Review: The Bone Season

boneseasonTitle: The Bone Season

Series: The Bone Season #1

Author: Samantha Shannon

Read via: Borrowed from Alleluialu

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

It’s truly astounding that this is a debut. The plot is so incredibly original and intricate, and I cannot wait to see how the series plays out. It definitely took me a while to get to this one, and I might not have if Alleluialu hadn’t let me borrow her copy. However, I’m really glad she convinced me as this was a fascinating book filled with some remarkable characters and brilliant world building.

Warden is the classic dark and brooding male with a mysterious past. Even after finishing the book it still feels like we don’t know a lot about his history, but the hints and few details we get are certainly intriguing. I also think his development throughout the story was awesome, and I enjoyed the dynamic between him and Paige. Despite all of the supernatural elements, Paige also felt delightfully human. I sympathized with her, admired her, but she could also frustrate me with some of her choices. I loved the complexity of her situation, and found her story to be heartbreaking. Her boss, Jaxon, was also extremely complicated. There is no way to classify him as “good” or “evil” and I absolutely loved that. The conflicted relationship between him and Paige was a marvelous subplot. Nashira was another highlight as I felt she was a fabulous, freaky, and honestly terrifying villain. My favorite characters though were probably two of the supporting characters. I adored Nick. I fell in love with him from the start, and I could not have predicted how his story played out. I also really liked Liss. So many of the moments with her broke my heart. Julian, Seb, and Michael were also amazing. A group of great depth and emotion. I was very impressed with the wide array and individuality displayed in such a large cast of characters.

My one main fault with The Bone Season would be the pacing. The first two-thirds of the book is rather slow. There’s a lot of world building/mythology explained which, while interesting, can become tedious. Also, at first I found it hard to keep track of all the different types of voyants (really wish there was a handy chart or pamphlet!). The last third of the book, however, was packed with intense, edge-of-your-seat action. All of the various plotlines crash together, and I thought it was amazing.

Overall, The Bone Season started out slow, but the well-rounded, intense characters and original world kept me intrigued until the action picked up. I have very high hopes for the next book in the series, and I would definitely recommend this one. I’m not sure whether this is “officially” categorized as young adult or adult, but I think it leans more towards the latter. Though it is definitely a great crossover book between the two genres.

Cover: 3
Plot: 4
Writing: 3.5
Personally: 4

Overall: 3.6 out of 5

Review: Until I Die

untilidieTitle: Until I Die

Series: Revenants #2

Author: Amy Plum

Read via: Purchased

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

I know; it has taken me ages to read this book. I originally read Die for Me way back in 2011 when it was first released, and even though I’ve owned both this book and the next since they were released, I hadn’t actually read them. So when I decided to start cracking down on my ridiculously large to-be-read pile, I first went back and reread Die for Me before diving into Until I Die. I realized again how much I enjoy the world Amy Plum has created, and not just because the series is set primarily in Paris, France. The mythology of the revenants is absolutely fascinating, and the characters of the series are marvelous.

Until I Die picks up Kate and Vincent’s story shortly after the events of Die for Me. If I were to choose any YA character who I think is most similar to myself, Kate would definitely make the short list. I completely relate to her ability to exist happily on her own, but at the same time, to have very meaningful, important relationships with a handful of people. Kate’s family dynamic is a very unique one for YA. She has extremely devoted grandparents and her sister, Georgia, doubles as one of her best friends. Kate’s other friends are Vincent’s “family.” Sadly, we don’t get as much of Charlotte as I would have liked, but we get plenty of Jules and Ambrose. Both of whom I absolutely adore, and of course, we have Vincent. I really enjoy him as a character, but I must say I think my heart ultimately lies with Jules. There are also two new characters: Violette and Arthur. Fascinating, intricate, and brilliant that’s all I can say about them without giving anything away.

Most of Until I Die revolves around Kate and Vincent’s relationship, and their individual efforts to make it work. This makes the book a bit strange as the focus is on them, but they also spend a lot of time apart. However, it does work, and there are also several subplots running through the story as well. Some highlights include: Violette & Kate’s budding friendship; Jules just being fantastic; Georgia integrating herself a bit more into the world of the revenants; and the heightening struggle of the numa versus revenants. Then there is some foreshadowing which I’m thrilled to say I actually caught, and I completely predicted a major twist from book 3. Plus, there is the cliffhanger. It is intense, shocking, and just heartbreaking.

Overall, I enjoyed Until I Die. Amy Plum has created a remarkable series populated by a lovable but flawed cast of characters and set against the amazing backdrop of Paris. This is a fast-paced, creative read that is definitely worth reading. I would also recommend reading the books one after another as there are a lot of minor details from each book that come into play later.

Cover: 4
Plot: 3.5
Writing: 4 Personally: 3.5

Overall: 3.7 out of 5

Review: With All My Soul

withallmysoulTitle: With All My Soul

Author: Rachel Vincent

Series: Soul Screamers #7

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What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…

After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has…

I put off reading this book for ages because I was terrified that it wouldn’t wrap things up perfectly, but I am glad to say that I was worried for absolutely no reason. Rachel Vincent has written a stellar conclusion to this amazing series. Soul Screamers is a must-read series and if you haven’t started it (or if you have and stopped) read it (again if necessary, I didn’t appreciate the first couple of books the first time I read them). I guarantee that if you have fallen in love with these characters like I have you have nothing to fear with this ending.

It was wonderful to be back with all of these amazing characters. Kaylee and Tod are brilliant as always. Both of them are so selfless and determined to protect their families at any cost to themselves. There’s also a lot of fantastic interaction between Tod and Nash. The relationship between the two of them has been so complicated, and they have a lot to work through. Nash and Sabine continue to be both hilarious together but also perfect, and Emma faces all new amazingly difficult problems. It’s even hard to not like Sophie. All of these characters have come so far and developed such depth. It’s so hard to say goodbye.

At this point, it feels as if Kaylee and company will never get the chance at a happy ending. They’re fighting hellions. Immortal beings with exceptional power, and while Kaylee is undead, has a reaper for a boyfriend and is surrounded by bean sidhes and a mara, the odds just do not seem good. Everything just seems desperate in this book. There seems to be absolutely no way out, but then we get to know Wrath who truly changes everything.

Overall, With All My Soul blew all of my expectations out of the water. We get a final chance to see how these fantastic characters have grown and changed, and how much Kaylee is willing to do to save everyone that she loves. Kaylee makes a sacrifice that may as well deem her a saint. She is one of the most remarkable characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet, and I will be missing her and of course Tod. Okay, I will miss every single character that Rachel Vincent brought to life (except for the hellions, I am willing to never see or hear them again!).

Cover: 4
Plot: 5
Writing: 5
Personally: 4.5

Overall: 4.6 out of 5

Review: Nightspell

Title: Nightspell

Series: Companion novel to Mistwood

Author: Leah Cypess

Read via: Library

A stand-alone companion novel to the much-acclaimed MISTWOOD.  When Darri rides into Ghostland, a country where the living walk with the dead, she has only one goal: to rescue her younger sister Callie, who was sent to Ghostland as a hostage four years ago.  But Callie has changed in those four years, and now has secrets of her own.  In her quest to save her sister from herself, Darri will be forced to outmaneuver a handsome ghost prince, an ancient sorcerer, and a manipulative tribal warrior (who happens to be her brother).  When Darri discovers the source of the spell that has kept the dead in Ghostland chained to this earth, she faces a decision that will force her to reexamine beliefs she has never before questioned – and lead her into the heart of a conspiracy that threatens the very balance of power between the living and the dead.

I adored Mistwood! Absolutely, completely, fell in love with that book, so I had very high expectations for Nightspell. It took me ages to actually get my hands on a copy, but when I finally did it when to the top of my reading pile. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed it, this never really lived up to Mistwood. I am not even quite sure why, but it just never clicked with me.

The multiple narrators was both a good and bad thing. It allowed for various viewpoints into the story and setting, but it felt like it broke up the natural flow of the story. Whenever it seemed like I was beginning to connect with one of the characters, the point-of-view would change. Darri and Callie’s relationship was probably my favorite element of the story. I loved the exploration of the changing dynamic between the two of them. The only other character with whom I felt any real connection was Kestin. Although I feel like his potential for the story was never fully realized. Clarisse is the only character that makes the jump from Mistwood to Nightspell, and she remains devious and cunning.

The story and plot were full of potential. Just read the summary and you will realize that. Unfortunately it feels like much of that potential is lost. There are some truly brilliant moments in the story. There’s a huge plot twist that I absolutely adored. I did see it coming, so I was not shocked by it, but I loved the way the author handled it. I also liked the parts between Kestin and Clarisse and the scenes between Kestin and Darri.

Overall Nightspell was an interesting, nice little fantasy, but it never succeeded in realizing its full potential. If you are looking for a good fantasy to read, I would definitely recommend Mistwood over Nightspell. This was worth the read, but not something I will probably read again. I will be looking forward to see what the author does next though.

Cover: 4
Plot: 3.5
Writing: 2.5
Personally: 3

Overall: 3.2 out of 5

Review: Nightspell

Title: Nightspell

Series: Companion novel to Mistwood

Author: Leah Cypess

Read via: Library

A stand-alone companion novel to the much-acclaimed MISTWOOD.  When Darri rides into Ghostland, a country where the living walk with the dead, she has only one goal: to rescue her younger sister Callie, who was sent to Ghostland as a hostage four years ago.  But Callie has changed in those four years, and now has secrets of her own.  In her quest to save her sister from herself, Darri will be forced to outmaneuver a handsome ghost prince, an ancient sorcerer, and a manipulative tribal warrior (who happens to be her brother).  When Darri discovers the source of the spell that has kept the dead in Ghostland chained to this earth, she faces a decision that will force her to reexamine beliefs she has never before questioned – and lead her into the heart of a conspiracy that threatens the very balance of power between the living and the dead.

I adored Mistwood! Absolutely, completely, fell in love with that book, so I had very high expectations for Nightspell. It took me ages to actually get my hands on a copy, but when I finally did it when to the top of my reading pile. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed it, this never really lived up to Mistwood. I am not even quite sure why, but it just never clicked with me.

The multiple narrators was both a good and bad thing. It allowed for various viewpoints into the story and setting, but it felt like it broke up the natural flow of the story. Whenever it seemed like I was beginning to connect with one of the characters, the point-of-view would change. Darri and Callie’s relationship was probably my favorite element of the story. I loved the exploration of the changing dynamic between the two of them. The only other character with whom I felt any real connection was Kestin. Although I feel like his potential for the story was never fully realized. Clarisse is the only character that makes the jump from Mistwood to Nightspell, and she remains devious and cunning.

The story and plot were full of potential. Just read the summary and you will realize that. Unfortunately it feels like much of that potential is lost. There are some truly brilliant moments in the story. There’s a huge plot twist that I absolutely adored. I did see it coming, so I was not shocked by it, but I loved the way the author handled it. I also liked the parts between Kestin and Clarisse and the scenes between Kestin and Darri.

Overall Nightspell was an interesting, nice little fantasy, but it never succeeded in realizing its full potential. If you are looking for a good fantasy to read, I would definitely recommend Mistwood over Nightspell. This was worth the read, but not something I will probably read again. I will be looking forward to see what the author does next though.

Cover: 4
Plot: 3.5
Writing: 2.5
Personally: 3

Overall: 3.2 out of 5

Quick Reviews: Just One Day, Speechless, Diviners

justonedayTitle: Just One Day

Author: Gayle Forman

Read via: Purchased

Thoughts: I have adored all of Gayle Forman’s previous books, so it was no surprise that I had to read this as soon as I possibly could. After finishing this, I had mixed feelings. Allyson “Lulu” was a brilliant character, and Just One Day captures her beautiful coming-of-age journey. Plus, Willem was fascinating, and I still have not determined his motivations and decisions. However, I did feel like the book dragged a bit in the middle. Despite this, I am really looking forward to Just One Year, and I still consider Gayle Forman to be one of my favorite authors.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Title: Speechlessspeechless

Author: Hannah Harrington

Read via: Library

Thoughts: I enjoyed Hannah Harrington’s previous book, Saving June, but I was not sure if I wanted to read this book. I ended up picking this up at the library though, and I must say I’m so glad I did. Chelsea is a complex character. At the start of the book, I was sure I could not like this girl, but by the end, I found her to be remarkable. Hannah Harrington created a fascinating plot with some unforgettable characters. I would definitely recommend this one especially to fans of  Sarah Dessen or Deb Caletti.

Rating: 3 out of 5

divinersTitle: The Diviners

Author: Libba Bray

Series: The Diviners #1

Read via: Library

Thoughts: Libba Bray and I have a conflicted past. A Great and Terribly Beauty ranks as one of the best supernatural/historical series in my opinion, but I could not even bring myself to finish Beauty Queens. Therefore, I was feeling some trepidation about her new series. I was wonderfully pleased to find that this book is much more similar to A Great and Terrible Beauty than Beauty Queens. The Diviners is entertaining, complicated, and pleasantly original. The book is told through the viewpoints of many different characters, and I loved getting a glimpse into their lives. The only issue I had with The Diviners is similar to my issue with Just One Day, there were some parts where I felt the story dragged. However, the characters kept me firmly invested in the story especially Theta and Henry. The relationship between the two of them was amazing. It was beautiful, adorable, and perfect. But really all of the characters in the book are wonderfully drawn, and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Quick Reviews: Just One Day, Speechless, Diviners

justonedayTitle: Just One Day

Author: Gayle Forman

Read via: Purchased

Thoughts: I have adored all of Gayle Forman’s previous books, so it was no surprise that I had to read this as soon as I possibly could. After finishing this, I had mixed feelings. Allyson “Lulu” was a brilliant character, and Just One Day captures her beautiful coming-of-age journey. Plus, Willem was fascinating, and I still have not determined his motivations and decisions. However, I did feel like the book dragged a bit in the middle. Despite this, I am really looking forward to Just One Year, and I still consider Gayle Forman to be one of my favorite authors.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Title: Speechlessspeechless

Author: Hannah Harrington

Read via: Library

Thoughts: I enjoyed Hannah Harrington’s previous book, Saving June, but I was not sure if I wanted to read this book. I ended up picking this up at the library though, and I must say I’m so glad I did. Chelsea is a complex character. At the start of the book, I was sure I could not like this girl, but by the end, I found her to be remarkable. Hannah Harrington created a fascinating plot with some unforgettable characters. I would definitely recommend this one especially to fans of  Sarah Dessen or Deb Caletti.

Rating: 3 out of 5

divinersTitle: The Diviners

Author: Libba Bray

Series: The Diviners #1

Read via: Library

Thoughts: Libba Bray and I have a conflicted past. A Great and Terribly Beauty ranks as one of the best supernatural/historical series in my opinion, but I could not even bring myself to finish Beauty Queens. Therefore, I was feeling some trepidation about her new series. I was wonderfully pleased to find that this book is much more similar to A Great and Terrible Beauty than Beauty Queens. The Diviners is entertaining, complicated, and pleasantly original. The book is told through the viewpoints of many different characters, and I loved getting a glimpse into their lives. The only issue I had with The Diviners is similar to my issue with Just One Day, there were some parts where I felt the story dragged. However, the characters kept me firmly invested in the story especially Theta and Henry. The relationship between the two of them was amazing. It was beautiful, adorable, and perfect. But really all of the characters in the book are wonderfully drawn, and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: The Indigo Spell

indigospellTitle: The Indigo Spell

Series: Bloodlines #3

Author: Richelle Mead

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In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

Do I need to explain why I read this book? After the delicious, tormented ending of The Golden Lily, who would not be dying to read this book? So, of course, I bought this the day it was released. Thankfully, my local Walmart actually had it this time (the first time it’s had it on release day for this series!!). It was wonderful to return to the Vampire Academy world, and The Indigo Spell is another fantastic entry to the canon.

I have to admit something now. I relate to Sydney so much more than I ever related to Rose. Don’t get me wrong I love both characters, but with Sydney I feel I have much more in common. She is intelligent, a bit socially awkward, and determined to find out the truth. Of course, she is also determined to ignore the growing feelings she has for Adrian. The chemistry and banter between the two of them is hilarious. Well any moment involving Adrian is sure to be a winner. One of the great things about this series is how it lets readers get a glimpse deeper into the man who Adrian is. Beyond Adrian and Sydney there is an amazing supporting cast. Although, I was disappointed that there was not as much interaction between Adrian and Sydney and the rest of the gang as in the previous books. We do get to meet a few new characters, most notably Marcus Finch. I was quite worried about what role Marcus would play in this book, but I was delighted to find that his role did not play out how I expected.

Through Marcus, Sydney is able to learn more about the Alchemists and their agenda. When the truth finally comes out completely about the group, I think it will be fascinating. We get a lot of hints and even some hard evidence about what the Alchemists are up to, but I think the next book will really see things start to explode. Much of this book, however, deals with witches rather than Alchemists. An evil witch is on the loose and Sydney could be the next target. It was exciting to see Sydney start to embrace her magic, and I will admit that this storyline shocked me at the end.

Overall, I thought The Indigo Spell was a wonderful addition to the series, and I am in love with the characters Richelle Mead has created. Plus, there is THE END! Ahh! I am completely in love, and I cannot wait for the next book. It will not come soon enough. I would highly recommend The Indigo Spell, especially to Vampire Academy fans, but you do not have to read Vampire Academy in order to enjoy the Bloodlines series.

Cover: 4
Plot: 4.5
Writing: 4.5
Personally: 4.5

Overall: 4.3 out of 5

Review: If I Die

Title: If I Die

Series: Soul Screamers #5

Author: Rachel Vincent

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The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.
But the next scream might be for Kaylee.
Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.
But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.
Anything.

It was impossible to read anything other than this after finishing My Soul to Steal. I must admit that, because of the Soul Screamers Challenge, I am now a Soul Screamers addict, and, since this is the last book currently released, I am now dying to read Before I Wake. I do not know how anyone could have read the previous books in this series as they were released. The wait would have killed me. If I Die starts out with a bang and never stops to take a breath.

Kaylee has completely earned all of my respect. As she faces her own death, her primary concern is that the people she loves will be okay when she is gone. Even as all of them strive to find a way to save her. I could never have faced the idea of death with such strength and grace as Kaylee does, but the way she handles the idea is perfectly natural to her character. Sabine continues to grow on me. She and Kaylee have an uneasy truce, and they work together a little bit to save the people around them. I loved their uneasy partnership, and, if it wasn’t for Nash, I think they would be best friends. Emma remains one of the most believable best friends in YA lit, and she anchors Kaylee to the human world. I think the friendship between the two of them really shines here. Tod and Nash stole my heart and broke it, respectively. Tod has completely raised the bar, and I never would have seen his huge role in this series coming from the first book. Nash…oh, Nash. He has changed so dramatically over the course of the series, and the scary part is how realistic his journey could be. I am in awe of Rachel Vincent for the storyline she created for him, and it has added so much to the series.

If I Die is a nerve-wracking read, and in reality, it should be impossible. I mean, what author announces at the start of a book that the main character is supposed to die?! The summary gives away the fact that Kaylee’s death may be imminent, but I did not expect it to come as early as it did. However, the fact that it does come so early, allows for a beautiful, heart wrenching story that blew me away. This is easily one of the best books in this series, and it left me shocked but still in love. I cannot stress the amazing-ness of this series, and if you haven’t picked it up yet, do so now!

Cover: 3.5
Plot: 5
Writing: 4.5
Personally: 4.5

Overall: 4.3 out of 5

Review: Spectral

Title: Spectral

Author: Shannon Duffy

Read via: eARC provided by Tribute Books

Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe—the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.
As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.

The stunning cover is what initially caught my attention with this book, however, the summary is what made me really want to read it. It sounded absolutely intriguing! I love stories of magic, and the summary mentioned the word gyspies (even as a comparison, I was fascinated). I was very excited when I was offered the chance to review this for Tribute Books, and I jumped at the chance. I will admit that Spectral did not quite live up to my expectations, but it was an enjoyable read.

Jewel is a sympathetic character from the start. She has been moved around her entire life, and has never had the opportunity to make any type of actual friends. There is one bright spot in her world, her younger brother. I am a sucker for good sibling bonds, and this one does not disappoint. Jayden is an adorable little boy, and I loved the fact that Jewel was always willing to put him first. No matter what was happening to her, she always thought about what effect it would have on him. The relationship between the two of them was definitely one of my favorite parts of the book. I was also a big fan of Jewel’s first new friend, Taylor. I enjoyed her as a character, and I wish that I’d had the chance to get to know her better. Despite the fact that the relationship between Taylor and Jewel did not feel adequately developed, I did enjoy reading about the friendship they shared. Jewel’s two love interests, however, were low spots in the story for me. Both boys lacked any depth. Chase was just this knight-in-shining-armor, golden boy, and Roman was the mysterious “bad boy”. They were very cliched roles, and their respective interests in Jewel felt alarmingly like cases of insta-love.

The story started off a little slow for me, but the action begins to pick up about a quarter of the way through. By the halfway point, I will admit that I was completely sucked into the story. The mythology of the Spectral was intriguing, although I felt the reveal was rather anticlimatic. I appreciated the way the author took the idea of witches and added her own spin to it. The mystery element was a bit predictable, but I liked seeing the way things played out. I would like to go more in-depth about my appreciation for certain character twists, but I don’t want to give anything away.

Overall, this book was a little bit disappointing. Witches remain one of my favorite supernatural creatures, so perhaps my expectations of stories containing them are just higher than stories with other supernatural beings. I did like the basic idea of the story, but the way it was executed was, at times, underwhelming. The romantic elements of the book were definitely my least favorite parts, since they felt unrealistic. I will say that this is a fun, exciting story though, and I think it was worth the read.

Cover: 3.5
Plot: 3
Writing: 3
Personally: 3

Overall: 3.1 out of 5

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