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Spellbook of the Lost and Found — Moïra Fowley-Doyle

24 Oct

 

Publisher: Penguin Random House
Released: June 1st, 2017
Genre: YA, mystery, supernatural
Source: Finished copy from publisher

 

 

One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

From Goodreads

Ooooh how to talk about this book without giving anything away!  Okay, here goes…

This book has a really cool and unique concept and made me realize that I really need to read more books with spellbooks and charms and the likes. I really like the idea of the give and take of the charms and also the fact that when it comes to the supernatural, what you see usually isn’t all that you get.

All of the plots were captivating and I felt like I was right along with the characters, trying to figure things out. The characters were well-written and I really liked that each was dealing with their own crap while also dealing with crap as a group.

There is a twist towards the end of the book (don’t worry, no spoilers here!) and I felt that once it was revealed, the pacing was a bit rushed. I would have liked to have seen more emotional reaction from the characters. Everyone seems to just accept the twist and continue one, which didn’t ring 100% true to me.

With that being said, this book is definitely one that I would recommend. The writing is tight, the concept really cool and over all it was a great YA read.

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Review: Storked by Wendy Delsol

29 Oct

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Released: October, 2010
Genre: YA supernatural
Review copy from publisher.

Sixteen-year-old Katla has just moved from Los Angeles to the sticks of Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, she learns to her horror that she’s a member of an ancient order of women who decide to whom certain babies will be born. Add to that Wade, the arrogant football star whom Katla regrettably fooled around with, and Jack, a gorgeous farm boy who initially seems to hate her. Soon Katla is having freaky dreams about a crying infant and learns that, as children, she and Jack shared a near-fatal, possibly mystical experience. Can Katla survive this major life makeover and find a dress for the homecoming dance? Drawing from Norse mythology and inspired by THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen, debut author Wendy Delsol conceives an irreverent, highly entertaining novel about embracing change and the (baby) bumps along the way.

Oh baby! A hip heroine discovers that she has the ability to decide who gets pregnant in this witty YA blend of romance and the supernatural from a debut author.

From Candlewick Press website.

 

 

I think from now on when I’m trying to decide the awesomeness of a humorous book, I’m going to gage it in snortability.  And Stork had snortability coming out its wazoo. This book was laugh out loud funny. And I’m not just saying that. I was reading Stork while waiting for a presentation to start. I ended up snorting OUT LOUD in a room full of soccer moms. Seriously. Then it happened again a few pages later. Finally I put the book away and just stared at my water glass.

Katla was funny and sarcastic, if a bit obsessed with fashion. But after all she is from LA. I also found some of her fashion choices pretty hilarious, but I think that’s because of my major ass-backwardness when it comes to clothes. I am strictly a Tshirt and jeans kinda gal.

I’m not familiar with Norse mythology at all, but the mythos surrounding Katla and the secret society was very cool. The other women in the society were freaking hilarious old bitties and their relationships with each other added a neat dimension to the story.

Wade’s a douche and Jack’s a sweetie and both have some things going on in the background that the reader isn’t sure of. Neither is Katla for that matter.  It’s not the typical love triangle (thank the gods!) and I really enjoyed trying to figure out what the deal was with both of them.

Like I’ve said, this was one hilarious book. Except for a few of the chapters. I found the dream chapters uber-serious and kinda out of sync with the overall tone of the book.  Don’t get me wrong, they were just as well written and important stuff happens in them. I guess because the rest of the book was funny after funny, that I just found the seriousness of the dreams a bit jarring.

But I still loved this book. Lots. And I was so thankful to hear that there’s a sequel in the works because these are definitely characters I want to see more of.

Review: Dead Girl Walking by Linda Joy Singleton

6 Jul

Flux, 2008

I am so dead…
Now, was I supposed to go left or right at the Light?

Seventeen-year-old Amber Borden has a lousy sense of direction—so lousy that she takes a wrong turn when returning from her near-death experience. She ends up in the body of the most popular girl in school, who has just tried to commit suicide.
Can a girl who can’t even navigate the halls of Halsey High discover the secrets of her new identity and find her way back to her own life?

From Flux website.

I picked this book up at the bookstore because I was intrigued by the cover. When I read the blurb on the back I realized that it was right up my alley.

This was a great book. It was just the right combination of funny and serious. Some of the topics in Dead Girl Walking are pretty heavy (suicide, parental stress, fitting in), but Singleton wrote about them in such a way that the right messages got across, but without being heavy handed. I loved how the book addressed the whole “walk a mile in someone else’s shoe” thing and made Amber, and the reader, realize that even the popular kids in high school have their issues.

And come on, someone getting caught in the wrong body because their spirit got lost on the way back to their own? Pretty cool and unique concept.

If you are look for a fun, light supernatural read, then I highly recommend Dead Girl Walking. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong

13 Nov

Random House, 2009

In the latest installment of her Women of the Otherworld series, Kelley Armstrong returns to one of her most beloved characters, female werewolf Elena Michaels.

This time around Elena and her mate Clay are off to Alaska in pursuit offrostbitten a mutt (a werewolf without pack affiliation), while also checking in on two werewolves who left the pack but remained friends. There are also some suspicious deaths in the area that their pack leader, Jeremy, wants them to look into.

While there was a lot going on in Frostbitten, Armstrong once again hits a literary home run, giving her readers what they want and expect: excellent storytelling, character growth, elements of the supernatural and a touch of romance.

The plots were tightly woven and as usual the characters were not only believable, but our understanding of their past, especially Elana’s, deepened, allowing the reader to get a better grasp on who she is.

Some new characters were introduced and while they may have been minor characters, I have a feeling that we will be seeing a few of them again in future books.

I have yet to read anything by Armstrong that I haven’t loved, and Frostbitten wasn’t an exception.

Browse inside Frostbitten.