Top 5 Wednesday | Books Featuring Shapeshifters

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Books Featuring [Paranormal Creature of your choice]- Shapeshifter

I have recently really gotten into urban fantasy. I always loved it, but it has been the genre I am currently drawn to. I am a huge fan of werewolves (along with my love of Teen wolf!) I just wasn’t able to find enough books that contained werewolves that I have read. So I thought it would be fun to do shapeshifters, since werewolves are technically considered that as well!

♦ Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (or really any in the Mercy Thompson series!) walker (coyote), werewolves

♦ The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead 

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♦ Soulless by Gail Carriger 
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♦ The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L Armentrout
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What are some of your favorite shapeshifters? Or paranormal creatures?

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Odd & True by Cat Winters | ARC Review

ODD & TRUE BY CAT WINTERS

Genre: YA, Historal Fiction, Paranormal

Source: Netgalley in return for an honest review

Publication Date: Sept. 12, 2017

Synopsis:
Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

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*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

I do not know how this is my first Cat Winters book. She has been on my radar for awhile and I have only heard amazing things about her books and writing. When I saw this on netgalley I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed. I want to state it at the beginning of my review that what really sold me on this book was the ending.

I loved the time period in which this book took place, it was absolutely perfect for the story and gave something extra to the overall atmosphere of the story. I was also greatly pleased that Winters focused on the relationship between sisters and made that the large focus. So much in YA lately there is such a huge dedication to romance. I believe there is more to life and sometimes more important relationships that should be focused on and spotlighted to let those young adults know it is not all about a love interest. The relationship between the sisters is what really what drove the story and made me love this novel.

At the beginning of the book I felt myself losing interest, it did take a little while to really get the story and characters to grab me, but it was worth it to complete to book. I felt like there was great character growth throughout the book and really enjoyed seeing it slowly take place as the story goes back and forth between present time with Tru and the past with Od. I found that Winters did a fabulous job with incorporating Tru as a disabled character. Winters showed that Tru was able to persevere and not let her limited mobility keep her from going after what she wanted. I thought it was really important that Tru never let it hinder her. It was really inspiring. The sisters were so full of life and imagination.

Overall I found the story to be heart warming and full of whimsy. It had some really important messages that Winters really drove home at the end that many people can find guidance in. Od and Tru are some pretty kickass sisters who never give up. This story was absolutely marvelous and full of monstrous creatures. I will for sure be reading Winters other works and cannot wait for this book to be published.

RoseBlood by A.G Howard | Book Review

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Genre: YA Paranormal, Retelling

“Today you become someone new. From this moment on, you belong to the underworld, from which you were born. You are something monstrous, but beautiful. Something fierce, yet fragile. You are Thorn. The part of the rose that is unloved… that everyone fears for its ability to bring a soul to bleed.”
-A. G Howard, RoseBlood

Synopsis:
In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

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As soon as this book was published I went to the library right away because I have been waiting sine I finished Ensnared. I am a huge fan of A.G Howard, her writing and the beautiful worlds she creates. 

At the beginning of the story I was a little nervous. I know this was a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, but I felt at times it was taking to much from the original story just at the beginning. That quickly changes and I got pulled into the beautifully described world and the events that were going on. The book was so unique and involved so many layers. It was full of the creepy gothic feel and took a turn I was not expecting.

Of course like many books out in the world there was romance. I have to say I really enjoyed this one and loved how it all unfolded. Rune was a strong protagonist, she had been threw so much and grew so much. She really came into her own throughout the book. The development of all of the characters was so well done. The story of the Phantom and Thorn was heartbreaking and complex. I enjoyed all of the side characters as well especially the animal companions. They really added a lot to the story and made the book more complex 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. The world was amazing with beautiful and heartbreaking stories woven together. This is definitely a unique book that cannot compare to anything else I have read. The incorporation of music and the small cameos from the original were nice touches. Although it was a retelling Howard did an amazing job creating a story all of its own. It caught me by surprised multiple times and threw in some interesting twists to the story. It left me in awe and completely satisfied.

RATING-4

You might also like:

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol| Audiobook Review

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UNDER DIFFERENT STARS BY AMY A. BARTOL 

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal

Format: Audiobook

“You cannot thrive under the wrong stars, Kricket… the stars here are in opposition to you… can’t you feel it?… Let us take you home.”
― Amy A. Bartol, Under Different Stars

Series: Kricket

Synopsis:
Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket’s gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

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I was not sure what to expect when I started this book. I was struggling to get through a book a picked this up as an audiobook. I have to admit that the cover was what made me interested. I started this book with not really knowing what it was about or anything. The narrator for this book, Kate Rudd is amazing. I really enjoy her storytelling and voice!

This was my first time reading a book by Amy A. Bartol and I was surprisingly pleasantly happy with what I read. This is a story about a girl who has been in foster care and is almost 18, therefore about to be able to get out and be on her own. That is until some guys start following her and she learns that Earth is not her true home. Reading the synopsis it seems like its going to be a romance revolving around a love triangle, but thats not the case.

“War sounds romantic, heroic even, until everyone you know starts dying.”
― Amy A. Bartol, Under Different Stars

Bartol did an amazing job with creating a new fantastical world of Ethar, the planet in which Kricket is from. I felt like I was there staring up at the stars alongside Kricket. The story was fast paced and had exciting twists thrown in throughout the whole book. Although the love was a little insta-y I enjoyed the love interest, he was definitely my type of swoon worthy male lead. Kricket was feisty, and super sassy. She was strong and wanted nothing more than her independence and the right to make her own choices. She made the perfect badass female protagonist! On top of the political intrigue taking place within the planet of Ethar the book was also full of fun and lively characters that added a layer of humor that was a nice touch to the story! 

Overall I found this book to be a wonderful surprise and cannot wait to continue on with the series. I would recommend this to anyone who loves the sassy kickass Rose Hathaway from The Vampire Academy or is interested in high tech sci-fi worlds!

RATING-4 

Significance by Shelly Crane | Book Review

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Significance by Shelly Crane 

Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance

“You don’t love people for what they can give you. You don’t love them because of what they do for you or how good you make them look. Love is blind, love does not boast, love is not vain.”
― Shelly Crane, Significance

Series: Significance Series 

Synopsis:
Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who’s had a bad year. Her mom left, her dad is depressed, she’s graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she meets Caleb.

She saves his life and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally. They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she’s ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb’s enemies know he’s imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him. Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

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Significance is about a girl named Maggie who at the beginning of the book imprints with a boy named Caleb, who is a supernatural being called an Ace. Throughout the book you follow the twos relationship and all the struggles they face in the human and supernatural world alike.If you have ever read my blog before or know anything about me, you would know how I feel about insta-love. This book took insta-love to a whole new level. Not only does it have insta-love and soulmates, but reminded me a lot of Twilight. I felt like it spent a lot of time focusing on the romance and it was laying it on a little too thick for me. I dislike when girls are so dependent on the male and can’t seem to handle anything in their life without the boy. I know with the imprinting and soulmate trope it is what is expected, but it was just too much.  Now regardless of the matter of insta-love that was present in the book I did think overall that this was a sweet, cute and easy read, just not something that is for me.

Maggie fell a little short for me in the character development department. She had her moments, but never really seemed to find herself. Caleb was swoon-worthy and everything you would want from a lead male. He was protective and would do anything for her. Caleb’s family was also fun and dynamic. They had so much personality and have that quality that you would want in a big extended family.

I like some of the characters but had no real connect and deep love of them. The book at times became repetitive and replayed many of the same scenes. Maggie was desperate and needy and was just too whiny. This book presents all consuming love and young love. I think that for people who are really into romance and a developing relationship between two people would adore this book. This book just did not do it for me and is a series I do not think I will be continuing. Yet again I am in the minority with my feelings on this book and might be for the fact that I need a storyline and strong plot as well as the fact that I am not fully into romance books.

RATING-6

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma | ARC Review

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Genre: YA, Paranormal, Mystery

Source: ARC from Algonquin Young Readers

Release Date: March 24, 2015 

” We were, all of us, the exact opposite of special. We were bad. Broken. It was up to the state to rehabilitate us into something worthy, if it even could. Maybe, long ago, we used to be good. Maybe all little girls are good in the beginning.”
– Nova Ren Suma, The Walls Around Us

Synopsis:
The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

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*I would like to thank Algonquin Young Readers for a copy of the book in return for an honest review*

I am still not exactly what it is I want to say about this book. I have such mixed feelings about it and can’t seem to put all my thoughts together to give an informative review, so bare with me. While sitting here trying to write this review I am looking back at the book and I feel like I missed something or that the book was missing something, but can’t figure out what it is.

This book is written from the perspective of two different characters (Amber and Violet). While you learn about both of the girls and their live you also are learning about their involvement, interactions and impact on their lives of another girl (Ori). For me it seemed like the story was suppose to be about telling Ori’s story and what really happened. At times there was just a lot going on and took awhile to put things together. (I mean it is a mystery so I guess in a way it was suppose to be that way)

I did prefer one of the narratives more than the other (Amber). At times Suma’s writing was so lyrical and poetic. She created a great dark atmosphere with a setting that was developed through great imagery and became so vivid. The book definitely plays with your mind a little and has a darker tone. The ending was for sure dark and twisty. I also found that I liked the way the two story lines intertwined. I found the characters to be quite intriguing. The two main characters Amber and Violet both had secrets and were very different from each other. It was interesting to learn about all the girls in the jail and what earned each of them a spot there as well as their issues while there. This was for sure one of those not everything/everyone is as it/they seem.

Overall this was a unique story that is on the darker side and was an intriguing read as my first from Nova Ren Suma. It was different than I expected, but I still enjoyed it and the dark and twisty, mess with my mind feel it portrayed. Although I do not complete agree with them selling it as Orange is the New Black meets Black Swan it does have some components and feel that those two give off. If you are a fan of mysteries that have twists, confusion, jail, ballet you should check this book out.  

(Sorry if this is a confusing and unhelpful review. I really had a hard time writing this. I feel like I would have to reread the book. There were parts I really enjoyed and others that confused me.)

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Kindle E-Book Tour | Young Adult Paranormal

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Werewolf Parallel by Roy Gill

Witch Song by Amber Argyle

Unenchanted by Chanfa Hahn

Turned by Morgan Rice

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

The Grimm Diaries by Cameron Jace

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Girl and the Raven by Pauline Gruber

The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen

The Daemon Parallel by Roy Gill

Branded by Keary Taylor

The Borderlands by Aderyn Wood

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The Collector by Victoria Scott

When Fully Fused by Shari J. Ryan

Schasm by Shari J. Ryan

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Turned at Dark by C.C Hunter

Talented by Sophie Davis

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine

Boyfriend from Hell by E. Van Lowe

The Witches of Glass Castle by Gabriella  Lepore

Awaken by Jamie Guerard

Make sure to watch out for the next section of my Kindle Book Tour.

Splintered by A.G Howard | Book Review

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Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal (retelling)

“He’s a contradiction: taut magic coiled to strike, gentleness at war with severity, a tongue as sharp as a whip’s edge, yet skin so soft he could be swathed in clouds.”
― A.G. Howard, Splintered

Series: Splintered Trilogy
The Moth in the Mirror (#1.5 Splintered Trilogy)
Unhinged (# 2 Splintered Trilogy)
Ensnared (#3 Splintered Trilogy)

Synopsis:
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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*Warning this review may be jumbled and not make sense. It may repeat and fangirl a little too much, but how can I not*

Not only did this book shock and surprise me, but I absolutely fell in love with the whimsical writing and dark and beautifully haunting story. Now it is not the same kind of love that I have for the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, but since this book is more inspired by Carroll’s original story (and takes a whole new twist on a classic story we all thought we knew) more so than a retelling it gave me exactly what I needed and wanted from a book using the story and events from one of my all time favorite works!

For the most part I am just at a complete loss for words when it comes to this book and feel like I can’t write a review to do it justice. Now I will state I did have a few slight problems with this book, but I was able to overlook them because of the direction Howard took this well known classic story and made it gritty, dark, haunting, slightly twisted and completely turned the original story upside down. I found Howard’s writing and story telling to have some fantastic parallels to Carroll’s writing and although there were components taken/ mentioned from the original work she did it in such a way that it created a book that felt totally unique and original all on its own. I loved that you still got the whimsical and nonsensical feel in the writing and story, which was something that I greatly appreciated and enjoyed immensely. The language, sentence structures, the poems, pretty much nailed it. The prose was everything you would want an expect from a mad and crazy world such as Wonderland. I did find the beginning to be a tad slow and it took me a couple chapters to get into it (I think I was being so judgmental and just not going to let myself like it because I am such a huge fan and slightly obsessed with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) but I became completely hooked and devoured the book unable to put it down (and had to pick up the sequel right away).

I found myself falling in love with all the characters/creatures that Howard developed, imagined and created. I really enjoyed Alyssa! She definitely marches to the beat of her own drum and isn’t afraid to be different. She was also a strong female character and wanted to make her own decisions, which I appreciate.  I love the complexity presented with her character and felt like there was great character development when it came to her internal struggles and finding out who she really is by the end of the book. Then there was the trend found so commonly in the YA genre that I have huge internal struggles and issues with, the dreaded love triangle. I did find that it did not play too big of a role in this story and could handle it. It seemed to add to the overall conflict of the story and for this book it worked. I was very fond of both male characters Jeb and Morpheus! They both have that same twisted pasts and views on life that mirror Alyssa and really work with the story. They both had great personalities and made it very hard for me to pick a team!

Overall this is an absolutely fantastic story that is dark, whimsical and maddening. It incorporates the jargon and nonsensical atmosphere found in Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is imaginative and has descriptions so beautifully written that brings the pages and world to life! It definitely portrays the darker side of Wonderland and remind me at times of the 2010 Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland. I think anyone who loves and has an sort of obsession with Wonderland will highly enjoy this unique take. I also think it is a good way for someone who has never read the classic to get into and fall complete mad over the story and place of Wonderland!

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The Line by J.D. Horn | Book Review

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Genre: Paranormal/Witches, Urban Fantasy

Format: Audiobook

“Savannah had the power to hold people long after their final sell-by date had been carved into marble. You didn’t need to be a witch, or even a psychic, to see spirits in Savannah—”
– J.D. Horn, The Line

Series: Witching Savannah

Synopsis:
Bold, flirty, and with a touch of darkness, debut author J.D. Horn spins a mesmerizing tale of a family of witches . . . and the problem that can arise from being so powerful. As Charlaine Harris’ series winds down—and as Deborah Harkness’ series heats up—Witching Savannah is new contemporary fantasy that will be sure to enchant new readers.

Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming in a distant second to the minutes older, exquisite and gifted twin she adores. Hopelessly in love with her sister’s boyfriend, she goes to a Hoodoo root doctor for a love spell. A spell that will turn her heart to another man, the best friend who has loved her since childhood.

Aunt Ginny, the family’s matriarch, would not approve. But Mercy has more to worry about than a love triangle when Aunt Ginny is brutally murdered. Ginny was the Taylor family’s high commander in the defense of the bewitched line that separates humankind from the demons who once ruled our realm.

A demon invasion looms now that the line is compromised. Worse yet, some within the witching world stand to gain from a demon takeover. Mercy, entangled in the dark magic of her love spell, fighting for her sister’s trust, and hopelessly without magic, must tap the strength born from being an outcast to protect the line she doesn’t feel a part of…

In this riveting contemporary fantasy, Horn delivers the full betrayal, blood, and familial discord of the best of Southern gothic.[Goodreads]

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I did not know anything about this book or heard anything about this series ever before. I just picked it up because it was one of the options for an audiobook on kindle unlimited and was about witches. I have to say I was surprised by this book and although I did not think it was perfection it was an enjoyable read that had some unseen twists and some interesting elements.

The Line is about a family of witches living in Savannah, Georgia. The main protagonist is Mercy Taylor and she is known as the dud of her family. In a family full of witches she has been born with no powers and her twin sister Maize is the golden child and amazing witch. Horn develops a great southern setting that has that charm and rumors of what the Taylor family really is. The story is filled with magic and explores different methods in which magic can be used. The world was presented as a normal human world with a great developed “underground” of magic, witches, ghosts and other paranormal beings. Although, this book wasn’t without its flaws. I felt like some parts of the story were rushed/not explained whereas other parts were just missing something. The ending and those shocking twists at the end of the book saved the book for me a little from just being mediocre.

I love that this book mainly focused and revolved around the Taylor family. It added an element to this story that you do not see a lot in paranormal/urban fantasy. Mercy was an absolutely phenomenal character that was so strong-willed, independent and not without her sarcasm. There were some other really great secondary characters that had loud and crazy personalities. I found the relationships that was formed between Mercy and Jilo was really interesting and opened up more of the world that Horn was creating.

Overall I though this was an enjoyable book about witches that really took a unique take in a human world with some interesting magical workings. I think the magical world and what the abilities such as jumping dimensions was awesome. The whole idea of the “line” which is where they get the magic was a unique concept and added greatly to the story. The book is the best one I have ever read, but I also do not think it is a disappointing read as long as you aren’t expecting a mind blowing story. It was a fun and easy read with a sassy female lead which in my opinion is always a win and if you listen to it on audiobook its great because its in a southern accent!

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Asylum by Madeleine Roux |Book Review

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Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal

“It was a house for those who could not take care of themselves, for those who heard voices, who had strange thoughts and did strange things. The house was meant to keep them in. Once they came, they never left.”
― Madeleine Roux, Asylum

Series: Asylum Duology

Synopsis:
For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux’s teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.[Goodreads]

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This book was definitely a creepy book. It was one that causes your imagination to work on overload as you slowly start to creepy yourself out about all the possibilities of what could happen. It has a dark ominous feel to it and the creepy pictures sprinkled throughout the book to help create that eerie atmosphere.

This book is about some kids who are attending a summer program at a college in New, Hampshire and the dorms are located in a building that use to be an asylum. You can just guess from that sentence that the book is bound to be filled with creepy and scary content. The main character Dan starts to uncover the history of the building and along with it he gets wrapped up in some of the workings and secrets that are held in the basement of the building. Roux weaves together a mysterious story that slowly comes together with a narrator that becomes unreliable.  The unreliability of the main character, Dan Crawford causes you to question his sanity and the facts of the story.

The characters seemed to not work all that well for me. Although I felt a connection due to the situation they were going through and have been in situations in which I have question my sanity because of things that were happening or what my imagination was doing to me. I also felt like the setting and story was something that was in the realm of reality. When I was in college we had a few buildings that were really old and had many ghost stories associated with them and when you had to go in them you always get this strange feeling and start to creep yourself out. Although I did enjoy that it was a male protagonist, Abby and Jordan were my favorite characters. They had great and quirky personalities that I really enjoyed. There was just something with the relationships , interactions and dialogue that wasn’t working for me and a little strange that I can’t exactly put my finger on.

Overall this was a spooky book that is perfect for the fall and Halloween time.The book was a easy and fast read that was layered with suspense making it captivating and gripping that I had to finish it and know what was happening. It is an eerie mystery horror story that plays with your mind and imagination. It gives you the feelings that many of us know so well of having our minds playing tricks on us and creeping us out imagining that they are things happening or there that are not. I would say that if you get scared easily, have an overactive imagination or live alone, don’t read this at night! I sure creeped myself out and had my mind making me think I was seeing things that were not there. It was a fantastic story that has the possibility of happening to you and your friends that makes it even creepier and a truly gripping book.

RATING-4