Servants of the Storm blew me away

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Servants of the Storm

author : delilah s. dawson

pages : [hardcover] 376

memorable quote:

I miss the days when I could wake up from a nightmare and call out, and someone would hold me close, make me feel warm and safe.

favorite character : baker

summary :

Dovey learns that demons lurk in places other than the dark corners of her mind in this southern gothic fantasy from the author of the Blud series.

A year ago, Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction—and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real…including Carly at their favorite café. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah—where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk—she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

review :

I went into this book basically knowing nothing about what might happen and think that I liked it more from not having any expectations, from wondering alongside Dovey what could be true or hallucinations. So, if you’re interested in reading this book, I’d say dive right into it without too much reading from summaries/reviews.

When I started Servants of the Storm, I expected a mystery with a little intrigue. I expected everyone to think that Dovey was crazy and to spend the entire novel trying to figure out whether or not she really should go back to taking her medication. Somehow I missed the big old ‘horror’ sticker stuck to the copy of my book, when I took out a few novels that have been on my TBR list for ages (so long that I don’t even remember where I got the recommendations from in the first place!).

If you’re into paranormal, demonic, mysteries, this is the one for you. It creeped me out to the core. It really is like reading a horror movie, once you get about 50 pages into the book, and I never saw it coming. The things that the demons in Savannah like to do are horrifying, yet oddly fascinating, and you just can’t look away. I really like the world that Dawson constructed in her book because all of the rules about demons, their servants, and everything in between was easy enough to understand. I’m not learned enough in more demon novels to know if this is typically how they’re dealt with, but it was enough to give me shivers at night. I don’t mind things that can hurt you, even kill you–but once some creature starts messing with immortal souls? Nuh-uh. Goodbye.

Still, as much as it horrified me, I loved it for what it was. Except for the ending. Um, this book was published two years ago, ends like it’s setting itself up for a sequel, and then . . nothing. No sign of a sequel that’s even being written, let alone set to be published. Which is incredibly frustrating!

4/5 stars

 

Cathy’s Book = one of my favorite books of all time

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Cathy’s Book

Cathy Vickers Trilogy #1

author : jordan weisman, sean stewart, cathy brigg

pages : [hardcover] 143

memorable quote :

If this were a war year, if this were 1918 or 1944, I wouldn’t be the only girl whose dad was never coming home.

favorite character : cathy

summary :

Things weren’t so peachy in Cathy’s life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she’s failing school, and her best friend is mad at her. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor’s reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to very, very, very bad as her findings produce more questions than answers. For instance, what does the death of Victor’s co-worker, the strange mark that appeared on Cathy’s arm, and the surreal behavior of several Chinese elders have to do with it?Through Cathy’s unique and irresistible voice-and lots of proof in the form of letters, photographs, date book entries, telephone numbers readers can call, websites they can access, as well as secrets only a careful reader will be able to decipher-readers will enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren’t how they appear. Two-color illustrations plus supplemental material.

review :

I first read this book about a year or two after it came out. Cathy’s Book was first published in 2006 and has been extremely underrated ever since then. Maybe partly because of that, it took me an absurd amount of time to realize that this was actually part of a trilogy. Now that I have my hands on the other books, I decided to read the first to remind myself of the characters, plot, and setting. Honestly, I feel like I love the books even more now that I’m older.

What’s so incredible and unique about these books is what is done to make the mystery of it all seem real. Any phone number or website mentioned can be called or accessed. You can listen to the voice messages Cathy finds, and it’s just like you’re discovering the clues alongside her as she tries to find out why her boyfriend is being so mysterious and what his secret could be. There’s a nice blend of contemporary paranormal mystery going on here.

All of the other evidence in the case is conveniently located in a plastic pouch glued to the inside flap of the book. Cathy collected it all for her best friend Emma to read and, luckily, decided to share it with all of the other readers as well. IT’S SO COOL. Little things like business cards and fortunes that play such a small role in the book are gathered right there for you to actually see and feel for yourself. When I was younger, it freaked me out a little bit, as I wondered if this actually could be happening. That’s how convincing it was to me.

I don’t want to give too much about the book away, because it’s fairly short (less than 200 pages!) so it dives right into the mystery practically on page 1. Cathy is determined to get to the bottom of Victor’s sudden and mysterious break-up with her and subsequent disappearance. Cathy and Emma exchange notes in the margins of the notes (which are basically like a diary for Cathy, so she does not hold back at all) and I could ramble on and on about how I love this book for days. It’s so underrated! So go find a copy and READ.

5/5 stars

 

 

 

Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

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Beware the Wild 

Beware the Wild #1

author : natalie c. parker

pages : [hardcover] 327

memorable quote :

Secrets are never so dangerous as when they’ve been forgotten.

favorite characters : lenora may

summary :

It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp—the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance—and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

review :

I checked this book out of the library because I’ve been trying to methodically cut down on my TBR. To be honest, I’m not sure how long this one has been sitting patiently waiting for me to finally track it down and read it. I’m glad that I didn’t let it disappear in a sea of good intentions for reading because Beware the Wild is a 5 star book.

The mystery. The paranormal elements. The horror. It all blended together perfectly in a story that captivated just as much as it rattled me. The swamp that borders Sterling’s home has always held its secrets and she’s been content to keep away from it, until the day her brother runs into the swamp and Lenora May runs out . . to take his place. Things only grow stranger from there, as Sterling realizes she may be completely alone in unraveling this mystery before it is too late and she loses her brother to the swamp, forever.

I think it’s interesting, in stories like these, when nature itself seems to be a predator to humanity. The people in town like to pretend that the ‘swamp stories’ (their personal ghost stories) are all myth, though on the side they do as much as possible to superstitiously protect themselves from the swamp. There’s always the thought that maybe the swamp is nothing but normal . . . But I’ll pray for the evil to stay inside of it where it belongs, just in case. As the mysteries deepen and more questions arise, it becomes even more difficult to discern what is real and what is myth.

The characters were amazing, especially Lenora May. As soon as she emerged from the swamp I knew that I was going to be intrigued by her. Sterling was fascinating, too, because she needs to learn to come into her own to save her brother, after he’s basically saved her throughout her entire life. I also found this book interesting because Sterling has an eating disorder but this isn’t a book about eating disorders. It’s about the mysteries of the swamp. I loved how it was just one aspect of her character and how it was handled throughout the story, though I’d have liked to see more of what happened with that aspect after the paranormal excitement died down.

This book was amazing–and it turns out that there’s a sequel? If I’d known that before reading, I may have been disappointed, but because this book was so surprising and hooked me in, I definitely need to get my hands on book two.

5/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

Did Not Finish: Sublime by Christina Lauren

Sublime

author : christina lauren

pages : [ebook] 336

summary :

True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors ofBeautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read”.

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

review :

I think that there’s a good chance I was tricked by the lovely cover, when I came to Sublime. I read about half of this book, wasn’t hooked, and needed to call it quits so that I could move onto other books that I might like more. Unfortunately, I do feel like other people may like this book more than I did. It simply wasn’t for me.

The characters were rather dry and felt like ones that I’d read about a bunch of times before, in young adult books. There was ultimately nothing unique or powerful about them; honestly, I forgot a lot about them until I went back to read the summary of the book. I think it was their instant love that really killed it for me, especially because she’s this mysterious girl/creature and he doesn’t even wonder about that so much as he’s fascinated with the idea of being with her. When they don’t even really know each other.

The writing wasn’t that great, either. It was pretty bland. There was no special oomph–because sometimes I’ll read books that aren’t so interesting just because they have fantastic writing. Sublime had no great plot and no real writing style to distract me from that fact. When it was losing on all corners, I had to let it go.

Maybe someone will come out loving this novel; I’d honestly like to hear another perspective on it. But I won’t be recommending it to anyone I know.

1/5 stars

 

Twilight by Meg Cabot

 

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The Mediator #6

Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour
Book 5: Haunted

author : meg cabot

pages : [paperback] 336

memorable quote Oh, that’s just great. I come all the way back here, risking major brain cell burnout, and you don’t even believe me?

favorite characters : suze & jesse

summary :

Suze has gotten used to ghosts. She’s a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day’s work. So she certainly never expected to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth- century hottie. But when she discovers that she has the power to determine who becomes a ghost in the first place, Suze begins to freak. It means she can alter the course of history … and prevent Jesse’s murder, keeping him from ever becoming a ghost — and from ever meeting Suze.

Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

review :

**This is a review written after rereading the book**

I’m so sad to see this series go! Suze and Jesse are two of my favorite characters of all time and I always find myself wishing there were more stories about their ghostly adventures together. These books are packed with funny lines, great action, and a whole lot of suspense. Not only that, I can remember reading this conclusion for the first time and not at all expecting the finale that happened.

Suze is such a great character. She has lots of witty things to say, even in the face of danger. She has great fashion sense. But she also follows her heart, protects the people she loves, and she isn’t afraid to kick some ghostly butt.

This book really took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions because I never wanted it to end but was enjoying it so much that I finished it in a day. There were times I held my breath, when I burst out laughing, and I have to admit that the ending never fails to make me a teary emotional wreck. I think Meg Cabot did a fantastic job crafting these books and leading up to this finale. These are books I can easily see myself rereading over and over again . . even more than I’ve done in the past. I just wish more people could read and love them as well!

If you like paranormal books, romance, suspense, and a quick, great read, this is the book for you! If you haven’t started this series, you need to immediately.

5/5 stars

Into the Night by Shannon Pearce

Into the Night

author : shannon pearce

pages : [paperback] 298

summary:

Vampires, she can handle. Werewolves…No problem! Demons? Nothing a little holy water can’t fix. Damien and his hunting partner? Well that’s a whole other story! Misty West knows the rules, and has been taught them her whole life. When given a chance to escape, she takes it, knowing better than anyone that her past won’t stay buried forever. After years of a so-called normal life, Misty is confronted by the news that her brother, Damien, is missing and that it’s up to her to find him. With the aid of Xavier Connor, her brother’s tall, dark, and handsome hunting partner, Misty is thrown deep into the supernatural underworld, fighting vampires, other hunters, and her desire for Xavier, all the while discovering things about her family that even she finds hard to believe.

review:

This book had a really great premise and I liked the way that the supernatural world was presented alongside the human one throughout the novel. Unfortunately this book didn’t have the butt-kicking heroine that I anticipated from the summary. Misty comes from a long line of hunters; her entire family has hunted throughout their lives and she’s been on hunts before. I understand her being a little rusty or reluctant to fight just because she was trying to get herself back into a normal life. But, honestly, looking back over the book, most of the scenes were just instances of Misty getting into trouble and some guy or another coming to get her out of it.

I really, really don’t like books like that. It’d be a little more understandable if she’d known nothing about this world and was suddenly thrust into it that way . . but everyone kept going on about how the Wests were incredible hunters and everyone should be afraid of her because of that. I wasn’t impressed.

Unfortunately, this was a book I knew could have benefitted from a little more editing. Not just because of misspellings and things like that but because in most of the book there were awkward phrasings and the dialogue was so distracting. Often the characters would talk and commas were used where periods might have been better, to make the words flow together more realistically. That took away from my overall enjoyment of the book and frustrated me.

The main characters had an insta-love, which I never really go for. They knew each other for a few days before actually telling each other about their love. It was really unbelievable for me.

I might be interested in continuing this book series only because I liked the world it was set in, have a little faith for the characters, and like how the ending was set up.

2/5 stars

Darkest Hour by Meg Cabot

Darkest Hour

The Mediator #4
Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion

author : meg cabot

pages : [paperback] 316

memorable quote “My mother’s psychologist says I have a over active anger switch, but people just keep pissing me off.”

favorite characters : suze & jesse

summary :

When the nineteenth–century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation — and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancee of Jesse — the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens Suze: The backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good idea what — or rather, who — Maria doesn’t want found. But in solving Jesse’s murder, will Suze end up losing him forever?

review :

This series is just so incredibly brilliant, fun, and gripping I can’t take it any longer. This is a review from a reread of the book, which I haven’t read in a few years and remembered I loved it. It really shows just how clever and awesome a book (especially a YA book) is when it can be read at any point in a person’s life and be enjoyed. There are serious, action-packed parts to this book, funny moments, romance, suspense . . . Anything you could ask for, this book delivers it exceptionally well.

First of all I just need to comment on the writing style and how fabulously it brings us into Suze’s mind. Told in first person, the way it’s written really makes you feel that she’s sitting there telling you this story. It’s wonderfully informal and addictive, like you’re talking to a very articulate best friend. Who happens to have a hot ghost as a roommate, and other murderous ghosts coming after her every so often.

We get to actually hear Jesse’s backstory in this one! Up until now he’s been pointedly mysterious and I love him anyway for that. He’s always been there for Suze and I love the twist in this one-now she needs to be the one there to save him!

There is so much more to this story than the previous three books. Now there’s a deeper plotline and everything isn’t wrapped up so neatly by the end. There’s still a little edge to it, leading you to wonder what exactly will happen in the next book. Which I must start reading immediately!

Because the ending of this one . . .

I’d recommend this book to anybody, any age! There’s always something to enjoy in this series!😀

5/5 stars