The Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer | Book Review

(Witches of BlackBrook #1)

Published: June 23rd 2015

Synopsis:

Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurdles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day.

One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver.

Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their souls journey forever?


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My Rating:4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing

Genre(s): New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 186

Format: e-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Hi! Today I have a review on a book I really enjoyed, which is, as you can tell, The Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer. I found it to be quite unique and very enjoyable, filled with suspense, Wiccan magic, and much more.

Quick Summary

Trin and her sister Kit has been looking for their youngest sister ever since they’ve been thrown forward into time by a spell cast by Trin. But something is blocking Trin from finding her, and everyone’s souls are in danger if she doesn’t find out how to defeat it. Will she be able to reunite with all her sisters, and overcome the darkness once and for all?

Plot

Maybe it’s just my lack of exposure to books with a similar plot line to this, but I found the plot to be quite different to other books I’ve read. What I loved most about the plot other than the obvious (Wiccan magic is so cool!) was the element of mystery and the theme of girl power. I found the story to be quite suspenseful, some parts were predictable, but there were lots of twists and turns to keep the story engaging.
One thing that really stood out to me was the lesser role of the main male character. You know how in most books, YA or NA, the male character often has a big role, and is focused on a lot? Well, in this book, the story was primarily led by Trin and other female characters. This is quite unique, I don’t find many books these days with this kind of thing, usually the male greatly impacts the plot in one way or another, right? While the main male character in the book did affect the story, he wasn’t some big hero that stole the attention from the females or anything. It was different, and I liked that. All in all, the plot was great; it was different, mysterious, and unique.

Characters

Trin was a great protagonist, I would say, however I do think she could’ve had a bit more personality. I don’t know, she didn’t seem as real to me as she could’ve been. That being said, she wasn’t annoying or anything, and I liked her, she was strong, willful and caring, and there wasn’t anything that I really disliked about her.

As for the other characters, I really liked them as well, especially the villain. I feel like the villain was really well done, I wish I could elaborate, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. 😉 The supporting characters, like the male love interest, Jason, and his sister Caris, were also enjoyable, but I wish they were developed a bit more. There’s not much I can say about them, which is a clear indication to me that they need more development. However, their presence wasn’t bothersome or anything, and I didn’t dislike them.

Writing Style

I think the writing style was one of the things I liked most about this book apart from the plot. Tish Thawer incorporated scenes of both past and present quite smoothly and it added more background information about our main characters in a more unique and engaging fashion. I never got confused between past and present (partly due to the fact the characters’ name changes) and I loved learning more about the characters’ past. The book is written in third person POV, mostly from the perspective of our main character, Trin, but occasionally from supporting characters Caris and Jason. I think this suited the story, and was used to effectively create different scenes throughout the story

Overall…

This story was really good, full of captivating twists and turns. What really made me boost it up to 4 stars would be because it was so addicting! I always wanted to pick this up, and continue reading it. This book boasts of a story about love, hope, and most of all, strength in family and siblings. The characters were great to read about, and Tish Thawer was able to weave scenes from the past into the present flawlessly, enhancing the reader’s experience and understanding of the book. One thing I will mention though is that the romance kind of takes a back seat in this book, or isn’t much focused on. But this new-adult paranormal romance is one you do not want to miss if you’re into magic and witches, with a unique and enchanting story.

Do you want to eat this one? How about we meet in BlackBrook?

-A

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Banish by Nicola Marsh | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway!

(Soul Retrievers #1)

Published: May 26th 2015

Synopsis:

Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit… and save her soul.

After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.

Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.

But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!

Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural…despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks?


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My Rating: 4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

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Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre(s): Young-adult, paranormal

Page Count: 264

Format: e-book

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Welcome to my reviewing blog tour stop for Banish by Nicola Marsh! I really enjoyed this book, and I’m super happy I got the chance to read it. A suspenseful story dealing with the supernatural, Banish was a thrilling and interesting read.

Note: I received a free digital copy of this book for review purposes. This does not affect my opinion on the book.

Quick Summary

Alyssa Wood flees her town of Broadwater after no longer being capable of dealing with the aftermath of her ex boyfriend’s suicide (right after she dumped him) to live with her Wicca High Priestess aunt. What she didn’t expect was for her ghosts to follow her… and now she has to fight to live and find out the truth before it’s too late.Read More »

Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades | Book Review

(Crystal Frost #1)

Published: March 13th 2015

Synopsis:

Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she’s ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure. Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

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Publisher: PaperPlane Publishing

Genre(s): Young-adult, paranormal

Page Count: 244

Format: e-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Hi there! Today I have a book review on Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades, an interesting paranormal book involving ghosts.

Quick Summary

When Crystal Frost finds out she’s psychic, her whole world spins out of control, especially when the ghost of a dead classmate, Olivia, appears to her, asking her to help someone. All the while Crystal must make sure no one finds out about her special abilities. Will Crystal be able to solve the mystery of Olivia, and stay on top of it all?Read More »

Animal by Nikki Rae | Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: February 28th 2015 

Synopsis:

Ava has spent her life running from the monsters that lurk in the shadows, always the prey. She finally thinks she can settle down, have a normal life, and work on not being so scared of the world around her. That is until she runs into her worst fear.

He has finally found the potential family he has always wanted. All he has to do is make his little bird sing. Will Ava escape with her humanity intact?


My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)Animal

Book Information

Genre(s): New Adult, Paranormal, Suspense

Page Count: 415

Format: E-book


Used for the Popsugar challenge: A book by an author I’ve never read before

Note: I received a free digital copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 

I was super excited when my review request for this book was approved! This has been one of the few New Adult reads of mine this year, and it was quite the read!

Reading the premise, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was intrigued, and that was all it took for me to request a review copy! I’m so happy I got to read this!Read More »

Angelfall by Susan Ee | Book Review

(Penryn & the End of Days #1)

Published: May 23rd 2013 (originally January 1st 2011)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…


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My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

Book Information

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Genre(s): Young-adult fiction, post-apocalyptic fantasy, paranormal

Page Count: 326

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 144477851X


This was used for the Popsugar challenge: A trilogy (book 1)

I was planning on doing a mini-reviews for this trilogy on one post, but in the end (with the help of Casey‘s opinion) I decided against it. Now I have the chance to ramble and fangirl for a longer period of time! 😉

Quick Summary

When angels capture her crippled younger sister, Penryn Young will do whatever it takes to get her back, and that includes teaming up with one of the enemy: the wounded angel Raffe. The angel agrees to take Penryn to the aerie where her sister was taken as he’s headed there to get his wings back and in search of revenge. But will Penryn be able to survive the oncoming war and save her sister at the same time?Read More »