Seventh Born by Monica Sanz | ARC Review


Genre: YA, Fantasy,Paranormal

Publication Date: Sept. 4, 2018

Source: Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review

Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.

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*I would like to thank Entangled Publishing and the author for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*


Seventh Born was like visiting an old friend. It had those elements from the stories and series we love. For me it was pulling inspirations from Harry Potter and Vampire Academy, taking place at a boarding school, magic, mystery, a dab of romance & forbidden love . Not to say I am comparing it to those books, but it was definitely reminiscent of those stories for me and gave me those warm fuzzy feelings of nostalgia. Monica Sanz worked some of her own magic in developing a setting and backstory that was so intriguing and mixed with the elements of magic and mystery, it kept me on the edge of my seat, devouring the book.

Sera was an amazing main character that has her own flaws, but is really trying to find herself and her place in this world in which she doesn’t belong/wanted. I loved her determination and loyalty. I think her confidence and strength are exactly the qualities that a female lead should have in a book to be a great role model for young girls. She is my favorite character, but I quite enjoyed some of the others, they were complex and well thought out with depth that also gave you a concern for what would happen to them in the end regardless of some events that took place.

This book definitely came as a shock to me and surprised me with how quickly I got drawn into the story and how much I need to rest of the series like last week. Overall I don’t know how I can wrap up my feelings about this story without it being a complete gush. From the backstory and history of this world to the present day happenings and unsolved mystery, It created such an atmosphere and places you within the story trying to figure out what is happening right along Sera. There was a wide array of characters each with their own struggles and personalities that have you invested in the people as much as the plot. The overall atmosphere is what you would expect from a mystery novel, it is dark and a little creepy and then add in the fantasy elements, creating such an unknown which drives forward the story. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I think it has elements that could appease a wide audience and believe the story deserves attention!



Friday Reads | #ARCAugust & Traveling Book Time


With the end of August upon us it means I need to kick it into gear with all of the ARCs I have to read, especially the ones that come out in September. I am also starting to switch the seasons in my head and have been craving thrillers,mysteries and paranormal reads in anticipation for fall and HALLOWEEN!!! My current read, Seventh Born by Monica Sanz  is definitely fulfilling my fall needs because it revolved around witches at boarding school. I know what  you are thinking, Ashley that sounds too much like Harry Potter. And I will tell you right now it gives off some vibes/feels of HP for the fact that it is a boarding school for magic, it also slightly reminds me at times of Vampire Academy because they focus on elements. With that being said I am only a little over half way through it and although it seems like it might be to much like those two stories I am here to tell you it is not. It gives me those warm fuzzy feelings because it has elements that remind me of those other series I love, but it has such a unique backstory ( one that I am so drawn into and needing more from) It has the magic school story, it has mystery and it has elements of witch hunt, romance and secrets. I cant wait to see where the story goes! I also started Little Monsters by Kara Thomas as an audiobook. I am not very far into it so I don’t have much to say thought wise, but I needed a mystery/thriller. 

I am hoping to be able to start Home and Away by Candice Montgomery this weekend as it is the book I am reading for the traveling book group I am in. We all picked a book that we will read and annotate and then rotate them throughout the group doing the same thing with each book until we get our own book back. By that time it will have a bunch of annotations from everyone in the group! I am really excited about it and cant wait to keep you all update throughout the next months as we do this!

What are you reading this weekend?