[Blog Tour] Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh




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Title: Fear the Drowning Deep
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: October 4th 2016 

Synopsis:
Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.


I received an e-ARC from the publisher for this blog tour. This does not affect my opinion whatsoever nor was I compensated in any way.

Fear the Drowning Deep is about Bridey Corkill — a girl who lives on the Isle of Man and has a deathly fear of the sea after watching her grandfather walk straight off a cliff and into the sea with a smile on his face. Strange and terrifying things start to happen in their little town when an unknown girl’s body washes up on their shore and a few days later, a boy who’s still alive but with life threatening gashes to his abdomen.

I like Bridey. She’s strong and smart with so much courage to go up against things that she’s terrified of. She can most definitely see past the surface of a person and get to know them as they truly are. She is also flawed in ways that made her really relatable and likeable to me.

Fynn, the main love interest, was definitely cute and strange. Also, he’s apparently very good looking. He’s very mysterious throughout the novel and it definitely made me curious as to who he really was, since he had lost his memory when he washed up on the shore. Despite his flaws, I can see what Bridey likes and sees in him.

I was definitely hooked (Haaa. unintentional pun) on this novel and it was so easy to read and get caught up in this world of sea creatures and slight magic. It reminds me a little of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper that I also enjoyed. I really liked all the lore and the mention of different sea creatures that came up in this novel. Magic doesn’t permeate the world in this novel and it really only touches upon it in a way that makes it seem like, maybe this could be real. While the ending wasn’t as I would have hoped, it was satisfying and left me with some hope for Bridey and Fynn and their town.

Overall, Fear the Drowning Deep is a mysterious novel filled with magic and sea creatures. It’s a fun read that I breezed through and had me hooked, wanting to know more.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallenduology, and several picture books.



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[Blog Tour] Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco



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Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco 
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1 
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Release Date: September 20th 2016 

Synopsis:
He’s the infamous killer no man has ever been able to find.

Now it’s a girl’s turn.

Groomed to be the perfect highborn Victorian young lady, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has a decidedly different plan for herself. After the loss of her beloved mother, she is determined to understand the nature of death and its workings. Trading in her embroidery needle for an autopsy scalpel, Audrey secretly apprentices in forensics. She soon gets drawn into the investigation of serial killer Jack the Ripper, but to her horror, the search for clues brings her far closer to her sheltered world than she ever thought possible.

An e-ARC was provided by the publisher for this blog tour. This does not affect my opinion whatsoever.


Stalking Jack the Ripper is a thriller focusing on Audrey Rose Wadsworth, who is apprenticing under her uncle to study forensics. It's an unseemly interest for "proper" ladies of the Victorian era, but that won't stop Audrey Rose and her desire to learn. Through her uncle, she meets Thomas, a charming, brash and intelligent young man who she finds herself intrigued by and also finds a partner in helping her solve the Whitechapel murders.

The novel is told in Audrey Rose's point of view and at first, the novel moves kind of slowly, building up the relationship between Audrey Rose and Thomas. It also sets up the series of murders and the mystery. Kerri manages to weave in the historical facts of the murders and her own world seamlessly and I really enjoyed how she managed to write a world around the historical facts. But oh holy crap, does the novel ramp up in speed near the very end, as Audrey finally finds out the truth of the murders and the identity of Jack the Ripper.

I really enjoyed Audrey Rose's character. She doesn't care too much that she's flouting societal norms by apprenticing under her uncle and I love the way that she's escaping the gender roles imposed by society in Victorian England. She is bold and courageous, taking on the case of these murders herself and looking for the murderer. One of my favourite moments of hers, was when she was picking out fabric for new dresses, and stated that just because she was interested in autopsies and cadavers, didn't mean she couldn't also appreciate beautiful clothes and other feminine things.

Thomas irked me at times. He has that sort of Sherlock-ian way of ignoring societal cues and being able to shut down his emotions to suit the role of investigating murders. He also has that Sherlock-ian observational skills in that he notices many tiny things and makes inferences in order to piece together the larger picture. He is much more charming than Sherlock though and charms Audrey.

While I managed to guess at who the perpetrator would be, I didn't exactly expect the way it would be revealed. Oh boy. Overall, this novel was a great historical thriller that I highly enjoyed and definitely had me internally screaming at the climax. The novel wraps itself up tidily though leaves room for another novel and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel that Kerri is writing.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.


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[Blog Tour] Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Hello my lovelies!

I'm so excited to be a part of the VASSA IN THE NIGHT blog tour and I was one of the lucky ones to be able to ask Sarah Porter a question.

But first, just in case you don't know about the novel, here's some info:


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Title: Vassa in the Night
Author: Sarah Porter 
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: September 20th 2016 

Synopsis:
In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students.


So I asked Sarah:

Do you think you would survive a trip to BY's? 


Sarah: Hi Sabrina! It’s highly unlikely; Dexter would probably chop off my head inside of ten minutes. I’m spacy and uncoordinated and maybe a little naive. I’d make a lousy hero,
so it’s better if I stick to writing about them!

Ri: I don't know if I'd survive a trip to BY's. I'd like to think that my Slytherin sneakiness and preparedness would help me survive, but who knows. Magic is unpredictable.



Review



Vassa is a purple haired teenager whose constant companion is a talking, kleptomaniac wooden doll named Erg. She lives with her two other sisters of whom she is related to in varying degrees in Brooklyn, where the nights seem to get progressively longer. There is only one store that is open throughout these long nights — BY’s. However, shopping there is dangerous since the owner, Babs Yagga beheads shoplifters and displays the severed heads on stakes surrounding the moving and dancing store.

Vassa is bitter about her circumstances and she really only entered the store out of spite for one of her sisters, who asked her to enter the store on purpose. She wants to be anywhere but Brooklyn and she resents her parents. However, as she is stuck in the store, she learns more about both her past and about the magical circumstances surrounding the store and the elongating nights.

The plot did feel like a fairy tale in that there was a prescribed quest for the hero to accomplish in order to survive and win against the villain. As the novel progressed, it definitely got weirder and I understand why there would be mixed reviews of this novel. Vassa in the Night is a bit ridiculous and weird in the way that Alice in Wonderland is weird and ridiculous. There are bits that are somewhat questionable and don’t really make too much sense at first glance. It has a fairy tale vibe to it that persists throughout the novel and is absurdly fantastical in a way that would seem even out of place in a fantasy novel, but not a fairy tale.

The novel is beautifully written and has that aforementioned fairy tale vibe. The way Sarah personified Night in this novel was so beautiful and I definitely devoured those bits of writing. It’s intriguing and had me constantly flipping pages, wanting to find out what happens next. It’s definitely a unique story and I’ve never read anything like it. Vassa in the Night is wonderfully and beautifully  absurd and it will most definitely stick in my mind for a while.


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[Review] Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel


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Title: Every Hidden Thing
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: September 20th 2016
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Synopsis:
Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out.

But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. And if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it’s a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?