Friday, September 30, 2016

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather





It's the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren't enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it's Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.


If you have ever been obsessed with the Salem witch trials or even remotely thought witches were cool at all; you'll want to read How to Hang a Witch. There is mystery, romance, and action up the yin yang; all of which is surrounded in great plot line. I knew I was going to love this book from the very first chapter, and I love being right. The Salem setting was naturally spooky and if you are looking for something to get yourself ready for Halloween; this is it. The epicly lovely old houses, and forest were described so vividly that I could see everything written. I myself have never personally been, but if Ms. Mather used reality for inspiration, I know where I'm taking my next holiday. 


The characters in this book were so amazing! Samantha was gritty and difficult but not in the annoying way most YA heroines tend to be. Jaxon and Elijah both had there own strong traits that made them likeable; but ggiiirrrrllll,  I'll always have a soft spot for men born before the 1900's .  #TeamElijah . 



I'll admit, I chuckled a little at their name but The Decendents kept me guessing with each chapter. My only real issue with them; is that they weren't mentioned enough.  They were all secondary characters at bestand that left me wanting more. Susannah was obviously my favorite, but Alice was strarting to grow on me and dare I say it; I kind of liked her at the end. I wanted to hear more about their stories. If anything, I hope that this becomes a series just so I can explore them more.
The best thing about these characters though, there was a realness to them that made them likeable; even when I wanted to shake some sense into them. Each personality brought something to the table. it was refreshing and dramatic and how they were written helped push their story to the next level.

  



Should you pick up a copy be ready to get lost in all that How to Hang a Witch is . It might be closer to a PG rating than I would normally like; but I never found it lacking. The writing was excellent and even though I was reading an ARC copy I didn't find much to nit pick. The story had plenty of  twists and turns. The climax and ending also did not disappoint. 

Why I couldnt give it a 5/5:

I was left with a lot of questions about Sam's family. Plus Like I said before with The Decendsents; the only thing this story needed was more background. Sure, most everyone has heard of the Salem witch trials, but I felt like there was a missed opportunity to intertwine the two stories together. I would have liked to see more of the past linked in to help make this more than just a good story, but an actual word to be immersed in.

I hope to see more from this author, and maybe if I'm lucky more from these characters.

As always you guys, pick up a copy for yourselves. You never know, you could just find your new favorite . Happy readings.






 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NOTICE

Hey guys,
Erica here, Cass and I first want to say thank you so much for all of the amazing book review requests we have been receiving; however,  at this time we've decided to take a small hiatus for the next two months. Still feel free to email us at booknerdbabes@gmail.com but just be aware that we will not start with any new reviews until November. Sorry for any inconvenience this will cause, or if you were hoping to get a review from us in a short time span; but please stick with us. 

Again, thanks for being so awesome and have a happy Halloween.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Fray Theory; Resonance by Nelou Keramati





Neve Knightly lives in an ordinary world. Where déjà vu is nothing more than a mind-trick. Where premonitions are dismissed as mere coincidence. Where no one thinks twice about the glitches in their reality.

Neve Knightly is living a lie.

But when her nightmare of a tragedy comes true the very next day, she can no longer seek solace in self-deception. The glossy enamel has been shattered, and she has caught a glimpse of what slithers just beneath the surface.

She now has the opportunity to decipher the enigma that’s been haunting her since childhood. But her quest soon becomes deeply entangled with the last two people she could have ever imagined: the love of her life, Dylan, who mysteriously vanished three years ago, and his estranged best friend, Romer, who seems to be guarding a secret of his own.

Romance, rancor, and redemption plummet as priorities, as their lives become riddled with peculiar happenings lying just outside the realm of science. And in search for salvation, they emerge at the brink of unveiling the best-kept secret in human history.





First thing first, this book was complex! It had layers and layers of mystery and secrecy just waiting to be figured out, and if I could impart nothing else in this review, know that this was one unique story, and I have never read anything like it. 

Right from the start I was thrust into a chaotic scene that reeled me into a more sophisticated fantasy story than I have read in a long while. Neve was just trying to figure herself out, when her world was turned on it's head; enter Dylan and Romer who brought their own brand of drama just to keep things interesting. Now when I say sophisticated, I mean that this wasn't some overused and abused basic fantasy story line. There was no vampire werewolf love triangle, there was no evil twin behind the scenes pulling strings, and there was no spider that gave anyone superpowers.  Instead, I felt like I was stuck somewhere between the twilight zone and Doctor Who. It was a fine line to walk down, and although it left me with a lot of questions at the end it was worth it.



Why I couldn't give it a 5/5:
Like with any series, any lingering questions I might have could all be answered in the next book or books; so I'm not too concerned with that...

If I could fix or change anything, it would be the third person narrative. Now, I love me some alternating points of view, and the reader does get more from the story if they can understand what the different characters are thinking, but there wasn't a constant flow and the constant jumping around made it hard to relate to any one character; because just as I was getting to know them, it changed again. Neve had a good base story and there was plenty to build on; but at the end of the book I still felt like all of the characters were a little hollow and I didn't have enough of a connection to them to keep me invested in any sort of relationships/adventures they were having. 

So sorry for the short review but honestly there isn't too much I can really express about this book without giving it all away, and as always you guys, buy the book and read it for yourself. It may be your new favorite. 


xoxo


Friday, July 1, 2016

The Dream Voyagers by David Lyons-Review





(Blurb)
The beautiful Elissia's family built their castle over the gate to the underworld
and have protected the location for centuries. But now she is terrified, alone and at the mercy of those searching for the key. Her final hope of salvation lies in people from a different era, Tom Muldoon and The Rainbow Twins, who in a spine chilling and heart-wrenching story, battle against time and the odds to embrace love, save humanity and defend each other.


(My Review)

Sorry all, I couldn't finish it.
For one, I just wasn't a fan of the writing style. I could appreciate the characters, and where the plot was heading, but the way it was all delivered just wasn't for me. There was a really wonderful Tim Burton/Lemony Snicket feel to the setting and atmosphere but right when it was getting good, the scene would come to an abrupt end. I am not one to shy away from the details, as some of you may know, so quickie little scenes that hold the promise of epic story telling but end right when it gets good, turn me off. I understand the tease of what's to come but you have to do it in away that helps the story not hinders it. Secondly The characters seemed kind of neat from afar, but lacked substance and I had a really hard time connecting with them.They all had some interesting backgrounds, and there was PLENTY to look forward to as far as possible outcomes but unfortunately it just wasn't enough to keep me holding on.


As always guys this was just my opinion, always check it out for yourself and see what you think.







Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Supremacy by Christin Lee--Review


(blurb)
Kate Parker, is a 17 year old senior living in Texas. She's on the swim team, has two incredible best friends, and a passion for saving animals. She falls hard when she meets a mysterious and fascinating guy named Lucas. He has a sexy accent and a killer smile. However, she sees unexplained pain and anger in his dark brown eyes. He claims he’s a foreign exchange student from Spain who is attending the local University—Kate knows there’s more to his story than that. She works hard to discover who he is—what he is.

(MY review)

HO-LEE-CRAP, I Loved this book.
 For one, it was incredibly well written. Were there occasional editing slips? Sure, but they were few and far between. Secondly, I'm just gonna say it, this is the best author submission I've ever read. I have never heard of Christin Lee, I have not already fallen in love with her books before she sent me the email to review this book, so all this love and admiration is coming straight from her work. This was her debut novel, annnnndddd now I have an author crush. 

Let me break it down for you,
Kate was fantastic.
She was smart, she was feisty, and honestly had her act together way more then most 17 year olds fictional or otherwise. There were some points where I wanted to shake her, but then I had to remind myself that the story would be no fun if she was 100% perfect all the time. So fine, I had to deal with the fact the she would, sometimes, be a normal person. Seriously though, Kate was a refreshing heroine to see in the YA genre, I appreciated how resourceful, kind, and mature she was while being a realistic teenager at the same time.

Lucas... hot...mysterious..somewhat worrisome... but hot.
Hi there handsome foreign college student who is funny, sweet , and has seemingly no ulterior motives. How are you today, having issues with you motorcycle? Let me fix that for you. Obviously I loved Luke from the second I saw him standing in the field, shredded up baseball cap and all; putting that aside for just a second, he was also really complex and fantastic. Without giving anything away, I will have to say I won't be waving my TEAM LUCAS banner just yet (trust me, dude has some serious stuff to work out) but I've loved him from the start and as the book progressed most of my worries about him faded to the background. Honestly, I'm pulling for him.

The secondary characters, like Shea, Stephen, and Kate's family. Also major winners.
Shea cracked me up, Stephen made me warm and fuzzy, then angry, then annoyed but I'm dealing with it. Kate's family was tangible and made for great story line support, I would not mind seeing more of them in books to come.

It took a while for the real plot line to become obvious, (around 47% ish) but it was well worth the wait, plus the build up was pretty damn interesting by itself. It was refreshing because I haven't already read 15 different stories just like Supremacy with different details. It was exciting, kind of scary at some points, and really, really romantic for YA. (not that kind of romantic you pervs.)


So basically I loved it. Normally I would break down each category for my review and based on the average give this book a ranking, but it was all fives. Five it is.



(Below are some annotations I made on my kindle while reading... I might have been drinking when reading a chapter or two...ENJOY)

In regards to Stephen..
"Ok even if he has the hots for kate, I love him now."

Luke and Kate...
"Um it may be the wine but that was way hot."

Kate...
"I'm really digging Kate, like a lot."

Back to Stephen...
"Damn Stephen! I take it back!

Christin Lee

Supremacy


XOXO
 




Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kristen Ashley Cover Reveal

(blurb)
Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one’s darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for. 

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

 (The Queen, Kristen Ashley)
Follow her at:
Where to get it: 



I actually started reading KA about a year ago and devoured two of her most popular series. I still have more to go but now I am super excited to add this goregous little prize to my TBR. 


(Can't wait for May 2017!)

XOXO
 


Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Hidden Dagger; Secrets Kept by J.L Mbewe--Review


************************************(blurb)***************************************
With a curse, she will build an army.
With the dagger, she will undo the last sacrifice.
But first the sorceress must find the secret keeper.

Torn from her homeland and thrust into a betrothal against her wishes, Ayianna learns her family has a deadly secret that now has her on the run. She joins forces with Kael, an embittered half-elf, and Saeed, an elderly High Guardian, to seek answers to her father’s death, the destruction of Dagmar, and the plains people’s bizarre behavior.

Ayianna discovers there is more at stake here than just her mother’s disappearance and her familial duty to her betrothed. The sorceress has cursed the plains people, and it is a race against time to release them before the sorceress resurrects an ancient evil.


(MY REVIEW):

I felt like I was missing something
So apparently there is another book, from a totally different series by J.L. Mbewe, that has to do with Ayianna's homeland, but not her personally, that would give some background. (This is coming from another bloggers review) However, this being the first book of this series, I was surprised at how it was written. I felt like there was a bunch of information I was missing, because all these things Ayianna were talking about seemed important; like I should care about them, but they were just referenced and the story moved on, so that bummed me out and left me a little confused. 


Ayianna kind of got on my nerves.
Your brothers raven flies home with a bloody piece of his clothing, and you don't tell anyone? Your father and you get attacked by bandits, you do what? (Don't want to give away any more spoilers) Ayianna was just not strong enough for me to get behind her, and maybe that changes as the book goes on, but after a while I just gave up.

Now listen, I tried, I really did, but honestly, I just couldn't finish it.
I don't know, maybe I was just not feeling this book, because it literally has all the components of fantasy I love, but this was just not working for me.

**remember guys this is just my opinion of the book, I would always encourage you to check it out for yourself.

The Author

Where to buy the book

XOXO




Friday, May 20, 2016

Scarred by Joanne Macgregor--Review



(Goodreads Blurb)
 Life leaves you scarred. Love can make you beautiful.

Sloane Munster had the perfect life, until she didn’t. Now seventeen year-old Sloane is trying to reboot her life after a serious accident left her badly scarred and emotionally traumatized.

Starting her senior year at a different school, she recognizes Luke Naughton, a swimmer whom she once had a crush on, in her new class. But when she smiles at him, he glares back with revulsion and she’s sure he’s disgusted by her ugly scar. No matter how hard she tries to keep out of his way, life keeps bringing them together and despite misunderstandings and guilty secrets, the chemistry between them sparks. Meanwhile, tensions are mounting at their school where bullying is rife and Sloane is not the most deeply scarred person.

Sharp with bittersweet humor, Scarred is an intense, beautiful, compelling story of life, death, damage, and fighting for love against all the odds.

*********************************************************************************
(MY REVIEW)

WELL, this was a nice and complicated story.
Holy crap man, there was A LOT of drama; not that it's a bad thing. For one, we start the story out by meeting Sloan, getting to know her and the fact that she used to be a normal teenage girl, but now "AS", she is this whole new person looking to understand how to live her life now, and find out who she is. I liked that the image she had of her self felt so real, and it brought a lot of complexity to the story. Then when we me meet Luke, and his fine swimming self, there of course had to be some sort of issue for the two of them to overcome when getting together, I mean duh, but HOT DANG it was a doozy. With some pretty well developed background characters, one of which that really twisted the plot around, this story had all the makings of an epic drama.

Sloan was great, and I hated all the guilt she was feeling, but I could understand it.
(Hey Luke, do you want to make out? No, okay bye....)

Damn, Girl went through A LOT. I can totally understand why Sloan would be a little messed up and filled with self doubt. She had plenty of guilt about the part she played in the accident, and as hard as it was to read at times, she never came off whiney or insincere. I really felt for Sloane, almost like a little sister, I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her it would all be ok. She never fell apart or crumbled though, which made her incredibly strong.


I liked Luke, really I did, but he was kind of an asshole too.
(Uh Hi there Aaron Taylor Johnson... I shall call you Luke and you shall be MY Luke.)

Angsty, smart, with such a lovely attitude, oh and handsome as hell; meet Luke Naughton. He had some major attitude for sure, and even though it wasn't explained right away, it was easy to see why. By the middle of the book however, he had me eating out of the palm of his hand.
****A warning to possible Scarred readers, Luke may be a nice guy, but he knows how to make you hurt all the same. Give him some credit before getting too upset at the things he says and does, because this boy does have a heart of gold under his own scars.****



The reasons I couldn't give it a perfect 5,
Scarred lost some points because it contained two of my bookish pet peeves.
01/A Romance, needs to be about romance. Listen there was action and drama up the yin yang, but as much as I came to love Luke and Sloan together, there simply wasn't enough of it. This was YA sure, and I'm not even talking about that kind of romance, but there was literally so much crap keeping these two apart, that I needed way more then one or two small chapters of happy times before the shit hit the fan again.
02/ A story should show its readers what's happening, not just tell them. There were only some points towards the beginning of the story that fell into that category, but all the same. It always disconnects me as a reader and places me outside of the story; which is exactly what I don't want. Give me some more, let me really feel what's going on in the story, sure it'll take up some more pages, but dude, I like to read. I know what I've signed up for.

In the end this book was a fantastic little read, and remember this is just my opinion of the book. Give this one a spin and see what you think of it. Thanks for reading my loves.


The Author:
Joanne Macgregor

Buy Scarred here:
Amazon


XOXO



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms

Morgan Rhodes

Product Details:
Age Range: 12 and up 
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: Falling Kingdoms (Book 1)
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Razorbill; Reprint edition (March 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595145850

ISBN-13: 978-1595145857

Rating:



Synopsis:
Princess Cleo of Mytica confronts violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse. Once a privileged royal, Cleo must now summon the strength to survive in this new world and fight for her rightful place as Queen.

The King of Limeros’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying secret about her heritage that will change everything.

Rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.


Witches, if found, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

Review:
I'm a mood reader. I have picked up this book twice before without being able to finish it. It was bad by any means whatsoever. I just wasn't in the mood at the time.

This last time I picked it up, I told myself I was going to finish it. I love the premise of it, the plot drags you in and keeps you guessing. Rhodes world building is well thought out and I could picture every scene a actor as it's written. I wanted to transport myself into this world just so I can get the full effect of it.

I have so much love and hate for these characters. As son as I was falling for one, they'd die. I compared it George R R Martin for all the Deaths. Some character I found to be douche bags, I ended up rooting for and vice verse.

You need to pick up this book and start this series. Such a captivating world that leaves you breathless and craving for more. Falling kingdoms is a masterpiece and I can't wait to start the second book.