Friday, October 31, 2014

Spooky Week Book Reviews

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Witches of East End Trilogy by Melissa De La Cruz
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Witches of East End: The three Beauchamp women, Joana and her daughters Freya and Ingrid, are trying to live an ordinary life in a small town which for some reasons is a mystery itself, since it doesn’t appear on maps. After the restriction was placed, they were forbidden to practice magic. They are witches, and they are immortal.
When a young woman turns up dead, they decided to interfere, undusted their wands and find out what’s going on, while they help others, Freya with love potions, who at the same time is trying to figure it out her feelings for her fiancĂ© and his brother, while Ingrid is healing the women who had been affected by certain dark energy.
Serpent’s Kiss: After the restriction is lifted, the Beauchamp women are now able to practice magic again, but things are not as simple as they might think when things start appearing in other places and Joana thinks that she’s being haunted. While Freya who thinks her new relationship is stable, received a shake when her twin brother –Freddie- escapes limbo and now is claiming his innocent, pointing Freya’s love as the only guilty.
Winds of Salem: Freya is trapped in Salem, year 1692, with no memory of who she is, or who is her family. She ended up working as a maid with the Putman family, while she discovers that there’s something different with her, she can do magic, but she must not talk about it or she could be accused of witchcraft and be hanged.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Beauchamp family are trying desperately to find a way to rescue Freya’s love from limbo and of course bring back Freya, while is evident that they are loosing their magic, and becoming simple mortals.

I honestly can say that I really enjoyed these books, even when in book 2 new characters are introduced, and I have to say that they bring a kind of stupid side to the books. I mean the story was enough with the involvement of the Asgard mythology, but when little annoying creatures were mixed, well, it turned a little childish and quite unnecessary. Setting that aside, I really liked the story behind the witches, and the flashed of the past.

Say Her Name by James Dawson
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Roberta Rowe of Bobbie is the regular shy girl who is not interesting in boys. On Halloween’s night, she accepts to go with her roommate and best friend Naya, to a little celebration in one of the hiding places in their creepy boarding school. The night is quite boring, specially when one of the girls has been telling ghost stories that they already known, until the Bloody Mary story came, which apparently was originated in the same boarding school where they are.
A dare to invoke the ghost is placed and Bobbie, surprising even herself, decided to accept it, same as Naya and the cute local boy called Caine. They have to say Bloody Mary five times in front of a mirror candlelit. When she doesn’t appear, the kids thought that everything was fine, until next day, when Bobbie starts listening dripping water after she turn off the shower, and then noticed that there’s something wrote on the mirror: Five days.

This book even when was a little predictable, was an easy read and I really enjoyed it. And I’m not going to lie here, it kind of freaked me out, especially because I have lots of mirrors in my house.

Bad Girls Don’t Die trilogy by Katie Alender
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Bad Girls Don’t Die: Alexis is the typical outcast, with her pink hair, fighting her own fights, getting herself in trouble, smartass, and rebellious. The only thing that she really loves is photography. There’s something about analog photography that obsesses her as much as her little sister is obsessed with dolls. But not everything is quite right in Alexis dysfunctional family, she’s being listening weird noises, and lights that sometimes they are in one place and then they disappear. Things go from dysfunctional to creepy to dangerous when one of them members of her family suffers an accident and the obvious responsible for it is her little sister, who apparently is possessed.
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From Bad To Cursed: life is back to normal for Alexis. She and her family are now living in a new house, she has an adorable boyfriend, the perfect best friend and her little sister has returned after spent 10 months in an Asylum.
Everything is going pretty great, Kasey is making friends, friends who are simply perfect, maybe too perfect, so perfect that even Lydia, a former outcast, decided to left behind her black hair and gothic outfits, cut her hair, and now she wears only skirts and her hair is always perfect. Other girls start joining this new group that calls itself The Sunshine club.
Alexis, suspecting that not everything is like it looks, decides to join and rescue her sister, but in the process, she joins the club with her best friend, and they made an oath to an old book, selling their souls to a spirit called Aralt.
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As Dead As It Gets: It’s been three months since Alexis witnessed how a former member of The Sunshine Club died, and all she wants is for her life to return to normal, but nothing can be normal again, specially after she did something that she wasn’t suppose to do. Now she can see ghosts on photographs, but not only that, she can see the ghost of the girl who she saw die.
She’s once more an outcast, no boyfriend, no best friend, and she’s pretty sure that lots of people are talking about her for being there when the girl died, even blame her. Alexis can’t wait for school to be over, specially when she’s being attacked and almost and a previous member of The Sunshine Club goes missing.

Alexis knows that she has to do something, she has to stop this ghost from one way or another, but soon she’s going to realize that this is not a regular ghost, and she has no one to help her. 

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