ReadByZoe Readathon Spring Edition

So Zoe is back with another readathon this time taking place on March 3rd. For me, in the UK I will be starting a midnight March 3rd (so the second the 2nd becomes the 3rd of March) until 11:59pm – A FULL 24 HOURS OF READING!

I don’t know what my TBR is going to be yet but there are some great books that I’d like to get to soon including my re-read of the Mortal Instruments Series for the Dregs Society on Facebook – I’m really behind. The Lunar Chronicles and the Hundredth Queen series will also be on my TBR but I will have a more defined list next week at some point 😉

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She was Born a Good Girl by Garfield Whyte Review

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Book Review

Title: She Was Born a Good Girl: An All Girls Boarding School Story

Author: Garfield Whyte

Genre: YA/Contemporary/Coming of Age

Rating: ****

Review: So, to date, I have read all of Garfield Whyte’s book and this book really intrigued me. Good Girl open in Hopewell, Santa Cruz, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica during 2009 and like Whyte’s other novels, this novel may jump in time setting and location. All I could gather from the blurb is the novel is at in a prestigious all-girls boarding school and it will have some strong sisterhood and coming of age themes. We are introduced to one of the protagonists; Zoe through her parents Thalia and Dryden as they tell their daughter that when the summer ends she will be going to Rosemount; an all-girls school. Zoe isn’t happy with this as she won’t be with her best friend Myra and there won’t be any boys. Personally, I believe that Thalia chose Rosemount for Zoe to prevent her making the same mistakes she did with a teenage pregnancy. However, it was a bit disturbing to learn that Dryden got Thalia pregnant when she was on 15 and he was 20 and only avoided being arrested because Thalia’s parents didn’t ring the police. Despite this, I really liked the introduction to the school and to Zoe.

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Dragon School: Dusk Covenant by Sarah K. L. Wilson Review

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Book Review

Title: Dragon School: Dusk Covenant

Author: Sarah K. L. Wilson

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Rating: ****

Review: So, after the dramatic ending of Sworn I was dying to get my hands on an ARC of book 6 to continue the story and see what happened to Amel and the Prince after escaped the attack at her swearing in ceremony. After the group jump out of the window to escape the attack on the Dominar, they head for the forest for cover but the same group including Savette and the Prince barely manage to escape Vanika before the Dusk Covenant start destroying it piece by piece.

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Big Water by Andrea Curtis Review

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Book Review

Title: Big Water

Author: Andrea Curtis

Genre: Retelling/Historical/Survival

Rating: ****

Review: So, all I know about Big Water is that it is a fictional account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882, that is it! So, knowing virtual nothing about the novel I was excited to get into it especially as it is less than 150 pages long. The opening chapter of Big Water was great, we meet Christina McBurney as she runs away from home after the death of her twin brother Jonathan aboard the ship her cousin works on; The Asia. During a storm, the ship seems to be in trouble listing all over the place, but Christina is one of only a few apart from the crew who don’t seem to be panicked despite the terrifying weather conditions.

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The Witch’s Tears by Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr Review

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Title: The Witch’s Tears

Author: Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal

Rating: ***

Review: So, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Witch’s Tears and the Witch’s Kiss ended smoothly with minimal loose ends so, I didn’t know what to expect from this book although there were a few things that I wanted to happen. This novel takes place almost three months after the events of the first book and it has had lasting effects on both Leo and Merry driving a huge wedge between the siblings as they both try and pretend they are moving on with their lives. However, a mysterious presence in their garden and a report on a new murder have Merry wondering whether she is going to stumble across something magical again. Merry is also part of the coven now and this comes with endless lessons, rules and regulations she must follow as a witch but Merry doesn’t seem to be able to conform to the way other witch’s practice magic making it incredibly difficult and slow for her to learn anything new.

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The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr Review

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Book Review

Title: The Witch’s Kiss

Author: Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal

Rating: *****

Review: The opening chapter of the Witch’s Kiss was great we meet Meredith a witch who pledges that for the rest of her life and the rest of descendants lives they will try and find a way to destroy Gwydion and all traces of his magic. We then meet Merry, whose name is Meredith, she knows she is a witch but isn’t allowed to practice magic due to her mother’s paranoia about it but when strange nightmares and noises begin to terrorize her she must do something about it. One night a strange knocking noise is coming from the attic and she and her brother Leo decide to check it out and they find an old box and when Meredith touches it she instantly faints. I really liked the fact that Merry already knows she is a witch and about her abilities rather than discovering them over the course of the novel, but rather she must work out who the mysterious boy in her dreams is and what it means.

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Dark Longing by Aja James Review

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Book Review

Title: Dark Longing

Author: Aja James

Genre: Paranormal/Romance/Action

Rating: ****

Review: So, unlike Pure Healing which focuses on the Pure Ones I believe this book will focus on vampires. We are introduced to Gabriel whose wife is dying of cancer on her final request is for their son Benji to have a mother and she has chosen her friend and confidante Nana Chastain. We also meet the vampire Inanna who is lusting after Gabriel and intends to collect on the wife Olivia’s Blood Contract. Inanna is summoned by Jade Cicada, Queen of the New England vampires, after the battle in Pure Healing and Seth for some reason is still at the vampire court but we get a real sense of how similar the vampires and Pure Ones are at times. It is quite easy to see that Inanna is different from that other Chosen in Jade’s court as she is a true vampire born not made. We see Inanna coveting Gabriel and she is told to take what is hers as long as it doesn’t break any laws and they might be good for each other as Gabriel probably wouldn’t have to go to the fight club again. However, we do know that the vampires are looking for the clubs and have yet to find a way inside even with Seth offering the assistance of the Pure Ones. It was also strange to learn that Benji is Gabriel’s child as he is a virgin, also loving the male virgins or inexperienced males in this series.

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