Review of Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh (physical arc)

 

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Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh

 

The Dead must stay buried.

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.

Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates.

In this enthralling, heartrending sequel to Reign of the Fallen, Odessa faces the fight of her life as the boundaries between the Dead and the living are challenged in a way more gruesome than ever before.

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Review of Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

 

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Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

 

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

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Review of The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith (digital arc)

 

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The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith

 

Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.

But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday 2/28/18

 

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Can’t Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

 

 

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The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

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Reviews of The Shadow Queen and The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

 

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The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

 

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel: Release Week Plus Giveaway

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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Publication Date:  September 5, 2017

 

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Review of Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel (digital arc)

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Summary from Goodreads:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

 

My thoughts:

What a fun, exciting read!  Angie had a rough life when she was growing up.  Her drug addicted mom took off with her.  Shortly after her dad found her again, her mom died from an overdose. She moved in with her dad in a small Pennsylvania town.  While she had a couple amazing friends, Deno and Lacey, she was sort of an outcast.  Angie was a band geek, but on the weekends, she transformed herself into a popular DJ.  I actually loved the story of her music and how it made her feel like she was better than what the bratty high school girls thought of her.

Angie’s new neighbor, Reece, is attractive, but strange.  Angie sees something odd with him and there seem to be crows everywhere since his family moved in.  It doesn’t take long for Reece to come clean with her and explain that he’s a harbinger of death and that there are also beekeepers around.  Her town is going to have a major tragedy and they are all there for it.  Reece and Angie start to fall in love, but he’s cursed and will need to move on after the deaths.  But the beekeeper thinks he can make Reece take his curse and figures a way to use Angie to do it.

The pacing of this book was great.  I sat down to read for thirty minutes tonight and ended up reading for an hour and a half to finish.  I just couldn’t put it down.  I found the myths of the harbingers and beekeepers so interesting.  Lacey and Deno were favorites. I also really love Angie’s dad and their relationship.  I will admit to freaking out hoping that her dog would be safe, too.  What can I say?  I’m obsessed with happy endings for pets.

I can’t really get into too much more without giving away important parts of the book.  I just hope everyone goes out and gives this one a chance.   Black Bird of the Gallows is set to be published September 5th 2017 by Entangled Teen.  I definitely plan on buying this one.

Thank you to the author, Entangled Teen, and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this book.  I gave this five stars.

I also posted an excerpt from the book here.

You can purchase Black Bird of the Gallows from any of these stores (and more):

amazon

barnes and noble

anderson’s bookshop

book depository