Archive | November 2018

Review: A Curse so Dark and Lonely

Title: A Curse so Dark and Lonely

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Date of Publication: January 29th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

My Review:

So, I’ve read quite a few Beauty and the Beast retellings. I did like this one, but I wasn’t fist pumping. My main problem came with Harper… She was just soooo… I don’t know! I feel like a lot of times authors have the guys all lovable and then the girls are just hard to like. I did like that Harper was strong despite her cerebral palsy, and she did get more likable as the story went on, but it took a while.

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Also a lot of you may not know this movie, but if you’ve ever seen Mom and Dad Save the World from the early 90s, it was about these parents that go to this new planet. On the planet the people there were basically morons (If you’ve seen that movie you get like a 1,000 cool points). I felt like the people in Emberfall were kind of like that—they just believed these words coming from Harper, a girl they never heard of, and just all of a sudden accepted that there is another land known as Disi. I just wish they wouldn’t have been so gullible, I guess. I would have been like well then show me this place!

Rhen’s chapters were perfection! Loved getting to know him and seeing how the curse had affected and changed him. What I would have loved to have seen is a flashback chapter or few pages of how the curse came to him. Yes, we hear about it, but I wanted to seeeeeeeeeee it!

The descriptions were great with lovely word building and writing. And like I said, Rhen was swoon! Grey was a great addition as a side character. He was fierce, protective, and sweet. And I want to learn even more about him. There were several things I predicted along the way which I’m happy when I’m right! And the book isn’t a stand alone like I had originally thought, but that’s okay. I just hope things go the way I want them to and not in the way I’m dreading they could go. If you want to know what I’m talking about you’ll have to read it! I need book two now to get more of this story!!

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What’s your favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling?

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Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Author: Holly Black

Date of Publication: September 3rd, 2013

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Goodreads Summary:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

My Review:

I’ve been on a Holly Black binge lately, reading all her books. Pissed at myself for not starting this journey farther back. But we can’t turn back time, now can we? So, vampires are hit or miss for me when it come to books. I mainly dig the blood thirsty movie kind.

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As for characters, I loved Tana! In pretty much all the vamp books I’ve read, I’ve pretty much come across annoying female leads. And thank goodness, she was not. Oh, and Gavriel, you are just the cutest piece of chocolate I ever did see!

When it came to Lucien and Gavriel, I totally got Lestat and Louis vibes!!! Loved that! It was pretty cool that every other chapter was sort of flashbacks or other characters. Gave the book a little more depth! Let me just say as of right now, I will definitely read anything this woman writes!

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Queen to Ashes: Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Today Mallory McCartney and Rockstar
Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for QUEEN TO ASHES,
her new Adult Fantasy Romance which releases January 8, 2019! Check out the awesome
cover and enter the giveaway!
On to the reveal! 
 
 
Title: QUEEN
TO ASHES (Black Dawn #2)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
Pages: ?
Find it: Goodreads

“You lived your entire life feeling like half of
you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.”
 

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life
on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling
sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her
parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory’s memories slowly piece together, and
she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems— and the man who was
once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface. 

With the King’s attention on her, can she buy
Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times
comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as
the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal
trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process. 

Sequel to Black Dawn, now a bestselling series,
the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her title.
Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land,
stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But
above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the
darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?

Renegade and Black Dawn will be available in the
following #Vancouver area locations : Chapters Burnaby, Indigo Surrey, Chapters
Coquitlam, Indigo West Vancouver, Indigo Granville (2505 Granville St) and
Indigo Robson (1033 Robson St) in December!
 
Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
Pages: 274
Find it: Amazon, B&N,
TBD,
Goodreads

“The time for
Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”

Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair
Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at
The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future
of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair
longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory
tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him
there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the
capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the
roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles,
and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and
wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their
proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death
over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of
their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters
most- finding out the truth.

In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their
world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through
Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal,
lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to
fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD,
Goodreads

Emory Fae enjoys
leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome
soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked
away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world
of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir
to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic
role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being
darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long
dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans,
love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better
left in the shadows.

About Mallory:

 

Mallory
McCartney is the author of the bestselling Black Dawn series. She currently
lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola
and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be
found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes
involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new
coffee and dessert shops.

 
 
Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will receive an eBook
of QUEEN TO ASHES, International.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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What do you think of the cover?

Review: Serious Moonlight

Title: Serious Moonlight

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: April 16th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.

My Review:

Jenn Bennett has been my favorite YA contemporary author for a while now, and this book just kept her position at the top! A boy that likes street magic and a girl that wears flowers in her hair made my eyes fill with hearts.

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At first, I must admit, I was annoyed with Birdie. But she grew up rather sheltered, so her personality fit with that. As the book went on, she really grew as a character, and I started to like her. Daniel was just a bucket full of sunshine and sweetness, and yes there’s a secret hidden there, but it made me love his character even more.

Bennett knows how to write character driven stories and she knows how to breathe life into every single one of her side characters, too. No one ever feels like they are there for no reason. Always a purpose. Plus, we also get quirkiness and swoon which I love! Can’t wait to read the author’s next book!

 

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What’s your favorite contemporary book?

Review: The Poison Eaters and Other Stories

Title: The Poison Eaters and Other Stories

Author: Holly Black

Date of Publication: April 1st, 2010

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Goodreads Summary:

Pick your poison: Vampires, devils, werewolves, faeries, or . . . ? Find them all here in Holly Black’s amazing first collection.

In her debut collection, New York Times best-selling author Holly Black returns to the world of Tithe in two darkly exquisite new tales. Then Black takes readers on a tour of a faerie market and introduces a girl poisonous to the touch and another who challenges the devil to a competitive eating match. Some of these stories have been published in anthologies such as 21 Proms, The Faery Reel, and The Restless Dead, and many have been reprinted in many “Best of ” anthologies.

The Poison Eaters is Holly Black’s much-anticipated first collection, and her ability to stare into the void—and to find humanity and humor there—will speak to young adult and adult readers alike.

My Review:

I’m not the biggest short story collection fan! I can maybe name less than five collections on the top of my hand that I really enjoyed.  This one was decent. I loved some and thought some of the others were okay. I definitely prefer Black’s novels so much more!

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Let me start by saying my fave was the one that featured the character’s from Tithe! I could read about those characters for the rest of my life! All of the stories had fabulous writing and original character qualities. However, a few of the stories I just wanted more oomph from. But I definitely recommend it if you love Holly Black!

 

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Do you like short stories?

Review: Kringle’s Christmas

Title: Kringle’s Christmas

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: November 23rd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s almost Christmas, and Kringle knows he’s been a good boy this year; even though he sometimes barks at the other dogs, and he never listens when the people at the pound tell him “no.” But it’s not his fault; Kringle is deaf, and he can’t hear people when they are telling him something important. This year, all Kringle wants is to find somewhere to live where others understand him. Will Santa give Kringle his Christmas wish? Kringle’s Christmas is the 4th book in The Furever Home Friends series. The Furever Home Friends is a series of books based on real rescue dogs and their stories finding happiness, love, and human companionship. Each book contains a set of discussion questions for kids, their parents, and their teachers to discuss the issues presented in the book. This book’s discussion questions focus on hearing difficulties and communication differences.10% of profits from all Furever Home Friends books go to animal shelters. Visit fureverhomefriends.com for more information.

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My Review:

I love Savy’s Furever Home Friends’ books! I just really, really like the tone they set for kids because they are honest and real yet still ridiculously cute!

Like humans, dogs aren’t always perfect. They’ll do things that make you mad and irritated, yet they can also offer great companionship. Kringle, the dog MC, also has a disability and sometimes with those animals or even people, you may have to work a little harder with, but they are equally as amazing.

The art work was lovely and I know my daughter would love it! Can’t wait to see what the next book in this series brings!

 

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What’s your favorite children’s book?

Review: Broken Heart Attack

Title: Broken Heart Attack

Author: James J. Cudney

Date of Publication: November 25th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

When an extra ticket becomes available to attend the dress rehearsal of Braxton’s King Lear production, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies, sisters-in-law Eustacia and Gwendolyn Paddington, to show support for the rest of the Paddington family. When one of them appears to have a heart attack in the middle of the second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate who killed her friend. Amidst family members suddenly in debt and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks. But did one of them commit murder for an inheritance?

Kellan’s back in his second adventure since returning home to Pennsylvania. With his personal life in upheaval and his new boss, Myriam, making life difficult, will he be able to find a killer or will he get caught up in his own version of stage fright?

My Review:

This is the second book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series and another home run! I love, love, love being in Kellan’s head and seeing what shenanigans are going to go down next.

All I’ve gotta say is Nana D is my favorite character, hands down! She’s freaking awesome, and I wish I had a funny grandmother like her! Kind of reminds me a bit of Thelma from Mama’s Family, but awesomer and more hilarious! And that’s hard to top!!

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As with book one, Kellan faces drama and mystery! I was flying through the pages wanting to know what was going to happen with Kellan’s family life and with the investigation. There was great characterization, addictive writing, and a wonderfully developed mystery! By the time I got to the last page, I was like nooooooooo! I have to know what happens next! Can’t wait for book three!!

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