Monday, July 11, 2016

[Book Review] Blood Faerie by India Drummond

Blood Faerie (Caledonia Fae, #1)Blood Faerie by India Drummond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part 1: From The Book Cover

Unjustly sentenced to death, Eilidh ran--away from faerie lands, to the streets of Perth, Scotland. Just as she has grown accustomed to exile, local police discover a mutilated body outside the abandoned church where she lives. Recognising the murder as the work of one of her own kind, Eilidh must choose: flee, or learn to tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything.


Part 2: Recommendation

This book has been on my TBR pile for the longest time and thank goodness for the name pronunciation guide in the front as I would've butchered it in my head. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with Blood Faerie as this is my first exposure to India Drummond's work but this was surprisingly well-written. It is mostly urban fantasy with a little bit of mystery and a hint of romance (nothing explicit) and can be read by more mature teens despite its target audience being adults.

Being the first book in the Caledonia Fae series, it explains what crimes Eilidh committed which resulted in her exile and immediate death if she so ever takes a step into faerie lands but it doesn't go any deeper on details about the Fae kingdom or about other faeries. Blood Faerie focuses more on what is happening in the human realm, the discovery that her magic is not what the other faeries perceived it to be and that the faerie kingdom is at more danger now than it ever was and Eilidh and Munro takes it upon themselves to protect both realms.


Overall, Blood Faerie reads at a steady pace and though the premise is simple, I enjoyed it and the ending makes you want to read the rest of the books in the series (and of course, I've already added them to my ever growing TBR pile on Goodreads).

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Monday, July 4, 2016

[Book Review] BeSwitched by Molly Snow

BeSwitched (BeSwitched, #1)BeSwitched by Molly Snow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part 1: From The Book Cover

Surla and Cathy have a HUGE secret!

After spending hundreds of years as a familiar to an abusive witch, Surla runs away to find freedom. But there's one catch! The Black Cats' Curse states she will have to switch bodies with the first lonesome soul to cross her path.

Painfully shy Cathy Phillips can't muster the courage to ask hot water polo player, Craig Nelson, on a date. Neither can she stand up to the three biggest snobs at Washington High. What's a girl to do? Could switching lives with a sassy, magical cat be the answer to her wishes?

The "curse" of being "BeSwitched" may just be the most purr-fect secret these new best friends could ever have!


Part 2: Recommendation

I had this ebook for the longest time and finally got around to it. It has been so long since I downloaded the book that I completely forgot that it was YA. Not really paying attention to the cover image, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that the characters in the book were high school students.

The storyline deals with friendships, social skills issues, witches and magic. It's a refreshing read where the protagonist, Cathy Phillips, learns to be brave as well as realize her self worth while stuck in a cat's body while Surla takes Cathy's body for a sassy spin and a fabulous makeover.


It's a short fun read around Halloween (and you'll just have to read it to see why I recommend reading it around Halloween). Being the first book in the series, I just hope that all the characters will evolve as the series goes on.

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