Archive | November 2017

Review: Daughters of the Storm

Title: Daughters of the Storm

Author: Kim Wilkins

Date of Publication: March 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Lying in a magic-induced coma, the King of Thyrsland is on the brink of death: if his enemies knew, chaos would reign. In fear for his life and his kingdom, his five daughters set out on a perilous journey to try to save him, their only hope an aunt they have yet to meet, a shadowy practitioner of undermagic who lives on the wild northern borders.

No-one can stand before the fierce tattooed soldier and eldest daughter Bluebell, an army commander who is rumoured to be unkillable, but her sisters, the loyal and mystical Ash, beautiful but unhappily married Rose, pious Willow and uncertain Ivy all have their own secrets to keep from her — the kind of secrets that if revealed could bring disaster down upon not only them, but the entire kingdom.

Waiting in the wings is stepbrother Wylm whose dealings with Bluebell’s greatest enemy, Hakon the Raven King, would end Bluebell’s dreams of revenge on his mother and propel his own desperate grasp for power.

My Review:

Okay, so this book had some pretty nice betrayal, which was my favorite part. There are a lot of POV’s, especially because there are five sisters, and each one has their own stuff going on in the book. I liked that I could tell them apart—the warrior, the romantic, the seer, the flirt, and the crazy. Bluebell reminded of Xena, because she was the ultimate fighter. There were times when I wanted to disagree with her, for example the stuff with Rose, but I could always see from her POV that she makes the best decisions for her kingdom.

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Now even though there were five different sisters, I couldn’t really connect with most of them. I didn’t expect to either, but I did like Rose and her daughter Rowan. I actually preferred the “villain” Wylm the most. Also sweet Eni! I felt so bad for Eni, and you have to read the book to see why. Also Willow was just a big freak of nature!

The story itself was good, and I was glad to see the F bomb dropped instead of made up curse words. I just wanted to love the characters more, which I hope will happen in the second book. But regardless, the book was very much entertaining!

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Review: Hidden Hero

Title: Hidden Hero

Author: Amy Patrick

Date of Publication: November 26th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A hero can come from the unlikeliest of places…

After a year-long separation and a search across continents, Macy and Nic have found each other again. Now they must find her family—the birth mother who abandoned her at the hospital and fled back to her people’s secret sanctuary—if they are to beat the clock and save the human race from the onslaught of the coming Plague.
Alessia didn’t intend to activate the deadly virus, but after determining that Nic betrayed her, she’s almost glad she did. The only problem? She won’t be around to enjoy the aftermath—she’s being held captive on a remote, windswept island by a mysterious guy who’s completely immune to her Sway and won’t let her get close enough to use her deadly glamour on him.
Give in to the Glamour once more as the end of the human world looms, an ancient secret is unearthed, and a hidden hero emerges.

My Review:

This has been such a fun series! This book was just as good as the rest. This time around we get a couple of other POV’s which are Alessia and Wes, along with Nic and Macy who were the main characters in the other two books. I hate to say it, but I loved Alessia and Wes more than Nic and Macy! But don’t worry Nic and Macy are still awesome!

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Amy Patrick is great at writing swoon, and there was some excellent swoon! The Elf thing is obviously cool, but add in some nymphs and witches, and it creates a whole awesome new ballgame!

There were some pretty stressful parts in this book that kept me on my toes, but it was all worth it in the end. The ending was absolutely perfect!

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Review: The Breathless

Title: The Breathless

Author: Tara Goedjen

Date of Publication: October 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

My Review:

Oh man this book! I’m pissed. So, first off there was a lot of unanswered questions. I normally love when things aren’t wrapped up in a pretty pink bow, but there were some pretty important things that have zero answer?? I’m pretty sure this is a stand alone with the epilogue and the way it ended.

As characters go… I loved Mae and Cage. They were the perfect duo for POV’s. The atmosphere was on the right track, and the writing was lovely. What was kind of weird was the flashbacks that were done in present tense. I just found that odd thinking the now stuff should have been present tense and the before stuff in past tense. I can ignore that aspect, though.

Cage lost his “love” Ro. We don’t know if he really killed her, like people believe. The problem here was that I absolutely hated Ro! I didn’t see why everyone was obsessed with her—from Cage, to Lance, to the dad—Sonny. She seemed annoying and self centered. Everything would have been fine if I could just believe the epic love between Cage and Ro from the past, but I could not!

Lance came across as a creep from the first page he entered the book. I just never knew what his deal was. The dad was a piece of crap—yes, you lost your daughter, but you have two other ones that need taking care of. And dang it, Mae was just such an awesome character.

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The witch crafty book seemed pretty neat, though. Especially with it all being warm to the touch and interesting. There were also chapters going deep into the past which I really liked, but I had unanswered questions there, too!! There was also this build up of a bond between Mae and Cage that I loved. I can’t give away any more details, but I’m annoyed. However, I still recommend reading it and maybe, hopefully, there will be another book to answer my questions.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Cover Reveal: The Lost Savior

Today is the cover reveal for The Lost Savior by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

The Lost SaviorThe Lost Savior (Alinthia #1)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Reverse Harem
Age category: upper Young Adult / New Adult
Release Date: 30 January 2018

Blurb:
They came from another world to protect her. Now it’s her destiny to save them …

Tori King is a normal senior in high school. Head over heels in love with her childhood sweetheart, she is busy making plans for college when a chance encounter with an alien bounty hunter turns her world upside down. Now, she’s experiencing terrifying changes and developing supernatural abilities that leave her questioning her entire existence.

Then the arrival of four hot new guys at school has everyone talking—especially when they become fixated on Tori, following her wherever she goes. She can’t shake them off, and as they grow closer, she finds herself drawn to all four of them in ways she cannot explain.

When they finally reveal their true identity, and why they’re here for her, she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie.

Because there is nothing normal about Tori King.

And she’s about to discover exactly how underrated normal is.

This mind-bending paranormal alien reverse harem series is only suitable for readers aged seventeen and older due to language and mature content.

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SiobhanAbout the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Movie Review: Coco

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IMDB Summary:

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.

 

 

My Review:

Pixar is pretty tricky for me because I hate most of their movies with the exception of Brave—that reminded me more of the straight up Disney side like Tangled, etc. I just don’t get a lot of cartoon movies, and I mainly like stuff like Coraline, etc. However, I really liked The Book of Life which this trailer gave me some of those vibes.

I generally have to take my daughter to most of these cartoon movies which I usually hate, especially the corny animal ones. I can’t think of one talking animal movie I like… I am even not that big of a fan of The Lion King.

Anyway, I was already annoyed with all the skeleton’s having eyeballs. I know, I know, I love Corpse Bride and some of them have eyeballs, but they are more of a creepy eyeball. And in The Book of Life it was more of a cool flame type thing. I know Pixar was probably trying to make the skeletons more kid friendly, but it just looks dumb!

The movie itself was just okay for me. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot, but my husband and daughter seemed to love it. There was a “twist” I didn’t see coming, so at least Pixar got me there. The scenes were gorgeous and colorful, especially the amazing spirit animals. So, I was more thrilled about the vibrant setting than the story line itself. But it’s a good story for kids to remember family is important—so there’s that. What I’m more excited for is my daughter wants to see the new Star Wars!

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Review: The Demon in the Wood

Title: The Demon in the Wood

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Date of Publication: June 17th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:
Before he became the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy of extraordinary power. Get a look into the past that forged a brutal and brilliant leader.

My Review:

So of course I love all the Grisha books from Bardugo. But, the one thing I have never understood is why so many people are obsessed with the Darkling. He’s a cool character with interesting magic and all, but he’s seriously not that awesome. I mean, Nikolai is, and will always be my number one from that series. And the sky has answered my prayers since he will be getting his own book soon.

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I was hoping from this prequel, I would maybe become more of a Darkling fan. Unfortunately, I did not. However, he is still a great character, and Bardugo’s writing is fantastic as usual. I did like seeing a little thirteen year old Darkling and his crazy mother. This was a great read for anyone who loves the series and wants to see a little glimpse of the past.

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Review: Whichwood

Title: Whichwood

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Date of Publication: November 14th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

My Review:

So, for the most part I loathe middle grade books. I find them not gritty enough. I don’t mind younger children picture books though, and of course YA, but there is just something about middle grade that is a big NO! However, I loved Mafi’s other book Furthermore which was middle grade. I just have to say Shatter Me is my favorite series ever.

Anyway, I know people have said this book is dark, but I feel it’s perfect for the junior high age. What I really liked here was Mafi’s fantastic writing and originality. I mean, a girl that washes dead corpses for a living? Amazing!

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Laylee has had a rough life, and I think it was great to depict that because there are so many kids out there that don’t have a perfect upbringing who may relate to Laylee. Mafi also brings back Alice and Oliver from Furthermore, and dear God please let Mafi write a YA book or NA book on these characters grown up.

The book has more like a narration vibe, so if you don’t like that, you may not like this duology. But I was simply captivated by the world!

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Review: Library of Souls

Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Date of Publication: September 22nd, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

My Review:

So, this time around, I had a very important question that I never thought about until this book. So, the invisible boy: was he born invisible?? Since he doesn’t go back and forth between human and invisible, because that would have been a very strange birth for his mother.

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Anyway, I really liked Emma and Jacob’s bond in this one, but I still had to try and ignore the fact that he’s sixteen, and she’s technically an old woman in a young girl’s body.  Besides the romance, there was plenty of action and interesting reveals, throughout that kept me engrossed.

I wish every book had photographs mixed in with a novel because they are so cool! Overall, a great ending to this fun series!

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Review: Fliers

Title: Fliers

Author: Nathaniel Russell

Date of Publication: October 3rd, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The perfect present for bros and dormroom inhabitors, this collection of viral fake fliers is at once strange, thought-provoking, and hilarious. Printed on heavy, cardstock-like paper, these 20 “fake” fliers both celebrate and embody surreal posters–like the kind plastered all over college campuses, only taken to the next level. As a bonus feature, the sturdy paperback comes with a french-fold jacket that, when removed, opens up to reveal a larger poster. Images include a duck posting about the pet dog he found and an anonymous group posting about a quiet universe. There is something in this collection for everyone who ever looked at a postered telephone pole or coffee house bulletin board and wondered “is there more out there?”

My Review:

This book had a really cool setup. There are these fliers inside, and if you choose you can peel them out and display them wherever you would like.

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The problem I had were the fliers themselves. The pictures were interesting, but the stuff that was written with each flier, I just didn’t find humorous. Maybe it all just went over my head. I’m sure lots of people will find the book unique, and I wouldn’t mind seeing more books like this, but I wanted a little more from this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Review: Certain Dark Things

Title: Certain Dark Things

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: October 25th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.

Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.

And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.

Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?

My Review:

I wanted to read this because I really liked Silvia’s other book, The Beautiful Ones. While I still liked her other book better, this one was pretty great. First, I liked the Mexico setting. Second, these vampires were awesome.

The main girl Atl isn’t your normal heroine. She’s not the best at everything, she has killed, and she wants to take care of herself first. Domingo was such a clinger, but he was so sweet that you can’t help but like him.

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Nick was a freaking douche of a vampire, and his chapters were probably my favorite. I liked most of the side characters as well. What slowed it down for me was Ana’s chapters. I know why Ana’s chapters had to be there—so you can see why everything connects, but not a lot went down in most of hers. Toward her last few chapters they did get intense, though!

Overall, this was a fun read. Loved the darkness. Loved the ending. And I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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