Something Steampunk and Disappointing

Something Strange and Deadly By: Susan Dennard

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Summary

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper: The Dead are rising in Philadelphia. And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor from her brother. Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.


Review

First Thoughts

A Victorian setting filled with steampunk inventions some like a knockout for me but add in some zombies and what more could you ask for? Well, apparently not a whole lot because this author has gone past the extra mile to just raise the dead due to some illness or diseases like in most books. We are given a Necromancer who is going around beheading people to gain more power to raise more dead. We are given voodoo and thrust through the door of electric properties and machines, she has put so much work into going deep into thought about how everything in this book should work and even breaking it down for us on such a basic level, I feel like she did some major research to bring us this information. The plot is developing fairly well off to a slow start at first and it feels like the main goal here is to find her brother and stop the necromancer, there is also a budding romance between Daniel and Eleanor.

Eleanor is trying to be the Heroin of this book but she is failing hard i under the time era and that she must be a proper high society lady but I mean she could be a little more of a hero and not so much so a whining crybaby with a fiery spirit. Daniels character is the typical low society boy with a quick-fire attitude and Clarence I’m still not sure if he is a victim or suspect.

Final Thoughts

I absolutely love the idea of reading a steampunk Victorian world with zombies that were always referred to as the dead and the necromancer and the magic that was brought into this world. The ending to this great world was the biggest disappointment I could have ever read, just the ending was a quick sweep under the rug that left everything up in the air even for this to be a series book I still think I should get a little more closure then what I was given. The author had set up this entire book for a great finally just for it to be a bust. I will say I liked how the ending was not a perfect happy ever after ending and it was more of a realistic, dark fantasy ending.

The characters were still the same ones we met in the beginning just Elenor became less whinny which is all I had asked for. Daniel has become a guy that I am still not sure about his character he’s just, I cannot put my finger on it, it’s like a boyfriend of an abusive relationship. When El is fine he is mad or yelling at her and when she is hurt he just wants her to be fin, and this attitude could be worked on a little. Jie is one of my favorites out of this entire book her character is just so cute and funny.


Book Rating

Overall I will say read this book if you want to read a world about steampunk inventions with dirty politics and a crazy plot line that switches bad guys more than once. Also, read this book if you want a series and you have the second book on hand or can go out and buy it as soon as you finish the first book because this ending just is not a great place to end a book and hopefully the second book will help clear things up.

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Drama Before Action

Darkness Before Dawn By: J.A. London

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Summary

At seventeen, Dawn Montgomery knows that monsters really do come out at night, after all, they are her job. It’s just after the thirty-years war between vampires and humans, and as an ambassador between the two sides (a role she inherited when her parents were killed), Dawn quickly learns that balancing schoolwork, teen life, and the requests of Lord Valentine, the most frightening vampire in the region, isn’t easy. And it only gets more complicated when she forms a tentative friendship with Victor, the mysterious stranger who rescued her from a hoard of vampires. Only to discover that not only is Victor a vampire but that he is Lord Valentine’s son. Soon Dawn is struggling to remember that with everything on the line, she can’t afford to fall for the enemy.


Review

First Thoughts

Throwing myself fully into this book so far has made me enjoy reading dystopian fantasy all over again. I love the dark and eerie tone of this book with the plot full of death and danger around every turn of the page I can feel the suspense seeping off of the pages.  The plot to this boom is one that takes you straight into the fire of the conflict of this boom with so many different things happening between vampires and humans, humans and humans, and vampires and vampires all have an all-out brawl with a secret being withheld from Dawn which I am dying to know what it is!

Being Dawn and being the sole person who decides the fate of not only herself but of the humans in her city. The constant level of intensity between Dawn and victor is so toe-curling great I just want them to do it already, although I do feel for Michael. I know Dawn is trying hard to resist but we all know it is going to happen. I feel so much for Dawn after losing everything and everyone in her family I can feel her pain when she takes on her role as the delegate and when she talks about her family.

Victor is the bad guy that you cannot help but fall in love with like all the other handsome dark hotties in literature. Micheal is a guy that we have all dated in high school or at least knew of just the guy who thought he was the toughest and was top dog and never wanted to be second-guessed.

Final Thoughts

So this plot was great until the ending I feel like the book’s fight scenes are a little not there really like the action is very vague and it’s mostly just about someone throwing something or breaking a chair the epic battle is just referred to as flashes to fast for the human eye until the two are in a deadlock. I think the author took an easy way out of the fight by making up an excuse so she wouldn’t have to draw out the action in the fight. The drama and the plot twist in this book are all this book needs for me to fall in love with it. The mystery man in the hoodie and the guesses I kept popping out I could not have thought that things would end the way they did I was racing through the sneak peek of the second book that left me still craving for my next fix.

Victor is perfect for this book I love the role he plays but I’m also worried about the role we don’t know about he is a character that keeps me guessing constantly he seems like he truly loves Dawn and he cares for her but it seems like there is something hiding inside him its a feeling I get from reading. I love the characters different personality and how they change throughout the book.


Book Rating

I think this book is a great read if you love vampires and a broken dystopian, and a great heroine with a crazy love triangle. The action in this book is pretty normal to low quality but the drama and dark fantasy is a great mix and a good read.

Emma in Your Mind

Emma in the Night by: Wendy Walker

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Summary


One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held.

While the Cass tells her story of finding a way back home, psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter who is investigating the cage, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated, siblings were turned against one another and a narcissistic parent held sway. It doesn’t end there  as Cass return might just be the beginning of the crime that has been hiding deep within the walls of Cass’ home and heart.

 

Review


First thoughts

The start of this book I find myself asking way, wayyyy to many questions and not getting enough answers, as I try to take the role of Dr.Winters and attempt to figure out how in the world Cass has made it home but Emma is still out there somewhere on an island in Main but not sure where. I find Cass is someone who sets me on edge by the way she is emotionless almost robotic in the way she thinks and talks her voice in my head in a softly shy voice but beneath it is a darkness that has no life held inside. She tells the story in such a way that takes you back far into the past but it always shines like on the future of how the recent years have come to play a part in both her and Emma’s disappearance, Cass even goes so far as to say that without telling these pieces of the past the future would not have become what it is and with out the future the past would not make sense to us.

We get to read from both sides of the story not from Emma’s who I was dying to get inside the mind of because that is one crazy messed up sister, but from Dr.Winters who I think helps round out all of my own questions because she thinks about most of them herself. The role Dr.Winters plays is a key role in this book so far I feel like without her I might not fully understand the way Cass acts about certain topics that come up throughout the book.

The cahracter’s are some a can certainly give a few opinionated words about like the mother and step father are from the scum of the earth, little Emma I am pretty sure is bipolar, and Owen Tanner (Real Father) needs to learn the meaning of being a man and a real father! I feel like if a book can make you feel anything for a character at all then it is doing its job.

The plot so far is one that is kinda crazy to keep up with in a way now it is pretty straight forward but you will take a trip form the past to the future and then to a different person within two chapters but the ride is enjoyable thus far, and I don’t really find anything right now to be unacceptable or just boring as I read.

Final Thoughts

The ending to this book I think is a pretty perfect one except for the outcome of one person but other than that I think it was just grand. It gave me a few moments when I wanted to cry and there where moments when I held my breath as I flew through the pages.

The characters are some of the most dysfunctional people I have ever heard of in my entire life, Between the cheating on each other with pretty much every family member is kinda crazy but enjoyable watching the events unfold and when the ones who were hiding the secrets in the closet get the door thrown open is the best part of it all.

The plot of this book stays with you through to the end all the stories Cass is telling us and even the story she is living while we hunt for Emma is all dropping Easter eggs on the way to that final page when we find out the truth of what happened on that Island and the days that came before and after it.

I had fallen in love with playing some suspenseful music while reading this book to be honest nothing too loud and annoying but a slow steady suspense will make you fly through the pages in this book.

I can tell you that this book is worth the read for any of you mystery and crime-o-holic book readers!

Stereotypical Horror Girl

Final Girls By Riley Sager

 

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Summary


Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter became part of a club called the final girls after being the only one to survive a massacre after going to a cabin with her friends. Now, Quincy is doing well maybe even great, She has a caring fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Review


First Thoughts

In the first few chapters of reading this book I keep trying to hear the voice of mystery soaked in terror, but so far I’ll I’m getting in just mystery laced with anger, lots of anger. While I’m reading this I’m hoping it turns out to be the book I am hoping it is. I signed up for a book full of thrills and chills, a horror book to kick off the soon to be month on Halloween. I am currently dissapointed in the way things are playing out so far the book is mostly about Sam being a complete and total rude bitch, who only wants to make Quincy mad, which Quincy let her make her mad and ends up going like totally insane.

The characters so far are not even worth investing the time into. Sam is just a pushy manipulating bitch who just wants to make Quincy”s life hell. Quincy is a total push over and does whatever Sam tells her to do and refuses to take anyone else’s advice on the matter.

Final Thoughts

Well can I just say what a let down this book was for me. I was pumped for a book full of mystery and horror ready to dI’ve deep into this book and forever be scared by this book in a wonderful way but instead I am left with a scar of dissapointment. The parts where the book flashed back to pine cottage were only a 1 on the horror scale like some people got killed that was is no drama no dramatic build up just stabbing and dead then done. The characters in the book I still do not like or care about any of them because the girls are just stereotypical horror story girls where they make dumb choices and let people push them around and tell them what to do.

The ending of the book was the best part of the entire thing the plot was bland and boring and left me nothing to get hyped for, the only thing that remotely got my interstate was what did Sam what and why was she being such a bitch. The ending was something that you might not see coming but the build of to it was exactly what you think will happen.

All in all if you want a book about drama and girls cat fighting with each other and a small bit of mystery lost in a hay stack.

The Heart They Took

The Heart We Sold by: Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Summary


Dee Moreno is just a normal girl living in a world full of Demons which can grant you wishes if you give them something in return and you would think that the return would be money or gold but all they ask for is a piece of your body. Dee is going to boarding school to stay away from her alcoholic parents but when her scholarship is cut due to low funding she seeks out a demon to strike a deal seeing as how her parents would never give her the money and time was far to short to raise it herself.

She took the bargain but when she thought the asking price of an arm of a leg would be ok she would somehow manage it but soon she found herself in a binding lease with a demon and her heart. Dee must do the demons bidding for five months then Dee would be given back her heart, what she did not expect to find are others like her and that she is now part of a group of heartless chained to a Demon until the day comes when they can all be free again, but until that day they must battle the odd things that don’t belong in this world while also trying not to lose her mind and herself in the process, and the most important try not to lose her heart literally.

Review


First thoughts

This book already has a hold on me that I find myself unable to put it down, I have literally been spending every free moment of my time trying to finish this book and even when at work I force myself to mop and read at the same time (I do not recommend it because you tend to lose your spot every time you look away), there is just so much going on in this book that I have even been popping out theories left and right wondering if this is the truth the lies behind the fake mask everyone wears.

Dee poor little sweet Dee I have grown fond of her and the others in the group, each one has their own past and secrets, the first thing I loved about this book was you know when a character gets thrown in and they are like how did you end up here and they just tell you how, well this book does that but we also get the flashback and in their perspective, what was running through their mind at the time they gave their hearts away. The characters are some I give a chance to like a dog letting someone pet them but still watching them waiting to bite if harmed, I just feel like they are promising me so much here and I don’t think i’m going to get to see the character grow and develop as much as I want them to. The Deamon is the one i’m dieing to get to know right now he is just being seen to look rude and callous but I think there is something deep down in him that makes him care about his group of kids, I mean if he didn’t he would take an arm or leg and not their hearts just give it back in a few months.

The story keeps me drawn in just when I think i’m getting bored with it I get something new with drama and heartfelt emotion, the writer has put a lot of thought into this story and has tied up a lot of ends about the demons and the way the live and exist and the “otherworldly things” that the team keeps having to battle.

Final Thoughts

I am not sure I can ever gather the words to express my final thoughts of this book, the ending was a total blind side to me and now I’m just sitting here staring at my computer screen left with the remains of my heart this  book has shattered. I wish I could now be heartless to make the pain I feel inside for this book go away because I did not think this book would hit me so hard but it hit me like a truck going 90 to nothing. The characters in this book are ones I did not know I would grow so attached to until the ending  from the broken Dee to the sweet and funny James to the crazy and unyielding Gremma.

I just loved reading this book, I really truly did and I’m really shocked to be speaking these words because I thought the plot was going to fizzle out and it did in a way but in another way it was so much more than anything I thought would ever happen. This book have captured my heart and crushed it but in another way made it fall in love, this book will bring you the “feels” so hard you better bring a box of tissues with you while reading it. The I chose this message is something I think I can hold onto for the rest of mylife, and it will shower a bright loving hope on all of my days because I know that I chose this.

Just like I chose to read this book, I will choose to read it again and I think I can even put it on my shelf of favorites because the impact of this book has just wrecked me so hard. This is a must read!