Verity by Colleen Hoover

This book was impossible to put it down until I  finished it! It is seriously creepy and disturbing.This storyline is very dark, but incredibly addicting. I went into this book knowing nothing about the plot, and I honestly think that is the best way to read this book. I’m writing this review honestly minutes after finishing because I need to get my feelings out.

“My mother used to say that houses have a soul, and if that’s true, the soul of Verity Carwford’s house is as dark as they come.” 

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer with no family, a recent eviction from her apartment when all of a sudden her life is drastically changed. She is approached by the publishers and husband of the best selling author Verity Crawford. They offer her a deal to complete the last three books in the highly popular book series, due to injuries Verity is unable to complete the books. Lowen at first hesitates, but Jeremy Crawford assures her she has nothing to worry about.  In order to get everything in order to write the books, she moves into the Crawford house in order to go through Verity’s office.

Lowen finds an unfinished copy of an autobiography written by Verity.

“Some families are lucky enough to never experience a single tragedy. But then there are those families that seem to have tragedies waiting on the back burner. What can go wrong, goes wrong. And then gets worse.”

I haven’t read Hoovers latest book’s because I have read some really terrible reviews, this book though is nothing like anything I’ve ever read before. I love thrillers and horror, so its difficult for an author to fill me with such dread and anxiety, that this book has left me with.

Highly recommend!


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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

38139409.jpgTitle: Sawkill Girls
Author: Claire Legrand
Genre: Ya,Fantasy
Pages: 320
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Rating: 3.5


Synopsis

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids
whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.


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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book by Claire that I’ve read and I thought this book had a lot of potential,it was set up like a YA Horror, but turned supernatural. I was confused at the beginning, but I slowly got into the story. The monster was creepy and mysterious.The writing was beautiful and does a great job at setting up the creepy atmospheric vibe of the island.I loved the characters !! There is also bisexual and asexual representation in this novel.

Sawkill Girls is told is three different POV’s. Told by Marion,Zoey and Val, these three girls come together when girls on the island continue to go missing.This story is set during present time. It begins with Marion and her family moving to Sawkill after their father’s passing away. I adored getting to know Marion, she is a sweet girl who has gone through a lot of negative things but she continues to hold on strong. She is the rock of her family,she takes care of her mother who cannot cop with life after the death of her husband. She is pretty close with her sister Charlotte and I loved there relationship.

The second girl Zoey, was my favorite of the three. She is fierce, and she is asexual. She was in a relationship with Grayson until they had sex, she realized she didn’t enjoy sex and felt repulsed by it. Grayson remains her best friend and he is so sweet. Zoey is also grieving, her friend Thora was one of the girls who went missing.

Then there was Val,she is the popular beautiful golden girl of the island.I can’t reveal to much about her because spoilers, but i really grew to like her character. The relationships between the girls is intense,Zoey and Val are pretty much enemies.Marion’s family is employed by Val’s mother to be housekeepers,these three girls end up spending a lot if time together.The girls are amazing and flawed and just completely perfect.

Overall, this was a fun paranormal book with strong female friendships,girls fighting monsters and a cute f/f relationship. This book comes out October 2 and will be the perfect fall read.


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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Review

23207027.jpgTitle:Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Ya, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Rating: 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

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The beginning dragged on and the author gives each girl her own pov, describing there lives. Which I understand is needed to further the plot I just found it was long. About 50-60% into the book it really picked up and I really enjoyed it. There is a love triangle, but it’s definitely not the one you expect.

The first sister is Katharine, the poisoner queen is considered to be the weakest and smallest of the potential Queens. She’s not my favorite but I did like her and am invested in how her story will turn out.
The second sister is Arsinoe the naturalist queen, she is my favorite as she has a weak gift. She accepts that fact but doesn’t give up trying to compete with the others. I found her to be refreshing and I’m curious to see what she would do next.

The third sister is Mirabella. The elemental queen, she is said to be the strongest and has the backing on the temple behind her. Even though she is said to be the strongest she has a very kind heart.

One thing I really loved about the book was the different levels of magic, each queen represented a different element of magic, and then Arsinoe was exposed to low magic which she had to use her own blood to cast spells.

It ended on a huge cliffhanger and I’m so sad I don’t own the second book, but I’ll definitely be picking it up soon. I need to know what happens now!!


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