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Review: To Kill a Kingdom

Title: To Kill a Kingdom

Author: Alexandra Christo

Date of Publication: March 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

My Review:

Loved this awesome take on the Little Mermaid! Lira was utterly vicious, and it was amazing! She pretty much is a siren who rips out the hearts of princes each year for her birthday—with her freaking bare hands!

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When Lira becomes human, she’s pulled on board a ship by Prince Elian. He was great, too! He wasn’t your standard, boring prince. He was fierce and ready to do whatever needed to be done for his crew and humanity. The romance is a slow and beautiful build, and the connection between Elian and Lira is lovely—even with all the hate she has!

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This book was so much fun, and definitely one of the better retellings I have read. The characters were strong, and the side characters were excellent. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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Review: By a Charm and a Curse

Title: By a Charm and a Curse

Author: Jaime Questell

Date of Publication: February 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.

My Review:

I am extremely picky with Entangled Teen books. I think I have only liked Obsidian (Lux Series), The Book of Ivy, and Violet Grenade—I always seem to get let down. But I was like okay, this is about a carnival? I’ll have to try it.

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The book starts with Emma getting duped into taking over a boy’s curse. She ends up sort of wooden and having to work inside a box to find some other poor sap to switch her spots, so she can have her life back. I loved this whole aspect. I felt most of the book was original and really cool. I even liked both of the main characters Emma and Benjamin, because usually in these types of books someone gets on my nerves. But they were cute together.

Now, the part of the romance I hated was “love talking” way too soon. That is my biggest pet peeve in books. You can have attraction from the get go because that is pretty much real life, but come on with the loveeeeeeeeee. I think it would have been better with more build up, more interactions, and more conversations between the two—then it would have been more believable. This however was minor for me because the story really was good.

I have to let it be known that my favorite character here was Sidney. Yes, he put Emma in the box to begin with, but he felt like the most developed character in the whole book. And I loved him!!!!!!!! You’ll have to read and see why. So, I’ll definitely be pre-ordering a copy of this book!

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Review: Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over

Title: Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over

Author: Shani Petroff

Date of Publication: May 15th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart… what could go wrong?

After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can’t get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari’s. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!

When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!

My Review:

So, far this is my third book by Shani Petroff. And she is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. She knows how to write the perfect humor mixed with a great story.

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What I loved best about this book was the setting! I love stories and movies involving airports. Sari has an upcoming trip all planned out, and her boyfriend Zev is going to be there with her. What happens before they are supposed to leave? She catches another girl’s lips planted on Zev’s.

My favorite character was hands down Zev, he was sweet and cute and thoughtful! I wish he would have shook Sari’s shoulders really hard! Sari, Sari, Sari… I love saying her name because it’s such an awesome name, but I wanted to smack some sense into her. What I liked best about her, though, was she felt like a real teen in that situation—and teens tend to overreact and do things without thinking! I know I did!

I had fun with this book, and even after I finished the last page, I kept thinking about the story. It just gave me all sorts of feels, and I was with Sari every step of the way. I can’t wait to see what Petroff has next!

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Review: Language of Thorns

Title: Language of Thorns

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Date of Publication: September 26th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

My Review:

So freaking good!!!!

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Ayama and the Thorn Wood: I loved that the hero of the story isn’t a beautiful girl and that the outcome while expected isn’t expected. Bardugo’s writing was fabulous in this one! It also involved a beast which monsters can pull me in at any time!

The Too-Clever Fox: This story was excellent as well. I loved the fox, and sometimes event though you are clever, you may not be clever enough and still need some help. Great ending!

The Witch of Duva: This one was awesome! It had a Hansel & Gretel type vibe but was very different! Another great ending! So good!

Little Knife: This one had a great lesson, lovely writing, and characters that needed to take a look at their actions.

The Soldier Prince: This tale was a different version of the Nutcracker, and oh man it made me feel for that little toy soldier. I could feel his struggle, and the ending was well done.

When Water Sang Fire: What a sad and beautiful story! I love the Little Mermaid, and this put a whole new spin on things! I think Bardugo needs to write a whole novel after that ending!

 

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Review: Hidden Hero

Title: Hidden Hero

Author: Amy Patrick

Date of Publication: November 26th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A hero can come from the unlikeliest of places…

After a year-long separation and a search across continents, Macy and Nic have found each other again. Now they must find her family—the birth mother who abandoned her at the hospital and fled back to her people’s secret sanctuary—if they are to beat the clock and save the human race from the onslaught of the coming Plague.
Alessia didn’t intend to activate the deadly virus, but after determining that Nic betrayed her, she’s almost glad she did. The only problem? She won’t be around to enjoy the aftermath—she’s being held captive on a remote, windswept island by a mysterious guy who’s completely immune to her Sway and won’t let her get close enough to use her deadly glamour on him.
Give in to the Glamour once more as the end of the human world looms, an ancient secret is unearthed, and a hidden hero emerges.

My Review:

This has been such a fun series! This book was just as good as the rest. This time around we get a couple of other POV’s which are Alessia and Wes, along with Nic and Macy who were the main characters in the other two books. I hate to say it, but I loved Alessia and Wes more than Nic and Macy! But don’t worry Nic and Macy are still awesome!

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Amy Patrick is great at writing swoon, and there was some excellent swoon! The Elf thing is obviously cool, but add in some nymphs and witches, and it creates a whole awesome new ballgame!

There were some pretty stressful parts in this book that kept me on my toes, but it was all worth it in the end. The ending was absolutely perfect!

Read the first book Hidden Deep for free on Amazon

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Cover Reveal: The Lost Savior

Today is the cover reveal for The Lost Savior by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

The Lost SaviorThe Lost Savior (Alinthia #1)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Reverse Harem
Age category: upper Young Adult / New Adult
Release Date: 30 January 2018

Blurb:
They came from another world to protect her. Now it’s her destiny to save them …

Tori King is a normal senior in high school. Head over heels in love with her childhood sweetheart, she is busy making plans for college when a chance encounter with an alien bounty hunter turns her world upside down. Now, she’s experiencing terrifying changes and developing supernatural abilities that leave her questioning her entire existence.

Then the arrival of four hot new guys at school has everyone talking—especially when they become fixated on Tori, following her wherever she goes. She can’t shake them off, and as they grow closer, she finds herself drawn to all four of them in ways she cannot explain.

When they finally reveal their true identity, and why they’re here for her, she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie.

Because there is nothing normal about Tori King.

And she’s about to discover exactly how underrated normal is.

This mind-bending paranormal alien reverse harem series is only suitable for readers aged seventeen and older due to language and mature content.

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SiobhanAbout the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Review: The Demon in the Wood

Title: The Demon in the Wood

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Date of Publication: June 17th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:
Before he became the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy of extraordinary power. Get a look into the past that forged a brutal and brilliant leader.

My Review:

So of course I love all the Grisha books from Bardugo. But, the one thing I have never understood is why so many people are obsessed with the Darkling. He’s a cool character with interesting magic and all, but he’s seriously not that awesome. I mean, Nikolai is, and will always be my number one from that series. And the sky has answered my prayers since he will be getting his own book soon.

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I was hoping from this prequel, I would maybe become more of a Darkling fan. Unfortunately, I did not. However, he is still a great character, and Bardugo’s writing is fantastic as usual. I did like seeing a little thirteen year old Darkling and his crazy mother. This was a great read for anyone who loves the series and wants to see a little glimpse of the past.

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