Monday, April 30, 2018

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls
Release Date: March 20th, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For an honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon | Amazon CA | Barnes & Noble

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants--the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming--until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . . 

Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister's boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can't shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past--and a voice that won't be silenced. . . .


From Page one this book grasped its ghostly fingers around me and didn't let go! Fascinating characters with an irresistible storyline made The Broken Girls one of my favourite reads of 2018...actually, one of my most favourite ever!

The Broken Girls is a captivating mash-up of ghost story meets suspense. You have a whodunnit thrown right into the mix of a haunting. You will not be able to break free until all of your questions are answered. And trust me, the author doesn't give in easily. Each cliffhanger moment is both painful and scrumptious all at the same time!

The Broken Girls was delivered not only in multiple perspectives but in 2 different eras. Some may consider this a risky move but Simone St. James did it flawlessly. Each Character was so diverse and each held a strong and distinct voice that not once did I find they blended together, or that I got confused on who's point-of-view I was reading from.  Each character is also presented at a beautiful pace. Their stories slowly unfolding made it a great opportunity to bond with each character. 

The Paranormal aspect of this novel was done perfectly! It was both eerie and mysterious. It definitely made my bedtime reading a bit challenging. You're never too old for a night light...right??

The Broken Girls is the total package. It packs so much in its 326 pages. It will tug at your heart one moment, and send your spine tingling the next. Buckle up, because you're in for one epic reading experience!

Also, is Simone St. James not the best author name?! 

"It wasn't easy to survive in a boarding school full of throwaway girls, but after swallowing her tears in those first moments, Katie has mastered it."

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep
Release Date: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 320 Pages
Format: E-galley
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.


For fans of Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic? YES PLEASE!

The Wicked Deep is about 3 Sisters who were sentenced to their death two hundred years ago for Witchery. Every Summer they come back, inhabit the bodies of young girls so they can entrance and drown boys for their own sweet revenge. 

This was one. Epic. Read. The Wicked Deep hooks you from the very beginning. It blankets the salty sea air around you, sings its sweet song in your ear and doesn't let you go. Not even after you've finished the last page. You'll be left cast under its spell, still captivated by it. 

I may question Shea Ernshaw of witchery myself for creating such a spell-binding and addictive tale! Ernshaw crafted such compelling characters. Their stories unfolding at a beautiful pace.  I loved the romance between Bo and Penny. It wasn't a cliche or your typical young adult love story. 

The story itself had a great flow! Not once did I feel that it lagged or that any part of it was rushed. Each chapter ended in a way that made you want to move on to the next. It was nearly impossible to put down! It is a unique and fresh take on other Witch stories out there. The Swan sisters stand out strong against the popular genre. It's haunting and dark yet magical and lovely. The Wicked Deep will appeal to all readers, not just for fans of the Young Adult genre.  This book is just begging to be filmed. I would love to see it hit the big or small screen. 

The Wicked Deep will take you on an eerie and memorable adventure. Your heart will flutter and ache and the Swan Sisters will remain with you long after you've finished. 

“We wait for death. We hold our breath. We know it's coming, and still we flinch when it claws at our throats and pulls us under.” 

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg

The Tombs
Release Date: February 20th, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 448 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher
Reason: For honest review
Find the Author: Website
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New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.
Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.
Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power—or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on “patients”…and no one knows why. 


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Like a boss! That my friends, is how Deborah Schaumberg blasted into the YA Book scene. If this is her debut, I cannot wait to see what else she has in store!

I knew as soon as I laid my eyes on the stunning cover of The Tombs that I had to have it, now! I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but look at that beauty! How can you possible ignore it's calling to you?! As soon as it arrived, I dove right in, head first. Kissing goodbye anything else life was throwing my way until I was done reading it. Who needs work, sleep or food when you can be reading, right? The Tombs did not disappoint. Between that gorgeous cover was a haunting yet beautiful tale about a girl and her mother. 

The Tombs is told from the perspective of Avery Kohl. A sixteen year old girl that is trying to make sense of her life and the visions that are troubling her. The very same powers that has her mother locked up in an asylum, the tombs. Avery is a just trying to navigate life, working at the ironworks and living with her father, who is battling his own demons. But, after a series of events Avery is given no choice but to accept this gift that she has within her and fight. Fight for herself, her mother and all of those around her. 

Deborah Schaumberg's writing is absolutely beautiful. It flows so effortlessly off of the pages. She penned a tale that will take you on a wild ride. The author transports you from your reading nook right into 19th century New York. A time when New York is evolving at a rapid pace. She crafted such a sensational cast of characters. The secondary characters are just as prominent of as the main characters. She also did a wonderful job at the back story of each character. We were given bits and pieces throughout the story, just as if you were truly getting to know someone. 

The Tombs is so much more than a story about a girl. It tackles race and discrimination. It touches on the hardships people had to live through just so they could be who they are. It is about a daughters love. I adored every single moment of this book. It was a powerful reading experience that has left me with a major book hangover!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Summer of Broken Things
Release Date: April 10th, 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 400 Pages
Format: E-galley
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.

But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.



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I was in a bit of a reading funk prior to reading The Summer of Broken Things. It wasn't for lack of good books, it was just a lack of motivation to read. Nothing was capturing my attention...but then this book happened. What I thought was just going to be your "run of the mill" coming of age story turned into the one that would break me out of my funk, wrap its pages around me like a warm blanket and tell me a great story!

Firstly, the characters for me were the star qualities of this book. Yes, the story is spectacular but the characters really bring it home. I loved the dual perspective and it was delivered flawlessly. Not once did the characters blend or get lost within one another. Margaret Haddix penned 2 very strong female characters; They really were the stars of the show. Having said that, nowhere did the book fall flat. Haddix crafted a perfectly paced story with twists and surprises that I never expected. Almost like a Russian nesting doll: beautifully detailed and layered.

The Summer of Broken Things went far beyond my expectations. A wonderful story of self-discovery and growth. An in-depth story about 2 girls and family secrets. It was everything I could have asked for in a book!

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