For my second post of #Blogmas I bring to you my book reviews for the first two book in the Clash of Kingdoms series by Erin Summerill, the second of which released today! SO, a HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to Ever the Brave.
I won't lie... my purchase of How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather was wholly influenced by Instagram! Because of that, I didn't really have grand expectations for it, although I hoped for a decent seasonal read. So, to say that I was blown away is probably an understatement. I read this book at the perfect time of year -- the end of October! With the setting of Salem, the background of the witch trials, and the Descendants making up the perfect cast of dark characters that you'll love to hate (well... mostly), it was so hard to put How to Hang a Witch down. I had to know where the plot was going to lead next.
Although I am clearly not in the target audience for Middle Grade literature, I do enjoy it! I was excited when approached with the opportunity to read the StarPassage saga. The premise of this story is really entertaining! There is a good combination of time travel, history, and faith, which made for a fun but meaningful tale.
Anyone who follows me on Bookstagram knows how happy it makes me to support authors and small businesses. Tristen Willis happens to be both -- a debut author, as well as the owner of Burning Pages Candles (a small bookish candle company). I was so thrilled when I received a message from her regarding reading and reviewing an e-ARC of her novel, The Genesi Code. So, I loved the synopsis of The Genesi Code! The cover is also really pretty. This is the first book in a duology, although, I think Willis could have easily lengthened this into a trilogy. I did like it, but I had issues with it, too.
The description and fierce cover art are what compelled me to read Mask of Shadows. I am drawn towards Young Adult, Fantasy far more often than not, so it was not a stretch to say that I would likely enjoy this book. This is a book that, for several reasons, though, I believe you need to read with an open mind.