Review: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon


The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon

The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season, #0.5)

Title: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 78

Source: TBR Pile

A dreamer is born – the exhilarating prequel to the ground-breaking, extraordinary Bone Season series

‘Truly extraordinary and thrilling’ Andy Serkis

In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.

Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals…

4 out of 5 stars


I’m so in love with this series already it’s crazy.

This is the novella of Paige joining the team of Jaxon Hall. It follows her through her first few weeks of being a member and I think it added a lot to the story.

Throughout this novella I was kind of irritated at how Paige thought she was going to get fired all the time, but then I remembered that she’s only 16 years old. 16 and she is helping a powerful mime-lord. Of course she’s worried and concerned for the safety of her job! She’s just a kid still; she shouldn’t know all the certainties of life yet.

I liked that Paige was the one to figure out the miscommunications and issues with their little plan to capture the poltergeist. I thought it was cool, because it didn’t seem unrealistic. Okay, keep in mind this is a fantasy book, there are parts that are fantastical, but it seemed quite realistic for the book.

I also buddy-read this with Kenedie from afangirlsbookshelf on Youtube, and we both liked it. I cannot wait to read The Mime Order to see where Paige goes and where her journey takes her. I think this is going to be one of my new favorite series….

Series:

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

Review: The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) – Samantha Shannon


The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) – Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

Title: The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: August 20, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 466

Source: TBR Pile

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

5 out of 5 stars


Why did it take me so long to pick this book up?! I knew that it was going to be amazing, and I wasn’t disappointed.

I did a buddy-read with Kenedie from afangirlsbookshelf on Youtube and we both really loved it. We emailed our thoughts after every chapter and there was so much to talk about with this book! I loved so much about this book I don’t even know where to start…

This story follows Paige who is working with a group of clairvoyants in Scion London in 2059. The voyants are in danger because no one wants them to be living in London, so they have to hide their gifts in order to survive. Paige and her crew are all rare voyants, and Paige is a dream walker. She can connect with the aether and see inside people’s dreamscapes. All is well until she gets captured by the Rephaim and taken to Oxford. She has to learn to live with the Rephs and find out how to leave safely. She learns to trust those around her in order to survive…

Again, this book was AMAZING. I just want to read the whole entire series, and plan on reading the books that are out as soon as possible. It’s been awhile since I’ve wanted to read a whole series back to back, but I just need to know what happens next!

The characters in this story were so interesting and so unique. Every person in this book had their own voice and their own personality, and I feel as though that’s hard to come by sometimes. I loved Paige as a character. It’s crazy to think she’s only 19… Umm that’s only a year older than me… I’m impressed with her.

The plot was so intricately written, and there are plenty of opportunities for old scenes to be explained in the future novels. The writing style kind of reminded me of Cassandra Clare. I was hooked the second I started reading this book, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the books!

Series:

The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Series #4) – Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Series #4) – Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4)

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Series #4)

Author: Iain Reading

Release Date: February 26, 2014

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 234

Source: Author

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is the thrillingly cryptic fourth installment of the exciting Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series featuring the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot Kitty Hawk and her various adventures of mystery and intrigue as she follows in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart on an epic flight around the world. This fourth book in the series brings Kitty to the emerald hills of Ireland where she meets a handsome stranger and is quickly swept up in a perplexing hundred-year-old family treasure hunt involving secret codes and puzzling clues that lead her on a fast-paced adventure that carries her from Dublin to London – from the decks of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic to the temples of ancient Egypt and the streets of Jack the Ripper – until she finally unlocks the mystery and discovers the long-hidden treasure. Much like the earlier books in this series, Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of armchair detectives of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history the reader will find themselves immersed in brand new worlds that are brought to life before their very eyes as Kitty Hawk experiences the stories and history of a doomed ocean liner and unravels the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic.

4 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Iain Reading for sending me a copy of this book!

This is by far the best in the whole series, and I’m so glad that I got to read it! I loved this one because of the different elements to the story.

I loved that this was set in London. I loved that it talked about the Titanic and Sherlock Holmes. I love that there was a plot point about Jack the Ripper. I think this was the best crafted novel in this series so far, and definitely recommend reading it!

Kitty Hawk decides to help out a boy named Andrew who she gets introduced to during a grand opening for a restaurant. Andrew comes up to her and asks her for her help in discovering the truth of what happened to a crew member on the Titanic. Hijinks ensue, and the mystery gets solved.

I think that this was a well written book, and the plot developed quite nicely. I really enjoyed that there were many different adventures that Kitty got to go on, and I like that she was such a central part of this story.

If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it. I have been really enjoying it, and I think anyone from middle grade up would get enjoyment from it. I loved Andrew as a character because he just sounded so cute. I loved the scene right after they figured out the most important part of the clue. So cute.

Again, huge thanks to Iain Reading for sending me this book to review! I can’t wait to finish the series :)

Series:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2)

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3)

Review: July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson


July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson

Bad Bloods: July Lightning

Title: July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: May 1, 2017

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: ebook

Page Number: 267

Source: Author

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.   Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name–son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner–and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.

3 out of 5 stars


HUGE THANK YOU TO SHANNON FOR SENDING ME AN ECOPY OF THIS BOOK!

The conclusion of the Bad Bloods series. Violet and Caleb take on a brand new set of challenges, mainly dealing with the weather, and a situation with Vendona. As this is the fourth book in this series, I will not go into too much detail because spoilers, but I believe this was a nice conclusion to the series as a whole.

Personally, I liked the first two books the best. I loved Serena and Daniel. I loved that they were my age, and they were just figuring out their powers and they had to do a lot of trial and error, but it wasn’t overly depressing. The last two books were quite sad because they dealt with some heavy topics.

One thing I found interesting was that Caleb had a crippling disease called Stilts. It’s an STD that causes him to age or die faster. The way to combat this is to have a young bad blood girl sing to him to keep him healthy. I thought that was an interesting touch to the story. I liked that Caleb was represented as a bisexual character. I liked that it was handled that he liked people for who they were, not based on their gender. I feel like a lot of writing a bisexual character doesn’t take that into consideration super super well, but I like how he was portrayed.

I enjoyed Violet as a character because she was interesting and mysterious. You never really knew what she was planning to do, and I found it refreshing. Paranormal/sci-fi make up some of my favorite books, so I loved that this was taking some magical/paranormal elements and putting it in a dystopian world.

Also, ALWAYS READ THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OF A BOOK! I cannot recommend reading the acknowledgments enough because you learn so much about the book as a whole! I learned that this was based off the falling of the Berlin Wall. Super cool. I knew there was some historical background, but I didn’t know what it was based on. Looking back at it, it was quite obviously tied to the Berlin Wall, but I didn’t realize it at the time.

I would recommend this series to any paranormal lovers, but read them close together! Don’t take long breaks in between the stories *@me* because I think they would be so much more enjoyable that way!

Thanks again to Shannon for working with me :)

Series:

November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3)

Review: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare


Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

Title: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: May 23, 2017

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 699

Source: TBR Shelf

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

5 out of 5 stars


I have so many feelings and so many thoughts and I know none of them will be portrayed correctly without giving away spoilers. If you haven’t read this book, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW.

This book was literally everything I had hoped for. I cannot believe I’m done with it because I had been anticipating it for so long, and I LOVED IT. I loved everything about this book. Even if it made me sad or angry, I loved it.

So we start this book with Kit and Jace having a Herondale conversation. I was skeptical about Kit the whole end of Lady Midnight and through the beginning of Lord of Shadows because I knew he wanted to run away. He had already become friends with Ty and Livvy, and if he ran away it would make them so sad. So I was skeptical. I didn’t know how to feel, and he quickly became one of my favorite characters from this book. He was so interesting, and such a nice complement to Ty and Livvy. Ty and Livvy, because they are twins, are similar in many ways. They’ve always been with one another, and they’ve never really gotten the chance to be with kids their own age, so when Kit comes along and starts being their friend and loving them I just couldn’t help but love him.

Mark deciding to go and save Kieran was such a loyal and impressive moment. Kieran was the one that made it so Emma and Julian were whipped in Lady Midnight. Mark can’t just forgive that, but he knows that he can’t let Kieran die no matter how angry he is at him. He loved him while they were in the Hunt, and he needed him so much when they were both isolated in the Hunt. I was very proud of Mark for using his outstanding courage in order to save him from faerie.

So the crew goes into faerie to save Kieran, and then it comes out that Mark and Emma weren’t actually dating *more about this in like two seconds* and then before they find Kieran, Cristina and Mark just go and dance at a faerie revel. Ummmm. Cristina, use better judgement. You know that these things never end well, but it’s fine. Go ahead and dance until you die. It’s all good, no worries.

Mark and Emma. This situation. Okay, not gonna lie, at the end of Lady Midnight I wasn’t hating the idea of it. Lady Midnight ends with Mark asking Emma why they needed to lie about their feelings. The first time I read it I was SO mad because I didn’t think Emma should be with anyone but Julian, but then the second time reading it I realized it was for their own good that they shouldn’t be together. Then at the beginning of this book you find out that Emma and Mark are just faking. Emma lies to Mark and says its to get over Cameron… Yes because you’ve cared about him so much in the past, okay Em. Whatever you say. So Mark didn’t know he was actually the one to hurt Julian. Ugh.

Then Julian and Emma in the cottage. Everyone knew they were going to have sex and they were just going to try and worry about the whole parabatai thing later, but then Emma finally told Jules that the reason she was being so distant was the fact that Jem told her about the parabatai curse. She should have just told him right away so they could just suffer together, but no. But I’m proud of her because she told him. Way to go, Em. But she only told him because they both had near death experiences with the faeries in the group of seven. Mannan (?). Idk but they still fessed up about it anyway.

We got Alec and Magnus throughout it. We got Jace. I thought everything was great until I had like ten pages left and the fricking battle at the Council was still going on. Then Annabel goes crazy and kills Robert. Alec is devastated and he rushes to his father’s side and holds him after he’s dead. The tears almost started. Then Annabel goes even crazier and kills Livvy. She stabs her in the heart, and the way Julian reacts. My heart literally broke. He was whispering to her, and he loves her so much. He raised the Blackthorn children. They are his kids, and he couldn’t protect them. So now he’s going to be so broken in the next book. I’m not going to be able to deal with all of the Blackthorns being so broken because it will hurt my heart more than anything. But Ty and Kit are now destined to be parabatai, but they can’t because Kit loves him. Oh my gosh there is so much angst and I love it.

There was so much more to talk about, but this is already hideously long as it is, so I bid you good day. Thanks for reading the whole thing if you did, I’m impressed.

Series:

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) – Kendare Blake


Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) – Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

Title: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 398

Source: TBR Shelf

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

4 out of 5 stars


I went into this book knowing nothing but being intrigued by the synopsis, and WOW. I really enjoyed this book. The idea behind it was so interesting and the ending made me want to have the next book RIGHT NOW!

This story is about three triplet queens who have to fight each other with their powers in order to become the full queen of Fennbirn. There is Mirabella, the elemental. Everyone has always thought Mirabella was going to be their next queen because her powers were easily recognizable from a young age. Katharine is a poisoner and can eat or drink deadly poisons. And finally there is Arsinoe, the naturalist who can make plants grow and control animals.

Going into it I thought Arsinoe would be my favorite, and I was right. I loved reading about her and her companions because she was so sarcastic and funny. I loved her as a character, and loved the interactions she had with everyone. Her friends were my favorite characters. I love Jules and Joseph together, and the amount of angst that happens because of a magical problem are so frustratingly fun.

I was also drawn to Katharine because she is the biggest underdog in the whole situation. Her family has been poisoning her in order to make her poisoning abilities finally shine through.

Mirabella is the only one of the sisters to have her full powers by their sixteenth birthday. She is the strong one who is destined to become the new queen.

Guys, this book was really good. There were some fairly cringey parts, not going to lie, and the writing style was a little choppy, but the whole idea was so cool. I loved that they are triplets with different powers and the plot twist at the end was crazy. I was totally not expecting it at all. I loved the whole plot, and loved that it went back and forth between all the queens and their lives.

I recommend this book for people who like fantasy and paranormal. I loved that there were some magical elements sprinkled into the story. It was very interesting because it was set in somewhat medieval times and there were castles. I really enjoyed it.

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Review: Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur


Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey

Title: Milk and Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 204

Source: TBR Shelf

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

2 out of 5 stars


Let me start off this review by saying I know that a lot of people love this book, and I can totally see why. I understand why so many people think this is a great piece of literature about femininity and loving yourself. I just didn’t connect with it at all.

As someone who has never experienced heartbreak, I didn’t find much to connect with. I think it is beautiful and raw and was a quick read, but the writing style didn’t appeal to me very much. I haven’t been a huge fan of poetry/free verse just because I don’t like the choppy style.

I enjoyed the last section of this book because I could relate to it much more. I think that if the whole book was about loving yourself first and being confident with your body I would have liked it more. One of my favorite poems was on page 183. It says:

we are all born so beautiful

the greatest tragedy is being convinced we are not

I really liked this poem because I feel like every single teenage girl can relate to this. I don’t feel beautiful all the time; I don’t feel beautiful without makeup or when I’m not dressed how I like. It’s hard growing up in a society where beauty is pressured by everything. When you don’t feel beautiful you start to believe you never were in the first place. I related to this poem more than any others in this whole book.

Overall, I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. I knew so many people loved it and rated it 5 stars on Goodreads, but I don’t have any experience with the things that were mentioned in the book so I don’t believe I can have an accurate opinion about the matters discussed. I think that if people found this book helpful then the author did her job well. I think this is a book with the good message of loving yourself first, and I can appreciate that. I can appreciate this book, but I don’t love it.