Review: Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters

Title: Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters

Author: Emily Roberson

Date of Publication: October 20th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.

When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.

Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?

My Review:

This was a pretty awesome story! And I actually didn’t know this particular Greek mythology tale so it was nice to be able to read something new on that!

The whole social media thing, along with the Greek stuff, was pretty interesting! It just goes to show how bad social media can be. I do use social media a lot, but I actually prefer the world without it.

I absolutely loved Theseus and Ariadne! They had wonderful chemistry and worked great together as a team. My one con is that in the beginning it was super insta-love. I just wish there would have been a little build to that.

Overall, this was a fun book with cool world building, and I would actually love to see a sequel on this because I want more!

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Who is your favorite Greek god or goddess?

Review: Love on Main

Title: Love on Main

Date of Publication: February 11th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

Love on Main is an anthology of 10 short stories which explore the many ways love can be lost and found. The characters range from high school teens to business-owning adults, some finding first loves, others recovering from previous relationships. No two stories are the same, but all come to a similar conclusion: with two people falling in love on Main Street.

My Review:

This was such a wonderful, romantic contemporary collection! It was exactly what I needed! It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day read, or any time really!

I enjoyed all the stories! And these were a few of the stories that stood out to me!

Chasing the Story by C. Vonzale Lewis was awesome! I loved the characters connection so much, their banter, and also the mystery of the story! A true page turner!

Intertextual Relations by Brandy Woods Snow was so freaking adorable! It was like You’ve Got Mail but with texting and at a dance! Loved the dialogue!

The Storm of the Decade by Prerna Pickett was excellent! I love a good storm and Ollie was seriously the best! Can I keep him?

Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers by Deborah Maroulis was a touching and lovely read! The characters were on point!

Jane & Austen’s by Jess Moore was like a modern day Jane Austen story! And I seriously love second chance romances!

Seriously check out this amazing and super cute read!

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What is your favorite love story?

Review: Seven Endless Forests

Title: Seven Endless Forests

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke

Date of Publication: March 31st, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

On the heels of a devastating plague, Torvi’s sister, Morgunn, is stolen from the family farm by Uther, a flame-loving Fremish wolf-priest who leads a pack of ragged, starving girls. Torvi leaves the only home she’s ever known, and joins a shaven-skulled druid and a band of roaming Elsh artists known as the Butcher Bards. They set out on a quest to rescue Torvi’s sister, and find a mythical sword.

On their travels, Torvi and her companions will encounter magical night wilds and mystical Drakes who trade in young men. They will sing rowdy Elshland ballads in a tree-town tavern, and find a mysterious black tower in an Endless Forest. They will fight alongside famous Vorseland archers and barter with Fremish wizards. They will feast with rogue Jade Fell children in a Skal Mountain cave, and seek the help of a Pig Witch. They will face wild, dangerous magic that leads to love, joy, tragedy, and death.

Torvi set out to rescue a sister, but she may find it’s merely the first step toward a life that is grander and more glorious than anything she could have imagined.

My Review:

When I saw there was going to be a companion to The Boneless Mercies, I knew I needed it! And this cover alone is golden!

Torvi was the perfect MC with an emotional backstory. On her journey, she doesn’t forget about what had happened to her in her past, but instead, let it make her new path stronger. Madoc was probably my favorite side character, but I loved them all, especially the Pig Witch, too!

I always love Tucholke’s writing so much! This book was beautiful and strong and I never wanted it to end! I loved the characters, the world building, the myth. Perfection!

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What’s your favorite book involving a journey?

Women Meditation and Power

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Congratulations to Liz Lewinson on the release of the latest edition of Women Meditation and Power!

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Genre: Non-Fiction/ Women’s Studies

Publication Date: January 7, 2020 (New Edition)

Women are the power species on the planet. Why? Because life force or kundalini flows through women more strongly than in men. The primary aspect of the female person is power. The primary aspect of the male person is love and humility. Somewhere back in time, the roles got switched.

Men in charge have unwittingly created a heavy, inflexible power structure that lurches towards destruction. Now is the time for the woman in all of us to up-end the confusion, unravel the deep-rooted lines of misunderstanding, and make it right.

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LIZ LEWINSON is an award-winning author in biography and Buddhism. Her travels and career in technology and communications have allowed her to observe the inversion of the roles of women and men around the world. She speaks on the topics of women, meditation, and power to students, corporations, and community organizations.

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Review: Looking Glass

Title: Looking Glass

Author: Christina Henry

Date of Publication: April 21st, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the universe she created for Alice and Red Queen, where magic runs more freely than anyone suspects, but so do secrets and blood.

Lovely Creature
In the New City lives a girl called Elizabeth, a girl who has a secret: she can do magic. But someone knows Elizabeth’s secret–someone who has a secret of his own. That secret is a butterfly that lives in a jar, a butterfly made by a girl called Alice.

Girl in Amber
Alice and Hatcher are just looking for a place to rest. Alice has been dreaming of a cottage by a lake and a field of wildflowers, but while walking blind in a snowstorm they stumble into a castle that seems empty and abandoned…at least until nightfall.

When I First Came to Town
Hatcher wasn’t always Hatcher. Once, he was a boy called Nicholas, and Nicholas fancied himself the best fighter in the Old City. No matter who fought him he always won. Then his boss tells him he’s going to battle the fearsome Grinder, a man who never leaves his opponents alive.

The Mercy Seat
Alice has a secret–a secret that not even Hatcher knows yet, but pretty soon she won’t be able to keep it from him.

My Review:

I absolutely adored The Chronicle of Alice duology, so I just knew I had to get my hands on this collection of shorts!

I’ll have to say that my two favorites were, When I First Came to Town and The Mercy Seat. I think because I love Hatcher so much! So I loved seeing his life before Alice and then after Alice!

Girl in Amber was just okay—I think because Hatcher was missing for most of it, and I wish he would have been there more. But I get why it was done that way. And as for Lovely Creature, it was interesting, but again, I was still wanting more of Alice in that one!

Overall, this is a wonderful collection who wanted a bit more after reading the original Alice duology! Also, Henry has the best writing!

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What’s your favorite retelling?

Review: Corpse & Crown

Title: Corpse & Crown

Author: Alisa Kwitney

Date of Publication: February 1st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

From Alisa Kwitney comes a connected novel set in the same alternative Victorian England of Cadaver & Queen. Corpse & Crown follows the story of Agatha DeLacey, an Ingold nursing student who travels to London and uncovers a devastating secret about the country’s Bio-Mechanicals. Inspired by the classic story of Oliver Twist and complete with a dashing Artful Dodger-inspired male lead, this retelling is a satisfying follow-up to Kwitney’s clever and critically acclaimed young adult debut.

My Review:

This was a super fun companion! I love the whole Frankenstein concept, and this one added in Oliver Twist inspiration!

I wasn’t so sure if I was going to like Aggie based on the last book, but I loved her! And Dodger! The cute romance between them was adorable! And oh my heart, Will! I really enjoyed reading his chapters, too!

The historical fantasy stuff was just so cool here with the biochemical people! I seriously need to read more from this author, and I’d love even more from this world!

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