🌟 Arc Review 🌟 The Monarchs by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige!

Thank you Netgalley so much for this wonderful Arc!!

I loved the first book in this series, The Ravens. I love love love the idea of a Witch coven sorority so much. And, when I got the opportunity to read The Monarchs, you can imagine how thrilled I was! (YAYY!!)

This sequel will not let the readers down. At least not in my opinion! I felt the story had an interesting start, but a little before halfway through this quick read I was completely drawn in. There is even more focus on the occult parts of witchcraft and some really exciting new developments that had me at the edge of my seat!

This book is more than just thrilling and exciting. I love how the sisterhood grows stronger and even becomes more inclusive by letting others in and making new friendships on campus.

It’s sweet, it’s thrilling and exciting, it had me at the edge of my seat and it gave me some nice feel good vibes! I highly recommend reading this sequel and if you haven’t read The Ravens yet, now is a great time to jump in!

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long!

Thank you Netgalley for this stunning Arc!

Stunning.  That’s the perfect word to describe this book.  I did not know what to expect but this story swept me off my feet. 

Sena is a 17 year old young woman trying to make it through life on a planet that cannot find a way to respect anyone with Scavver blood.  Sena lost her mothers 5 years ago when they took part in a famous sled race on this world.  Sena feels alone and, even though she doesn’t know it,  she needs help.

Sena goes through an amazing transition from loner to a team leader throughout this story.  I think the most emotional element was her connection to a fighting wolf that kind of adopted her as a partner.   The author did an amazing job describing the relationship between a human and an animal.  It was very real and reminded me of how attached to my pets I am on a psychological level and going through forming that attachment and the overwhelming love I feel for them.

This was an incredible read that was fast-paced and full of action.   I highly recommend this!!

Look for this in 2022 on January 11th!!

🌟Arc Review 🌟 Heart of a Witch by Rebecca L. Garcia

Thank you Netgalley for this Arc!

I love a good revenge story that shows how the MC is formed into a villainous character.   In that aspect, I feel like this book is perfect for readers looking for this type of story.   Also, the fact that it’s a family that practices witchcraft running from the Witch hunters with a little romance mixed in makes it a really fun read. 

However, there were some quirks to the writing style that bothered me a bit.  Just certain descriptions that seemed off and I also felt like the dialogue was a little choppy which created a distance between myself and the story.

I definitely think this is worth a read and recommend it for anyone who loves a good villain origin story!

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 The Violent Season by Sara Walters

Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for this thrilling arc!

The Violent Season by Sara Walters is a quick read, fast-paced and has an absolutely shocking twist at the end! I enjoyed every second of this thrill ride even if I was constantly trying to connect the dots attempting to see the whole picture.

Wyatt is a 17 yo girl that really became more and more of a confusing Main Character to me. She would have these very natural young adult moments and somehow it would turn around into her seeming completely strange. She spends most of her time with a boy named Cash and their relationship is confusing and just straight up unhealthy. She finds herself involved with Porter, a popular boy that Cash hates, and this really elevates many problems.

The town itself is strange as well. Wolf Ridge is small and secluded. However, there are many random unexplainable deaths in the month of November. Wyatt refers to this as a sickness, somewhat personifies the town as a place that creates violence during this month. Her mother was also murdered a year ago in November making Wyatt quite obsessive with her ideas.

There is so much I loved about this book! It kept me on my toes and I really could not ever figure out what was really going on. It’s a wild ride and I definitely recommend it.

A few trigger warnings for mental health, sexual assault, violence and grief.

Look for this out on Oct. 5th!

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 Awakened by Ciara Duggan!

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.

Look for this out on Sept 7th!

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson

Thank you Netgalley and Random House for this incredible arc, the finale to one of my favorite series, As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson.

Wow! Where to begin? This book was serious!! I mean the 2nd book had a serious ending but this just…. it’s EVERYTHING!! Holy cow, ya’ll (yes, I try not to actually use bad language) but yeah… holy freaking cows ya’ll. This is intense!

To start from the start, Pip is really struggling with PTSD symptoms. She is hypervigalante as in a loud noise sounds like gunfire, sweaty palms feeling like her hands covered in blood. All that fun stuff. She is unfortunately still dealing with Max Hastings who is accusing her of libel (definite asshat) (am I allowed to say that?)

All of this is made so much worse when she realizes she is being stalked…. and it’s super creepy, dead pigeons and chalk drawings getting closer to her house. The only person who listens and tries to help is Ravi (I love you RAVI!!!) This stalker is well known in the area but it is believed he was caught and is now and forever in jail.
But is he?
Pip is on the case of her life! Will she find the .killer before it’s too late?

I definitely recommend this series! And the last book, this finale, is amazing (chef’s kiss πŸ’‹).

Look for this on Sept. 28th!

🌟 Arc Book 🌟 The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

Thank you Netgalley for this arc!!

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.

Look for this coming out on Sept. 1st!

🌟 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 (ο”₯) 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 🌟 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.Β Β  And it’s so so hard hitting! Especially with the way it ends!Β  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.