C.B.H. Series Review: How to Hang a Witch Series By Adriana Mather

C.B.H. Series Review: How to Hang a Witch Series By Adriana Mather

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I’ve been holding off on reviewing this series for awhile now. I read How to Hang a Witch earlier last year and finished it’s sequel, Haunting the Deep, at the beginning of last month. They both follow the strange happenings surrounding a young Samantha Mather whose family has ties to both the Salem Witch Trials and the Titanic.

The first book sets the stage with Samantha and her step mother Vivian move to Salem, Massachusetts into Samantha’s grandmother’s former mansion. Right off the bat, Samantha notices a strange presence inside of the home. Turns out to be a ghost by the name of Elijah, who like most ghosts, dislikes the fact his home has been disturbed and wishes to be left alone.

Outside the house, the world doesn’t seem to treat Samantha any better. At her new school, a group of girls known as The Descendants, are out to get Samantha due to the fact she is related to Cotton Mather. The man who sent their ancestors to their deaths during the Salem Witch Trials. Then a curse springs upon The Descendants and those who are related to the Salem Witch Trials, leading Samantha and her recruiter Elijah, on the case to uncover the dark truth behind the curse before it’s too late.

This book has it’s ups and downs. One of the downs is the sort of love triangle among Samantha, her neighbor Jaxon, and Elijah. Samantha’s relationship with Elijah feels a cross between Casper and Thackery Binx and left me wondering whether how to properly imagine him in my head.

Jaxon has clearly been friend zoned in the first book, but there were moments where I wished Samantha would just be with him. I mean let’s face it, how can you have a proper relationship with a ghost? Never mind, don’t answer that or else I’ll be having Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in my head.

Anyway, aside from the awkwardness of the threesome, the curse was pretty clever. The execution of the plot went smoothly. I figured out the perpetrator easily, but watching the events unfold was entertaining enough.

Rating 8

Now, the sequel!

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Get ready to sail upon the Titanic! Or at least a strange, cursed form of it. We meet up with Adriana a few months after the events of the first book. The Descendants barely remember the events of almost being murdered nor the culprit who cursed them in the first place. *coughs* Sorry, everyone, no spoilers here!

Anyways, Adriana’s school decides to host a Titanic themed dance along with changing up the student’s coursework to revolves around the event. Then strange things begin taking place once a mysterious looking dress from the 1900s shows up on the Mather’s doorstep. Adriana opens it up and with one touch of the dress, she is whisked away and wakes up aboard the Titanic with new memories and an identity, surrounded by ghosts of the past. Both ghosts of individuals who survived the sinking and those who did not.

Throughout the book, her and the Descendants team up to uncover the secrets behind why Adriana continually ends up on the old ship, but that’s not the only problem. Jaxon begins acting strange toward Adriana, and the ghost Elijah returns to help the girls figure out why ghosts from the ship are disappearing.

Comparing the second book to the first, I actually like the sequel better than the first book. But Adriana needs to be more responsible in her actions. I get she’s a teenager, but she’s extremely immature about handling the whole Jaxon and Elijah situation. Elijah needs to move on and her continually freaking out and getting pissed anytime he’s either around or disappears got on my nerves.

If Jaxon hadn’t have transformed into a complete jerk aside from telling Adriana off, I’d say he was the mature one in telling her how it was. She shouldn’t be messing around with a ghost. I understand he is important to the plot and all, but ghosts need to move on…haven’t you seen Supernatural?

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Rating 8

 

Have you read this series?

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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C.B.H. ARC Review & Blog Tour: Wicked Soul By Nora Ash

C.B.H. ARC Review & Blog Tour: Wicked Soul By Nora Ash

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Title: Wicked Soul
Series: Ancient Blood, Book 1
Author: Nora Ash
Release Date: February 10th, 2017
Available: Amazon/B&N/iBooks/Kobo
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About the Book

He saved me… And then he blood-bonded me. Now I’m his.

My first meeting with a Chicago vampire went better than expected.

Up until that night, all I knew about vampires was limited to a few common facts: they drink blood, they get a mean sunburn and if you find yourself alone with one, you’re dead.

Except he didn’t kill me.

Sexy, broody Warin clearly had his own reasons for sparing my life and tying me with his blood, but if he’d known how much trouble I’d attract, I bet he wouldn’t have bothered. When he blood-bonded me, secrets even I didn’t know about myself came to light.

Secrets that will pull us both deep into the eternal war between vampires and the witches determined to rid the world of their evil.

We have only one choice now: fight the forces hell-bent on breaking our bond…

My Review

Soulmates, powerful couples whose souls were pre-destined to combine to create a strong bond no mere mortal (or vampire) can keep apart. Olivia and Warin are this kind of couple.

Not many paranormal romance books discuss soulmates in a way when Warin “discovers” his soulmate his vampire family feel the bond down the line. It’s always funny when people close to you realize you are completely whipped. But Warin is not any weaker, but stronger and this is only a sliver of what this book is about.

Vampires are known in this book’s world; however, they are still misunderstood to the masses. In addition, they are in a war against shapeshifters and werewolves. This puts a damper on Olivia and Warin’s story.

We first meet Olivia in the middle of her kidnapping. She is mistakened for being a vampire just for the fact she is reading a vampire paranormal romance. No, not joking. She is thrown in a cell alongside Warin and then their journey begins.

A fun twist on the vampire world and I can’t wait to tap into the sequel! Vampire romance lovers, need apply!

Rating 8

About the Author

Nora Ash writes the sort of books that have your toes curling and your blood pulsing. Her stories are often dark and always thrilling, with lots of sexy bad boys and the women who spur their desires. When not typing away at a story, Nora paints, eats chocolate or go for hikes around the English countryside with her very own bad boy.

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~C.C.

C.H.B. ARC Review, Book Tour, & Giveaway: Moondance By Linda K. Hopkins

C.H.B. ARC Review, Book Tour, & Giveaway: Moondance By Linda K. Hopkins

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Title: Moondance
Author: Linda K. Hopkins
Genre: Clean Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 17th, 2017
Available: Amazon/B&N/Kobo
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For years, Melissa Hewitt has dreamed of being hunted by a panther, a huge, black creature that pursues her relentlessly. But panthers do not exist in real life – not in Canada, anyway. And it is in the Canadian Rockies that Melissa escapes the stresses of her work – a job that come with a handsome but unfriendly boss who exudes both danger and allure. There is something about Leander Garrett, however, that draws Melissa, making him almost impossible to ignore; that, and the fact that once they had been friends.

As winter turns into spring, Leander’s chilly demeanor begins to thaw, but danger prowls through the mountains, and Lee has a secret that lurks beneath his elegant clothes and rippling physique. Something that compels him to reject what he desires the most.

Can he learn to see the good in himself and finally allow his heart to love, and be loved in return?

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Lee and Melissa have been working in the same office for years. Melissa has seen women come and go from Lee’s side. While not noticing his latest conquests, she is constantly having work piled on by Lee.

Then out of the blue, he begins to take notice of her. Little by little, he begins to unravel before Melissa. Secrets are revealed and love begins to bloom between the two. But a cougar lurks within the shadows of Melissa’s dreams and soon comes into her reality. Will Melissa accept the truth behind the animal….or the man behind the beast?

The story did not turn out as I expected with the beginning written, which I liked because it wasn’t predictable. This romance bloomed organically and was not forced. The paranormal aspect wasn’t overbearing and there was a perfect balance between reality and the mystery behind the cougar.

Rating 8

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Linda K. Hopkins lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Canada, with her husband, two kids and one dog. Originally from South Africa, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the Univerity of South Africa.

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~C.C.

C.B.H. ARC Review: Banished (The Storymakers #3) By Betsy Schow

C.B.H. ARC Review: Banished (The Storymakers #3) By Betsy Schow

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Title: Banished
Series: The Storymakers
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Available: Amazon/Goodreads/B&N

 

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy via NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for a review. This does not effect my review.

 

About the Book

 My Review

All the best people have a bit of madness. It’s a sign of brilliance. You just have to learn how to take control of it.

This is the third installment in The Storymakers series that follows Princess Dorthea of Emerald on her continuing quest to get back home and right the wrongs she did in the first book, Spelled. Now, she’s locked up in the psyche ward, slowly beginning to lose her memories of her home. She discovered her parents in the previous book to find they forgot their home and want Dorthea to “get better”.

On the other side of the fairy tale coin, Dorthea’s mind is linked to Rexi – making the story flip back and forth between the fictional and the reality. The moment Dorthea goes to sleep, she see’s Rexi, taking on the guise of King Arthur, wielding Excalibur while battling the villains of Camelot. With Rexi, she sees the devastation of Dorthea’s treatments in the hospital involving green sludge and constant lies of being incurable. Dorthea later escapes the hospital and goes on a mission, searching for a pair of magic shoes to get her to another realm. Rexi, on the other hand, seeks out to destroy the Wicked Witch.

The quirkiness from the previous novels shows up in droves in this book and the mashup of our favorite fairytale characters makes keeps the fun coming. The single downside I can only come up with is that this wouldn’t be for older YA readers. The characters dialogue and actions fall more along the younger YA reader group. But if you are looking for a new fairytale mashup series that’ll make you laugh – this could be the next one on your list!

 

Rating 7

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

C.H.B. ARC Series Review: Blog Tour: The Black Parade By Kyoko M.

C.H.B. ARC Series Review: Blog Tour: The Black Parade By Kyoko M.

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Jordan Amador. 21. New Yorker. Waitress. Mild alcoholic. Murderer.

Two years ago, Jordan accidentally shot and killed a Seer: a person who can see, hear, and talk to ghosts with unfinished business. Her crime came with a hefty price, too. She has two years to help a hundred souls cross over to the afterlife or her soul is bound for hell. Tough break.

As if that weren’t bad enough, two days before her deadline a handsome pain-in-the-ass poltergeist named Michael strolls into her life. His soul is the key to her salvation, but the cost just might be more than she can handle. Solving his death puts her right in the crosshairs of Belial: a vain, bloodthirsty archdemon who won’t rest until she’s his slave. Can she rescue Michael and save her own soul, or will they both be dragged down into the clutches of the eternal black parade?

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When I began this book, I felt sorry for Jordan. Being constantly searching and helping ghost solve their deaths and move on is a tough gig. The more I learned about her past, I understand why she is forced to help them. Not to mention being stuck helping a new poltergeist who throws her into an even deeper well of trouble.

Ok, I have to admit, I actually had a teeny-tiny crush on Michael the poltergeist. The moment he came onto the scene, he captured my attention and I wanted to help him as much as possible. The writing in this is impeccable and the characters are lovable. Jordan is not your average main character. She’s diverse, stands out, and brings her own personality to the table. Worth a read!

Rating 7

 

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Short stories from The Black Parade series.

Michael O’Brien. 24. New Yorker. Musician. Archangel in charge of Heaven’s army.

It’s been centuries since Michael stayed on Earth for an extended amount of time. Now he’s here because of Jordan Amador–a Seer who helped him restore his life and memories and thwart the archdemon Belial from taking over the city. With Jordan on Belial’s hit list, Michael decides to stick around and live out life alongside her as her friend and temporary bodyguard. But, as the days pass, he finds it harder to resist the seven deadly sins that tempt all men. Especially as he and Jordan grow closer fighting the demons that want her almost as much as he does…

This collection takes place in the two month period in The Black Parade between Book 2 and 3.

Happy(ish) Valentine’s Day – A humorous short story of the first couple months of Jordan and Michael’s marriage.

Matrimony – A short story that takes place between Chapter 37 and the epilogue of The Holy Dark.

Town Without Pity – A short story about the daughter of the Wolfman on vacation in Transylvania.

Reduction – A vignette about two friends who want more than friendship.

The Cage – A vignette from the perspective of Andrew Bethsaida from The Black Parade.

The Predator – A horror-centric short story told from the perspective of the archdemon Belial. Takes place during She Who Fights Monsters, so beware major spoilers.

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*Sigh* Michael, good ole Michael! These set of short stories fill in the blanks in between books and the backgrounds of secondary characters to pair alongside the seven deadly sins. It’s almost like you’re getting to know extended family through in-depth snippets of their lives while delving into the sins which plague humans and temptations toward the heavenly host.

I read each of these short stories in accordance to where they fit into the story line. It made things easier and less hectic. My favorite one of them all would have to be Happy(ish) Valentine’s Day. Jordan and Michael’s relationship is further explored and I can’t get enough of them together!

Rating 7

 

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The dynamic supernatural duo of Seer Jordan Amador and her husband the archangel Michael are in the middle of trying to solve a deadly case. Someone is methodically hunting down and murdering Seers one by one. After six months with no leads on the killer, Jordan and Michael are forced to work with their worst enemy—the archdemon Belial: a self-professed Prince of Hell who is dead set on stealing Jordan for himself. However, with the archdemon’s help, they pick up on the trail of the serial killer and plan to stop him no matter what the cost.

When the shocking truth behind the murderer’s identity is revealed, Jordan begins asking herself if she is still fighting for the good guys or has she become one of the monsters she is desperately trying to stop?

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Each of these books seem to get better. This time around, we are standing with Jordan and Michael on their quest to figure out who is murdering Seers. Also strangely enough someone from Jordan’s path appears and throws a kink in Jordan’s personal journey. Throw in the love triangle with Belial and you have yourself a thrilling sequel.

As you know, I despise love triangles, but Kyoko makes it work for this series. The excitement and tension between characters has increased ten-fold that you can’t put the book down. A sequel worth it’s placement in this series and much better than the first installment.

Rating 9

 

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Sarcastic demon-slayer extraordinaire Jordan Amador has been locked in a year-long struggle to hunt down the thirty silver coins paid to Judas Iscariot. The mere touch of these coins is enough to kill any angel.

Jordan’s demonic opposition grows more desperate with each coin found, so they call on the ultimate reinforcement: Moloch, the Archdemon of War. Moloch puts out a contract on Jordan as well as her estranged husband, the Archangel Michael. Now Jordan and Michael will have to find a way to work together to survive against impossible odds and stop Moloch’s plan, or else he’ll wage a war that will wipe out the human race.

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You never know how much you love and truly need a specific person in your life till danger is thrown in your way and they are the only one who can get you through it. Michael and Jordan are forced back together in order to survive a contract on both of them. Not only that, but Jordan is on a mission to uncover the pieces of silver Judas Iscariot was given in exchange for the betrayal of Jesus. Talk about a whole bowl of crazy in one book.

All tears shed for these two are well worth it. Jordan has made foolish decisions in the past without fully dealing with the consequences up until recently. Now, it’s time to pay the piper and Michael to unite with his soulmate in order to survive. Pack your tissues, you’re going to need them.

Rating 9

 

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Seer and demon slayer Jordan Amador has had it rough lately: separated from her husband the archangel Michael, hated by the angels who think she betrayed them, hunted by demons who want her dead or enslaved, and rejected by her friends and family for lying to them. Disgraced and miserable, she’s all but ready to lay down and die until another Seer named Myra Bennett saves her life. Myra gives Jordan a new mission: to wipe out a nest of demons that are terrorizing her family as well as the innocent people of Houston, Texas.

Jordan goes undercover to infiltrate the demons’ nest and figure out how to eliminate them. Meanwhile, she’s locked in a deadly game with the archdemon Belial, who constantly visits her night after night in her dreams to convince her to give him her soul. Between the insanely gorgeous, but dangerous archdemon poking around in her head and the vicious creatures surrounding her, she’s not sure how much longer she can survive.

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Oh man, again, Jordan finally pays the piper in this one. Consequences rise from the ashes for her, but she is given a chance to make a turn around. Belial, again, attempts to tempt her which at this I want to sock him. That guy is relentless and needs to shut up! But, I digress, things happen for a reason.

Will Jordan survive? Will she finally not jump before looking? No spoilers here, but you need to read this!

Rating 8

 

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Kyoko M is a USA Today bestselling author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and Christian mythology.

When not working feverishly on a manuscript (or two), she can be found buried under her Dashboard on Tumblr, or chatting with fellow nerds on Twitter, or curled up with a good Harry Dresden novel on a warm Georgia night. Like any author, she wants nothing more than to contribute something great to the best profession in the world, no matter how small.

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Happy Reading,

~C.C.

C.B.H. ARC Reviews: Wicked Charm By Amber Hart

C.B.H. ARC Reviews: Wicked Charm By Amber Hart

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Title: Wicked Charm
Author: Amber Hart
Release Date: January 30th, 2018
Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads

**Disclaimer: I received an ARC Copy via NetGalley and Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my views whatsoever.**

Synopsis

Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.

Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.

Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.

Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.

But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.

When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.

My Review

I’m not going to lie, I had a rough time reading this book. Willow could not stop thinking about Beau. Not even when people were dying around her did she even stop to think, “Hm, all of these girls were involved with this guy. This is clearly not a good idea to be around him.” But obviously romance was more on her mind than intellectual thinking.

This was pitched to be a contemporary suspenseful romance novel….was. Willow is warned by her grandmother in the beginning of the book to steer clear of Beau and his family, that they are of the devil. Kids at school warn her to stay away from him since he is a notorious player who goes through girls like water. Instead, she heads straight toward the snake and believes she will not get bitten.

The trope of the player falling for the new girl because she is “not like other girls” runs rampant through the novel while Beau and Willow grow closer together. I could not get into them. I couldn’t, no matter how hard I tried and believe me, I tried. But when a guy’s ex-girlfriends seem to be popping up dead in the swamp by his home, I’d run to the hills.

The book leans to more on the romance side than the suspense/mystery aspects. The writing style was alright, the descriptions were fantastic, but the execution of the mystery was lacking. If she would have focused more on it, I think it would have been a solid 10/10 for me. Now, however, I’ll be sure to steer clear of the swamps in Georgia. You never know what or whom may be lurking in the shadows.

Rating 5

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

Blog Tour ARC Review: Sugar Lump By Megan Gaudino

Blog Tour ARC Review: Sugar Lump By Megan Gaudino

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Title: Sugar Lump
Author: Megan Gaudino
Release Date: January 10th, 2018
Available: Amazon/Goodreads

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old travel blogger CC is stuck on a never-ending road trip with her wanderlust-addicted father. When her dad lands the job of his dreams in Sugar Lump—wedding capital of the world—CC finally finds a place to call home. Complete with two quirky best friends and a quixotic guy to crush on, Sugar Lump is more shades of perfect than she can possibly count.

But when CC accidentally overhears the mayor complaining that she has to “take out” a rogue employee for not fulfilling the terms of his contract, the idyllic town’s facade crumbles. Devastated by the possibility of having to move yet again, CC discovers everyone has been keeping a massive secret from her—including her own father.

 

My Review

Travel blogger C.C. and her father move into a small town where everything seems to be “perfect”. Perfect neighbors, perfect bakery job, perfect friends, etc.. Warning signs begin to pop up for the girl, though, when her father immediately changes his actions around his daughter. That is, she should have noticed them as warning signs that something was seriously up. Ok, at first I was like….

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Then the novel began to take a turn when one overheard conversation cracks the armor of this perfect little town. Cue in more Stepford Wives!

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This is a pretty unique YA novel that stands out on it’s own and keeps you guessing. I’m assuming it’s a standalone but the ending leaves you wondering could there be more? Is there more to the resolution we are given? I MUST KNOW!

Try this novel out if you are into YA Mysteries that will keep you on your toes!

 

Rating 8

 

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Happy Reading,

~C.C.