Review: Salem’s Legacy

Title: Salem’s Legacy (Vengeance Trilogy #3)

 

Author: Aaron Galvin

Website/Blog:www.aarongalvin.com



https://i2.wp.com/www.aarongalvin.com/uploads/2/4/6/8/24683312/4585466_orig.jpgAaron Galvin cut his chops writing stand-up comedy routines at age thirteen. His early works paid off years later when he co-wrote and executive produced the award-winning indie feature film, Wedding Bells & Shotgun Shells.

He is also an accomplished actor. Aaron has worked in everything from Hollywood blockbusters, (Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers), to starring in dozens of indie films and commercials.

Aaron is a native Hoosier, graduate of Ball State University, and a proud member of SCBWI. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter.



Publisher: Aames & Abernathy
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Horror, Fantasy
Release Date: 10th September 2015

Where Acquired: I Received an ARC from Aaron in exchange for an honest review.
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You can also buy the book in paperback and even a signed copy from his website.

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Goodreads Description: 
History is the story of events, with praise or blame.
Rebecca Kelly believes in the latter.
After months of traipsing through the wilderness, she and her companions arrive in colonial Boston to bring vengeance against those aiding in the deaths of their loved ones.
When Rebecca finds the city a foreign hunting ground littered with spies, fate forces her to align with strangers. Questioning identities, motives, and loyalties, she discovers the plots that began in Salem stretch further than anyone could have imagined…and it will be her actions which determine whether history attributes praise or blame to the true masterminds of Salem’s legacy.


My Review: 

What an end to a brilliant series! If you thought the last two books questioned your ability to trust then wait until you read this one! 

Let’s start with my love of the series overall. It’s different, it doesn’t centre on the typical young adult traits such as romance and the supernatural. It is more centred around history, science and action. The witches in the series do posses some supernatural strength but it is only due to the Devil’s powder that they are addicted to. Galvin paints a picture of history in his series. Through his writing we are taken back to the origins of America completely. There is no doubting the setting of this series as even the character’s voice speaks in a way that transports you through history.

Where in the last few books I found them a little slow to start and get going, this one was different. You were thrown into the action from the very start so It is easy to say that this was my favourite book of the series.

This book was also full of more plot twists than any of the others and that is another reason why I loved it so much. You could never predict what was going to happen next, there was so much action and the characters got into such desperate situations that it broke my heart into a million pieces at times to witness their struggle. It was a journey to follow them through their fight against their parent’s legacy and I needed a box of tissues to help me through it. 

The characters are also so complex and written perfectly. I loved reading about them as they all had such distinguished voices and complex histories that not one of the characters were sent to the background.

Rebecca is still one of my favourite protagonists. She is so strong and doesn’t need a man beside her, like most YA female leads, to get her vengeance. She is determined, resourceful, clever, skilled and she has a huge heart. She cares deeply but that doesn’t mean she trusts easily. But when she does, she is the most loyal companion anyone can ask for. I really like reading the book from her point of view as she has a brilliant, complicated and interesting mind that I can’t help but want to understand more. Her fight for Vengeance was painful to read about at times, especially when her quest put herself and those she loves in danger.

Elizabeth and Cotton were great villains to the story. Unlike the witches in the other novels who were scheming and plotting and fighting their way around. Elizabeth and Cotton were mostly upfront about their plans but that didn’t make them any less chilling. They were like the Mafia bosses of Salem. Their power and control over the city meant that they didn’t need to betray and sneak around as much as the witches in the last book, they could just do what they wanted to anyway. They were just evil. Pure evil.

Andrew grew on me so much in this book. Before I just saw him as a whiny, weak man with no inhibitions. But his sacrifices for others in this book changed my opinion on him. He became a brave character in my eyes who would do anything for the girl he loves. Even if it means following her on a quest that could cause them all harm.

George also grew on me in this book. I didn’t dislike him before as I had Andrew, but I didn’t see him as anything special either. But his determination to do anything to look after his sister and avenge his wife’s death was admirable and his strength was incredible. We saw another side to him in this book. We began to see a little of Rebecca and his father in him. He did remind me a lot of his father from the first book.

Priest has always been a favourite of mine and to see him go through as much as he did in this book was the reason for my box of tissues. Poor priest, he went through a lot and all I wanted to do was cry for him and the hurt that his pain caused his daughter.

Ciquenackqua was more present in this book too and although I was a little disappointed that the romance I had been hoping for between him and Rebecca never actually happened in so many words, there was no mistaking their love for each other by the end. I loved this character as he was the embodiment of native America and therefore interesting as he and Rebecca taught me a lot about their traditions. I also loved his bravery, he was always so brave, as all the natives in the book were. Unlike Priest and Rebecca he was a born brave and that’s one of the reasons I found him interesting.

Mary was another interesting character, she was similar to the character Betty in their background and both characters led us in a dance of trust. They were the biggest plot twisters in the book. You never knew whether to trust them or not. 

This is definitely my favourite book of the series and I do not have one bad thing to say about it.


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This book comes out on the 10th September so keep watch!


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Title: Once Upon A Time University (Book #2)
Book #1: Happy Ever After High School

Author: Savannah Ostler
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About the Author:

Savannah Ostler was born in Alpine, Utah. Since childhood, she has enjoyed many forms of the arts. It was from her love of performing that she decided to attend East Hollywood High, a school in Salt Lake City dedicated to film, television, and writing.

In addition to acting for both stage and film, Savannah is also a singer, having released several original pop singles, and performing at well known venues in Hollywood such as The House Of Blues, and the Roxy theater.

Although Savannah is incredibly diverse with her talents, her first love is, and has always been writing. She has been writing ever since she learned how to read and write. She enjoys many different forms of writing: poetry, lyrics, fiction, and screenplays. To date, Miss Ostler has written hundreds of original poems, six original songs produced and performed by Savannah herself, hundreds of lyrics not yet produced, over a dozen produced short films, five feature film screenplays, two television pilots, and of course, her first novel Happily Ever After High School.

Savannah has always been a day dreamer and a true kid at heart. When she is not buried in her writing projects, she can be found at Disneyland, living out all of her fairy tale dreams.

She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Steve and their two mixed Chihuahua pups.  

Genre: Fantasy, fiction, YA, teen, clean teen fairytales, adventure, romance

Book Description: The enchanting sequel to “Happily Ever After High School”

After graduating Happily Ever High, eighteen year old Albany French was living the perfect fairy tale. She had her very own fairy godmother, a delightfully eccentric grandmother, and her boyfriend was her dream knight in shining armor.

At first, it seemed like a flawless freshman year for her at Once Upon A Time University. The campus was magical and enchanted, her classes were extraordinary, and she made surprising new friends.

A chain of unsettling events followed by a twist of fate sends Albany spinning. She is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life- one that could potentially break her heart. The perfect happily ever after was still within Albany’s grasp… or so she thought.

Music Playlist: 

“Real Life Fairytale” by Plumb

“Complicated” by Avril Lavigne

“Why Not” by Hilary Duff

“In to Deep” by Sum 41

“Still Into You” by Paramore

“I’m with You” by Avril Lavigne

“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World

“Smile in your sleep” by Silverstein

“Play it Loud” by MxPx

““Prayer of the Refugee” by Rise Against

“There She Goes” by the La’s

“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

“Memory” by Sugarcult

“Fly” by Hilary Duff

“Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World

“Nobody’s Home” by Avril Lavigne

“In the End” by Linkin Park

“Apologize” by OneRepublic

“Re-Education(Through Labor) by Rise Against

“My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit

“Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly Clarkson

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”by Cyndi Lauper

“How You Get The Girl” by Taylor Swift

“The Hell Song” by Sum 41

“Drive” by Incubus

“Collide” by Howie Day

“Sk8er Boi” by Avril Lavigne

“Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson

“Diary of Jane” by Breaking Benjamin

“Nero” by Two Steps From Hell

“Hanging by a Moment” by Lifehouse

“Somewhere I belong” by Linkin Park

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Now For Something Different: Pixels

 

Movie Review

Title: Pixels

Release Date: 12th August 2015

Where Seen: Cinema

Genres: Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi

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Movie Poster:

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IMDB Description: 

When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.


Starring:

Adam Sandler – Brenner
Kevin James – Cooper
Peter Dinklage – Eddie
Josh Gad – Ludlow

Director:

Chris Columbus
Production Company:

Columbia Pictures
 
Review:

Awesome. Epic. Nerdy and just all round hilarious.
I can’t emphasise how much I need to recomend this film to anyone who is a little nerdy and knows that some films are just not meant to be taken seriously.
I like the structure of the film, it flowed well from one scene to the next and never became boring once.
The whole idea of it was just fantastic. Based on facts about the NASA probe and classic video games ground this film in reality considering it was so outrageous.
It was really strange and different but it was always easy to understand and comprehend so therfore good for all ages.
The idea of the film is that Aliens have taken our probe and recordings of retro video games as a declararion of war. They then go and release the games on the world and the only people that can stop them are the Arcaders.

First you had Brenner played by Adam Sandler the lead character who was both nerdy and the dry humoured hero of the movie. He was the hero all nerds want to be and easily the best character in the film.

Next you have his love interest Violet played by Michelle Monaghan who was just so badass you instantly related to her and loved her. She is smart, refined, clever and funny and has epic fighting skills. The perfect companion for a more bumbling Brenner.

My second favourite character in the movie was Brenner’s best friend and US president Cooper ‘chewie’ played by Kevin James. He wasn’t a gamer but a hero in himself. Going from a average president with low ratings because of his inability to read and ability to look the fool. To a man who pulled everyone together as the heart of the group and even fighting the boss level as another arcader even though he was only good at the grabber as a child.

The next member of the arcaders is Ludlow played by Josh Gad he was the ultimate nerd who lives with his grandma and dreams of marrying the beautiful game character Lady Lisa. He is the brains of the operation and definable the most hilarious character.

Finally we have Eddie played by Peter Dinklage. He was arrogant, cocky and unintentionally funny. The anti-hero of the group. He wasn’t the most likable guy being the rebellious inmate. But he added something to the group. What I am not sure of but definitely something.

I loved the challenges they were set defeating Pac Man, Donkey Kong and all the orher classic games. It was an innovative idea and it was pulled off really well.

I even love the trailer, the way it starts like a classic disater movie and then suddenly there’s pac man. Nom nom nom.

Finally Qbert is just the cutest thing on the planet and I want one. 

 
Quotes:

“Have you been playing Space Invaders recently? Because you are invading my space.”

[Credit to IMDB]
Professor Iwatani: Pac-Man is not bad. You’ll see.
Sam Brenner: Professor Iwatani, what are you doing?
Professor Iwatani: I will talk to him, he’s my son.
[to Pac-Man]
Professor Iwatani: Hello, my sweet, little boy. Look how big you’ve grown.
Ludlow Lamonsoff: That’s so sweet, he’s so sweet.
Professor Iwatani: I know, you’re a good boy.
[Pac-Man bit his hand into pixels, then he and the genius scream]
Professor Iwatani: Somebody annihilate this stupid thing!

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Awesome Bookish Birthday

This year is going to be such an awesome bookish birthday for me! Not only am I turning 20 this year which is super scary enough but there are FIVE books from my favourite series all coming out on my birthday (or in one case two days after!) So this birthday will be completly full of books!

My Birthday is the 6th of October and coming out on that day:

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die  
Rick Riordan has always had a habit of releasing books on the 6th of October or near it. I think it is just destiny that he is my favourite author. This book is already pre-ordered by my parents for my birthday as his books are every year.
Harry Potter the Illustrated Edition
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Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Harry Potter is my most favourite thing in the universe so having a Harry Potter book released on my birthday is a dream come true! Already Pre-ordered this on Amazon for £15. 
The Favourite
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While America Singer’s heart was torn between Aspen and Prince Maxon, her friend Marlee knew exactly what she wanted—and paid the price.

Revisit the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series in this digital original novella. Told from Marlee’s point of view, this all-new 64-page story returns to the fateful Halloween when Marlee and Carter were discovered, and reveals how that night—and Prince Maxon—changed their lives forever.

I have already Pre-ordered this but didn’t realise until after that this is also going to be sent to my kindle on my birthday! I can’t get enough of this series! 
Happily Ever After
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-The Prince (with the two bonus chapters), Maxon’s novella
-The Guard, Aspen’s novella
-The Queen, Amberly’s novella
-The Favorite, Marlee’s novella
-Three scenes from Celeste’s POV
-Lucy’s scene (bonus scene from The One)
-The bonus epilogue
-Where are they now?
-A map
-Various illustrations
I only even realised this existed yesterday and guess when the release date is? Yeah you guessed right, 6th October. I probably will not buy this book just yet as I already have the guard, the queen, the prince and soon the favourite on my kindle, but I am planning on buying all the books in paperback soon because the covers are just so amazing and I need to see them in coulour not black and white on a screen. This edition also has a map, bonus scenes and ILLUSTRATIONS!! So I kind of need it in my life.

Coming out on the 8th of October:


Carry On
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Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

Not pre-ordered but I just need this book in my life. I can’t get enough of Rainbow and of Fangirl.

Review: Salem’s Fury

Title: Salem’s Fury (Vengeance Trilogy #2)

Author: Aaron Galvin

Website/Blog:www.aarongalvin.com

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He is also an accomplished actor. Aaron has worked in everything from Hollywood blockbusters, (Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers), to starring in dozens of indie films and commercials.
Aaron is a native Hoosier, graduate of Ball State University, and a proud member of SCBWI. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.
 

Publisher: Aames & Abernathy
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Horror, Fantasy
Release Date: April 13th 2015

Pages: 260

Where Acquired: Amazon

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Kindle Price: £3.36 (as of when posted) 
You can also buy the book in paperback and even a signed copy from his website.

Cover: 
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Goodreads Description: 
Sarah Kelly fears a father’s sins are revisited upon the children.
Her sister believes different. Adopted by the Miamiak and raised in the wilderness, Rebbecca shares no such concerns. For her, memories of their early life and of Hecate’s attack remain dim.
But history condemns those who neglect the past.
When a war party brings news of a neighbouring tribe attacked for harbouring white folk, they demand the Miamiak aid in avenging their fallen brothers. With rumours the culprits were held in sway to a fearless witch on the rampage, Rebbecca must decide whether to guard those she holds dear or seek vengeance upon a forgotten shade of Salem.

My Review: 
[ Beware Of Spoilers in this review ]
Where the last book in this series only received four stars from me, this one gets five! The only fault I could find in the book is how weak Sarah was made out to be. It was so strange after having such a strong, brave and courageous protagonist in Salem’s Vengeance to see her as a weak and quivering wreck. But that is the only problem I had with this book.

I absolutely loved the change of protagonist to Sarah’s younger sister Rebbecca. It kept the story fresh and exciting and her voice was so different from Sarah’s that you wouldn’t even think they were written by the same person. There will be more on Rebbecca later as I feel like completely fan-girling over her.

This book had so many twists and turns I think I went through a whole box of tissues reading this. Once again as always with Aaron Galvin the book is different. Different in a good way. Where most YA books are full of romance, Aaron’s books put romance on hold or let it burn slowly. He lets the story take over the book and become the main talking point. And what a talking point it is! 

The last book finished with a battle against the witches with a lot of the characters dying in the process. This one ended with a battle with the witches against some rogue braves. So that in it’s own was a change of pace. But as always, the witches are the main villains of the story so we were not left wanting for a battle against them.

Talking about characters dying though… Oh My God… *MAJOR SPOILER ALERT* Galvin has killed off so many characters in this book I was near enough left blabbering like a baby! Galvin killed off two major characters and if he isn’t careful he will start getting a reputation like George R.R Martin! He killed off two of the main characters like it was nothing and in the case of one of the characters in one of the most cruel ways! I still can’t get over those deaths and now I am going to have to read a soppy romance just to recover.

On a more happy and positive note, I loved the Native American culture that was woven into this book. Where the last one was more about the American settlers, this was about the natives. I have always been fascinated by their culture anyway so that is one of the reasons that I have given this book five stars. Reading this book felt like actually living in that era as did the last book. The language Galvin uses in the novel only makes it more realistic.

One new character I really enjoyed reading about was Native American Brave in training Ciquenackqua (Don’t ask me to try and spell that again). I really shipped him with Rebbecca but as I said earlier, romance takes a back seat in Galvin’s novels so we will have to see in the future. He was such a good character because he was the one who held the native American culture to the plot. We learnt about the culture through his eyes and along with Rebbecca they tied the culture to the plot lines of the previous book in the absence of Priest (more on that later).


Priest was very absent from this book, and as my favourite character from the previous novel, I missed him and worried for him at nearly every moment. So I guess that is another negative point. I need more priest in my life!

Rebbecca more than made up for his absence though and is also a stunning character in her own right. I am totally allowed to fan-girl over her now, right?
She is brave, strong and the kind of warrior that every girl wants to be at heart. She started in the last book as a cute child who hides her toys all over the barn as her important task in the battle.

In this book she is strong and courageous and takes the place of Priest in ranging the Forrest instead.
I loved how she was a brave at heart, more so than most of the male braves, even though she was born as a settler. throughout the book she always struggled with her identity slightly when other tribes didn’t accept her as a brave and when her past returned to haunt her. But through it all you could just tell that it was the wild that settled in her heart and that was proved at the end when she was finally made a true brave with a name and a manitous and when she went on to lead her tribe to form alliances with others. She is now one of my favourite ‘bad ass’ female leads.

In conclusion I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read the final book in the series (Salem’s Legacy) which is released in September, and I have no clue what is in store for that book as each one of this series is so excitingly different and I can’t wait to find out. 

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Top Ten Tuesday Fairytales

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This is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Where Fellow Book Bloggers Share Their Top Ten of The Given Subject.

Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read

1. Storybook of Legends Shannon Hale
This book is a retelling of the fairytales through their children’s eyes. Don’t be put off that it is a children’s book with it’s own doll series. It is hilarious and fun with an epic plot line!
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2. Goddess of The Rose P.C Cast
This is a fairytale for adults. A perfect mixture of Beauty and the Beast and Greek mythology. 
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Fairytale Retellings I Want To Read

3. Tiger Lily Jodi Lynn Anderson
Retelling of Peter Pan
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4. Cinder Marissa Meyer
Retelling of cinderella with a robotic and dystopian/sci-fi twist.
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5. UnEnchanted Chanda Hahn
Retelling of most fairtales with the Grimm brother’s decendent.
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6. Avalon High Meg Cabot
Retelling of Camelot.
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7. Of Giants and Ice Shelby Bach  
Retelling of most fairytales.

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Farytales That I Love

8. Peter Pan

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9. Beauty and the Beast

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10. Red Riding Hood
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