Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Move Has Happened

Just posting to say I've fully moved over to Birth of a New Witch now and if you want to see more of my reviews, go follow it if you haven't already. If you didn't when I made my previous announcement, you've already missed a five-star review of Golden by Jessi Kirby!

See you soon, kittens!

Ashleigh Paige, aka The Witch's Cat

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I'm Moving to a New Blog!

Remember when I posted last week about loooking for cobloggers or a new blog to work with? Yeah, that thing. I apologize to everyone who emailed me because I haven't replied to any of you specifically, but it's been busy and I've been working things out with someone for the past few days.

Now that we have everything ready, I'm pleased to announce that starting next week, I'll be blogging with Usagi of Birth of a New Witch! She's so much fun and loves anime and manga just as much as I do, but we disagree sometimes on YA books. You know what that means?

REVIEW WARS! (a la Cuddlebuggery.) -rubs hands together- This is going to be so much fun!

We're working out the last details and working on moving some of my stuff over, but I'll be situated there soon. Then I'll be the witch's cat!

(I'M SORRY, OKAY? THIS WAS BEGGING FOR A PUN.)

But most importantly, this ain't the end of me reviewing. Many thanks to Usagi for her offer because going it alone just wasn't going to happen anymore for me. I loves her right now. <3 Head on over and get subscribed because I'll be posting there instead of here very soon. You don't want to miss out on me and my awesome reviews, do you? ;)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer

Title: The Shadow Girl
Author: Jennifer Archer
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Pages: 336 pages (paperback)
How I Got the Book: ARC from the author for her blog tour
Purchase/Pre-order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Promotional Materials and More: author website

The Shadow GirlSometimes I forget for an hour or two that she's with me. Sometimes I convince myself that she was only a dream. Or that I'm crazy.

For as long as Lily Winston can remember, she has never been alone. Iris, a shadowy figure who mimics Lily's movements and whispers in her ear, is with her always—but invisible to the rest of the world. Iris is Lily's secret.

But when Lily's father is killed in a tragic accident, his cryptic final words suggest that he and Lily's mother have been keeping secrets of their own. Suddenly, Iris begins pushing Lily more than ever, possessing her thoughts and urging her to put together the pieces of a strange puzzle her father left behind. As she searches for answers, Lily finds herself drawn to Ty Collier, a mysterious new boy in town. Together, Lily and Ty must untangle a web of deception to discover the truth about her family, Iris . . . and Lily's own identity.


Review:


Oh, The Shadow Girl. How I wanted to love you. At first, I did. You began with a great mystery centered on Iris, a separate consciousness within Lily that has been around for almost as long as Lily has, and a death that shakes up her life pretty well. Unfortunately, you had to veer off into lands you shouldn't have traveled.

The initial mystery is what drew me in. I thought I had the relationship between Iris and Lily figured out a few times, but it managed to surprise me in the end--which is what I like books to do.Of course, the solution was in my top three guesses, but as long as my finger isn't exactly on it, it's good. The rough relationship Lily develops with her mother after her dad dies in an accident managed to tug on my heartstrings a few times too.

If it has stayed the course and spent more time developing the mystery, this novel would have been great. Unfortunately, it starts to drag after the first couple of chapters and detour into romantic entanglements. Before you know it, the tepid, predictable love triangle between Wyatt (Lily's childhood BFF), Lily, and Ty (mysterious college student from New York) takes over the novel and the mystery the book really should be about is put far on the backburner. Had some of this unnecessary fluff been cut out, this would have been a more concise, stronger novel for it.

Some elements are also built up for some time only to turn out to be nothing at all. The name Ian Beckett is brought up many times and it always has a strong negative connotation; though Iris knows nothing about herself, the man's name terrifies her. It seemed like he might come into the novel, but he never did. He's just a distant figure whose memory hangs around. I don't blame the book for not letting him come in and introduce danger. It's a character-focused novel, after all. Still, all that build up for nothing is a bit disappointing.

Until about the end, I was prepared to give The Shadow Girl two stars. Then seventeen-year-old Lily (at the age of consent but not the age of majority in Colorado, so she's still a minor) left her arthritis-and-lupus-stricken mother to go on a trip with a nineteen-year-old man she still barely knows. She tells no one where she's going either. Lily's behavior throughout the novel has been highly erratic and her father just died, too. A teen who is obviously not in her right state of mind does this and no one calls the police. No one. Not the friend that helped her escape, not the grandmother of another friend who does what's best for Lily even if she doesn't like it, and not even her own mother.

If Lily's own naive, selfish decision hadn't been enough for me, the way no one calls the police does.

I wanted to like The Shadow Girl so much more than I did, but that's how it rolls sometimes.


What am I reading next?: Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren

Monday, March 25, 2013

Horrorscape by Nenia Campbell

Title: Horrorscape
Author: Nenia Campbell
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: March 15, 2013
Pages: 292 pages
How I Got the Book: ARC from the author
Purchase/Pre-order: Amazon

Horrorscape (Horrorscape, #2)Val receives a calling card from a very dangerous boy who wants to play with her. It's a game without rules, logic, or consequence, and he'll stop at nothing to claim her as his—even if it means destroying them both.

Three years ago, Valerian Kimble got herself entangled with a burgeoning sociopath intent on adding her to his own columns of wins and losses. She managed to escape him, but at a terrible cost...

This time it's personal.

Now a high school senior, Val is a pale shadow of the girl she once was and still recovering from the terrible trauma she suffered at his hands. She is understandably reluctant when her friends receive mysterious invitations to a theme party being held in one of the old manor homes on the edge of town.

Right away, something about the party seems off. The other guests are secretive, and strangely hostile. Cell phones don't work. Doors lock and unlock, seemingly at will. And the festivities start to take a turn for the sinister as the evening progresses. Because their host loves games. Loves them so much that he's decided to make a little wager. The deadline is sunrise. The stakes? Their lives.

Let the games begin.

 

Review:


Another little disclaimer: the author is my friend, but that affects neither my review nor my rating.

Ah, a good old-fashioned booby-trapped house kind of horror novel. Movies like that are always a bundle of fun and Campbell's book bring back that nostalgia and then some.

Valerian is a very different girl from the naive child we knew in Fearscape. The aftermath of what happened with Gavin has changed her, as has the harassment she's faced. People calling her a terrorist over it is a little over-the-top, but the pain of people saying she lied about what she went through is a perfectly good reason for her change. Throughout the novel, the twisted games Gavin puts her through yet again in his quest to conquer her turn her not into the girl she used to be or keep her who she is now, but turn her into someone new. A girl willing to do what she has to in order to save herself or her friends.

A girl who might be able to kill.

Gavin's game is more open this round, but it's no less horrible to see people taken in by him, only able to see through it when it's too late. If they escape him? They're beyond lucky. Val's best friend Lisa grated on me in the first book, but getting into her POV this book gave me a new respect for her. Speaking of which, the POV changes around just as much as it did in Fearscape but there's more consistency, depth, and reason to them. There was one instance of it changing mid-paragraph for no reason, but that's greatly improved from book one. Thank goodness!

And may I say that I LOVE to see a story where the heroine is sexually attracted to her story's villain but knows that's all there can ever be between them? If there's a guilty pleasure trope out there for me, this is it. Yes yes yes.

There's so much to say about this book but so few ways I can say it and sound sensible. The way Gavin twists children's games into something terrible, the three people he plays against Val and her friends, James (well, not really because he's an ass), new character Blake (who I'm kinda-sorta shipping with Val, SHUT UP), the tension as Val and her friends try to make it through the night intact, and beyond... I loved it all. Just as I do with Fearscape, I'm sure I'll be flipping through my favorite sections of this novel in the future.

With the way it ended, it's difficult to imagine what will go on in book three, Terrorscape. How does he find out? What "game" will he put her through next? Will she finally triumph or will he win after all? I must know!

Sooooooo, how's Terrorscape going, Nenia? ;)


What am I reading next?: Golden by Jessi Kirby