Goodreads Monday: The Luminaries by Susan Dennard | 4-25-22

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Goodreads Monday was hosted and created by Lauren’s Page Turners and has now been taken over by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

Title: The Luminaries
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: November 8th, 2022
Publisher: Tor Teen

“Hemlock Falls isn’t like other towns. You won’t find it on a map, your phone won’t work here, and the forest outside town might just kill you. Only the Luminaries, a society of ancient guardians, stand between humanity and the nightmares of the forest that rise each night.

Winnie Wednesday, an exile from the Luminaries, is determined to restore her family’s good name by taking the deadly hunter trials on her sixteenth birthday. And there’s only one person who can help her train: Jay Friday, resident bad boy and Winnie’s ex-best friend. While Jay might be the most promising new hunter in Hemlock Falls, he also seems to know more about the nightmares of the forest than he should. Together, he and Winnie will discover a danger lurking in the forest no one in Hemlock Falls is prepared for.

Not all monsters can be slain, and not all nightmares are confined to the dark.” (Goodreads)

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)
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Audiobook Mini Review: Witchshadow (The Witchlands #4) by Susan Dennard

Title: Witchshadow (The Witchlands #4)
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021
Publisher: Tor Teen
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

“War has come to the Witchlands . . . and nothing will be the same again.

Iseult has found her heartsister Safi at last, but their reunion is brief. For Iseult to stay alive, she must flee Cartorra while Safi remains. And though Iseult has plans to save her friend, they will require her to summon magic more dangerous than anything she has ever faced before.

Meanwhile, the Bloodwitch Aeduan is beset by forces he cannot understand. And Vivia—rightful queen of Nubrevna—finds herself without a crown or home.

As villains from legend reawaken across the Witchlands, only the mythical Cahr Awen can stop the gathering war. Iseult could embrace this power and heal the land, but first she must choose on which side of the shadows her destiny will lie.” (Goodreads)

I was looking forward to finally picking this one up since I thought I would get to it around its release but didn’t. Haha. It happens! I’m not going to lie, this was my least favorite of the series. There were a few things that led me to feel this way. It’s still a decent book and a good series, but I just wasn’t impressed with this edition.

I did like being back in this immersive world. There are many point-of-views going on, more so than the last couple books I think. It did at times make it hard to really process everything that was happening. I also think the audiobook didn’t help that problem either. The point-of-views switch in the middle of chapters and there really isn’t a break so you have to pay close attention.

The pacing of the book was a bit slow but it does pick up in certain areas, especially when there are plot twists happening. It felt like things were happening but also not. If that honestly makes sense, lol. I did really like most of the plot twists though. We get more answers for things that have happened in the previous books and I am so glad for that!

Overall, it was good but just not entirely what I was expecting.

Audiobook Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Title: Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: YA Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Zombies
Publication Date: July 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 2 stars





New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard adds a “never before in print” e-novella and a gorgeous new cover to the first book in the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy. Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series.

Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. After discovering the Dead are rising and wreaking havoc in Philadelphia, she knows that her brother is involved.

So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. Yet as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life hangs in the balance.

In Something Strange and Deadly, Susan Dennard weaves together beautifully imagined scenes of action, adventure, and vivid Victorian life to create an entertaining steampunk tapestry of humor, horror, and romance. Readers will be intrigued from the start.” (Goodreads)

After enjoying The Witchland series by this author, I decided to check out this one.

This wouldn’t be my usual read as anything that mentions zombies is a no-go for me. I am traumatized by them from my childhood and will have nightmares about them every few months. It’s not a fun life to live, haha. I also am not a huge fan of historical fiction but every once and while something like this piques my interest because it isn’t strictly historical fiction.

The sad thing is that I didn’t like this book. I found it to be okay and just left me feeling lackluster. I finished it only hoping something amazing would happen but it never did and plot twists felt predictable. 🤷‍♀️ I also never connected with Eleanor and kind of felt like the characters were very flat.

There was some romance thrown in, if you can call it that. I knew from the beginning it would be him but they didn’t interact a lot and if they did they would never see eye-to-eye. He would do a few nice things but it just never made me feel anything.

When it came to the undead and talk of the necromancer, I really wish there was more to it. Everyone just seemed so chill that where they lived was being overran by the undead. They had an alarm bell but still went on with their daily lives and even through parties. If that was happening today, you wouldn’t see me until the mystery was solved. I’ll have someone who doesn’t care do all my shopping for me. I also expected the zombies to be more menacing and actually doing what zombies do but they were very mild. I mean, as someone who doesn’t like zombies that’s fine but also if I am going to read something with my worst fear then make me scared to sleep! (I know I have problems. 😂)

Overall, it was okay but nothing stood out to me. It’s one of those books I will forget about it and I won’t be continuing on as I have no interest in doing so.

Book Review: Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard

 

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39880030._SY475_Title: Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3)
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: February 12th, 2019

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“Fans of Susan Dennard’s New York Times bestselling Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.” (Goodreads)

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Here I am with another reread!

This is my second time through this particular book and I still enjoy it as much as the first one. Everything just started getting so good when it came to the plot and the different twists that were happening.

I only cried once but its fine. That one part will always get me.

I can’t wait for Dennard to continue this series because it can only get better from here!

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“For Lady Fate makes all men choose eventually. Even Bloodwitches.”

Bloodwitch follows Aeduan as he tries to help Iseult and Owl stop the destruction that is coming. He must confront his father and the past if there is to be a chance.

Let me just start this review by saying, wow! Susan Dennard knocked it out of the park with the third installment in The Witchland series. I still am not able to deal with my emotions for this book and the book hangover is still real. I don’t know if I will ever bounce back.

All of our favorite characters are back and trying to stop the destruction that is coming. The story mostly follows Aeduan, the bloodwitch, and there is even flashbacks of his past included. We start to understand more of his upbringing and why he is the way he is but we also see him grow in many ways and it was just beautiful!

Although he is the center of it all, we still get other PoVs and honestly Vivia has really grown on me in this book! She really sets down her own path and becomes who she needs to be and not what others want her to be. Also, her father is the worst. Merik is still trying to live his best life since his life got turned around and I still feel bad for him and he made have made me cry.

Speaking of crying, I may have cried more than once because the plot is just so crazy and devastating and this book will get you filled with all the emotions and when you think you are safe to be happy, she crushes all your hopes and dreams. But, I loved the plot and this has been the best book yet from this series!

I don’t want to say too much else because I am trying to keep this spoiler free but it is so hard! I love this series and I love this book! If you haven’t started this series, don’t wait any longer just go read it!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Mini Book Review: Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard

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29939390Title: Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017

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Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.” (Goodreads)

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This is the second time I have read this book and I will say that it wasn’t as great as my first read but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

I would post my review from the first time but honestly, it was like one sentence since I wasn’t really blogging at the time, haha. Now I have a way of doing everything so let’s get into it.

I think the reason for me not liking it as much is because it just felt slower parts? I mean obviously that could be because this is my second time. I still enjoyed the characters and the relationships that are slowly forming. Iseult and Aeduan forever!

It has been two year since the first time and I had forgotten most of what happened. The plot was still intriguing the second time around and I felt like I caught more too. The ending had me ready to get into book three! Which will have to wait since the audiobook isn’t in at the library yet. Boo!

Overall, it was still a great book and I’m looking forward to continuing my reread of this series.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Mini Book Review: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

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21414439Title: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016

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“On a continent ruled by three empires, everyone is born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others. Now, as the Twenty Year Truce in a centuries long war is about to end, the balance of power-and the failing health of all magic-will fall on the shoulders of a mythical pair called the Cahr Awen.

The biggest thing on Safi and Noelle’s minds is saving money for their planned future in the Hundred Isles. Noelle, a Threadwitch, can see the emotional Threads binding the world. Safi, on the other hand, is a Truthwitch-she always knows when a person is telling a lie. A powerful magic like that is something people would kill to have on their side-or to keep off their enemy’s side-and so Safi cannot even admit what she truly is.

With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and privateer) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must rise above their doubts and fight to learn who they are and what they are made of, if they are going to stay alive and preserve the balance of their world.” (Goodreads)

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I read this series at the end of 2018 and only wrote a very short review:

This was a recommendation from Faecrate. I absolutely loved this book! The beginning was a little slow at first but by the end of it I just needed to get the second one fast. I love the friendship between Safiya and Iseult. It’s literally what we should all look for in a friendship. Merik is also currently my new book boyfriend.

So yeah, clearly I was obsessed with Merik. Reading it for a second time though I would much rather have the bloodwitch, Aeduan.

I still think that the friendship between Safiya and Iseult is wonderful! They are more than just friends and they feel they are sisters, threadsisters. They would do anything for each other.

I do tend to agree with myself that it was quite slow in the beginning but by the end everything is moving quickly. There are so many factors for the plot and it’s hard to remember what is all going on.

Even though I have read this series before, I am still excited to continue since I don’t remember much of the second book.

Overall, I enjoyed my reread and my feelings have pretty much stayed the same.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

There are so many great authors out there but there are always ones that I am more drawn to and will literally buy and read everything from them! Sometimes it takes me awhile because you know my tbr is miles longs, but its okay! Anyways, here are the authors that can just take my money!

 

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1.) Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

2.) Stephanie Garber

3.) Kerri Maniscalco

4.) Kara Thomas

5.) Kristen Ciccarelli

6.) Katherine Arden

7.) Susan Dennerd

8.) Joanna Hathaway

9.) Sabaa Tahir

10.) Naomi Novik

All of these authors are great and if you haven’t read some of them, go check them out! They can take my money any day!

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Book Birthdays (2/12/2019)

Happy Book Birthday to these books!

I am looking forward to starting Bloodwitch! I have been waiting for what feels like forever and I am just so excited! I preordered a copy of Spectacle and even though I read it as an eARC, I absolutely loved it! Crown of Feathers is on waitlist at my library and I can’t wait to dive in when it becomes available. The other ones I have read and reviewed so if you are curious you can find a review on my blog!

Arc Review: Bloodwitch(Preview Excerpt) by Susan Dennard

When I saw that NetGalley had an excerpt for Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard I knew I needed to request it even if it meant waiting to find out the rest until February 12th, 2019.

Frankly, I don’t even know where to begin! Even though it was just a preview excerpt I feel like I was given so much yet so little. As you know, I finished this series last month and bought the Faecrate Hangover Kit for this specific book. I am so glad I picked up this series because I am invested! Usually a series sometimes gets worse as it goes on but I feel that Bloodwitch will not disappoint. It has really added to the characters we have already met and given a few of them more background and such good twists. I hope the rest of the book is just as good as the beginning because if it is then I am sure I will shed a few tears. Honestly, if you haven’t picked up this series yet I would highly suggest doing so. You do not want to miss this book!

Thank you Macmillan-Tor/Forge and Susan Dennard for this preview excerpt.

 
 

Black Friday Book-Haul

Hello, fellow book lovers!

Today’s post is all about Black Friday and the books I purchased from Book Outlet. If you don’t know what Book Outlet is, it is a great sight with bargain and scratch and dent books that can’t be sold again in bookstores or even Walmart/Target. They are discounted quite a bit and sometimes they have extra sales like during Black Friday where their whole site was an extra 30% off! Basically, I got books for literally a few dollars each. These are the ones I picked up:

Out of all of these books, I have already read Windwitch, Sightwitch, and Dracula. I just love collecting different covers of Dracula. This one is perfect in every way and is probably my favorite that I currently own.

Did you buy any books during Black Friday? Do you collect other editions of a certain book? Let me know in the comments!