Tag: Fantasy

Wink Poppy Midnight

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Published: March 22, 2016
247 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Kim’s Review:

I’m not gonna lie: I didn’t get this book. Y’all know that I’m a pretty shallow person and it’s easy for me to miss deep stuff, and I think I may have missed some stuff in this book. I enjoyed reading it, and I couldn’t wait to find out how it ended, which is why I gave it 4 stars. I think this was about a girl who got lost in fairy tales and couldn’t live in reality. Add in some teenager drama, some romance, some mystery, and you have Wink Poppy Midnight. And this is another one of those books that I can’t give much info because then I’ll give away too much. I would suggest going into this book with very little info, the way I suggested to read an E. Lockhart book.

So, I’ll just say that I did enjoy reading it, I may not have “gotten it” but it was an interesting read. I also liked Midnight. He’s a smart kid who, I believe, will mature into a smart adult. There is some language and some adult themes, but nothing too graphic, so I’d say this is safe to read for older teens. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a different read. It was easy, but it was just different.

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The Wicked Deep

Author: Shea Ernshaw 
Published: March 6, 2018
308 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under. Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters. But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo or save herself.

Kim’s Review:

Another gorgeous cover . . . that shines!! It drew me in and then after reading the description, I wanted to read it! I ended up taking it to Italy and read it there. I did enjoy this book. There was a little bit of teenage idiocy that kept me from giving it 5 stars, but thankfully not enough to ruin the story.

I liked the historical factor. Certain areas of the northwest coast of the US just lend themselves to mystery and superstition and I find that fascinating! The setting was awesome! Lumiere Island sounds like a place that I’d love to hold up on for the entire summer with a full kitchen and several piles of books.

The Swan sisters are definitely not my favorite characters to ever be written. In fact, I like that they are considered the villains so I could hate them. They’re slutty and nasty! Overall, it’s a simple story, but original, and I liked who I was supposed to like, disliked who I was supposed to dislike . . . a good story with good characters in a good setting. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy with a touch of history. I would save this for older teens due to some language.

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Sunday Series Review: The Six of Crows Duology

Today Kim reviews the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo. She loved it and rated it 5 stars!!!!!

Books in the Duology:
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

Six of Crows
Published: September 29, 2015
465 pages

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Crooked Kingdom
Published: September 27, 2016
536 pages

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Kim’s Rating of the Series: 5 stars
Kim’s Review of the Series:

The Six of Crows audiobook was on sale as one of Audible’s Daily Deals and knowing nothing about it, I bought it. I started listening to it and soon I was looking for any excuse to drive my car so I could keep listening. Then I had to wait a year for Crooked Kindgom to come out, and that was torture. Bardugo has created a world that I could just disappear in. I viewed Ketterdam the same way that I viewed Dickens’ London. I was fascinated and repulsed all at the same time.

Then I met Kaz Brekker. The perfect embodiment of tall, dark and mysterious. And Inej, the wraith. An entire cast of characters that I like. Seriously, I like all of them. How many times in my reviews do I criticize characters in books? Yeah, a lot! But not in Ketterdam! Even the villians, I hate them, but I love them at the same time. When Matthias came in, I thought, “finally! A character I’m going to hate!” Nope. I still loved him. I have nothing bad to say.

And then the story. I’m going to get really nerdy here so stay with me. For those of you Star Trek fans out there, this duology is like watching James T. Kirk facing the Kobayashi Maru. Kaz and his team are faced with the no-win situation. They are faced with an impossible task. Each thing they take on is un-doable. Can they rescue the scientist? Can they save one of their own? Can they accomplish the impossible? Read and find out! Yes, this is a Young Adult duology, but without the annoying teenage drama. This duology could actually fit on any serious fiction reader’s shelf. I absolutely recommend this duology to anyone.

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