Teen Book Battles: Blackfin Sky vs Beware the Wild

A haunted weathervane. A floor that makes all trash magically vanish. A house whose windows open and close, enabling its inhabitants to sneak out. An abandoned circus in the middle of a graveyard. These are just a few of the quirks in the town of Blackfin, and Skylar is about to discover another one.

The town of Sticks, Louisiana, on the other hand, is bordered by swamplands that no one goes near, surrounded by homemade barriers to protect the locals, even though they pretend it’s “just a swamp” whenever you ask them. Sterling is about to discover just what happens to people who venture into the woods — and how to get them back.

Today, I’m talking about two books with a focus on strong characters with mysterious family secrets hidden in the dark, creepy woods: Kat Ellis’ Blackfin Sky and Natalie C. Parker’s Beware the Wild.

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White Hot Kiss – Sign me up!

So… Layla is half gargoyle, half demon and demons, of course, are evil (as they are in most stories). But gargoyles… oh my gosh… Gargoyles. Are. Demon. Hunters.  And this makes the Dark Elements series wicked awesome for me and totally worth a shout out to Jennifer Armentrout for her story White Hot Kiss!

Layla has been raised with gargoyles and because of this she tries to deny her demon instincts. Under no circumstances can she kiss a living creature with a soul.  Because, well you know, when you’re a soul sucking demon it is best not to kiss those with soul.  Unfortunately, that totally includes the hot gargoyle you have been crushing on forever. Continue reading “White Hot Kiss – Sign me up!”

Book Battle: Miss Peregrine goes to Hollow City

Can a sequel ever be as good as the original?  When you’ve been waiting almost three years for the next one, can it possibly live up to expectations?

Well, yes.  And yes.

We’re not talking Sherlock, either.  Today we have Ransom Riggs going toe-to-toe with (drumroll) . . . . . .

Ransom Riggs.

Look at the covers – they are so ready to face off!

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So. What’s new in number two? What’s different?

Jacob and Emma are off the island and headed to London – will the reader still feel like they are in the setting?  Absolutely.

They are on a quest to find a cure for Miss Peregrine – will the plot still creak and speed through and make you want to read all night with the lights on?  You bet.

Is the second really as good as the first?  Yes.  But it will leave you clawing down the library doors for the third.

This Book Battle is a tie.