Review: By a Charm and a Curse

Title: By a Charm and a Curse

Author: Jaime Questell

Date of Publication: February 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.

My Review:

I am extremely picky with Entangled Teen books. I think I have only liked Obsidian (Lux Series), The Book of Ivy, and Violet Grenade—I always seem to get let down. But I was like okay, this is about a carnival? I’ll have to try it.

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The book starts with Emma getting duped into taking over a boy’s curse. She ends up sort of wooden and having to work inside a box to find some other poor sap to switch her spots, so she can have her life back. I loved this whole aspect. I felt most of the book was original and really cool. I even liked both of the main characters Emma and Benjamin, because usually in these types of books someone gets on my nerves. But they were cute together.

Now, the part of the romance I hated was “love talking” way too soon. That is my biggest pet peeve in books. You can have attraction from the get go because that is pretty much real life, but come on with the loveeeeeeeeee. I think it would have been better with more build up, more interactions, and more conversations between the two—then it would have been more believable. This however was minor for me because the story really was good.

I have to let it be known that my favorite character here was Sidney. Yes, he put Emma in the box to begin with, but he felt like the most developed character in the whole book. And I loved him!!!!!!!! You’ll have to read and see why. So, I’ll definitely be pre-ordering a copy of this book!

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Review: How to Hang a Witch

Title: How to Hang a Witch

Author: Adriana Mather

Date of Publication: July 26th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

My Review:

I have always been fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials, and how such a crazy amount of people were accused and taken into custody and murdered! I have wanted to go to Salem for a long time to check out the history, so I was pretty intrigued when I saw this book.

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I thought it was a whole lot of fun. First, though, the whole mean girls thing who were known as the Descendants, kept reminding me of that terrible Disney movie my daughter watches. Second off, let me go with my couple of pet peeves… I let out a breath I didn’t know I had been holding… come on that’s not possible! Then there was the dreaded love triangle. It was obvious who Sam liked better butttttttt she still kissed them both and “liked” them both. It would have been a whole lot better if Jaxon would have only been a friend from the start, or Elijah (the ghost)—she would have only had to help, not crush on.

Other than that, the book was really fun. I thought a lot of the ghosty events were pretty cool. The rash scene was so freaking good. I did guess who the villain was, but that’s fine. Now, the book ended with a perfect ending that I loved, so I’m not so sure about a second book, but I’m going to start it now, so we shall see.

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Review: Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over

Title: Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over

Author: Shani Petroff

Date of Publication: May 15th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart… what could go wrong?

After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can’t get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari’s. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!

When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!

My Review:

So, far this is my third book by Shani Petroff. And she is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. She knows how to write the perfect humor mixed with a great story.

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What I loved best about this book was the setting! I love stories and movies involving airports. Sari has an upcoming trip all planned out, and her boyfriend Zev is going to be there with her. What happens before they are supposed to leave? She catches another girl’s lips planted on Zev’s.

My favorite character was hands down Zev, he was sweet and cute and thoughtful! I wish he would have shook Sari’s shoulders really hard! Sari, Sari, Sari… I love saying her name because it’s such an awesome name, but I wanted to smack some sense into her. What I liked best about her, though, was she felt like a real teen in that situation—and teens tend to overreact and do things without thinking! I know I did!

I had fun with this book, and even after I finished the last page, I kept thinking about the story. It just gave me all sorts of feels, and I was with Sari every step of the way. I can’t wait to see what Petroff has next!

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Review: Signal to Noise

Title: Signal to Noise

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: February 10th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.

Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends — Sebastian and Daniela — and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love…

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?

My Review:

The Beautiful Ones is still my favorite book so far by Silvia, but this one was pretty darn awesome. Also the cover on this one is redesigned, which the book is nothing like Stranger Things besides have a 1980’s setting. I’m all about the 80’s so the setting rocked my socks!

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As for characters, this was a very character driven novel. Meche was freaking cool and could also be utterly cruel, too—which I liked! Sebastian was so sweet and Daniela was adorable, especially with her Easy Bake Oven. So, Meche could basically do magic when records are playing, and she enlists these two friends to help her.

Meche’s dad is a real piece of work. We get some glimpses from his POV, and he constantly feels sorry for himself instead of working hard for his family. And he pissed me off with the things he did!

The book rotates back and forth between 1988 and 2009, and I liked in the later chapters that you got to see the characters grow, including Meche who needed it the most. The ending was great, and this was a fun book to get a magical nostalgia feel!

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Review: Ash Princess

Title: Ash Princess

Author: Laura Sebastian

Date of Publication: April 24th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

My Review:

I’m just going to open up and say this book is just a jumbo of every other fantasy book thrown together, especially Ruined by Amy Tintera, which is a much better book in my opinion. There were Red Queen vibes as well. I think if this would have been my first YA fantasy book, I would have probably liked it a lot more. Also, throw in my most hated trope, sort of a weird love triangle, and you already have me annoyed. Another thing is I hate when an author tries to make a character seem more badass than they really are—Miss I am the almighty queen and take myself way too seriously.

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The problem I had with Theo/Thora is that she was bland, fickle over saying her friend Cress is her bff to no she isn’t, Soren I want you—Soren I want you dead, kiss me Blaise—Kiss. Me. Just. Because. We. Could. Have. Been. Then she was cocky, and all like I’m going to bring my almighty kingdom back. Enough! I wanted to shake this book and knock the stupidity out of it! Then Theo has this deep connection with the people from the rebellion from memories when she was like 7 and younger. How does she remember all this stuff from when she is like five, when I can barely remember yesterday!

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Anyway, the writing was really good in this, and it’s obvious the author has talent, but come on! If you take away the tropes (like girl wants to betray/kill guy, yet falls for him), this could have been so much better! Theo could have been amazing!

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Undone: Review + Giveaway

 

 

From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Higgins comes a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America brought to life and entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. UNDONE, the stunning conclusion in the Unknown Trilogy is now available! Grab your copies of the Unknown Trilogy today!

 

 

About UNKNOWN (Unknown Trilogy #1):

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

 

 

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About UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2):

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

 

 

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About UNDONE (Unknown Trilogy #3):

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been taken over, but it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the one precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

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My Review:

This is definitely one of the best NA series out there. It’s more than just swoon, there’s actually a great story line here. This time it’s told from two point of views—Amber and her best friend Remy, who has been separated away from Amber with the aliens.

At first, I was like I don’t know because while the series has been an awesome ride, Remy has been my least favorite character. But Higgins made me enjoy her POV more than Amber’s because of the story line between Remy and the senator. Is it wrong of me to think the senator is the hottest character? You know, being alien and all and has helped take down humanity? But he was!

Amber and Rylen were on fire when they had scenes together, loved them! The friendship bonds, and the team effort to help save their world is what made this book amazing. The way people are drawn together that normally aren’t during a catastrophe made this book seem all the more real. Spectacular job to Higgins, who has made this series in my top NA books!

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About Wendy Higgins:

Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

 

 

 

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Ever the Brave: Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

I am so
excited that EVER THE BRAVE by Erin
Summerill is available now and that I get to share the news!


If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Erin Summerill, be sure
to check out all the details below.


This blitz
also includes a giveaway for a 3 finished copies of the book courtesy of Erin,
HMH, Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
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About The Book:

Title: EVER THE
BRAVE (Clash of Kingdoms #2)

Author: Erin
Summerill
Pub.
Date: 
December 5, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books
for Young Readers
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover,
eBook
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Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only
wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the
King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much
she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are
those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a
way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be
lost.
The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as
Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.
 
 
 
 
About Book 1
Title: EVER THE
HUNTED
Author: Erin
Summerill
Pub.
Date: 
December 27, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books
for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook,
audiobook
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her
dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father,
the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is
murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or
inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When
Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she
is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
However, it’s not so simple.
The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former
apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke
her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad
kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power
than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will
make her a daunting and dangerous force. 
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The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.
 
Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase
that smile. I slam the door.
 
“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against
the stone.
 
“I am.”
 
A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”
 
“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.”
 
“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something
different form brown trousers.
 
“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust
on me and make me noble.”
 
Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.
 
“Stop it,” I snap.
 
She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That
grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.
 
The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from
her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be
free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how
to break the bond.
 
If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to
do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five
minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.
 
I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of
the bond. I have to.
Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.”
 
I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and
shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly
clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads
from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of
ale.
 
I’ve felt this way before.
 
“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath
suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The
breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is
very wrong.
 
“The king.”
About Erin:

Erin Summerill was
born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in
Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin
graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had
aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher
than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional
photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of
shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally,
provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut
YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding,
she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could
be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

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