Review: Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell

81+IUDBA2jLTitle: Secondhand Spirits
Series: A Witchcraft Mystery #1
Author: Juliet Blackwell
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback
Pages: 313
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Sugar Cubes
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Summary: Lily Ivory is not your average witch. Her spell-casting powers tend to draw mischievous spirits while keeping normal humans at a distance. But now her vintage clothing store could give her a chance to make friends in San Francisco….

Lily hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora’s Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion -she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry—her store becomes a big hit.

But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime. She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it’s not easy—especially under the spells of sexy “mythbuster” Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily’s witchy ways be forced out of the closet? (Summary taken from Goodreads)

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

81iFWnYVpTLTitle: The Raven Boys
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: YA Paranormal/ Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 409
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 sugar cubes
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Summary: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. Continue reading

Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

811OaJy-Y3LTitle: Darkfever
Series: The Fever Series #1
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Romance & Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 347
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Sugar Cubes
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Summary: When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac’s cel phone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master a power she had no idea she possessed – a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae. Continue reading

DNF Review: The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce

The Weight of SoulsTitle: The Weight of Souls
Series: Standalone
Author: Bryony Pearce
Publisher: Strange Chemistry (now defunct)
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: ARC
Pages: 318
Source: Publisher
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Rating: 0 Sugar Cubes (DNF)
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Summary: 16 year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them – letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn’t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her… She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she’s not going crazy. Continue reading

Review: Ex-Heroes

ex-heroes_clinesTitle: Ex-Heroes
Series: Ex-Heroes, #1
Author: Peter Clines
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Genre: Sci-fi
Format: Paperback
Pages: 310
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Sugar Cubes
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Summary: Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes, using their superhuman abilities to make Los Angeles a better place.

Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Now, a year later, the heroes struggle to overcome their differences and recover from their own scars as they protect the thousands of survivors huddled in their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount.

But the hungry ex-humans are not the only threat the survivors face. Across the city, another group has grown and gained power. Continue reading

Review: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

51Gh-k5pgULTitle: The Rogue Not Taken
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel, #1
Author: Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 417
Source: Gift (from Erin)
Rating: 5 Sugar Cubes
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Summary: The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one… Continue reading

Review: The Daylight War

The Daylight War (Demon Cycle, #3)Title: The Daylight War
Series: The Demon Cycle, #3
Author: Peter V. Brett
Publisher: Del Ray
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 678
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 Sugar Cubes!
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Summary:
On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all. Continue reading