Book Review: City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Cassidy Blake, #1
Length: 272 Pages
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Synopsis:
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

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Book Review #160 – The Devouring Gray

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: The Devouring Gray, #1
Length: 368 Pages
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Synopsis:
Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

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Book Review #139 – The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 400 Pages
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Synopsis:
On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

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Graphic Novel Review #13 – Watersnakes

Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 144 Pages
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ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis:
Mila is a quiet, solitary teenager ready to put another boring summer vacation behind her until she meets Agnes, an intriguing adventurous girl who turns out to be a ghost. And not just a regular ghost, but one carrying the essence of a fallen king, and a mouth full of teeth that used to be guardian warriors. She introduces Mila to a wondrous world of secret places and magic that exists deep beneath the ocean, and the occult battle for freedom that approaches . . .

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Exploring & Recommending Monsters – Ghosts

BLOGOWEENPLOGO2We are almost halfway through Blogoween! How have you been doing on the event so far? As we continue on the 12th day of Blogoween, Lauren @ Northern Plunder has created today’s prompt to be about exploring and recommending your favorite creatures. Lauren has chosen vampires for her topic. However, as vampires are not my favorite, I am choosing to talk about ghosts for my 7th entry! Boo!
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Local & Personal Supernatural Stories

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the 10th Day of Blogoween and my 6th entry to the event! Today’s prompt. created by Camilla @ Reader in the Attic, is all about local supernatural stories in your area and even your own personal experience that you think deserves their own novel. Luckily for you, I am sharing two stories with you today! The first will be a local story and the second will be a personal experience I had. It’s time to get spooky!
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Local Story: (tw, murder, hanging)
A few miles from my home, there is a street that held a nunnery. While the nunnery was active, many tragedies has occurred. The first of many tragedies occurred was that several nuns have been accused of witchcraft and hanged without trial. The house where they practiced their witchcraft began to sink slowly into the earth. Later, during a late night, an inmate from an insane asylum (there’s none around here that I know of) escaped and broke into the the nunnery where many has been killed.

Sometime later during one day, a nun who was walking down the street near the nunnery was struck by a moving vehicle. It is said that the nun flung face first into the same tree where nuns were hanged years before. It is said that if you find the tree, it will bear the markings of the nun’s face who hit the tree face first.
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Personal Experience:
When I was just a child, my family moved into our new home. As one may have experienced, the first couple of nights in a new house can be restless. On the second night, I woke up in the middle of night and found my door was open as my parents normally left doors open during the night. When I looked down the hall, I saw my sister standing against the wall outside her room looking down, with her hair covering her face. I did not know what was wrong, so I jumped out of bed and walked to her. When I got up to her, I said her name and and she looked up. As she looked up, she vanished from thin air and completely disappeared. I never even saw her face. Since not believing in what I just witnessed, I peeked into my sister’s room only to find her sleeping soundly and peacefully. As I recounted what happened during the morning of to my parents, my sister walked in to mention that on the first night, she saw someone similar standing next to the end of her bed. We never have seen the girl again after that.
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Spooky, isn’t it? I hope I didn’t scare you to much or send chills down your spine. While I don’t believe that my personal experience is enough for its own novel, perhaps the story of the nuns and the house could be warped into some interesting novel, but it would need a lot of additional details. If you have a spooky local supernatural story or a personal experience that you’re not afraid to share, link back to Camilla’s post and share your answers on Twitter with #blogoween!

Book Review #125 – Half Bad

Half Bad by Sally Green
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: The Half Bad Trilogy, #1
Length: 394 Pages
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Synopsis:
Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

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Review #118 – The Gilded King

The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: Sovereign, #1
Length: 292 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon]

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis:
In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

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Arrow Review #72 – The Haunting Season

The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto
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Rating: 3/5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 296 Pages
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Synopsis:
Be careful what you let in…

Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all

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Arrow Review #63 – Gone

Gone by Lisa McMann
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Rating: 4/5 Stars
Series: Wake Series #3
Length: 214 Pages
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Synopsis:
Things should be great for Janie—she has graduated from high school and is spending her summer with Cabel, the guy she’s totally in love with. But deep down she’s panicking about how she’s going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people’s dreams is really starting to take its toll.
Things get even more complicated when she meets her father for the very first time—and he’s in a coma. As Janie uncovers his secret past, she begins to realize that the choice thought she had has more dire consequences than she ever imagined.

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