The Essence of Aptitude by Esha Bajaj – Review

The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles #1) by Esha Bajaj

The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles, #1)

Rating

3/5

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

The Great Empire of Corpus thrives by the hand of a system that monitors their citizens from birth. Their inclination towards logic is calculated into a finite number that is branded onto their wrists on their ranking day at the age of sixteen, and they are separated into one of six colored categories.
Juliet and Gwendolyn Fenn spend the beginning of their lives bound back by the Grey status of their parents, residing at the utmost bottom of the hierarchy. On ranking day, agents of a mysterious unranked sect, the Conscience, snatch Juliet from her home. They take her to the Cerebrum, the capitol of the land and the dwelling place of the Metallic ranks, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Once there, Juliet is informed that she has not only been ranked as a Gold, but as the First, and will be groomed to be the crowned ruler of the nation.
Gwendolyn, ranked into Blue, only one step higher from her origins, soon becomes sick with resentment as the depths of her sister’s arrogance come to light. She decides to take matters into her own hands and joins the Fracture, an insurgent group lead by the notorious Tyus Zraa, who’s true colors Gwendolyn fails to discover until she is in too deep to turn around

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Kate Fox and the Three Kings by Grace Pulliam – ARC Review

Kate Fox and the Three Kings by Grace Pulliam

Kate Fox & The Three Kings

Rating

3/5

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

Goodreads Description

Kate Fox is the social leper amongst the notorious Blood of Christ cult, whom Kate affectionately refers to as W.H.O.R.E. (We Hate Outsiders, (Your) Religion, and Everyone). While most 17-year-olds prepare for college after their high school graduation, Kate is wedged between obnoxious picketing, spreading God’s hatred like confetti, and her host mother’s relentless body shaming. She finds herself the target of the church’s cruelty as something wicked stirs behind the pews and courses through the veins of the church’s most beloved members. When one of Kate’s only friends, the pastor’s son, starts acting strange, she realizes that W.H.O.R.E. is safe no longer.

After Kate is attacked during a long day of funeral picketing, she discovers that the cult members are not the only folks with power, and she escapes into Daniel Boone’s National Forest, garnering an unexpected ally while trekking through the wilderness. Kate’s grandparents are dead, so she heads for her last option: a tiny Florida town, covered in Spanish moss and home to her aunt and cousin. Under her cousin Billie’s direction, Kate attempts to forget the past six years living in a cult, and braces herself for a normal college experience: skipping classes, learning how to shotgun beers, and navigating her thorny attraction towards her boss at the Olde Time Soda Fountain, a peculiar and mutilated man named Hemming, but crippling insecurity and ancient lore thwart Kate’s transition into normalcy.

The same evil that resided within Brushy Fork, Kentucky, has followed Kate to Florida, threatening her happiness and the safety of her family. Kate must rise as the Final Fox if she wishes to escape the tendrils of W.H.O.R.E., and every Fox is required to play the ancient and deadly Three Kings Game in order to harness their power. Lose and die. Win and live. It’s time to play.

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Hell House by Richard Matheson – Review

Hell House by Richard Matheson

Hell House

Rating

3/5

Goodreads Description

Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newspaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death.

Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

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Salem’s Vengeance by Aaron Galvin – Review

 Salem’s Vengeance by Aaron Galvin

Salem's Vengeance (Vengeance Trilogy, #1)

Rating

3/5

I received a copy of this novel on NetGalley for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kelly never expected to meet the Devil’s daughter. She only sought innocent dancing in the moonlight, not a coven entranced by their dark priestess. When her friends partake of a powder meant to conjure spirits – and the results go horribly awry – Sarah is forced to make a choice. To keep their secret risks her own damnation, but to condemn them may invoke the accusing remnants of Salem to rise again.

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