Book review: The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw (3 stars)

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The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal-witches, Romance

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3 stars

(Review)

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

Two centuries ago, three sisters were killed because the town believed they were witches. Every summer, the sisters return to inhabit three troubled girls to seek revenge, luring boys to drown. Penny has come to terms with the sisters’ annual hauntings, but when a mysterious boy, Bo, shows up in their town, unaware of what he’s gotten himself into, Penny takes it upon herself to protect him from the sisters.

This book was really tense and anxious, keeping the audience in suspense and wondering who the sisters inhabited. I think that it was a good concept and myth, but story-wise, I wasn’t really impressed.

Penny and Bo’s relationship kinda felt like insta-love to me and this book kinda reminds me of The November girl by Lydia Kang.

I actually predicted the plot twist and didn’t feel that this book was worth the hype (maybe because I kinda expected too much because everyone was raving about this book and Netflix also bought the rights for an upcoming movie adaptation?). Nonetheless, it’s a tragic and sad story about loss, revenge and sacrifice.

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Book review: Beyond a darken shore by Jessica Leake (Did not finish)

“And in all the world, there are only two strong enough to defeat them. One born for it, the other through great sacrifice.”

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Beyond a darken shore by Jessica Leake

Genre: YA, Fantasy-Mythology

Format: Hardcover

Rating: Did not finish

(Review)

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

Ciara, Princess of Mide is constantly kept busy when Northmen constantly plunder her shores. She has a special ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. When a mysterious crow leads her to Leif, a young Northman leader, the two of them end up teaming up to save their world.

I wish that there was a map for this book, but personally for me, I felt that the world building for this book was lacking since it uses the Norse mythology to build up everything. I didn’t feel that there was much of a story and the pacing was so slow that at 3/8 of the book, I DNFed it because I was getting really bored and the characters felt really meh to me.

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

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Book review: Evenfall (Shadowfire #1) by Gaja J. Kos (3 stars)

Happy release day to Evenfall!

(I received a free book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

“A monster doesn’t deserve the intimacy of a name.”

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Evenfall (Shadowfire #1) by Gaja J. Kos

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 3/5 stars

(Review)

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

Ember wakes up in a new world and gains a new title to her name, savior. She is hunted by the Crescent Prince and accepts a mage’s help to navigate the lands. Although Ada sees good in Ember’s power, she is skeptical and knows that there is something darker in between.

The writing was really poetic and the world building does take a little bit of time to digest. Also I must mention that the cover is OMG, awesome! The world building definitely had Shadow and Bone vibes, but it makes you fall in love with it the more you read. It also had a little Beauty and the beast vibes.

I liked that Ember is determined and not easily fazed, quickly adapting to situations. She knows what she wants and that darkness makes her a little more lovable. But I couldn’t emotionally connect with her.

I didn’t feel that there was much happening and didn’t connect with the characters. Mordecai reminded me of The Darkling and Death (Arcana chronicles), but I honestly didn’t feel the romance between them. It was more like insta-love with the whole enemies to lovers troupe.

The novel was okay, it didn’t wow me or really rise to my expectations, maybe because it was pretty hyped up and I tend to not do really well with them. Nonetheless, recommended to fans of fantasy, magic and the enemies to lovers troupe.

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Book review: The darkest star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (5 stars)

(I received a free book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Happy release day to The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout! I can’t wait for the world to fall in love with Luc just like I did!

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The darkest star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science-fiction, Romance, Paranormal

Rating: 5/5 stars

(Review)

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

After getting caught up in a raid at a notorious club known for being one of the last few places that the Luxen can linger around, Evie meets Luc who she immediately assumes is a Luxen. As she grows closer and has feelings for him, she is thrust into a world that she has only heard about, one that will make everything more confusing.

I definitely remembered liking Luc for his sassiness and actually wanted to hear his story as well! When I got accepted for an eARC of this book, I was over the moon since I was a big fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books!

Luc has definitely earned a spot on my list for bookish boyfriends as he is HOT in this book! If you weren’t a fan of him in the Lux series, you definitely will be a fan in this book!

Luc and Evie start out with with a love-hate relationship similar to Daemon and Katy in the first book of the Lux series. But they are so cute together, it was nice to see how they interacted! It was also fun to see familiar characters making their appearances in this book! Also, there was a nice way of blending and introducing things from the Lux series into this book, reminding readers of what happened in the series (Although this book takes place around 4 years after the events of the series).

Luc calling Evie “Peaches” is what I LIVE FOR! (I think I’m just mainly fan-girling over the romance in this book). This book definitely didn’t disappoint in any way! I really liked how Evie and Luc’s story and relationship progressed.

The plot twist actually really took me off guard. I love the story progression and how everything was build up and unravelled. There were a lot of unexpected twists. I finished this book in one shot and LOVED IT

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Movie Review: The Corpse Bride (2005) (3.5 Stars)

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Title: The Corpse Bride (2005)

Genre: Animation, Drama, Family

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review:

Victor is to wed Victoria, but when he practises his lines in the forest, he accidentally recites his lines to a corpse and she rises from the living dead, thinking that Victor is now her husband.

I love the entire noir look of the film and the music brought about the gloomy and sinister vibe of the movie. The characters also felt and looked really sinister as well, with their puppet-like appearances.

I actually wished that they did a remake of this film with newer animation, like a reboot! The movie was really grim, but it was really cool as well and I enjoyed the overall progression of the story.

I felt so sad for Emily (The corpse bride) and felt that she deserved so much better.

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

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