Review: Dracula Retold

Title: Dracula Retold

Author: S.G.D. Singh

Date of Publication: February 1st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Inspired by E. Nesbit’s Shakespeare Stories and the BBC’s The Musketeers, S.G.D. Singh’s Dracula Retold takes Bram Stoker’s captivating tale of an un-dead Count and those brave enough to challenge him, and brings it into the twenty-first century. Discover the world’s favorite vampire, whose fame has endured for more than a century and influenced countless films, novels, and art across the globe—or rediscover a favorite classic and fall under the spell of this mesmerizing adventure all over again.

DRACULA RETOLD: A young lawyer travels to Transylvania, where he begins to doubt his own sanity and unwittingly helps to unleash an ancient evil across the sea and onto the teeming streets of London. A beloved and beautiful woman suffers from a puzzling illness, her blood mysteriously drained with each passing day. And a group of improbable heroes gather to hunt a vampire. Can they destroy the creature before it’s too late for us all?

My Review:

Dracula has always been an intriguing character, hasn’t he? Drink blood to live? Definitely interesting! As soon as I saw this cover, I knew I was down! Throw all my money at that miraculous sight!

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I really loved how the story was told through journals, emails, etc. I’ve never read the original book, but I think I may need to now! I’m usually more of a vampire movie person, but I was sucked into this world and these characters! The bond between these people and how they sacrificed themselves with selflessness to help one another was amazing!

My favorite part would have to be at the beginning when Jonathan first encounters Dracula and all the lovely and creepy descriptions that came with it. From there, things get super interesting for the remainder of the book! Absolutely adored this one and the beautiful writing!

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Have you read Dracula?

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Review: Reylor’s Lament

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Reylor’s Lament Review:

If you’ve read Two Thousand Years, which I hope you have, then you know what a bad, bad boy Reylor is. The question you may find yourselves asking is, was he always this way? There has to be something that made him the way he is, right? Right?

Well, let me tell you dear friends that this is the perfect opportunity to get into this villain’s head. Along the way you learn more about him, more about his background, and more about what made the future story come to pass. You also get glimpses of Treyan, Bria, and crew!

There’s definitely some sibling rivalry!

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I highly recommend reading this one because you may possibly change your mind about how you feel about Reylor. Or, like me, you may even love him more than you already do! Great writing and perfect character development in this novella!

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Have you read Two Thousand Years yet?

February 2019 Reads

This month I’ll for sure be reading an ARC of Blood Heir which I’m super excited about because that cover is “Wow!” Then I’ll be reading Places No One Knows because Brenna Yovanoff’s books have mean owning my life!!

My book, Clouded by Envy, releases February 19th so it would be magnificent if you could add it to your Goodreads TBR!

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Pre-order on Amazon

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Other February releases!

 

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What are you reading this month?

Review: Dream

Title: Dream

Author: Natalia Jaster

Date of Publication: February 21st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Lyrik is a rogue with skills. 

In the Kingdom of Winter, he’s a swaggering potioneer who hunts for wisdom—a brew that will shake the world.
It’s the only secret he craves.
Except for the one boy he can’t have.

Nicu is a dreamer with hopes. 

He’s an impish Royal who hunts for wishes—a legendary star that grants yearnings.
It’s the only mystery he desires.
Except for the one boy he can’t stand.

It’s been three years since they clashed, never wanting to see each other again. But in a land of glittering frost, they might discover something more than wisdom or wishes. Something far more exquisite—and painful.

My Review:

This conclusion to the series, is one I have literally dreamed of! Get it, DREAM? To have Nicu’s story was like a freaking gift answered!

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The thing about Nicu is he doesn’t fit into a certain category that would be considered “normal.” What Nicu is, though, is one of the most specialist characters I’ve ever encountered, and I feel like this story isn’t only one about love, but it can relate for people in the real world.

Now, let’s talk about major swoon! My man, my rogue—Lyrik! Absolutely loved him and reading from his POV chapters! While Nicu is sweet and lyrical, Lyrik is feisty and blunt and down right awesome. These two lit up the pages whether together or separated!

Let me just say that Jaster’s writing is by far one of the best I’ve ever read, and I read a LOT of books! Her stories just bring emotion, and oohs and ahhs, and have my life organ pumping with happiness! This series is definitely one that will stay close to my heart!

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Have you started this series yet?

Review: Valley of Fire

Title: Valley of Fire

Author: Bronwyn Archer

Date of Publication: February 26th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Hunted. Haunted. Heir to a life-changing fortune…and a hidden family tragedy.

Forced to flee her graduation ball pursued by the Russian assassins who loaned her father money, eighteen-year-old Lana must go on the run. She’s just discovered her late mother—who threw herself off the Golden Gate Bridge for reasons no one knows—was also heir to a grand Gilded Age fortune—but she never told Lana the truth about her past. Haunted by questions—and by the ghost of her godmother, who can reach into this world from the beyond—Lana must survive long enough to claim her fortune.

Her only hope is the gorgeous, intimidating Alexander Ambrose. Who also happens to be her wealthy distant cousin. After finding badly injured in the middle of the desert, he convinces her she alone is heir to their mysterious great-aunt’s Gilded Age fortune.

Her enemies have other ideas. When she finds out they are waiting for her at the airport, she convinces Alexander to take her on a wild drive across the United States in his sleek Aston Martin.

If she doesn’t survive the journey, her devious, greedy stepmother Ramona Crawford will claim her fortune.

But first, however, she must survive Alexander Ambrose.

My Review:

I’ve been waiting forever for this sequel. Literally, FOREVER! I’ll just start off by saying that, yes, it was just as good as book one!

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I liked Lana because she wasn’t a cry baby! Tough things happened to her and she moved on, didn’t wallow in the pity! Also, there’s a road trip of sorts and those are one of my absolute favorite things! Then let’s put Alexander in the picture, and it’s heck yeah from there!

I loved Alexander! Loved learning more about him, his past, and how he developed as a character along with Lana. And the swoon was soooooo good! There’s some mystery, suspense, and action all intertwined in this fun sequel! Also, there’s a certain character here that I would like a book about!

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What’s your favorite Cinderella retelling?

Review: The Space Between

Title: The Space Between

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Date of Publication: November 14th, 2011

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Goodreads Summary:

Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped – and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

My Review:

This is now the fourth Brenna Yovanoff book I’ve read, and I seriously hate myself for not finding her books sooner! This one was so much fun and put a whole new unique spin on demons! And yes, all the feels!

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Daphne is probably the cutest demon I’ve read about. Loved her personality! She had struggles within herself, adjusting to the world above, searching for her missing brother, and meeting a human boy, Truman, who will need to help her!

The descriptions were so cool, and the story was original. There was swoon, emotion, action, mythology, horror vibes—pretty much all things cool! It was perfect!

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What’s your favorite unique book?

Review: Stolen

Title: Stolen

Author: Marlena Frank

Date of Publication: January 22nd, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s difficult taking care of a delusional father by yourself. Sixteen-year-old Shaleigh Mallet would rather explore and photograph dilapidated buildings than cater to her father’s dark episodes. But when she’s kidnapped by a creature who carries her atop a flying bicycle into another world, she realizes this wasn’t the escape she wanted.

In a kingdom known as the Garden, where minotaurs pull carriages and parties are held in hot air balloons, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant, Teagan, rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Shaleigh must prove that she is the reincarnation of a long-dead ruler, not because she believes it, but because it’s her only chance to survive. With the help of a trespassing faerie, a stoatling, and a living statue, Shaleigh hopes to outwit everyone. She aims to break the bonds of servitude and finally make her way home. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s playing right into the hands of a far worse enemy…

My Review:

First, I’ll start by saying what a cool and unique book! I mean, you get stone lions, flying bicycles, and a world like no other. This story takes me back to the time when there were actually good fantasy movies: Return to Oz, Labyrinth, Legend. You know what? Probably just go ahead and make this one a movie to bring some creativity back to the world!

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Shaleigh was a very strong protagonist. I felt she didn’t let getting sent to another strange world break her. In this new place, she grows as a character, figures herself out, and becomes a strong MC. Oh, and the side characters are equally amazing with distinct personalities to make them extremely fleshed out!

Beautiful writing, beautiful description, beautiful cover, and a beautiful story! Also it does end on a cliffhanger that leaves me holding out my hands saying, “give me book two.”

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What would you do if you woke up in a flying bicycle?