ARC Review: Winterwood

ARC Review: Winterwood

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Genres: YA paranormal
Rating: 🌟 🌟

Be careful of the dark, dark wood . . .

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

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Mini-Reviews: The Darkest Powers Trilogy

Mini-Reviews: The Darkest Powers Trilogy

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of those books.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #1
Release Date: July 1, 2008
Genre: YA paranormal
Rating: 🌟 🌟

This series had a really rough start. It had all the potential to be a great YA paranormal story. And I’m a huge fan of Armstrong’s Cainsville series, so I thought I’d give this a chance.

The Summoning follows a fifteen year old named Chloe who is sent to a group home with other “disturbed” kids after she reveals she can see ghosts. There she meets a few other “troubled” kids, the bubbly Liz, a mysterious Derek, and a friendly Simon.

My biggest problem is that this could have been a lot more exciting than it was. The beginning was pretty good, but that fades towards the middle of the story. It definitely gets a bit more interesting towards the end which is why I decided to give the next book a go.

two stars

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #2
Release Date: April 28, 2009
Genre: YA paranormal
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Another awful cliffhanger lol. I’d recommend this series to everyone who loves them. This series still hasn’t caputred my attention 100%. But I’m going to keep reading them cause I’m curious to see how everything ends.

This picks up right where The Summoning ends. It starts off a bit rough, but quickly picks up. Derek is still my favorite character. He’s had such a rough life. He has no one to turn to but his foster brother. He just pulls at my heartstrings.

three stars

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #3
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Genre: YA paranormal
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

I had the same problem here as the first two book. This was so action packed the last 20% of the book, but everything before that was just in a sort of limbo.

I know this is an unpopular opinion probably, but I really liked the love triangle between Chloe, Simon, and Derek. I always love love triangles where you really don’t know who the end game couple is. In this instance, I really could have seen the love triangle go either way.

I also enjoyed the ending. There were a few loose ends, but nothing I couldn’t live without. I’d recommend this to younger teens looking for an entertaining paranormal story.

three stars

ARC Review: Blood Veil

ARC Review: Blood Veil

Blood Veil by Megan Erickson
Series: Mission #2
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genres: Paranormal romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟

In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide.

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze….

Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.

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ARC Review: Busted

ARC Review: Busted

Busted by Gina Ciocca
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genres: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟

Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual. Now, she’s stuck spying on a “mystery girl” and the spoken-for guy who just might be the love of her life…

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ARC Review: Man Hands

ARC Review: Man Hands

Man Hands by Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby
Series: Man Hands #1
Release Date: December 11, 2017
Genres: Romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟

He puts the “screw” in screwball comedy…


At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.


All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.

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ARC Review: 27 Hours

ARC Review: 27 Hours

27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Series: The Nightside Saga #1
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Genres: YA sci-fi
Rating: 🌟 🌟

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

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