Thank you Netgalley for this Arc, Awakened by Ciara Duggan!
This story revolves around 17 yo Hannah. She is a smart and kind girl just starting her first year at college, Bellcliff University, and really just trying to move on with a normal life after her parents death.
Hannah begins research for her Anthropology class and quickly finds herself in a mysterious part of the old school library that focuses on magic and mysticism. This is where she finds a very old book and somehow casts a spell. This is really the start to the book. She learns that magic is real and, at the same time, meets a very handsome young man, Callan. Now she becomes fully absorbed into her own history and a life that not only revolves around magic, but the very serious battle between good and evil.
I really enjoyed this story. It’s a quick, fast-paced read that was easy to get into. My only issues were really that the writing style and the dialog between characters sometimes seemed awkward and because of that I felt slightly pushed away from the story. It made me feel less of a connection.
I do recommend this as a quick and fun read that focuses on the fight between good and evil magic, along with different supernatural beings.
Iris is an African tightrope dancer in a circus and the setting of Victorian London (which is so cool!). And, Iris has a secret she holds very close… she cannot die! However, she has absolutely no memory of who she is exactly and this search for her past becomes a big part of the plot. But when she meets Adam Temple everything begins to get more complicated and she is pulled into a tournament with many other characters that have really cool powers and abilities.
This book was so interesting and I’m curious to know where the next book will take me. However, I did not love the characters and the way they interacted. I feel like they just weren’t as complete feeling to me so I didn’t feel a strong connection and that made the dialog feel slightly forced at times.
I loved this world, especially at the time period, and do recommend this as a unique look at dark historical fantasy that is heaped in magic!
I’d like to add a trigger warning for racism that is taking place in the Victorian London setting, definitely part of this time period but I want anyone reading this to be aware of it.
Mae, nickname Mousy Mae, lives on an island that is just steeped in magic. The magic keeps most humans away while also keeping the islands secrets. Lord Prosper is the patriarch of this island and also a wizard and Mae would do anything to be trained by him in magic. Coming up on First Night, a time of parties and celebration, Mae is looking forward to seeing old friends she can be comfortable around. At least that is her hope.
This story is truly magical and I definitely recommend it as a unique read!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Wow! I cannot believe how much I loved this book! It was everything I need in an LGBTQIA+ Young Adult Fantasy right now.
Wyatt is my new favorite person. A transgender gay boy who is really still trying to find their way in this world and how he fits. This isn’t helped when his Fae fiance shows up in his backyard in Laredo TX and demands he comes back to Faery to face the future Wyatt believed he had escaped.
I love the friendships in this story, especially with Briar being that comforting source. And the love story blooming throughout this tale. Wyatt is also not a perfect person, he makes mistakes and I really loved reading his internal struggles which were often about feeling very awkward which is something I can really relate to.
Overall I thought this was an incredible read, really creative and full of insight. I definitely recommend this!
In the Ravenous Dark by A. M. Strickland is an intense and dark story full of dangerous magic and romance. Rovan lives in Thanopolis with her mother and has been hiding that she is a blood mage her whole life. However, all of that changes one day at the market place when Rovan’s current lover is in danger and she uses blood magic to save her. The story continues with Rovan becoming a member of the life at the palace and mixing with royals while learning more about what exactly being a blood mage in Thanopolis entails. One of my favorite aspects to this book was the way A.M. Strickland wrote about gender and sexuality. I love how Rovan and her friends were able to talk about this and be who they truly are, at least around each other.
Get ready for a fast paced and action packed story full of magic and love!
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!