ARC Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

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Title: The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2)
Author: Alison Goodman
Release Date/Publisher: January 31st 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Finished: December 10th 2016
Pages: 496-ARC Paperback-Given for review
Series:
1. The Dark Days Club
2. The Dark Days Pact
3. Untitled

Synopsis from Goodreads:

June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be.

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Mini-Reviews for #ReadThemAllThon: Crossed + The Geography of You and Me

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Author: Eliza Crewe
Publisher/Release Date: August 13th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 346-Paperback-Owned
Finished: August 20th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:

  • Finally got around to reading this! I love this series and I was so glad to get back to this world. The dark humour and characters were just as I remembered them.
  • Meda and Jo are still such great characters, and I actually really liked Jo in the second half of the book. Even Armand was enjoyable after the events in the second book.
  • This is a series that I definitely need to re-read back to back some day and I really hope that more people get into it!

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the geography of you and meThe Geography of You and Me

Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher/Release Date: April 15th 2014 by Poppy
Pages: 337-Paperback-Gifted
Finished: August 18th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • This book was so cute! I loved the other book I read by this author so I was glad I finally got to get to this.
  • Certain parts were frustrating because it made you feel like they kept getting further and further apart and that it might not work out. But at the same time it really made you feel how long-distance relationships could feel, even though theirs was complicated. My husband and I did long distance for a while until he moved in, so I understood the need of wanting the other person there.
  • I loved the postcard theme throughout the book! I think it would have been even more amazing if we could have seen the postcards though.

ARC Review: What the Dead Want by Norah Olson

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Title: What the Dead Want
Author: Norah Olson
Release Date/Publisher: July 26th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: March 16th 2016
Pages: 320-eBook ARC-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Haunting photographs and dark family secrets make this second spine-tingling novel from Norah Olson the perfect read for fans of creepy, suspenseful teen fiction.

A love of photography, an old camera, and countless questions—these are all that sixteen-year-old Gretchen has left of her mother, who mysteriously disappeared years ago.

Now she must return to the place where her mom vanished—a decaying mansion that Gretchen has suddenly inherited from her great-aunt Esther. However, Gretchen won’t find the answers she’s seeking without unraveling the secrets that lurk inside the house. There are stacks of photographs and letters from her ancestors that go back centuries, pointing to some kind of haunting past. But when proof of the mansion’s dark history appears to Gretchen in the form of ghostly visions and the soft, eerie whisper of her mother’s voice, there’s no doubt that something sinister has taken place there.

No matter how scared she might be, Gretchen must somehow uncover the reasons why this indescribable force has descended upon her family and find a way to set everyone—even the dead—free.

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ARC Mini-Reviews: Sword and Verse + Shallow Graves

sword and verseSword and Verse (Sword and Verse #1)

Author: Kathy MacMillan
Publisher/Release Date: January 19th 2016 by HarperTeen
Pages: 384-ARC eBook-Given for review
Finished: December 28 2015
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • Loved the first half of the book! After about 60% it got slow and I wasn’t sure I liked the direction it was taking. It sped up near the end and ended up being really good though.
  • The story about the gods at the beginning of each chapter was super interesting, and I really liked it. I would totally read about just that as a separate book.
  • Overall I liked it and can’t wait to continue this series.

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Author: Kali Wallace
Publisher/Release Date: January 26th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368-ARC eBook-Given for review
Finished: January 12 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:4.5/5

Review:

  • I really liked this one! It was a paranormal through the eyes of the “monsters”.
  • Reminded me of the show Supernatural a little bit, and I liked seeing the other side of the people being hunted.
  • The main character was troubled and perfect for this story. I won’t say what she was, but it was interesting and I just kept wanting to read it.
  • It looks like it’s a stand-alone book on Goodreads, but if that changes I will definitely be continuing this series.

Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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Title: The Archived (The Archived #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Release Date/Publisher: January 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
(first published January 22nd 2013)
Finished: July 19th 2015
Pages: 352-Paperback-Own
Series:
1. The Archived
2. The Unbound
3. Untitled

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hardwon redemption.

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