Mini-Reviews: The Dark Days Cub + House of Whispers + A Darker Shade of Magic

the dark days clubThe Dark Days Cub (Lady Helen #1)

Author: Alison Goodman
Publisher/Release Date: January 26th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 496-eBook ARC-Given for review
Finished: January 30th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5

Review:

  • It had the perfect combination of historical and paranormal, and I absolutely loved it! The romance was pretty good too, but not the main focus which worked well.
  • Loved how the “demons” in this world were and how they were different. The idea of how they hunted them and everything was really cool. I’m looking forward to learning more about the Dark Days Club in the next book.
  • I liked the Helen and all her supporting characters, especially Darby. She helped so much and she had a few moments where she was hilarious.

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house of whispersHouse of Whispers (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #5)

Author: J.L. Bryan
Publisher/Release Date: October 2nd 2015 by J.L. Bryan
Pages: 212-eBook-given for review
Finished: November 5th 2015
Goodreads
My Rating:5/5

Review:

  • I read this one last year but never got around to reviewing it. Just like the rest of this series, I loved this book!
  • The ghosts and the background story get better with every book, and this was no exception. I was sucked into the story and kept wondering how they were going to solve it this time.
  • Some of the stuff going on in the hotel was pretty insane, but I was glad that we find out more about a certain rival ghost hunting company.

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A Darker Shade final for IreneA Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1)

Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher/Release Date: February 24th 2015 by Tor Books
Pages: 398-Hardcover-Given as a gift
Finished: December 22nd 2015
Goodreads
My Rating:5/5

Review:

  • Everyone kept telling me to read this book, so when I got it as a gift, I read it as soon as I could. Now I can see why everyone loved it!
  • The idea of the different worlds, parallel but so different in their own ways, was just so good. I loved seeing the magic and how they traveled and just everything about it.
  • The characters were so great and I’m super psyched that the next book is out later this month! I don’t have many more words aside to say that you need to read this. Now.

Favourite Books of 2015!

It’s time again for me to share my favourite books of the year! 2015 was crazy. I had a lot of trouble with reading and blogging, especially near the end. But I did manage to beat my Goodreads goal of 60 by reading 87 books! It’s always hard to choose the best of them, especially since I had a lot of 5 star ratings this time. So to make it easier, I will not be including re-reads since they were already a 5 star before as well. There were so many good books this year but I don’t have the space to add every single one. So here are a few of my selections that really stood out to me. They include ARCs, older books, and newer ones. They are in no particular order! All links go to Goodreads.

 

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | Vicious & A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | A Court of Thorns & Roses and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers | Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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Truthwitch by Sudan Dennard | The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee | Crushed by Eliza Crewe | Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

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5 to 1 by Holly Bodger | Sins of the Warrior by Linda Poitevin

The Crawling Darkness, Terminal, & House of Whispers by J.L. Bryan

Review: Terminal by J.L. Bryan

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Title: Terminal (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #4)
Author: J.L. Bryan
Release Date/Publisher: May 4th 2015 by http://www.jlbryanbooks.com
Finished: April 21st 2015
Pages: 211-eBook-given for review
Series:
1. Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
2. Cold Shadows
3. The Crawling Darkness
4. Terminal
5. Unknown (coming Fall 2015)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ellie Jordan and her apprentice Stacey investigate a house in an elaborate planned community that was only half-built before it went bankrupt, leaving an instant ghost town with only a few residents. The entity haunting this house is a banshee that feeds on sadness and misery.

Unfortunately for Ellie, this is no simple haunting, but just one symptom of the cursed land on which the suburban community was built. The old railroad line running through the nearby woods might just be a conduit for lost souls, including dark spirits will ill intentions toward the living. Ellie soon finds herself facing one of the most complex and difficult hauntings she’s seen in her career.

What I Thought:

The author gave me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Continue reading

Review: The Crawling Darkness by J.L. Bryan

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Title: The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #3)
Author: J.L. Bryan
Release Date/Publisher: February 5th 2015 by jlbryanbooks.com
Finished: January 18th 2015
Pages: 209-eBook given for review
Series:
1. Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
2. Cold Shadows
3. The Crawling Darkness
4. Terminal

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ghost removal specialist Ellie Jordan must face a dangerous, shape-shifting entity that she and Calvin have encountered once before, with tragic results. The spirit has the power to reach into the minds of living and feed on their fears, taking the shape of their worst nightmares, and it has awoken in search of new victims.

Now Ellie must try to succeed where she and her mentor failed before, and try to defeat the twisted and powerful old ghost before it can claim another soul for its collection.

What I Thought:

The author gave me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Continue reading