Review #166 // The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2) – Jonathan Stroud

The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2)Six months after the events in The Screaming Staircase, Lockwood and Co. are doing better than expected, except for the fact that Lockwood’s rival, Quill Kipps, is constantly stealing their jobs. In a fit of anger, Lockwood challenges Quill Kipps that on the next job they have together, the loser has to publicly state that the other is better.


Why this book?: I enjoyed the first, although I have to say I wasn’t excited for this one after seeing the summary. I was, though, interested in learning more about the skull!

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Review #164 // The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) – Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)

The dead have been haunting the living for 50 years now. The Problem had no clear start, but it’s well known that only young children and teens can see them–and deal with them. Lucy joins the unknown Lockwood & Co., and dealing with far more than a few easy ghosts.


Why this book?: I bought a copy of this years ago, and just decided to pick it up randomly when I didn’t know what to read next.

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Review #151 [Blog Tour] // The Mad Wolf’s Daughter – Diane Magras

During the night, Drest’s family is attacked. Told to hide by her father, Drest is left all alone after the battle. With the help of an injured knight, Drest must find her way back to her family, and rescue them before they’re executed.


Why this book?: I was told it was similar to one of my favorite childhood books, Ranger’s Apprentice! Plus it just sounded amazing.

I would like to thank the people at Penguin Young Readers for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Review #144 // Dead Boys – Gabriel Squailia

Dead Boys

Despite having a rough time after dying, Jacob Campbell made a name for himself as one of Dead City’s top preservationists. Determined to return to the world of the living, however, Jacob sets out on a journey to discover how the Living Man of legend made it into the Underworld unscathed.


Why this book?: I learned about Gabriel Squailia through a friend, and of his two books I had, this one called to me. It just seemed interesting, a new idea I hadn’t yet read.

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Review #140 // Ripped Pages – M. Hollis

Ripped Pages

Princess Valentina, after her mother’s death, is locked in a tower by her father, destined to stay there until she comes of age to be married off. On a chance, Valentina decides to trust a stranger rather than stay any longer in the tower, and makes her escape.


Why this book?: Sapphicathon! I was a last minute participant, and this is one of my first reads of the marathon. Plus, I love M. Hollis’s Lilliac Town series.

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Review #139 // Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) – Sarah Glenn Marsh

Reign of the Fallen

Odessa, also known as Sparrow, is a necromancer. Her ability to traverse the Deadlands earned her the title, making her the King’s prized necromancer. When some of the Dead go missing, and monstrous Shades are becoming more common, Odessa and her friends must look into who or what could be causing this.


Why this book?: Queer necromancers. Fight me.

I would like to thank Brittany @ Brittany Book Rambles for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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