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T*Witches: The Witch Hunters by H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld

Cam and Alex are back in their hometown with new drama and new powers – just as a new enemy comes to visit.

Title: The Witch Hunters
Author: H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld
Series: T*Witches, Book 08
Publish Date: June 1, 2003, Scholastic
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: In the aftermath of an unsettled trip to Coventry Island, Cam and Alex cannot rest until they find out why one of the Six Pack is showing off some strange powers, and why a stranger to Marble Bay wants to deprive its people of magic.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat Mandu says…

If you were to read the original paperback summary of what this story is about, you’d probably be confused. My copy says that Cam’s BFF’s are acting way weird. But the fact is they’re really not. With the exception of one particular friend the twins discover is a “sensitive”—aka someone who is not born a real witch, but has certain abilities like ESP or heightened senses)—Cam’s friends don’t really play a particular role in the plot at all.

It does start with an assassination attempt on the warlock-turned-actor, Brice Stanley, which the girls manage to stop. Obsessed with finding this reaper-like stalker, the girls get in tune with their newly developed abilities to find out just who this mad guy is. Turns out he’s connected with Sersee, the enemy witch from the previous book. He hates all things witchy and has spent the last few years hunting down and calling out several witches in his attempt to expose them and magic in general.

Ileana and Miranda have their own adventure as well, confronting Sersee, who stole Karsh’s sacred journal, and Thantos, who gets a taste of his own medicine once Sersee exacts her revenge for cursing her into stone. But they end up retrieving the book and regaining some confidence. Plus, Miranda sees a new side to Thantos she’s been denying, so hopefully, she figures out that even if he isn’t a murderer, he’s still a dick.

This one had a nice flow to it, which is why I rated it higher. The bad guys are still goofy and there are some inevitably cheesy moments, but all in all, it’s a great addition to the series.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

You might try the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing, the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, and Witches’ Key To Terror by Silver RavenWolf.

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Novus by Crystal Marcos

In this dystopian novel, the Cresecren are a race created by humans. Cayden is one of them, living in a world where people like him are treated like mere servants. Can he survive in a war between the species? Or will he lose everything if he does?

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Novus
Author: Crystal Marcos
Series: The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 01
Publish Date: August 28, 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s Description: Seventeen-year-old Cayden expected to live out his days with the dysfunctional Human family he was assigned to serve. One fateful night, however, landed him in Gavaron, the home of maimed, elderly, or defiant.

Beyond its borders is the Den, an area much more dangerous than Cayden ever imagined. He unwittingly becomes involved in a conspiracy and is one of a handful of survivors fleeing a deadly attack. They set off on a perilous journey in search of refuge and the truth. Along the way, Cayden begins to comprehend the difference between fully living and merely surviving, while trying to balance his emotions and a forbidden love.


Kat Mandu says…

This is a dystopian novel, though I wouldn’t relate it to the Divergent, Hunger Games, or even The Lunar Chronicles series because it didn’t remind me of any of them. It has a lot of action, intrigue, and interesting characters, but I’m not quite sure why people are calling it the next Hunger Games.

It’s set in a world where Mother Nature kinda went crazy because of all the industrial pollution and whatnot, so Cresecrens were invented to withstand the harsh nature of things and become humanity’s sacrificial slaves.

Cayden is one of these Cresecrens, exiled by the human family he served for stupid reasons. He and his fellow Cresecrens become entangled in a web of renegade deceit and end up becoming wanted terrorists.

The idea behind it sounds great, but for me, it kinda fell flat. There were quite a few action scenes I had to reread because I didn’t understand what was happening the first time. It felt like minor details were left out, and even when I went back to reread it, I still didn’t quite catch it. Maybe that’s just me, though.

The only other thing that bothered me was the repetition of an idea. Cayden and his ragtag group of friends are running, trying to find sanctuary, but this happens about four times, and each time, they are either betrayed completely by humans or their own kind, or something happens that makes them have to leave the sanctuary. You’d think they’d learn after a while not to trust anyone and move on by themselves.

Besides that, the characters are engaging enough to keep my attention. Cayden is your not-so-typical-typical teenage boy, all naïve and experiencing certain feelings for the first time. Later, there are two girls who become somewhat love interests—one more than the other—that play a role in shaping him into the person he’s meant to be. Plus a bunch of other silly and serious characters that make the story both fun and deadly along the way.

I enjoyed this read, I just feel like it needs some editing on the action scenes and some better world building.

Other recommendations…

…you might try stuff with cool, futuristic tech like Divergent, The Last Survivors, or The Maze Runner.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

New Release Bulletin – Almost Invincible by Kristen Brand

Hot Off The Press! New Release!

Superpowers? Check!

Supervillains? Check!

Spandex? Of course!

Today marks the fresh release of Kristen Brand’s next installment of her White Knight and Black Valentine chronicles. This superhero series is full of badassery, romance, and epic fights between incredibly gifted heroes and classic villains.

Introducing Almost Invincible!

Title: Almost Invincible
Author: Kristen Brand
Series: White Knight and Black Valentine, Book 03
Genre: Superhero fantasy
Publication Date: September 30, 2017

Publisher’s Description: A theme park turns into a death-trap of sadistic supervillains… 

White Knight is the most popular superhero in the country—which is bad news for David Del Toro, formerly White Knight, who retired from heroics years ago and just wants some peace and quiet. When the White Knight ride at a superhero-inspired theme park has a grand reopening, Dave is more than happy to give his complimentary tickets to his daughter and her friends and spend the day at home. But then the park gets taken hostage by supervillains. 

The man known as Bloodbath spent the last decade in a maximum-security prison and blames White Knight for putting him there. He’s given an ultimatum: the hero comes to face him, or he’ll kill every tourist in the park. Dave barely managed to beat Bloodbath while in his prime and doesn’t like his chances now that he’s old and busted. But unless he does something, every innocent person in the park is going to die…including his daughter. 

Almost Invincible is the third book of The White Knight & Black Valentine Series but can be read as a standalone. If you like tense thrillers with big, superpowered action, don’t wait—download Almost Invincible now!


I’m so excited!!!!

Personally, I’ve enjoyed this series greatly. You can find my reviews of the first two books—Hero Status and Villainous—already on this site. Plus, I’ve got plans to read both The Best Man and Almost Invincible, not to mention review them so you can check out just how awesome these books are.

It’s out today, so take a look, and support this fabulous author! If you love superheroes on top of notoriously evil plots, great writing, and super awesome characters.

Amazon Links…

About The Author…

If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she’d want telekinesis so she wouldn’t have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she’s not writing, she’s usually reading novels or comic books. Hero Status is her first novel.

T*Witches: Kindred Spirits by H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld

In Kindred Spirits, Alex and Cam are off to Coventry Island—the small island where they were born and where witches and warlocks are free to use their magic. But it’s not all fun. The twins are there for a funeral—but may soon be attending their own.

Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld
Series: T*Witches, Book 07
Publish Date: February 1, 2003, Scholastic
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionIn the seventh installment of this mega-popular series, teen witches Cam and Alex return to their birthplace and discover a few shocking secrets about their mysterious past!

Welcome to Coventry Island, a lush, mystical land that is home to a powerful community of witches and warlocks. It is here that teen witches Cam and Alex were born. And now, the twins have returned to Coventry to say a final farewell to their beloved guardian Karsh. But when the girls visit their ancestral home on the island, they discover there are many truths to be revealed about their past. Their mother, Miranda, has secrets to share. And then there’s the group of teen witches and warlocks who Cam and Alex meet. Will these teens help the twins…or are they up to something more sinister?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat Mandu says…

The Twitches are back in the seventh installment of this fun, magical series. Alex, excited to be finally around people and magic she understands, feels at home on Coventry Island. Not so much for Cam, who feels like the only home that is truly hers is the one she left behind. Either way, both girls get to see their family estate their own is the ruined house where they were born. They get to meet up with Miranda, their mother, plus Ileana and Thantos, who each have agendas and drama of their own.

The plot focuses on them “coming out” into the witch land and accepting their heritage, dealing with the loss of their beloved mentor Karsh, and facing off against a new enemy they weren’t expecting.

Sersee is an interesting villain, though she doesn’t come off as truly evil—more something to be feared, but also pitied. She’s got a history and a bad one at that. Plus she’s determined to prove herself to Thantos, so she’ll do anything to please him, even if it means handing over the twins to him.

But in the end, the sisters kick butt and use their powers of good to help win the fight. It’s cheesy and sometimes overdramatic, but still a fun read for kids and adults going through their old books. *wink wink*

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

You might try the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing, the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, and Witches’ Key To Terror by Silver RavenWolf.

T*Witches: Double Jeopardy by H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld

In Double Jeopardy, Alex and Cam are finally meeting their biological mother, Miranda. Ileana is dealing with the discovery that the supposed-evil-guy she’s hated all her life is her father. And Karsh is preparing for something that will change the lives of his charges forever.

Title: Double Jeopardy
Author: H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld
Series: T*Witches, Book 06
Publish Date: October 1, 2002, Scholastic
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionMiranda. The mother Cam and Alex never knew they had. A magnificent witch from the most powerful family on Coventry Island.

REWIND.

Locked away in a sanitarium the twins’ whole lives, Miranda is broken. Physically and spiritually. And her freedom comes with a price. Cam and Alex will have to part with something that means more to them than they ever imagined.

And for once, their guardians can’t help them.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat Mandu says…

This is another short installment to the series that mostly deals with family. On the Barnes side, Dylan is skipping school and getting into trouble he usually doesn’t get into. Trying to help someone in deep danger may lead him spiraling into a trap the twins have to get him out of. His parents are upset, naturally, and trying to figure out what’s gotten into him.

However, the main story arc focuses on Miranda, Thantos, Ileana, and Karsh. And of course, the twins, who are finally meeting their real mom face to face and dealing with their thoughts on where she’s going to fit into their lives. Ileana is facing the stone-cold truth that her dad is actually Thantos, a guy who she still believes has a lot to do with Aron’s murder. Readers are led to believe two different stories on it: Ileana, who thinks Thantos manipulated and lied to Miranda when he told them the twins were gone, and Miranda, who still believes in the best of what Thantos has to offer. Even Karsh mentions that the story is more complicated than it seems because there’s some sort of curse involved.

Anyway, the one thing that bugs me about this in the series is that in this particular book, it mentions that the girls don’t want to get Dave involved because he would be in danger. But at the same time, isn’t he technically their guardian? Slightly magical or what not, or enough to make Karsh think he was responsible enough to protect one twin? So I’m really confused at why suddenly they don’t think he can help them. Or you know, trust him enough to tell him WHAT’S WRONG WITH HIS SON.

Regardless, there’s a lot of family drama in this one. And now Karsh is gone, leaving all his charges to deal with their grief on their own. They’ve got a nice little soap opera happening right now. It’s pretty messed up.

Anyway, I’m off to the next book.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

You might try the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing, the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, and Witches’ Key To Terror by Silver RavenWolf.