Review | Hex – Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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  • Hardcover (Hodder & Stoughton, 380 pages)
  • Published 28th April 2016
  • Translated from the original Dutch by Nancy Forest-Flier
  • Rating on Goodreads: 3 stars
  • Buy the book here

“Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Blind and silenced, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s beds for nights on end. So accustomed to her have the townsfolk become that they often forget she’s there. Or what a threat she poses. Because if the stitches are ever cut open, the story goes, the whole town will die.

The curse must not be allowed to spread. The elders of Black Spring have used high-tech surveillance to quarantine the town. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break the strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into a dark nightmare.”

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Review | The Girl of Fire & Thorns – Rae Carson

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  • Paperback (Greenwillow Books, 423 pages)
  • First published 2011; this edition published 2012
  • Rating on Goodreads: 4 stars
  • Buy the book here

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can’t see how she ever will. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.”

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Review | Autumn Thorns – Yasmine Galenorn

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  • Paperback (Headline, 320 pages)
  • First published 2015
  • Rating on Goodreads: 2 stars
  • Received review copy courtesy of Bookbridgr
  • Buy the book here

“Enter Whisper Hollow at your own risk, for in this town spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead. 

Whisper Hollow is no ordinary place. In this haunted town, people don’t stay buried.

Kerris Fellwater isn’t your usual human. She’s a spirit shaman who drives the dead back to their graves.

Fifteen years ago, Kerris ran away from her hometown. But now she’s back, and there are deadly magical forces at work, wreaking havoc.

Whisper Hollow holds painful memories for Kerris, but a lot has changed. There’s a mysterious new guy in town, Bryan, who Kerris feels powerfully drawn to. Together they unearth a horrifying family secret, and unravelling the mystery means working with – rather than against – the dead. Can they defeat Whisper Hollow’s enemy, before it destroys them?”

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