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MG ARC REVIEW: The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts

Its not easy being a teenage witch. – Goodreads

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Title: The Witches of Willow Cove

Author: Josh Roberts

Publisher: Owl Hollow Press

Genre: Middle grade, fantasy

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Seventh grader Abby Shepherd is just getting the hang of it when weird stuff starts happening all around her hometown of Willow Cove. Green slime bubbling to life in science class. Giant snakes slithering around the middle school gym. Her best friend suddenly keeping secrets and telling lies.

Things only begin to make sense when a stranger named Miss Winters reveals that Abby isn’t the only young witch in town—and that Willow Cove is home to a secret past that connects them all. Miss Winters, herself a witch, even offers to teach Abby and the others everything she knows about witchcraft.

But as Abby learns more about Miss Winters’ past, she begins to suspect her new mentor is keeping secrets of her own. Can Abby trust her, or does Miss Winters have something wicked planned for the young witches of Willow Cove?


MY REVIEW:

This was such a fantastic story! It is the story of a teenage girl who finds out she is a witch! She is taken on this wild adventure and discovers that things are not as they seem in her cute little town. It is up to her and her friends to solve the mystery of Willow Cove and save themselves before it’s too late!

So, I want to start this off by saying the story was very well written and a super fun, exciting adventure! I loved every minute of it. Even though its middle grade, it did not lack substance and overall the action and mystery was really gripping. I found myself feeling a little nervous at times and some part were even spooky!

I loved all of the characters! Abby is so sweet. She is the MC of this story and I just loved her. She was smart and showed so much bravery and maturity. Robby, her best friend, was also fabulous! A really sweet boy who wanted nothing but the best for his friends. The relationship between the two of them was so “middle school” and I really liked that!

I was surprised by all the twists and turns! I found that many times I didn’t know what was going to happen next! I enjoyed how all of the characters started to become intertwined in the mystery! I also liked that some of the topics and problems in this story were very real. The author fit them in perfectly! The topics touched on include divorce, death, bullying, and relationships! The way the topics were brought up and the way characters reacted to them seemed very normal and that is so important for the younger readers.

Overall, I really liked this book! You cannot go wrong with witches and magic. The friendships in this story were so sweet and heartwarming! I loved that I was taken on this adventure that really consumed me. I would recommend this to anyone who likes light magical adventures! Such a fun read!

*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!


I am really excited to read more middle grade books. This was such a fun read, I really enjoyed it!

Do you think you will be reading this one? What are your thoughts on middle grade books?

ARC REVIEW: The Dark Continent by Scott Reardon

For the first time ever, technology has been turned — back on its creators. – Goodreads

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Title: The Dark Continent

Author: Scott Reardon

Publisher: Aspen Press

Genre: Fiction, Horror

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

On an oil rig off the coast of Alaska, fifteen test subjects, all of them death-row inmates, have joined a gruesome experiment with unprecedented implications. Government researchers are attempting to enhance the human body, but they change the men into something else instead. Led by a mysterious figure who evokes Colonel Kurtz and Satan from Paradise Lost, the subjects escape and bring the United States to its knees.

Only two men can stop them, Tom Reese and Karl Lyons. Tom and Karl will have to cross an America on the brink of collapse. And at the end they’ll experience the horror of the dark continent.

MY REVIEW:

When I finished this book I put it down and felt a weird sense of relief because the book was over (I was really struggling to push through) and also a feeling of connecting to one of the characters (Tom). I felt overall that I did not connect with any of the characters, but for some reason, Tom left a lingering effect on my feelings. He was different in a good way. He made the book bearable for me.

The story line was super interesting. I really liked the idea of the story. It was totally James Bond-esque. I enjoyed the action in the story – my only complaint was that… It was like READING James Bond movie… It was like putting all the action and craziness of a high paced action movie into words. All those scenes in a movie that set the stage and use no words but viewers know whats going on… yeah, the book was missing that part. It was just going through all the action parts quickly without much in between. It was hard to read because of that. It was too much!

I feel like the characters were okay but really just okay. There were 3 main groups of characters. First, there is Karl and Tom. They are the main focus of the book. Karl is some government undercover worker guy (not too sure his title). He is likable and I found I hoped for the best when it came to Karl. Tom is just a super normal guy with super human abilities. Tom was tested on by the government and was basically made into this super human. A lot of bad stuff happens to Tom throughout the book and all the while he is just trying to normal and not evil like they want him to be. I think that is why I liked him so much.

Second, there is Dr. Azamor. She is a psychiatrist that is essentially made to work with all the crazy “subjects” who are death row inmates made into super human creatures/soldiers. I enjoyed Dr. Azamor. She is pretty normal and has realistic reactions and thoughts to everything going on. She made the entire first half of the book for me. I wish there was more about her in the second half. She kind of just drop off the face of the Earth and I don’t know what happened to her. Sad 😦

Finally, the “subjects.” As mentioned above these are death row inmates who are not invincible super humans. They are mean, scary, cruel, horrible beings. If being horrible criminals isn’t enough, they are now almost unstoppable and have so much rage and desire to destroy the world, it is just terrifying. As expected, the subjects escape where they are being held and then basically ruin the world on their rampage. About 75% of the book focuses on this terror and it has really gruesome moments. It was hard to read at times. It was also kind of sad. Like I said before, the book was like action all the time without much else. So the horror did not really stop from start to finish. It was a lot to read.

Overall writing and readability of the book – it was okay. The writing was decent. I didn’t mind it at all. It was easy enough to read and understand. The chapters were quite short, like most of them were 3 to 4 pages. Only a few long chapters. I liked that! The chapters also flipped between characters which slowed the story down a little bit. I did find that there were some parts that dragged on and others that went by so quickly that if you missed a word or accidentally skipped a line you were lost. I did not like that aspect of it.

I just feel mixed on this. I feel like there were parts that I enjoyed and felt were well done but then there were so many parts that were too fast paced and not detailed enough/ too detailed. I also found out that this is the second book in a series, however, everyone said the series does not need to be read in order. I agree with that as there was really nothing being referenced so that’s not a problem!

** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Currently Reading Book Tag

Hey bookish friends!!

I saw this tag on Reading With Jessica‘s blog 🙂 So fun!! Go check out her answers as well!!


How many books do you usually read at once?

I have been reading 2 books at a time! Usually 1 is an ebook that I read on my kobo and one is a physical book!

Recently though I have started reading a 3rd book on my phone when I am waiting somewhere or have random down time! So far, so good!

How do you decide when to switch between multiple reads?

I usually alternate between the books day to day. So, one day Ill focus on the ebook and the next Ill focus on the physical books. I will switch back and forth until they are done. Sometimes if I’m super into the book though Ill read that one and put the other to the side for a couple days!

Do you ever switch bookmarks partway through a book?

No hahahah I have never done this?? Do people do this??

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Just all over the place 😂

On the couch, the windowsill, the computer desk, the kitchen table, the bed, in my nightstand, on the floor…. really they just get put down anywhere and left there until I pick them up again!!

What time of day do you read the most?

Mostly night time! Since I’m at work all day I don’t have time during the day to read very much. If I have the day off or on the weekend I will read during the day though!

How long do you typically read in one session?

Probably like an hour to 2 hours!

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket off?

Noooo, I like never ever take the dust jacket off!

What position do you mainly use to read?

I like to curl up on the couch in my comfy little corner spot with blankets and cozy pillows!

Do you take your current read with you everywhere you go?

Very rarely! Only recently have I started to read on my phone so, I guess I technically take my current read with me! But I never take the physical book with me. Too much to carry and normally I don’t have time on my outing to read!

How often do you update your Goodreads reading progress?

I try to update it everyday but sometimes I forget!

What book(s) are you currently reading?

I am currently erading 3 books:

  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating (on my phone)
  • The Dark Continent (on my Kobo)
  • Truly Devious (physical book)

I tag you!! Anyone can join in on this one 🙂 I’d love to see your answers!!