Stephanie's books

Clockwork Angel
City of Bones
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Golden Compass
Night World, No. 2
Thirst No. 2: Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever
Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn
The Iron Daughter
The Iron King
A Discovery of Witches
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Hunger Games
The Host
City of Glass
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Friday, 1 May 2015

Read to Review- Blood and Beasts (The Life and Trials of Persephone Black book 1)

Title:  Blood and Beasts (The Life and Trials of Persephone Black book 1)
Author: L.M. Miller
Rating: 4.5 /5

Turning sixteen, Seph learns that true friends can handle accidental dragons, blood-chugging contests, and virgin-sacrificing cults. 

Seph thought she was the average teenager. She was raised in a foster home. She had a half-brother and half-sister. She had a few best friends. Then she turns sixteen, and she makes out with her best friend, bites him, and nearly kills him. Becoming a vampire isn’t easy. Now, filled with an insatiable urge for blood, she finds herself shipped to Monster Academy, which is filled with the rest of the freaks of nature, like her. Befriending a couple of witches, a wizard, and a few werewolves, this vampire with an identity crisis finds out that she’s not the only one with problems. As much as she may think she is a monster, she learns that what you are on the inside is what makes you a monster or not. She finds herself immersed in a world of fairy colonies, backstabbing brethren, and teenage romance, but in this whole new world of hers, a blood-crazed monster like herself might be just what it needs.

My Review:

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The book starts and gets right to the point and I loved that, there is a lot of action and discovery in the first few chapters and it really drew me in, and the quick and easy pace kept me going, usually much longer than I should have, proving how fun it really is.
I very much enjoyed the large and loveable cast of characters but on the other hand it did take me a while to get some of them straight and to be honest there are still a few that still make me pause for a second to recall who they are but I guess that is to be expected when a boarding school of magical creatures is involved and their pasts are all very deeply explored giving you a ton of info. Speaking of the characters and their in depth pasts I really loved how so much of this book focused on their dark truths and how they all came together to heal. it was neat to see the union of vampires, werewolves, and witches and how they helped each other cope no matter their past or mistakes. My favorite part about this book was the freindships and how they grew with the characters.
I must confess that the fact that the focus was the issues these characters faced while trying to adjust to a new life of the magical world, the large threat that they faced at the end seemed rushed and sort of just thrown in there but it was also very action packed and it set up what I imagine will be a great sequel without being to cliff hanger like. 
I really really liked this book and anyone who enjoys a good paranormal read with a lot of emotion then I would highly recommend this one for you.
I am excited for book two and I hope it is as full of action and friendship as this one was I will even enjoy a little more heartbreak just to spend some time in this world