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Review: The Suffering Tree

Title: The Suffering Tree

Author: Elle Cosimano

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

“It’s dark magic brings him back.”

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events—including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin—that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth—and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel—she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the centuries-old curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried… at any cost.

My Review:

Tori’s family inherited a piece of land and a house. It came in just the nick of time. Tori’s Dad passed away, and after that she became different. She began cutting herself and not wanting to do the things she used to. The Slaughter family is not happy about this whole situation; they claim the house and property should have been theirs.

One night, some of her blood is spilled by an old tree, and a boy rises out of the ground. His name is Nathaniel Bishop, and he claims to be from a whole different era. Things get worse when someone is trying to keep a truth from coming out; a truth that could change everything.

This book was interesting and has one of my favorite covers I have seen so far this year. But… A big buttttttttttt… this book could have been shorter with less detail filler. Tori’s perspective should have been the one in first person instead of Nathaniel’s flashbacks. It made the book feel odd. There were also some flashbacks of Emmeline which were also in first person for some reason.

I really liked Nathaniel and felt as if he kept getting the turd end of the stick. He had so much crap happen to him in the past, and then even more suffering when he came out of the ground. Then Tori kept telling him to go to the barn like some form of dog.

I did like Tori for the mot part, and how she stood up for herself like she did with Jesse. There were times when she got on my nerves and should have been helping Nathaniel more. Instead of just leaving him to sit in the barn for days.

Overall, the book was an interesting read and a little frustrating but still worth the read.

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Review: Royal Bastards

Title: Royal Bastards

Author: Andrew Shvarts

Date of Publication: June 6th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .

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My Review:

This book was a lot of fun and had loads of intense action scenes that kept me thoroughly entertained. I liked most of the characters but especially Zell.

The one thing I was not a big fan of was the modern day language in a historical setting. It was like reverse Romeo + Juliet (The Leonardo Dicaprio one) except here the dialogue was modern day. It may not bug a lot of people, but it really bothered me!

I did however, fly through this book really quick because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. The characters at times did feel a little bit on the immature side, but I was able to look past that.

If you are looking for a fun fantasy book. Then you should check this one out.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Starfall

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine, that discusses upcoming releases that we are super excited about!

Date of Publication: February 7th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage to a bloodthirsty prince and prevent a coup, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a lowly ship hand, she finally has the chance to return home and make peace, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend… with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee, including Solara and Doran, are planning a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, they find Cassia ruling her home planet, having imprisoned the rogue prince who would have overthrown her family. Deep down, Kane knows that Cassia can’t rule her world and be with the bastard son of a business man, but he’s also sure she returns his feelings, and that makes the circumstances all the more painful. When the outer realms are threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew rally to protect the population from widespread enslavement. The reunion forces Cassia to consider who her true family is and if she can live without the boy who has been there for her through thick and thin.

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Review: Shutter

Title: Shutter

Author:Laurie Faria Stolarz

Date of Publication: October 18th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

THE FACTS
• Julian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from the Fairmount County Juvenile Detention Facility.
• His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.
• Julian is wanted for murder.

THE QUESTIONS
• Why is Julian Roman on the run?
• Just how dangerous is he?
• And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?

Seventeen-year-old Day Baker views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur.

Julian is not the “armed and dangerous” escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don’t quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture . . . whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn’t he?

Day digs deeper into the case while Julian remains on the run. But the longer her list of facts becomes, the longer the list of questions becomes, too. It’s also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels for him. Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?

Day is close to finding the crack in the case. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is a master of suspense and romance. In this page-turning thriller, Stolarz tackles dark truths with a powerful, contemporary voice. Shutter will keep readers guessing until the very end.

My Review:

I normally don’t read a lot of mystery and suspense novels. I think the last time was way back in junior high when I read Lois Duncan and Joan Lowery Nixon books.

Day loves to take pictures, and when she runs into Julian by accident in a convenience store and not recognizing him at first as the boy on the run from the cops and wanted back into custody for murder, she follows him without him knowing anyway to get the perfect picture.

Later on she runs into him again and decides to help him and hides him outside in the shed. She believes he didn’t do the crime that he is accused of, but the stuff he says doesn’t add up either.

I really liked the characters in this book even though Day did a lot of things that didn’t make sense like sit here and hide a guy she doesn’t know accused of murder.  I mean it wasn’t like she was even friends with him before, so the situation was weird.

The mystery part was actually pretty good because I did keep going back and fourth with what the outcome could be and even though it was predictable it was a very entertaining read.  I would recommend this one.

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Review: Spindle

Title: Spindle

Author: E.K. Johnston

Date of Publication: December 6th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

The world is made safe by a woman…but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.

But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.

The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled–and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.

My Review:

I am going to be honest here I tried I mean I even tried several times to finish this book. I would pick it up and put it back down and then pick it up and put it back down… Repeat.

Now I did not read A Thousand and One Nights before this which had different characters than this one, so I am not sure how that one was, but in this book Sleeping Beauty’s name was “The Little Rose” which was really confusing. I didn’t understand why they would refer to her with that whole name instead of lets say just call her Rose???

The Little Rose has  a spinning addiction which can lead her to the curse if she spins things, so her hair is even kept super short because apparently she will even try to spin her own hair. I didn’t hate any of the characters, but I didn’t love them either.

Now even with all the odd things about this book it could have still been awesome, but the story itself was just so boring to me. I mean the struggle was so fierce to finish this, but I know there are plenty of people out there that will love it. There is also no denying this author can definitely write and write incredibly beautifully, but it was just not for me.

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Waiting on Wednesday: United (Alienated #3)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine, that discusses upcoming releases that we are super excited about!

Date of Publication: August 2, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be―days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms.

But the vacation is short-lived.

The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order a separation of the races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin.

With the clock ticking, Aelyx and Cara assemble a team of colonists and race back to Earth, where they unite with old friends to solve the mystery of who the Aribol are, what they want, and the real reason the alliance has provoked them. As tensions build to a full-scale war, Aelyx and Cara must fight harder than ever―not just for their future, but for the survival of both their worlds.

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Another book where I have been waiting a year and a half for!  I just know it will be worth the wait!  I love Melissa’s writing and oh how I have missed Aelyx and Cara.

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