Book Reviews: Scorpion Trap, Lost Boy, Roar

It’s been a looooong time since I’ve done any book reviews, and today I seem to have extra time on my hands, so I thought it would be a good time to give shout outs to three of my favourite books that I’ve read this summer since I reviewed The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen. My reviews will be brief (those query letters and rewrites aren’t gonna complete themselves) but trust me when I say these are books you NEED to pick up and read this summer. They’re stellar and I easily give them way more than five stars.

SCORPION TRAP –– P. DaCosta

“Given a choice, I’d prefer never to return to Egypt. Isis doesn’t do choices.”

The old world is dead. Legend tells us the gods are myths. But some remain, like a noose around Ace Dante’s neck. And none are more dangerous than Isis. She demands the Soul Eater return to the land time forgot, break into a newly discovered tomb, and retrieve the skull from the sarcophagus inside. If Ace does this one thing, Isis will reveal the secrets he desperately seeks.

Ace knows there’s a catch, there always is, but the truth is far worse than even he can imagine.

As Isis’s true intentions unravel, so does Ace’s past, leaving him no choice at all.

History is wrong.

The past is a lie.

And for the Soul Eater, the truth found in Egypt is far more terrifying than any god.

A short book, but a kick-ass one. Filled with twists, unconventional magic, and a lot of action, this is an urban fantasy book you don’t want to miss.

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LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK –– Christina Henry

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter will say I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend. Peter Lies.

READ IT READ IT READ IT. One of the best entries to the “classic-villain-origin-story” genre, it’s filled with heart emotion, and psychological horror. You won’t be able to put it down. You’ll be… hooked!

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ROAR –– Cora Carmack 

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

While still a sweeping adventure with strong characters and cool magic, this one is definitely for the romantics out there. I couldn’t get enough of the story and definitely want more!

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And that’s that! I’ll try to get some more reviews in for the summer and definitely have some on my To Be Read shelf that deserve a spot here, but the above three are the ones you definitely don’t want to miss out. Let me know in the comments below which books you are reading this summer and what you recommend. I’m always on the hunt for new books! Happy reading!

Amy

 

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