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The Sadeiest by Austrian Spencer

Today I’m participating in the book tour for The Sadeiest. I have to say in advance that this is quite possibly the most disturbing book I’ve ever read. It’s not for the squeamish. Let’s jump into the review.

What is our perceived notion of death is wrong? What if it isn’t what we imagined at all? Maybe death actually dies for us instead of silently watching on. Death pays for his sin by dying again and again. William is a Sadeiest. William is death. He dies daily, but he also saves the trapped souls of people. He is thrown into this world with very little training. What he doesn’t know is that his destiny is so much bigger than he ever imagined.

My Thoughts on The Sadeiest

Firstly, I have to say I’m blown away by the author’s imagination. The Sadeiest is so unique. A lot of thought went into the development of the world and magic system.

I expected this to be a dark read. I was definitely right. It was extremely gruesome and graphic. And it was gritty and dark. It will be great for the toughest of horror lovers. It’s definitely darker than what I’m used to, but I can respect the storyline.

If you’re looking for a terrifying, unique horror novel this one is for you.

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Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff Review

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Oh, Darkdawn killed me. I was an emotional wreck reading it. Let’s jump into the review, so I can let my emotional wounds heal. Beware. Spoilers for Nevernight and Godsgrave ahead.

Mia Corvere is on the run after murdering Julius Scaeva at the greatest games that Godsgrave has ever witnessed. Blades of the Red Church and soldiers or the Luminatii are on her trail. Mercurio is in the hands of her enemy and the city is in chaos. Mia, Ashlinn, Jonnen, and a mysterious newcomer must journey across the republic to figure out Mia’s destiny. Truedark is coming and there is much to be done.

My Thoughts on Darkdawn

Darkdawn killed me. Jay Kristoff is the master of torture. I can’t even tell you about it because it would spoil the whole book. All I can say is expect heartache and angst.

The plot of the series developed a ton in this one. When he revealed the quest every unsolved mystery in the other books clicked into place seamlessly. I also loved how the first two books were included in the plot. That’s vague as heck, but it will make sense when you read it. I promise.

Next, let’s talk about footnotes. It’s the elephant in the room. If you’ve read my Nevernight review, you’ll know the footnotes were one of the reasons I stopped reading it the first time. They were confusing and info dumpy, but they got better throughout the series. I came to love them. They were perfect bursts of humor.

Lastly, the ending was not as shocking as I expected from Kristoff, but I was satisfied with it. I’m so sad that it’s over. I’ve enjoyed my time reading this series. It’s definitely a series to remember.

My Rating: 4/5

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The Silver Box Review and Blog Tour

I am so excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Silver Box! I had a lot of fun reading this middle grade series back in October. Let’s jump into my thoughts.

Francie’s life has changed completely. Cryptic clues have lead her to this point and now she just has to piece them all together. The trials life will put her through are hard, and possibly deadly. While searching for her mom, Francie gets wrapped up in a mystery involving plant thieves. They are on the hunt for something Francie has in her possession and they want it now.

This series has been so much fun. The Silver Box brings it to a great conclusion. I love the mystery involved, but I especially love the environmental aspects included. It’s a great way to learn about real environmental issues that actually take place. The author does a fantastic job bringing those elements together. She also references cases that inspired the book on the last couple of pages.

I was a little iffy on Francie in the first book, but her character development was great. I also loved that she found this rag tag group of friends. That really helped add some life to the story.

I hope you get a chance to check this series out! It’s definitely worth the read! Plus, look how beautiful the covers are! Don’t worry about the fact that it’s middle grade. There is plenty of action to keep your interest.

Don’t forget to check out my reviews for the first two here! And check out the other blog tour stops below!

My Rating: 4/5

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The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates Review

I wanted to read something scary for Halloween. I have read a lot of spooky books, but nothing actually scary. So on our way in from vacation I stopped and grabbed The Haunting of Ashburn House. It was everything that I wanted The Haunting of Hill House to be.

Ashburn House has been the talk of the town for years. The owner, Edith, wouldn’t allow visitors. The town talked from afar. After she passed, her niece, Adrienne, was her sole heir. Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to deny their existence at Ashburn House. As she learns more about the house she begins to believe that something has unfinished business.

My Thoughts on The Haunting of Ashburn House

The Haunting of Ashburn House is not for the squeamish. There are some very creepy scenes. It begins like a lot of ghost stories. The main character lost her job and Ashburn House is her only option. A few of her aunt’s creepy possessions linger. They set off the ominous feeling perfectly.

Then the tension begins to build. It starts a little slow, but then it picks up nicely. The deeper in the book I read the more unsettled I became.

Further into the book, the main character started making questionable choices. However, she acknowledged her dumb choices. I kind of enjoyed that. It made it a little less infuriating.

The mystery surrounding the original family was well thought out. I loved the way the author used newspaper articles, letters, and other documents to make her big reveals. I’ve always enjoyed it when an author does that.

By the ending I couldn’t put the book down. It was so fast-paced and terrifying, but I also needed answers. The conclusion was satisfying and quirky. The Haunting of Ashburn House was just what I needed to get into the Halloween mood.

My Rating: 5/5

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