Book review: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (3.5 stars)

Happy book birthday to Sea Witch by Sarah Henning!

(I received a free review copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review)

“My heart is not mine to give because it is already yours.”

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Release date: 31 July 2018)

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling

Rating: 3.5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

After her best friend Anna drowns, Evie is deemed an outcast and her powers take make her a witch isn’t helping. A girl who looks exactly like her dead friend Anna appears and Evie somehow believes that Anna is alive. As Evie and the new girl’s friendship bloom, secrets are revealed and Evie, at all costs, wants to save Anna’s humanity.

I’ve actually never been a big fan of The Little Mermaid but did feel that this retelling was going to be interesting since this was going to be about Ursula and I actually heard a lot of hype about this book. I actually didn’t read the synopsis before I started and requested the book but just decide to dive right into it.

I speed read through this book and did feel that the story was pretty predictable, since that was the only way it could have played out. And the romance was pretty unsettling for me. The character never really seemed to show much interest in Evie and suddenly a 180 flip when the truth is out definitely puzzled me.

But I did like the dark twist and was kinda impressed with this book but wouldn’t reread it again. It was not bad, but I was definitely not emotionally attached to the characters or the story but I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy Villain origin stories.

It’s a bittersweet and dark Ursula origin story.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Movie Review: I kill Giants (2017) (3.5 Stars)

“Long be unbroken.”

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Title: I kill Giants

Director: Anders Walter

Runtime/ Rating: 106 minutes/ ?

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Thiller

Synopsis:

Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review:

Everyone thinks that Barbara is the weird kid who always in her own world. She escapes the reality of life by playing board games and spends most of her time hunting Giants.

The shots were mainly gloomy and dimly lit, showcasing Barbara’s mental and physical state throughout the entire movie as she battles against the mysterious Giants and her own inner demons. The music was definitely very thrilling and helped to bring out the fear of the unknown and the Giants that loom in the darkest corners.

Personally, I felt that the set up of the story was lacking. They also advertised the movie producers as those who have created Harry Potter, so I was really hoping for it to be as magical as Harry Potter, but I was mainly disappointed.

The Titans and Giants in this film was more of a representation of our fears/sadness/mental illness rather than an element of the fantasy genre. I was surprised to find out that this was a graphic novel adaptation.

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Blog tour + Book review: The impossibility of us by Katy Upperman (4 stars)

The Impossibility of Us
Katy Upperman
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?

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Author Bio:

Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. KISSING MAX HOLDEN is her debut novel; her sophomore novel, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US, will be available summer, 2018.

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(I received a free eARC from Xpresso Book tours in exchange for an honest review)

“If you think walking away now is right, go, but know you’re taking a piece of me with you.”

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The impossibility of us by Katy Upperman

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Format: eARC

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

After her brother’s death in Afghanistan, Elise is forced to start her senior year in a coastal village. She meets Mati, who’s family is visiting from Afghanistan and their relationship begins to bloom. But Elise’s family is getting more uncomfortable with Mati since he’s from Afghanistan and they bear grudges.

I really found Mati’s POV really interesting since it was written in a different format. I love that this book talks about racism and extreme ideology and addresses it openly. There was really good conflict in this book as well.

The impossibility of us is really meaningful and heartbreaking, a must for fans of contemporary novels. It was a quick read for me, but very emotional and touching at the same time and really shows that love does conquer all in the end.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

 

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Blog tour: Legend of Me by Rebekah L. Purdy

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Legend of Me by Rebekah L. Purdy

Release Date: September 4, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books

 

No one should ever go into the woods alone.

 

Brielle has grown up listening to tales of a beast that attacks humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. It’s probably the elders’ way of keeping little children in line, but it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.

 

But when Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories may actually be true. Soon, Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, arrives asking questions about the legendary monster. Brielle’s attraction to him is immediate and undeniable. She volunteers to help him search for clues to the creature’s existence, despite her suspicions about his timing.

 

As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Brielle’s nightmares worsen and more villagers go missing. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the beast, and her visions, more people will die. As Brielle falls deeper in love with Kenrick and deeper into the snares of the abominable beast, she’ll become part of a legend so great, no one will ever question its validity again.

 

About the Author

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Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California.Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids)—she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights.When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.

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EXCERPT 1:

Darkness spilled across the sky like wine on a tablecloth as silhouettes slithered over the grass toward Margaret Shepherdess. She shivered, pulling her cloak tighter. Her gaze shifted to the sheep dotting the hillside then to the tree line separating the woods from the pastures. A lamb darted away from the forest border; its bleating cries broke through the stillness as it ran across the open field, its legs nearly buckling beneath it.

 

Margaret jumped. Her fingers tightened around her wooden staff, heart thundering in her ears. She listened intently as her hand moved to the slingshot secured beneath her belt, but all she heard was the incessant croak of frogs.

 

Thick clouds drifted overhead, blotting out of the moon. The whole pasture sank into shadow. The frogs went silent. A branch snapped in the forest and Margaret froze.

 

“Myron Stable Hand, if you’re trying to scare me, it’s not going to work.” Margaret twisted around. Her eyes followed the edge of the woodland, but it was too dark to see anything. “Myron. You can come out now.”

 

She took a hesitant step toward the trees. The odor of rotten meat clung to the air and she covered her mouth as acid seared the back of her throat. Perhaps it was a deer carcass.

A low guttural growl sounded, followed by a loud crash. Margaret stumbled back, trying to free her slingshot.

Wolves, it must be wolves.

 

No wonder the sheep ran to higher ground. Goose pimples prickled her skin as her pulse quickened. At last, lunar beams pierced the cloud cover.

 

She screamed.

 

An elongated face, filled with teeth gnashed at the air in front of her. Dirty rags hung from an emaciated body and the stench of death filled her nostrils. Claws slashed Margaret’s chest, ripping her flesh. Blood seeped through her dress as she scrambled to get away.

 

Margaret’s shrieks pierced the night as the beast tore through her back. The angry chomp of fangs crunched down on her bones. She fell to the ground, unable to move. Her nails dug into the dirt, the pain increasing with every moment. Her frantic cries for help echoed as panic took hold, but no one came. Soon only the sound of gurgling came from her lips as she fought for breath.

The creature flipped her over with long gnarled fingers. Scarlet eyes burned like hellish fires. With a howl, the monster sank its dagger sharp teeth into her neck, shredding the soft tissue. When it pulled back, flesh hung from its mouth like strands of wet string. Tears trickled down her face. Her last vision was of the beast, hovering over her, and a strange ghostly figure of a woman standing behind it.

 

“The beast has come again,” the woman whispered. “He is almost here.”

Then all went dark.

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Book review: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (4 stars)

“It’s hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.”

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Title:Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

Authors: Julie Israel

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

It’s hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.

It’s been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper’s big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie’s handbag for luck – and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It’s mysteriously addressed to ‘You’ and dated July 4th – the day of Camie’s accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie’s secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.

But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie’s death – but without this card, there’s a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own secret: a memory that she can’t let anyone else find out.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only)

65 days ago, an accident kills Juniper’s sister, Camilla. Juniper then finds a letter inside Camilla’s bag that was addressed to ‘You’ – a breakup letter that was dated on the day of Camilla’s death. When Juniper loses one of her Index cards, which she has been using to cope with her sister’s death, she is more than desperate to find all the answers she needs.

Through the entire story, I definitely emphasized with Juniper, she was in such desperate need for closure and she regretted a lot of things after her sister’s death. This book also addresses Juniper’s downward spiral, although on the surface she tries to hold herself together, but inside she’s losing the battle. Juniper also ends up trying to fix everyone else’s problems.

I loved the story development and the suspense throughout the entire book as we join Juniper’s journey to find out who ‘You’ is. The ending was nice since we sort of have the closure that both Juniper and the us, the readers needed, but something was slightly still missing.

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to contemporary lovers out there!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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