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Review: In Another Time

Title: In Another Time

Author: Caroline Leech

Date of Publication: August 28th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Love is worth the fight

It’s 1942, and Maisie McCall is in the Scottish Highlands doing her bit for the war effort as a Women’s Timber Corps lumberjill. Maisie relishes her newfound independence and her growing friendships—especially with the enigmatic John Lindsay.

As Maisie and John work side-by-side felling trees, Maisie can’t help but feel like their friendship has the spark of something more to it. And yet every time she gets close to him, John pulls away. It’s not until Maisie rescues John from a terrible logging accident that he begins to open up to her about the truth of his past, and the pain he’s been hiding.

Suddenly everything is more complicated than Maisie expected. And as she helps John untangle his shattered history, she must decide if she’s willing to risk her heart to help heal his. But in a world devastated by war, love might be the only thing left that can begin to heal what’s broken.

My Review:

I absolutely loved Leech’s other Wait For Me, so this one looked just as good. Plus there were lumberjills and lumberjacks!

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What I love most about Leech’s contemporaries is the setting. The 1940’s is a great escape from the modern day world of today where teens spend the majority of their time  staring at a phone screen. These teens from before are ones to look up to and respect with all the hardwork and hardships they had to deal with, and they didn’t take anything for granted. I have an eight-year-old, and I’m pretty fearful of the world of today where teens feel everything is owed to them.

I felt Maisie was a strong character, and I liked the romance between her and John, but she didn’t put up with his crap when he wasn’t letting her in. Yet she was there for him when he needed it. John felt real. His struggles were real. The more you learn about him, the more you understand why he is the way he is. And even though it was during the 1940’s, what he faces is still happening today.

This book is not a fluffy contemporary, it’s strong and well written. I’m hoping that Leech writes more from this era because it’s fabulous.

 

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Review: Grim Lovelies

Title: Grim Lovelies

Author: Megan Shepherd

Date of Publication: October 2nd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Grim Lovelies is a darkly enchanting saga set in Paris that focuses on the forgotten characters of fairy tales.

Anouk’s human form is tied to her mistress’ dark magic after being enchanted by an animal. She’s never stepped outside of Mada Vittoria’s Parisian townhouse, but when her mistress is murdered, Anouk and her fellow beasties only have three days before the spell fades and they turn back into animals forever. In a desperate attempt to save themselves, they venture into the outside world and discover a well-kept secret.

My Review:

I thought the setting of this was amazing! Maybe just because I like the idea of spending time in Paris.

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I thought this was a pretty good start to the series and had an original feel to it. Anouk and four other “beasties” live together with a witch who gave them human form. After finding the witch murdered, Anouk and the other beasties leave their home. Anouk has never been out of the house, and I found her quite adorable in certain parts as she learned her way. There was also mystery: who killed the witch, where was one of the missing beasties, and will they be able to stop from turning back into animals?

There was also a cute side romance. It wasn’t a big part of the book, but I found Beau quite cute and protective at times. He also made me mad at times, too! But I liked him and Anouk together.

Overall, the writing is well done and the descriptions were on point. I’m curious to see what happens next as it does end on a cliffhanger.

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Review: An Enchantment of Ravens

Title: An Enchantment of Ravens

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Date of Publication: September 26th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

My Review:

Well, this was no ACOTAR like I thought it would be since a lot of reviewers had compared it to that. However, I did like that Rook could change into a bird—maybe not a big deal, but I like birds! Plus the fair ones glamour covers up a type of beast-looking creature, so that was cool.

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It took me a long while to get into this book. And even then, I didn’t feel totally invested. The writing is amazing with lovely words that I probably need a dictionary to look at the definition. However, I didn’t get the whole Craft thing, like how a fair one would die if they tried to cook their own food? Interesting concept but still. The “L” word was used too quick—the girl thought she was in love with the guy after first meeting. I’ve stated multiple times that I’m perfectly fine with automatic attraction but no need for that word!

Isobel was funny and Rook was cocky, so I liked those aspects, but I wanted more with the story. I’m so ecstatic that this is a stand alone because those are incredibly rare to find, so this is a jewel in itself. The world was nicely put together, so I would recommend it for that!

 

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Review: First to Fall

Title: First to Fall

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: March 21st, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

When the games become real, all bets are off in love and war… 

Dominic

I’d been staring at Luz for who knows how long. Hell, years maybe. But something in her called to me as surely as the full moon. Unfortunately, she only has eyes for Lucas. So call me a sucker for punishment, but I’m going to help her. if she wants to draw the alpha’s attention, what better way than dating his second in command? Even if it is fake.

Lucrezia

Something about Lucas changed, and lately it’s all I can do to stop panting after him. Then Dominic comes with this crazy idea: pretend to be his girlfriend, to make Lucas realize he’s got the hots for me. And the plan almost works… Until I start falling for the wrong guy. Oh and somewhere in there, find out I live in a town ruled by werewolves. Why can’t life ever be simple?

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My Review:

I normally don’t read a lot of the werewolf type books because when I want a werewolf, I want a real werewolf, blood and guts! However, I really liked this paranormal romance! I loved the pack of wolves!

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It’s told in dual POV’s between Dom and Lucrezia, and I loved them both! The one thing I have noticed with Alexa’s writing is that she knows how to write swoon really well, especially with it not being overly ridiculous! And I loved these two characters together!

Don’t worry though, you also get some suspense, some original folklore (at least I think it’s original because I’ve never heard of it), but if not, then it hasn’t been overused before. Also for those of you who love stand alone books, you can read this one by itself because the next one is a different boy from the pack! And I can’t wait to read it!

 

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Review: Toil & Trouble

Title: Review & Trouble

Date of Publication: August 28th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

A young adult fiction anthology of 16 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. TOIL & TROUBLE delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points-of-view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

My Review:

I like pretty much anything witchy, so I was excited about this short story anthology about witches!

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I’ll first say that I’m bad with most short story anthologies. There were ones that I liked, ones that were okay, and ones that I didn’t like at all. I definitely preferred the ones that weren’t modern day! There were even a few I might have zoned out on while reading, because I can’t even recollect what the whole story was about!

It’s worth a read, though! Even the ones I couldn’t get into still had great writing! Plus again, it’s witchy!

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