The Wicked Deep: Review

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320 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Simon Pulse
Quick info dump: This book is about curses and witches and love and loss. It is only 329 pages, making a quick read. The writing is fantastic and the twist and turns just the same. Every character has a purpose and the setting was amazing.
My experience: I read this book in one day. I was hooked from the first chapter, not only because of the plot but because of the beautiful writing. I am also a sucker for books set on islands, which is weird, but it’s my thing. There is certainly some mystery in there and if you don’t pay attention to little details you may not make a correct assumption like I did. Even though I sort of knew one of the outcomes, I still enjoyed it.
The story follows Penny who lives on an island off Oregon that suffers from a 200 year-old curse where three young girls were put to death after being charged as witches. Every summer the Swan girls return and inhabit a body of a woman in order to drown the boys of the island. It’s their revenge on those who killed them. This in itself is a story within a story. A new comer comes to the island, looking for work so Penny offers him a job working the lighthouse on the island she shares with her mother. Bo holds some secrets, but so does Penny and eventually both come to a crashing conclusion.
Having called the Pacific Northwest home for eight years, I am drawn to books set there. The grey skies and constant drizzle just sets my heart afire. Many people don’t understand the draw of living in such a so-called dreary environment, but people like me thrive there. We leave part our hearts there. It’s in books like these that I get to find that piece again.
In closing, read this book is you love mysteries, witches, curses, rainy islands with secrets and gorgeous writing. I look forward to whatever else Shea Ernshaw has to offer in the future.

Heart of Iron: review

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480 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
*** 1/2
It pains so badly to write this review because this was one of the most anticipated reads for me. Unfortunately the stars did not align.
Seventeen-year old Ana is a space pirate who doesn’t remember much of her past. She was found with a Metal named DI, basically a robot, floating through space after a massacre at the Iron Kingdom. Those who know the story of Anastasia will know that she was the missing missing survivor, but lived her life without any memory of her past.
What bent me out of shape from the start was the disconnect I felt from almost every POV and there are several. After the first 100 pages I decided that I probably won’t be caring much about these characters at all because I didn’t feel as though I was taught to. The one I felt the least connected to was Ana, which was the most disappointing to me because SHE IS THE PROTAGONIST. ugh
So, being disconnected to the people I wanted to care about, I fell into a mode where nothing truly made a lot of sense and it was sort of jumbled for me. I didn’t feel as though anything was really that exciting. I felt as though a lot needed to be fleshed out and never got the chance to.
This, as well as the numerous typos I found throughout the book just through me for a loop. I mean, i expect that from indie books, not from something like this.
I did like the diversity and it was a breath of fresh air for me. The cover and stained pages in the Owlcrate edition are gorgeous.