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Review: Missing by Kelley Armstrong

April 26th, 2017 @ 12:03 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: , , , ,

MissingTitleMissing 

AuthorKelley Armstrong

Genre: YA Thriller

Series: N/A

Publication Date: April 18, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0399550348 (Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0399550348 (Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong comes a new romantic thriller that will leave fans trembling for more.

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

Quick & Dirty: A mystery that was interesting but ultimately didn’t work for me.

Opening Sentence: “Twenty dollars an hour,” I say to the guy who’s stopped me as I head for Doc Southcott’s.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Winter will do anything to get out of the nowhere town of Reeves End! She has made a plan and just like most other kids in her town it means leaving and not coming back. The only thing she likes about her rugged mining town is the woods. But one day even her beloved woods become tainted when she finds a local boy left for dead!

It turns out her town is a lot more interesting and dangerous then she ever knew. It has left Winter questioning everything she has ever known and whether or not anyone actually left town at all!

I adored Winter because she was brave and smart, but it was really hard to like any of the other characters in the book. Winter in some ways made up for my lack of connecting with any of the other characters but for me secondary characters are really important and that lack of connection was a real struggle for me!

This story was really middle of the road for me.  It wasn’t bad but I wouldn’t really say it was good either! It was really slow paced and that made me start to lose interest in it. I kept putting  it down to read something else that was catching my interest more. I did think the mystery was well done but I might have liked a little more foreshadowing because honestly I got confused more then I liked. I do think the idea was intriguing and the author has great writing but overall this just fell really flat for me. If you like Armstrong’s other books you may really enjoy this one or if you like slower paced mysteries you might enjoy it more then I did!

Notable Scene:

He’s dead. I’m sure of that now. With everything going on, he hasn’t even stirred.

As I lay my fingers on his neck, I get a better look at his face–inky black eyelashes against a pale cheek, dark stubble, arched brows, one split lip bitten under impossibly white teeth–and I have this bizarre urge to kiss those lips and see him wake, like Sleeping Beauty. Which proves I’m in a lot of pain and possibly hallucinating.

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FTC Advisory: Penguin Random House provided me with a copy of Missing. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong

April 26th, 2017 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kaitlin under Review Tags: , , , , ,

Empire of NightTitleEmpire of Night

AuthorKelley Armstrong

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Age of Legends (Book #2)

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 448 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062071289 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062071286 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin

Synopsis:

SISTERS MORIA AND ASHYN ARE THE KEEPER AND SEEKER OF EDGEWOOD.

OR AT LEAST, THEY WERE. Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, they are all but prisoners in court, forced to watch and wait while the Emperor decides whether to help the children of Edgewood, who remain hostages of the treacherous Alvar Kitsune.

But when the emperor finally sends the girls on a mission to rescue the children – accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of men – the journey proves more perilous than any of them could have imagined. With lies and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on every bit of influence and power they possess to unite their people and avert an all-out war.

Quick & Dirty: An excellent, pulse-racing installment to the series.

Opening Sentence: In retrospect, Moria should not have pulled her dagger when she was attempting to pass through the imperial city unnoticed.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Moria and Ashlyn, Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood, have returned. This time they don’t have to only deal with angry spirits, but they have to rescue a whole village of kidnapped children and defeat a tyrannical sorcerer, all while juggling their own problems. Their enemies are not always visible, and snaking through the perilous political gossip of court will be a challenge of its own…

The first novel of this series for me was alright. Fine, not brilliant, but good. I picked this up wondering how it was going to fall on the spectrum for me – higher or lower than it’s previous installment – and ended up being pleasantly surprised. I will admit it took a little bit to get into this one, and there was a decent stretch towards the beginning where I was bored, but once it picked up I was hooked, racing through not only this one but the next within a few days. You definitely need to read the first to understand this one, and I had read it so long ago I needed to do a quick reread/skim of the first novel to understand what was happening in the next.

Both sisters are badass in their own rights. Moria is the typical girl-turned-warrior, with her edgy, bold personality that turns heads. She has a sharp tongue and wits that keep the book interesting. Ashlyn is more shy, more reserved. She’s still a powerful girl, but she is the opposite of her twin in many ways, and helps to moderate Moria when her brashness gets them into situations less than favorable. I enjoyed them both for their flaws and their strengths, and found I could see growth throughout the book as they developed. Although, they never lost theirselves or the spunk that made them interesting in the first place!

The boys, the romances, caught me off guard. I was awfully worried about a love triangle, which aren’t my favorite, and was relieved about the absence of a big one. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some sexual tension and questions in our characters minds, but it doesn’t distract from the most pressing plot points or occupy most of the pages. I liked how the romances worked out a lot, actually. Not too fast, not too slow, and I found myself actively supporting both couples.

The book had a wonderful atmospheric tone that spoke of clashing kingdoms and rising magic. I love it when authors can create dialogue that sounds straight out of the time period and setting they are trying to convey, and Armstrong nailed it, right along with her glowing imagery and the gorgeous sensory experience she crafted with her keyboard. There was no lack of tension, suspense, or even romance in this story; the chapters also alternated between Moria and her sister, but I found that I was always hooked to both of their stories. Reading through the pages now, trying to get a grip on what kind of review to write, I only find a longing to reread. Definitely would recommend.

Notable Scene:

“Do you love him?” Guin asked as they rode.

Ashlyn started to say an abrupt know, then stopped herself and said instead, “That’s a complicated question.”

“No, it isn’t. You do or you don’t. It’s that simple.”

“It is?” Ashlyn looked at the young woman. “I used to think so. I’m not sure anymore. It isn’t like lighting a candle, which either catches or it doesn’t.  It’s like trying to light a fire. Sometimes you get a spark and you aren’t sure if it’s enough. It might start the fire. Or it might just sputter out.”

Age of Legends Series:

1. Sea of Shadows

2. Empire of Night

3. Forest of Ruin

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FTC Advisory: HarperTeen/EpicReads provided me with a copy of Empire of Night. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Giveaway: Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire

April 25th, 2017 @ 12:10 am
Posted by Kristie under Giveaway Tags: , , ,

Seanan McGuireMagic For Nothing is the sixth and most recent release in the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire. It was released on March 7, 2017 from DAW/Penguin. In this novel, we finally get to see Verity’s little sister Antimony’s story and, wow, it was worth the wait! Please check out Roxanne’s review below this post.

One lucky reader will win a copy of Magic for Nothing. This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin and is open to U.S. addresses only.

About Seanan:

Hi! I’m Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I’m also Mira Grant (www.miragrant.com), author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

You can visit Seanan around the web here: Website | BlogFacebookTwitter

Want to read more from Seanan McGuire?

Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation An Artificial Night Late Eclipses One Salt Sea Ashes of Honor Chimes at MidnightFull of Briars (October Day...The Winter Long (October Da...A Red-Rose Chain (October D...Once Broken Faith (October ...Discount Armageddon Midnight Blue-Light Special Half-Off Ragnarok Pocket Apocalypse Chaos ChoreographyMagic for Nothing (InCrypti...Every Heart a Doorway Down Among the Sticks and B...Indexing ReflectionsSparrow Hill RoadVelveteen vs. The Junior Su... Velveteen vs. The Multiverse Velveteen vs. The Seasons

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This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Magic For Nothing!
(US only)

Magic for Nothing

Available March 7, 2017 from DAW/Penguin

About this Book:

Improbable, adjective:
1. Not very likely to happen; not probable.
2. Probably not a very good idea anyway.
3. See also “bad plan.”

As the youngest of the three Price children, Antimony is used to people not expecting much from her. She’s been happy playing roller derby and hanging out with her cousins, leaving the globe-trotting to her older siblings while she stays at home and tries to decide what she wants to do with her life. She always knew that one day, things would have to change. She didn’t think they’d change so fast.

Annie’s expectations keep getting shattered. She didn’t expect Verity to declare war on the Covenant of St. George on live television. She didn’t expect the Covenant to take her sister’s threat seriously. And she definitely didn’t expect to be packed off to London to infiltrate the Covenant from the inside…but as the only Price in her generation without a strong resemblance to the rest of the family, she’s the perfect choice to play spy. They need to know what’s coming. Their lives may depend on it.

But Annie has some secrets of her own, like the fact that she’s started setting things on fire when she touches them, and has no idea how to control it. Now she’s headed halfway around the world, into the den of the enemy, where blowing her cover could get her killed. She’s pretty sure things can’t get much worse.

Antimony Price is about to learn just how wrong it’s possible for one cryptozoologist to be.

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Review: Magic For Nothing by Seanan McGuire

April 25th, 2017 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Roxanne under Review Tags: , , , ,

Magic for NothingTitle: Magic For Nothing

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Incryptids (Book #6)

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756410398 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756410391 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Improbable, adjective:
1. Not very likely to happen; not probable.
2. Probably not a very good idea anyway.
3. See also “bad plan.”

As the youngest of the three Price children, Antimony is used to people not expecting much from her. She’s been happy playing roller derby and hanging out with her cousins, leaving the globe-trotting to her older siblings while she stays at home and tries to decide what she wants to do with her life. She always knew that one day, things would have to change. She didn’t think they’d change so fast.

Annie’s expectations keep getting shattered. She didn’t expect Verity to declare war on the Covenant of St. George on live television. She didn’t expect the Covenant to take her sister’s threat seriously. And she definitely didn’t expect to be packed off to London to infiltrate the Covenant from the inside…but as the only Price in her generation without a strong resemblance to the rest of the family, she’s the perfect choice to play spy. They need to know what’s coming. Their lives may depend on it.

But Annie has some secrets of her own, like the fact that she’s started setting things on fire when she touches them, and has no idea how to control it. Now she’s headed halfway around the world, into the den of the enemy, where blowing her cover could get her killed. She’s pretty sure things can’t get much worse.

Antimony Price is about to learn just how wrong it’s possible for one cryptozoologist to be.

Quick & Dirty: Antimony Price is on the deadliest assignment yet.

Opening Sentence: Antimony sat cross-legged in the middle of the room, one hand pressed hard against her thigh and the other held open in front of her, palm up and fingers spread.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Antimony is mad at Verity, she has just outed them to the whole world. No longer does the Covenant believe the Price’s are dead and gone. What’s worse, she declared war on them and North America off limits. So because Antimony doesn’t look like the rest of her family, she actually looks like a Price, not a Healy, she is asked to go undercover into the Covenant and find out what they are up against. It’s a mission of utmost importance and the stakes are high, she could pay for this with her life.

Once Antimony arrives in London she heads to the “recruitment” center, and meets Leo Cunningham. The heir to the leader of the Covenant, and while he flirts with her Antimony isn’t the least bit tempted. She knows he would never leave the Covenant, and she will never believe as they as do. Posing as a member of the Black Carnival, Antiomy puts her skills to use and soon she finds that the Covenant wants her to go undercover for them in America. She is playing a dangerous game with only Mindy (her Aeslin mouse) on her side. Although while in London, Mindy finds the Lost Colony and when Mork joins Antimony and Mindy, the Aeslin mice are setting up a way for them to help the lost colony escape the Covenant.

Once Antiomy arrives at the Carnival she faces another extreme amount of tests in order to get in and the anger of a young man named Sam. Soon Antimony is on the trail of the member of the Carnival who is making people disappear, and all the while she keeping the Covenant away from the Carnival. It becomes clear that it is all going to go wrong, especially when Antimony finds herself unable to fight her attraction to Sam who just happens to be a Monkey. Will she be able to save the people in the Carnival? Will she find the killer without disappearing herself?

Oh my word, this series just reached a new level with this book. It is my favorite. I was almost in tears at the end, I loved Antimony even more than Verity or Alex. She is the youngest of the three siblings, and in this book, she faces situations that are much more terrifying than what the others have faced. She grows up, she falls a little in love and makes heartbreaking decisions. Seanan is on the top of her game, I didn’t think I would ever be as invested or love this series as much as October, but it just took reading and connecting with Antimony to put this series on par with October’s.

I didn’t know if it would work for me switching viewpoints every few books, but I have to say that I love each one of the siblings in a different way. Alex is thoughtful and wary of violence, Verity is like a force of nature, and Antimony is just, I don’t even have the words for her. I was blown away, on the edge of my seat one minute, biting my nails the next, laughing out loud, and on the verge of tears and I immediately wished this wasn’t the latest book, so that I could run out and read the next one right away. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year…

Notable Scene:

For all that I was basically going through my paces for the Covenant of St. George, I was excited by the opportunity to move. Endorphins are as addictive as anything else and I’d never gone this long without a decent workout. If being potentially useful as a field agent meant I got access to this room while I was doing recon, I’d take it. Letting myself get out of shape for the sake of maintaining my cover would just make it harder to escape when the time came.

The InCryptids Series:

1. Discount Armageddon

2. Midnight Blue-Light Special

3. Half-Off Ragnarok

4. Pocket Apocalypse

5. Chaos Choreography

6. Magic For Nothing

7. Tricks for Free

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FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Magic For Nothing. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Help Wanted: Would you like to review for Dark Faerie Tales?

April 24th, 2017 @ 12:30 am
Posted by Bridget under Help Wanted Tags:

Dark Faerie Tales is once again needing the help of a good reviewer or two. Do you have a love of Paranormal, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy and Romance? We would love to add you to our staff. We have a bunch of new and old books to review and more titles are coming in every day.

Dark Faerie Tales wishes to share our love of books with others and we need your help.  We are looking to add a new and exciting perspective. Your job would be to review books and assist in special events, like our reading challenges. Though you do not get monetary value for your time, you are welcome to keep the books that you review. While it’s not mandatory, we would like those of you with blogging, writing, reviewing, and WordPress experience; or detail-oriented people that can work independently and under a deadline and be articulate in their prose. We ask that only those that are serious about books apply. Dark Faerie Tales strives to give our readers quality and comprehensive posts and want to continue this tradition of excellence. Book lovers everywhere, come and join our team!

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