BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN By April Genevieve Tucholke

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BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN By April Genevieve TucholkeBetween the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: Between #2
Published by Speak on 8/4/15
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Gothic, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
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The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet's life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River's other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn't long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .

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After the events from the last book Violet can’t stop thinking about River. The gang decides to leave Citizen Kane and go looking for River in different towns where strange things are happening.

My Thoughts

~ My favorite part of this book was the road trip the group is following leads to different places just to find River. The gang gets these leads from a radio show that only Neely and Violet are into listening.

~ We meet new characters in these towns where the gang visits. I feel like Violet is way too trusting of strangers. I don’t want to spoil anything but if you read the book you’ll know what I mean.

~ Violet finds Freddie’s diary and learns more about her grandmothers past and about her experiences with the “glow.”

~ I definitely enjoyed this book more than the first book. The world building was amazing. We get to go to mountains, towns near the sea, and another quint town that resembles Echo.

~ There was more character development in this book. Violet was more brave and tried to take things head on and Neely gets more of a focus in this book.

~ I didn’t like the romance in this book either. Violet was with Neely a lot in this book and I think she was just using him until she got back to River.

~ I liked Neely, we learn he has a lot of love for his family especially his brothers. Neely would use his power to counteract what his brother’s power was doing, even if it was slowly killing him.

Overall

This sequel is worth the read! The writing in this book is beautiful. The ending was a bit open ended and left you to use your imagination as to what would happen next. This book was enjoyable and entertaining. Check this duology out if you haven’t!!!

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BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA By April Genevieve Tucholke

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BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA By April Genevieve TucholkeBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: Between #1
Published by Speak on 7/3/14
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Gothic, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
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Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White's sleepy, seaside town... until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet's crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet's grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet's already so knee-deep in love, she can't see straight. And that's just how River likes it.

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Violet White and her brother Luke have lived in Echo their whole life. When their parents travel around the world to get inspiration for their art they leave the twins by themselves in the small town. When a mysterious and gorgeous boy named River rents the room in mansion, Violet realizes he’s not just any normal boy.

My Thoughts

~ The setting is what made the story for me, the atmosphere in the town was creepy and this small town had a lot of secrets.

~ Violet was a unique main character she was very perspective and always noticed the smallest details.

~ I didn’t like the romance between Violet and River, it felt like River was using his powers to make Violet do things.

~ When River arrives in town strange things start happening like kids hunting the devil in the graveyard.

~ River’s power was weird and it was hard for me to understand, he could manipulate what people saw and felt, especially Violet. I didn’t like how Violet knew that River was manipulating her feelings but did nothing about it.

~ There were quite a few side characters so there wasn’t much room for character development in this book.

~ I was a bit annoyed with some characters, mainly Luke. I didn’t like some of the things he said to Violet and I feel like some of the other characters would pile onto his insults.

~ There were twist in the plot that I wasn’t expecting that kept me reading.

~ The ending was… I don’t know how to describe the ending. It just made you wonder who you could trust because most of the people in the town were being manipulated by these powers.

Overall

I enjoyed this book, it was different from anything I’ve read. What kept me reading was the intriguing plot and it made me want to know what was going to happen next. I plan on reading the sequel just to see how things plan out.

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THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS By Mary E. Pearson

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THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS By Mary E. PearsonThe Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #3
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on 8/2/16
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 688
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Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now?

Short and Sweet

I was going to write a short synopsis but then I saw the one from amazon, which is above and I don’t think I can make one shorter than that so moving on to what I thought…

My Thoughts

~ Okay so hopefully you’ve read the other two books before you read this so I don’t spoil anything. After the end of the last book Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and are on their way to Dalbreck.

~ So this wasn’t my favorite book in the series. I mean first off what happened to the romance? The ending between Lia and Rafe just confused me. And the romance between Kaden and Pauline felt forced.

~ I liked seeing how everyone was preparing for battle and strategies.

~ I didn’t like Lia in this book, I liked her in the first two but in this book she was just rude and she was mainly rude to Rafe. I mean the guy risked his life for her and it felt like she was trying to use his feelings for her to get what she wanted. She went to his kingdom demanded help from his army, and she knew he had his own struggles to deal with in his own kingdom.

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~ It seemed like Lia didn’t care about anything except for the prophecy. I mean I know she was looking out for her kingdom too but she could have at least been more grateful to Rafe and his friends.

~ So about Kaden and Pauline it was definitely forced. It felt like they were locked into a room with each other and had to learn to trust and develop feelings.

~ At some point in the book, I wanted to stop reading but I pushed through.

~ The big battle wasn’t that captivating there was some fighting and then Lia gave a speech that stopped everyone in their tracks.

~ This book just didn’t feel like the first two it wasn’t anything special.

Overall

I’m still unsure if I would recommend this book. I like the first two but this one is a hit or miss I suppose. Maybe read the first two and skip this one? I don’t know but I think Lia is what made me dislike this book the most she changed so much from a girl who wouldn’t let anyone control her destiny to a girl who is now following a prophecy and letting it control what she does.

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THE HEART OF BETRAYAL By Mary E. Pearson

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THE HEART OF BETRAYAL By Mary E. PearsonThe Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #2
Published by Square Fish on 8/2/16
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
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Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country . . . and her own destiny.

My Thoughts

~ The Heart of Betrayal has to be my favorite book in The Remnant Chronicles series. We got so much more in this book from the world building to the character development.

~ The book was set in Venda which I liked, because we get to see how the Vendans lived, they depended on the Komizar more than the resources they had.

~ Lia doesn’t have any allies in Venda so it was nice to see her make alliances with some unlikely citizens in Venda.

~ We also get to see Lia’s gift become more prominent, which seems to draw the Komizar’s interest.

~ Rafe lies to stay alive in the Vendan kingdom while he waits for his own army to come and rescue him and Lia. I love Rafe he’s smart, calculating, and has a good heart, he tries to do the right thing.

~ There isn’t a set strategy for Lia and Rafe to stay alive they just have to stay alive long enough to escape.

~ I liked seeing Kaden on his own turf, we get to learn more about his past and his relationship with the Komizar. I thought that Lia would have stronger feelings for Kaden since they were in Venda, but she just uses him to survive in his world.

~ Venda is in it’s own world, we don’t learn much about whats going on in the outside world sometimes news is passed around but not much often.

~ We also learn more about Vendan history and about the gift and Lia’s prophecy.

Overall

I loved this book, I liked Kiss of Deception too but Heart of Betrayal has so much more to offer. I loved the ending and I want to see how things are tied up in book three!

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MADE FOR YOU By Melissa Marr

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MADE FOR YOU By Melissa MarrMade for You by Melissa Marr
Published by HarperCollins on 1/5/16
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mystery & Detective, Romance, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
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Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover she possesses a strange new skill—the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from her hit-and-run accident, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep their friends—and each other—from falling into the hands of a killer.

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Made For You is about Eva who survived an attempt at her life, and the killer who was responsible for it and is still after her. After the attempt at her life, Eva and her friends find themselves in danger. Eva tries to find the killer before he attacks again.

My Thoughts

~ Made for You is told in a dual narrative, one POV is Eva and the other is of the actual killer.

~ I liked reading from the killer’s chapters, we get to see what’s going on in their head, but we don’t know their identity.

~ There is a paranormal aspect because Eva can now see how people die.

~ Eva was realistic and lovable, she wanted to know what was happening and she cares enough  about her friends to she help them even if it put her in danger.

~ I  liked Nate he was sweet and genuinely cared for Eva. I loved that this two childhood friends reunited.

~ I couldn’t put it down it was a thriller that was believable.

~ The mystery was well done and I didn’t have a clue about who the killer was until I got closer to the end.

Overall

The story line was realistic and things play out in a realistic way. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat! I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you like mysteries, thrillers, that have a paranormal aspect.

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THE PORTAL TO KERBEROS By Michelle Madow

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THE PORTAL TO KERBEROS By Michelle MadowThe Portal to Kerberos by Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #4
Published by Dreamscape Publishing on 9/10/16
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 270
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After being betrayed by one of their own, Nicole watches helplessly as Blake is snatched into the prison world of Kerberos—along with Medusa’s head, which is the one item they need to stop the Titans from rising again. Now Nicole and the other Elementals must enter the portal, find Blake, and bring him and Medusa’s head back to Earth before the deadly monster Typhon returns and wreaks havoc on the world. But there’s one catch—their elemental powers don’t work in Kerberos. In a dimension designed to make those within it lose touch with reality, and that’s filled with dangerous creatures who want to stop them from completing their task, will they make it out alive?

Short and Sweet

The Portal to Kerberos starts right where the last book left. In this book we follow Nicole, Danielle, and Chris into Kerboros as they try to find Ethan and Blake, to save Blake and Medusa’s head.

My Thoughts

~ This book is such a roller coaster ride it’s fast paced and fun to read.

~ In Kerboros the team meets a new ally, Erebus the primordial deity of darkness.

~ It was interesting seeing how the elementals would adjust to being in Kerboros especially because their powers don’t work there.

~ The world building in this book was great, it was a step up from the previous book.

~ I think there was more of a bond between the three, especially after what they’ve been through.

~ We finally get to meet Apollo, which was nice I liked seeing Nicole’s interaction with him.

~ What really surprised me was Danielle and Erebus’ feelings for each other.

~ This was probably their most dangerous journey and I enjoyed being able to go with them. The writing makes it feel like you’re trekking through Kerboros with them.

Overall

The cliffhanger killed me, I just wanted more. I want the next book (which actually comes out soon). I would highly recommend this series, these books are action packed and fast paced. If you like mythology and action this series is for you. I recommend reading them in order they’ll make more sense that way!

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THREE DARK CROWNS By Kendare Blake

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THREE DARK CROWNS By Kendare BlakeThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Published by HarperTeen on 9/20/16
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose...it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Short and Sweet

Katharine, Arsinoe, and Mirabella, are three sisters and queens that have to compete for the throne. Each sister has a different power, and live in different parts of the land. Only one of the sisters can claim the throne and to do so she would have to kill the other two.

Characters

Arsinoe was the naturalist, she was viewed as a weak queen due to the fact that her gift didn’t seem to show. I felt bad for, because people seemed to view her as a bit of a disappointment.

Katharine was the poisoner, and her power was weak as well. To try and improve her gift, Katharine was repeatedly poisoned her whole life.

Mirabella was the elemental, and was the strongest of the three queens. Because of her power she was favored the most by people on Fennbirn.

My Thoughts

~All three have powers, but Katharine and Arsinoe’s were both weak. It was interesting to see how they had to adjust because of their powers not showing.

~We get to read all three girls POV’s, I liked reading from all three I don’t think I have a favorite, I was rooting for all three of them.

~I thought I wouldn’t like Mirabella, because she wasn’t having the same problems as Katharine and Arsinoe with her power, but she was struggling with the thoughts of having to kill her sisters.

~I also liked the secondary characters they definitely add another layer to this story. My favorite would have to be Jules, she was always looking out for Arsinoe.

~The ending was AMAZING! It was something I wasn’t expecting to happen, I just want the second book now to see what happens next!

Favorite Quotes

~”I could never hate you,” she says. “But if you do not leave now, my cat will tear your throat out.”

~”I want revenge,” “And then I want my crown.”

~”They’ll all pay for this,” “They will bleed and scream and get what they’re owed.”

Overall

I loved this book! Its now one of my favorites and I can’t wait until the second one is released. At the end there were so many plot twist that I wasn’t expecting and it’ll be interesting to see how these three will move forward after the events that took place in this book. I would definitely recommend this book you won’t regret it!

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DARKLY, DEEPLY, BEAUTIFULLY By Megan Tayte

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DARKLY, DEEPLY, BEAUTIFULLY By Megan TayteDarkly, Deeply, Beautifully by Megan Tayte
Series: Ceruleans #5
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on 5/17/16
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 314
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With her mother's life hanging in the balance, Scarlett is devastated - and done with being in the dark. She wants answers, all of them.
But when was her pursuit of the truth ever straightforward?
Pulling a single thread impels a great unravelling. And each revelation will force Scarlett to rethink what she thought she knew about the Ceruleans, the Fallen, her family - herself.
All that came before was a mere prelude to this, the last journey. From London to Twycombe to Hollythwaite to Cerulea, Scarlett will be stalked by the ghosts of what has been, what may have been and what may come to pass. Until she reaches the place where it all began, and it all must end.
But in the final reckoning, none will survive unscathed. And some will not survive at all.

My Thoughts

~ This book starts where Devil and the Deep ended and its definitely a rollercoaster ride from the beginning.

~ Scarlett’s mother is in the hospital hanging onto life and Scarlett, Sienna, and Gabe are determined to find who did this to her. I was trying to figure out who did it and when I found out I was shocked it wasn’t who I thought it would be.

~ So many questions were answered in this book. We learn more about the Fallen and why they live the life they do, we also learn why Sienna made the choices she did.

~ This book was fast paced and there were a lot of twists that I wasn’t expecting.

~ I liked seeing how Scarlett has grown over the past four book, she has more confidence and has found her inner strength.

~ I have finally found my love for Luke. He’s still caring and protective, and I like how supportive he is of Scarlett.

~ I liked seeing Jude and Sienna together and to see how dynamic would work because Jude believes so strongly in the Cerulean beliefs. I would love to see a novella maybe of those two.

Overall

This is the final book in this series and I’m sad that it’s over. I loved going on a journey with Scarlett from learning she was a Cerulean to all the decisions she had to make afterwards and all of the things learned along the way. Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully was an amazing conclusion to an amazing series! There are five books in this series that should be read in order, I would recommend this series it’s definitely one of my favorites!!!

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THE HEAD OF MEDUSA By Michelle Madow

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THE HEAD OF MEDUSA By Michelle MadowThe Head of Medusa by Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #3
Published by Dreamscape Publishing on 6/22/16
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 278
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When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake -- the fire Elemental -- is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him -- the head of Medusa herself.

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The Elementals are back and with a whole new mission. The group has to stop Typhon’s Soul from reuniting from his body and the only way to stop this from happening is to find Medusa and get her head. With every choice the group makes they’re either saving the world or putting it in danger.

My Thoughts

~ In each book there’s more Greek mythology and it was interesting to learn more about each Greek figure the Elementals will encounter.

~ The romance between Nicole and Blake was definitely more prominent in this book. I really like their relationship and the little moments they shared especially when they support each other.

~ We get to see the group use their powers in more advanced ways, and it’s amazing to see how the group grows in each book.

~ My favorite thing about the books is seeing where the group will go they’re always going to different locations and its fun to see where they’ll end up next.

~ By the way I was trying to figure out who was on each book cover and then I realized that each characters element is behind them in the cover, super cool!

Overall

The Head of Medusa was fast paced, I finished it in one sitting. There were a lot of plot twist that I didn’t see coming, I’m looking forward to see what will happen in book four! These books are so much fun to read I love this series I would recommend the series!

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DEVIL AND THE DEEP By Megan Tayte

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DEVIL AND THE DEEP By Megan TayteDevil and the Deep by Megan Tayte
Series: Ceruleans #4
Published by Amazon Digital Services on 9/30/15
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 314
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Scarlett is living her happy-ever-after, back in the real world. Only the ‘happy’ part is proving problematic.

For starters, there’s the isolation. Being a Cerulean among humans is fraught with risk, so her time with people can only be fleeting. Which means being with Luke but not being with Luke.

Then there’s her Cerulean light, her power over life and death. Less awesome talent, as it turns out, and more overwhelming responsibility. And it comes with rules – rules that are increasingly difficult to obey.

But what’s really pushing Scarlett to the precipice is something much bigger than herself, than her life in the cove. A force to be reckoned with:

Blood.

When long-buried truths are exposed, will Scarlett keep her head above water – or will she drown in the blood-dimmed tide that is unleashed?

Short and Sweet

After Scarlett decided to leave Cerulea she has to learn to readjust to living back in the real world. Most of her days are spent in isolation, because of how humans take a lot of Ceruleans. Scarlett fills her time by trying to spend as much time as possible with Luke and her friends and also learning how to heal people.

My Thoughts

~ I felt bad for Scarlett, she couldn’t spend a lot of time with the people she loved, because of how it took her energy away and made her tired.

~ Scarlett did put herself in danger at times, she was also pushing her limits which could have killed her.

~ I liked that we did get to see Jude in this book. I liked how he helped Scarlett learn how to use her healing abilities and he also had her back when she was in danger.

~ We also got to learn more about Scarlett’s family, the Fallen, and more about Ceruleans.

Overall

I really enjoyed this book. The ending was a cliff-hanger and there’s still some unanswered questions, I can’t wait to see how things play out in the final installment Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully. I would recommend the Cerulean series.

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