Wolfsbane – Andrea Cremer
Wolves, supernatural, fiction, young adults, identity, interpersonal relationships.
Calla was captured by the enemy. Only to find out the truth and that Shay was telling the truth of the reality she is now faced with. She has to work with them to fight her true enemy. In order to go back to rescue her pack, she must train and be prepared. She has to protect Shay as he is the key to the future. Even though she turned him into the wolf so he can give her pack blood in order to save his life, he is still in need of protection. She has to trust her own heart to make the right decision.
I, of course, couldn’t resist getting the entire trilogy of this series. I loved this series as a teenager and even love them more as an adult. The synopsis is short because most of the book has a lot of details and I wouldn’t want to spoil. Andrea Cremer does such a good job world building and making lovable, as well as hateable, characters. This book was fairly paced and well written. A bit shorter than the first novel but definitely action packed. Calla going through the whole identity and purpose crisis was really character building and has made her better. I still find it funny that her other love interest, Shay, is now a werewolf. He hasn’t fully adjusted and it’s quite humoring. I might hold off reading the final book, BloodRose because I want to enjoy this series and relish the moments. I will also work on getting the prequel series that goes along with this book that gives background information of the history behind all what is going on in this series which I also had read back in middle school when I had that werewolf witch phase. I wasn’t on the team Edward lol. I was on the werewolf team. Go find this book series and read it if one is into werewolves and witches.
Amari and the Night Brothers – B.B. Alston
Supernatural, magic, missing persons, African Americans, fantasy, adventure, POC representation, children’s literature, fiction.
Amari is trying to fit in and not feel much like an outcast. Also, she wonders what had happened to her brother and wants answers. She gets mystery mail that reveals that he nominated her to join the Night Brothers. She ventures to get accepted into this magical society but before she has to go through training and tests. Ultimately she will try to fit in and be accepted into this society while trying to find her brother. Some strange and unusual things occur at the Night Brother academy and she has to obtain the stolen items to return as well as find the traitor of the Beauro.
I had seen a TikToker read and review this book. I instantly knew I was going to love this book. This takes parts that I enjoyed about Harry Potter and parts of Percy Jackson, combined into this beautiful and stunning children’s book. I love a good female heroine and Amari was that for sure. I finished this in one sitting and I am still stunned by the magicalness of this novel. This had POC representation and a lot of lore but not too much that it would be overwhelming. I have to say that I am sort of mad that there are no sequels to this novel, but when the moment that Alston produces another book I will be instantly buying. The writing is amazing and adventure packed. This novel is good for all ages really because I think this is really fun to read. I highly suggest to not only get this book for one’s self, but as a gift for a middle grade, high school, or a gift to anyone. All ages can enjoy this phenomenal novel.
Crave – Tracy Wolff
Young adult, supernatural, vampires, dragons, werewolves, witches, fiction.
Grace is arriving to Alaska to a private school her uncle and cousin reside at after losing her parents in a fatal car crash. On day one she is warned by tall, dark, and handsome to stay away from certain people there as well as her cousin. She doesn’t understand besides the fact that there are cliques here too. Her attention is drawn to two boys who have anger towards each other. Jaxon and Flint. Jaxon is the tall dark and handsome that warned her about himself. Flint is much friendlier and kind to Grace. Except when she experiences near death experiences, it is revealed to her that she is surrounded by the supernatural and she herself was supposed to be a witch. She finds herself in a supernatural war.
I had to get this book to understand why the hell is the hype for. I’ve seen this book all over Tik Tok as well as my Instagram feed. I decided to get this book. I understand the hype now. This novel had a lot of Twilight vibes and a few references of the Twilight book. The main character is funny, and I liked her with Flint. I felt that Jaxon felt too much like Edward Cullen and the distasteful character he has immediately made him unlikeable. The fact that Jaxon gave her the Twilight book gave away a lot about his character and it was ironic that he would compare himself to that god awful character. I prefer Flint so yeah. I was shocked by the fact that there was a dragon shifter. That blew my mind and made me love Flint even more. I thought this was going to be a vampire versus wolf shifter but no. The writing was well done, and I liked how chapters were short too. I don’t like chapters that are too long where it’s a snooze fest. I may continue the series in the future but not so sure if I really want to dive into a book series where the protagonist love interest is a duplicate of a Twilight character that I hated a lot. I do recommend this book though.
Awake at Dawn – C.C. Hunter
Supernatural, fantasy, young adult, fiction.
Kylie is still wondering of what supernatural creature she is, but she did find out other truths along the way. Her father isn’t really her father and her biological father was the dead army man she occasionally had seen. She uses the information of her birth father to try to find his family or well her extended family to find answers of who and what she really is. Another ghost appears in her life asking for her help. As she attends camp activities, who and what she is becomes even more confusing. What doesn’t help is that there is something sinister going on at the camp.
I found this sequel very intriguing and regularly paced as the first one. I believe firmly in that a story shouldn’t be dragged out kind of like how this author is doing. This is an exception because this adds onto the narrative of the main character going on a journey of self-exploration and self-assessing. I sometimes can relate onto the main character because I occasionally have an identity crisis and or existential crisis. Kylie explores that grey area that is a new concept to her and her friends helping her understand that grey area. This is great to read.
Born at Midnight – C.C. Hunter
Supernatural, fantasy, young adult, fiction.
Kylie is having a hard week, her nana dies, her parents are divorcing, and because she got caught up at a drug bust, her parents are sending her to a camp for troubled teens. As she boards the bus, she notices something strange about the passengers soon to be camp mates that they all are intriguing as well as staring at her. Once she arrives the camp leader tells her that they are at a camp for supernatural individuals. Kylie thinks that she is insane and doesn’t believe anything that is going on. After seeing that the existence of the supernatural she highly doubts that she herself is a supernatural. Her newfound camp buddies convince her otherwise and the camp leader tells Kylie that she needs to embrace the fact that she might be a supernatural. The only thing is that she can see and interact with ghosts, with one ghost. The camp leader tells Kylie that she needs to work on finding who or what she is.
I had read this book in high school and decided to reread this book as an adult with fresh eyes. I found myself loving this book the same way I first read the book in high school. I love a good mystery with supernatural elements with some romance in the mix. The mystery of what Kylie is and her personal association with the ghost that has stalked her. I mean I would feel as crazy as Kylie feels. Especially being told that the world isn’t as black and white as she had perceived. I highly recommend this young adult book as well as the rest of the series. I will be doing as much of the series of this novel within my abilities due to the corona virus shutting down the public library. I only have two books, this one and Awake at Dawn. Hopefully the corona virus pandemic blows over so that life can go back to “normal” functioning.
The Exile – James Patterson with Alison Joseph
Mystery, supernatural, horror, fiction.
An ex-cop, Finn O’Grady, had left home for a long
time. Now his ex-love is calling on him to come protect her from a family
curse. The said family curse is haunting her family and targeting her son. With
haste, Finn decides to come and investigate. While investigating, murders
happen, Finn promises to save his love and her child. When the evil surfaces
and shows itself, it’s a race to survive.
I never heard of bookshots and decided to give them
a go. Within one hundred and fifty pages is a story without fluff. Completely a
storyline without any distractions forcing the reader to read. I found myself
never stopping to even get water until I completed the bookshot. I enjoyed this
one a lot. I plan to read more of these soon. I recommend bookshots for
whenever one is on the go and wants to read a short book.
Ascenders: Omorrow Book Three – C.L.
Supernatural, young adult, fiction,
death, afterlife, school, teenagers, time travel
Walker and Daniel plus a team of other
various teenagers are sent out on a mission to retrieve the item that is needed
to be retrieved from the past. It’s risky because it’s in the living realm.
They’ve been prepared for the worst, demons, as well as anything else that is
thrown at them. One thing they must do is time travel through the decades in
search of the lost writings of Albert Einstein. Walker and Daniel must be
careful to live because if one dies in the past, they’ll never be born. Cease
to exist. This makes their journey even more perilous than the two hopefully
As what I thought was the final book in the series, it left off at a cliff hanger. Loved how time travel was added into the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It made me laugh, cringe, and sympathize with the protagonists. Not much more to say other than I hope the series continue. I would want to see where Walker and Daniel end up in the afterlife. I find them to be cute together and especially how they have chemistry. Sometimes I would scream for them to like to become serious and get married in the afterlife. There are no rules other than don’t go to the living realm. I want to see more of this story however expanded into new adventures in general.
Ascenders: Skypunch Book Two – C.L.
Supernatural, young adult, fiction,
death, afterlife, school, teenagers
In the next installment comes another
adventure for our protagonists, Walker Callagan and Daniel Reid. After rescuing
Daniel’s little brother, Walker seeing her mother for the last time, and
escaping demons, they return to the afterlife alive. Sadly, what fate was store
for them was a fate worse than being distinguished by demons. Being sent to the
ITT, a place where criminally disturbed teenagers go to face punishment for
eternity. Walker does what ever possible to stay alive and stay sane for
Daniel. Hopefully Daniel is doing what he can to stay sane as well. The
Godfather gives Walker an assignment, to ghost write, his memoir in exchange of
freedoms as well as letting her beloved have freedoms if Daniel does what the
GF tells him to do. Play Hockey and bring home the trophy or Walker is sent to
the Hole for six months to mentally rot. A clairvoyant by the named of Cass,
comes and visits Walker. Also, Cass sort of found Walker’s mother and began
assisting her mother just to torment Walker into possibly dating him, Even
though he is alive and she isn’t. Anyways Walker and Daniel are given a task
that they retrieve an item lost in history or face going back to the ITT. It is
a dangerous mission that involves training with not only students from the
Academy and ITT but also another school that is called FREAKS that inhabit
teenagers with special mental powers.
This second installment of this book series,
Ascenders, kept me wanting to read it nonstop. It was hard to put down because
I wanted to figure out what is happening and what will happen. I swear this
book is worth reading! Again, the author Gaber got me craving for the next page
to the point I find myself nearly finishing the book. Can’t wait to read the
next one which I will be doing a book review for and will be posted after this