Book review: The Siren

synopsisYears ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

my-thoughtsThis book was not what I was expecting despite what the synopsis implies this so much more then a romance which is a nice surprise, the synopsis is very flawed this is not a supper cliche romance it has a lot gong for it. All of Kiera Cass’s books have lot more depth then people give them credit for they are a bit cheesy but there so good they have great charecters and great romance. The romance in this one is very fast and cute Akenli is a sweetheart him and Kehlen are adorable, but they did fall in love ridiculously fast. I know that’s a huge turn off for a lot of people it is for me too, but it works in this. It was still annoying just not wholly unnecessary and I don’t know that there was a way around it. Even though he isn’t even in it much I loved Akenli however, I didn’t love Kehlen she was bland but I didn’t dislike her she’s just sorta there carrying the story along.

The most unique character is the Ocean she was extremely interesting but I can’t decide if I love or hate her, either way she’s a neat part of the book. Kehlen is the Oceans favorite they have a complex mother daughter like relationship that I felt was just as prominent as the romance. The Ocean and the way the Sirens are done is very cool and now I want to read more books about Sirens and Mermaids. I like all of the sirens especially Padma, I love Padma it’s amazing how much emotion and complexity Kiera managed to convey in her few short scenes. I really like how much being a Siren effects Kehlen the other girls have found ways to be content with their new lives but Kehlen can’t accept the terrible things she’s done and obsesses over the pepeople she’s killed.

The other sirens don’t exactly like what they do for the Ocean but their more forgiving of themselves then Kehlen. They all cope in their own way, but Kehlen’s way was not healthy, the others are just trying to live the best lives they can given the unusual and dificult circumstances. All of the girls conversations, and the complex feelings they have about being Sirens as well as their compelling individual storylines added a lot substance to the book. My main problem with this book is a mayor spoiler but basically there’s a twist that I didn’t like and I think there had to have been a better alternative too. This book overall is captivating every thread of story is interesting, but there’s also something about nearly every storyline that I feel could have been mproved upon. Ultimately The Siren is a very good book and I don’t think it gets enough love there’s so many good things in it you just have to be willing to look past the insta love.

Mini reviews: disappointing fantasy edition

Long May She Reign By Rhiannon Thomas

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Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

Rating: 3/ 5 stars
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I should have loved this it has a lot of good elements like: female friendship, political intrigue and a decent mystery yet as a whole I didn’t like it much, although, it was refreshing in a lot of ways. I’ve talked before about about how I think more fantasy’s should have Worlds in which everyone is equal this book has a world like that and I think this is the only book I’ve read that does I really enjoyed this element. I also liked Freya she is adorable and she has a fluffy grey kitty! I have a fluffy grey kitty that’s not something I thought I would ever have in common with a fictional character. Freya has anxiety and I was initially exited about this since mental illness is almost never represented in fantasy books, but in the last few chapters Freya’s anxiety just disappears, obviously that’s not the way it works in real life, and it really bothered me.
I’m disappointed I expected more I thought it would be exiting but]t it was dull and nearly everything in it is mediocre, and I just wasn’t a big fan of the writing it wasn’t awful but it did need more refinement. This took me a while to read and it felt longer then it was probably since it’s slow and not much happened until the end. Most of the book is spent in one place as the characters attempt to solve the mystery surrounding the massacre and Freya adjusts to being Queen, these things are interesting but there needed to be more going on. I didn’t particularly care for most of the characters and therefore the side stories, as usual I didn’t like the romance it was generic, and badly done, it came out of nowhere and the way it was wrapped up was odd. This was a decent standalone that had a lot of compelling aspects that could have made for a great book if they had been executed well, and if the the story had progressed faster.

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

 

I received this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review.

synopsis330811001As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

Rating 2.5/ starsmy-thoughts3I have seen praise for this all over the internet and I wanted to love it, I thought I would love it, but I don’t instead it was only mildly enjoyable. It took me a few chapters to get into this during which I considered not finishing it the first third of the book is dull  but it picked up when they get to the palace. There was a lot of interesting concepts that ultimately weren’t executed well. The writing was good but needed more editing, I don’t even want to talk about the romance I feel like I keep repeating myself in every review as usual I didn’t like I didn’t like the romance, but this time it was harder to overlook then normal. The romance was my least favorite part of the book I might have given it a higher rating if it had been less intense there was no development.

I thought this would have a badass heroine but I didn’t like Kalinda she’s plain and doesn’t have many skills she’s feisty but can’t fight and isn’t even that clever everyone she encountered thought she was special but I couldn’t understand why. She isn’t a terrible character but she didn’t stand out to me in any way nothing in this book did. I was expecting more, there’s a lot happening but I didn’t love any of it, and it’s heavily bogged down by the romance. I also think that some of reasons behind the characters actions are weak and while the story is intriguing it’s also extremely predictable and familiar. I wanted to love this I though it would be captivating and action packed but it wasn’t either of those things and I’m disappointed, I just don’t think it’s a very good book overall.

Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

synopsis3Sixteen-year-old Maguire knows the universe is against her. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when she’s around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or the time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash–and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

Despite what her therapist tells her, Maguire thinks it’s best to hide out in her room, far away from anyone she might accidentally hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star who wants to help her break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for him is to stay away, but it turns out staying away might be harder than she thought.

This has to be one of the best mental health centered books I’ve ever read it has such a fantastic, hopeful and pragmatic representation of mental illness. It’s clear to me from everything in the book that the author did her research it’s realistic, there’s setbacks, there’s small victories, and thankfully getting a boyfriend doesn’t fix all of Maguire’s problems. It was a combination of things that help Maguire get out of the dark place she’s in at the start of the book. It was a combination of going to therapy, playing tennis, the love and support of her friends and family, and her own strength the person who helps Magure the most is herself.

Maguire is strong, brave, and so caring you’ll be rooting for her from page one, sadly the love interest Jordy is not nearly as interesting. He’s cute, sweet, loves tennis and is beginning to taking charge of his life, but he doesn’t have enough going for him to set him apart from the dozens of other sweet, YA boyfriends. Despite Jordy being a bit generic the romance is cute and enjoyable I just wish there had been a little less of it. There’s quite a lot of tennis in this book I found these scenes kind off boring but I’m not a big fan of sports and I adore nearly everything else. I love how this deals with heavy topics in a wonderful, realistic way and how despite it often being melancholy it manages not to be a supper sad book above all else it’s hopeful.

Mini Review: The Girl With the Ghost Machine

I received his book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way effects my opinion

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In this beautiful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Lauren DeStefano tells a story love and loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

When Emmaline Beaumont’s father started building the ghost machine, she didn’t expect it to bring her mother back from the dead. But by locking himself in the basement to toil away at his hopes, Monsieur Beaumont has become obsessed with the contraption and neglected the living, and Emmaline is tired of feeling forgotten.

Nothing good has come from building the ghost machine, and Emmaline decides that the only way to bring her father back will be to make the ghost machine work…or destroy it forever

This is the saddest book I’ve read in a long, long time there’s been many times that I haven’t cried while reading tearjerkers but this time I sobbed and I don’t see how anyone could not cry while reading this. It’s a rare and beautiful thing when a book hits me as hard emotionally as this one did. I’m in awe of the skillful writing it’s utterly captivating and thoughtful there was passages about taking care of yourself and finding reasons to smile. The whole book is just so well executed it’s a book that’s impossible to forget I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.

Many people might not want to give something so sad to young readers however even though it is very sad it handles the tough subject of loss wonderfully and it was hopeful, I often found it to be bittersweet. Books are a great way to escape but also a great way to understand something better and to find characters who are going through the same thing as you. Emmaline is such a strong character that I think many will find inspiring or even comforting. For those reasons no one should hesitate to recommend this to middle grade aged children and to everyone, this book is timeless, and can be, and should be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Mini review: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

I received this book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review this in no way effects my opinion.SynopsisAventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.

But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?

  • Rating 4 /5 stars
  • Releases on May 30th (in the U.S it’s already out in the U.K)
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This book is basically just a love letter to chocolate and it’s amazing! Even if it makes you want to eat way more chocolate then you probably should. What an I talking about there’s no such thing as too much chocolate the characters certainly agree with me chocolate is practically all they eat. You wouldn’t think making chocolate concoctions would be that interesting to read about but yet that’s what most of this book is and I loved it. The author crafted such a lovely world and charming story, it’s a classic fantastical tale but the chocolate adds a fun twist that combined with the characters make the book unique.
Aventurine the protagonist whose passion in life is chocolate which is the best, is both feisty and adorable but she would definitely hate being called adorable she considers herself the most fearsome creature there is. I love all the characters in edition to the wonderful protagonist you also have her friend Silke who is basically a tiny con artist. Then you have Marina the bitter chocolatier who just wants to live in peace with her one true love chocolate which is totally relatable. There’s basically not anything to not love about this splendid book there’s Dragons, chocolaty goodness and great characters. If your looking for a good middle grade or you just really love chocolate then you should definitely consider picking up this adorable gem.

Book review: Girl Out of Water 

I received his book from the publisher through netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way defects my opinion.synopsisAnise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

my-thoughtsI flew through this book it was so easy to read but after turning the last page it left me feeling underwhelmed, the ending wasn’t satisfying although I’m not sure what I would have wanted instead. I have a problem with the beginning and the ending but loved almost everything in between. In the first chapter your introduced to a group of friends who all seem to have a strong bond and a lot of potential. But after Anise moves she stops talking to them and all that potential goes practically nowhere. After she moves to Nebraska the story becomes more interesting Anise is completely out of her comfort zone and family takes center stage as she takes care of her cousins. Her cousins are adorable and just annoying enough to be realistic, I love her whole family her aunt and dad don’t have a ton of page time but are still good, distinctive characters.

Anise is a refreshing protagonist she’s sometimes aggravating and makes mistakes but learns and grows from them, she really cares about her family and tried her best to be there for them. The love interest, Lincoln is a sweetheart he was really nice to read about, he’s so positive and seemed to always know what Anise needed they worked well together. The romance felt natural and developed at a realistic pace, the characters don’t even say that they love each other that’s not something I encounter often in YA standalones.

If your a fan of diverse, character driven contemporary’s with adorable love interests who have dimples then this book is for you. Perhaps you’ll appreciate it more than I did, I still feel as if it’s missing something. Overall it is a great summery book that you could easily read in just a day it has lovable characters, skateboarding escapades and fantastic and immersive writing.

Mini review: Duels and Deception

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley this in no way effects my opinion. 

synopsisMiss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…

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This was delightful! It has two clever main characters, a sweet romance and best of all immersive writing I felt as if I was stepping back in time the author is very skilled and clearly did her research. There was only one scene that I felt was unrealistic for the time period everything else even how independent Lydia was, fit into the confines of the era but I’m not an expert on history so I could be wrong about this. The story was extremely predictable but entertaining the plot moves quickly and there’s never a dull moment.

I really like the two main characters but none of the side characters really stood out Lydia’s family felt unnecessary big only her mother and uncle had a significant role. Some of the side characters where annoying the main characters are the only two characters that are fully developed but this didn’t bother me much, the protagonists are amazing enough that they make up for mediocre secondary characters. It’s a lovely book that gave me a few hours of entertainment just like it was supposed to it’s simply a good book. This review is supper short but it’s a shot book that I adored despite it’s flaws and I look forward to reading Cindy Anstey’s first book and anything else she publishes.

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Would you like it if I stared including amazon links in my reviews? I only want to do it if people would find it helpful and it would probably only be for books I give three stars or higher.

Book review: Geekerella

I received this book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way effects my opinion.

dividersynopsis2Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

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This book is delightful, these light reads I’ve been reading recently have not disappointed and I keep waiting to read more and more of them. This one gave me all the warm and fuzzy feels. This is very much a love letter to Geek culture the acknowledgments literally are, I don’t usually mention the acknowledgment (but I always read them) is this case however I really liked them. The below quote is from them I completely agree with it, it’s great and it wonderfully captures the spirit of the book.

“Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? If that OTP or children’s card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy? That is never a waste of time.”

This perfectly captures nerd culture and was a pleasure to read, there’s so, so many references, including ones to Firefly, Star Trek, and The Princess Bride. Starfield is the fictional fandom the story centers around and the author did such a great job creating it. I became extremely invested in how the movie was going to turn out, I fell in love with a TV show that doesn’t even exist that says a lot about how good the writing is.

As a retelling it manages to stand out from the dozen of other Cinderella retellings, it stayed true to the original tale but I didn’t find Elle to not be that Cinderella like. Elle was a good character but she was inconsistent towards the end and not the best Cinderella. I liked the other protagonist, Darein but Elle’s friend Sage was my favorite character. All the relationships are well developed, the romance is cute and the characters are all likable except the evil stepmother of course. The nerdy aspects are amazing and that’s pretty much the whole plot, the book felt like a teen movie, like a really good classic Disney channel movie. I would love to see a movie adaptation and a actual Starfield TV show.

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”

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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets world

birddivider2synopsisWHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?

my-thoughtsIt’s gonna be nearly impossible to write a coherent review for this extremely fun book and my few emoji filled notes are no help. Before I get into the review you should know that when it comes to Squirrel Girl I can’t be that objective no matter how silly it gets because I’m just to busy enjoying it. It’s nice to just read without my brain writing a review and critiquing everything. It’s rare that a book is good enough for me to get so attached to it that I can overlook any flaws, even after finishing it. I finished this book days ago and have yet to think of any flaws I remember a few silly lines but really the only problem with them is they were juvenile and you can’t fault a middle grade for being juvenile.

I have been very stressed lately and needed a fun positive read and Squirrel Girl is like the definition of fun there is no supper series story lines (in the book or comics) you can just enjoy her beating up villains or often talking them out of committing crimes. Somehow the authors managed to perfectly capture the feel of the comics and even had the footnotes, this is a perfect introduction to Squirrel Girl and I’m sure that it will introduce a lot of people to her. One of the best things about the book is all the great squirrel names there are two pages that are entirely squirrel names my personal favorite is Alexander Hamsandwich. The best thing, at least my favorite thing about this wonderful book is that Rocket Raccoon has a cameo and him and Doreen bond over their tails. I love Rocket Raccoon so much! And two of the best and furriest characters becoming friends was almost to much happiness to handle, there’s a few other fantastic cameos as well I’ll keep those a surprise.

This book is amazing, Squirrel Girl is amazing she is so positive and it’s nice to read about someone who is such a good person the other characters are great as well, there is Tippy-Toe a very cute and smart squirrel plus a ton of other adorable squirrels and Doreen’s supportive parents. And then there is Doreen’s best friend Ana Sofia who is smart and who is deaf. I felt like is was important to mention this aspect of diversity however I can’t say if the representation is good, all I know is that I liked the character and she was a big part of the story.  I would recommend this to everyone no matter their age or gender because for one thing saying a book is only for a certain gender is stupid and also because  this is a book that almost everyone will enjoy, it’s adorable, funny, nutty and so fun.birddivider2

 

Review: Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

I received this book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way effects my opinion.dividersynopsis2All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she’s worn all year like a scratchy sweater. After her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather was kept under her doctor’s watchful eye. Her family thinks she’s better—and there’s nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can’t believe she’s allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt’s home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can’t stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin.

Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything…except nightmares. Heather can’t stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather’s soul at rest…or they could slice her future deeper than any knife

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  • My rating 4/5 stars
  • Release date: March 14th

my-thoughts2I clicked on this for the title which is one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs the song actually fits the storyline about the twins who have a rough relationship. Part of the book is set in the 1600s the way the past and present are woven together is very cool. I liked this part of the book but I didn’t think the twins reasons for fighting were strong and it felt as if I missed something but I didn’t it jut wasn’t set up well. The sisters story was good but I wish it had been developed more.

This is book is about witches, this is not a spoiler it’s set up in the first few chapters, I wanted more witchcraft it was mostly in the last quarter. I think my main problem with this book is that is was missing something there needed to be more happening. The first half was all set up this is normal except this book is only 272 pages when a book is that short it needs a faster pace or in the case of this one it needs to be longer.

The charterers are all okay there’s not much time for character development and in a standalone I don’t need the charterers to be amazing the only character I had a problem with was Heather’s aunt whose name I can’t even remember she was more of a plot device then a character.  What bothered me is that it seemed unrealistic for her to give Heather so much freedom when she had just gotten out of a wellness center for cutting herself.

There really isn’t much more to say this book was good none of the problems really bothered me until I finished reading it, I always like finding a nice standalone and the writing was great it flowed well and swapped between time periods flawlessly. But it needed to be longer, the ending was rushed and I wanted more chapters in the 1600s and more magic. Basically this a quick intriguing paranormal standalone that is worth reading, but that could have been so much better if the author had spent more time developing the story.divider3