Review | LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE by Claire Kann

Let's Talk About LoveTitle: Let’s Talk About Love

Author: Claire Kann

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: January 23, 2018

“Love shouldn’t hinge solely on exposing your physical body to another person. Love was intangible. Universal. It was whatever someone wanted it to be and that should be respected as such.”

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ARC Review | THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked DeepTitle: The Wicked Deep

Author: Shea Ernshaw

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: March 6, 2018

“The knowing of what’s coming, the death that creeps up over the town like fate clawing at the door of every shop and home. I can feel it in the air, in the spray of the sea, in the hollow spaces between raindrops. The sisters are coming.”

This book took me forever to read. Honestly, it was less than a week, but it felt like forever. And my trend of becoming more disinterested as I read continued here unfortunately. The Wicked Deep showcases how small town secrets and a little bit of danger combine to make an atmospheric and fun read, even though I did have my issues.

Things I Liked 
This books is so beautifully constructed visually. The cover, the book naked, the chapter headings – they all help establish this witchy and atmospheric story.

I loved the named chapters that were used intermittently through the story. They were so beautifully atmospheric (are you sensing a theme here) while also helping to establish background and characters.

I really liked the idea of the Swan Season and the dark curse that’s plagued this town for centuries. I like the rule and how the curse operated – they felt logical and grounded which is important for me in a paranormal story.

Things I Didn’t Like 
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance in the story. It was just a little too much. A little too quickly for me.

I thought the Swan Sisters were a little lacking. I feel like I didn’t know enough about Marguerite and sister #2 (I honestly can’t even remember her name). They felt a lot more like background characters who happened to be involved with the main plot. I also didn’t like Hazel at all. We do actually get to know her more, I feel like we’re supposed to sympathize and connect with her, but I didn’t. I really just didn’t care about the characters in general. Also, I don’t think they were witches so that was kinda disappointing.

I was also pretty meh about the ending. I called the big reveal, so it didn’t have an impact or buildup for me. I would have loved for the book to be one chapter shorter. I thought that the chapter “The Harbor” was a solid ending, but the “Land and Sea” the actual last chapter, just highlighted my annoyances and left me on a bit of a sour note.

Once again I wanted to like this story more than I did, but I do think that a lot of people will enjoy this. If you’re in the mood for an atmospheric read, you should definitely pick this up. And I honestly might have liked this more is I wasn’t in a funky reading mood. But The Wicked Deep is story that sweeps you away and carries you on a twisty and dark ride.

I received a copy of the book from the Simon Pulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


ARC REVIEW | FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

Furyborn (Empirium, #1)Title: Furyborn (Empirium #1)

Author: Claire Legrand

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Publisher: SourcebooksFIRE

Release Date: May 22, 2018

“This is what I was made for. The thought arose as naturally as breathing. She flexed her fingers, felt power gathering hot in her palms. No, not hot – vital. Her power was not an intangible thing, a trick of the mind. It was the power of the world itself, and all that lived inside it.”

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Review | DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone

Dear MartinTitle: Dear Martin

Author: Nic Stone

Rating:  ★★★★☆

Publisher: Crown BFYR

Release Date: October 17, 2017

“Last night changed me. I don’t wanna walk around all pissed off and looking for problems, but I know I can’t continue to pretend nothing’s wrong.”

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Review | A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)Title: A Torch Against the Night (AEITA #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: August 30, 2016

“Perhaps I have become so accustomed to the burden of secrets that I do not notice their weight until I am free of it.”

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Review | THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.75 Stars)

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: September 26, 2017

“Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.”

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ARC Review | BLOOD WATER PAINT by Joy McCullough

Blood Water PaintTitle: Blood Water Paint

Author: Joy McCullough

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publisher: Dutton BFYR

Release Date: March 6, 2018

“I wish men would decide if women are heavenly angels on high, or earthbound sculptures for their gardens.”

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ARC Review | THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet XTitle: The Poet X

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Rating: ★★★★★

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: March 6, 2018

“Xiomara may be remembered as a lot of things: a student, a miracle, a protective sister, a misunderstood daughter, but most importantly, she should be remembered as always working to become the warrior she wanted to be.”

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ARC Review | THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS by Ashley Woodfolk

The Beauty That RemainsTitle: The Beauty That Remains

Author: Ashley Woodfolk

Rating: ★★★★★

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: March 6, 2018

“We all nod. We get it. There’s no way to measure grief.”

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ARC Review | HEART OF IRON by Ashley Poston

Heart of IronTitle: Heart of Iron

Author: Ashley Poston

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: February 27, 2018

“Stalo ban ach van’en. Stars are not afraid.”

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