what they seem and the ancient trees that hold the five gates to different worlds closed while also serving as points of power for this magical family may be falling apart already when the Goode family gathers on this cataclysmic night.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the feelings of love and magic that simply radiated from these characters. Also, the connection of sisterhood and friendship mixed in with spells, tarot decks, ley lines and an action-packed story made me keep reading till the end! And I cannot wait for book 2!

Arc Review, Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

WOW!

Andy Weir went above and beyond on this one, and that’s saying a lot.  After reading The Martian years ago, Andy Weir became one of my favorite authors.  He has a way of writing about difficult concepts and abstract ideas while saying it in a way that makes complete sense.   He explains scientific and mathematical concepts while addressing them and using them to push the story onward which is perfect for readers like me that do not easily grasp these kinds of things.

This book, Project Hail Mary,  stayed humorous and light-hearted while dealing with complex world issues including moral issues.   A man, who has no memory of who he is, wakes up in a strange place.  After pulling from information he naturally knows and using the tools provided to him … there is only one explanation: He is in space! But where? And why? And how?

All these questions and more are answered throughout the novel and it’s incredible! I highly recommend this to fans of Andy Weir and fans of Scifi in general!

And a huge thank you to Netgalley for this Arc!!