Genre: Paranormal

Book Review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Posted August 6, 2015 // 4 Comments
Book Review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

In this paranormal novel inspired by Caribbean folklore, author Tracey Baptiste (who is originally from Trinidad) offers young readers an alternative to European fairytales about knights and princesses and dragons. Set on an unnamed tropical island, The Jumbies is a story about friendship, monsters, magic, with a side of easily accessible post-colonialist discussion. I definitely enjoyed this novel, though it read a little too young for me (even for a […]

Book Review: Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

Posted June 25, 2015 // 3 Comments
Book Review: Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

Camille DeAngelis’s paranormal coming-of-age tale, Bones & All, seems to promise a lot. Cannibalism, hunts for missing fathers, elements of horror. Maybe not a one of those things are exactly my favorite thing, but I was absolutely interested to see them put together, especially since certain reviewers were full of praise regarding this novel. Unfortunately, I didn’t find that Bones & All delivered on its promise. Mostly it was just […]

Book Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Posted April 3, 2015 // 4 Comments
Book Review: Croak by Gina Damico

It’s not that Croak was bad so much that is was just…nothing special. It certainly had its moments, of course, but I finished Gina Damico’s debut feeling rather unenthused. There weren’t any real surprises is in this book, and the prose was only so-so. Basically, this book is simply okay. I really felt like a lot of this book was pretty standard. Unique teen girl, superpowers, some monologuing bad dude trying […]

Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Posted January 22, 2015 // 9 Comments
Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Once, there was a girl who found a sword in the woods. Once, there was a girl who made a bargain with the Folk. Once, there was a girl who’d been a knight in the service of a monster. Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself. Holly Black, The Darkest Part of the Forest The story of Hazel Evans is […]

Book Review: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

Posted December 28, 2014 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

While there were a few aspects I didn’t like, I must say that, overall, Strange and Ever After is a satisfying finale to Susan Dennard’s trilogy. It was neither the worst nor the best of the series, but rather a solid conclusion that wrapped everything up satisfactorily—and surprised me a bit, which doesn’t happen too often. (I appreciate authors who kill their main characters and keep them dead.) Strange and […]

Book Review: A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

Posted December 27, 2014 // 2 Comments
Book Review: A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

I love it when a sequel surpasses expectations. It doesn’t happen very often, for one thing, and also, it just makes my reading experience so much better. A Darkness Strange and Lovely certainly outshone Susan Dennard’s debut, and I’m enthusiastically glad to count myself a fan of this book. It was far better than I’d ever anticipated. The events of Something Strange and Deadly left Miss Eleanor Fitt in rather […]

Book Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Posted December 23, 2014 // 8 Comments
Book Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

In 1876, Eleanor Fitt goes to meet her brother at the train station, but he doesn’t arrive. However, there is someone to greet her their: the Dead. How terribly inconvenient! Nothing like a zombie infestation to ruin one’s high society matrimonial prospects. So Eleanor takes matters into her own hands and embarks on a journey to stop the Dead, find her brother, and save her family from disgraceful poverty—all while […]

Book Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Posted December 14, 2014 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Without a doubt, this book is unlike anything I’ve read. It’s also a very promising debut for Kendall Kulper, and if she can do this well with her first novel, I see no reason why she shouldn’t have a very successful career. There have been several successful historical-paranormal hybrids in the past—many of which were YA—but I think Salt & Storm is the most unique of the lot. And though […]

Book Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Posted November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Sterling Saucier grew up in the small town of Sticks, Louisiana, a place full of forgotten faces and magic. When her own brother becomes one of those people the town has forgotten, she ventures into the town’s legendary swamp, and encounters a malignant force that’s stealing Sterling’s friends and neighbors, one by one. To get her brother back, she must overcome the foul magic and put it to rest forever. […]

Book Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Posted November 10, 2014 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Elizabeth Caldwell is different. The invisible girl at school, she has no friends, never goes out to parties. The only people who pay attention to her are her abusive father and the mean girl bully at school. At night, Elizabeth is haunted by strange visions that plague her dreams, about another girl and a boy. Something evil and shadowy hunts Elizabeth, for reasons that probably have to do with those […]

Book Review: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Posted October 8, 2014 // 8 Comments
Book Review: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Brenna Yovanoff has consistently offered good paranormal standalones, a rarity in a genre filled with trilogies or endless-ologies. I was looking forward to her latest, Fiendish, expecting that it would be just as unique and well-written as everything from the author so far. But, sadly, expectations were not met with this book. Fiendish had a promising, intriguing start, but failed to build, and then ended in something akin to disaster. […]

Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Posted September 28, 2014 // 9 Comments
Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Ten years ago, college roommates Victor and Eli decided to test a theory that near-death experiences turn people into ExtraOrdinaries (aka EOs, aka superheroes). Turns out they were right, but things didn’t go according to plan. Now in the present day, Victor’s just been released from jail, and he’s out for vengeance at any cost. Vicious took me completely by surprise. I’ve read The Archived by the same author (under […]