The Vampire Skeleton
by Sara General Published by Spirit & Intent
on January 20, 2016 Genres: Coming of Age
, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
, Fantasy & Magic
, Young Adult Fiction Pages:
Living in Harrowstone means you either follow the rules—or risk exile to the outside world. Rowen is the healer’s apprentice. The rules have never bothered her—until a vampire attacks her community and hurts one of the people she cares about most.
Suddenly, Rowen is forced to make a life-altering decision—hunt the vampire or let her best friend die.
But hunting a vampire isn’t as easy as it sounds and soon enough, Rowen finds herself needing help. Enter Cruz, wealthy businessman and vampire overlord of the City of Brantwood. He’s the only person powerful enough to help Rowen save her friend and naturally—his help comes at a price.
Will Rowen agree to pay it? And what will her decision cost her?
Inspired by legends, Sara General imagines a magical world with First Nation vampires divided by a wall. One side is Harrowstone, a close-knit community with a strict protocol which all members must adhere to, and on the other is the modern, busy life of outsiders. The Vampire Skeleton follows the story of Rowan, a girl soon caught between the two vastly different worlds after a vampire harms her friend. Her mission: kill the vampire in order to save her friend’s life. What she finds beyond the wall of Harrowstone complicates everything. She may even have to trust one of those deadly creatures.
The concept behind The Vampire Skeleton is unique. I enjoyed Rowan as a character. She’s grown a lot towards the end of the book. What I especially liked was how she handled the critique against her culture and how she defended it. She was aware of the unfairness of the protocol but pointed out that the people on the other side had their own problems as well. I also liked the dynamic between Rowan and Cruz. I’m curious to see where that will go.
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The Girl from the Well
by Rin Chupeco Published by Sourcebooks Fire
on August 5th 2014 Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories
, Young Adult Pages:
You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.
A dead girl walks the streets.
She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.
And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.
Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.
The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.
The Girl from the Well is primarily about a spirit named Okiku who wanders the world to free the spirits of murdered children, while also killing those responsible for their deaths. She soon comes across Tark, a teen who has troubles of his own with a nasty spirit trapped within him. The scariest part of this book was the creepy, gut-wrenching feeling of dread when you see innocent, unsupervised children and know that someone out there could be watching and waiting to steal them away to satisfy their sick twistedness. There are a few other slightly creepy scenes involving the spirit Okiku and the malicious spirit within Tark, but for the most part the creep factor is hindered by its predictability.
Despite being really similar to many other horror movies and books related to Japanese ghosts, The Girl from the Well remains fun and quick to read for anyone who has a taste for this kind of horror and easy to read style. Some sentences in the book are written into separate lines (if I’m explaining it correctly). I found it to be a little off-putting at times, however it did grow on me towards the end.
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Overall, I liked The Girl from the Well enough to seek out the sequel The Suffering.
by Paula Weston Published by Tundra Books
on September 10th 2013 Genres: Action & Adventure
, Love & Romance
, Young Adult Pages:
It's almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn't help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who's been appearing in Gaby's dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And who is Gaby? The truth lies in the shadows of her nightmares.
When beginning to read Shadows I mentally judged this book in-between two and three stars. Two because I didn’t like Gaby’s potty mouth and because of Rafa’s brooding attitude/withholding important information from Gaby. I love, love, love anything to do with angels and demons. I’m still looking for an angel book that I can adore more than anything, but Shadows wasn’t it. However, I still was able to enjoy the story once it picked up towards the end.
I have to point out that Shadows did one thing right. The characters were all flawed and possessed good and bad qualities. They all had their own motives for what they were doing and I understood why they were doing the things they did, despite how violently these methods were. I did not love or hate any of them. There is very little romance between Gaby and Jude, amazingly, but tension of that sort is present. I would rather they not become a couple, but that’s just me. I did dislike how conveniently Rafa leaves Gaby in the dark about nearly everything. Just tell her all the things! I hate when characters withhold information, it would save time and energy when they know about freaky things before it happens.
At the end of Shadows, many big questions are still unanswered. It’s not too cliffhangy, but reading the next book will be totally necessary. I want to see more demons, they made an appearance only once I believe, and more of the other half-angels without them fighting each other. And I hope some more hows and whys are answered in the next book, instead of avoided for the sake of the third book.
by Peggy Martinez Amazon Published by Clean Teen Publishing
on October 6th 2015 Genres: Love & Romance
, Time Travel
, Young Adult Pages:
Eighteen-year-old Sage Hannigan wants to get back to her own time, preferably one that hasn't been destroyed by an underworld plot brewing in Edwardian-era South Carolina. How hard can it be? All she has to do is:
1. Learn to use newly acquired warping skills to bend time to her will.
2. Take out a few rogue vampires.
3. Join an ancient secret society.
4. Figure out who is putting the time stream in jeopardy.
5. Find and maim whoever invented the corset.
Sage never asked to be chosen by the Druid Priestess, Amerach, to become a Warper, and she never asked to have the future hanging on her shoulders or to warp a hundred years into the past. She certainly never asked to meet Dr. Aldwin Blake, who would make her question her desire to get back to her own time. But if she fails her mission, people will die, history will change, and the present she wishes to return to will be no more.
Today I woke up a hundred years younger. That’s a hard thing to accomplish since I’m only eighteen years old. I’d like to think that if I fudge up and accidently come across one of my ancestors I won’t somehow screw up the time stream and… then what? Would I ever be born? Would I wake up one day in this century and just cease to exist? Sheesh… that would probably top my worst-days-ever list.
I should probably back up and begin my story from yesterday… or would it still be considered yesterday when my yesterday takes place a hundred years from now?
See? So confusing!
So let me start over from the beginning, from the day I woke up a normal teenager and went to bed a… time warper.
About the Author:
Peggy Martinez is a full time Author who has over a dozen published works, including the Time Warper Series, the State of Decay Trilogy, the Contradiction Series, the Reapers Grimm Series, her middle grade Super Zero Series, and various novellas and serials.
When not writing, Peggy can be found homeschooling her teen son and four daughters. You may also find her packaging hundreds of boxes for her monthly box subscription business she founded just for readers! (Lit-Cube) She could also be spotted reading, making soap, dabbling in aromatherapy, watching gangster movies, prepping for the zombie apocalypse, or downing insane amounts of Twizzlers and Kazoozles. Oh yeah… and day dreaming about owning a small homestead or taking a dream vacation to Greece, Scotland, & Ireland. She could totally be doing that.
Find Peggy online: Author website, Business website, Facebook, and on Goodreads.
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by Hillary Monahan Published by Disney Electronic Content
on September 2nd 2014 Genres: General
, Horror & Ghost Stories
, Legends, Myths, Fables
, Young Adult Pages:
There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her. Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go. A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror. Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered. A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?
Believe it or not, I lost real sleep from reading Mary: The Summoning. Usually, it’s only movies or even those creepy word of mouth tales that do that to me. Perhaps it was because I was up really late, staying in an unfamiliar bedroom where there were so many shiny surfaces that Mary could have crawled through to mercilessly drag me into the other side. The fear and paranoia was real. So maybe read this book during the daylight hours.
We’ve all heard some version of the Bloody Mary legend and some of us may have played the summoning game at some point in our lives (although I’m too superstitious to mess with things like that). Mary: The Summoning gives us more of a background behind the mysterious entity known as Bloody Mary. What starts off as a seemingly innocent idea turns into something more sinister and dangerous. One girl is marked, the others in danger. How do you stop something from another world that’s out for blood?
The sequel Mary: Unleashed is coming out this fall. And I’m waiting impatiently.
by Michelle Krys Published by Random House Publishing Group
on 2015 Genres: Love & Romance
, New Experience
, Social Issues
, Young Adult Pages:
The sequel to HEXED. Indie has spent the last few weeks frantically searching for Paige. She's tried every spell imaginable, but witchcraft has gotten her nowhere, and she's going crazy with guilt. Despite what her warlock boyfriend, Bishop, tells her, Indie knows it's her fault her best friend was kidnapped by the Priory. And with the Priory destroyed, finding Paige feels more hopeless than ever—especially when Indie discovers that Paige isn't even on Earth. She's trapped in Los Demonios, an alternate dimension of Los Angeles filled with evil paranormals. No one who has gone there has ever come out.Fueled by terror and loyalty, Indie is desperate to find a way into the underworld prison. She'll worry about getting out later. But facing the dark world's most dangerous witches and warlocks on her own means keeping her plan hush-hush—and forging alliances with some sketchy people, including a seriously sexy sorcerer. Sometimes a witch must keep secrets from the people she cares about most. And sometimes she isn't the only one with secrets. . . . Praise for HEXED “Wicked fun!” —Amy Plum, author of the Die for Me series “A perfect mix of action, romance, and humor—Hexed kept me riveted until the very last page!” —Amy Tintera, author of Reboot“Fast-paced, with sizzling tension!” —Victoria Scott, author of Fire & Flood
I was a big fan of Hexed. I absolutely loved the book and wanted desperately to read the sequel even as I was still in the middle of reading the first. Hexed was one of those books that I just knew I was going to love, and so Charmed was already a winner for me. I couldn’t wait to see what was next for Indie and Bishop (my all-time favorite love interest). And I am happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed.
While Hexed is my favorite of the two books, Charmed was the growth and the maturity that was needed for several different characters, including, and most obviously, Indigo and Bishop. Indigo’s growth was evident compared to where she was in Hexed. She’s one of my favorite female characters because of her strength and her overall attitude about doing things herself without unnecessarily relying on a love interest when she doesn’t have to.
Bishop is adorable, flirtatious, funny, and doesn’t try to demean or control Indigo, like boys from other some YA books often times do. Sure, he gets pissed with some of her choices, but he at least understands why she does the things that she has to do. Bishop and Indigo are the perfect pair and I ship them to the grave.
There were several secrets revealed in Charmed that has Indigo questioning everything she had ever known, including a certain secret about her own mother. The more I think about it and the actions Indigo had to take while recusing her friend Paige, the sadder it becomes. Despite that, the story had a beautiful ending.
All I want now is another Michelle Krys book set in this universe because there is a lot more to be seen from Indigo.
by Michelle Krys Published by Random House Children's Books
on June 10th 2014 Genres: Legends, Myths, Fables
, Love & Romance
, New Experience
, Social Issues
, Young Adult Pages:
If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?
Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.
Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.
Well, it happened. I finally found a love interest that I actually love. Bishop was one likable character, not perfect and not even close to being a Prince Charming. He was just that guy you could be yourself with and laugh at all his suggestive jokes. He was so cute and was, in my opinion, what made this book great. Seriously, I love him. Sigh x 10000.
I liked Indigo more so at the end of the book. I felt like she did grow into a more well-rounded character. Her eyes were opened to everything that was happening around her and she found out who her true friends were, like Paige. I had a new respect for Indigo because, you know, she was just one of those popular cheerleader types in the start of all this.
While I don’t 100% get why these sorcerer dudes are still going after Indie even after what happened, I really liked the story. I cannot wait for the sequel, which is called Charmed, because I need more Bishop in my life.