Wicked Saints

 

by Emily Duncan

series: Something Dark and Holy book 1

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The first thing I have to talk about with Wicked Saints is the beautiful, gothic and eerie cover. I’d pick up the book immediately and buy it for the display worthy cover alone. I’m not really an audible girl when it comes to books but I think this one would hold my interest and I’d love to listen to it when it comes out at my library.  I don’t want to say too much about the book because I don’t want to give eve the littlest detail away. This book is full of rich world building and the perfect fantasy novel to hook a first time YA fantasy reader as well as seasoned fantasy readers. Wicked Saints told through dual points of view. It is a good mix of magic, politics, royality, and mythological powers, it’s YA so there is some romance, I was fine with it and it fit into the story perfectly and didn’t take away from the main storyline. While some YA can also be read by middle grade, this one is older YA in my opinion and I’d maybe hold off giving it to a younger middle grade reader. I’ve read my fair share of YA fantasy but this one is at the top. I loved the story from beginning to end and can’t wait for book 2 to come out! When is book 2 coming out – I’m going to pull a Veruca Salt quote ” but I want it now!” (Veruca Salt is from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

 

About the book: A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.  A prince in danger must decide who to trust.  A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.  Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world
of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between
dark and light.

Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something
Dark and Holy trilogy.

 

About the author: EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through
interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video
games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.

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Thank you Wednesday Books and Netgalley for letting me read Wicked Saints. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

 

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The Dysasters

by P.C and Kristin Cast

On Sale February 26 2019

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I really enjoyed this book and loved the graphic novel ink drawings scattered throughout the book. This might be the first PC and Kristen Cast book I’ve read. It took a bit to really get into it but once I did I didn’t want to put it down. I would consider this an environmental sci fi fantasy . So much going on and I really enjoyed the weather element superpowers. I can’t wait to see the final copy and see if all the drawings stayed in the final copy. I think this would make a fast paced show on Freeform, CW or Netflix. I am looking forward to book 2 to see where the story goes and how it continues. I rated this a solid 3.95 stars.

I did want to have a disclaimer because I saw many people on goodreads complaining about the tornado part of the book. I live in tornado alley and have been through a few.   I think many readers might think the massive amount of tornadoes at once will seem a bit unrealistic but if you have ever experienced a tornado alley outbreak you will know it could very well happen. Many towns have been leveled and many people have passed away to outbreaks. I just wanted to clarify they can happen like that — they are scary, loud and very destructive. There is maybe 5 minutes warning if your lucky and that part of the book seemed well researched and realistic to me.

 

About the Book:

P.C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters—the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.

Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.

As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?

About the Authors:

#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.

Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is currently obsessed with her baby.

 

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Thank you so much Wednesday Books for allowing me to read The Dysasters. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

Everless

by Sara Holland

Publication date: January 18, 2018

Most people find the forest frightening, believing the old tales of fairies who will freeze the time in your blood, or witches who can spill your years out over the snow with only a whisper. 

Doesn’t that opening sentence grab you, it did me! It’s been a while since I’ve read a YA fantasy book that has really captured me and held me as a reader. Something about them just doesn’t click with me. All that changed when I got the chance to read a copy of Everless.  

In this world your time is measured in blood, literally. If you owe you can be bleed for a day, week, month or even a year. They turn your blood into iron coins, and Jules is in need of some money. Her father is very ill and doesn’t have much time. If he gives any blood it might be the last of him. So Jules does something she never thought she’d do ever. She returns to Everless a place where she grew up but ran from to get away from a ruthless boy who is now a man. She has a plan but might have been a little rushed when she thought it up and sometimes (most of the time) plans never go exactly the way you want or need them too. Jules starts to unravel the mystery of her and her father’s past and learns that things were not as she was told or remembered. There is 2 brother’s in the picture so of course their has to be the YA love triangle. 🙂 It’s OK and really was just a small bit part of the book to me. I liked that it didn’t consume the book. The world building was great and I could really envision the places and characters. There are so many plots twist, just when you think OK I think I’m getting it you get thrown another curve ball.  I liked that it kept me on my toes, made it a fast moving story. The plot seems very unique to me and I don’t think I’ve read anything like Everless before.

I couldn’t believe that this is a debut novel for Sarah Holland! This girl has some major writing talent and I can’t wait to see where she goes. I can’t wait to read book 2 of the series. According to GoodReads it has a title: EverMore and it comes out January of 2019! Eeks that is so far away. 😦  This is a YA fantasy book, but I think it would be alright for older middle grade readers. Jules is a good person and role model. She is strong and doesn’t back down from a challenge. The violence is there but very minimal – strong language and adult situations are very mild and infrequent. I would be fine with given my middle grade reader this book to read.

about the book: EVERLESS presents the kingdom of Sempera, where your life’s blood is not only your time on earth but also something that can be drained and magically converted into money. Here we meet 17-year-old Jules, who’s tired of living in poverty, always at the mercy of the tax collector, ever since she and her father were banished from the Gerling estate when she was still a kid. Now that her childhood friend Lord Roan Gerling is about to marry the queen’s heiress, the estate is taking on extra help and paying handsomely for it. Despite her father’s warnings never to go near the estate again, Jules determines to get work there. Lucky (and pretty) enough to be selected, she’s put to work in the kitchen. Being back on the estate brings back a lot of memories, and those memories start to raise more and more questions about who she is and where she came from. If she can get close to the queen and find what’s hidden in the Gerling family vault, she just might find the answers she’s looking for.

Thank you HarperTeen and BookSpark for allowing me to read and review Everless. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.