Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dexter's Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter's Final Cut
by Jeff Lindsay
Doubleday (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-53651-6
Buy from Indigo

Description: Lights. Camera. Mayhem. You won't find this story on television.

Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television's hottest star arrives at the Miami Police Department and develops an intense, professional interest in a camera-shy blood spatter analyst named Dexter Morgan.

Mega-star Robert Chase is famous for losing himself in his characters. When he and a group of actors descend on the Miami Police Department for "research," Chase becomes fixated on Dexter Morgan, the blood spatter analyst with a sweet tooth for doughnuts and a seemingly average life. To perfect his role, Chase is obsessed with shadowing Dexter's every move and learning what really makes him tick. There is just one tiny problem . . . Dexter's favorite hobby involves hunting down the worst killers to escape legal justice, and introducing them to his special brand of playtime. It's a secret best kept out of the spotlight and away from the prying eyes of bloated Hollywood egos if Dexter wants to stay out of the electric chair. The last thing he needs is bright lights and the paparazzi. . . but even Dexter isn't immune to the call of fame.

The Good Stuff
  • I'm sorry Carianne, I just love these Dexter books.  He is such a charming monster that you cannot help but cheer for him a little.  But he only kills bad people Carianne so its ok
  • I also enjoy watching the TV version of Dexter as he is a tad more sympathetic and almost human. But lets face it, a more emotional Dexter isn't as fun as the witty psychopathic serial killer he is in the novels (yes I am slightly ashamed by this fact, but hello this is fiction people, if he was real I would want him behind bars -- ok and a part of me would want him offing those that pray on the innocent)
  • Dark and wonderfully dryly witty - love the inner monologue of Dexter
  • These Dexter books keep getting better and better and this time I am already impatiently awaiting the next book in this series. No spoilers but the ending will make you go WTF and than want to call up Lindsay and tell him to hurry up and write the next novel so I know what happens to our devilishly bad Dexter.  How is he going to get out of this one I NEED to know
  • Nice to see the more dark and witty Dexter after watching our loveable monster become way too sappy on the show 
  • I think some of this story probably came from  Lindsay's experience with having his book made into a tv show - both the good and the bad and loved the commentary on the television industry
  • There is a Princess Bride quote
  • Opening chapter is hilarious and hooks you in right away
  • Story is fast paced and keeps you guessing

The Not So Good Stuff
  • The ending - come on Lindsay I am not a patient women - I need to know what happens next
  • Must not read Dexter books on public transit. They make me howl with laughter and when people see the title on the book they slowly move away from you -- hmm never mind, that might be a good thing
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I really wanted to say that I looked for people like him and made them go away into neat bundles, carefully packed into heavy-duty garbage bags. But I realized that it was probably not the most politically correct answer."

"To know me is to love me, and I was very fond of me, too. A list of my finer qualities would easily occupy almost half the front side of a three-by-five card. Although the list does taper off rather dramatically after "good with a knife."

"It made me so angry that I could calm myself only by picturing Robert duct-taped to a table, with me standing happily above him clutching a fillet knife. Still, I ate his doughnuts."

4.5 Dewey's

I received this from RandomHouse in exchange for an honest review

CONTEST & Review: The Night Has Claws by Kat Krueger

The Night Has Claws (The Magdeburg Trilogy #2)
by Kat Krueger
Fierce Ink Press Co-Op
ISBN: 9780991793754
Buy from Indigo
Buy from Fierce Ink Press
Suggested Ages: 13+

Description: What happens when you’re the thing that goes bump in the night?

Connor Lewis and Arden LaTène are experiencing a reversal of fortunes. Arden, once a prominent werewolf, has been cured against his will. As a result, he’s now considered dead by his former pack and has lost his longtime girlfriend in the mix. Connor, a newly created werewolf whose DNA has inadvertently led to the creation of the cure, now has to make some important decisions about his future and is not sure who to trust. Should he join a pack or try to go it alone?

When Connor is summoned by the Hounds of God to testify against the human scientist who developed the cure, he’s forced to choose sides. Comprised of humans bitten by werewolves, the Hounds have been the lawmakers and enforcers for hundreds of years, ensuring werewolves don’t endanger the lives of humans and exacting justice upon those who do. On the other hand, the pack werewolves have been persecuted for centuries and are seeking to tip the balance of power. Adding to his confusion is Madison Dallaire, the girl Connor has complicated feelings for, who has embarked on a path of corporate espionage.

In the second book of The Magdeburg Trilogy, Connor’s loyalties are pushed to the limits as he faces the challenges of being a modern werewolf caught in the grip of an ancient feud.

The Good Stuff
  • Truly unique take on the werewolves genre, it actually felt very real and believable that this could be happening in our world
  • Likeable characters that are flawed and so human (and werewolf of course). They feel like real people not characters
  • Plenty of dark humour used in just the right places
  • Really liked how the story is set in Paris and Germany, makes it more believable setting with all the ancient gothic architecture and wild landscapes
  • Love, love, love the cover
  • Enjoyed the scenes between Arden and Connor, found the reversal of their humanity fascinating
  • Fast paced and exciting - really impressive for a second book in a trilogy.  This isn't just filler for the final book, there is depth and development. Bravo
  • Enjoyed some of the pop culture references

The Not So Good Stuff
  • A small thing I know as it is an arc, but I was frustrated with the lack of capitalization of proper names. Sometimes Arden was capitalized, yet in the next paragraph it wasn't.  It's silly I know but it jarred me from the story
  • It's been a long time since I read the first part would have liked a little reminder of what happened in the first story to jog my memory - but hey that is just me and I am old and have kids so the memory isn't as good as it once was.

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"From this point of view he reminds me of Two-Face from Batman, only with Roul what you see is what you get. There's no unstable lunatic struggling for supremacy within him. At least, not that I've seen."

"Losing a mate is like losing a part of yourself.  There's no cure for it, no drug to ease the agony of it. For the rest of your years, there will always be a place within you that feels-- hollow."

"What do you mean, it doesn't matter? It was a big enough deal for you to go all Stahem-esque down there."

"He makes it sound so Zen. Or Jedi. Like some kind of Wolf Yoda. There is no try."

4.25 Dewey's

I received this from Fierce Ink Press in exchange for an honest review - sorry guys I am behind 


Fierce Ink Press is generously offering one ebook copy of the The Night Has Claws to give away.  Easy peesy to enter - just comment and I will randomly pick a commenter to win. Try to make it something meaninful or why you want to read the book. Not picky here, I'm a busy girl and totally understand
Open internationally (Except for U.S.)
End October 2nd.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Curse of the Dream Witch by Allan Stratton

Curse of the Dream Witch
by Allan Stratton
Scholastic Canada Ltd
ISBN: 978-1-4431-1937-5
Suggested Ages: 9+
Buy from Indigo

Description: It is the age of the Great Dread. The Dream Witch wants the heart of Princess Olivia. Until she has it none of the kingdom's children are safe. Olivia's parents seek help from the Prince Leo of Pretonia and his uncle, the Duke of Fettwurst, but the treacherous duo seize their castle instead.
It is up to Olivia to defeat the Dream Witch, Prince Leo and his uncle. She makes a daring escape from her turret cell and races to the forest to take on the Dream Witch in her underground lair. Two friends are by her side: the peasant boy Milo and a curious talking mouse with a surprising past.

The Good Stuff
  • Once again Stratton delivers a totally delightfully dark, fast paced story that readers both young and old will thoroughly enjoy.
  • Fast paced - even the most reluctant reader will eat this up (ok and I couldn`t put it down either, I read it in one day)
  •  Good for both male and female readers
  • Fun fairytale setting with a strong Princess who is willing to sacrifice herself and do what is right.  There are talking animals, nasty princes, a creepy witch and magic, what is not to like
  • Lots of twists and turns and at times you are not sure that Olivia or Milo are going to survive 
  • Lots of despicable bad guys to cheer against
  • Lots of well meaning involved parents (although seriously, come on King and Queen - you never, ever, EVER ask a dark witch for something -  you should know by now that this never works out in your favor)
  • Love the mouse!
  • Some nice dark humour
  • Kids save the day
  • Good messages about bravery, friendship, family, growing up,  forgiveness and not done in that preachy way that irritates both children and me
  • Plenty of dark magic and gross stuff - don`t want to spoil anything but love how the children are stored (Read it, you will understand)
  • Fabulous cover

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Not as much character development as in The Graverobbers Apprentice, but that may work better for the reluctant reader

Favorite Quotes/Passages

`Why do you lie to me ? To shut me up ? To make me feel better ? Well, I don`t feel better and I won`t shut up.``

``That`s another thing. What kind of name is Penelope ?
``It`s no worse than Ephemia.``
`That depends which century you grew up,`` the wizard sniffed.``

`Courage isn`t feeling brave. It`s fighting fear.``

5 Dewey`s

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. Thanks guys for once again sending me something truly delightful that I cannot wait to share with my kids, co-workers and customers

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - Mini Book Review

by Joe Hill
ISBN: 978-0-06-220057-0
Buy from Indigo

Description: Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble... and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie's unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.

But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge. He's after something very special - something Vic can never replace.

As a life-and-death battle of wills builds - her magic pitted against his - Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all... or die trying...

The Good Stuff
  • Fabulous, realistic characters
  • Gritty, creepy, dark and spooky
  • Unique story
  • Wonderful dark, twisted humour that made me laugh out loud on many occasions
  • Charles Talent Manx is a seriously creepy bad guy - I had nightmares and yet you understand a little about how he became who he was so there is a wee bit of sympathy - but just a wee bit - creepy bastard
  • Mentions Firefly and browncoats - made me smile - at first -- see point in the not so good stuff section
  • Crazy, psychic Librarian character - hello, can you say awesome (Ok she is a junky but hey at least she doesn't Shhhh anyone)
  • Liked the character of Lou - damaged, yet tries to do the right thing

The Not So Good Stuff
  • I liken it to a hot mess - could have been brilliant with stronger editing
  • Point of view jumps around so you feel disjointed at times
  • Hate to compare him to his dad, but you can't help yourself so sorry Mr Hill - tried not to, but you have the wee same problem as your daddy - way too much, cut down the story and you will have a brilliant story
  • Really, you took a browncoat and made him a bad guy - so not cool Mr Hill - A browncoat would never betray someone for a Buffy tattoo

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"The fires of hell are not hot enough for a man - or woman! - who would hurt his children."

"She thought of mothering, which was really another word for being present and caring what happened to someone."

"Now I don't even think a parent can. Spoil a child, I mean. I didn't figure nothing out until it was too late to do me any good. I never seemed to have much of a feel for parenting. I was so scared of doing the wrong thing I hardly ever did the right thing."

"The difference between childhood and adulthood, Vic had come to believe, was the difference between imagination and resignation. You traded one for the other and lost your way."

3 Dewey's

I borrowed this from our collection of ARC's at work - hope you like it better Patrick

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein: Mini Book Review

Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
ISBN: 978-1-4231-8309-9
Buy from Indigo - (Cover in review is U.S. version which sorry I liked better)

Description: While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?

Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival

The Good Stuff
  • more accessible writing style than in Code Name Verity (But I also enjoyed the writing style in Code Name Verity - but this may appeal to more readers)
  • Incredible, realistic character development. Rose goes from such a young and naive girl who changes into a ghost of herself, yet you still can see that young Rose is still there and will eventually heal
  • Realistic portrayal of war with no glossing over of the horror and the dullness of it all
  • Nice to see mentions of Maddie . I enjoyed reading about what has happened in her life since the end of Code Name Verity
  • Author nicely gives you a little bit of a history lesson and you learn things without even realizing this. I've said this before this is a true gift - education all wrapped up in a compelling story. I even learned a great deal
  • Beautiful see the camaraderie of  women of all nationalities and walks of life
  • Not a fan of poetry but it is beautifully used in this story. Brings the beauty, expression and thoughts and hope amid such depravity and despair
  • Nice to see the light moments and solidarity among the women
  • As a mom and library worker, I am impressed with the addition of the factual information added at the end of the story
  • Excellent companion story, do however read Code Name Verity first (though you really don't have to) as to avoid a few spoilers

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Was frustrated at times with Rose and the choices she made - but really, I have never been held in captivity so I really shouldn't judge (Can't say why or I would spoil certain plot points

Favorite Quotes

"Why do they go for your ankles, which are the hardest part of your body to reach when you're pretending to stand at attention? Are fleas in league with the SS?"

"Hope is treacherous, but how can you live without it?"

"You really are the world's worst pain in the neck, " But my heart ached for her bravery."

4.5/5 Dewey's

I picked this up at BookExpo America 2013 and it is signed by the author

Guest Post - The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: Review by Laura McLean

Hi Everyone - due to time issues & the fact that I was meh (my fault not hers) about The Raven Boys, I asked my delightful co-worker Laura to review the sequel for me.  Maggie Stiefvater is such a talented author, I wanted to make sure the book got a worthy review.

FYI - I never asked her to do it in my format, but she did so which is extremely classy!

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9780545424943
Suggested Ages: 13+
Buy from Indigo 
Publication Date: September 17, 2013

Description:  Now that the ley line is woken, the boys and Blue are even more determined to find Glendower. But there are several things in their way: Ronan has a secret that he promised his father that he would never tell anyone about for his own safety. But sometimes people have trouble keeping secrets. When Adam starts seeing ghosts, and not just Noah, he knows something is wrong but he can’t figure out what it is and why it’s just happening to him. The Raven Boys aren’t the only ones looking for the lost Glendower it seems when interesting people start turning up in the shadows of their lives. 

First off: This book is absolutely amazing. I couldn’t put down this one or the first one. I have been suffering readers block the past two months and these books cured it. This is by far one of the most well written books I have ever read and I highly recommend it. You have no idea how badly I want new, fresh concepts and this is the perfect book. 

The Good Stuff:

  •   Maggie Stiefvater is absolutely amazing at setting up scenes. You feel the cold in the air, the dampness of the forests and how the air feels when it’s hot and humid
  • Nothing is told outright and blatantly; you grow to understand things that are going on through the descriptions and the characters
  • The character developments in a certain character (I’m not going to say who for spoilers) is fantastic. You see how this person changes so much but not blatantly. The progression in natural (as it can be) and seems real
  • The characters are real people!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for a book like this where the characters seem like real teenagers with real jobs that they have to go to and real lives that seem like something any other teen would live (except the supernatural/paranormal stuff, but you know what I mean)
  •  I love how the relationships develop (*cough*OTP developing*cough*) and how you see real people shine through in situations when friendship is tested to its limits
  • You have very different types of people all thrown into one situation where they all have to act together
  •   Really captures how the characters feel and why they act the way they do
  • You learn a lot about a certain character in this book and his very interesting life (I’m not going to say who for spoilers)
  • The prologue is fantastic and you are hooked instantly. You realize later the significance of it.
  • People who love history (like me—giant history nerd over here) will love the connections/parallels to the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
  • There was a quote that reminded me of Doctor Who a bit and I laughed (giant nerd in general here)
  • Very unique concept!
  • Great for people looking for something different and well written
  • You grow to love each Raven Boy differently, but at the same time all of the together—and of course Blue! 
 The Not so good stuff
  •  Sometimes it took me a little while to figure out what was going on because it was not stated outright but I also read very fast and that may have contributed 
  • I also can’t choose what quotes to use because THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ONES
Favorite Quotes/ Passages

“Adam’s hand glided over her bare elbow. The touch was a whisper in a language she didn’t speak very well.”

“All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or kept-from, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches—that’s what will be left at the end of it all.” 

“She rolled onto her back in the middle of the suddenly empty bed. Above her, the rafters glowed with the summer sun. Blue touched her mouth. It felt the same as it always did. Not at all like she had just had her first and last kiss"

“If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.”

Who Should/ Shouldn’t Read 
  •   Good and fast paced
  •   Good for people who love the paranormal with reality mixed into it
  •  Good YA fiction book but adults would enjoy this as well

We received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: Mini Book Review

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
by Holly Black
Little Brown & Co. (Hachette)
ISBN: 978-0-316-21310-3
Buy from Indigo
Suggested Ages: Book says 15+(but a more mature 13 yr old could handle - no sex)
Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Description:Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black

The Good Stuff
  • Truly fascinating and completely unique tale about vampires. Shouldn't really be surprised as this is from  Holly Black - one of the more gifted storytellers around
  • Holly's prose is poetic, yet real.  I highlighted so many passages that I think I went through a whole pack of post it notes.  This women sure knows how to turn a phrase. And FYI,  Holly loved the blue hair you were sporting at BEA - you looked awesome!!   
  • Passionate, yet chaste. Perfect for the intended audience
  • Gavriel in an intriguing love interest 
  • Tana is strong and does the right thing, no matter the cost. She doesn't expect a man to save her (yeah, I know - I'm a mom - I always think in terms of if the heroine was my daughter and what kind of role model she would be -- I blame Twilight for making me think this way --  yup still want to slap Bella upside the head for being such a wuss)
  • Very dark

The Not So Good Stuff
  • I felt a little lost sometimes and not sure what was going on. However, please take this with a grain of salt as I just got back from BEA and am totally exhausted
  • Something was missing - at this point in time, I cannot tell you what -- but just that the heart of the story was missing I guess
  • Dad was such a total jerk -- but than again, I kinda understood why he made the decisions he did

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"And Tana finally understood how the wildness of the Eternal Ball was the wildness of grief, the intoxicating dance of carnival, where one leaves oneself at home and becomes something else for a night, hoping that the old skin will still fit when one comes back to it in the morning."

"Circuses tame tigers. Get them to jump through flaming hoops. Those tigers are really nice to their trainers, I bet. Bump them with their big heads. Roll on their backs like  house cats. But if they're hungry enough, those tigers are going to eat those same tigers they were nice to."

"Vampires were fairy tales and magic. They were the wolf in the forest who ran ahead to grandmother's house, the video game big boss who could be hunted without guilt, the monster who tempted you into his bed, the powerful eternal beast one might become. The beautiful dead, la belle morte. And if, after gorging temselves, they became less lovely, if they became bloated and purple and horrible, then they hid it well."

4 Dewey's

One of my favorite people, Terri, grabbed me a copy of this at BEA (Book Expo America).  This is awesome as I hadn't been able to grab a copy for my pal Christa who wanted me to pick it up

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
by Brandon Sanderson
Delacorte Press (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-74356-3
Buy from Indigo
Release Date: September 24, 2013

Description: Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics... nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

The Good Stuff
  • Nice to see a male protagonist, so many of the YA genre is geared towards female readers
  • Fast paced and actually quite funny at times
  • Really enjoyed David as a character.  I took a instant liking to him and almost felt maternal towards him 
  • Will appeal to the reluctant reader
  • Nice character development
  • Again would like to mention the humour.  Perfectly used in exactly the right moments
  • Really wasn't expecting to like it as Sanderson is known as a Fantasy writer and that really isn't my genre, but I was totally hooked in right away
  • The whole central message about doing the right thing really appealed to me and wasn't done in a preachy way
  • Can't wait for the next installment
  • Cody is such a delightful character and adds a nice light touch to what could be a very dark story
  • One of the main characters is Canadian
  • David's father reminded me so much of my Dad
  • Secondary characters are very multidimensional  not just filler, you want to know more about their back stories
  • David, while mature, acts very much like a gangly teen at times which is extremely refreshing 
  • Nice banter between the characters

The Not So Good Stuff
  • I was a tad confused at times
  • Some contradictions
  • Almost put it down due to the descriptions of an infant being killed.  I know, I know but I can't handle that shit
Favorite Quotes/Passage

"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

"She can shoot like a dream, and she carries tiny grenades in her top, a bit of my addled mind thought. I think I might be in love."

"It's good  for you to think of this, son. Ponder. Worry. Stay up nights, frightened for the casualties of your ideology. It will do you good to realized the price of fighting."

"Your father believed the best about people," Prof said. "You could call that foolish, but I'd never call it a fault."

4 Dewey's

I picked up a copy of this at BookExpo America 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield: Mini Book Review

by Amy Butler Greenfield
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-5703-4
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Description: Lucy’s Chantress magic will make her the most powerful—and most hunted—girl in England.

“Sing, and the darkness will find you.” This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness.

When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.

Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion...

Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.

The Good Stuff
  • Unique premise
  • Nice to see the accurate historical information included after the story
  • Likeable heroine although you might want to smack her a couple of times 
  • Fabulous moody setting, felt I was part of the story and the ravens creeped me out
  • Beautifully written with a stunning cover
  • Unusual combination of fantasy and history
  • No ins ta-love - well developed romance - extremely well done

The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Really, another trilogy - enough already publishers. This book would be perfect as a standalone
  • Mother is horrific 
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I'm afraid that informers are everywhere, my dear. Fear is the very air we breathe. There is no room for dissent, no freedom to speak one's mind. Even the most innocent acts are now considered sedition and can land a man in front of the ravens."

"And I'm done keeping secrets. It never works out the way you think it's going to, anyway."

"My father used to say that if anyone is to be trusted, it is not the person who seizes power. It is the person who turns it down."

4 Dewey's 

I received this at the SimonTeen Blogger party at Book Expo America 2013