Cazadora by Romina Garber/Romina Russell Book Review

Book Description

In Cazadora, Romina Garber weaves together Argentine folklore and what it means to be illegal in a timely, intimate, and emotionally powerful narrative.

Werewolves. Witches. Romance. Resistance.

Enter a world straight out of Argentine folklore…

Following the events of Lobizona, Manu and her friends cross the mystical border into Kerana–a cursed realm in Argentina–searching for allies and a hiding place. As they chase down leads about the Coven–a mythical resistance manada that might not even exist–the Cazadores chase down leads about Manu, setting up traps to capture and arrest her.

Just as it seems the Cazadores have Manu and her friends cornered, the Coven answers their call for help. As Manu catches her breath among these non-conforming Septimus, she discovers they need a revolution as much as she does.

But is she the right one to lead them? After all, hybrids aren’t just outlawed. They’re feared and reviled. What happens when the Coven learns of Manu’s dual heritage? Will they still protect her? Or will they betray her?

And after running this far, for this long–how much farther can Manu go before her feet get tired, and she stops to take a stand?

Review

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Thoughts and Themes: This is book two in the Wolves of No World series, with book one being Lobizona. Before reading my review, go and read Lobizona so you don’t get any spoilers for that book.

Just like the first book, it took me a while to get into this one but I push through because I know how much I loved the first book. I knew that I would not be able to put this book down once I got past the more dense parts of it. I have a hard time with fantasy books because of the non-action moments but I do like those parts as that is where we learn about the world we are going to be immersed in through the story.

Something that I really enjoyed about this book was how much the world-building was expanded upon. The first book briefly introduced us to this magical world that Manu was now a part of but this one deep dived into that world. This book gives you so much information about this world and not just the magic involve din it but the politics as well.

I really liked that while this book is a fantasy book it still covers some important topics. The book goes over homophobia, colorism, and anti-immigrant sentiments. I like how the characters in this story point out how these things still exist in their world just like they do on Earth. I thought that was an important aspect of this story because it wasn’t as if Manu and her friends got this dream escape from Earth as they still faced some of the same struggles they would have on Earth.

Characters: In this book we continue reading about the characters that we grew to love in the first book and are introduced to a few more people. Mentioning the characters we are introduced to adds some spoilers so I won’t go into too much detail about those new people.

I loved the romance that happens between Manu and Tiago in this book and how that develops. I love how they quote books to each other to talk about their feelings and how so much of their relationship is just for them to understand.

I also really enjoyed how we get to see the friendships that Manu has developed in this world in which she can be herself. I loved how each of her friends accepts her regardless of if they understand her actions. I also really liked getting to see how her friends respond to some of the things that she does and how clear their emotions are.

Something great about this book is the way that each character’s emotions are captured. I love how the same emotion looks so different on each of these characters and how you can feel what they are feeling as you are reading. I like how you can feel the love that each of these characters have for Manu and the love that Manu eventually allows herself to feel for others.

This one is interesting because I found myself even liking the villains in this story, while still wanting them to lose. I liked learning about the bad guys and seeing how those parts of the story played out. I thought it was interesting to see who the bad guys were and how they played into Manu’s story and who was a bad guy and when.

Writing Style: This story is told through Manu’s perspective and this is probably the best part of this book along with so many other things. I liked how you fear for Manu as you are reading and this puts you in her shoes at times and at other times you are in her friend’s shoes. I loved that we get to know others through Manu’s eyes and we get closer to them depending on how she feels about each of them.

Author Information

Romina Garber is a NYT/International Bestselling YA author who also writes under pen name Romina Russell. Born in Buenos Aires and raised in Miami, Romina currently resides in Los Angeles but would much rather be at Hogwarts. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—“College She Wrote,” a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core. For more information about her books, follow her on Twitter/Instagram: @rominagarber.

Evolution-Book 3 by Teri Terry Book Review

Summary: Into the fire …

The final part of the trilogy from multi award-winning author Teri Terry.

Shay has followed Xander and joined his mysterious scientific cult at their remote Scottish compound. She’s desperately searching for Callie, who went missing before the start of the epidemic that kills 95% of cases, and leaves a tiny number of survivors with astonishing new powers.

Can Shay uncover the truth about the origins of the epidemic, find Callie and perhaps even rekindle her relationship with Kai? Or will Xander’s grand plans destroy them all for ever?

Stop Here if you have not read book 1 and 2 as spoilers are ahead

Thank you to Netgalley and Charlesbridge Teen for the advanced copy of the book in exchange for my review. I really appreciate being given the chance to read all three of these books prior to them being sent out to the world.

Thoughts and Themes: I read these books as they came out and it is the first time I’ve read a series this way. I usually wait for a series to come out before reading them so that I don’t wind up forgetting what happens in between the books. I couldn’t wait for these though so as soon as the next book was available on Netgalley I would request it and luckily I was granted permission to read it.

I really enjoy the scientific aspects of this book. The physics explained in the book are interesting but I will have to do a re read to follow more. I was following along quite well when things were revealed in the second book but as time passed between that one and the third book it was hard for me to remember what had been said.

I like how the beginning scenes that people don’t know that this man starts this epidemic. I think its interesting to read in this time as a pandemic is happening and people are beginning to wonder if this is all a conspiracy. I thought as you read this book more it was interesting to see how things play out between the people who started the epidemic and the government.

Characters: I love each and every character that are introduced throughout this series. I really enjoy the side characters that Shay and Callie come across as well as all the people that Kai and Freja meet on their journey.

I really enjoyed watching Callie develop as a character throughout the first book and into this one. She has changed a lot through the course of this series and has become a completely different person.

I also really enjoyed watching the changing relationships between the four main characters and watching as those relationships change these people. I thought it was interesting to see how things developed for them and how things drastically changed from the first book.

Writing style: I like that this book includes multiple perspectives just as the other two before it did. It gives you Shay, Lara (Callie) , Kai, and Freja’s perspectives which allows you to be in more than one place at a time. It goes back and forth in parts at the start of the book to separate Shay and Lara who are in one location from Kai and Freja who are in a separate location.

You can preorder this book at Eso Won Books or look for it at your local library coming August 11.

Tunnel of Bones Book Review

GoodReads Summary: Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

Thoughts: I decided to listen to this one on audio since I had read the first book of this series in that method. The narrator in this series has a nice soothing voice which makes this book easy to listen to when I want to tune out the world. Something else that is great about listening to this series rather than reading it is how quickly I can get through them, it makes you feel like you are getting through a lot reading in a short amount of time.

I like how events of book one are referenced often throughout the start of this book so you know it is going to be building off of that story. I like that this is true sequel but you probably could also read it as a stand alone. While things from book one are referenced they are still explained clearly enough that you would understand if you haven’t read book one.

Something I enjoy about this book as well as the first book is that the descriptions are elaborate. I can see the scenes that are being described throughout the story and love that you can follow where they are at. I love hearing as Jacob and Cassidy’s friendship develops and changes.

Something else that I enjoyed about this book is that you are getting to know the parents more than in the first book. The first book mentions them and what they do but not much about why or who they are aside from their ghost show. I also enjoy how you get more information about Jacob throughout the book and the connection he has with Cassidy.

I recommend this to those of you who enjoy reading paranormal books that are not meant to be scary or books about friendship.

You can find this book at Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, or look for it at your local library.

Aurora Rising Book Review

Summary: This book tells the story of so many different people who are forced to work together in order to come out of their dire situation alive. Tyler is busy rescuing a girl while the draft for him to select his ultimate team is so he is stuck with the misfits that no one else wanted, his sister, and his best friend. Will they be able to keep Aurora safe from the people who want her? Will they escape their own government who is chasing them due to their disregard for the rules?

Thoughts: This one is a difficult one to write because I know that everyone loved this book and I have the unpopular opinion. Now I didn’t hate this book but I didn’t love it either. There were aspects of this book that I really enjoyed but then there were other parts that I felt dragged on.

Something that I was torn about and haven’t decided how I felt about was the multiple perspectives that were included. At the beginning I wasn’t a fan of this because I couldn’t remember who was who and what was happening. As I continued reading and got to the last few sections I was appreciative of these multiple perspectives because it made me care for the characters.

Another thing that I was a bit disappointed about was how the world was so elaborate and amazing but then the characters didn’t feel developed. I wanted so badly to fall in love with the characters and was sad that when bad things happened my reaction was like “oh that just happened.” It wasn’t until the last part that I really felt for the characters and was so sad for them because we knew more about them.

While I didn’t love this book I liked it enough that I want to read part 2 and 3. I recommend this to those of you who enjoy science fiction, fantasy, and books with a lot of world building.

You can purchase this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.

Plague Land Reborn Book Review

3 out of 5 stars

Summary: Two years ago, a deadly virus hit London and the only survivors were those who were on some sort of medication. Leon has survived not only this virus but the two harshest winters that he has seen. He is now on the journey towards a rescue boat that may or may not still be on its way but along that journey he encounters many others, and unfortunately that virus he thought was dormant may not be. The virus has been preparing for stage 2 of its attack.

Thoughts: I read the first part of this trilogy quite a while ago so I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to remember what had happened but was pleased to find that this book kind of recaps the last book’s events. Not only does this book recap events from the previous book but it also adds more to the story. It continues to explain events that occurred between the two years that have passed between book 1 and now.

Something that I liked in this book was being able to hear from multiple perspectives. I enjoyed having the dad’s story be included and kind of learning about him alongside hearing from Leon. While I did find it a bit confusing to remember that it was going back and forth not only in perspectives but also in time, once I kept that in mind it was a great addition.

Something that I wasn’t too fond of in this book was that it was much more about relationships between people and things that happened during the virus and not much about the virus. Seeing as I am someone who reads a book about pandemics/contagions for the virus portion I was a bit dissapointed in this sequel. I understand why this was done because the virus was planning during most of the book so you don’t see much of it until later on but I think the virus is much too complex for my liking. It didn’t seem like a virus by the end of this book but more like commentary on artificial intelligence.

You can purchase this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.