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Heart in a Box Review + #Giveaway

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Heart in a Box
Catherine Stine

 

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 20, 2015
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
ISBN: 978-1939590633
ASIN: B017VM7250
eBook Pages: 207
Paperback Pages: 270
Goodreads Rating: 4.71
My Rating: 5.0

 

Book Description:

 

Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.

Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.

 

My Take on the Book:

 

That was so stinking cute, I don’t even know what to do with myself right now!

 

This was a lovely coming of age story that completely exceeded my expectations. It is nothing at all what one expects and the author almost seems to go out of her way to make things go differently than the expected norm.

 

Joss is a great lead, stumbling through life trying to find out who she is all while managing her first real relationship and a new school. Will is also a great smolder-y lead male that perfectly complements Joss and always seems to have the right words to help her make her own way.

 

The dynamics in this story are a lot more complex than they first appear and I find that really refreshing. Honestly none of the characters acted the way I expected and everything I thought would happen didn’t. That alone made this a fresh new read for me because it was literally an unexpected journey.

 

5 Quills

 

I really enjoyed this book and I think it’s a great read for everyone, but I do plan on purchasing 2 copies in the near future. One copy will be for myself and the other for my niece who is just starting to find her place in the world.

 

Give this one a try, I’m almost positive its time well spent and I’ pretty darn sure that you’ll love it as much as I did.

 

 
About The Author

 

               
Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.

 

 
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Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver Review + #Giveaway

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Michele Brouder

 

Genre: Young Adults Paranormal Romance

Release Date: September 20, 2015

 

ISBN: 978-1515080503

ASIN: B015NCLL02

 

Pages: 204

Goodreads Rating: 3.71

My Rating: 4.5

 

Book Description:

 

When seventeen-year-old librarian wannabe Claire Daly is dragged kicking, screaming and cursing from everything she loves—her mam, her cozy Irish village and the dreamy boy next door—to take up arms in the battle of good versus evil, she learns the hard way that sometimes you don’t get to choose your own destiny, destiny chooses you.

 

Claire’s life plan is simple: head off to university to get her degree in library studies, summon up the courage to tell her best friend Chas that she loves him and live happily ever after. She never once entertained the idea that she might possess divine powers, that she might be predestined to battle Hell’s demons, or, to complicate matters further, that another love of many lives past might turn up on her doorstep. But life doesn’t always go as planned, and when a co-worker is viciously attacked by a demon and her own family threatened, Claire must face the truth: she is called to a higher purpose and has no choice but to answer. Claire sets aside her dreams and begins learning how to deal with the Unholy once and for all. Armed with only a crash course in soul saving and her wits, she gears up for the ultimate show down in Hell. But will it be enough?

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My Take:

 

That was amazing!

 

I had high hopes for this book, and to be quite frank I wasn’t sure it was going to pan out when I first started reading this book. It wasn’t that it was bad or the writing was hard to follow but more that Claire seemed to annoy me more than anything. I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a book with a lead I couldn’t stand. Luckily for all involved, Clare kind of grew on me. I’m still not her biggest fan but I do enjoy the story, the history, and the premise. It also doesn’t hurt that I enjoyed the other characters.

 

The storyline is really original and captivating. So while Claire wasn’t my favorite character at first, the story itself was more than enough to keep me hooked. Now if you are wondering why Claire was not my favorite heroine… simple, she was overly childish most times. She also can off as selfish and a wee bit naive.

 4.5

4.5 Quills

 

So Claire wasn’t the most likeable, but the storyline was and the author is extremely talented if she can manage to keep me 100% invested even when the lead drives me bat shit crazy. It was that great writing that ultimately made me a ‘reluctant’ (see what I did there) fan of Claire. Because, even with all her faults, Claire does have moxie!

 

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About The Author Michele Brouder

 

I was born in western New York, the oldest of 5. I’ve loved reading since I was very little. From the age of 9, I’ve wanted to be a writer. In high school, I wrote a lot of angst-ridden civil war dramas ala Gone With The Wind, knowing more about the Battle of the Bull Run than a normal teenager should know. I dabbled in writing after that but didn’t get serious about it until 2006, when I decided that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

 

I’ve had many interesting jobs but my passion has always been writing.

 

I lived in Ireland from 2006-2013 with my husband and 2 boys. We moved back to the US and settled in Florida briefly (2 years) before returning back to Ireland in August 2015.

 

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The Cobbogoth Series Review + #Giveaway!

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Uncovering Cobbogoth

Cobbogoth Series

Book #1

Hannah L. Clark

Genre: Young Adult Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

ISBN: 978-1462114269
ASIN: B00KBYQ4IM
Pages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 4.15
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

 

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before it’s too late to share her own.

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My Take:

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That was both beautiful and magical. Beautifully magical? Magically beautiful? I don’t know which would be the better statement, but regardless that is the best description I can give this book.

 

In this book you’re introduced to the characters that will draw you in and make you feel something for them. It’s almost hypnotizing to read the story. The details are so crisp and clear you’re able to envision everything that’s being told, and I for one found that I almost couldn’t bear to put the book down.

 

When I first saw this book up for review, I was slightly intrigued but I didn’t have an opening during the month of the tour so I had to pass up on reading it. Luckily, a month or so later, I got another tour invite for book two in this series and they were offering book one for those who hadn’t read it. So of course I jumped right onto that bandwagon, and I’m really glad I did. I’m always looking for a new series to fall into. Something. You make me love the characters as much if not more then characters I grew up reading. I genuinely feel like this series has that potential.

 

The characters in this book are so realistic, the way they handle certain situations the way they feel and act, feel real. Sure there is a lot of other worldliness in this story but the core aspects are what I’m talking about. I loved Norah, she’s the kind of character you hope to read about when you come across a story with a female heroine. She makes her mistakes, but she owns them. She’s not someone that is compliant, she’s very much her own person and I love that. It’s so easy to read about Norah and James and Lylend; and it’s even easier to care about them.

 

The romance in this book, is breathtaking. I found it to be probably one of the most beautiful love stories I have read, not because of the sweeping gestures or the abundant love scenes, because that isn’t in this book. You just have these two characters that are so beautifully woven together but you can’t help but root for them. It’s just lovely. And even though it’s very important its not overbearing, you are still going to get a full story that really has nothing to do with the romance. And that to me is one of the best treats as a reader and the hardest feats for an author to pull off.

 

5 Quills

The Lemorian Crest

Cobbogoth Series

Book #2

Hannah L. Clark

Genre: Young Adult Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: August 23, 2015
Publisher: KinStone Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 978-1514655276
ASIN: B014RVEB20

Pages: 436
Book Cover Design: Seedlings Design Studio

Goodreads Rating: 4.40
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:


After being raised from infancy in Boston, Mass., Noria (a.k.a Norah Lukens) has no idea what to expect upon entering New Cobbogoth, where she never would have guessed that paths of light can make you vanish; doors can lead to realms both near and far; myths and legends are actual history; a mere kiss can seal two souls as one; and, of course, a stone is never “just a stone.” Her Uncle Jack’s stories never could have prepared her for the magical and dangerous place her native realm is turning out to be.

When the Gihara’s promises begin to crumble, her best friend and soul-mate Jamus (a.k.a. James Riley) is in more danger than ever. Then when his father Lylend abandons her to search for an ancient relic called The Lemorian Crest and she is taken captive by the very people she’s risked everything to save, Noria begins to lose faith in the Cobbogothian gods and the mission they sent her home to accomplish.

Only when a series of new friendships and loyalties are forged in the most peculiar of places, does Noria dare hope again. Hope for Jamus’ safety, for their future together, and for the survival of the entire Cobbogothian race.

 

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 My Take:

I’m not sure how it is at all possible that this book is better than part 1, but it is. Once again I am in awe of the author’s ability to make me fall in love with a story and the characters involved. I had really high expectations for this book especially coming right off my high from book 1, but this threw those expectations right out of the water. It’s everything you would hope for from a sequel and so much more.
 

I was so happy to see the growth of these characters and witness and their transformations. This is truly a spectacular story. If I’m honest though, I was slightly worried that this book may fall flat. I was scared that while book one was an amazing high, that the author wouldn’t be able to follow through. I was scared that there would be too many inconsistencies and the story wouldn’t progress but all it did was pull me in. I’m definitely hooked on the series, I think the author is absolutely amazing, I am obsessed with these characters, and I cannot wait for book 3. I definitely need to know where the story is going to go, I need the resolution almost as much as Norah/Noria does!

 

5 Quills

About The Author

Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and two children in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English and immediately began writing her first novel.

Uncovering Cobbogoth was Clark’s first book in the seven book Cobbogoth series—a YA fantasy series based on her mythological brain-child, The Legend of the Cobbogothians. It was released in May 2014 through Cedar Fort Publishing. Book 2 in the series, The Lemorian Crest will be released in Summer 2015.

Clark loves running, mythology, singing while playing the guitar, herbal tea, escaping into imaginary worlds, and being with her peeps. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes that trees might have souls, but must clarify that she has never hugged a tree. The closest she has ever come to that kind of bizarre behavior was the time she hugged the pillars outside Harry Potter Land. Which, all things considered, is not bizarre at all if one takes into account how exquisitely happy she was to finally be there.

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Holly Hearts Headlines Book Review + #Giveaway

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Holly Hearts Hollywood

Book #2
Kenley Conrad

Genre: Young Adult Romance
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Romance

ASIN: B013D07ZEC
Pages: 185
My Rating: 4.5

Book Description:

Holly Hart has it all: designer clothes, affluent friends, a recording contract, and she’s dating the biggest pop star in America.

It’s too bad he can’t be seen with her in public. It’s even worse that he seems so very cozy with Lacey, the girl who seems to enjoy stealing Holly’s dream and taking all the credit for their platinum-selling album.

And Lacey? Well she couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but that hasn’t stopped her from basking in the glow of the fame and fortune that comes with pretending to be Holly.

Yet, Holly signed a contract vowing to never reveal her true identity as the girl behind the hit songs. Her record label doesn’t want anyone to know their teen dream is really a chubby, insecure girl from Iowa.

Holly needs to focus on finals. She can’t let herself be distracted by the extremely hot and talented Grayson Frost or his prevailing attachment to Lacey. This is the deal Holly made, and she has to honor it no matter how much she hates it.

As if that’s not enough pressure, her grandparents have come to stay, her mom is dating a guy who makes his own deodorant, Shell Shocked Records want Holly to distance herself from Grayson, and she’ll probably end up failing Driver’s Ed.

In a town full of gossip and secrets, Holly wonders just how much longer she can continue to live a double life.

When the media gets a little too close for comfort, both Holly and Lacey are at risk. Soon Holly realizes her dream isn’t only about her and if she is to ever be truly happy, she’ll need to find a way past her insecurities.

Filled with laugh out loud and hold your breath moments, Holly Hearts Headlines is the follow-up to Holly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley Conrad.

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My Take:

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. When I first came across it, I was intrigued but slightly skeptical. It seemed like something that had already been done… a blatant reproduction. Luckily for me it was none of those things. Sure it had elements of previously told stories but it definitely can stand up on its own.

When I first started reading book 1, I didn’t know how I would feel about the writing style having just come off a read in a similar journal format but it started to grow on me and I found that the author did a very good job at describing the world through Holly’s eyes.

As for the characters, I actually liked them all. I liked how human the author made them, flaws and all. But I especially liked how the author had them interact with each other.

 

4.5 Quills

I am genuinely looking forward to reading the next installment. So much has happened since I was first introduced to Holly and friends that it’s impossible not to be invested in how their story plays out!


About The Author

Kenley is a twenty-something cat lady who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. When she’s not working her office day job or writing books, you can find her either singing and dancing or binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

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Spectacle by S.J. Pierce Book Review

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Spectacle

S.J. Pierce

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Release Date: July 13, 2015

ISBN: 9781311403599
ASIN: B00YLUZO3S

Pages: 363
Goodreads Rating: 3.82

My Rating: 4.5

Book Description:

Hunger Games meets Avatar in this spellbinding new Young Adult, Science-Fiction novel by bestselling author Susan James Pierce.

Two hundred years after the Great Disaster, the day earthquakes ravaged Earth’s landscapes, humanity has finally regrouped and is working toward a better future. But in New America – one of three remaining landmasses – overpopulation makes a better future seem bleaker by the year.


Mira (Mirabella) Foster and her parents are citizens of New America, and with the threat of starvation and disease looming on the horizon, a new discovery threatens to push everyone to the brink of chaos: blue markings develop on people’s skin. Markings that allow them to camouflage their skin, but also make them feared, and eventually, targets of violence.


Mira’s dad is one of them.

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My Take:

 


That was both heartbreaking and beautiful. Star Crossed meets Hunger Games meets Avatar. This was a tear jerker that was impossible to put down. The characters had such raw and endearing qualities that I found it impossible not to love them. This was also a very ‘meaty’ book, long and descriptive but never once boring. Its over 60 beautifully written chapters that took a good chunk of my day to read through. That was really refreshing and I can definitely see people enjoying this book throughout a nice long rainy weekend.

I loved how the girls were portrayed and the whole premise of this story was enthralling. My only forewarning to any prospective readers is the synopsis. That was literally the least descriptive synopsis ever, it barely skims the surface of this book. The story was about sooo much more than what you are lead to believe. If this was written any differently that may have been the nail in the coffin for this book but luckily, I found this story so appealing that I didn’t care that the synopsis was vague and lacking. It was literally just a quick summary of the first couple of chapters and not at all of the story as a whole. Had this book been split into different novels it probably would have suited the book more but as it stands, the description could use a little sprucing up.

I loved the way the friendships were forged and portrayed and found our main characters to be some of the most real and noble I’ve ever read. The romance takes a really long time to show itself so if you’re looking for an instant connection love story, this probably isn’t for you but I actually loved that about this book. It lets Mira develop as a person and do what needs to be done.

 

4.5 Quills


I not only recommend this book to all science fictions readers but I also recommend some tissues be in your general vicinity. I loved the length of this book and the content. It was literally an all-around good read. The cover is amazing and yet simplistic and the title is absolutely perfect.

About The Author

Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-fi novels.

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Revealers & Uninvited by Amanda Marrone Book Spotlight + #Giveaway #TipsySpooktacular Stop 5

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Today I have a treat for you all. It’s another book spotlight BUT there are 2 and they are NOT part of a series :O I know that seems odd from someone like me who absolutely LOVES to read book series, serieses… Ehh I know, not very English major or author-y of me but whatever, I think the first one is correct.

So back on topic, this is more of an Author Spotlight. I don’t exactly remember when I bought these books just that I love them and I really hope you all take a chance on them. I know the goodreads rating isn’t all that great for one of them but I think the books rock.

The books in question are ‘Uninvited’ and ‘Revealers’ by Amanda Marrone. Uninvited is an out of the box vampire read. Abso-freaking-lutely like nothing I have ever read when it comes to vampires. Sure I got a Dangerous Girls by R.L. Stine vibe from it BUT it was a novel all on its own. The similarity starts and ends with the age of the main character, the vampire thing and how dark it is. Literally that is it. This book, and other vampire books sit at 2 vastly different ends of the spectrum. There is no romantizing the vampires. And personally, I liked that this was not really marketed as a vampire book. Aside for my knowledge of vampire invitations, the night time visits and the eerie but beautiful cover, there was no giveaway to the vampire tidbit. Now, before you go all crazy reader on me, this is not a spoiler. The author has mentioned that it is a vampire story and this in no way gives away the plot of the series of events that follow. I literally love this book. It is dark and can seem a bit slow to start with but it’s worth the wait. 

Revealers is an interesting and fun magical read. I was initially drawn in by the cover because well come on who wouldn’t be, it’s gorgeous! I love the blue smoke and the simplicity in the design. So I did what most do when a book cover jumps out and snags their attention I flipped it over and got to reading the synopsis. I was all for it! I got to reading and I couldn’t put it down. I even remember where I was sitting for the couple of hours it took for me to finish it. It’s full of plot twists and interesting magic and witches. Its spooky to an extent
but really keeps you on your toes. This too stands on its own as a paranormal novel and book featuring a witchy cast. When all was said and done, I was super sad to see this story was over. They are not spooky in your typical sense but I do feel like these are great books to get you into the Halloween/Samhain mood. See what I did there 😉

Also, funny story guys, I penned a character who was a witch years ago when I was 14, before having read any of these books but she was nameless… I just kept using ‘insert name’ then I read Revealers years later, I loved the characters, all of them. But one name just kept haunting me. Fast forward 1 year and I actually met a woman with this name while shopping for incense. She was a pagan woman like my sister, but her personality was so similar to this witch I had written and it felt like it was meant to be. So in a weird chance of fate, this woman and the book ‘Revealers’ helped me name one of my main characters in The Birth Curse Series, I give you, Zahara Frost ladies and gentlemen.

 

Revealers

Amanda Marrone

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy, Supernatural Fiction
Release Date: September 30, 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse

ISBN: 978-1416958741
ASIN: B004KKXN3W

Pages: 288
Goodreads Rating: 3.58

 
Book Description:
 

Witchin’ ain’t easy.

Jules has a rebellious streak, a massive crush on Connor, and the abilities of a Revealer witch. By day, she and her coven friends seem like typical high school seniors. By night, they have the power to make werewolves, vampires, and ghosts reveal themselves, so they can destroy them. It’s not exactly cheerleading, but at least the girls know they’re doing the world some good.

One by one, Jules’s friends turn eighteen and are initiated into the coven’s inner circle. And one by one, they are getting completely freaked out. Jules is the youngest, and though her friends are too scared tell her what’s going on, something’s clearly not right. As her birthday approaches, Jules realizes she’s got to find out what’s behind the shadows of her coven before it’s too late to save her friends…and herself. But what she discovers may be too powerful for even the toughest witches to defeat.

 

Uninvited

Amanda Marrone

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy, Supernatural Fiction
Release Date: October 23, 2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse

ISBN: 978-1416939788
ASIN: B003YFJ1DK

Pages: 224
Goodreads Rating: 2.95

Book Description:
When rejection comes back to bite you…

Jordan’s life sucks. Her boyfriend, Michael, dumped her, slept his way through half the student body, and then killed himself. But now, somehow, he appears at her window every night, begging her to let him in.


Jordan can’t understand why he wants her, but she feels her resistance wearing down. After all, her life — once a broken record of boring parties, meaningless hookups, and friends she couldn’t relate to — now consists of her drinking alone in her room as she waits for the sun to go down.


Michael needs to be invited in before he can enter. All Jordan has to do is say
the words….

 About The Author

 

Amanda Marrone grew up on Long Island where she spent her time reading, drawing, watching insects, and suffering from an over-active imagination. It didn’t help that her father told bloodcurdling stories, and would take Amanda and her siblings for moon lit walks in the graveyard—the highlight of which involved having them march up to mausoleums and knock on the doors—alone. On more than one occasion, Amanda turned around to find they’d ditched her for laughs. (No, she didn’t find that particularly funny.)

Not surprisingly, she was extremely scared of the dark—living in fear of cats meowing at the door at night (she was sure they were really monsters pretending to be her cats), and things lurking in basements, attics, dark rooms, and closets.Amanda successfully avoided monster attacks by leaving all the lights on in her house, and convincing other family members to let the cats in—eventually earning a B.A. in Education at SUNY Cortland. She taught fifth and sixth grade in New Hampshire, where she was known for putting on mini-musicals, and dissecting eyeballs and owl pellets with her students.

After taking a very early retirement to raise a family and write novels—some of which have vampires and other creepy creatures, Amanda now lives in Connecticut with her husband, Joe, two kids, two cats, a crayfish, hissing cockroaches, and
their newest addition is Griffin, a havanese dog who can say “Hello” and “I love you”. Check the links page to see Griffin’s YouTube videos where you can see him in action.


Amanda loves reading, going to Broadway shows, creepy crawly things, hiking, annoying her husband with show tunes, and is thinking about getting another tattoo. She is still scared of the dark.

Amanda’s first two books for teens, Uninvited and Revealers are available now, and her next book Devoured will be out in September of 2009. Her middle grade series The Magic Repair Shop Chronicles: The Multiplying Menace, Kobold Blues
and The Shape Shifter’s Curse will be available starting in the summer of 2010.

 
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Super Freak by Vanessa Barger Review + #Giveaway

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Super Freak

Vanessa Barger


Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Tantrum Books


ISBN: 978-1942664536
ASIN: B014C57RIG
Pages: 285

Goodreads Rating: 4.5
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You’d think she’d be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before.

To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn’t want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown.

Undeterred, Caroline can’t give up. But what’s a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she’s heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24963447-super-freak

My Take:

 

That was a really cute story. A book I would definitely recommend, and one that I will be by my niece for Christmas this year.

 

I really enjoy the characters, and I didn’t feel like they were too young so to speak. They were pretty mature for their ages. I don’t mean mature in what you expect of a young adult story, but you aren’t drowning in their age. It’s mentioned a few times, and you told that they are in middle school but it’s not at all what you would expect from a middle grade fiction book. It’s focused more on a mystery and friendship and I have to say that has got to be one of the cutest stories I’ve read.

 

I also found, that I enjoyed the uniqueness of this story. It’s not every day you come across a story that has the world as supernatural and one character as normal. I also like that you find really brave individuals, braver than most and intelligent characters in the story. And while there is just a smidge of predictability, it’s done in such a way that you forget that you have your doubts and your speculations so when the story completely unfolds you’re just as shocked as the characters.

 

5 Quills

After a bit of research, I for one, am really happy that this is part of a series and not just a standalone novel. This is definitely something I would wholeheartedly recommend to parents looking for an interesting read for their children. It has a good message, overall great characters and nothing overtly heavy or depressing. I can’t wait to buy this for my niece and see how she reacts when she finishes reading it.

 

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About The Author

Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Virginia Writer’s Club, and the Hampton Roads Writers. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, and has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

 

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