Saturday, September 27, 2014

Book Signing Recap: #JennandLissainPH


Hi there Misfit booknerds! Been a while since I posted anything since I was trying to catch up on my reading (my slump is still quite active as of the moment), and that school hasn't really been that friendly.

Anyway, as you may have noticed, I haven't been to book signings lately. My plans on going to Jenny Han's signing was cancelled because of my Dad's request to me to not go. I couldn't go to the Stephanie Perkin's book signing either due to it being on a Sunday and I had school the next day. It was a conflict to my schedule because I had to travel from my place to the event. And dude, it ain't easy! Lastly, I was prepared to go to Alex London's event but a tragic incident happened the day before, and I slightly dislocated my arm and I couldn't move it. (AM A MAJOR KLUTZ PEOPLE!!!!) My plans died along with my sheer excitement to meet Alex.



Since I sucked for the past few months, going to Jennifer E. Smith's and Lissa Price's event on SM Aura was my call for retribution and come back from my book signing "slump" of sorts. And I did get retribution!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

{BOOK BLITZ} Excerpt + Giveaway: Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair


Louder Than Words
Release Date: 09/16/14
Swoon Romance

SYNOPSIS:


Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her. 

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can't let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm's length.

But by the time Rex's charm wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the "just friends" shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it's the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.





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About the Author
Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that's another bio.)
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.

Iris believes in the two-year "fish or cut bait" dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

(BLOG TOUR) EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: Kids in Love by Nikki Godwin

Title: Kids in Love (Saturn, #1.5)
Author: Nikki Godwin
Publication: September 7th 2014
Buy on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Smashwords



SYNOPSIS:

As one of the original Saturnites, Darby McMillon has been a longtime face of the fandom. From the days when the boys were just a YouTube band trying to gain fans up through their recent lockdown, Darby's channel - Darby's Daily Dose of Drama - was the "go to" spot for all things Spaceships Around Saturn. 

Until now, she's been trusted by most and envied by few, but her meet up with SAS girlfriend Chloe Branson shakes Darby's world. She learns quickly that when you're with the band, everything isn't always red carpets and music videos. 

And the closer she gets to her SAS crush Tate Kingsley, the closer she comes to losing her Saturnite status forever.

This blog tour was organized by Oops I Read Again Tours! Thanks again Dianne! :) 

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Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her life goal is to meet David Desrosiers of Simple Plan. Her favorite pro surfers are Jeremy Flores, Gabriel Medina, and John John Florence.







Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOOK HANGOVERS

The other day, a friend and I were talking about Newt from The Maze Runner and how he *bleeeeeep* I can't say unless you actually read it. But yeah. It was like, we really couldn't bring ourselves to forget the topic, most especially since the movie is coming out! But other than that, The Maze Runner trilogy does leave  most of us with BOOK HANGOVERS. I've experienced this in many occasions of my reading expenditures and here are the types of book hangovers I've gone through and maybe you have too.

TYPE 1: THE "EMOTIONALLY DETACHED FROM THE WORLD" TYPE



The people with this hangover, who after reading the book wouldn't like to involve themselves in the problems of the world and would rather invest themselves in the ending that is "ALLEGIANT". EHEM. All the emotions and moods that we have such as happiness, sadness, anger, grief, is being sucked into the book. Most hangovers like these tend to last very long. The only thing that may pull the person out of it if the author gives an apology for the character death or sad ending or if one finds a really HAPPY novel to read. 

NOTE: HAPPY novel okay!!! Make sure you check. Coz you don't wanna get the surprise of your life again, yeah?

TYPE 2: THE "BOOK IS SO FREAKING GORGEOUS" TYPE

Waiting on Wednesday #12: I'll Give You The Sun + Sway

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are just waiting to have our hands on!



Title: I'll Give You The Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Publication: Dial
Expected Release Date: September 16th 2014
Pre-order or buy on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo



SYNOPSIS:


A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell 

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.


About The Author:


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Jandy Nelson received a BA from Cornell, an MFA from Brown in poetry, and another MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. A literary agent for many years, she is also a published poet. The Sky Is Everywhere is her first novel. Jandy lives in San Francisco.









Title: Sway
Author: Kat Spears
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin
Expected Release Date: September 16th 2014
Pre-order or buy on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo



SYNOPSIS:

In Kat Spears’s hilarious and often poignant debut, high school senior Jesse Alderman, or "Sway," as he’s known, could sell hell to a bishop. He also specializes in getting things people want---term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs. He has few close friends and he never EVER lets emotions get in the way. For Jesse, life is simply a series of business transactions.

But when Ken Foster, captain of the football team, leading candidate for homecoming king, and all-around jerk, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of the angelic Bridget Smalley, Jesse finds himself feeling all sorts of things. While following Bridget and learning the intimate details of her life, he falls helplessly in love for the very first time. He also finds himself in an accidental friendship with Bridget’s belligerent and self-pitying younger brother who has cerebral palsy. Suddenly, Jesse is visiting old folks at a nursing home in order to run into Bridget, and offering his time to help the less fortunate, all the while developing a bond with this young man who idolizes him. Could the tin man really have a heart after all?

A Cyrano de Bergerac story with a modern twist, Sway is told from Jesse’s point of view with unapologetic truth and biting humor, his observations about the world around him untempered by empathy or compassion---until Bridget’s presence in his life forces him to confront his quiet devastation over a life-changing event a year earlier and maybe, just maybe, feel something again.

About The Author:


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I am a novelist, bartender, mother of three freeloading kids, non-profit management guru, and, apparently, the only person on the planet who reads in the shower. I am not a role model. My debut YA novel, SWAY, will be released in September 2014 by St. Martin's Press. Follow playlists for all my characters and the soundtracks to my books on Spotify under katbooks. Some of my characters have better taste in music than others, but if you like the character, chances are you will like their playlist.







Saturday, September 6, 2014

Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Title: Plus One
Author: Elizabeth Fama
Publication: April 8th 2014,  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: ARC Paperback
Source: Dianne of Oops I Read A Book Again! (Thanks so much Dianne!)
Buy it on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo



SYNOPSIS:


It takes guts to deliberately mutilate your hand while operating a blister-pack sealing machine, but all I had going for me was guts.


Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol deliberately injures herself in order to gain admission to a hospital, where she plans to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. By violating the day-night curfew, Sol is committing a serious crime, and when the kidnap attempt goes awry it starts a chain of events that will put Sol in mortal danger, uncover a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population, and throw her together with D'Arcy BenoĆ®t, the Ray medical apprentice who first treats her, then helps her outrun the authorities—and with whom she is fated to fall impossibly and irrevocably in love.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights—and a compelling, rapid-fire romantic adventure story.

Misfit Review:

I was hesitant to read Plus One at first to be honest. I had quite a number of physicals that I wanted to dive into but I think the universe did its task and dragged me to the wondrous beauty that is this novel! GOOD JOB UNIVERSE!

“Four houndred billion suns spiraling through space together. Our solar system just one grain on that galactic carousel. The carousel itself a speck in the cosmos. And here I am in this small clearing, on the surface of the heart, as transient and unnoticed to the universe as the dry blades of grass that are poking into my shirt. It's too much to comprehend up there, too enormous, and I'm so small when it's on top of me. It frightens me, like I'm being crushed.”

Plus One is the type of novel that you would appreciate especially if you are the hopeless romantic/ believer in the star-crossed lovers theme coz this story's got that for you! Sol Le Coeur, a Smudge, sneaks out during the day in order to kidnap her niece for her Poppu (grandfather) to see. I was gripped to the idea of a heist. Sol injures herself in order to get medical attention from the Rays and meets D'Arcy Benoit and it is almost as if the universe brought them for this moment because it would change both their lives. Again, GOOD JOB UNIVERSE!

I really loved how this story was thought out. From the terminologies such as Smudge, Rays and Nomas; an almost dystopian world that conforms itself to these norms, our protagonists try to defy it. The conflict in itself with the back story of certain aspects which I do not want to spoil, will attract you. For one, the revelations will ultimately surprise you. 

“Believe me I don't want to set the world on fire I just want to start a flame in your heart”

The characters are refreshing, fun and all so amazing! Sol, being the main character, is someone whom I got attached with because of her strength, charm, wit and beauty. Most female protagonists are so whiny and   just really annoying. I found Sol to be level headed in her own way but also feisty when the situation asked for it. She's also very emotional but tries to hide it. She is the most vulnerable around Poppu, whose character I loved as well. 

D'Arcy is simply handsome, loyal and charismatic. I just fell for him from the moment that he talked to Sol, until the very end of the book. What I specifically like about D'arcy is his way of handling situations with bravery and also restraint. He thinks with his head though when it comes to Sol, he could sometimes turn brash. 

"Oh god. I love your non sequiturs"

The romance provided by these two offered us an escape from the dispute that is prominent in the novel. When they found out that they are more connected to each other than they deemed to be, that moment was just one of the turning points of the novel. However, there were parts that felt dragged and unnecessary, I just fell in love with their chemistry and even had to put down the book for my heart's safety.

Elizabeth Fama allowed the story to breathe through these characters that she presented. She was also able to bring us a world that feels so familiar yet also untouched. Binding together political issues with discrimination and love reminded me of a somehow Romeo and Juliet taste but Elizabeth remained original and especially with that ending that I did not expect at all. Beautifully written, Plus One is the type of book that would hook you with its plot line and stunning delivery. You will not regret reading it. Let the universe lead you to this awesome novel.

About The Author:

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Elizabeth Fama is the author of Plus One (FSG, 2014), Monstrous Beauty (FSG, 2012), a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and Odyssey Award honor winner, and Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), an ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc.

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Tuned in for more reviews very soon! Check out past reviews as well over at the review archives link :) Thank you Misfit Booknerds!



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review: Tape by Steven Camden


Title: Tape
Author: Steven Camden
Publication: January 30th 2014
Format: Hardcover
Source: Signed Copy from the author (Thanks again Steven and Hannah!)
Buy it on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | National Book Store / Fully Booked (PH)



SYNOPSIS:

Record a voice and it lasts forever…

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

This is their story.

Misfit Review:

Tape is one of those books that can compete with so many other books out there because of its simplicity underrated beauty.

"Rewind. Play. I'm here. I always was."

The story starts off with Ameliah finding a box of things that her Mom had left after she died. She sees a tape and plays it. She hears a boy's voice that seems to be talking to her and so she leaves him a question. The boy, in all this whimsy, gets the question and is startled.

"We're both recording."
"Where are you?"
"In my room. Just like you."
"What?"
"You are recording for her."

Tape is a story of fate and how individuals are connected with the most unusual or simplest of things. Ryan, in the novel, is a kid from the past who has to deal with his new family and the beautiful Eve who lives next door. Ameliah on the other hand lives with her Nan after her parents die and she has to adjust to a lot of things including her Nan, her crush and a man shrouded with mystery.

Their eyes met and for a second Ryan forgot where he was. He imagined if life was a film, this would be where he walked towards her slowly and she did the same and they'd meet in the middle of the kitchen and there was the sound of a key in the front door.

The characters in themselves are a breath of fresh air. Ryan is so cute and I especially loved reading his parts because it was sweet, funny and leaves anyone with the hint of nostalgia. His dynamic with his step brother Nathan is aggressive but works in most occasions. I love it when they do get along or when they exchange harsh comebacks at each other but really, it is their form of communication. His relationship with Eve is simple but fun. It is somehow shortly depicted in the book but you'd look forwards to those parts where they are actually together, talking about random things and drinking strawberry Nesquik. I loved this moment a lot. Ryan's character, again, is cute and subtle. He can get aggressive too but he's mostly laid back and seems to have it together most of the time. He shows a lot of maturity even in his young age.

This is what you did, sitting down and pressing record, and now it's gonna be what I do.
I'm talking into the speaker---how does it even work?

Ameliah, on the other hand, lives in the present with smart phones, TV shows but she's the type who likes to set off in an adventure of sorts. She's curious and open enough to her Nan. She seems to have a low tolerance to things and with her curiousness, leaves certain casualties to her.What I really loved about Ameliah is her witty humor and her somehow investigative side. Again, let the curiosity set in. She's a sweet girl with tons of questions. But I think she's trying too hard to answer the questions on her own without asking for help. She's also quite cute when she's flustered.

Though the characters are generally great, the story could've had more lift. It was simply beautiful, yes, but there were times when I just knew what was gonna happen. Though yes, there are revelations in the book, I felt like it wasn't meant to be a surprise for the reader. It somehow suggested that the reader could go on not finishing the book and he or she could still get the same ending he or she expected. But in many cases, the book was refreshing and sweet and just a total swoop out of a bad day. Steven Camden holds true to his spoken word roots by giving this novel a nice flair to it. Tape was a nice read around the time that I was really bored. It was easy, cheery and fun. And I do suggest you grab it sometime for a relaxing day out.


About The Author:

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Steven Camden is one of the most acclaimed spoken-word artists in the country. As Polarbear, he has performed extensively around the UK and internationally. He also writes plays, teaches storytelling in schools, and was a lead artist for Ministry of Stories and The Roundhouse poetry collective.






Check out my review archives page for other book reviews you may have missed. Also, tune in for a recent review in the coming days! YAAAY! :) Have a great September, Misfit Booknerds!



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #11: Falling Into Place + No Place To Fall



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are just waiting to have our hands on!


Title: Falling Into Place
Author: Amy Zhang
Publication: Greenwillow Books
Expected Release Date: September 9th 2014
Pre-order or buy on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo



SYNOPSIS:

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. 


Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.


About The Author:



Amy Zhang used to have lots of imaginary friends. When people told her to grow up, she turned her imaginary friends into characters and started telling their stories. When she isn't writing, she can be found playing piano, hitting balls on the tennis court, or struggling through her weekly existential crisis. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.











Title: No Place To Fall
Author: Jaye Robin Brown
Publication: HarperTeen
Expected Release Date: December 9th 2014
Pre-order or buy on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo



SYNOPSIS:

Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

Here's a blurb from the author:

The map on the cover is actually featured in the book and was the imagery I hoped Harper Teen would use. My protagonist, Amber, keeps it on her wall and marks the people (boys) she meets who are hiking the Appalachian Trail, and the music festivals she dream of singing at one day. The red tack holds a special significance, but you have to read the book to find out what that is! 

About The Author:

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Jaye Robin Brown, or Jro to her friends, lives and writes in the mountains north of Asheville, North Carolina. She is fond of horses, dogs, the absurd and the ironic. When not writing, you can find her in the art room of the high school where she teaches or roaming the mountains searching for inspiration.

Her debut young adult novel, NO PLACE TO FALL, comes out in the fall of 2014 from Harper Teen. It's about dreams, singing, friendship, love, betrayal, family, and mistakes. It's also a love song to small town girls and mountain music, both of which shape the area that Jaye now calls home.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top 10 Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where, each week, a Top Ten list is posted based on a particular topic.


Coz I love diversity, having a bunch of book characters in my lunch table would be a dream come true! So here's my top ten list of book characters I'd have sit with me at the lunch table, coz you know, I am awesome. LOL!

1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower characters, well most of them




Sign me up to be part of the island of misfit toys! I'm sure that if I ask Patrick and Sam to sit with me, they'll drag along every single one of their friends, including Charlie who I will sit next to. YAY! I need interesting people like these to sit next to and talk about 90's indie music and The Smiths

2. Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games



Eye candy purposes, duuuh! Plus it would be nice to talk to him about any fish dish recipes.

3. Hannah Baker from Th1rteen R3asons Why

Monday, September 1, 2014

{BLOG TOUR} REVIEW: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Title: Mary Hades (Mary Hades #1)
Author: Sarah Dalton
Publication: May 4th 2014, Creatspace
Format: Digital Copy
Source: Giselle of XpressonBookTours
SYNOPSIS:
Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager. 

Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…

Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.

Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?

The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single 'My Daylight Monsters'. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure.


Misfit Review:
*I received a review copy of the book from Giselle of XpressoBookTours in exchange for an honest review.

So, I decided this is gonna be a short review of Mary Hades. I have read the book but it took me a while to get attached to it or being that I was still in my slump, it's attractiveness might've been buried. Anyway, I read the book and there were nice points and really just annoying pieces to the book.

So Mary is being held in an institution after the fire that scarred her mentally. With this she gained an ability.  This ability was to see ghost. While in the hospital, she gets acquainted with Lacey, an upbeat girl with her own problems. They become fast friends and the rest you would say is history, but no. Lacey gets into an accident and Mary gets left behind. But Lacey stays and helps Mary go through her phase of seeing The Things and the imminent death.

I ain't a fan of ghost stories. I love gore and stuff, but I can't seem to wrap myself up with horror books. I wanted to read this book for a change but I still felt as though I couldn't read it. But, in terms of scaring me out of my wits, yes, yes it did its job. (Probably coz of me being a total ninny.)

The characters were fine. I had a good feeling about Lacey from the beginning, maybe because she was a good foil and friend to Mary. She's just quirky and witty even in the afterlife. As for Mary, she was so-so for me. She had her shining moments of course, but yes, Lacey stood out for me.

The ending was just yeah. I thought I'd never get to the end, I did, but then I didn't think it was enough. It was sooooooo boring. Hahahaha. For someone who isn't a fan of horror books, this is what I felt. Maybe since it was an ending, it could've been ended with a BAM! But then, there's still a few books after it, so, maybe.

I don't know if I will read the next installments, but you could say I enjoyed Mary Hades though honestly terrified. I will remember not to request books that could potentially kill me.

P.S. The cover is gorgeous.


About The Author:

Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.

Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine, Apex Magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story ‘Vampires Wear Chanel’ is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales.

She is the author of the popular YA dystopia series 'Blemished' and the gothic novella 'My Daylight Monsters'. She is currently working on a YA Fantasy series titled 'White Hart'.







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