Tag Archives: paranormal

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily

 

The second book in the Bloodlines series that continues the amazing plot lines started in the first book. It also is a great start to what appears to be the main romance of the series. The book is able to balance adventure and romance very well. It is also able to deal with prejudices that exist in this fantasy world and make them relate to the real world.

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: A book with a color in the title

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines

 

This book is a start to the Bloodlines series. This series is a follow up to Richelle Meads original series Vampire Academy. This book promises a very strong sequel series with a very great set of characters. It really made me want to continue the series.

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge:  A book with a one-word title

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass

A Court of Mist and Fury

 

This book is a sequel to A Court of Thrones and Roses and both books are great reads. However, this sequel is even better than the original book. In this book Mass took many of the things she established in her original book and turned them upside down. Many characters and plotlines that were established went in an unexpected direction

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Must Read

A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J Mass

A Court of Thrones and Roses

 

In a world full of many fairy tell retellings Sarah J Mass is able to bring something new to the table. In this story retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast Sarah J Mass is able to use elements of the original story without making the reader feel like they have read this story before. The story follows the main character Feyre a human woman who is taken from her lonely life into the mysterious and dangerous fairy realm. The book is filled with romance and adventure that will keep any reader interested. Sarah J Mass is also able to create a far from perfect female character who is able to overcome her imperfections to protect the people she loves.

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Highly Recommended
 

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn of Magic

This is the first book of the Black Blade series; it is a young adult, urban fantasy which takes place in Cloudburst Falls. I enjoyed the fantasy world: the monsters, the magic (mostly enhancements to strength, speed, and senses), and the reason why people walked around with swords. The book seems very young adult at times with the main character being “completely captivated” with her potential love interest at first sight, some of the over the top “snarky” dialog (although my daughter is almost a teenager so I may end up re-calibrating), and the (at times) simplistic plot. I could suspend enough belief related to the main characters extraordinary set of skills (it is a fantasy book). Overall it was a light, very enjoyable story, and I plan to finish the series.

I recommend the book (with the caveat that you probably need to enjoy young adult fantasy)

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Review Submitted by: Andy Ashenfelter
Rating: Recommended

Lord of Shadows By Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows

This was one of the best books I have read in a while. The plot line was fascinating and it took many unexpected twists and turns. The characters were all very interesting and every single one of them added something to the story. The end of this book was very unexpected and left me wanting more. This is a sequel to Lady Midnight and it was better than the original. This series, The Dark Artifices, is the best series Cassandra Clare has written so far. A must read for lovers of fantasy.

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Must Read
Challenge: A book published in 2017

 

Himself By Jess Kidd

HimselfJess Kidd’s debut book, Himself, opens with the murder of a young mother in a forest near a remote village. Described through the eyes of her infant son, the murder of Orla Sweeney is the dark secret at the heart of this Irish novel.

Over 25 years later, the baby, brought up in a Dublin orphanage and now a petty criminal called Mahony, returns to the village of Mulderrig to uncover his mother’s killer. With his brooding good looks, Mahony initially charms Mulderrig’s residents but soon discovers that many would like to forget that Orla – who was a rebellious teenager and local “good time girl”- ever existed. It seems that many of the villagers, if not directly implicated in the murder, are at least unwilling to bring up the past.

Mahony is helped in his search by a hilarious and lovable cast of characters – both living and dead. Merle Cauley, an elderly retired actress, and her caretaker, the quiet Shauna Burke, are two of Mahony’s biggest defenders. He is also guided by hundreds of ghosts, drawn to damaged individuals looking to fill a void in their history. One ghost is six-year-old Ida, who once saw something she shouldn’t have in the woods and paid dearly for it.

Kidd’s novel veers from murder mystery to black comedy to paranormal thriller. In addition to the ghosts, there are plagues of frogs and soot and a holy well bubbling up through the office floor of a crooked priest. Although some might find these details overwhelming, I enjoyed the book’s humor and imagination. I highly recommend Jess Kidd’s Himself and look forward to her next book.

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Review Submitted by: Kaitlyn Grigsby-Hall
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: A book with a one word title.