Oh Brother Review

Oh, BrotherLily Afton’s older brother is shot – but Lily can still see him. And hear him. And be irritated by him…

Lily has always been a normal teenage girl: good grades, a group of friends she has a laugh with and a crush on one of the cutest boys in school. Then her brother Sam is shot, and her whole world changes. The brother she’s argued with for fifteen years is now her constant companion, whether she likes it or not. And all around her, family and friends are being torn apart by grief.

As Lily tries to help Sam, hold her family together and keep up the façade of the grieving sister, being all things to all people starts to get too much. While people start to question Lily’s behaviour, one question hangs over the siblings: how long can the ghost of Sam stick around?

Lily doesn’t know why she can see the ghost of her brother. She didn’t even realize that her brother was dead until her parents came home, he was just sitting and watching TV like normal. She is the only one who can see Sam, and her parents are grieving immensely. Lily doesn’t want to feel like she isn’t being genuine about grieving, but she doesn’t feel as if her brother is gone, and her brother is constantly trying to reach out to her parents and make them feel better, even if they can’t see him. Lily doesn’t know how long Sam will stay, but she knows that she will have to help Sam figure out who killed him. She also has to keep her family together during their time of distress and help friends in school who also knew Sam.

This book definitely discusses how death affects the family. The book never truly explains why Sam was killed, only that he was killed, and focuses instead on how the family reacts to this news. Lily’s father tries to be strong, but he ends up seeming more and more distant as the story progressed. Lily’s mother never tried to be strong, but she became weaker emotionally as the story progresses. She goes through a lot of mental breakdowns as she deals with losing her son, and at least partially losing her daughter as her daughter becomes more distant. Lily goes through several stages of grief, and she isn’t able to fully grieve as her brother’s ghost is constantly around her. Lily’s family notices that she is acting strangely, and they try to send him to counseling, but Lily thinks that her parents are the ones that actually need counseling.

The story could have been fleshed out a little bit more detail-wise, but it definitely got the message across. I connected with Lily so much and was rooting for her and Sam the entire time! There was even a bit of romance with someone in Lily’s school, but it still stayed on a fun YA level.

My favorite part of the story was seeing Lily connecting with Sam’s girlfriend. She couldn’t see Sam so she was properly grieving, but she slowly warmed up to Lily and got to make a good friend. I wish that there was a sequel just about those two!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new YA book about grief, romance, and friendship, with a splash of paranormal activity.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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Touched by Grace Review (Divine Fate #2)

Touched by Grace (Divine Fate, #2)Ryn Tyler finally found her home—and demons are out to destroy it.

After a lifetime of searching for where she belongs, Ryn knows it’s in Eagle Valley… but war threatens to take that all away. Attending an angels-only high school should help her master her magical abilities, but stopping the upcoming battle is more important.

Ryn trains in secret with the help of her mentor, Marek, a bad boy who can’t decide between duty and love—and who’s already stolen Ryn’s heart. But the arrival of another Davina complicates things, and Ryn finds herself torn between the two boys.

Above all, she needs to find Grace. The ancient Davina warrior is Eagle Valley’s last hope.

The demons will do anything to stop Ryn from reaching Grace. Lives are on the line, and the future of the Davina—and the entire world—is at stake

The stakes are much higher in this book, as Ryn and her friends continue to search for Grace. Time is running out, but every time they take one step forward, they seem to take two steps back. Ryn is still training with Malek, even though her crush on him distracts her a lot, and she still has problems with her mother. The world doesn’t stop for one girl, but Ryn must juggle everything to save it.

I have to admit, the more I see Ryn’s relationship with her mother, the more I dislike her character in general. Even when she and her mother were trying to have conversations, she would just get up when things got difficult. She basically has no respect for her mother at this point in the story, and this is her biggest character flaw to me. Hopefully, this will be fixed by the end of the series.

Besides this issue, I did like this novel! I felt that Ryn truly took the training Malek gave her seriously, despite her distraction, and was determined to not be a damsel in distress. There was a bit of a love triangle in the story, but I didn’t mind it. The fact that she wasn’t dating either boy at the time really allowed me to just fly through the scenes without too much dislike of the main character. I also didn’t think that the love triangle took over the majority of the story.

The story moved smoothly as the characters were on an intense time limit to find Grace. New characters were introduced in this story as they all worked together towards a common goal. Even though the characters never tried to hide Ryn’s powers and heritage from her, she still has a lot to learn about their world. This book delves a little bit deeper into the more intricate parts of that world.

This book definitely ended on a very dramatic note, and I can’t wait to complete the trilogy in the next few days and see how everything plays out! This has been an exciting series, and I hope it will end on a high note.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a new YA paranormal romance/fantasy story to read.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Seventh Born Blog Tour Plus Review

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SeventhBorn_1600.jpgSeventh Born
by Monica Sanz
Genre: YA Paranormal/Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: September 4th 2018
Entangled Teen

Summary:

Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.

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This was definitely one of the best dark fantasy novels I have read in a long time. Even though it was fairly long, I finished it all in one day in about 2 sittings. It was just that addictive!

For starters, let me talk about Sera. She has been through a lot as a seventhborn and has traumatic memories from some of the things that she went through earlier in her life. This is also discussed throughout the story, as she has to come to terms with some of these horrible memories. She meets Professor Barrington and is not sure whether or not she wants to help him. Soon, she is drawn into the world of witches being drained and used to raise others from the dead, and some of the links seem to trace back to her school, the place where she has felt trapped for several years of her life. She wants to be able to avenge the witches who had been killed, but she is afraid of getting close to Professor Barrington. What if his intentions aren’t as pure as she thinks that they are? She must learn to trust again before she can enhance her skill and make sure that no other witches are killed.

I was astonished by how detailed this universe was. The seventhborns were considered as less than human by certain groups, but the poor sometimes envied the seventhborns who were sometimes supported by the government so that they wouldn’t be killed. Then, there were extremist groups who wanted to kill all seventhborns without any remorse. This world seemed to be so alive, and each person in the book had their own unique backstory and their own unique personality.

The only thing that I felt wasn’t explained was why women chose to have seventh children. If they knew that having a seventh child would kill them and leave their families motherless, why would the family not just stop at 6? I’m sure there is probably some sort of reason behind this, but I might have just missed it as I was reading the story.

I enjoyed the romance that was in this story, even though there wasn’t that much of it. I felt that it allowed the readers to focus more on Sera’s character rather than who she wanted to be with. She was such a strong character that I just wanted to read about her without too much distraction.

I hope that there is going to be a sequel to this book, I need to know more about Sera and Professor Barrington ASAP! I have officially fallen in love with the both of them and I want to see more of their future adventures.

Also, I didn’t notice this until I saw the author, but even though Sera looks “white” on the cover, her ethnicity isn’t really specified in the book. This definitely makes it easy for readers of all ethnicities to related to her and enjoy this book even more!

I would recommend this book to lovers of NA/upper YA fantasy novels with detailed universes and strong female main characters.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

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About the Author

Monica Sanz has been writing from the moment she could string together a sentence. Her stories have come a long way from mysterious portals opening in the school cafeteria, transporting classmates to distant worlds. A classic by the name Wuthering Heights is responsible for that. She’s been lost to dark romances and brooding fictional men ever sense. Now she writes about grumpy professors, cursed ringmaster, tortured soul collectors, and the girls they fall in love with. Monica’s books have received many accolades on the social writing website Wattpad. She’s accumulated over six million reads, eighty thousand votes, and fifteen thousand comments since posting her books on the website. She is also a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on the subjects of writing and publishing.

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Wings of Flesh and Bone Blog Tour and Review

Wings of Flesh and Bones
Cathrina Constantine
Publication date: April 13th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

An Angel. A Witch. A Demon. And A Choice.

Creatures from outer realms suck, as any gatekeeper worth their salt will tell you. Welcome to Rogan’s life, an orphaned seventeen-year-old who lives and trains with other misfits under her uncle’s roof, keeping Earth safe from non-human realm jumpers. Rogan’s biggest issue concerns her uncle’s short leash with her freedom—that is of course, until she’s taken by a notorious witch, and her life begins to unravel. Soon, the supernatural beauty discovers there’s a reason her uncle kept such a tight lock on her whereabouts, and that she has more than angel blood running through her veins.

Eighteen-year-old Max is an angel, and Rogan’s mentor and guardian. He’s well aware of her tenacious inability to obey orders, though he also knows she’s a fierce fighter. When he’s involved in a scheme that ultimately gets Rogan kidnapped, he must battle his way back to her in an attempt to save her from the darkness threatening to possess her.

This novel started off on a good foot, got a little sidetracked right before the end, and then started wrapping things up well. Rogan was rebellious and always wanted to escape the overprotectiveness of her uncle Castle, but she didn’t realize what she would be getting into. Max is also interesting as he and Rogan both love each other but neither wants to admit it. Seeing their romance bloom throughout this novel was definitely special.

The action scenes were a bit confusing at times with how fast they were. They felt as if they were written like a movie, and this was hard to read. They did improve as the story went on.

The worldbuilding was great in some places and then confusing in others as well. I was confused when Rogan went away and lived separated from Max. The two environments started to blend together, and it made me very confused by the end. However, it came back together again by the end of the storyline.

There were no editing errors in the advanced version of this novel!

I also thought that the plot of this story moved quite smoothly. I really enjoyed reading about each of the individual characters and every plot twist was unique. I couldn’t put it down once I started.

I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of urban fantasy and YA novels with a dash of romance here and there.

Overall Rating: 4/5

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Cathrina Constantine is the Best Selling author of Don’t Forget To Breathe. Her book won Readers’ Favorite International Book Award for 2015. New Apple Medalist for 2016. Literary Classics Gold Award. Literary Classics Seal of Approval. Her Paranormal Fantasy, Wickedly They Come has been awarded the 5 Star Seal from Reader’s Favorite. Tallas from her dystopian series received Literary Classics Silver Award and Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Cathrina resides in Western New York. I am blessed with a loving family and forever friends. My world revolves around them.

I grew up in the small village of Lancaster, NY, where I married my sweetheart. I’m devoted to raising 5 cherished children, and now my grandchildren.

I love to immerse myself in great books of every kind of genre, which helps me to write purely for entertainment, and hopefully to inspire readers. When not stationed at my computer you can find me in the woods taking long walks with my dog.

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Damned Review (A Magnus Blackwell Novel #1)

Damned: A Magnus Blackwell Novel (Book 1)Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

This novel drew me in and would not let me go. I absolutely loved reading about Lexie’s adventures as she tries to find out what really happened in her house, and why the ghost Magnus is attached to her. When she does research and finds out about the horrible things that happened in her house, she isn’t even sure if she wants to live there anymore. However, her husband doesn’t believe her and is determined to continue to live in his very own dream house.

The plot of this novel was fast-paced, and the twists were always unique. There were no editing errors that I noticed, and there also weren’t any plot holes even though this was the first book of the series. The world-building was also incredible, as I felt as if I was in the haunted house my self, seeing the crazy visions that Lexie would have. This book almost feels like two books rolled up into one and took me longer than expected to read, but it did not leave me bored for any long periods of time. It was just as engaging and addictive throughout.

The only thing that surprised me about this book was that it was truly an adult romance and had quite a few sex scenes. I was expecting more of a fantasy/paranormal thriller when I read the synopsis, but it will definitely entice people who love adult romance novels. This was not necessarily a bad thing, but it was something that I think could have also been included in the synopsis for people who aren’t interested in those kinds of stories.

Overall, the story was excellent, and I am almost done with the second book in the series now: Bound.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a paranormal thriller or adult romance novel.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5/5

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This incredible cover leads to an intricate paranormal YA thriller that seems to fuse several fantasy worlds into one. 

The Watchers
Misty Hayes
(The Blood Dagger: Volume 2)
Publication date: December 15th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult

Eighteen-year-old Corinth Taylor didn’t sign up to become a Watcher—an elite warrior destined to restore balance to the human race—he was chosen.

Corinth can barely control his own hormones… much less the deadly blade. And to make matters worse, his best friend, Larna, just so happens to be the very thing he’s supposed to eliminate.

But when vampires and slayer find a common enemy, Corinth knows it’s his innate calling to hunt evil down. And evil has a name: Gabriel Stanton. The enigmatic vampire who escaped their capture, has plans for Corinth, Larna, and Alastair… and it’s a threat they’ll never see coming.

When the line between good and evil gets crossed, devastating consequences start to happen. As Watcher and vampire worlds collide, Corinth must decide where to place his trust: with his old allies or his killer instincts. An upstart slayer. A clan of vampires.

What could go wrong?

It’s only the end of the world.

The Watchers is the second book in The Blood Dagger series, a high-octane paranormal YA thriller.

If you like witty heroines, unconventional relationships, and friendships that can withstand the grave, then you’ll love Misty Hayes’ high-stakes story.

Sink your teeth into a fun, fierce vampire series today.

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Misty has always called Texas home but has a passion for world travel.

Before taking up writing, she has had a long career in law enforcement. Besides the self-torture of writing books, she also loves the self-torture of running. Misty is currently working on book three of her young adult trilogy in ‘The Blood Dagger’ series. The Watchers – Volume 2 will be released in December 2018.

When not writing, Misty enjoys reading any books by Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Joe Hill (Owen King), and J.K. Rowling. A lot of author’s write about pets on their bio’s… Misty has a rescue parakeet named Peeta (As in the Hunger Games).

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