There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool | ARC Review

There Will Come a Darkness is an ambitious epic fantasy debut with fantastic world-building and a cast of fully realized characters you can’t help but love. This book is action-packed and has high stakes, making for a gripping read!
There’s one final prophecy that’s been closely guarded for over 100 years since the Prophets left the world. Does it spell the end of the world, or a new beginning? The time foretold is now and all that (maybe) stands in its way are five characters but their roles are unclear.

I’m a simple reader: put doomsday prophecies, loveable characters doing their best, and morally grey characters in a book and I’m summoned! This book is epic fantasy at its best, building the world up around the reader through the characters and their experiences. The world is rich and vast, but the world-building is doled out slowly so it never feels like an info-dump.

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The Babysitter’s Coven (The Babysitter’s Coven #1) by Kate Williams | ARC Review

A quick note before we dive in: as a reviewer, I strive to be critical yet respectful because I know how much work goes into writing a book. I prescribe to the belief that no two readers read the same book and make an effort to highlight positives about the book, be clear about the reasons why I didn’t enjoy it, and to the extent possible share who may enjoy it. I originally was going to rate this 2 stars, but after sorting through my feelings and writing my review I realized I personally cannot recommend this book. I think there have got to be better witchy reads out there without harmful stereotypes and creepy adult behavior for teens to read.

Believe me, no one is sadder than I am that this book didn’t work for me. The cover is absolutely eye-catching and “Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is a phrase I didn’t know I needed until I heard it. I wanted to love this book and it was one of my most anticipated Fall releases. But unfortunately, I was left wanting for character development and worldbuilding and found the narrative at times questionable and uncomfortable.

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Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

☠️ You can read an excerpt on PenguinTeen.com!

Holy moly, ghouls and pals! This book. I was looking for a spooky read and this faux-documentary style story in the vein of The Blair Witch Project looked incredibly promising. Not only does it deliver on the spookiness, but it is so much more than that. If you are a fan of found footage and mixed media storytelling, please add this one to your October TBRs.

“FIND THE ROAD. FIND THE GATES. FIND THE GIRL.”

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to drink coffee with a ghost (things that h(a)unt #2) by amanda lovelace

This is going to be a far more personal review than I ever thought I would be comfortable sharing, but here we are. This poetry collection hit me right in the feels and I shed many a tear while reading it. There is something about Lovelace’s poetry which resonates with me and I need to have a shelf dedicated to her work.

Just as I needed the mermaid’s voice returns in this one, I needed to drink coffee with a ghost. “What happens when someone dies before they’re able to redeem themselves?” is the main question that Lovelace investigates with to drink coffee with a ghost. I think it’s safe to say that we are all haunted by some parts of our past: people who caused intense and lasting hurt or events which changed us forever.

“lately, it seems like everywhere i look, i find daughters haunted by something their mothers did to them. we tell each other we would raise our daughters differently. we would do this while wondering if our mothers made the same promises to themselves.
– ghost-mother”

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