How To Hang A Witch

How to Hang a Witch

How did I get it?:
Received from Walker Books, in exchange for an honest review!

Synopsis:

After Sam’s father is hospitalised, she has to move from New York to Salem with her stepmother, Vivian. Unfortunately, Sam is related to Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for the Salem Witch Trials, and to say she feels unwelcome in Salem is an understatement… She is particularly unnerved by The Descendants, a mysterious and tight-knit group of girls related to those persecuted in the Trials. At the same time, she must deal with Elijah, the handsome but angry ghost who has appeared in her house, and her new neighbour Jaxon only complicates things further.

Thoughts:

I’m not going to lie, I do love a good witch-y read. Quite often though, they make me cringe. I had heard good things about How To Hang A Witch so when I had the opportunity to read it, I quickly snapped it up. I really enjoyed reading this book. It didn’t take me long to read it at all. I thought Adriana Mather had a very addictive writing style. Her writing is incredibly easy to read. I loved how it was a little bit paranormal but also had element of historical fiction.

How To Hang A Witch is set in Salem. We all know Salem as the place where the infamous witch trials took place. Our main character is Sam who is related to Cotton Mather, a man who practically encouraged witch-fearing. Salem is pretty proud of its history. The town is not happy about Sam’s arrival. Right from her first day she suffers bullying and harassment, especially from a group of girls called The Descendants who are descendants of the convicted witches. Sam also had to deal with a spirit who has appeared in her house and then there’s Jaxon, another complication.

I absolutely adore historical fiction, so the element of the story that involved the witch trials really captured my attention. I loved the descriptions of Salem. A place that fascinates me. It came across as so eerie which I adored! I also loved that the author was a Mather. It gave a personal feel to the story for me that I really enjoyed.

I liked Sam as a character. I didn’t enjoy the relationship with her stepmother though. I found their arguments a little tedious to read. I found Sam’s attitude quite frustrating at times but I liked her determination. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance element of this book. It felt to me like the author was trying to make a love triangle happen. I’m not a fan of love triangles at all. It actually turned me off the story a little.

I’m interested to read the next book in the series. Adriana Mather has me intrigued!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I’m intrigued to see where this series goes next!

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As Dead It Gets- Spoiler for Book 2! (Bad Girls Don’t Die #3)

As Dead As It Gets (Bad Girls Don't Die, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same author:
Bad Girls Don’t Die
From Bad To Cursed

Synopsis:

It’s been three months since Alexis helplessly witnessed Lydia Small’s violent death, and all she wants is for her life to return to normal.

But normal people don’t see decaying bodies haunting photographs. Normal people don’t have to deal with regular intrusions from Lydia’s angry ghost, sometimes escalating to terrifying attacks.

At first, it seems that Lydia wants revenge on Alexis alone. But a girl from school disappears one night, and Alexis spots one of Lydia’s signature yellow roses lying on the girl’s dresser the next day. Soon, it becomes clear that several of Alexis’s friends are in danger, and that she’s the only person who can save them. But as she tries to intervene, Alexis realizes that her enemy is a much more powerful ghost than she’s ever faced before… and that its fate is tied to hers in ways she couldn’t possibly imagine.

Not even in her worst nightmares.  

Thoughts:

I think most regular readers of my blog will know that I’m not a massive fan of horror/paranormal. I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror. I have a way too active imagination. However, I have devoured the Bad Girls Don’t Die series by Katie Alender. It’s a fantastic YA ghost series which I really don’t see enough of around the blogosphere. I expected more drama in this finale if I’m completely honest, but it was still utterly readable and chilling at the same time.

As Dead as It Gets takes place not long after the events of From Bad To Cursed. Our main protagonist, Alexis can now see ghosts, especially in photographs that she takes. Alexis is keen to give up this hobby because she’s fed up of being spooked by ghosts. Alexis is haunted by Lydia Small who died in the second book. Carter, who was with Alexis has started dating another girl and Alexis decides to move on with Jared. Jared is quite a lovable character in the second book, so I could get on board with this relationship. Girls have been disappearing and two of them have been found dead, each time a girl disappears yellow roses are found by her. Alexis is convinced that Lydia has something to do with it as Lydia had yellow roses at her funeral.

I felt like Alexis was pretty alone in this book. She was so isolated. We didn’t see much of her relationship with Kasey, her relationship with Carter and her best friend Megan. We see her relationship with Jared, but we soon learn that he is incredibly controlling. I really wanted someone to be there for her and that was lacking at first in this book. I did like Elliot though, who we are introduced to- she begins to develop a friendship with Alexis.

I really enjoyed the character of Lydia in As Dead As It Gets! I love how her character develops over the course of the series, she grows so much in this book and there are some particularly chilling scenes that involve her. On the other hand, there are some incredibly touching scenes too. She was one of my favourite things about this book.

I think there was far too much going on in this book and it lost some of the charm of the first two books. However, I’d still highly recommend this series. I’ve been so impressed with Katie Alender’s writing, I’m eager to explore more.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Not an explosive ending, but decent all the same!

Tell The Wind and Fire

Tell the Wind and Fire

How did I get it?
NetGalley- thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Unspoken
Untold
Unmade

Synopsis:

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Thoughts

I was really excited to get approved for this book as I absolutely adored The Lynburn Legacy that I have previously read by Sarah Rees Brennan. I was intrigued by the synopsis and how it was based on A Tale Of Two Cities. I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of A Tale Of Two Cities, but I was interested nonetheless!

I enjoyed Tell The Wind And Fire. It’s a story of two cities, one of light and one of dark. It is centred in New York, so think Light New York and Dark New York. I’m always intrigued by books that involve magic. I really think this book has a great mixture of magic, romance and adventure.

Tell The Wind and Fire opens with our main characters Lucie and Ethan. They are stopped on their way home one night. Ethan is accused of helping the rebels. Ethan’s doppelgänger, named Carwyn, appears in order to save Ethan’s life. After all, in this world doppelgängers are created in order to save another person. They are supposed to be killed, but Ethan’s mum decided to save Carwyn. Doppelgängers are illegal and if Ethan’s popular family are found to have a doppelgänger it could affect their ‘celebrity’ reputation.

Once again, Sarah Rees Brennan has created some amazing characters. I thought Ethan and Lucie were interesting characters, but for me, Carwyn really stole the story for me. I think without him this story might have suffered. He really was a stand out character.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

An intriguing storyline with a great character involved!

The Accident Season

The Accident Season

How did I get it?:
It was a Christmas present!

Synopsis:

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Thoughts:

At the end of last year, I heard so much about this book throughout the blogosphere. I knew I wanted to get my hands on it, so I put it on my Christmas wishlist. I was lucky enough to get a copy at Christmas time! I’m thrilled that I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual read, which really wasn’t what I expected it to be. It’s an incredible debut novel which makes me very excited for the author’s future work!

The Accident Season centres around Cara and her siblings. Cara’s family have been cursed with bad luck. Every October, they have to be careful as it is the accident season. It is a time when every member of the family gets hurt in one way or another. Some accident seasons have ended in death- others are cuts, bruises and broken bones. Cara’s mother is extremely paranoid and makes her family cover up, she hides dangerous items and does everything she can to prevent accidents. Cara is infuriated by her mother’s paranoia. She decides that this year she will have a Halloween party in a spooky old house that she’s just discovered. The Accident Season is mysterious throughout. We begin the story learning about a girl named Elsie who is strangely in every photograph that Cara has taken. Cara wants to find out why Elsie is appearing everywhere and then suddenly, isn’t as present in ‘real life’.

Don’t expect to go into reading The Accident Season expecting to know what was going on. There were times throughout that I didn’t have a clue where the story was going. I didn’t always understand what was going on at all times, but that’s what was so unique about it. I wasn’t frustrated though. It really worked in this book.

I struggled to categorise this book, because there really is a slice of everything. It’s certainly a YA read, but it’s also got a paranormal, fantasy, magical realism and a slice of romance edge to it. It’s a book that many readers will enjoy but at the same time, I get the feeling its uniqueness will divide! I recommend that you read it to form your own opinion!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic, addictive debut which will make you think!

Bad Girls Don’t Die (Bad Girls Don’t Die #1)

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents’ marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it’s all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening–to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she’s the only person who can stop Kasey — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?

Thoughts:

I had heard so much about Bad Girls Don’t Die but I was worried to read it as I have a very vivid imagination. I decided to just go for it and I’m so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I can’t wait to read more from the series.

Bad Girls Don’t Die centres around Alexis and her younger sister Kasey. Alexis is a keen photographer and is often taking pictures at all times of night. Kasey is absolutely obsessed with dolls, which Alexis finds strange. What’s even stranger is that Kasey is getting stranger by the day. Her eyes are changing colour, she’s speaking in a really old fashioned way and she has an incredible amount of strength for a pre-teen! Alexis is convinced that her sister is possessed and she endeavours to find out who or what is behind the possession!

I think readers will either love or hate Alexis. She’s quite rebellious, but at the same time she’s incredibly moany about her family life. She hates the fact that her mum works 24/7 and doesn’t pay much attention to her. Kasey is an incredible character. I found her cute at some points and terrifying at others.

The storyline is action packed and so easy to read. It’s not too scary. I found it more of a creepy, thriller read. I just wanted to know what on earth was going on! I’m intrigued to see how this series progresses.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

An intriguing, chilling start to the series!

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3)

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Something Strange And Deadly
A Darkness Strange And Lovely

Synopsis:

With supernatural forces, epic romance, and a mysterious Egyptian city, Eleanor and her team are set for an adventure they will never forget.

It has been a tumultuous time for Eleanor Fitt since life as she knew it in Philadelphia came abruptly to an end. Although the Spirit-Hunters Joseph, Jie, and Daniel have helped her survive, Eleanor has lost just about everything.

And now, Jie is missing taken by the evil necromancer Marcus. Eleanor is determined not only to get her back but to finally end this nightmare. To do so, she must navigate the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt amid the rising Dead, her unresolved feelings for Daniel, and her volatile relationships with Joseph and Oliver, her demon. And it won’t be easy. Because Allison, her friend from Philadelphia, has tagged along, becoming strangely entangled in Eleanor’s mission.

It will take all of Eleanor’s powers of black magic, and all of Daniel’s and Joseph’s trust, to succeed. But there will be a price.

Thoughts:

I have finally completed the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy. Now I’m not saying it’s been a hard slog to finish it. I’ve found it enjoyable, but you know what it’s like being a bookworm. Too many books, too little time. I’m thrilled I managed to finish another series, especially one that is written as well as Susan Dennard’s! As always, it’s hard to review a final book in the series, so I shall try not to give too much away.

I have loved this trilogy from the beginning. It surprised me, as it’s not a genre that I often read. It’s a mix of science fiction, steam punk, YA and a bit of paranormal alongside it. The concluding book in the series is absolutely action packed. It kept me turning the pages. I definitely think that the ending of the trilogy will divide its readers.

Strange and Ever After begins in Paris and finally ends up in Egypt. Eleanor finds out some bad news about her mother. Eleanor starts to push everyone close to her away. However, she can’t focus on her emotions for too long as Marcus is becoming even more powerful. She has to work out how to stop him before he gets to her.

As I mentioned, I believe that the ending will divide its readers. All I can really say about that without spoiling it for too many is that there is a death that shocks. I personally thought it worked. It tied up the trilogy and ensured that there were no unanswered questions. However, I can totally see how it will irk many readers!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

This trilogy has an ending which’ll divide readers, but I found it to be a highly enjoyable series!

Unmade (Lynburn Legacy #3)

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Unspoken
Untold

Synopsis:

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

Thoughts:

I have to admit that The Lynburn Legacy surprised me. I was never expecting to like it as much as I did. I was nervous going into reading this book. All too often series ending don’t live up to my expectations. However, I thought Unmade was a great ending to the trilogy. It was fast paced and interesting. I was pleased with the resolution!

Unmade picks up soon after the events of Untold. I felt like I hadn’t been away from the series for too long. Rob Lynburn is now more powerful than ever and is expecting a sacrifice. Kami, as kick-ass as ever, is determined to beat Rob with the help of her friends.

It’s really hard to review a final book in the series without ruining it for others that haven’t got as far as this yet, so I won’t say much about the actual plot. I will say that this book has a wonderful combination of darkness, action and humour. The romance isn’t heavy and I appreciate that. I wanted to read about the characters I have grown to love and learn more about characters that hadn’t been explored in depth yet. This totally happened with Unmade and I’m grateful for that!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A fantastic end to a wonderful series. I highly recommend The Lynburn Legacy!