When I saw this video by Sil (who is amazing and keeps getting my TBR to grow every day) I knew I wanted to try my hand at seeing how many books I could come up with that featured one of these Spooky Creatures. For some creatures I ended up with more than one book while with others I really struggled to even name one. This list ended up taking way longer than I thought, and I’m still trying to remember if I missed any.
If you follow me on twitter you probably have seen me gushing about this book. case in point:
And I promised when my blog was done rebranding this would be one of the first posts I would make. So let’s get on with more gushing (reviewing)!
Spellbound by Allie Therin
To save Manhattan, they’ll have to save each other first…
Arthur Kenzie’s life’s work is protecting the world from the supernatural relics that could destroy it. When an amulet with the power to control the tides is shipped to New York, he must intercept it before it can be used to devastating effects. This time, in order to succeed, he needs a powerful psychometric…and the only one available has sworn off his abilities altogether. Rory Brodigan’s gift comes with great risk. To protect himself, he’s become a recluse, redirecting his magic to find counterfeit antiques. But with the city’s fate hanging in the balance, he can’t force himself to say no. Being with Arthur is dangerous, but Rory’s ever-growing attraction to him begins to make him brave. And as Arthur coaxes him out of seclusion, a magical and emotional bond begins to form. One that proves impossible to break—even when Arthur sacrifices himself to keep Rory safe and Rory must risk everything to save him.
6 Reasons to read this book
*1920s new york prohibition times setting *a world like us but magical people and powers!! what if there was a secret world of people with powers you didn’t know about!! and all of them were handsome and interesting!! * m/m romance gay grouchy paranormal MC meets LI bi rich overprotective former soldier *ROMANCE! MYSTERY! ADVENTURE! *1920s slang! 1920s historical facts!! but magic???? *more importantly PINING!!
Spoilers free (as much as I can)
Spellbound introduces this world of magic a little after World War II, the prohibition is still in place, and people with magic seem to not be the norm but part of the world. It’s something hidden but it’s still there and people like the main character hide it. In this world we meet Rory Brodigan who works in an antique shop finding counterfeit items, his gift of being able to touch objects and see their past is of great help here but he’s scared of being discovered. In this he meets Arthur Kenzie, son of a politician who seems to be everything Rory should be afraid of. This he discovers is not the case. Rory is brought along in the search of relics, magic artifacts that could have dire consequences especially for everyone in the world if fallen into the wrong hands. With a cast of other amazing paranormals and Rory’s adoptive aunt/boss, he’s immersed in a new world.
There was just so much in this book that I loved, the main characters were cute and relatable, I was wary of Arthur Kenzie first because ~rich guy~ that wants to “help” usually turns out to be the bad guy on the novel but I was pleasantly surprised that wasn’t the case. The worldbuilding, all the other cast of paranormals and Rory’s aunt were lovely and so well fleshed out. The power side of the storyline was soo intriguing and I just want to find out more about evreything. I already mentioned bits of the storyline but the whole plot of the book had me caught from the first word and I couldn’t put down the book until I finished. Not always will a book force me to stop paying attention to the real world to just immerse myself on that world, and this one did that.
I’m very much looking forward to the sequel and whatever else the author decides to write. I’m a fan already now and forever!
I hope you take the time to check out this book and especially for a first debut of an author! If you do check it out let me know 🙂 here or on twitter.
Although I was planning on reading/reviewing All of Us with Wings as I recently found out things about it, that you can read more in detail and discussed by the amazing and wonderful Gabi and Adriana. So in light of all of this I decided I wasn’t going to risk having to write a review full of tw instead of one celebrating bi representation. I will probably read that book sometime and post a review with all the proper tw and other warnings but not now.
That’s why I thought why not review a book I love, a book that I’ve already read but I haven’t gotten the chance to write about it anywhere.
[I do also have to apologise for the lateness of this last Pride Month review, I hoped I could post this on the last day of June instead of today but somehow time keeps playing games with me lately.]
Anyways without further ado:
by Zoraida Cordova
I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.
Whenever I’ve tried to find a way to describe this book I always get stuck on wanting to describe everything about it, that I end up spoiling it. So this review is almost a challenge to me, to still share my thoughts and feelings but without giving too much away. This was one of the first books I read that were so unapologetically latinx that I loved from the first few words. Labyrinth Lost is a book about acceptance, about embracing your culture, your family, your roots even when there are things you might find scary or misunderstand at first. Alex suffers from that, she wants to give up her magic something that, to her, makes her stand out and be different and that makes her family so different. She plans on rejecting her legacy, her bruja status on her Deathday but this backfires, she finds herself having to trust this guy she only met once or twice, Nova and face her fears and prejudices about being a Bruja in order to not only save her family but also everyone present on her Deathday ceremony. Labyrinth Lost apart from being unapologetically latinx is also unapologetically bisexual which you can enjoy in the way she both describes her bestfriend, Rishi who indo-guyanese and the boricuan boy she’s stuck with on an adventure, Nova. This book not only celebrates identity, bisexuality, references latinx and other cultures but also feelings of diaspora and immigrants struggling to fit in. Overall, I can’t stop recommending this book to everyone, it captures latinx culture without being a cliche but also it introduces magic and adventure in marvellous and unique ways. Should I also mention that the little spanish words interspersed here and there made feel so at home.
Pride Month is over but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop posting reviews of lgbt+ books, i always want to expand my reading horizons, so if you have any recommendations I’m always happy to hear. I do have to say there’s a few books I read this month I haven’t had the chance to post about yet. This is my full pride month reading:
I will post the schedule of the reviews I’m missing and my TBR for the Month of July tomorrow 🙂
I might be a bit late with this series review but, at least I didn’t forget?
Green Creek series
by TJ Klune
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (overall)
I’m a big fan of werewolf stories but there’s few books out there touching on the subject that don’t end up being kind of the same, without much surprise. This series not only caught my eye because it was an interesting portrayal of werewolves, it wasn’t groundbreaking but because it focused on one pack and developed each of its characters to the point where you can feel like a part of their world, that’s what caught my eye. TJ Klune’s writing is also something I can’t praise enough, he just has a way with words that I end up feeling them in the back of my stomach, I feel a tug when it’s happy and I can feel myself getting all choked up when it’s a sad story. Both books are not generally happy but they feel hopeful at the end. This series explores one pack and their story in a special town that ends up also part of the plot.
I’m trying not to spoil, so onto each book
Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left. Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane. Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega. Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.
You know when you start reading a book and you’re introduced to the main character, in this case Ox, and you feel yourself fond of him from the first few pages. That is how I would describe Ox and the feelings this book gave me. Wolfsong introduces Ox, his life and how it changes drastically when he meets Joe and how he discovers there’s more to his friends, his town and even himself. This book has a slight melancholic feel to it, from the beginning to the end, even when the ending is more positive than the beginning. Most of all, what made this book so special to me was getting to experience Ox’s life, Joe, his family and Ox’s found family. This book is as much about growth and fantastical beings (werewolves) than it is also about courage, found families, sorrow and overcoming great tragedies. It is also about trust and love. I can’t say enough about this book, and everything I could say it is just spoilers. So do yourself a favour and pick this one up.
Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves. It should have been enough. And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won. Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them. But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within. Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.
I have to admit that after Wolfsong, Ravensong was never going to live up to my expectations. It isn’t that I didn’t enjoy it but compared to the feelings Wolfsong gave me, well it wasn’t the same this time around. Ravensong follows from Book 1 (so don’t try to read this without first having read Wolfsong) focusing on Gordo, Ox’s kind of father figure, boss, work-mate and witch extraordinaire, formerly of the Bennett Pack. As it follows Gordo we can see his struggles with himself, his family, his (tragic and brutal) lifestory and how he came to be part of the Bennet Pack. This bit is especially important to understand why Gordo is the way he is and in more detail what the Bennett Pack has gone through. This book feels darker, more intense and fast-paced. Kind of fitting with the main character, as he is serious, hardened and morally gray at times. Although it has an undercurrent of love, in contrast with Wolfsong, it is not about a more teenage love with declarations and gestures, it is more about how to overcome when love feels like betrayal and distorted communication prevents what should have been an easy/loving relationship. This book feels darker and it kind of is but at the end, hopeful. No tragic endings here.
There’s two more books to go in this series and I can’t wait to read each. Both, Heartsong (#3 with main character Robbie) has an expected publication of September 24, 2019 and Brothersong (#4 main character unannounced) December 17, 2019. Look at the beautiful covers!
For more information you can check out TJ Klune’s website or follow him on twitter. If you’re interested in buying the books you can find them at Indiebound and Amazon.
That’s all for me, next review will be in a few days. Hopefully I can keep to schedule if not,
To touch a Dark One is death. To talk to an immortal is suicide. Yet, I’ve been marked by both. A Vampire. And the King of the immortals. My life is no longer my own. And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with. It was theirs. It’s always been theirs.
6 reasons to read this book (or not) *interesting world building, immortals (dark ones) rule and humans are compliant/lesser than them *MC is thrown right into the world of immortals *fast paced, romance adventure novel *all kinds of supernatural! immortals (dark ones) all around! werewolves, vampires, sirens, angels and so much more *LI is grumpy because of ~issues~ *book saga following each of the characters
Thank you to Netgalley, Rachel Van Dyken and Social Butterfly PR advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!
I love books where they have supernatural elements, especially if it’s ones with vampires, werewolves and a little sprinkling of romance is always a plus in my book. While there were elements to this book I liked, it just didn’t do it for me. The whole book felt a bit rushed that I kept wishing for a bit more worldbuilding and more time to get to know the MCs. We’re given this really interesting world with so many different supernatural/paranormal elements to it but little information how it happened or how it continues to be the ‘norm’. Overall, I feel this book had so much potential and so many elements to it that would’ve probably worked for me if a little more of the plot and storyline was fleshed out. It had so much potential!
Any book you felt would’ve been perfect for you but then, somehow, it wasn’t?
*secret missions *new adult sci-fi *government conspiracy plot *superpowers/teleportation powers, genetic manipulation *insta-love/fated pairs *adventure with a lot of romance in it
Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It’s a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows.
I have to first admit I loved Pestilence so I thought Laura Thalassa’s would be as good as that. Now, that said, as soon as I read the summary it intrigued me, reminded me of that film with Hayden Christensen (Ilovehim) that I really can’t remember very well apart from that he jumped to places and things happened? Either way, I was interested , I was intrigued. But unfortunately I finished this book and I felt like there were too many issues with it for me to geniunely like it. The spacing, the characters and the insta-love were some of the main issues I had. Ember wasn’t what I expected as a main character she was likeable enough at times but other times it felt too much like the ~super special super original~ MC you’re supposed to like. I was mostly intrigued on wanting to know more about the superpowers and about this new corporation/military facility she’s now stuck in. The book of course leaves you with a cliffhanger because there’s two more (I think?) to come and I’m honestly still debating whether to continue or to leave it there.