Quick ARC Review: “Quinsey Wolf’s Glass Vault” By Candace Robinson

Quick ARC Review: “Quinsey Wolf’s Glass Vault” By Candace Robinson

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Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads

 

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever.*

 

Goodreads Description

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?”

 

My Review

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This book, where to begin, it felt like a mashup of quite a few things I’m nostalgic about. It felt like it could have been an addition to R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series despite having nothing to do with the street mashed up with one of my favorite 80s horror films, Waxworks, starring Zach Galligan from Gremlins. It follows a similar plot as to if you go into a mysterious museum, no one hears from you ever again.

Unlike other reviewers, I actually had an issue with the way the main character, Perrie, point of view. Many of her sentences were slight, quips, and often short in a way that made no sense to the plot and there were times where they were often not needed. The writing structure in general needed work. It maybe since the copy I was sent was un unpolished draft, but the writing was weird at times and I’m not even discussing the plot.

The plot itself is genius and executed in such a way, you can’t help but keep reading. The thing is, you have to get past Perrie’s delivery. The images, other characters, and even the secrets hiding in the dark gave me chills as I continued to read on. It kept me hooked to say the least and the twist was very unexpected.

If you are a horror fan or looking for a quick thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat, then this is the book for you. I would be happy to read a sequel to this, but I’m strongly hoping Candace Robinson puts more work into how her characters speak and describe settings.

 

My Rating

Rating 7

 

Happy Reading,

 

~C.C.

ARC Review: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles By J.M. Sullivan

ARC Review: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles By J.M. Sullivan

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Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads/IndieBound

 

**Disclaimer: I received a free copy via NetGalley and Pen Name Publishing in exchange for a honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever.**

 

NetGalley Description

 

For those who love Alice in Wonderland as much as I do, I highly recommend this book! It has found it’s way to a special place next to my other Alice in Wonderland inspired tales. Question is, are you ready to go into this new twisted world of Wonderland?

 

Rating 9

 

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

Quick Review: “A Court of Thorns and Roses” By Sara J. Maas

Quick Review: “A Court of Thorns and Roses” By Sara J. Maas

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**Disclaimer – This is a large fan base, we each have an opinion. I respect everyone for their opinion and I apologize in advance for any hurt feelings. Remember, this is only my opinion.**

 

Hi Everyone!

Long time, no see! Been on vacation and working non-stop while trying to read as many books as possible toward my Summer Reading Goals this year. One of which, was diving into the world of fairy tale re-tellings. I first read Spelled by Betsy Schow which you can check out my review here. Next on the list was the popular Beauty and the Beast retelling by Sarah J. Maas entitled “A Court of Thorns and Roses“.

I’m not going to go extremely deep in detail since this series is very well-known and the latest installment had recently been released. I will admit some of the material lived up to it’s hype, but I have issues with this book. First of all, many readers are under the misconception that this is a Young Adult book as well as it is labeled that way in the library system. However after doing a little digging, I discovered this series is in fact not Young Adult but New Adult. It is shelved that way due to Sarah J. Maas’s past experience with the genre. So if you read this and thought the sex scenes were out of line for a YA novel, rest assured it was not intended for it.

Another issue I had was the pacing. It moved extremely slow for about 1/3 of the books, making it close to being a DNF for me. Then there was the main character, Feyre. And the ending with the main character Feyre not understanding the obvious answer to the villain’s riddle made me throw the book across the room. And the fact the villain gave the answer away before “the great reveal” and it went over Feyre’s head! Her guilt at the end of the book was only to create an plot point for the next book to attempt to fix that was really unnecessary.

To be honest, I do not like Feyre. Seriously, Feyre is a complete dolt 55% of the time throughout this book, it made me want to shake her! I’m getting tired of main characters like her for not listening and putting themselves in danger just because they wish to discover what secrets lie beyond the “forest” in this case. I’m reading the second installment right now and her attitude problem from the first book has escalated to a new height. There are times where she shows a personality and kindness, but it’s barely there.

I pray the rest of the second will improve, if not, I will unfortunately put another series to rest on my shelf.

Rating 6

What did you think about this book/series?

What drew you to it and why?

Let me know in the comments down below!

 

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

C.H.B. ARC REVIEWS: “Birthright” By Jessica Ruddick (The Legacy Series B.1)

C.H.B. ARC REVIEWS: “Birthright” By Jessica Ruddick (The Legacy Series B.1)

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Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads

**Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy courtesy of NetGalley and Penguin House in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review whatsoever.**

 

Goodreads Description

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?

Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.

While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.”

 

Author Jessica Ruddick gives us a different take on the normal Grim Reaper story. Normally, we are led to believe the Grim Reaper works alone, collecting souls of the dead to transport them to heaven or hell. In this version, the Grim Reaper (actually multiple reapers) have seekers searching for specific people to choose for certain tasks.

 

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For Ava, she determines the most innocent of souls for the Grim Reaper to collect in order to create Heaven’s heavenly angel army. Her and her mother come from a long line of seekers who are sent to different locations in order to pick out the innocents for the Grim Reapers. Ava doesn’t wish to continue this heavy burden any longer and is willing to do anything she can in order to back out of her duties. One of which, was an attempt to take her own life only to discover, hah, she can not die! Yeah, this girl along with her mother are practically immortal until Death decides her time is up. Also she has what I like to call a “Crowley” in her life who gives her assignments and is practically the major authority who has the ability to punish her if deemed necessary.

 

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I call him “Crowley” because, well, if you watch the show Supernatural, he practically IS him!

But now Ava runs into a bit of a problem in the new town her and her mother has moved into. A love interest in the form of Cole Fowler saves her life, foiling her suicide attempt and ends up moving to the forefront in our little tale.  I’ll admit, he’s a breath of fresh air compared to the most recent YA male love interest tropes of today. He owns the bad boy air about him but carries his own without being overbearing, whiny, or pushy. He’s the kind of character who does not have to be a love interest but even a brother-like character if need be. Personally, I’d choose him to be the brotherly kind due to the fact he is not the average love interest.

The story brings a pleasant twist to the average Grim Reaper story, adds a new kick to the YA paranormal genre, and gives girls a reliable female protagonist who fights for what she wants instead of merely talking about it. I believe this new series will spark a new brand of followers to the YA community, and I am thrilled I had the honor to read this story. I happily look forward to the second chapter in The Legacy Series.

My Rating: 9 out of 10 Book Charms!

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

C.H.B. ARC Reviews: “At the Cemetery Gates, Year One” By John Brhel and J. Sullivan 

C.H.B. ARC Reviews: “At the Cemetery Gates, Year One” By John Brhel and J. Sullivan 

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**DISCLAIMER-I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. This, however, does NOT AFFECT my views or rating of book.**

Available: Amazon; Goodreads

 

It may not be October anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a set of spooky stories to send shivers down your spine. I personally got lost in my own stack of books with this one in the midst of it all. I chose to read one short story each night before I went to sleep. Ok, ok, I may have sneaked in another one as well.

Each book has a good setting, middle, and twistful ending. Some of these stories included ghosts, others monsters hidden in the most unlikeliest of places, and stories leaving you wondering if there will be a part two to the story. There were a few you could tell came from urban legends with their own modern twist to them, but the terror remained in the tale all the same. They each are the perfect length to read if you’re reading on a trip and in need of a quick, creepy read before bed, for campfire tales, or even for your own personal enjoyment.

 

My Top Favorite 3 Short Stories

(With Ratings)

1. Pictures of a Perpetual Subject (9 out of 10 Book Charms)

This short story dealt with a young girl, bullied at school, who chose to do with a photography project featuring an overgrown field bordering the town cemetery. After gathering her pictures over the course of a period of time and placing them into a video, she notices a ghostly figure attempting to make it’s way toward her house. I personally loved this one due to the fact I thought she was going to get revenge on her classmates in some way by using this ghost. Only, the author clearly had other plans with this jaw-dropping explanation of the figure.

2. Delaying Decay (10 out of 10 Book Charms)

Twin boys, Sean and Zack Grady, are looking to discover the secrets hidden at the local mortuary. Of course, one antagonizes the other over witnessing the various dead bodies stored in the basement of the institution. They are in for a rude awakening when they are caught in a broom closet when the owner appears with a new, dead specimen. Or is the specimen truly dead? This one, above all, gave me the most chills. I need a follow-up to this one!

3. The Burial Vault (9 out of 10 Book Charms)

Holy crap! This one is a total mind warp! These high-school/college kids decide to throw a party at this sealed up crypt with a dark history. A tradition they always hold is for their leader, Tom, to tell ghost stories at the closing of the night. Turns out, this family crypt holds the body of only one family member. One to be rumored to be a possible monster who was sealed up by the locals to keep him from his murderous hunger. After the party, people end up missing….could this monster still be alive…after all this time?

 

My Rating (Per Story) 

A Dark and Desolate Recurrence 

9 out of 10 Book Charms

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A Casket For My Mother

7 out of 10 Book Charms

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Time’s Harbinger

10 out of 10 Book Charms

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A Tale of Palpable Violence

9 out of 10 Book Charms

*

Passion’s Paroxysm

9 out of 10 Book Charms

*

The Hermit of Russian Lake

9 out of 10 Book Charms

*

A Late Blight

9 out of 10 Book Charms

*

The Girl With The Crooked Tooth

7 out of 10 Book Charms

*

New Year’s Eve, What a Gas!

8 out of 10 Book Charms

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The Call Is Coming From Inside The House

10 out of 10 Book Charms

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An Epistle From The Dead

10 out of 10 Book Charms

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Like I said, each story is it’s own entity. Those three are my top favorites, but it you all get a chance to read it, what are your favorites out of this collection? Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below!

 

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

 

 

C.H.B. Reviews: “Wink, Poppy, Midnight” By April Genvieve Tucholke

C.H.B. Reviews: “Wink, Poppy, Midnight” By April Genvieve Tucholke

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Available at: Amazon; Goodreads; Barnes & Noble

This story begins in not your average YA novel sort of way or written in the normal fashion for that matter. The story is written from the perspectives of three characters: Wink, Poppy, and Midnight. It begins after main characters, Poppy and Midnight, are finished “making love” in Midnight’s room. I placed quotes on there because when the love is only one sided, it’s not a full love as we see as the book moves along. Oh, did I neglect to mention these were teenagers. TEENAGERS! And Midnight’s father is in the house too. How could the father not hear this? I will tell you, the parents are pretty much non-existent in this book.

I must come clean, have a love-hate relationship with this story. The imagery is tremendous yet has a mystical flair to it, Wink reminds you of an old librarian reincarnated into a teenager’s body,and the mystery style leaves you questioning all actions at every turn. However, I hate the fact you are left with questions at the end of the novel and even as you read it, you receive more questions than answers.

I felt like I was on this merry-go-round sent at warp speed with the ending sending me flying through the air and landing on my butt. Was it a wise decision to ride it? Obviously not. Did I learn my lesson? Maybe so, but I wondered in the why I gave in and rode the ride anyway despite the possible pain later.

Goodreads Description:

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.”

First off, Midnight is a tool. I’m not going to mince words. He’s completely worthless as far as I’m concerned. He’s a pawn in two little girl games and he’s too dull to notice what’s happening to him till it’s too late. And even then, he never develops as a character. Half of the story, he keeps comparing Poppy, his childhood crush, to Wink, his new-crazy neighbor. When he’s not comparing the two girls, he’s comparing himself and attempts to act like his half-brother Alabama. The guy has zero identity, whatsoever!

Even so, we have Poppy, a spoiled brat who always gets what she wants. That is, until she is rejected by Wink’s older brother and this makes Poppy “fall” for him. You know the old cliché where the one person the supposed bully can’t have has to become their obsession or the other character who leaves them then the bully suddenly realizes how much they meant to them. The brother fulfills the first cliché and Midnight, the second. Anytime I read from Poppy’s perspective, I rolled my eyes due to the fact she’s the girl who is starved for attention because she can. She does everything she does…because she can!

Wink is this sheltered kid from a family who believes in tarot, magic, and the expansive universe of books. Wink lives in books and she leads her own life like a storyteller, weaving her personal story by deeming who is the “hero”, “wolf/villain”, and “victim”. She comes across as this innocent girl; however, you can’t help but question her moves from the middle-onward in the book.

The whole book is this big ball of “What just happened?” Also, what time is this story located in? We assume these three are teenagers, but Wink comes across to me as a twelve year old and my mind began to think how wrong it is for her and Midnight do be together.

It had potential. Had. But I’m not into how it all turned out nor impressed by any of the characters by the time it’s over. Read at your own risk….

My Rating: 5 out of 10 Book Charms

 

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

C.H.B. Reviews: Sweet Evil; Sweet Peril (The Sweet Series #1 and #2) By Wendy Higgins

C.H.B. Reviews: Sweet Evil; Sweet Peril (The Sweet Series #1 and #2) By Wendy Higgins

October 24th

Angels and Demons

Moving, is a pain, especially when it consumes you, especially cutting into your reading time. Extra time is currently a luxury but somehow there have been books sneaking their way into my ears through the airwaves. I miss having an actual book in my hands right now but it’ll have to do. Today’s “spooky”-ish theme surrounds the mysteries between angels and demons.

I finished this book earlier last week and it’s sequel a few days later and now I’m on the third book. The narrator in the audio book series is kind of boring and can get annoying at times, but the story itself balances it out nicely.

Available: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads

Goodreads Description

“What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.


Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?”

As the daughter of an angel and demon, she struggles between both of her nature. Only, you see her lean towards the angel side more than the demon side. Very rarely do you see her slip up in her nature. Although when she does, it’s either to save someone’s feelings or someone forced her into the compromising situation.

She wonders around the beginning of the novel, knowing she’s different from being able to see people’s auras (strangely just like Alyssa Noel’s character Ever from Evermore) and her memory stretches all the way back to in vitro. She remembers her father, a demon “Duke of Addiction”, who is in prison on drug charges, while her former guardian angel mother passed away after Anna’s birth. Despite the weird circumstances, she does not discover her true heritage until she meets the UBER hot Kaidan Rowe at one of his concerts.

Kaidan, oh Kaidan, how I wish he were real. And the accent? I was absolutely, positively done for! He’s perfect and despite being the son of the Duke of Lust, he tries to be a gentleman toward Anna. Even I wanted to push her over to try to talk to him! He’s too perfect for words.

I have a love-hate relationship with Anna. There are moments where she’ll act like a teenager her age then around her adoptive mother, Patty, it’s like she transforms into this child. And after she meets Kaidan, she all of a sudden learns her origins and she’s a nephilim. Oh and Patty has known about Anna’s powers and helped her cope with them and STILL did not tell her about her parents till Anna met Kaidan. She keeps Anna sheltered in this little box in order to “protect” her but it seems like it’s done more harm than good.

Anna is now thrown into this world of demons, Demon Dukes, and learns that they have to “work” in order to sooth the hunger of these freaky demon ghost phantoms or else she is put to death. Yeah, dead. How do they work? By making people sin, of course. Depending on who the nephilum’s father is, that is how they need to make people sin. But we don’t see Anna forced to work till close to the end of the novel. As soon as you think the novel is really getting good, it’s over.

After the first two books, they seemed like they should both be mashed into one book. In the first book, we only hear about her getting a hilt of a sword from a nun who knew her mother and witnessed her birth. The second book, we discover Anna is the “chosen one” for an ancient prophecy which deals with ridding the demons off of Earth forever.

It’s a good series to try out and I’ll keep you updated on books #3 and #4!

 

My Rating:

Book #1: 6 out of 10 Book Charms

Book #2: 7 out of 10 Book Charms

Happy Reading!

~C.C.