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Book Review: Vespertine – Margaret Rogerson

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic, Ghosts

Review:

I’ve been a big fan of Margaret Rogerson since I read A Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens. So I was super excited for Vespertine. I buddy-read it with my bestie and the first three-quarters of the book were pretty terrific.

I have to admit I didn’t connect with Artemisia at first – she seemed insignificant, almost like a minor character. But I found myself invested in her and ended up loving her. The thing is. the author did a fantastic job of eking out little bits of her that kept you wanting to know more. I also loved the way the author disclosed vital revelations at significant times that made a huge impact on the main characters and the story as a whole.

The revenant was fascinating and I loved the snarky interactions between it and Artemisia. I definitely want to know more about it. Another character I loved a lot – the white raven – he was such a funny little tyke. The plot-line was pretty great with surprising friendships though the character that I think is supposed to be the main love interest was kind of disappointing.

The ending unfortunately tanked for me. It felt unfinished. I get that Vespertine is the first in a new series but the ending didn’t have the impact of a cliffhanger which would have been epic. I hope the second book won’t disappoint.

Stay tuned.

∼Lyn

Synopsis:
The dead of Loraille do not rest.
Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.
When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.
As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.

 

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Book Review: City of Ghosts & Tunnel of Bones – Victoria Schwab

Cassidy Blake series #1 & #2

CITY OF GHOSTS

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Middle-Grade, Dark Fantasy, Ghosts

Review:

It’s October and that means Halloween. So of course I couldn’t go through October without reading a ghost story.

Cassidy Blake is a 12yo normal girl with parents who write about the paranormal. Or I should say she ‘used’ to be normal until her brush with death which is when she began seeing ghosts.

WHAT I LIKED:
Plot—This story showed such promise, with that easy flow of words that made it fun to read. The plot-line, with the intriguing details about ghosts and the Veil, the concept of the connection between them, and Cassidy’s role in it all, caught my attention and curiosity.
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Book Review: The Year of Shadows – Claire Legrand

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy, Ghosts, Gothic

Read Count: 2

Review:

Four years later and this book still has a powerful hold on my heart. It was one of the first books by Claire Legrand that I read and her writing style grabbed me and hooked me in deep. The flow of words was beautiful and a pleasure to read. Continue reading “Book Review: The Year of Shadows – Claire Legrand”

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ARC Book Review: One Foot in the Grave (The Mortician’s Daughter #1) – C.C. Hunter

Rating: 2/5 🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Review:

Riley Smith has the ability to see ghosts, which sucks, seeing as her father works with the dead and they often follow him home. Add in dealing with a cute ghost who’d set up shop in her house, trying to help another ghost get justice, surviving school and the drama with a cute boy who’s interested in her (who is also among the living) and the bitchy cheerleader ex-girlfriend. What could go wrong? Continue reading “ARC Book Review: One Foot in the Grave (The Mortician’s Daughter #1) – C.C. Hunter”