Drip, Drip, Drip — Say Her Name by James Dawson {Book Review}

say-her-name-by-james-dawsonTitle: Say Her Name
Author: James Dawson
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date:  June 5th, 2014
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Horror – Paranormal

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: I really liked it

What it’s about:

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before… A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted ‘Queen of Teen’ author James Dawson.

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The Family Business – Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake {Book Review}

girl-of-nightmares-by-kendare-blakeTitle: Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date:  August 7th, 2012
Standalone/Series: Duology
Genre: Young Adult – Horror – Paranormal

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My rating in stars: 3,5 stars
My rating in words: I liked it

What it’s about:

WARNING: this will contain spoilers for book 1, Anna Dressed in Blood. Spoiler-free for Book 2, Girl of Nightmares.

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Saving People, Hunting Things – Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake {Book Review}

anna-dressed-in-blood-by-kendare-blakeTitle: Anna Dressed In Blood (Anna #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date:  October 17th, 2011
Standalone/Series: Duology
Genre: Young Adult – Horror – Paranormal

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: Loved it!

What it’s about:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Black – How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather {Book Review}

How To Hang A Witch by Adriana MatherTitle: How To Hang A Witch
Author: Adriana Mather
Publisher: Knopf Books
Release Date:  July 26th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Unclear
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Paranormal

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My rating in stars: 3,5 stars
My rating in words: I liked it

What it’s about:

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

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Trees In Your Eyes, Stars In Your Heart – The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater {Book Review}

The Raven King by Maggie StiefvaterTitle: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date:  April 26th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Fourth book in The Raven Cycle
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Paranormal

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED this book!

What it’s about:

Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This – The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater {Book Review}

The Dream Thieves by Maggie StiefvaterTitle: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date:  September 17th, 2013
Standalone/Series: Second book in The Raven Cycle
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Paranormal

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

What it’s about:

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

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Every Little Thing They Do Is Magic: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater {Book Review}

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterTitle: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date:  September 18th, 2012
Standalone/Series: Book one in the Raven Cycle Quartet
Genre: Fantasy – Paranormal – Young Adult

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My rating in stars: 3,5 stars
My rating in words: I liked it

What it’s about:

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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