Sisters of Sorrow by Axel Blackwell — A Review

25348662Sisters of Sorrow by Axel Blackwell

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Anna Dufresne lives in a factory that eats children. If the brutal machines don’t kill Anna, her guardians’ neglect and abuse probably will. The only thing this abandoned teen wants is out. But the factory is inside a stone fortress, on an island, where people are sent to be forgotten. It serves as a dumping ground — both for orphans who are not welcome at finer institutions, and for nuns who have disgraced the Church. The walls of Saint Frances du Chantal’s Orphan Asylum hum with secrets and buried scandal.

In the catacombs below the factory, something long dead, something almost forgotten, stirs. It offers Anna a key, and promises freedom, if she will seek it out when she escapes. She knows her plan will endanger the other children, but Anna cannot resist the call of freedom.

Her escape attempt triggers a chain reaction of chaos, shaking the orphanage to its foundation and laying bare its deadly secrets. As Anna flees into the night, she discovers that the evil nuns were the least of her worries. The swirling mist of the island hides terrors more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

Oh. My. God. Just, wow! I was surprised at how good this was! Very original. I did not want to put the darn thing down! Too bad I had to do things like sleep and go to work. Why are those things always getting in the way!?

Anyhoo, Anna. Poor Anna. What a truly awful hand she was dealt in life. The first bit of the book set up my expectations for a kind of Annie-like story where a beaten-down orphan may eventually overcome her life of misery and find some happiness. But. That’s not exactly what happened.

I do NOT want to give away any kind of spoilers for this because in my opinion, what makes this book work so well is that you are constantly wondering what is going to happen next. There is some serious edge-of-your-seat writing going on here.

It’s suspenseful, atmospheric, heartbreaking, scary, and wonderful. I highly recommend it.

If you like dark, moody, supernatural settings, this one is definitely for you! I now have to get my hands on anything else Axel Blackwell has written. Happy reading, loves!

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.



#TopTenTuesday – Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish (Submitted by A Book and a Cup)

Okay, no. Just no to this week’s TTT. I am not a quitter. If I’ve read one book in a series, I’m reading the whole. thing.

It’s like how some people won’t even use a bookmark, because quitter strip.

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Well, it’s the same thing for series with me. I can’t just stop in the middle and not finish that stuff. Even if it takes me YEARS between one book and another, I will finish it. The end.

Now, if I DNFed the first book in a series, like I did with The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (oh my god this book was awful I’m so mad I spent money on it), then, obviously, I’m not going to finish the series. But that’s totally different. 😀

Please leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments section below so I can check out your picks! I promise not to be a meany and call you a quitter 😉

The Architect’s Apprentice by Colin Garrow — A Review

25997243The Architect’s Apprentice by Colin Garrow

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“A big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff.” Thus is time, according to The Doctor. And, perhaps, according to Colin Garrow. 🙂

The Architect’s Apprentice is a wonderfully twisty little novel about time travel and family. But deeper than that, it’s about the consequences of one’s actions, and with time travel, actions can have serious consequences. Take a peek at the synopsis:

Forced to work for the dubious Savidge, eleven-year-old Tom Fennel is desperate to find his father. Distrustful of what he’s heard, he’s sure Savidge is involved. Meanwhile, books are vanishing from architect Martin Deacon’s library – books from the future. Enticed into the mysterious world of updrafts and secrets, Tom learns that finding his father is the least of his worries.

I loved the mystery in this novel and the twists that just kept on coming. Novels about time travel can be tricky, but this one is very well thought out and executed. I’m so pleased that it is part of a series because when I finished it, I literally yelled, “Noooo!” It was over far too soon for my liking.

Now, while the logistics of this novel were managed well, what I felt was lacking was a bit more description — of the world and of the time travel itself.

The setting, for the most part, is in London in 1630. Such a cool time period for this novel. I wish there had been even more description of the setting. I’m a sucker for those kinds of details.  Plus, not many people write adventure/time-travel novels set in this time period. It’s usually turn-of-the-century or present-day. It was really nice to see something a little different here, but I wish there had been even more.

I also wanted so badly to know how time traveling, or perhaps more accurately time slipping, worked. Spoilers! So, I won’t go on, but maybe those of you who have read it will understand my meaning. And for those of you who haven’t, aren’t you intrigued now!?

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If you like action/adventure novels that are a little more plodding in the beginning but really amp up toward the end, if you like time travel, if you’re interested in the 17th century, read this! Now, where is book two…

Happy reading loves!


#TopTenTuesday – 10 Books to Read by the Pool

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

First things first. Make sure you have your sunglasses. Got ’em? Okay, here we go. Wait! Did you put on your sunscreen? Tsk, tsk. Melanoma is a thing. Okay. NOW here we go…

Books to Read by the Pool

    1. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham. No beachy vibes here, but I just love reading memoirs in the summer.
    2. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. If you really like novels that focus on the characters, this is a good one.
    3. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, et. al. If you’re feeling in the mood for a hilarious, girl-powered comic.
    4. If you haven’t read it yet, A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.
    5. Florida by Lauren Groff if you’re in the mood for some brand new, lit. fic. type short stories.

And guys, honestly I think we should cap it there. Let’s be honest. Those of us who are at or above the legal drinking age, are probably gonna be layin out by that pool, sippin on a marg., and soakin up that vitamin D.

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drink responsibly

Please leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments section below so I can check out your picks! 😀