Review: Fear the Drowning Deep

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Fear the Drowning Deep by: Sarah Glenn Marsh

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC from the author and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am also participating in the Sunday Street Team. 

I had heard about this book through Twitter. Quite a few people were talking about it but at the time it didn’t catch my eye. It wasn’t until I got the sign up form for the street team that I considered reading it.

Now I suppose because I didn’t really care much for Fear the Drowning Deep I didn’t have any expectations. I was quite surprised that I enjoyed it! The book takes place sometime during the 1913. It is written in first person through Bridey’s point of view.

The minute you read the first page the book grabs you and it’s hard to stop. We are taken right when Bridey finds a dead girls body. Soon after that the town is in a frenzy as there hasn’t been a death since Bridey’s grandfather.

When Bridey was seven years old she and her grandfather were walking by the beach. She’s trying to have a conversation with him when suddenly he stops replying. He mentions whether Bridey can hear the singing to which she replies no. Her grandfather claims that the singing is coming from the water. He walks to the cliff and jumps off with a smile on his face.

Bridey told her townspeople about what happened but they all thought she was crazy. Add to the fact that she’s the only person in the town who doesn’t like the water. Throughout the book Bridey soon realizes that all these disappearances and murders are somehow linked to her grandfather’s death. She explains as much to her people but they don’t believe her. The only one who does is Fynn and the Witch she is apprenticed to. With their help she looks for a way to stop the monster from killing her townspeople.

I didn’t see any of the plot coming! This is a very original book. The book is fairly fast paced and I was never bored. It was interesting reading about the witch that Bridey was apprenticed to as well as the monsters. All of the monsters are from some mythology. Personally speaking I have never read about these monsters before.

The family relationship was absolutely amazing! Bridey has two sisters and adoring parents. Despite some of the sisters’ arguments they stood by each other. The same goes for Bridey’s parents. When Bridey found Fynn her parents took him in and treated them as their own. They stood up for him when the town started to get suspicious of Fynn.

I also loved Bridey’s friendship! I forgot her friends’ names but I loved reading about them! They were a tight group. Now one of her friends is a guy and there is a bit of a love triangle but it gets resolved fairly quickly.

I liked reading about Bridey and Fynn’s relationship. They were sweet together. Although I did feel that it was a bit rushed. There is a certain reveal that comes out about Fynn which ruined the romance for me. I still liked his character though.

I found the ending to be just right for the book. And in a sense it was beautiful. It gives Bridey and the readers hope.

I had two problems with Fear the Drowning Deep. I wished that we got to read more about Bridey’s friends. They didn’t really come in a lot. And that reveal about Fynn was shocking and a bit odd considering that Bridey and Fynn were dating.

Overall I enjoyed this book! I am definitely going to be checking out more from this author. I recommend it for anyone looking for a fantasy standalone. 

Review: Endangered

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Endangered by: Dani Hoots

My Rating 2 of 5 Stars

Chrys has been in the Underworld for thousands of years, hidden away by her father, Hades, from all of the other gods. He’s afraid that if someone finds out about her, they will destroy her because of the dichotomous power that she holds, the power of life and death. So she has remained in the Palace of Hades all her life, making very few friends and always bored out of her mind.

Huntley would have never guessed that after he died he would wake up with a beautiful girl standing over him. And that she would be the Dark Lord of the Underworld’s daughter. Yet, for some reason, she keeps him around as her tutor, as if he knows anything about the world. But Huntley knows that all she really wants is a friend; being trapped in the Underworld can get pretty lonely.

That is, until Chrys decides she wants to run away to the human world after a big fight with her mother Persephone. Chrys claims her father is just over reacting and that nothing bad will come of it. There’s no way that the gods will notice she’s there for only a couple of days…right?

Beware spoilers ahead!

DNF

I received this E-ARC via Victory Editing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had heard about this book through some friends on GR. It sounded like a light fantasy which I enjoy so I requested it. Unfortunately I did not enjoy it.

The book begins with Chrys and her father Hades. Chrys has been told by her father that she needs to sit and watch him judge people. To see which parts of the underworld said people will go to. At this point Chrys is so used to the begging and screaming that she doesn’t care. The only thing Chrys wants is for this to be over so she can start her tutor session with Hunter.

I didn’t finish this because I felt that this was too light for my taste. I felt that at some point it would become ridiculous so I just dropped it. This book is not for me.

However there were some things that I liked. I liked the writing style and the relationship between Chrys and Hades. It was a sweet father-daughter relationship. And slightly complex. These aspects were not enough to save the book for me.

Overall this book was not for me. I recommend it to anyone looking for a light mythology book series.

Review: Dark Tide

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Dark Tide by: Jennifer Donnelly 

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Once a lost and confused princess, Serafina is now a confident leader of the Black Fin Resistance (BFR). While she works on sabotaging her enemy and enlisting allies for battle, her friends face challenges of their own. Ling is in the hold of Rafe Mfeme’s giant trawler, on her way to a prison camp. Becca meets up with Astrid and learns why the Ondalinian mermaid is always so angry: she is hiding a shameful secret. Ava can’t return home, because death riders await her arrival. And it is getting more and more difficult for Mahdi, Serafina’s betrothed, to keep up the ruse that he is in love with Lucia Volerno. If Lucia’s parents become suspicious, his life–and all of Sera’s hopes–will be extinguished. Political intrigue, dangerous liaisons, and spine-tingling suspense swirl like a maelstrom in this penultimate book in the WaterFire saga

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book series was recommended to me by my dear GR friend Alyssa! Click on her name to read her review.

After finishing Rogue Wave I needed to read Dark Tide! That ending was very cruel. I have no idea how people managed to wait until October 2015 to read this book. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this! 

The book begins with a prologue in Astrid’s point of view. Astrid is on her way home. It’s been quite the journey and she’s nearly there. So far she’s managed to dodge the Death Riders. She stays in a hotel to rest for the night. As she gets ready to sleep the man with fully black eyes appears in the mirror. He knows Astrid’s secret and reaches out to her. Astrid feels drawn to him and does the same. Right before he can pull her through the mirror she sees that he has no iris. She jumps back and runs.

We are then taken to the first chapter in Sera’s point of view. It’s been two months since the events of Rogue Wave and she is now in charge of the Black Fins Resistance. With the help of Madhi they plan to steal some gold from her uncle Vallerio.

Neela and Yaz are apart of the Black Fins as well. Yaz is Sera’s second in command. Once they have their plan set they make their way to the palace. Mahdi pretending to love Lucia holds a party for her as a distraction while the Black Fins steal the gold. The plan goes a bit wrong and they are discovered. Still managing to make it out with the gold Sera and Sophia run.

While trying to outrun the Death Riders they come across a secret room. The two decide to rest for a bit because Sera’s tail is severely injured. As Sera takes in her surroundings she realizes that the room has statues of the Six the girls are descended from. And in the statues are their talisman’s. Sera makes a mental take and contacts the girls.

Dark Tide was much better than Rogue Wave! There are multiple point of views in this book. The author did a good job balancing all of them along with the plot. There is a larger focus on politics and new allegiances are made.

Sera now in charge of the Black Fin’s has become an inspiring leader. Throughout the book she continues to address issues such as food and shelter, without losing hope. Her relationship with Yaz was really sweet! Madhi doesn’t really come in but their still going strong.

Ling finds herself in a terrible situation. After finding out that Orfeo is alive she has been sent to a work camp to look for one of the talisman’s. Throughout her journey she fights for her survival. She realizes that not every strong person is going to remain strong forever, and that her mother was never weak. While at the camp she also meets someone   from her past.

Becca run into Astrid while searching for the talisman. The two of them become friends. Becca’s past is revealed in this book. It was quite sad. Once the two of them separate Becca searches for her talisman. Along the way she realizes that not everything goes according to plan.

Astrid is hiding a secret. While I didn’t find it that bad it really brought Astrid’s self esteem down. When she meets Becca she finds herself becoming friends with Becca. This goes against all her raising as she’s not supposed to be emotional. Once they separate Astrid returns home to terrible news. She meets someone very important and sets off with said person. Astrid realizes she has nothing to fear about her secret. She decides to do things her way and let people into her life.

Neela is present in the book but she doesn’t come in. Ava and Lucia’s point of views do come in. Surprisingly Lucia comes in more than Ava and Neela. As usual the female friendship was amazing! Becca and Astrid get love interests. I am looking forward to see where that goes. I also love the sibling relationship in this book! I liked Dark Tide way more than Rogue Wave! 

I didn’t have any issues with Dark Tide. But if I had to think of something I would say that I would’ve liked to read more about Ava. I feel like I don’t even know Ava. I’m sure she’ll become a bigger character in Sea Spell as she is still looking for her talisman.

Overall this was a great book! I recommend this series to anyone looking for a good mermaid series. I can’t wait to read Sea Spell which is the last book!

Review: Rogue Wave

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Rogue Wave by: Jennifer Donnelly 

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.

Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.

Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons.

As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn’t know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book series was recommended to me from my dear GR friend Alyssa! Click on her name to read her review.

After I finished reading Deep Blue I so badly wanted to read the rest of the series! I was only able to get to it now due to my reading schedule. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this!

The book begins with a prologue. In the point of view of the man with fully black eyes. He watches Serafina from a mirror. He could kill her that way at least he won’t have to worry about her getting in his way. As he watches her he realizes that killing her now would be pointless. If he kills her later on there’s a good chance that she’ll have the talisman’s. Once he steals the talisman’s from her and destroys everything she holds dear, then he’ll look into her eyes proving to her that darkness has won.

We are then taken to the first chapter which is in Serafina’s point of view. She and the rest of her friends fled into the mirror so that they could escape Traho’s army. While Sera is trying to get a way out of there she runs into Dolim. The man in charge of the mirror realm who eats people’s fears.

Dolim confront Sera and asks where she is going. She lies and says she’s going home. He eventually figures out that she’s lying and start feeding of off her fears. Sera feels absolutely helpless as Dolim continues to feed. When Dolim starts talking again Sera regains her strength. Sera tells Dolim everything she is afraid of until Dolim becomes so fat that he can’t move.

It is then revealed that Sera plans to go to the capital of Atlantis. Sera is hoping to find a clue and then she’ll make her way home. When she reaches the capital Sera runs into Ling. Ling explains that Ava was worried so she offered to go after Sera. After doing some investigating they decide to ask Lady Thalia some questions. Lady Thalia is one of the mirror people and from her the two find out a bit about Orfeo’s past, what some of the talismans are, and a particular person who was working with Orfeo.

Before finding out anymore the creatures guarding the capital come and start to attack the girls. Then Dolim appears with the man with fully black eyes. Sera has no choice but to destroy the mirror. The two of them fight off the monsters and manage to escape. Ling and Sera feel somewhat accomplished with the information they got from Lady Thalia. They wish each other luck and go their separate ways.

I didn’t like this book as much as Deep Blue but I enjoyed it nonetheless! You get two point of views in this book. Sera and Neela. Serafina thinks that she can find the location of the talismans through Merror’s progress. She doesn’t find what she’s looking for but with the help of some new friends she is able to pin point the locations. Sera focuses on finding Merrow’s talisman whom she is descended from. Along the way she finds out about the Black Fins rebellion. She also runs into Madhi her fiance. Throughout her journey Sera learns to accept her role as a future queen and becomes an amazing leader.

When Neela arrives home her parents think that she is an impostor judging by what she’s wearing. After they realize that she isn’t an impostor they welcome her with open arms. But after some time they believe there’s something wrong with Neela. She isn’t eating her favourite sweets and she still insists on keeping the outfit she came home in. Neela tries to explain her parents the situation with the talisman’s. Much to her surprise her parents think that she’s crazy. They actually call in a doctor and keep her locked in her room. Sera is able to contact her and tells her about the talisman Neela has to look for. Neela runs away from home and goes to search for the talisman. Neela gets some help from a friend to retrieve the talisman. Throughout her journey Neela learns to do what she wants and her way.

Ava does come in for one scene. Ling comes in with Serafina and at the end of the book. You are not sure what is happening with Astrid and Becca. Despite this you could feel the friendship between all the girls. 

Just like Deep Blue there is some action and lots of twists and turns. Old and new characters come in this book. I didn’t expect some of the old characters to be working with Traho let alone that they became main characters. I loved Sera and Neela’s character development! It was also nice to read about the Black Fins and Madhia and Yaz (Neela’s brother). I did not see some of those twists coming. Just like Deep Blue there is barely any romance but when it was present it was adorable!

I only had three problems with Rogue Wave. I felt that Deep Blue was much better than Rogue Wave. The book felt really jumpy and once Ling and Sera separate not much happens for awhile. I also felt that it lost some of it’s magic because the girls were separated and didn’t meet until towards the end. Nonetheless I enjoyed this!

Overall this was a really good book! I recommend this series to anyone looking for a good mermaid series.   

Review: Serpent’s Kiss

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Serpent’s Kiss by: Melissa de la Cruz

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

The intriguing Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in Serpent’s Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic.

Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down–from Joanna’s organized kitchen to Ingrid’s previously nonexistent love life to Freya’s once unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner.

When Freya’s twin brother, Freddie, suddenly returns, escaped from Limbo and professing innocence on a long-ago crime, Freya should be ecstatic. The golden boy can do no wrong. Or can he? Freddie blames no other than her fiance Killian for his downfall, and enlists Freya’s help to prove it. Now Freya doesn’t know who to believe or trust.

And for the first time in–well, forever, really–Ingrid is also busy in love. Matt Noble, the handsome and charming police detective, has won her heart. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn’t believe in magic? Things get even more complicated when it appears Ingrid is harboring the prime suspects in Matt’s police investigation.

To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna–but does it mean to bring harm or help? Joanna asks her sort-of ex-husband Norman to help figure it out, only to accidentally invite him to a Thanksgiving dinner with a dapper gentleman she’s recently begun dating. As the witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind Freddie’s imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most? Melissa de la Cruz weaves all this and more in a blockbuster sequel that is not to be missed by her fans, and one that is sure to enchant new readers of the series.

Beware spoilers ahead!

After I finished Witches of East End I was eager to start the sequel! That ending was truly cruel. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book as well!

The book begins with a recap summarizing the events of the last book. We are then taken to the first chapter in which Freya is working with Killian at the bar. It’s been a month since the events of Witches of East End and Freddie has returned from Limbo. Freya has convinced her brother to give her some time in looking into Killian. So far she hasn’t noticed anything out of the ordinary and she’s starting to wonder whether Limbo has deluded her brother.

The two of them continue to working together until the bar is empty. They leave and Frey accidentally falls. In the nick of time Killian catches her but not before Freya notices something in Killian’s expression. Freya then begins to wonder whether there is some truth to what Freddie is saying.

This book was so good! Unto the characters and their story lines!

Freya spends the majority of the book trying to see whether or not Freddie is right that Killian framed him for the destruction of Bofrir bridge. Once Freya starts digging into the case she finds out that there’s more to the story then what Freddie remembers. She begins to lose trust in Killian and Freddie, fearing Bran has returned and disguised himself as both of them.

Ingrid and Matt have finally started dating. But the relationship isn’t really working out. Matt doesn’t believe in magic and Ingrid doesn’t know how to prove to him that she’s a witch. And when a few pixies ask Ingrid for help, Ingrid keeps this a secret from Matt and her family which is proving to be difficult. Her mother despises pixies and people have been getting robbed by the pixies. Matt knows that Ingrid knows who the robbers are but doesn’t tell him. This is a pretty big dent in their relationship.

Joanna notices that all the objects in her house have been getting moved around. And some of the furniture has been getting rearranged. One day Joanna is trying to garden but the flowers die in her hands. She then realizes that a spirit is trying to contact her. While looking into the spirit Joanna, she has been seeing Harold a nice widow and her kind of husband Norman has been trying to win her back.

Freddie gets his own point of view. So far he has just been adjusting and hoping that Freya can clear his name. He can’t risk leaving because if the Valkyries find him they’ll take him back to Limbo. To kill time he plays video games and dates some girls through dating websites. He is very interested in Hilly (short for Hilary). In fact he believes that he’s in love with her.  Somehow his fear of the Valkyries finding him is diminished as he continues to win Hilly’s father’s approval.

As usual the family relationship was well done in this book! Matt and Ingrid’s romance was sweet to read about. And how she kept on going to Hudson for advice on her relationship. Freddie was interesting to read about. I really didn’t like how he didn’t even think about seeing the rest of his family but was fine was seeing Hilly. Freya was put in a very tough situation trying to keep Freddie’s arrival a secret and making her look into Killian. Norman was nice to read about as well.

There are some new characters introduced in this book. Hilly and her family. Harold who is Joanna’s boyfriend. And Jean-Baptiste who is the god of memory. And the Beauchamp’s god father.

I was honestly surprised that Freya actually started looking into Killian. I thought that she would just continuously try and convince Freddie that Killian was innocent. She loves her brother as much as she loves Killian so she worked really hard trying to find clues. The Salem witch trails is pretty important in this book. Joanna assumed that the spirit contacting her was in the Salem witch trails. It was pretty interesting to read about.

Along with the recap there was a family tree attached at the end of the book. It definitely proved useful as I kept on looking at it for spoilers.

I only had two problems with this book. While I was reading it I felt that it was slower then the first book. While yes things are being revealed light and right I felt no suspense. But I was engaged and intrigued. And like the last book the ending felt rushed and there was a cliffhanger. Nonetheless I enjoyed this book!

Overall this was a great book! I recommend it to those looking for some light fantasy. I am looking forward to finishing the series.    

Review: Witches of East End

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Witches of East End by: Melissa de la Cruz

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 million copies sold, comes a new novel, Melissa de la Cruz’s first for adults, featuring a family of formidable and beguiling witches.

The three Beauchamp women–Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid–live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret–they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.

For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.

With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

Beware spoilers ahead!

Last year I read Triple Moon. And I was surprised that I enjoyed it! So I decided to read the previous series that featured some of the side characters. I am very happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

The book begins with a prologue. Bill and Maura Thatcher are walking along a beach. During their nightly walk they run into their neighbor Joanna Beauchamp. They say hello. But she merely replies coldly that there’s nothing to see. Bill finds this very odd. But then again Joanna is odd. The prologue ends mentioning that there are immortals amongst them.

You are then taken to the first chapter. In which it is Freya’s engagement party. Freya while happy about her engagement to Bran Gardiner is very nervous. Her sister Ingrid checks on her and Freya pretends to be fine. Apparently it is Killian Gardiner (Bran’s brother) who is making her uncomfortable. He keeps on looking at her from across the room. Almost as if he excepts something. Against her own will Freya makes her way over to him. She tries to talk to him. But then the two enter the bathroom together.

I’m just going to stop right there. Just because I know what you all must be thinking. Why would Freya who is engaged to Bran start an affair with Killian? And why would you read a book about that? Well I already knew of the love triangle because I read Triple Moon and it was mentioned. And knowing how the love triangle ends it really doesn’t bother me. I really wanted to read this series because I wanted to know more about Freya and Ingrid and their past.

The book is narrated in third person. It switches between Freya, Ingrid, and Joanna’s point of view. It is also divided into parts and there are chapter titles. I find this surprisingly because most books don’t use chapter titles anymore.

Like I mentioned in my review for Triple Moon I like how Norse mythology is infused in this series! I found that it was better than in this book then Triple Moon. Joanna, Ingrid, and Freya are all Norse Goddesses. They have been living on Earth for centuries. During the Salem Witch trials the counsel decreed that the Norse are allowed to live on Earth, so long as they don’t use their magic.

Avoiding using their powers hasn’t been working with them lately. While working Freya looked at an ex-married couple and saw signs of violence. Freya couldn’t really make out what she saw. She couldn’t tell who it was that got hurt or who inflicted the pain. Terrified Freya created a love potion and got the couple back together. Ingrid’s friend Tabetha has been trying to get pregnant for months now. Ingrid feeling bad for her friend decides to help her get pregnant. Her magic specializes in that. Once she does that many women of the town come to Ingrid for help. While babysitting their house cleaners son Joanna, accidentally burnt the pie they were supposed to have. To make Tyler happy Joanna fixed the pie and they ate it.

I really liked the relationship between Ingrid and Freya! It was nice to read about how close they were compared to Molly and Mardi. I like how this book put a very large focus on the women of the family. For most of the book you don’t know what’s become of their father and what happened between their family. I loved reading about all the characters! Especially Tyler! He was so adorable!

The book was quite slow. But there is a plot. It sort of sneaks up on you. And it was well done! I was really surprised when it was revealed who was behind all the weird stuff in their town.

I only had a few problems with this. Ingrid and Matt’s romance was pretty odd. For the majority of the book Ingrid is annoyed by Matt. But only when he starts dating her co-worker does she start to like him. Their romance felt rushed. The ending felt very rushed. And the one possible fight scene was pretty lame. I found that there were some plot holes here-and-there. And that ending line of the book was really cheesy and overdone. But I still enjoyed this!

Overall this was a great book! Much better than Triple Moon. I recommend to anyone looking for some light mythology, fans of the author, anyone who would like some background knowledge on Triple Moon, and fantasy fans. I’m so excited to read the sequel!

Review: Triple Moon

Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of Blue Bloods and Witches of East End

After they cause a terrible accident at their old high school, twin witches Mardi and Molly Overbrook are sent to live with their “Aunt” Ingrid Beauchamp in North Hampton, on Long Island’s mist-shrouded East End. Because the twins cannot control their powers, their father begs Ingrid to tame them over the summer, before the White Council exiles the girls to Limbo.

Trouble continues to bubble and boil when the girls meet the younger Gardiner boys, who are just as handsome and sexy as their older kin. But all is not as it seems. As Ingrid helps the girls learn to control their magical impulses, Mardi and Molly have just this summer to figure out how to grow up, how to love, and how to be a family.

Beware spoilers ahead!

When I first heard about this book I was hesitant. It didn’t sound like my kind of witch read. I have heard of Melissa de la Cruz . Click on her name to access her GR profile. She is extremely well known for writing Blue Bloods. When I went through the reviews I found positive ones. So I decided to try it. I am happy to say that I liked it!

This book is written in third person in Mardi and Molly’s point of views. It also has chapter titles such as: I Knew You Were Trouble Part One, Red Red Wine, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and other song titles. They were pretty funny! Hence why I put this in comedy.

The books begins with a prologue. Mardi and Molly are attending Bret Farley’s party. Bret happens to be fairly popular so the twins decided to go. During the party Bret flirts with Mardi and Molly. This is the first time the twins have been attracted to the same guy. And they are extremely jealous. The last thing the twins remember was Bret flirting with them. After that it is a blur. They arise the next morning extremely drained and tired. They don’t even fight over the breakfast like they usually do. They then receive word that Sam and Parker they’re classmates were pushed on the train tracks and run over by a train.

Mardi and Molly are not at all happy that they have to spend their summer at East End learning how to control their magic. She and Molly are spoiled brats, so they assumed that their summer would be in New York hanging out with friends and shopping. They also think that because they are Thor’s daughters therefore Goddesses they are better than anyone else. But after they are the prime suspects in murdering Parker and Sam their father enlisted the help of Ingrid and her family.

It’s not very surprising that they are the suspects as they usually pull horrible pranks on their teachers and peers. For example Mardi is getting a speeding ticket. To avoid this she makes him talk super fast making it seem like harassment. She then shuts his mouth and walks away without getting a ticket.

Despite not remembering the events of the party they know for sure that they did not kill Parker and Sam. They use their magic for pranks, manipulation, and revenge. Not for murdering anyone. Unless they get their magic under control The White Counsel is threatening to have the girls sent to the Underworld.

Whilst arriving they are introduced to Ingrid, her husband Matt, and their two children Joanna and Henry. Some time after they meet Freya who is Ingrid’s sister and the Gardiner’s. Their father wants them to take care of Jo and Henry on occasions as well as get summer jobs. To top it all off they are starting to investigate the murders of Parker and Sam. Someone else was behind the murders but wants to let Molly and Mardi take the blame…

This book was a breath of fresh air! I really liked the writing style and how well the author did in shaping Molly and Mardi. I do love a well written brat. Jo and Henry were so sweet! I loved them! Freya and Ingrid were awesome and treated the twins with such warmth and when necessary put their foots down. Matt was a good father and husband.

The writing style was good! I liked how the author brought out the expensive taste the twins had and how they were absolutely spoiled. It was interesting to read about how Norse mythology was linked the their magic. Very unique! The plot was good as well. It was nice to read about the twins getting along and their growth.

I had a few problems with this. When I got this book from the library and I started reading it, I was curious as to where the plot would head. I skimmed a bit and while I didn’t understand what I read I was content with the book. As I started reading I got very curious about a certain thing. And in the process of skimming the book to find this certain thing I ended up figuring out the whole plot. I feel that this kind of ruined it for me. Not too much though. I probably would’ve have seen some of it coming and rated it 3 stars.

I really did not like the romance. Molly’s character while she grows she spends a majority of the book with two guys. I felt that it was a waste of her character although I understand why it was necessary for the plot. I felt really bad for her! She went through quite a lot of ordeal. Mardi’s romance was not that much better. I didn’t dislike Trent but nor did I like him. I guess I didn’t really care for his character. The romance between them was fast and I didn’t understand how they were in love.

There were multiple times in this book with Molly and Mardi talking about if the guys they were with were different they would totally hex them. Specially when they made physical contact. Basically if someone they went to school with tried say touching their back or flirting with them they would use their magic on said males to shut them up. But because the guys they were with were different they didn’t do any of that. Instead they kept on repeating what they would’ve done had they been different people. It was frustrating.

The book also mentions that the twins have been fighting more often. I didn’t really feel this. It just felt like normal bickering. Yes they were keeping each others boyfriends’ a secret but that didn’t seem all that weird. They just didn’t want the other to know how they were with. Sure it was a bit strange but I still didn’t understand how that amounted to them bickering more.

There wasn’t a lot of training with Ingrid. There was a Jean who kept on coming to check on their memories of the night Parker and Sam were killed. But aside from that there wasn’t anything else. There was a larger focus on the romance than anything else. The case of course was still a focus but not as large as the romance. There were some parts of the book that were confusing. I feel that this author tried to pull off to much in this book. While it didn’t completely fail it wasn’t fantastic. Simply entertaining.

I still did enjoy this book despite it’s flaws. It had a nice ending and the twins were able to resolve the murders, avoid The White Counsel, and return home to their school.

Overall this was a good book! I kind of hope that the author will continue Molly and Mardi’s story. It would be nice to see where they are at in the future. I will definitely read some more books by this author. If anyone is looking for a fast, fairly well done fantasy, then I would recommend this. Also if anyone has ever tried to imagine what Blair Waldorf would be like with magic, you should for sure read this.

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