The Ghost Tree
by Christina Henry
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Released: 8th September 2020
Keywords: YA, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Witches, Gore
“When the bodies of two girls are found torn apart in the town of Smiths Hollow, Lauren is surprised, but she also expects that the police won’t find the killer. After all, the year before her father’s body was found with his heart missing, and since then everyone has moved on. Even her best friend, Miranda, has become more interested in boys than in spending time at the old ghost tree, the way they used to when they were kids.
So when Lauren has a vision of a monster dragging the remains of the girls through the woods, she knows she can’t just do nothing. Not like the rest of her town. But as she draws closer to answers, she realizes that the foundation of her seemingly normal town might be rotten at the center. And that if nobody else stands for the missing, she will.“
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‘Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.
Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose.
Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .’
This is by far the creepiest book I’ve read in a while and it caught me off guard, I wasn’t expecting it to be so paranormal but it was an extremely chilling read. The atmosphere was written so well and I regretted having this as my night-time read! It also features a lot of Norse mythology which was fun. Watching the relationship between Martha and the boy in the cabin ‘Stig’ evolve was really nice but it kept the thought in the back of my mind whether he could really be trusted or not, seeing as we don’t really know him.
There is a certain part in the story that sets all hell loose and left me truly shocked and scared to continue reading (in a good way). The only criticism I have is that towards the end the writing seemed a bit messy and I found it hard to keep up with what was happening as it was so fast paced. Overall I would definitely recommend, especially to fans of YA horror/thrillers and Norse mythology. This was also a debut book which makes it that more impressive! I can’t wait to read more by Rachel Burge in the future.
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
‘Leading your first heist is a major milestone in Sky Hawkin’s family—even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated—especially when you’re a wyvern, a human capable of transforming into a dragon.’
What a fun read! It did feel more like reading a middle grade than a YA book at some points and I flew through it. Sky’s mother goes missing and her father won’t explain what happened to her, so Sky has to seek out the answers by herself against her father’s wishes. She has 3 older brothers which are each very entertaining characters along with her new best bud Grabriella (who is a human, not half-dragon like the others) who in my opinion is the best character in this book.
It explores different class systems both in our human world and Home (where the half-dragons originally came from) and quite harshly faces the reality of how we ‘rank’ and treat people based on their worth. Aside from some cringey kissing scenes, the whole book is one big plot and heist after another. Along with the constant humor in this book, I never found it boring and wanted to keep reading until the end. Although maybe a bit more predictable, there were still some twists that caught me off guard.
Recommended if you’re looking for an easy, extremely entertaining read full of plotting, dragons and unicorns. I will personally be picking up some more books by Sarah to read in the future.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
BOOK RECEIVED IN DECEMBERS FAIRYLOOT BOX
‘Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.’
Another book I was intrigued in to reading due to the hype, and I’m glad I did! I haven’t read many stories based on Fae and this one was based on what Fae are really supposed to be, dark and cruel. I’d say 80% of these characters were unlikable, which is the point, they’re not supposed to be likable and I found it quite refreshing to read. The book starts off grim and continues to be grim until the very end which I loved. Not all stories have to be positive or hopeful. This book is full of murder, bullying, betrayal and awful love interests, which thankfully our main character isn’t all that interested in.
The main character in this book is actually a human girl, taken away along with her twin sister and older sister who is half-fae. Taken away to live in faerie where humans are treated as lesser and slaves by the Fae, our main character is quite tired of being treated this way as you can imagine and decides to stop caring and be rebellious, what most other humans living in Faerie are way too scared of being. Beautiful Fae Prince Cardan is the biggest pain in her side and is relentless with his tormenting of her and her twin sister, who is far less rebellious and wants to try to fit in with the Fae.
This book is full of plot twists, non of which I saw coming but I’m not that great at predicting these things. The sequel is on my soon to be read list (The Wicked King) and I’m super excited to continue the journey with all of its cruelty.
My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars
THIS BOOK WAS PURCHASED BY MYSELF