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Review: The End of Oz

Title: The End of Oz

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 14th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

I watched as the Emerald Palace crumbled to the ground, burying Dorothy, the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone, under the rubble. And now that the rightful ruler, Ozma, has been restored to the throne…

Oz is finally free.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the othergirl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Now the Road of Yellow Brick is leading me away from Oz to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with: the Nome King. And—surprise—he has a gingham-clad bride.

With my magical shoes and a shrinking group of allies, I have one final chance to fulfill my mission, and save not only what’s left of Oz, but Kansas, too. As the line between Good and Wicked blurs even further, I have to find a way to get rid of Dorothy once and for all—without turning into a monster myself.

Dorothy once said there’s no place like home. Can I stop her from destroying mine?

My Review:

This was an excellent ending to this fun series! All the books including this one has had the perfect blend of light and dark. One of my favorite aspects here were the Wheelers!!!! I loved them in Return to Oz, and the author made them seem so much creepier and awesome in this one!

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I have always loved the bond between Knox and Amy, but I felt it was really good here, and there were some super cute moments! The author has extraordinary world building skills, I could visualize all the details throughout this series, but even a lot more in this one. There were some pretty creepy stuff in EV, and the descriptions were on point.

“We all have a witch somewhere inside us.”

This one is also told in dual POV between Dorothy and Amy, and Dorothy’s chapters were all kind of crazy because she IS crazy! And the Gnome King was a freak as usual. I’m seriously going to miss this series and all it’s quirks!

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Review: Anything But Extraordinary

Title: Anything But Extraordinary

Author: Mary Frame

Date of Publication: November 9th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

When the local authorities ask Ruby Simpson to help them find a thief in the small town of Castle Cove, she doesn’t have much of a choice. She predicted the most recent theft, and the cops have no other leads.

There are just two small problems.
One, she’s not psychic.
Two, she’s not Ruby Simpson.

Okay, maybe they’re not small problems. But Charlotte needs a place to lay low with her younger sister, somewhere her parents won’t find her and the locals won’t ask too many questions. Getting involved with the cops, especially Deputy “Cute Butt” Jared, isn’t a smart thing for a reformed con artist to do. But Charlotte has to make a choice: raise her little sister on the right side of the law or put food on the table. What the real Ruby doesn’t see in her crystal ball won’t hurt her, right?

My Review:

I absolutely love Mary Frame’s Imperfect series, so when I had a chance to read an ARC of this, I was pretty excited. And I did not get let down!

This book was a hilarious ride, and I loved the characters! Especially Charlotte’s little sister Paige. Charlotte pretends to be this psychic named Ruby in order to make a quick buck from a persistent customer. When something happens and it leads back to Ruby, she ends up being hired by the police to help try to solve a crime.

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The Romance starts in this book, and I love it! This is the first of a trilogy. I read an ARC of A Life Less Extraordinary as well, and it’s excellent!

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Review: Yellow Brick War

Title: Yellow Brick War

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 15th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.

You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.

The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:

Assassin.

The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.

But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.

My Review:

This one was a whole lot of fun! I think the best part was that we are introduced to the Nome King! Return to Oz is one of my favorite movies ever made with this character, and who is one of the main characters in this book? You guessed it! The Nome King! He is just as awesome and devious in this one.

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I also liked that half the book is spent back in Kansas. Amy comes home to her mom, who has started to improve herself as a person while Amy was missing. Madison who was once an enemy becomes an unlikely friend, and she is really funny!!

As with the other books, there is plenty of action, Amy trying to control herself from becoming a monster, cute romance, and darkness mixed with humor! I need the last book now!

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Review: Tower of Dawn

Title: Tower of Dawn

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Date of Publication: September 5th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

My Review:

I have never been a fan of Chaol since day one. However, I did love the friendship bond between him and Celaena in the first book. But, I already knew up front I would love Sarah’s writing because I always do—I just wasn’t sure if I would be able to fall in love with this character since I hadn’t yet. But… I did!

Chaol’s journey had ups and downs, and there were dark reminders of his past that still tortured him. But that’s the thing… we sometimes make mistakes or make choices that you don’t know how it’s going to affect the people around you, even if you thought the choice was right to begin with.

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The struggle with Chaol after his accident and trying to walk again was haunting to read, because it felt real. Maas did an excellent job of depicting disability in this book, of a person’s struggle inside there own head trying to walk again or with the idea of it may not happening.

I fell in love with the other characters, Yrene, Nezryn, and Sartaq, as well as some of the other side characters. There were some parts in this book where some serious stuff went down, and I actually got pretty worried during some of the action scenes. A lot of this book didn’t go the way I assumed it would, and in fact it went in an even better direction. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for the next book!

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Brave: Cover Reveal + Giveaway

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SYNOPSIS:

Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Series: The Wicked Trilogy, Book # 3

RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2017

Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book

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BIO:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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Review: The Knowing

Title: The Knowing

Author: Sharon Cameron

Date of Publication: October 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Samara doesn’t forget. And she isn’t the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city’s forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs — and truths — collide?

My Review:

The Forgetting is one of my favorite books I read last year, so I ached to receive an ARC of The Knowing. Needless to say, I’m confused and baffled. For now I DNFed at 36%. I may try to force myself to get through it later, but right now I just can’t! Maybe because I have too much going on with trying to review and write… I don’t know!!! Do I capitalize the K in that like they do in this book?

I normally don’t review books I don’t finish, and I sure as hell do not rate a book I don’t finish. For those of you that do rate a book you don’t finish, you suck—because you don’t get the complete story to judge. Because who knows? I may actually love the rest of the book once I do get back to it.

I’m only going to talk about what I read, obviously. I just didn’t understand Samara, she is very robotic, which makes sense given the society she grew up in. But there was absolutely no real emotion from her. The other character, Beck, comes from Earth to this other planet to find out what happened to the society that was sent there. Beck and another girl, Jillian, get separated from their group. Jillian is over-dramatic and gets mad every time Beck or Samara look at each other, and she’s NOT even with Beck. I was able to ignore that aspect.

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Honestly, I just don’t understandddddddd! This is a sequel, yet set hundreds of years later. Also, most of the time when the word “know” comes up, it’s uppercase because she Knows! The caching I didn’t understand either… Cameron can definitely write, her words are amazing, but I just don’t understand this world right now. I’m also going to say it’s my fault for being confused!

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Review: Avalon Wishes

Title: Avalon Wishes

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: April 7th, 2017

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Summary:

Before the dreams… there came the wishes.

Immerse yourself in Vivienne and Sebastien’s past, and the characters of the Arthurian story.

Part I: Friendship

Atrox is a deity who gambled hard – and lost. Shunned from his pantheon, he is sent to the underworld as a demon lord. His new job? Create havoc on heart, corrupt the hearts of easily influenced humans, and, overall, be evil.

Emrys is a young man, barely out of his teens, and dealing with his father’s brutal abuse. When he learns the true origins of his birth, he leaves his old life behind to seek a new one. A wizard of light magic, he attracts darkness like honey does bees.
But who is the woman who enters his life, whose toxicity he cannot escape? Is she his soul mate, or his doom?

These two opposites’ fates will intertwine as they fight, form bonds, and ultimately, go their separate ways.

Part II: Love

You’ve seen Vivienne and Sebastien’s story, but not in their own time. Submerge yourself in their love, as they navigate the treacherous world of magic and perils, and interact with Arthur and his Camelot court.

Part III: Loyalty

He was the boy who would become the greatest leader.
She was the woman who ensnared him, to ultimately betray him.
Arthur and Guinevere’s story, like you’ve never seen before.

Do not be fooled, these are not three separate stories. They are parts to a whole, intertwined at times, completely different at others. The end will culminate in the ultimate battle of light vs dark – but who is what?

My Review:

I really enjoyed book one, Avalon Dreams, which was told between past and present. So, when I saw that this one was going to be just set in the past and sort of a prequel, I knew I would like it. But… I didn’t know I would like it better than Avalon Dreams! The story is told in three parts, multiple point of view.

We get to see our lovely duo Seb and Viv again, as well as be introduced to Morgana! In the first part, a young Merlin meets Morgana and some serious crap goes down which leads to all things to come.

My favorite scenes in this book were Arthur’s!!!! I loved him! There were some parts that happened with him and Guinivier, and I was like is this going to happen?? Let me just say there was a lot of nooooooooooooo! I also loved Elaine, and I wanted to cry right along with her in a few of her scenes.

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The author seriously knows how to make swoon worthy scenes without making them cheesy or too ridiculous. It’s very awwwww yet wow! So, pretty much you get magic, backstabbing, love, tears and awesomeness! I can’t believe I have to wait until next year for the final book!!!!

 

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