Devils and Thieves by Jennifer Rush -- Review

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Title: Devils & Thieves 
Author: Jennifer Rush 
Pages: 336
Publishing: October 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316390895

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Power corrupts. Magic kills.

Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael is surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled,” and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn't help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe—the dangerous and enigmatic leader of Hawthorne’s kindled motorcycle gang, the Devils’ League.

When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumor spreads that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all.


Angsty Teens, Magic, Hot Guys, and a Motorcycle Club. Should I keep going or do you already want to buy this novel? You should probably just go ahead and get to your nearest book store and pick this bad boy up. But if that description didn't sell you, then keep reading. I LOVED THIS NOVEL! Did you already figure that out? Good. I've never read a novel by Jennifer Rush before, but I now know that D&T will not be my last! 

I love fantasy novels in general, but something about this synopsis really stuck out to me. It had a lot of similarities to other YA fantasy novels, but it was also so different at the same time. I loved the biker gang feel, and I really enjoyed the fast pace of the novel. I didn't know what to expect and there were quite a few plot twists that kept me guessing!

In summary, I loved the characters, I loved the setting, and I absolutely loved the plot twists. Devils & Thieves did not disappoint and I can't wait to read more from Rush in the future. I huge thank you to Novl Books and Little Brown Books for Young Readers for sharing this book in exchange for an honest review. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoyed the Beautiful Creatures series and readers who enjoy YA fantasy novels. 

Rating 4/5

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook -- Review

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Title: The Hanging Girl 
Author: Eileen Cook 
Pages: 320 
Publishing: October 3rd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0544829824


Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.


The Hanging Girl was a quick and fun read. The novel started by getting to know a little bit more about the main character Skye. She was aching to get out of the small town life and she made the decision to help a girl fake her disappearance in order to have enough money to start over. I loved how ambitious and quick witted Skye's character was. She was constantly ahead of the game and was a quick thinker. 

Things quickly went south for Skye's plan and she was forced to search out the person who made the kidnapping plans take a dark turn. I loved how the suspense of the novel continued to build and build until the very end. I definitely did not see the ending coming and it was pretty shocking! I didn't particularly like the ending of then novel, but the other 99% was great! I would rehoming this novel to YA readers who like light suspense/thrillers. Thank you to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3/5

Invictus by Ryan Graudin -- Review

Title: Invictus 
Author: Ryan Graudin
Pages: 464
Publishing: September 26th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316503136


Time flies when you're plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.


I'm a sucker for time travel books so Invictus was on my radar from the first time I read the synopsis. Often times in a time travel novel, it becomes a little difficult to keep up with, but I didn't really have that problem with Invictus. It was pretty easy to follow until the very end. Things got a little messy, but I was still able to focus on the plot and understand what was happening. 

I really enjoyed all of the characters and loved all of the beautiful imagery Graudin created. I was able to picture the characters perfectly in my mind and I really fell in love with each of their personalities. There was a ton of action throughout the novel and I never felt bored or tired of the characters. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy novels. Thank you to NetGalley and Little Brown for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review! 

Rating 3/5

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti - Review

Title: The Blackbird Season
Author: Kate Moretti
Publishing: September 26th 2017 by Atria Books


In a quiet Pennsylvania town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a high school baseball field, unleashing a horrifying and unexpected chain of events that will rock the close-knit community.

Beloved baseball coach and teacher Nate Winters and his wife, Alicia, are well respected throughout town. That is, until one of the many reporters investigating the bizarre bird phenomenon catches Nate embracing a wayward student, Lucia Hamm, in front of a sleazy motel. Lucia soon buoys the scandal by claiming that she and Nate are engaged in an affair, throwing the town into an uproar…and leaving Alicia to wonder if her husband has a second life.

And when Lucia suddenly disappears, the police only to have one suspect: Nate.

Nate’s coworker and sole supporter, Bridget Harris, Lucia’s creative writing teacher, is determined to prove his innocence. She has Lucia’s class journal, and while some of the entries appear particularly damning to Nate’s case, others just don’t add up. Bridget knows the key to Nate’s exoneration and the truth of Lucia’s disappearance lie within the walls of the school and in the pages of that journal.

Told from the alternating points of view of Alicia, Nate, Lucia, and Bridget, The Blackbird Season is a haunting, psychologically nuanced suspense, filled with Kate Moretti’s signature “chillingly satisfying” (Publishers Weekly) twists and turns.


Kate Moretti is quickly becoming an auto buy author for me. I loved her novel The Vanishing Year, so I was incredibly excited to get my hands on a copy of her newest novel The Blackbird Season. This novel has a little bit of a different feel to it, but it was equally as addicting. I had a physical copy as well as an ebook, so I was constantly reading it whenever I had a free moment.

The characters in The Blackbird Season are a little difficult to pin down. By this, I mean some were difficult to trust, others were difficult to like, and then some were just difficult to understand. I liked that aspect of the novel, but it made it a little harder to get truly invested in the novel.

I loved that Moretti used different narrators throughout the novel, it really added to the intrigue and left the reader constantly guessing. All in all, the novel was fast paced and had a lot of twists and turns, but I had a hard time really connecting with the characters. It was full of suspense and thrills and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy psychological thrillers. Thank you to Atria and Kate Moretti for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Rating 3/5
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