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Book Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake


If you remember my post about the first book then you would know that I was completely in love with the first book. However, the second book was more of a like then love situation.

Still hunting ghosts, Cas Lowood, is missing Anna dressed in blood; only months before she opened the door to hell and saved his life. He should move on right? Not at all, although he is trying with the help of his friends, Cas can’t move on from his first love mainly because he is having nightmares of Anna being tortured in hell; Unable to ignore these dreams and images, Cas takes a trip down past demons in order to save Anna’s life.

In the first book, Cas makes friends with Thomas and Carmel. Thomas and Carmel start dating and Cas is the third wheel, which is fine. What bothered me about these friendships is Carmel. I. COULD. NOT. STAND. HER. She forced herself to be there because she was nosy and her being the most popular girl in school she had to know what was going on. She cheated on Thomas. She wanted everything to be catered to her. For instance, Cas was had to kill a ghost and it was more gruesome than before. Carmel was scared and didn’t want to see the mess. Cas was like well this is my job you don’t have to be here. He was getting tired of her crap towards the end of the novel as well.

Also the book stalled . . .  and it was very noticeable. I under stand why Blake did it and I honestly don’t know if I would do it differently, but even with that said the book still lost points.

Was it as great as number 1? No. Was it good? Yes.

The book gets 7 out of 10.

Book Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand


Let me first begin by stating how I actually really enjoyed the Unearhtly series. However, I am not sad it ended nor am I happy with the author for how she ended it.

Clara Gardner, which we know by now, is part angel and part human. In the first book she fell in love with a country boy named Tucker even though her soulmate is the amazing Christian Prescott. In the second book, she realizes that Tucker’s life would constantly be in danger if she stayed with him and although she tries to keep her feelings for Christian at bay and protect Tucker. Also her brother is going through a mess of things and is being distant from his mother and sister. By the end of the book not only does Clara break up with Tucker but her brother runs away.

In Boundless, she goes away to college with Christian and as much as she tries to forget about Tucker it doesn’t work. There is a huge danger that from the beginning of the book Clara and Christian is prepping for. Hand does a great job of leading up to drama; her details are great and leave much the imagination.  However, she went weak on Clara; who becomes extremely annoying in the book. She leads Christian on who not only puts his life in danger but has worn his heart on his sleeve for her; he even choose her over the girl was in love with before meeting her. I didn’t like how at the end of the book when Clara pretty much gets what she wants there is no sign or mention of Christian as if he didn’t save her life a few times or as if he didn’t love her.

My next issue is Clara’s brother. The whole drama in the book is because of him and the only thing the author figured Clara should say about her brother at the end of the book is that ‘I hope he comes by.” Like REALLY?

I feel that Hand got really lazy for the end of the book and granted the book is all about Clara there still should be something about those boys at the end. 9 years had passed by. LIKE COME ON!

I hope that she decides to come out with a book about Christian that Clara won’t show up in because she pretty much deaded him and I strongly believe that she (Clara) was selfish.

This book gets a 7 out of 10 mainly because that ending was disappointing and Clara was annoying.

Book Review: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray


Nadia is a witch . . . rephrases a witch in training. She moves to Captive’s Sound after her mother walks out on her, her father, and little brother. Nadia is upset but is trying hard to stay strong for her family. However, when they drive through the border of Captive’s Sound she feels a magic so strong her book of spells clashes with its force field and causes an accident.

Mateo is the boy everyone talks about; his family has a history of seeing the future and going mad because of it. So naturally everyone  thinks he is crazy. Mateo sees Nadia in his dreams and only thinks the worst of himself and Nadia’s life.

Sounds good so far? Yes, it does and here is the disappointing part . . . the book lost its luster almost half way through. The author starts it off great! To the point that I’m not doing anything but read this book. But there was way too much running around in the book. The bad girl, yes it is a girl, is found very quickly in the book and to beat her takes at least another 8 chapters.

I love what the author started doing with the book but it faded. The only reason I would read part two of this book is in hopes to find out what happened to her mother. That is the biggest reoccurring topic in the book.

This book gets 5 out of 10.

Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


Although it seems like a typical boy meets girl story, there was nothing typical about it. Cas Lowood , with the thought of revenge for his father’s death pushing him , he moves from city to city, state to state, country to country to kill ghost/dead people; Of course, with the help of his mom and a ghost detecting cat.

On this particular “trip” Lowood, has to kill Anna dressed in blood; a local legend in which a ghost kills everyone who enters her house. However, the twist to this is she spared his life. Anna is not like any other ghost Lowood has met. Not only did she spare his life, which is completely abnormal but she is still wearing the dress she died in.

Honestly, I couldn’t have found a better book to read. The author did an amazing job with details. Lowood’s mother is a witch, so in various parts of the books she describes smells, more than just using the terms rosemary or lavender. She does her best to make sure the author knows that this is what the mother does. She creates herbs, and scents for protection. I also believe she did a good job of keeping Lowood very realistic. He is a 17 year old boy and although she doesn’t put in the book he thinks about girls and drinking and partying, she makes references to his struggle of trying to make his mom happy and doing his job (of killing ghosts).

The pace of the story was steady. It didn’t move too fast in which you didn’t think you missed something and also the “action” scenes gave you no question to what happened. It shocked and moved you, which is exactly what it should do.

As in every story, in which a boy meets a girl, there is love and who the love in between was probably the craziest part of the story. I loved it; it was perfect. This book had the perfect amount of love, horror, freak-out and sadness.

The book gets a nice 10 out of 10. There is a second book and so look out for that review!

Book Review: Chopsticks

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral



This book was a pleasant surprise. The book begins by the audience knowing that Glory, a piano prodigy, now teenager has disappeared.  The books show the events that happened before she disappeared. The most important event is when Frank moves next door. By this time Glory is nearing a meltdown . . . and that pretty much happen.

Without going too detailed into the book, what you should know about this book is it is told through photos, letters, postcards and instant messages. What was great was the random playlists that were in the book.

The authors seemed to have a real connection to the character because there was more than the regular teenage desperation to be together. It wasn’t just a  broken home, messed up friends. It seemed real and really believable. The ending caught me by surprised. Just how everything played it made it a good read.

I give this book a 8 out of 10. I would read it again.