Archive | January 2019

Review: Soul in Darkness

Title: Soul in Darkness

Author: Wendy Higgins

Date of Publication: February 12th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.

Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.

My Review:

I’ve read all of Wendy Higgins’ books, and the one thing she always knows how to do well is write romance! And this book did not disappoint in the swoon!

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So the Greek god stuff has always been intriguing, but sometimes can be overdone when its the same stories with the same gods that we’ve heard about before. What had me full on in was the fact that I’d never heard of the Cupid and Psyche story! Of course I knew who Cupid was because, come on, Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t know this one!!

The story had a super cool concept with a princess, Psyche, having to marry a monster that she can’t see. This left for a pretty original plot where sometimes you have to look from within vs the outside, literally, to truly know a person.

I don’t want to give too much away but there is a lot of neat stuff along the way, especially the cool world building and beautiful descriptions. And again, of course, swoooooon! Loved the writing, loved the story, and dear stars, I loved Cupid!!

 

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Have you ever heard of Cupid & Psyche’s story?

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Ginger Snapped: Excerpt + Giveaway

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Today I’m happy to share an exciting thriller with you all called, Ginger Snapped by Chloe Sunstone! There’s an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway to enter, so be sure to check it out!

Ginger Snapped - eBook.jpgGinger Snapped: A Cybercrime Thriller with a Twist

Genre: Thriller/ Cybercrime

Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018

How does an amazing professional opportunity descend into a living nightmare?

Carefree Ginger’s motto of “Work Hard, Play Harder” shapes her life. So when her husband, Jake, gets a job offer on the other side of the country, she is up for the adventure.

But after Jake accepts the promotion, nothing is as expected. While Ginger remains in Cleveland to sell their house, she is plagued by strange prank calls, premonition-like nightmares, and the feeling that she is being watched. Is Jake’s new job putting her in danger?

Unfortunately, she ignores her intuition and soon finds herself face to face with a ruthless killer. Trapped in a deadly world of corporate corruption and murderous greed, she must overcome her own fears and rely on her wits if she plans to survive.

*Although the first in the Ginger Gibson series, this is a standalone book.

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Excerpt

Oh No! I’m back. I am surrounded by inky black nothingness. The air is musty…damp, my nostrils fill with the smell of dank basement. Like in a haunted house, filled with saws and chains and bloody hooks, this is the perfect place for any psycho to hide his tools of the crazy trade. I’m trembling, from the all-encompassing fear, eating at every cell in my body. Where am I? My fingers search out for clues. Beneath me is a thin mattress on a hard surface. My head rests on a concrete-like pillow. My breathing escalates as the panic rises in my chest. I open my mouth to scream, but only a muted croak escapes. Over the thunder of my pounding heart, I hear a booming crack, a gunshot. I recognize the sound from a trip to the range with Jake years earlier.

I swing my legs over the side of my perch, thinking in my blind panic to run even though I cannot see. I can’t ignore this intense urge to flee. But my impulse is thwarted by an unknown restraint trapping my left arm, a rope? Panic has me in its grip. I gasp for air to fill my lungs but produce only whimpers and muted pleas.

A loud screech reverberates through the darkness. Rats? Oh, please, no rats! Could this get any worse? Hysterical, I yank relentlessly on the rope tethering me. With each tug, the line cuts deeper into my skin. My arm warms as blood seeps from the gouges, coating my hand and fingers. Behind me, the pounding sound of footsteps startles me. Before I can turn to confront my visitor, I feel the rush of air preceding the impact to the back of my head. A blaze of bright stars then, a different blackness envelopes me.

About the Author

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After over twenty years in Human Resources, Chloe decided to make a change. She returned to her first love of writing. She combined her corporate experience with her love for the written word to create engaging cyber-crime thrillers.
On a personal note, Chloe lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her loving husband, Mike. They spend their free time boating, scuba diving, and of course, reading. Her latest cybercrime mystery, Ginger Snapped, is available on Amazon.

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Review: The Wicked King

Title: The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black

Date of Publication: January 8th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

My Review:

First, I want to that say I love Holly Black so, so much! This book had me frustrated, it had me swooning, it had me pissed, it had me anxious, and, oh, did I mention frustrated?

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This series just needs to be filled with all things Cardan! I need a novella or something from his perspective because like book one, he’s not in here enough! From page one, I had a battle with how I felt for Jude. I hate, hate, HATE when characters try to keep all these secrets for no reason and make mistakes that have me shaking my head! Spill the dang beans!!! Honesty is always the best policy, I say!

I still don’t get Taryn, like she needs to go away! Vivi is probably one of the cutest characters ever along with Oak. Roiben, my man, I love every time you’re on the page! Just such a unique and interesting world!

Black’s writing  was on point, and she described everything perfectly as usual! And yes, we get a cliffhanger, and I will be desperate this whole year patiently, or not patiently, waiting for it!

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Have you started this series yet?

Broken Glass: Excerpt + Giveaway

Title: Broken Glass
Author: J.M. Sullivan
Genre: A/ Dark Fantasy / Fairy Tale Retelling
Cover Designer: Westerfield Creative
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing
 
Blurb:
The scariest thing about Wanderland isn’t death–it’s the momerath.
And now Dinah is one of them.
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Alice Carroll has spent the better part of her life avoiding Wanderland–and the momerath–at all costs. But now with her sister gone, Alice has only one place to go.
Back to Wanderland.
Armed with only her blade and a raging vendetta against the traitorous Red Queen, Alice storms the undead wasteland to find Dinah and atone for her mistakes. But with relentless momerath and a ruthless Queen encroaching, will Alice’s determination be enough? Or will she fall down a new rabbit hole searching for revenge?
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Teacher by day, award-winning author by night, J.M. Sullivan is a fairy tale fanatic who loves taking classic stories and turning them on their head. When she’s not buried in her laptop, you can find her watching scary movies with her husband, playing with her kids, or lost inside a good book. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. If you would like to connect with J.M., you can find her on social media at @jmsullivanbooks– she’d love to hear from you.
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She killed another Joker today.
Excuse me.  I mean, ‘Guardsman.’
Ha.
That’s the real joke. The Red Queen cares about the Marked as much as a cat does a dirty litter box. She’ll use them if she must, but otherwise they’re disposable.
Except for me.
She watches me.
I don’t think she knows what to do with me. Not that I blame her. I don’t know what to do with myself. Sometimes I feel like everything is normal, and other times, well—then, at least, the voices tell me that everything is fine.
I don’t quite believe them.
It would be easier if the memories stopped. Of life before. It’s muddled, but there are fragments of purpose and joy, all tied to a quiet, blonde girl. She is strong, stronger than she knows—I know this because I know her better than myself.  And yet, I don’t remember her.
I am empty.
The memories are not mine—they belong to someone else. I am a traitor in this body, an unwelcome host. And yet, the longer I stay grey, the more this body calls to me. Like the other Marked.
We understand each other.
They tell me things. Secrets the Queen will never know. I can read them in their eyes. I can feel them in my bones. Words unspoken, but always heard. Whispers, desperate songs, pleading for salvation. And all the while, they watch me. Waiting. Haunted stares as she kills our brothers and sisters. Their pain is palpable, heavy in the air and on my shoulders while they call to me on an undiscovered frequency.
I hear them laughing.
I hear them crying.
I hear them . . .
I hear . . .
Them.
 

 

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Who is your favorite Alice in Wonderland character?

Review: The Raven’s Tale

Title: The Raven’s Tale

Author: Cat Winters

Date of Publication: April 16th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”

My Review:

Edgar, Edgar, Edgar—what a magnificent writer he was. So when I heard there was going to be this book on a young Edgar Allan Poe, I was so incredibly interested! Lenore, Lenore, Lenore! I want to read about you anywhere forevermore!

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Let me tell you something, my dear friends, I loved Edgar and his struggles and his sensitivities in this book. This boy definitely needed a muse to help him escape his terrible adopted father and all the things that occurred because of him! And Lenore? She was such a lovely and horrific creature who was the perfect muse to draw out the tales that one day become famous.

Now, what I wanted and what I thought this book was going to be about DID NOT HAPPEN! I repeat: DID NOT HAPPEN! I wanted a romance between Edgar and his muse that was so dark and twisted that it would haunt me for days with its beauty, sadness, and passion. I wanted that and needed that … still do! However, this strange and lovely little book was still quite enjoyable with beautiful writing and real history entwined!

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Do you read work by Poe?

Review: Fiendish

Title: Fiendish

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Date of Publication: August 14th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.

Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

My Review:

So we begin this lovely tale with a girl being rescued from a cellar. She can’t see because her eyes are sewn shut and she’s been down there for years! This was awesome!

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This is the third book I’ve read by Yovanoff and I seriously loved it. It was weird yet had contemporary aspects and so the magic realism was so cool! The characters were well developed and the story was driven by these characters in a unique fashion. Fisher was complicated and needed hugs and a reminder that things sometimes can’t be controlled, or maybe they can but you need help in order to that.

Clementine was probably my favorite character. She had a Rapunzel-like quality where she was wholesome and innocent yet brave and fierce and wanting to help everyone and everything she could. That is an extraordinary personality to have and one that we in the world should all be striving for.

As for the parts with the Hollow, it was so unique and well described with perfect world building. The creatures were awesome and the magic was beautiful and deadly. I can’t get over how well Yovanoff writes, and I can’t wait to read the other books I have by her!

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Have you read any books by Brenna Yovanoff?

Review: The Cursed Sea

Title: The Cursed Sea

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Date of Publication: December 18th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Wilhemina Heidle, the exiled princess of Northern Arrod, the girl thought dead by her family and friends, must return home. The only way to save Loom, the cursed prince of the Southern Isles, is to revisit the castle and discover the origins of her own curse.

But home is very different from how she left it—Wil’s unstable elder brother is now king, leading a war against the Southern Isles. And the rest of her family must reckon with the truth of what happened to lead to Wil’s exile. With time running out, Wil must navigate the dangerous secrets within her family if she’s going to find the truth and save the boy she loves.

When she’s finally able to reach Pahn, nothing goes as planned, and suddenly Wil and her allies are fighting for their lives, again and again, as the Southern King is out to punish his children for all they’ve done. Traveling across cursed seas and treacherous kingdoms, Wil, Loom—and his ruthless sister Espel—have to work to make peace with their own struggles if they hope to secure the future of their kingdoms.

But when their plans lead them right back to evil marveler Pahn, and to Baren—who is more dangerous than ever—can Wil and her friends outsmart their enemies, this time, for good?

My Review:

I’m always scared when diving into a last book of a series but not as bad with a duology because the journey hasn’t been that long. Yet, I was still nervous because I loved the first book so much! I mean, King Midas-like stuff… Awesome, right? All that glitters is definitely gold!

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I still loved Wil, and she really grew as a character. She wasn’t the same girl we remember at the beginning of book one. Instead, she’s become stronger and braver and I really like her love for her family! My boys, Loom and Gerdie, were back! Gerdie is just my cute, little, science baby! Every time, he was on the page, I was consumed!

There were some twists, lots of fun, romance, and beautiful writing! The one thing I found a little odd was the POV shifts within sections. I can’t recall if that was done in book one, but I’m sure it was! I just wished POVs would have been switched by chapters or page breaks within the chapter! But other than that, it was excellent and the ending was perfect!

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