Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

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The cover really says a lot about this book. Look at it. Isn’t it pretty? Whimsical? Magical? But also almost too flowery, without substance? That was the case exactly. Wicked Like a Wildfire had good characters and plot, but it was overpowered by the slow, lingering, and beautiful prose.

Iris and Malina are sisters with an overbearing mother, and because of the powers of beauty they possess, they must lay low in the small town in Montenegro. Iris wants to live, not just survive under the smothering rules, but when their mother collapses into a state between life and death, the sisters realize that their mother’s warnings may have been correct. As they dig deeper into the mystery, they uncover secrets about their family and their powers that they never could’ve imagined. Read More »

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

30312855★★★★

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I’m not a big fan of time travel (I find the rules confusing and the setting too fluid), so I picked this up with little expectation apart from a light and entertaining read. And it was just that, but I also really liked it.

Most of the book takes place in the early 1900s, Manhattan. Esta, our heroine, transports herself here with a mission: steal the Magician’s book, which can break the barrier entrapping the supernatural on the island. Problem is, the book is in possession of the Order, a powerful organization intent on keeping people like Esta subdued. So Esta joins Dolph’s crew, in the hopes of impressing him enough to add her to their upcoming heist for the book, and steal it for herself. But as she delves deeper into the city’s heart, Esta finds herself starting to care for its inhabitants, and the line between truth and lie keeps on blurring.Read More »

Neverwhere By Neil Gaiman

51iw0v6zb8l-_sy445_ql70_I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was the first real Neil Gaiman book I’ve read and because of this book I’m now on a NG kick. The book, although a bit dry at first, is unlike any others I’ve read. It’s weird all the way through as well as dark and pretty twisted.

The book starts out describing a mans’ (Richard) life, how he moved from Dublin to London, met his fiancé and how he is now regretting his engagement. This is where things start getting weird, while the couple is walking to a fancy dinner they see a girl drenched in blood laying on the sidewalk. Richard decides to take the girl home, ending his engagement but saving the girls’ life. When the girl wakes up some interesting people (I’m not sure that I can call them that) show up, I have to stop the summary here because otherwise I might spoil the book. My summary probably doesn’t make this book sound super great but I promise that if you like Neil Gaiman or Fantasy/ Dystopian Fiction/ Realistic Fiction books you will like this one.

I really liked the ending of Neverwhere, it catches you off guard in a way that I like. The book pulls the rug out from under your feet for a second or two, making you rethink everything and just when you’re sighing, wishing there was a better ending, the book goes haha I can’t believe you fell for that, you were actually right the first time.

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

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Such a thrilling read. This book reminded me of a TV show, something along the lines of Criminal Minds, or Bones, with a splash of paranormal. There were great character dynamics, an enthralling plot, and overall very binge-worthy.

The premise of this book is utterly unique. The main character, Myfawny Thomas, wakes up in the middle of a field with no memory of who she is. Guided by a a series of letters written to her by the person she was, Myfawny navigates her perplexing job as Rook to the Chequey, a clandestine organization that specializes in paranormal occurrences. But a long dormant threat is rising: the Grifters. And as Myfawny investigates, she finds connections that might just explain her memory loss and reveal the person behind it. Read More »

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

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I really enjoyed this book. Short stories are always a delight, and combined with Gaiman’s amazing prose and writing made the perfect read. This is a mish-mash of many genres, all of them are dark, twisted, or a little unnerving.

My favorite short featured here was probably The Case of Death and Honey, a reimagined Sherlock Holmes figuring out the cure for death. The atmosphere was saturnine and rich. A few other stories I liked were Orange, Click-Clack the Rattlebug, The Return of the Thin White Drake, and The Sleeper and the Spindle. There’s also a foray back into the world of American Gods starring Shadow in a small town in Europe that’s quite chilling.

This would be a great book to curl up besides during the cold months, or anytime a melancholy mood strikes.

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

6931344★★★★

What a gentle and haunting book. Even now, a while after I’ve finished it, I can still hear the wind whispering over the trees and grass singing its melody…

The town of Near is a small one, surrounded by the vast grasslands of the moor. Nothing is amiss, until one night, children short to disappear from their beds at night, and no one can figure out why. Lexi knows that her younger sister may be taken, so while the town is off chasing the wrong suspect, she takes it upon herself to find the missing children. But the answer is elusive and mysterious, and how do you get people to believe you if the culprit is no more than a fairy tale?Read More »

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Stories are wild creatures. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

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Wow. Wreak havoc indeed. What a tragic, yet hopeful, story. This is a tale of loss and hardship, strength and acceptance. I finished this book late at night, and it haunted my dreams.

Connor’s life isn’t going well. He’s ignored and bullied at school, and his father’s left for America to live with his new family. And that’s all okay, because he has his mother. But her illness is getting the better of her, and soon he may not have her anymore. Then, one night, the yew tree in the churchyard outside his window comes to life. A towering thing, with a solid trunk and gnarled knots for a face, the monster forces Connor to face what he truly fears: the truth. About his emotions, about his mother and his future. The monster guides Connor through his journey, weaving stories and tales of old as they reach the end of it all.Read More »