Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Mini Reviews: Hex Hall, Demon Glass, and Spell Bound

So in order to play catch up when it comes to reviews, I've decided to add a post every once in a while called Mini-Reviews. I've seen a lot of blogs do this recently and I think it's time I add something like it as well. I really love the concept and I hope you do as well. Anyway, in these posts I will have a couple of reviews, sometimes it will be two or even up to four depending on the size of each review and what I have to say. ARC's will get their own posts, but that could change as well. 

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Published By: Disney Hyperion
Also by this Author: Demon Glass, Spell Bound, Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem, Royals, Her Royal Highness, Lady Renegades, Journey's End
Format: Hard Cover
Goodreads * Amazon * Author Website

 Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. 

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

 I've had this book for a long time and I'm honestly not sure why I hadn't read it before now. Though I'm kind of glad I waited, I was in a bit of a reading slump before I started reading this one and this whole series helped me so much with getting me out of it. If I'm being honest, which I always am here on the blog, I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. I thought it would end up being one that I would give a three puppy rating, but I was so happy that it wasn't. Anyway, if you didn't already see my comments on Goodreads, I love this whole series so much.

While reading I will say this I wasn't sure what was going to happen and I didn't read any summary before I started reading. So I didn't know what this book was actually about, I might have years ago, but not when I started it. Anyway, I didn't see much of this book coming. I didn't realize who the bad person was and I didn't see the ending coming at all! With that being said, I literally yelled, cried and laughed so much while reading Hex Hall.

I fell in love with these characters and even the crazy weird school. Sophie and her best friend Jenna are the best. I love their friendship even though it's weird to everyone else in the book.  At first, Asher got on my every last nerve, but by the end, I was totally crying over him. Yep, sobbing!  I honestly, was yelling "I can't believe it" over and over again.

Anyway, I couldn't get enough of this story and the author's writing, the book was such an easy and relaxing read, well up until the end anyway. (The ending just about killed me if you can't tell. I had to grab the second book right away!) I loved every single minute of this book! I can't wait to read more from this fantastic author and world creator.  For these reasons and so many more, I'm giving Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Ali's Bookshelf...

Demon Glass by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Published By: Disney Hyperion
Also by this Author: Spell Bound, Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem, Royals, Her Royal Highness, Lady Renegades, Journey's End
Format: Hard Cover
Goodreads * Amazon * Author Website

 Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shape-shifters, and faeries). But then she discovered the family secret, and the fact that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie's a demon, one of only two in the world-the other being her father. What's worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will either destroy her powers for good-or kill her.

But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They're demons too. Meaning, someone is raising demons in secret, with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they're using Archer to do it. But it's not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Okay, fair warning there is probably going to be a few spoilers in this mini-review because I can't stop screaming about these books.  I know you all will understand that, anyway the whole entire time I was reading Demon Glass I was trying to figure out if she still had feelings for Asher, I mean I knew she did, but I wasn't sure. Okay who am I kidding, I knew! I didn't know however that she was betrothed, even though the book hinted at it early on in Hex Hall.

Again this one made me cry, like torrential downpour type of crying. I couldn't put the book down though because I had to know what was going to happen to her and her dad. I had to know how Asher was going to play into it and of course Cal. The best thing about this one, again I didn't see the ending coming and to me that makes for an awesome read.

I honestly thought it was Asher and his people creating the demons, I never even suspected that it might be someone else. Especially who it ended up being, okay I won't spoil that part for you. Even though I want to scream it as much as I screamed at the book when I figured it all out.

I can't get enough of this whole series, it's such an easy read, but at the same time, the storyline is so AMAZING! I had to know what was going to happen at every twist and turn and I didn't care how late I had to stay up to find out. We need more books like this one! By the end of Demon Glass I was so happy that I had the next book that I literally grabbed it and started it, even though it was like four in the morning. Yep, I did that!

Another amazing book by Rachel Hawkins and the amazing Hex Hall series.

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Published By: Disney Hyperion
Also by this Author: Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem, Royals, Her Royal Highness, Lady Renegades, Journey's End
Format: Hard Cover
Goodreads * Amazon * Author Website

Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

 OMG this series keeps surprising me, each and every time. When I went into this book, I knew what Sophie knew about the Brannicks and I was shocked to find out her mom was with them. The reason why though shocked me to my core and I had to put the book down to just chill for a few minutes.
I love the authors writing style so much though that I jumped right back into reading and finished reading this one in record time.

Again, I screamed and cried so hard while reading this one and even though so many emotions were flowing I couldn't make myself stop. I needed to know what was going to happen to each of these characters. I had to know their fate, I was so connected to each of them in the end that I was in shock while I finished the last couple of words. I didn't want it to end and if the author wrote more books with Sophie and her crew in this world I would read it. (I know there is another book, but it's not about Sophie so not sure if I want to read it. If I should, please let me know in the comments below!)

Author Rachel Hawkins is one of those authors that capture you with the world and the characters and they never let you go. Which is one hell of an amazing compliment. There aren't of authors that I can say can do that for all of a series. Normally the second book slumps a bit and I had been worried that would happen, but it didn't. Then I started the third book and I was a bit worried again, but I didn't need to be Spell Bound was just as amazing as the first and second book!

I need more books like these, yes the ending killed me and I was in a bit of a book comma for a few days but at the same time, the story/plotline and characters were worth it. I have so much love for this whole series that I moved my copies to my favorites shelf and that's where they will be until I decide to re-read this series, because I know I will at some point.  I can't gush enough about these books!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #179

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:  

  •  Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

 Once, a Whimsical poet died of despair after finding himself unequal to the task of capturing a fair one's beauty in simile. I think it more likely he died of arsenic poisoning, but so the story goes.

I've heard so many great things about this book, I had to pick it up and start reading it. Got to say I'm enjoying it so far! I do love the cover. 


Friday, November 15, 2019

Book Blogger Hop #76

Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.
If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop!

15th - 21st - Do you think that overall work morale would be improved by having a "book lunch", sponsored by the company, at least once a month, or perhaps once a week? (Participation would be voluntary.) (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

I think this is an awesome idea! For book lovers, this would so work, for anyone else it won't really help. I think companies would take that into account, but for me, that would be fantastic and would make me feel like the company really appreciates who I am. 

So what are your thoughts on this topic? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think. This question was a different one and I really had to think about it for a few minutes.  Great question!! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Release Day Blitz and Giveaway: Faith Through Falling Snow

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Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 11/5/19

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With Laci and Mitch anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new baby, they are surrounded by the turmoil of discovering Mama's illness while their two sons fight over the love of a woman.

A white Christmas brings a moment of joy, but Laci’s faith is tested again when their baby clings to life.

Together the Young family must lean on each other and the only One who can truly give them strength.

Will they find the faith they need…even through the snow?


At first, she thought she was just seeing things. Another appeared, and then another. Laci looked up and smiled, then closed her eyes and tilted her head back so she could catch them in her mouth as they fell. She felt like a little kid and wanted to spin around but knew her body wasn’t really up for that. The flakes grew larger, falling faster and faster and her face was now wet from the melted snow. When she opened her eyes however, the few soft snowflakes had turned into flurries, a veritable snowstorm in a few short minutes. She gasped with delight. “Let it snow!” She yelled with joy, holding out her hands and walking around in circles. It reminded her of a day, not long ago, when she had danced in the rain and asked God to heal her cancer.

“It’s snowing!” Travis yelled, running to the window. “Can I go outside with mom?” He asked.

Mitch raised his eyebrow. “What are you talking abou—?”

Mitch turned to the window and saw Laci standing in the snow.

“What in the world is that woman doing?”

Immediately, he tore out the back door.

“Laci Jean!” He shouted as he ran down the deck stairs toward her.

“It’s snowing, Mitch! It’s really snowing!” She shouted with excitement and turned toward him, but as she did her foot slipped on the snow-covered grass. Her legs gave way.


Sandy lives in her hometown of Mt. Vernon, IL enjoying life with her two youngest kids, and works full time for a local hospital as a health consultant. Most mornings she can be found at her local bookstore-coffee shop among friends, looking for inspiration and writing her next novel.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Today I'm excited to tell you all about a new release called The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland.  Below you will find all the information along with the link to get your own copy! I want to thank St. Martin's Griffin for the chance to read this book and promote here on the blog. So let's get to it! 

Title: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae
Author: Stephanie Butland
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: October 29th, 2019
Pages: 416 pages

 For fans of Josie Silver's One Day in December, The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae is a wholly original, charismatic, and uplifting novel that no reader will soon forget.

 Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that—just in time—saved her life. Now, finally, she can be a normal twenty-eight-year-old. She can climb a mountain. Dance. Wait in line all day for tickets to Wimbledon.

But first, she has to put one foot in front of the other. So far, things are as bloody complicated as ever. Her relationship with her mother is at a breaking point and she wants to find her father. Then there's Lennox, whom Ailsa loved and lost. Will she ever find love again?

Her new heart is a bold heart. She just needs to learn to listen to it. From the hospital to her childhood home, on social media and IRL, Ailsa will embark on a journey about what it means to be, and feel, alive. How do we learn to be brave, to accept defeat, to dare to dream?

 From Stephanie Butland, author of The Lost for Words Bookshop, The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae will warm you from the inside out.

STEPHANIE BUTLAND lives with her family near the sea in the North East of England. She writes in a studio at the bottom of her garden, and when she's not writing, she trains people to think more creatively. For fun, she reads, knits, sews, bakes, and spins. She is an occasional performance poet and the author of The Lost for Words Bookshop.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into this new release and I hope you will check it out. As always...

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