Review: Clean Sweep

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Clean Sweep by: Ilona Andrews

My Rating: 4 Stars

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina.

And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night….Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

Beware spoilers ahead! 

Trigger warning: Gruesome animal murders, descriptions of murders (fantasy creatures), and abusive behaviour.

Ilona Andrews is an author pair that I have been hearing about for years now. The duo are well received within the paranormal and adult community. I was in the mood for a strong female character book, so I found Clean Sweep. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

One of Dina’s neighbors dogs has been murdered yet again. Although this time the body is nearby her Bed and Breakfast. The neighbors leave Dina to talk to said neighbor. In the process Dina confronts new neighbor Sean Evans about the murders. The conversation doesn’t go well with Sean calling her crazy. That night Dina sees an unknown monster. Presuming this is the monster attacking the dogs, she attacks and kills it. Dina then finds herself facing something that she may not be prepared for. And she can’t do it alone. 

I had so much fun reading Clean Sweep! The book is written in first person whilst in Dina’s point of view. There are chapter numbers as well as pictures. The pictures are in color. I really liked how the authors added that. You don’t really see many adult books with pictures in color.

The world building was incredible! It was a perfect blend of paranormal romance, fantasy, and sci-fi. There are actual planets that Dina has traveled through. The vampires and werewolves have their own residing planet.  I have never read a book as such. The magic system was unique! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Dina’s role as an innkeeper and the rules behind the world. I even enjoyed reading about the broom, the house, and Dina’s dog Beast.

Dina was such a breath of fresh air! She had a no-nonsense attitude, was highly intelligent, hilarious, and very relatable! And she read like a 24 year old. There is a bit of mystery surrounding the disappearance of her parents. It’s only barely touched upon in this book. While Dina wasn’t aware of everything that was happening, she knew enough about her the magic system. Breaks the stereotypical females in fantasy.

Sean was previously in the army and has recently retired. He moved to Dina’s neighborhood for a peaceful life. Of course this gets disturbed when the attacks start happening. Sean really grated on my nerves in the beginning. A majority of his behaviour was abusive. He did get significantly better as the story went on and apologized for his behaviour.

Sean’s interactions with Dina do cause him to grow. Dina is the one to explain the world his people comes from and the magic system. I have to admit that he did grow on me. Also his military knowledge was useful whenever they needed to plan anything. 

There isn’t much to say about Arland (the vampire). He has a very esteemed position in the army. The plot actually does revolve on him and some of his connections. He was smart and a charmer. That’s all I can think off. Arland is introduced towards the end of the book. Not much was revealed about him.

Caldenia is the only guest at Dina’s Bed and Breakfast. Holding a high position of sorts, she is a wanted murderer. Caldenia has killed thousands and for her own safety she is sent to Dina’s inn with the orders off never leaving. She actually paid Dina a lifetime worth of stay. In her own right she is also mysterious. Not that much is known about her. Caldenia knows quite a bit and was able to piece everything together before anyone else. Some of the best lines come from her. She was seriously funny.

The highlight off Clean Sweep is how well Dina managed to handle everything. She never resorts to anger. While she does get angry here and there, she is able to maintain a level head. She handled both Arland and Sean excellently. I just really love and appreciate Dina!

I had two problems with this book. I felt that the love triangle bogged everything down. Arland and Sean actually have fights over her. Usually which way is best to protect her. Although I appreciated that it was because of her lack of combat skills. Not her good looks. I also felt that Sean’s feelings for Dina were rushed. I felt no chemistry between them. While I would prefer for Sean to be end game, I mostly felt mutual respect and friendship between them. Not a crush. Had it not been for these points I probably would’ve rated it 5 stars otherwise.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Clean Sweep! I am looking forward to the next book. I highly recommend this series.         

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Review: The Dark Divide

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The Dark Divide by: Danika Stone

My Rating: 3 Stars

Waterton is a town with dark secrets, and after a summer of murder and mayhem, American ex-pat, Rich Evans, knows exactly how far people will go to hide them. Jobless after the fiery destruction of the hotel he once managed, Rich is charged with arson. Only one person, local mechanic Louise “Lou” Newman, believes in his innocence. But even Lou’s love and support can’t dispel the darkness that’s spreading through the community. Dead animals appear on porches, strangers threaten the safety of the locals, and a fingerprint from the fire is linked to a decades-old murder.

The lonely border town has a new danger: a murderer willing to do anything to protect a web of secrets that links them to the arson.

As the risk of jail or death increases, Rich turns to Lou for guidance and she finds herself in an impossible position. Lou has her own secrets! Does she protect the border town where she grew up, or side with the man she loves… even if it means she can never tell him the truth about herself?

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Animal deaths and gruesome murders.

I received this Arc via the author in exchange for an honest review and in participation of the Sunday Street Team. I was pretty excited to hear that Edge of Wild was getting a sequel. I didn’t hesitate to participate in the street team. I am glad to say that I liked The Dark Divide!

The Dark Divide begins with a prologue set in 1970 in Ohio. A student who was protesting for the Vietnam war is shot by a police officer. In the first chapter readers are told that Rich is going on trial for his hotel, which was burned to the ground in Edge of Wild. After a few chapters in it is revealed that the trial will proceed.

On Sadie and Jim’s (police officers) end they receive word from the Ohio police department that the unidentifiable finger print from the hotel break-in is linked to the prologue murder. After that student was murdered a fellow classmate at the time shot the police officer. And no one has been able to find the person. Waterton has yet another murderer in their midst.

The Dark Divide was a fun and twisty book! It is written in third person from various different characters’ points of views. There are emails and police documents. Also flashback’s and Lou’s visions. The Dark Divide takes place in 1999.

The trial was a lot of fun to read about! I was desperately awaiting an answer. I enjoyed Rich’s lawyer and long time friend Stu. He actually knew his stuff. Lou also played a big part in the trial. As did some of the townspeople.

Lou and Rich’s conflict’s about their relationship was well done! Lou has to try and mentally prepare herself to tell Rich some truths about herself. I enjoyed reading about Lou’s character development. And when Lou did tell Rich the truth, at first he was baffled. But then came around to support her.

Rich was under quite a bit of stress throughout the book. Which made it frustrating to read about his character. Although I did grow to like him towards the end. His character development was suburb!

The townspeople were definitely better in this installment. They were actually much nicer towards Rich and way more welcoming! Rich developed some friendships with a few of them. Which was nice to read about.

The mystery wasn’t as strong as it was in Edge of Wild. Nonetheless it was well done and pretty twisty. And yet again completely unpredictable. Some of the questions in Edge of Wild are answered. Jeff Chan makes an appearance. 

There is a new character that comes in, which rocks the townspeople’s relationships. His name is Alistair a movie maker who comes to Waterton searching for the ‘truth’. Alistair’s character does play a huge role in Lou’s story arc and character development.

The backstory regarding Lou’s visions was fun to read about. Alistair also has visions and the two may have known each other in an another life. The mythology behind it and Lou’s mother was really well done! I also liked how their is an expansion regarding Lou’s abilities. You find out that she can do much more than in Edge of Wild

Another towns-person comes in (was on vacation) Levi. He has a lot of hostility towards Rich and Alistair. Levi has some unfinished history regarding Lou’s mother. He was somewhere in between frustrating and interesting to read about. 

I really appreciated that the Japanese internment camps were brought up! Stone did an excellent job bringing it up and making it apart of the story. It was important to some characters’ arcs.

I had a few problems with it. The Dark Divide suffered a bit of middle book syndrome. It wasn’t as strong as Edge of Wild. I really don’t know what to make off the big reveal about Susan Varley. It was definitely not as ground breaking as the reveals in Edge of Wild. Alistair was utterly frustrating to read about! While his point of view was well done, I really really didn’t like him.

Overall I liked The Dark Divide. I will definitely be reading the last book. I highly recommend it. 

Review: Can You Keep a Secret?

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Can You Keep a Secret? by: Sophie Kinsella

My Rating: 5 Stars

Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

Secrets from her boyfriend:
I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.

Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…

Beware spoilers ahead!

I have been a fan of Kinsella’s since Finding Audrey. Naturally I went through all of her books and tried to decide which one to read. Can You Keep a Secret? stood out the most. I am happy to say that I loved it!

Emma has gone to represent her company Panther Cooperation in a meeting. As per Kinsella books the meeting turns into a disaster whilst Emma spilling a product on one of the other company’s worker. Emma goes back in a bad mood and has quite a bit to drink.

The plane she is on experiences turbulence. Out of panic (and she’s drunk) Emma tells all her secrets to another passenger. All’s fine until Emma goes to work on Monday to find out that the passenger is the CEO of Panther Cooperation.

Can You Keep a Secret? was so funny and relatable! The writing tense is in first person all from Emma’s point of view. There are numbers for the chapters. As well as emails and notes. 

I related to a lot of Emma’s work woes. It’s really hard to prove yourself in a workplace that doesn’t appreciate you. Emma’s co-workers like Artemis reminded me off some of my co-workers. There’s always that one person that’s just fake. On the bright side Katie was fun to read about! She was actually really sweet and a good friend to Emma.

Emma lived in an apartment with two flatmates. Lissy and Jemima. Lissy has been Emma’s best friend since they were 7. Lissy and Emma constantly support each other throughout Can You Keep a Secret? There friendship was absolutely adorable! I’m a bit conflicted about Jemima. She definitely thought she was helping. But Jemima’s suggestions were terrible. And didn’t really make sense. I do have to give Jemima props for trying to help.

Emma’s family play a huge part in Can You Keep a Secret? Emma feels that she’s disappointed her parents. Her cousin Kerry always tries (and succeeds) to one up Emma. Nev (Kerry’s husband) also pokes at Emma about her career changes. Emma is able to sort everything out with her family.

Prior to Can You Keep a Secret? Emma begins dating a co-worker named Connor. Connor works in another division at Panther Cooperation. During the plane ride Emma realizes that she doesn’t really have feelings for Connor anymore. Emma is in denial about this. She breaks up with him much later on.

I personally found Connor to be annoying! Emma asks Connor to keep their break-up to himself for the time being. Seeing as they work together. Instead at a party (while drunk) announces their break-up. Their office blames the whole situation on Emma as she is the one to dump him. And he doesn’t even apologize! It didn’t help that the co-workers didn’t bother to see it from Emma’ point of view.

Connor also tries multiple times to confront Emma about who she is dating. He acts like a martyr and always has a way of patronizing Emma. I also found him to be totally inconsiderate. To try and look professional during a staff meeting Connor shuts down Emma’s point. Just because Jack Harper was present. I honestly don’t understand why Emma blamed herself for everything. Connor has a brain too. He can realize himself that not all women keep secrets.

As far as Emma’s secrets go I didn’t find them that bad. Some of them were really dumb while the others hilarious! What was troubling is how easy it was for Emma to lie. And she did so constantly. Emma did develop and started actually admitting the truth. She even started to stand up for herself! Emma stood up to Kerry and Paul (her boss). I especially liked how she handled Paul. And in the end it paid off as she got promoted.

I really liked Emma and Jack’s relationship! When Jack appears in at the Panther Cooperation, he spends quite a bit of time poking fun at Emma’s secrets. It was honestly so assuming! Through their relationship they grew. Jack learned to become more open. And Emma learned to stand up for herself and be honest. They made a really good couple. Also Jack’s actually American. Can You Keep a Secret? takes place in London.

I didn’t have any problems. Expect for Connor but I think it was well handled. And blissfully she broke up with him early enough. 

Overall I loved Can You Keep a Secret?! I highly recommend it.     

Review: All the Feels

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All the Feels by: Danika Stone

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life…and her last tangible connection to her deceased father. Thus, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinare, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a call that ignites the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life, and her disapproving mother’s new boyfriend. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to get away from it all… and figure out what (and who!) she really wants.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am also participating in the Sunday Street Team for this book. 

I had heard about this book through GR. At the time I didn’t really pay attention to it. Then when I joined the Sunday Street Team for the author’s other book Edge of Wild I noticed that the author was having another book coming out this year. Honestly the first time I read the synopsis I thought I would hate this book because at the time it sounded really dumb. But I decided to give it a shot. There are a lot of books that I now love and at one point I thought I would hate. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book!

The book begins with explaining us a movie. The only thing you know is that it’s an alien movie. The main character whose name is Spartan is trying to kill the aliens. With him is a little girl who is attempting to help him. When the two reach an escape pod Spartan tells the girl to run while the countdown is going off. The girl is able to reach the pod and escape. Meanwhile Spartan dies in the explosion.

We are then taken to Liv and Xander. The two are both in shock. Although Liv is in much worse shape. Xander gently tells her that they need to leave the theater and guides her out. He goes to get the car meanwhile Liv waits inside. She has an emotional outburst and takes it out on the workers. Eventually she leaves still very upset. The minute she reaches her house she goes to Twitter and tells some of her friends that Spartan died. Spartan could have made it out  as there was one more pod left.

The following week Liv remains depressed. Xander has tried his utmost to help her and get her out of the house. Her mother has tried to same although she doesn’t do it very nicely. Then one day when her mother’s boyfriend comes over and Liv’s mother wakes her up. Liv changes and goes downstairs to find her mother and her boyfriend going out somewhere. Liv’s mom asks her to tag along but Liv declines noticing that Gary (the boyfriend) doesn’t want her to come. They leave and she opens the fortune cookie’s they left her. Taking the fortune as a sign Liv comes up with #SpartanSurvived and enlists Xanders help.

Wow I seriously did not expect to enjoy it that much! The book is written in third person which I found surprising considering it’s a contemporary book. But luckily I liked the writing style! I found that it suited the story. It is divided into two parts. Before Dragon Con and during Dragon Con. There are text messages, twitter conversations, and some fanmade pictures! This was really cool! I’ve never read a book that’s formatted this way. The chapter titles are quotes from things like Harry Potter and Doctor Who. I think that added a nice touch the to overall story.

I completely understood where Liv was coming from! While I haven’t been an active member in fandoms I have loved so many tv shows and books, and mourned the characters that died. While I never let it take over my life I can see why some people would.

Liv’s only connection to her father was through the Starveil films and when Spartan died her whole world feel apart. It wasn’t much help from her mother who viewed fandoms to be dumb and also internet friends. She isn’t close to her mother because of this. Xander and his girlfriend Arden helped whenever they could. 

Xander and Liv’s friendship was adorable! He was so sweet to her and understanding. He agrees to help her with #SpartanSurvived and eventually gets sucked into the fandom. This in particular was amusing to read about. I was really glad that for a majority of the book they remained friends. The romance was really slow burn but I liked it.

I thought it was brilliant when Liv came up with #SpartanSurvived and it was awesome watching it grow and become such a big deal to the fans that Liv talked to! I would never have come up something like that. And I absolutely loved reading about Dragon Con! It was amazing and I so need to go there one day!

The author did an excellent job writing about being in a fandom! It was so much fun reading and it reminded me about how I converse with my friends on GR! While Liv loved Starveil Xander loved steampunk and cosplays. The author did a good job fleshing out the two different fandoms.

The characters in this book was realistic! Liv eventually finds the confidence to get out there and explore the real world and try to make friends with people in her classes. Xander was her support system as was the other fans of Starveil. She grew into a strong and likable character! Xander was a doll! I loved how he said things like ‘dearest’. He’s so different than the other male love interests. It was refreshing reading about him.

I only had three problems with this book. I would have liked to see her of Liv and her mothers relationship. When she goes to Dragon Con you’re not shown her mothers reaction and I really wanted to read about that. And when she reached Dragon Con Liv only called her mother once. I’m surprised that her mother never called her. And like most contemporaries Xander and Liv get into a bit of a fight which I didn’t understand. Thankfully it was resolved quickly. While the epilogue was sweet I felt that it was rushed and somewhat unnecessary. Nonetheless I still liked this book!

Overall I enjoyed this book! I recommend it to all fangirls and fanboys. And anyone trying to understand fandoms.   

Review: One Tiny Lie

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One Tiny Lie by: K. A. Tucker

My Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

Beware spoilers ahead!

DNF

I heard about this book through GR. I’d seen that a couple of friends had read it and given it good ratings. I saw that it was in my local library so I put it on hold. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book. 

The book begins in June. Livie is talking to her sister Kacey. Kacey mentions that Livie is too perfect and she feels responsible for robbing Livie of a proper childhood. Kacey says that she’s talked to her therapist about this and that he’ll be calling Livie soon. Livie doesn’t think she needs any sort of help but gives in because of Kacey.

Much to Livie’s surprise the phone calls continue. The therapist (I forgot his name) puts Livie through some weird stuff. She actually speed dated over the summer. One the first day of college Kacey helps her move in and encourages her to drink in order to let loose. 

The reason I didn’t finish this book is because I didn’t agree with Kacey and the therapist way’s to get Livie out there. You don’t just insistently get a life and friends by speed dating and getting drunk. Once college came she could’ve just joined some clubs and had some group study sessions. That works as well. And honestly Livie wasn’t even that bad. I found her to be focused and she reminded me of Harper from Rebel Belle

Overall I did not enjoy this book. But I still recommend it to fans of NA contemporary. 

Review: Edge of Wild

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Edge of Wild by: Danika Stone

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Transplanted from New York City to the tiny mountain town of Waterton, Alberta with the task of saving a floundering new hotel, Rich Evans is desperate to return to the city as soon as he can. The locals seem unusually hostile towards his efforts, or maybe even menacing, and was that a cougar on his door-step last night? As Rich begins to wonder whether his predecessor disappeared of his own accord, he finds himself strongly drawn to Louise Newman, the garage mechanic who is fixing his suddenly unreliable BMW, and the only person in Waterton who doesn’t seem desperate to run him out of town. As Rich works on the hotel, the town is torn apart by a series of gruesome, unsolved murders. With Louise as his only ally in a town that seems set against him, Rich can’t help but wonder: will he be the next victim?

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received a signed paperback, E-ARC, and swag package via the author in exchange for participating in the Sunday Street Team.

I had heard about this book through Twitter. One of the people I follow retweeted a tweet from the author. The author was asking about people who wanted to participate in the Sunday Street Team for this book. We talked for a bit and I agreed to join. I am happy to say that I enjoyed Edge of Wild!

The book begins with a prologue. Ever since Jeff Chan was asked to come to Wateron to reappear the Whitewater Lodge things haven’t gone according to plan. The town is very hostile towards him and he feels like he’s being stalked. He hears noises and goes to check them out. A man is in his house. Jeff grabs a weapon and asks why the man is there. The man replies that he just wants to talk.

We are then taken to the first chapter. Louise ‘Lou’ has always been a bit strange. She tends to pick up on things very quickly and sometimes she knows things she shouldn’t. Lou has very vivid dreams. Of another life. She believes that she’s lived several lives based on her dreams. But no one believed that. For the longest time Lou was an outcast. Her own father hadn’t believed her. Now she chooses not to tell anyone fearing she will be outcasted like she was when she was little.

Richard ‘Rich’ has been called in to manage Whitewater Lodge in Wateron, Alberta. He’s not particularly pleased about being called in but goes anyways. Once he arrives he notices that the hotel is a mess. Apparently Jeff Chan wasn’t gifted in organization. The files are a mess and every time Rich fixes something it either gets destroyed or another problem arises. Most of the locals are unnerved by his presence and they promptly turn down every suggestion he makes. On top of all that Rich feels like he’s being stalked. Things in his room are misplaced, the locks undone, and animals are chasing him. The only person Rich can trust is Lou who is fixing his car.

Once the murders began to pile up the town is terrified. But Lou begins to suspect that the townspeople know who is stalking Rich. She starts to realize that the townspeople have been keeping many secrets. And once Lou starts hanging around Rich they begin to outcast her. Rich slowly realizes that whoever is murdering all those people may in fact be after him.

This was such a well done murder mystery! It’s been awhile since I’ve read one that done this well! I didn’t even see the murderer coming! It was so unexpected and well done.  The book is narrated in third person. Which was written well considering it’s a murder mystery. It takes place in 1999 Wateron, Alberta in the span of a few months. Which I found pretty interesting. The author did her research and it feels like you’re in that time. There are multiple point of views but our main point of views are Rich and Lou.

For a majority of the book Rich is stressed and angry. Nothing really seems to work with the hotel and it feels like the townspeople want him gone. I really felt for him because man was that a lot to deal with. Plus the townspeople didn’t make it any easier. While I did sympathize with him I didn’t really connect with him. I liked him because he was determined and hardworking. I’m surprised that he was able to deal with the townspeople. The only townspeople that were nice to him were Amanda his assistant and Lou.

I really liked reading about Lou! It was so interesting to read about her vision and dreams. I’m a big believer in dreams and the way I see it is that people like Lou really do exist. She was sweet and calm. Lou had a way with people. She could calm you down and tell you a story based on yourself and your circumstances. While Rich was hot tempered Lou was calm. They worked well together.

While Rich and Lou worked well together I didn’t really get the romance. At first it seemed like attraction than it just didn’t make sense. And it did feel unnecessary. Lou’s relationship with her father figure Hunter was cute and realistic! While Rich didn’t really talk to Amanda that often he liked her.

The plot was really good! It was a nice touch to read about many different people. Including the police officers, the murderer, and the victims. The point of view shift never felt overwhelming and the author did a good job of balancing the point of views and fleshing out all the characters.

You should know that this is a very different murder mystery novel. For starters the victims aren’t anyone Rich knows. So in way that takes out the suspense because you’re not worried about how the murders are affecting Rich.Despite this it was very intriguing as the evidence continues to pile up and you keep turning the pages just to know what’s going on.

The police actually do stuff in this book! Rich launches another investigation but doesn’t look into the murderers. Which happens in most murder mystery novels. Especially YA. In a way the townspeople reminded of Agatha Christie’s mysteries. In Agatha Christie’s novels they always take place in a small town and all if it’s residents are hiding something. Also her books just like this book ends nicely.

I had no problems with this book. I’ve rated it 4 stars because while I thoroughly enjoyed it I didn’t love it. Note this is a slow book, the townspeople are very frustrating, and there is a lot of swearing. If these bother you I would suggest you to find another murder mystery novel.

Overall this was a really great book! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a different murder mystery novel.

Review: Winds of Salem

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Winds of Salem by: Melissa de la Cruz

My Rating 2 of 5 Stars

From Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of Witches of East End and the Blue Bloods series, comes the third novel featuring the fascinating, spellbinding Beauchamp family. This final piece of the Witches trilogy wraps up the story of the magical Beauchamps, with plenty of the sorcery, romance, and plot twists that have brought readers back to Melissa’s series time and time again.

“Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches. Melissa de la Cruz, author of the best-selling Blue Bloods series, ably sets the stage for a juicy new franchise with Witches of East End…De la Cruz balances the supernatural high-jinksery with unpredictable twists. ”
—Entertainment Weekly

Freya Beauchamp has been kidnapped and sucked into the past, forced to relive the horrors of Salem and return to the witch-burning hysteria that gripped the small Massachusetts town. Freya’s family is determined to save her, but the Passages of Time are closed to the Beauchamp family, leaving them stuck in the present, centuries from Freya. Joanna, Freddie, and Ingrid must find another way back to save Freya before it’s too late. Because this time, when Freya is hanged, she’s not coming back…ever.

The Beauchamps are sure that their nemesis, the trickster god Loki, is behind the brewing hatred in Salem and Freya’s kidnapping—but is the witch hunt just a way for the power-seeking Putnam family, whose daughter Ann was one of the first accusers, to settle scores and consolidate their hold on the lands and power in town?

Black magic, time travel, romance, mystery, history, and adventure are served up in a cauldron of bubbly magic in the latest installation of the New York Times bestselling series Witches of East End.

Beware spoilers ahead!

After finishing Serpent’s Kiss I was really excited to read this! I wanted to know how it ended and what really happened the day Bofrir was destroyed! Sadly I didn’t enjoy this book.

The book begins with a recap summarizing the events of Serpent’s Kiss. We are then taken to the first chapter. Freya arrived in Salem half dead. A maid Mercy took her in and since then she has been a maid for the Putnam’s. Freya has tried remembering where she came from and her family but she gets nothing. Freya enjoys working as a maid and is thankful to the Putnam family. She also practices her magic and uses it to help people. 

Back in present day Ingrid has not stopped trying to find a way to get Freya back. She has been looking into the Salem witch trials and reading everything that she can. While doing this she has been ignoring Matt and pretty much everyone around her. Much to her surprise her ex-boyfriend Troy (Thor) comes back into her life. He wants her back in his life and helps with finding Freya. Ingrid’s been getting quite insecure about her relationship with Matt. She’s immortal and he’s not. Ingrid doesn’t know how she’ll deal when Matt is dead.

Freddie has been adjusting to his marriage with Gert. It hasn’t been that easy because Gert’s in school and he’s stressed about Freya. The pixies now live with him and are working on finding his trident. The pixies haven’t been helping his marriage either. In their attempts to help them Freddie assumes they’ll get him a divorce.

Joanna and her husband Norman are on good terms again. Now with all of their powers draining it has taken quite an affect on her body. Joanna and Norman decide to look for Norman’s brother Arthur who can time travel. They don’t end up finding him so they visit The Oracle. The Oracle says that there is a solution for getting Freya back. But it comes with a deadly price.

The book takes place in present day during New Years and in Salem in Spring. It divided into parts, giving us what’s going on in present day and in Salem. You get to read about Norman’s point of view. And their power is dwindling. 

I’m going to talk about the things that I liked than move on to my dislikes. I was happy that Norman and Joanna were back on speaking terms. They were so sweet together! As usual the family relationship was well done in this book! I’m glad that Ingrid worked everything out with Matt. The pixies were sweet and very funny! And it was nice to read about Tyler again! The ending was so sad but beautiful in it’s own right.

Like the other books this was a slow book. But it was so slow that I couldn’t wait for it to be over. I thought it was because I was going through a reading slump but as I continued to read I really started to feel the pages. I ended up skimming most of it. The Salem parts of the book was written so odd that I skimmed every chapter. And it was pretty boring. I’m not even sure if that’s how people spoke in those days.

Freddie and Gert’s marriage was terrible. I understood that she was in University and one semester away from getting her degree but she didn’t even try to make the marriage work. In the end Freddie was the one always trying to be good husband and help around whenever Gert needed it. At some point Gert up and leaves him and wrote on a note that she needed to study. She didn’t even bother to tell him and talk it out with him. Freddie actually ends up cheating on her. I know Freddie was stressed as well but he really shouldn’t have resorted to cheating.

The worst part about this book was the mystery behind the bridge and the lame almost fight scenes. Apparently it wasn’t Loki who destroyed the bridge and stole it’s power but another god and for such a stupid reason. The almost fight scenes never happened and I would have much rather read about a fight scene then a lame conversation.

Overall this was utterly disappointing. I still do recommend the series. I really hope that Triple Moon will have a better ending.