Book Review: The Wrath & the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee AhdiehRating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Retelling
Pages: 388
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Buy it : Amazon
Read the Blurb at Goodreads

First Line:

It would not be a welcome dawn.

 

Cover:

This cover is so gorgeous. I would have bought this book on the cover alone. The blurb just made that much more desirable.

Review:

 Shahrzad is 16 years old, and she is out for revenge. The King, Khalid, has been marrying young girls of his kingdom and bringing them to their end before dawn. His recent victim was Shahrzad’s best friend. Now, she has volunteered to be the kings next bride and she doesn’t plan to come to the same fate as his last victims, in fact, she plans to make him see his own end before the dawn.

But things sometimes change. Shahrzad tells the king a story and keeps herself alive to see the dawn again, but fails to end Khalid’s life. Even more amazing, she makes it through the next night and the next by continuing the story, before Khalid himself guarantees her safety, but now she has a new mystery. She plans to find out why Khalid has killed so many of his wives, and she is determined to do it without falling in love with the murderous king, except, it might be too late.

Despite her best efforts Shahrzad has fallen in love with the young king who has killed so many before her and she sees that he is not the evil monster she thought him to be. There is something more to the story, and she plans to see this story to an end of any sort.

This story had me on edge. With every turn of the page I was afraid that Shahrzad would meet her end, that Khalid’s secrets would be his burden and only his. Of course, we know there is another book after this one, so obviously something happens to keep Shahrzad alive.

This story is a world of twist and turns, dark secrets and whispered rumors. Just when you think you know what is going on, you are taken down a different path and become completely lost in the story again. Just when you figure something out, you find out it maybe wasn’t exactly how things were going down.

There seems to be so many secrets and the one I became most afraid of in the story was the fact that Shahrzad had come, not to win the heart of Khalid as he thinks, but to kill him. The chemistry between the two was not instant. They didn’t not fall in love with each other at first sight. It was a slow process and neither one of them really knew what was happening until it was too late. But that is only part of the story in this book. That is only the thin top layer. There is so much more going on and love could be the one thing that saves the day, or destroys the world. 

I usually don’t give a favorite quote or passage, but this passage hit me right in the heart and tore it to pieces and made me melt into a puddle of dreamy eyes and butterflies.

Favorite passage:

“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.

“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

 

DESTROY ME! Favorite quote of any book ever! Okay, you have to add the context to it to get it, but I can not tell you how many times I re-read this bit of the book. It was something unexpected and amazing. I have never had a dialogue hit me so hard before. In that moment there is a power given to Shahrzad and I don’t think she even knows what power she holds in her hands with those words.

 

I would read this book again and again. Maybe I am a sucker for romance, but the story behind the love story is just as powerful. I don’t think there was a single thing I didn’t like about this book.

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Book Review:Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes

Rating25 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Genre: YA | High Fantasy | Dystopia
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: “Block!”

Blurb from Goodreads: Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Review

The cover is what sold this for me. The blurb didn’t really sell it, though it sounded interesting. I just loved the cover.

I had this book on audible, and at first I hated that I wasted my one monthly credit on this book. I thought it was boring and I thought was going to hate it the whole way through. But I stuck to it for a few days and got to a point where they was no going back. I loved this book so much! It was such a thrill to read.

I had some things figured out before the end of the book, but I promise this book is just full of surprises. The world is something amazing and I still haven’t exactly figured it all out. I hope that the next book helps that a little bit.

As with any main character, Meira becomes such a stronger female lead by the end of the book. She starts off a little whiney and she is always complaining about something. Then when she is given a chance to help her people in some small part, she grumbles because it’s not how she wanted to be of use. Of course, in the situation I am referring to, I wouldn’t be too happy about it either, but if it were for my own kingdom, I would suck it up and do what I needed to do.

Then again, had Meira been the type to take what she has been told to do and never question anything, this story could have gone in a completely different way.

By time I got to the end of the story I worried that there wouldn’t be much for the next books to really cover, like it would just be pointless for the next book in the series. But this book ended in a way that you have a solid ending, but open enough that you can look forward to the next book. (Which I will be listening to next month).

Over all, this was a great book to read. The beginning is a bit boring, but once you get through the world building part and into the real meat of the story, things get better. It was very intense at times as well, wondering who was going to break first and who would be the one to save them all. Things didn’t happen like I expected them to, but I love how it all worked together. I cannot wait to move on to the next book and watch this story progress.

Book Review: Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Rating25 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Series: Dorothy Must Die
Genre: YA | Retelling
Pages: 452
Publisher: HarperCollins
Buy it : Amazon | B&N 

 

 

 

First Line: I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday—one year after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live with a woman named Crystal and four years before my mother had the car accident, started taking pills, and began exclusively wearing bedroom slippers instead of normal shoes.

 

Blurb: I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, do you?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. TO be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road—but even that’s crumbling

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

ReviewBorder

I picked up this book in 2014 right after it was published simply based on its cover and title. I have loved Wizard of Oz and every remaking of it since I was a child. There is no denying my love for the strange and unusual. So when you throw a book at me titled “Dorothy Must Die” I am intrigued.

After buying the book I made the same mistake I always make. I read reviews about it. Let me tell you, not all the reviews are nice. Actually a good many that I read, or half read, were not so great. Not too many people enjoyed this book. So, this book sat on my shelf until this past month.

I hadn’t even read the first line of the book (or rather the first paragraph) before I decided I would wait until last minute to pick it up. I am so mad at myself for waiting this long to read it.

I read the first line and I was instantly hooked. I was mad at Amy’s life and the fact that she felt like she was trash. And I hated so much that there was a bully, picking on this poor girl who didn’t have the greatest home life. Not to mention the bully was a high school girl already pregnant.

I was captivated from the beginning. And then there was a tornado that sweeps Amy away and brings her to Oz, just as it had done Dorothy, only this time Oz is not the wondrous place it once was.

When Dorothy left Oz, she didn’t stay gone. She came back and she basically destroyed Oz and the beauty it was known for. Sure, she killed the wicked witches, but she replaced those witches with something much worse. A nobody farm girl trying to be more.

Now that Amy has found herself in Oz and just happens to also be from Kansas, everyone expects her to be the one to save them from the horror that Dorothy has become.

Amy is such a lovely character. She may complain a little about where she is and claim she isn’t qualified to save all of Oz, but she eventually sucks it up and does only what she can, she tries. And even through the heartbreak and torture she has suffered in her life, she still has a heart of gold and a need to save the people she can.

I may have had some issues, believing that Dorothy could become the great evil she has become, but the book explains pretty well how a good little farm girl like Dorothy could become a power hungry villain and I am somewhat okay with it.

Danielle Paige is a brilliant author and I love what she has done with this book. I am only sad that I don’t have the next book on hand to continue the story right now.

I don’t understand the negative reviews that this book has received, or maybe it was just the early reviews. I loved every second of this book and it helped me get out of my reading slump.

Have you read Dorothy Must Die?? What did you think?

Book Review: Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Rating24 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Mystery/Fiction
Pages: 448
Publisher: Scribner
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: “Wake up, genius.”

Blurb from Goodreads: “Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

Review

 

The cover is as delightfully horrific as the first book in the series. It’s so perfect for the story behind it as well.

Compared to Mr. Mercedes, this book was not nearly as good. It started off too slow and I almost stopped reading (listening as I was listening to the audio book.) But I continued on because I wanted to be read for the third book. At the end of the day, this was a good book, as Stephen King doesn’t write a bad book.

In the heart of it this book is about a boy, Pete, whose family is going through a lot. His father was disabled by the Mercedes killer, and can’t find a job. His mother is a teacher and her salary has been cut. He and his sister try to ignore how much his parents fight, but they know what is going to happen if things don’t change.

Then, Pete finds a hidden treasure. A trunk full of money and old mole skin notebooks. He sends the money to his family anonymously but keeps the notebooks for himself. When more money is needed, Pete lets out the secret to a man that may be able to sell the notebooks, but trouble follows.

It’s also about a man who is so obsessed with a story that it leads him to kill the author for selling out. Actually, the story opens with Morris killing John Rothstein. He hides the money and the books until he can get away with it, without raising suspicion. But he doesn’t expect to land in a situation where the trunk of his treasures stays hidden for 30 years and a young boy finds them first.

I thought this book really was a fantastic book. It was a slow build up and could be a little annoying at the same time. The boring part I think was where Morris was sent to prison for a different crime. You pretty much sit the his cell with him and I was just bored with the prison life. Part of it aided to the story, but some of it just seemed out of place and useless information. I could also be a little impatient and wanted to know what was going to happen next.

The ending was actually a little heartbreaking. I won’t say anything except something important is lost in the end and it was just a bummer to have a happier ending for some people.

**Spoilers**

I just have to talk about this because it is the one thing that bugged me most about this book. If you have not read the book and don’t want to be spoiled, you have been warned!

When Pete decides to try and sell the mole skin notebooks, he is blackmailed, first by Andy, the book store owner, and then by Morris. Andy tries to blackmail him by saying Pete will be locked away because he stole some money. Morris tells Pete that Andy’s murder will be pinned on him because his fingerprints are in the office where Andy’s body lays.

I don’t know about you, but when I was 17 I was a little smarter than Pete. The money was found. Sure, he should have turned it in to the police, but when your family is in desperate need, you don’t always think about what you SHOULD do with money that is found. If Pete had stopped for just a minute to think about it, he would have known that neither Andy, nor Morris had anything against him. I think in the end it would have saved his entire family a lot of trouble.

Yes, I am ranting a little bit because this whole issue just bugged me to no end. It annoyed me that Pete was so ignorant through the whole thing.

**Spoiler/Rant over**

 

By the end, I felt like this book was just a filler to build up to the last book. Maybe something comes back up in the last book that happened in this book. It was an okay read, but let’s face it, we just want to know what is going to happen next with Brady Hartsfield.

Book Review: The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chrnoicles

Rating25 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi
Release Date: Last book Rleased in 2004
Genre: YA/Middle Grade/Fantasy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Buy it : Amazon

This is a collective review of the first 5 original books. With the books being so short I didn’t want to write a review for each individual book

First I want to start with the covers. My copies are the 2013 editions and the covers are just as magical and beautiful as the original covers. I hope to eventually get the hard cover edition in the original images. While they are different, they are both just as well done as the other. They do exactly what any cover should do, they give you a picture of what the book is about that you are reading.

I have seen the Spiderwick Chronicles movie. I loved the movie and thought it was adorable. But then I read the books and as any book lover would say, I loved the books more than the movie.

It doesn’t happen often that I will actually read a book if I have already seen the movie. I just can’t get the image of the things happening in the movie to allow my mind to get lost in the book. That said, the books are so different from the movie! So much happens differently and I was surprised to see how much had been changed from the book to movie.  Then again, it has been a while since I have seen the movie and may need to revisit it.

But this is about the books, so let’s forget about the movie and move on.

My favorite book in the series was “Lucinda’s Secret.” This is the book where the Grace kids come across the elves and are almost trapped by the sneaky creatures. I think I just love how the elves were portrayed as these all knowing and powerful creatures.

My next favorite was “The Ironwood Tree.” It put me in the mind of the “Iron Queen” series by Julie Kagawa. I love the idea of things being made of iron and how the iron animals roamed around. I also loved the little creature that the Grace kids came across that spoke to the rocks and helped the kids escape the cave they were trapped in.

Over all, this was a great series. I wish there was more to the series so that we could continue to follow the Grace family as they explore this world of magical and mythical creatures, now that they no longer have to worry about Mulgarath trying to kill them. I want to see what happens with Mallory and the cute guy at school. What happens with Simon and all of his pets, and what magical creatures will he try to keep as pets. And I want to know how the relationship between Jared and these creatures grow. I feel like so much more could be done with this series and I kind of hope that one of the authors decides to pick it back up and continue on with the story. I know I will be one of the people impatiently waiting in line for when that book would go on sale.

Book Review: Exodia — The Reading Bud

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Author: Debra Chapoton Release Date: June 25th 2015 Series: Exodia Ledgers Genre: Science Fiction | Dystpia/YA Edition: mobi Pages: 218 Publisher: Not Specified Source: Author Buy it here: Amazon Rating: ★★★★ Blurb: By 2093 American life is a strange mix of failing technologies, psychic predictions, and radiation induced abilities. Tattoos are mandatory to differentiate two […]

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Book Review: Treasures, Demons, and other Black Magic

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Rating25 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: December 18th 2014
Series: The Dowser
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 350
Publisher: Old Man in the Crosswalk Productions

 

First Line: With One hand on the invisible knife at my hip and one hand twined through the wedding ring charms on my necklace, I stepped out from the golden magic of the portal onto the shores of Lock More.

Blurb from Goodreads: I hadn’t set foot in the human world for more than a few hours in over three and a half months. Sure, I was stronger and faster than I’d ever been before, and I had a shiny new sword, but I was seriously chocolate deprived. I don’t recommend quitting cold turkey. And the new sword was a problem — to my mind, anyway. It represented all the expectations of a powerful father and a new otherworldly life. A life that wasn’t the one I’d worked so hard to build. It also represented the responsibility I had to bring my foster sister Sienna to … what? Justice? I didn’t know if that was even possible. What I did know was that Sienna wouldn’t stop, and that I couldn’t just leave everything up to fate and destiny … or maybe I was. Maybe I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. If you believed in that sort of thing.
I just hoped that before the chaos and mayhem renewed, I’d manage to get my hands on some chocolate. It didn’t even have to be single-origin Madagascar. I was utterly prepared to lower my standards.

 

Cover: Another cover that just…it’s so simple and intriguing. Seriously, these books would look good on any bookshelf.

Review

This book is another three months after the second book. The last book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, with Jade stuck in the Nexus, learning who her father was, and leaving her friends and family behind having no idea what had happened to them. During the three months she has been able to call home, but she hides in the Nexus to avoid a prediction a Seer showed her.

She has left the Nexus because she is on a mission. The last time she saw her sister, Sienna, she had gone full black witch, summoning demons and sacrificing whoever she needed to accomplish her feat.

As she comes out of the Nexus she finds that a young Dragon, Drake, has followed her and refuses to go back. She also finds her best friend, Kandy, and the vampire Kett. They gather to start tracking down Sienna and stop whatever it is she is trying to do. Which soon they find that she is trying to summon demons with more sacrificing.

Jade now knows that there is no saving her sister, she has been lost to the darkness. Jade feels it is her fault and her job to destroy the evil her sister has become.

There are many close calls and Jade finds herself being dragged deeper and deeper into a sadness that has consumed her soul.

Here is what I just don’t understand. How does Jade even begin to think that all of this is her fault? If anything, it’s her grandmothers fault from keeping Jade and Sienna away from the magic they could have and learn. Of course, I feel like Sienna would still turn out to be a black witch because she would still want the power that Jade has.

 

**WARNING: SPOILERS!**

The ending…let us talk about the ending.

 

I am still a little…emotional at the ending. Jade has defeated the black witch. She has done what she set out to do, with the help of many, many supporters, but she finds she cannot kill the person who she used to be so close to. Then Desmond takes it upon himself and takes care of it for her. And Jade gets mad at him!! In all honesty, killing Sienna was doing her a favor because the pain she was going to suffer for what she had done would had been a fate worse than death. And did Jade not ask Kett to do it for her if she couldn’t? Would she had been mad at the vampire if he had done it? Every person in the final battle had right to want the black witch dead, no matter if she still had her magic or not! So really, Jade should have been thanking Desmond for doing something she couldn’t bring herself to.

Then, when Jade pushed Desmond away…I about flipped!!

 

Okay, let me get something straight right now. I will NEVER stop being a supporter of Jade and Desmond! There was just so much chemistry and passion between those two.

**SPOILERS OVER**

 

Aside from the disappointment in some things with the ending, I am happy with this novel. It was fantastic and another book that kept me reading from beginning to end. I jumped right into the 4th book after this one. I just can’t stop myself!

Book Review: Minutes Before Sunset

Minutes Before Sunset

Rating24 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Shannon A. Thomson
Release Date: July 28th 2015
Series: The Timely Death Trilogy
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Pages: 278
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Buy it : Amazon/B&N **At the time of posting both Kindle and Nook formats of this book were free.**

 

First Line: He hadn’t smiled since mom died.

Blurb from Goodreads: Two destinies. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

Minutes Before Sunset is the first book in The Timely Death Trilogy.

 

Review

The cover is gorgeous. I love the dark colors with a little pop of purple and it was one of the reasons I decided to read this book.

I spent the first half of this book, not bored, but not really into the story. I thought it was a good story, but it wasn’t something I thought I would put down after the first book and leave the series unfinished. Then, at the half way mark I became so entranced by the story that I couldn’t stop reading. I stayed up until 2 am to finish it…knowing I had to be at work at 6am that morning. It was that good.

As far as the story goes, it was unique and intriguing. It did keep me guessing and somewhat confused about what was going on, but in a way that you want a story to be confusing. I did know that Jessica was the mystery girl, but how could you not figure that out. I also think I know exactly who Darthon is, but I won’t ruin that for you. I could be wrong too, I guess.

I felt like Jessica and Eric both were very diverse characters and very well developed. They had their back stories, their problems, and teenage dramas. I also enjoyed that there were no instant love and that a love story developed over time, which is how a believable love story is going to happen.

I loved that the ending was an actual ending. At one point towards the end I was afraid it was going to be one of those books with a very abrupt ending that left me more mad than interested in picking up the next book. It had a very honed ending that was not only a good stopping point, but just enough information to make me rush to the next book.

The story was very well written and very well edited. I can see some plot holes, but there are two more books in the series so I am not so worried about that and have faith that the author will cover everything before ending this series.

Book Review: Dead Set

Dead Set by Richard Kadrey

Rating23 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Richard Kadrey

Release Date: October 29th  2013

Genre: YA/Horror

Pages: 309

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Buy it : Amazon / B&N

Blurb from Goodreads: After her father’s funeral, Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over. But life’s not so easy, the money is tight, and a new school brings trials. Fortunately, she has an escape: her dreams. A world of freedom and solace removed from the loneliness and anxieties of real life, Zoe’s dreamscape offers another, more precious, gift: It is the only place where she can spend time with her closest companion — her lost brother Valentine.

Yet something is very wrong. An unfamiliar — and uninvited — presence has entered her private realm to threaten Zoe and Valentine, a disturbing turn of events that is compounded by an impossible discovery. A chance encounter at a used record store where the grooves of the vinyl discs hold not music, but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. Now, the shop’s strange proprietor is offering Zoe the chance to commune with the father whose passing took a piece of her heart. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then…

How far into this eerie world will Zoe go to discover what she truly needs? And once she does, will there be enough left of her to come back?

 Review

First Line: For three straight nights Zoe dreamed about the black dog.

The  cover is what caught my attention in the first place. It reminded me of Wizard of Oz as does the story itself. 

Zoe is your typical teenager. Her father has passed away and his death has forced Zoe and her mother to move out of a nice home and into a small apartment in a not so safe town. New school, new town, new life, and Zoe and her mom are not getting along.

I loved this book for its simplicity of the beginning. There is a tragic beginning, but it is down played by the fact that there is also a new town and the teenager, Zoe, is just mad at the world. She finds a place that calls to her, a place that she thinks will help her find some piece and it is in a off the wall music store that sells records. But there is a catch, because some of these records hold the souls of the dead and one of them happens to be Zoe’s father.

This leads Zoe into an adventure and the discovery of a world beyond the living.

I started reading this book thinking that the story was going to go one way, and getting mad that I had already figured out part of it. Then the story took a completely different route and threw me off. It was fantastic and fresh.

Zoe was such a fabulous character. I even found myself loving her “dream” brother, Valentine. He was such a unique and loving character and always had Zoe’s best interest in mind. There were a few times that I thought he may actually be a spy or someone who would turn on her, but that was just because so many stories seem to take that route now days.

The world beyond the living was so twisted and creepy and it gave my horror loving mind something to chew on.

The only reason I gave this book a 3 star review is because I did become bored with the story a little bit and at times found it hard to continue reading, yet I loved so much about this. I am actually a little confused about my feelings for the story. It was different and I couldn’t figure out exactly what was going to happen, which is rare in YA novels. Also, there was no instant love/romance going on. This is simply a girl trying to figure out life after the death of her father and trying to do the right thing.

It really does give me a feel of Wizard of Oz. But I don’t want to go into too much detail as to how it is similar in case I ruin the story for someone.

Despite my rating, I would recommend this to friends because it was such a different story and it did keep my interest.

 As a little P.S. Here…if you love all the nerdy things of the world, you love the fact that Wil Wheaton even read and reviewed this book. Not the reason I bought or read the book, but it made me giggle in delight.

 

Book Review: Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic

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5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

 

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: December 18th 2014
Series: The Dowser
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 350
Publisher: Old Man in the Crosswalk Productions
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First Line: With One hand on the invisible knife at my hip and one hand twined through the wedding ring charms on my necklace, I stepped out from the golden magic of the portal onto the shores of Lock More.

Blurb from Goodreads: I hadn’t set foot in the human world for more than a few hours in over three and a half months. Sure, I was stronger and faster than I’d ever been before, and I had a shiny new sword, but I was seriously chocolate deprived. I don’t recommend quitting cold turkey. And the new sword was a problem — to my mind, anyway. It represented all the expectations of a powerful father and a new otherworldly life. A life that wasn’t the one I’d worked so hard to build. It also represented the responsibility I had to bring my foster sister Sienna to … what? Justice? I didn’t know if that was even possible. What I did know was that Sienna wouldn’t stop, and that I couldn’t just leave everything up to fate and destiny … or maybe I was. Maybe I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. If you believed in that sort of thing.
I just hoped that before the chaos and mayhem renewed, I’d manage to get my hands on some chocolate. It didn’t even have to be single-origin Madagascar. I was utterly prepared to lower my standards.

 

Cover: Another cover that just…it’s so simple and intriguing. Seriously, these books would look good on any bookshelf.

Review

This book is another three months after the second book. The last book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, with Jade stuck in the Nexus, learning who her father was, and leaving her friends and family behind having no idea what had happened to them. During the three months she has been able to call home, but she hides in the Nexus to avoid a prediction a Seer showed her.

She has left the Nexus because she is on a mission. The last time she saw her sister, Sienna, she had gone full black witch, summoning demons and sacrificing whoever she needed to accomplish her feat.

As she comes out of the Nexus she finds that a young Dragon, Drake, has followed her and refuses to go back. She also finds her best friend, Kandy, and the vampire Kett. They gather to start tracking down Sienna and stop whatever it is she is trying to do. Which soon they find that she is trying to summon demons with more sacrificing.

Jade now knows that there is no saving her sister, she has been lost to the darkness. Jade feels it is her fault and her job to destroy the evil her sister has become.

There are many close calls and Jade finds herself being dragged deeper and deeper into a sadness that has consumed her soul.

Here is what I just don’t understand. How does Jade even begin to think that all of this is her fault? If anything, it’s her grandmothers fault from keeping Jade and Sienna away from the magic they could have and learn. Of course, I feel like Sienna would still turn out to be a black witch because she would still want the power that Jade has.

**WARNING: SPOILERS!**

The ending…let us talk about the ending.

I am still a little…emotional at the ending. Jade has defeated the black witch. She has done what she set out to do, with the help of many, many supporters, but she finds she cannot kill the person who she used to be so close to. Then Desmond takes it upon himself and takes care of it for her. And Jade gets mad at him!! In all honesty, killing Sienna was doing her a favor because the pain she was going to suffer for what she had done would had been a fate worse than death. And did Jade not ask Kett to do it for her if she couldn’t? Would she had been mad at the vampire if he had done it? Every person in the final battle had right to want the black witch dead, no matter if she still had her magic or not! So really, Jade should have been thanking Desmond for doing something she couldn’t bring herself to.

Then, when Jade pushed Desmond away…I about flipped!!

Okay, let me get something straight right now. I will NEVER stop being a supporter of Jade and Desmond! There was just so much chemistry and passion between those two.

**SPOILERS OVER**

 

Aside from the disappointment in some things with the ending, I am happy with this novel. It was fantastic and another book that kept me reading from beginning to end. I jumped right into the 4th book after this one. I just can’t stop myself!