{mini}Book Review #4

{mini}Book Review is a weekly meme hosted here at The Book Curmudgeon and focuses on reviewing books from the past.  This can be an old favorite,  a book read in quick abandoned passion (i.e. read too quickly to fully review) or a hidden treasure that should see the light of day.  Everyone is welcome to join in at any time!


The Blood Keeper

For Mab Prowd, blood magic is as natural as breathing. She spends her days on a secluded Kansas farm with other blood witches, practicing spells for healing and trying to avoid boring lessons like algebra and history.

Wild and confident, Mab uses magic to understand her entire world. But when one of Mab’s spells mistakenly taps into a powerful, long-dormant curse, she finds her magic spinning out of control – and crashing right into Will Sanger, a boy from town.

Will has always relied on the logical, tangible things in his life, like his dogs, his soccer team, and even his complicated family. So he tries to dismiss all he sees and feels around Mab. Still, the strangeness and beauty of her magic draw him in.

As Will and Mab grow closer, the unbound curse grows stronger. Hiding in the shadows of the forest, it seeks to manipulate Will and gain Mab’s power – even if that means destroying everything they love.

My Thoughts:

It seems like I read this book a million years ago, but I do remember truly loving it. I am a big fan of Tessa Gratton, and if you like her writing and love witches, curses and young love then this story is for you.

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions

A journey may take hundreds of miles, or it may cover the distance between duty and desire.


Sixteen of today’s hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new land-scapes and characters. But whether they’re writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.


Suspenseful, funny, or romantic, the stories in Enthralled will leave you moved.


“Enthralled” is a collection of 14 original teen paranormal short stories from some of today’s bestselling YA talent, united with the common theme of road trips.

My Thoughts:

This is a huge bag of amazing authors. I cannot tell you how much you need to read this, if only to dig deeper in to some of the best series out there (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Soul Screamers, Darkest Powers, etc.). I truly believe that if you love the YA genre then you need to be more open to reading anthologies.

Wake

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

My Thoughts:

This is the first in a siren series by Amanda Hocking. It was good, and took a very literal interpretation of the siren from mythology (read three forms: girl, mermaid/siren, bird demon). It is good and I am a fan of Hocking. However, I did not enjoy this as much as I enjoyed her Trylle series.

 

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