Sunday, 31 January 2016

The Capture (The Prey #2) by Tom Isbell

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The Capture (The Prey, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This second book in the Prey trilogy is a harrowing story of survival as Book and Hope travel back to the eerie Camp Liberty, where Book was once raised to be hunted for sport, to save those left behind. With new twists, new turns, and a new love triangle, The Capture is a gripping adventure for fans of The Maze Runner.

Every night it was the same: dreaming of those Less Thans shackled in the bunker beneath the tennis court. I couldn’t let it go. As bad as the memory was, my dreams only made it worse....

It was why we had to get back to Camp Liberty. Why we had to free those Less Thans.

Book, Hope, and Cat cannot live with themselves—they cannot settle into a new free life knowing the rest of their fellow Less Thans and Sisters are still imprisoned. Now the teens must retrace their steps to save the others, destroy the compound, and thwart the evil plans of the Republic.

With new enemies lurking—deranged Crazies and ominous Skull People among them—the group must put their fate in the hands of unexpected allies, including the woman with the long black hair and Miranda, the daughter of the Skull People’s Chief Justice, who is drawn to Book. Both may come to their aid, but at what cost? As the teens race toward Camp Liberty, they must ask themselves what they’re willing to do to free their friends, for the path back is filled with even more danger as motives are questioned and relationships tested.

The Capture by Tom Isbell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Capture (The Prey, #2) “Wouldn’t you rather have us fighting with you than not fighting at all?”

This was an interesting second instalment, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book.

Book continued to fight for those still captured in this book, and went above and beyond, even when it put his own life in danger.

The storyline in this was about Book, Hope and the others going back to try and rescue the Less Thans and Sisters still held at the two camps, with some problems along the way. And yes, this included a ‘capture’, and another escape. I did find the pace to be a bit slow in this one though.

The ending to this was good, but it will be interesting to see where the story goes next.

6.5 out of 10

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Burn (Four Sisters #2) by Elissa Sussman

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Burn (Four Sisters, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, Elanor has finally rejoined the rebel camp she calls home. Stolen from her parents at a young age and forced into service by the Wicked Queen, Elanor now wants nothing more than to see the queen removed from power. But Elanor has secrets, mistakes she’s spent years trying to forget, and the closer the rebels get to the throne, the harder it is for Elanor to keep her past hidden away.

With fellow rebels on her side—including Princess Aislynn, Thackery, and the handsome and mysterious Matthias—it is time for Elanor to make a decision. Will she protect her secrets? Or risk everything to save the people she loves?

The thrilling companion to Elissa Sussman’s masterful and original fairy tale, Stray, that will appeal to readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and fans of Wicked, Into the Woods, and the Disney princess movies.

Burn by Elissa Sussman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Burn (Four Sisters, #2) “I know how to fight.”

This was an okay story, but I didn’t like it as much as Stray.

I was quite surprised when I realised that this book followed Elanor rather than Aislynn, and I actually had to go back to the first book to try and work out who Elanor even was! (She was one of the orphans that Aislynn helped rescue). I found it quite difficult to warm to Elanor though, and really just wanted Aislynn back as the main character.

The storyline in this was about Elanor and the rebels trying to over thrown The Wicked Queen, but I found the whole thing quite dull and slow, and even the little twist that we got didn’t really interest me.

The ending to this was okay, but I’m hoping the next book in the series will be better.

6 out of 10

Friday, 29 January 2016

The Isle (The Ward #2) by Jordana Frankel

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The Isle (The Ward, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The heart-racing and thrilling sequel to The Ward about a teenage female drag racer who will do anything to save her sister—and a flooded futuristic Manhattan.

Drought season is coming....

The Ward is in trouble—its streets filled with seawater after a devastating flood and its impoverished inhabitants suffering from a deadly disease called the Blight.

Ren, with the help of her scientist friend, Callum, and her racing buddy, Derek, has discovered a cure—miraculous spring water—administering it to her sick sister, Aven. But when Aven is kidnapped by Governor Voss, the malevolent dictator of the United Metro Isles (UMI), Ren must go on a dangerous mission to save her sister, again.

The mysterious healing water is the only source of freshwater throughout the entire UMI—water that Ren had been tasked by the government to discover. Although she refuses to give up the water’s location, Governor Voss has his own selfish reasons for wanting it. And he will do anything to satisfy his thirst for unquenchable power.

But Ren and Aven have more enemies than the governor. An ancient order, the Tètai, has been guarding the magical water for hundreds of years. And they will kill to protect it. With the Ward in desperate need of freshwater and wracked by disease—and deadly enemies at every turn—the sisters face a dangerous journey, marred by mysterious secrets and horrifying truths, to save their friends and neighbors, and a city.

The Isle by Jordana Frankel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Isle (The Ward, #2) “Tie them up,”

This was an okay sequel, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book in the series.

Ren had a new crusade in this book – finding Aven, and it wasn’t quite as thrilling as the race to find the spring in book 1. Ren did stay strong though, and continued to look for answers to impossible problems, even when the answers cost her everything.

The storyline in this was firstly about rescuing Aven, and secondly about finding a way to keep the spring safe from Governor Voss, who went to even further extremes to try and find it. We also got a couple of twists which mixed things up a bit.

The ending to this was okay, although it seemed like things still weren’t 100% finished for Ren and Aven.

6.5 out of 10

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns, and Melinda Metz

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Sanctuary Bay
Blurb  (from Goodreads):
In this genre-bending YA thriller, will Sarah Merson's shiny new prep school change her life forever or bring it to a dark and sinister end?

When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn't sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate's dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay's glossy reputation.

In this genre-bending YA thriller, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Sarah's new school may seem like an idyllic temple of learning, but as she unearths years of terrifying history and manipulation, she discovers this "school" is something much more sinister.

Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sanctuary BayThis book was weird, and confusing.

So this girl Sarah gets a scholarship to a fancy school on an island – Sanctuary Bay, even though she never applied. So off she goes, and when she gets there, strange things start happening. Her roommates run off in the middle of the night to do who knows what, and Sarah has no idea what is going on.

Meanwhile we learn that Sarah has a photographic memory, and that her parents were murdered in front of her when she was really young. Then things got really weird, and really confusing, and even when what was going on was revealed, I didn’t really feel any the wiser for it.

6 out of 10

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

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Shallow Graves
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes.

When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Shallow Graves “It was an accident, the first time I killed. It was an instinct I didn’t know I had. I never made a choice.
The second time was on purpose.”

This book started out okay, but I lost interest.

Breezy was an okay character, and it must have been awful for her to wake up buried under the earth in a shallow grave. I also understood her worries over what she was and where she would go, but I wanted more from her.

The storyline in this was about Breezy learning to use her new skill for killing murderers, and getting herself into some bad situations, I just lost interest though, and even though we did get some action, I just couldn’t get back into the story.

The ending to this was not great for me either, as I didn’t feel like much was really solved by the end of the story. It looks like I’m definitely in the minority with this viewpoint, but this just wasn’t for me, which was a shame as I was looking forward to it.

6 out of 10

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

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The Mystery of Hollow Places
Blurb (from Goodreads):
All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It's the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.

When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn't come back. Neither Imogene's stepmother nor the police know where he could've gone, but Imogene is convinced he's looking for her mother. She decides to put to use the skills she's gleaned from a lifetime of her father's books to track down a woman she's never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she's carried with her for her entire life.

Rebecca Podos' debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us - the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to.

The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Mystery of Hollow Places “One night, my mother left us, taking a suitcase, no money, and half of the heart with her. She sent the divorce papers through a process server a little while later.”

This was an interesting mystery story about a girl searching for her missing father.

Imogene was a likeable character in this story, and it was unfortunate that after having her mother leave her as a baby, she was then left by her father too! I thought she did really well to follow clues and to try to track down both her mother and her father, and she persevered even when things got tough.

The storyline in this book revolved around Imogene trying to work out what had happened to her mother, in hopes that it would lead her to where her father was, and I liked the mystery element of the book and the search for Imogene’s missing parents.

The ending to this wrapped things up nicely, and I was satisfied with the way things ended.

7 out of 10

Monday, 25 January 2016

Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1) by Ali Dean

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Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It’s not a place for the weak.
No one here tolerates wimps.
If you can’t handle it, leave.
Welcome to Stark Springs, Colorado, home to the most talented young athletes in the world.
When Roxie Slade snaps into a pair of skis, there’s no one on Sugarville Mountain in Vermont who can keep up with her. Not even the boys. Still, Roxie was shocked when she received a scholarship to Stark Springs Academy, a boarding school that churns out Olympians in each graduating class. Entering as a high school junior, Roxie can’t wait to learn from renowned coaches and train with the fastest ski racers from all over the globe. But, upon arrival, Roxie discovers that Stark Springs lives under its own set of rules, and it appears one boy plays dictator.
Ryker Black is not friendly and Roxie cannot fathom why everyone wants to be his friend. Sure, he’s gorgeous and rides a snowboard like it’s his fifth limb, but he’s cold, ruthless, and holds way too much power over the Stark Springs population. Roxie won’t put up with it. She’s here to train, and she doesn’t care about impressing anyone off the slopes. The only problem? Ryker Black doesn’t permit defiance. Not without consequences.

Black Diamond by Ali Dean

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1) “Before I can remind him why we stopped in the first place, he uses one hand to pull my own goggles away and the other to hold me steady before he claims my mouth with his.”

This was a good YA romance featuring winter sports.

Ryker was an absolute jerk in this book. He was mean, rude, and a bully, and I really didn’t like him, he did grow on me a bit as the book went on though. Roxie was headstrong and determined, and I liked how she stood up to Ryker and put him in his place, even when she ended up punished for it.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I liked the parts about the skiing. We also got quite a sweet romance, even though Ryker wasn’t very likeable at times, and this really made the book for me.

The ending to this was good, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

7 out of 10

Sunday, 24 January 2016

The New Wild by Holly Brasher

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The New Wild
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Mother Nature is pissed.

Few will survive.

Jackie is loving her last year of summer camp, despite new-guy Xander, jerk extraordinaire. That is, until disaster strikes on the senior backpacking trip. At first, it seems like a nightmare, but Jackie quickly realizes that the huge fire and resulting carnage around her are as real as real gets.

Miraculously (and infuriatingly, in Jackie’s opinion), Xander survives the burning, too, but that’s the least of her worries. Mother Nature has wiped out millions and burned cities to the ground, plants are growing at a crazy-rapid rate, and fairytale creatures are very real—and very dangerous.

Jackie and Xander must learn to survive sans food, shelter, and soap, and battle their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?

The New Wild by Holly Brasher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The New Wild “It’s a goddamned unicorn.”

This was an okay story, but it was a bit unbelievable.

Mother Nature is supposedly ‘pissed’ at the human population for the harm that they have done to the environment, so she punishes them by killing most of them. Why some people survived and others didn’t I don’t know. I really don’t know why Jackie and Xander survived.

The storyline in this was about Jackie and Xander surviving in the ‘New Wild’ as they journeyed to Jackie’s home to see if her family was still alive, and we got some really random mythological creatures turning up which was a little odd. The survival stuff seemed a little farfetched as well as someone gave Jackie some tips on and suddenly she was able to go off on her own and cope just fine.

The ending to this was also less than believable for me, but Jackie was happy at least.

6 out of 10

Saturday, 23 January 2016

See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

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See How They Run (Embassy Row, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The second thrilling book in the EMBASSY ROW series.

Grace thought finding her mother's killer would bring her peace. But the truth has only made her a target. on Embassy Row, trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace should be very careful about which secrets she brings to light..

See How They Run by Ally Carter

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

See How They Run (Embassy Row, #2) “What can I say? I’m mentally unstable.”

This was quite a boring story for me, and I didn’t like it as much as the first book in the series.

Grace spent most of this book whining; poor me, I did something unforgivable, and I’m feeling very sorry for myself now. Can’t say I really gave a damn.

The storyline in this just dragged for me. I didn’t care what happened, I didn’t care who died, and I didn’t care how we got to the end I just wanted the book to be over. I spent most of the book wanting to hit my head against a brick wall, and wondering why the second book was so unenjoyable compared to the first book in the series.

4.5 out of 10

Friday, 22 January 2016

First Touch (First and Last #1) by Laurelin Paige

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First Touch (First and Last, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven't spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what's more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.

Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must seduce Reeve to learn his secrets and discover the whereabouts of her friend. But as she finds herself more entangled with him, she finds she's drawn to Reeve for more than just his connection to Amber, despite her growing fear that he may be the enemy. When she's forced to choose where her loyalty lies, how will she decide between saving Amber and saving her heart?

First Touch by Laurelin Paige

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First Touch (First and Last, #1) “I would care if you were gone.”

This was a sexy story, with a bit of mystery.

Emily was certainly an independent woman, and didn’t seem to have a problem with going head first into a relationship with a man who could have been a killer. ‘I’m not sure whether this was a good or bad thing though as things could have gone very wrong.

The storyline in this was about Emily trying to find out what happened to her missing best friend Amber, and starting a relationship with Amber’s boyfriend in hopes of finding out what happened to her. There were a couple of twists, but the pace was a little slow for me. There were plenty of steamy sex scenes though.

The ending to this was a cliff-hanger, and I’m intrigued to find out what happens next.

6.5 out of 10

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Drew (Changers #1) by T. Cooper) and, Allison Glock-Cooper

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Drew (Changers, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Cheerleader, The Nerd, The Jock, The Freak. What if you had to be all four?

Changers book one: DREW opens on the eve of Ethan Miller's freshman year of high school in a brand-new town. He's finally sporting a haircut he doesn't hate, has grown two inches since middle school, and can't wait to try out for the soccer team. At last, everything is looking up in life.

Until the next morning. When Ethan awakens as a girl.

Ethan is a Changer, a little-known, ancient race of humans who live out each of their four years of high school as a different person. After graduation, Changers choose which version of themselves they will be forever - and no, they cannot go back to who they were before the changes began.

Ethan must now live as Drew Bohner - a petite blonde with an unfortunate last name - and navigate the treacherous waters of freshman year while also following the rules: Never tell anyone what you are. Never disobey the Changers Council. And never, ever fall in love with another Changer. Oh, and Drew also has to battle a creepy underground syndicate called 'Abiders' (as well as the sadistic school queen bee, Chloe). And she can't even confide in her best friend Audrey, who can never know the real her, without risking both of their lives.

Fans of the books of John Green, the Joss Whedonverse - and empathy between humans - will find much to love in this first of a four-part series that tracks the journey of an average suburban boy who becomes an incredible young woman...who becomes a reluctant hero...who becomes the person she was meant to be.

Because, while changing the world can kinda suck, it sure beats never knowing who you really are.

Drew by T. Cooper

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Drew (Changers, #1) “You’re a changer.”

This was an okay, if slightly odd story about a boy who learns he is a ‘changer’.

It was easy to see why Ethan was freaked out when he woke up and found out that he had changed into a girl, and not only that but his parents thought it might happen! It was also a bit awkward with the whole learning to wear a bra and dealing with periods thing.

The storyline in this was basically about Ethan learning about being a ‘changer’, and his life in general over his first year of high school, including a crush on his best friend, and girl-problems like periods, and cheerleader try-outs. I did find that there was quite a lot of info-dumping in this though, and it didn’t hold my attention all that well either.

The ending to this was okay, although it would be good to find out what happens next and get more of a solid ending.

6 out of 10

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

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Sword and Verse
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Sword and Verse “I never knew Tyasha ke Demit, but her execution started everything.”

This was an okay fantasy story, although I lost interest a little at the end.

Raisa was a bit of an infuriating character, because she kept making bad decisions. It seemed like even though she knew what she should and shouldn’t be doing, she kept doing these things anyway, and I just wanted to smack her at times to see if it would knock some sense into her.

The storyline in this followed Raisa as she began training to be a new tutor, and learning the symbols of the different languages. She was approached by the resistance and asked to do things for them, and also began a bit of a romance with the Prince, and seemed once again to not make the best choices. The pace was quite slow in this, although it did hold my attention pretty well in the first half of the story.

The ending to this was okay, although my attention had lapsed a bit by the end. This story wasn’t quite what I was expecting though, as I expected this to be a bit more high fantasy, and instead there was quite a lot about the writing and the romance.

6.5 out of 10

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Shade Me (Nikki Kill #1) by Jennifer Brown

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Shade Me
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.

Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.

The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?

As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

Shade Me is award-winning author Jennifer Brown’s first book in a thrilling suspense series about Nikki Kill.

Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shade Me “I’m going to find out who did this to Peyton. And why.”

This was an interesting mystery story, and I liked the twists.

Nikki’s life seemed to be really affected by her synesthesia, but I was impressed with the way she used it to help her when trying to find out what happened to Peyton. She did take some big risks whilst investigating, but at least she had some martial arts training to help her out!

The storyline in this was about Nikki trying to figure out who had beaten Peyton and left her for dead, and why. I liked the way the synaesthesia came into it, and I liked the way Nikki managed to follow the clues, and the twists were pretty good too!
There was a bit of romance in this, but even that got sucked into the mystery of what had happened a bit!

The ending to this was pretty good, and we also got some unexpected deaths!

7.5 out of 10

Monday, 18 January 2016

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to ABRAMS Kids and NetGalley.
Worlds of Ink and Shadow
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Worlds of Ink and ShadowThis book was just… bizarre.
Basically this book was about the Bronte siblings, who were able to write about and enter a magical world of their own creation. This was all a bit weird though when two siblings would disappear, and the other two would find their pens writing all on their own. And then we got parts of the book that took place in this make-believe world – Verdopolis, and the whole thing was just weird! I don’t even see how this had anything to do with the Bronte Siblings at all.

4 out of 10