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Book Review|| One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn


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One for Sorrow
by Mary Downing Hahn

304 pages
Published July 18th, 2017 by Clarion Books
ARC, NetGalley
Paranormal, Ghosts, Historical Fiction, Tweens

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Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie’s friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted by a vengeful ghost.
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*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
plot
The story is mostly about Annie and Elsie. Elsie comes back from the dead and starts tormenting Annie and the girls who wronged her. To say that nobody believes Annie about Elsie’s ghosts it’s an understatement. 
The novel is not scary in a gory, horror way. However, it does has a creepy feeling to it. I was involved with Annie’s situation; I couldn’t wait to see what happens to her and if she’ll be alright.
The book also has a historical subplot to it. It is set in 1918, right before the Great War ended. It touches subjects such as war politics, and how the German living in USA were ostracized and treated with malice. Moreover, the novel also describes vividly how the influenza epidemic affected people’s lives, and how it left behind it a lot of victims. As the author mentioned at the end of the book, some parts of the story are based on her mother’s experience with influenza, wakes, and funerals. Maybe that’s why it feels so realistic.
The plot itself it’s fast-paced and filled with action. There is no dull moment in this book, and it’s a very fast read! 
characters
Great and complex characterization! Each character has a unique personality,  a distinctive voice, and at least one major flaw. In other words, the characters are very realistic. They sound and act like real girls.
Having said that, the characters themselves are not very nice. Not even the heroine or the victim turned villain.  Oh, no.
Annie and her group of friends are bullies. They mock and terrorize Elsie most of the time. Even though Annie and Jane feel some remorse, the peer pressure it’s too strong.
However, Elsie is no angel either. She is mean, clingy, manipulative, and vindictive. 
If you like reading only about pleasant characters, this book it’s not for you – especially if you expect the main character to be relatable and good. Don’t get me wrong, Annie has good traits; after all, she is just a little girl. However, the way she thinks of Elsie it’s not very innocent.
Personally, I do not have a problem with the characters. I actually enjoyed the fact that the characters are not perfect or goody two shoes. A lot of children are like that – some grow out of it, some not.
final-thoughts
In short, One for Sorrow is a fast paced, entertaining novel. The characters are well developed, the setting and world building are intriguing, and the plot is unique.
I would’ve like to know a little bit more about Elsie; to know her background. Was her home life really that bad, or was she exaggerating? I’m confused because Elsie is not the most honest character.  
I wished the book was a little bit longer, mostly because I enjoyed it so much :D. 
recommand
Yes!!! Definitely! The book is a sure page turner, and it reads really fast. I think people who love reading about ghosts and creepy situations will definitely enjoy this novel! 
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Rise of the Branded by Scott Keen


Rise of the Branded
Scott Keen
(Scar of the Downers, #2)
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating: 5/5

Pursued into the wild by the soldiers of Ungstah, former slave Crik and the other freed Downers encounter the magical and terrifying nature of their world. They face spectral Shepherds, man-eating Rukmush, and the ancient giants of the earth. When two of their group are captured, Crik is distraught and powerless.Meanwhile back in the city, Durgan, former Captain of the King’s Guard who allowed Crik and his friends to escape from Ungstah, is now a Downer, one of the Branded. Amid the murmurings of an uprising among the Branded, Durgan just wants to be left alone to search for his missing son. But in the process, he discovers how dark the powers of Sulfus the king truly are. Durgan must take a stand in the coming war between the Branded and the powerful armies of Sulfus.

To kill any hope of escape for the city’s Branded, the army comes after Crik and his friends to make an example of them. The answers for Durgan, Crik and freedom for all Downers lie hidden in the dark recesses of the Northern Reaches, in the treacherous places Crik and his companions are about to enter.

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Book Review||The Perfect Tear by Connie Lansberg


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The Perfect Tear
Connie Lansberg
~326 pages
YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
ARC, Kindle
To Be Published this Year (2017) by Zone 4 Publishing

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Rating: 4.5/5

Eleanor, a timid orphan with an extraordinary musical gift has just turned sixteen. She has no clue to her real purpose, but she refuses to become a subservient old maid, like the miserable nuns she grew up with. Eleanor knows Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave–her songs are the only thing keeping the grey mist at bay. Her best friend Audrey begs her to run away with her but where would they go? The world outside the Abbey is barren and dangerous. Eleanor finally decides to take her chances and in the act of running away, meets her destiny.
The girls find themselves in a strange land full of unknown dangers where they are met by an ethereal creature, Tsera, who gives Eleanor a choice. Go home to Edward, the boy she loves, never to sing again and wait until her world dies or, risk everything to find The Perfect Tear, a crystal that contains the Third Vibration and the only thing that will stop the destruction of her world.add-to-goodreads-button3

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Book Review| Xodus by K.J. McPike


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Title: Xodus

Series: Astralis

Author: K.J. McPike

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Pages: 389

Format: Kindle

Published: September 19th 2015

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. I want to thank the author for sending me this book. I also want to apologize for the late review.

Blurb

All Lali Yavari wanted for her sixteenth birthday was for her mom to come back. Instead, she starts flashing between realities and seeing people disappear before her very eyes. Then the unsettling Kai Awana shows up at school, and Lali soon discovers she has inherited the ability to astral project—with a surprising twist. When Kai offers to use his own unique ability to help Lali find her mother in exchange for her help on a misguided mission, she can’t refuse…even if she’s not quite sure she can trust him.

In her thrilling urban fantasy debut, award-winning author K.J. McPike takes us on a ride with “enough tantalizing twists and turns to captivate readers, transforming them into instant fans” (SPR). Don’t miss this whirlwind adventure, where what one girl learns about her mother’s past will make her question everything she thought was true—and just might put her family in even more danger.

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