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Review: Serpent & Dove

Title: Serpent & Dove

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Date of Publication: September 3rd, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

My Review:

As soon as I read this blurb, I was like, count me in! Witchy is my name and witchy wars are my game! However, I wasn’t sure what I would get, but what I got is one of my favorite books of the year!

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I loved both points of views! Lou was ambitious, perfectly flawed, spoke what was on her mind, and down right awesome. Reid was strong willed, innocent yet not innocent, and so dang swoony! And the chemistry between Lou and Reid was so freaking good! Don’t let me forget the side characters! Coco! Ansel! Beau! You three were beautifully created beings!

I must say, there were some amazing descriptions with the witchy things, and the world building was wonderful. There were twists, multiple ones in fact! And the writing was so addicting that I finished this huge masterpiece rather quickly for me! Now to wait for book 2 will be utter agony!

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Do you like books and movies about witches?

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Moonlight Rogues: Origins: Cover Reveal + Review

Title: Moonlight Rogues: Origins

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: May 21st, 2019

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Four wolves. Four alpha males. One town to bring them all together….

The lupo mannaro without a family….

Lucas was born to be king, until the price was too high. Now, he’ll have to settle for alpha…if he can escape his past.

The vârcolac without a home…

The mountains of yore call his name louder than his parents’ pleas to stay. But is he ready for what gate has in store, even if it means giving up his hard-earned freedom?

The faoladh without a purpose…

One case was all it took. One mistake he could never take back. Now, he’ll pay the ultimate price – exile.

​The lobisomem without peace…

Tristan chose to save his country, not knowing the price was his sanity. Is there really a coming home, for the one who’s seen it all, and more?

A Moonlight Rogues novella to give you a taste of four amazing stories, each one filled with unique folkloric add-ons.

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My Review:

I’ve really enjoyed this series with two guys’ stories down and two more to go! So to be able to read a collection of short stories on each of the wolves was quite the delight! Lucas, Dom, Finn, Tristan—my boys!

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I liked all the the stories, but I think Dom’s was the best—I loved getting a glimpse at little five-year-old Dom! Also, there are scenes between him and Lucas that were awesome with all their bickering! Tristan’s was so good too, packed with emotion, and an awesome conclusion! Finn’s had one of the best action sequences, and Lucas is one of my favorites so of course his was awesome!

Even though these are short, they are filled with backstory, emotion, and awesomeness! Can’t wait to read rest of the stories on them!

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Review: Red Queen

Title: Red Queen

Author: Christina Henry

Date of Publication: July 12th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…

My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect in this sequel, but what I got was something I didn’t think I wanted or needed. But oh, how I did!

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What I loved about this one was that it was a lot different than the first book! It took a different route, the way I feel like a place like Wonderland truly would. I loved Alice, loved Hatcher, and loved this story! There was wonderful character growth for Alice, and I feel like she very much discovered herself!

There was magic, and reveals, and emotions, and horrifying whimsy! The writing was on point and honestly, I want more of this world!

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Who is your favorite character from Alice in Wonderland?

Review: The Traitor’s Kingdom

Title: The Traitor’s Kingdom

Author: Erin Beatty

Date of Publication: July 9th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Unlikely alliances are forged and trust is shattered in the stunning conclusion to The Traitor’s Trilogy.

A new queen under threat.
An ambassador with a desperate scheme.
Two kingdoms with everything to lose.

Once a spy and counselor to the throne, Sage Fowler has secured victory for her kingdom at a terrible cost. Now an ambassador representing Demora, Sage is about to face her greatest challenge to avoid a war with a rival kingdom.

After an assassination attempt destroys the chance for peace, Sage and her fiancé Major Alex Quinn risk a dangerous plot to reveal the culprit. But the stakes are higher than ever, and in the game of traitors, betrayal is the only certainty.

My Review:

This series has been an incredible ride. My babies, Sage and Alex, have been through so much. I just needed them to have a lovely ending! The question is, do they or don’t they? I’ll never tell!

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However, I will say, I wanted to shake people in this story and hug them and laugh with them. There was a whole lot of plotting and treatying and reveals!

The writing was just as good as the other books! The world is one filled with political intrigue and about women standing up for themselves and most of all—love! Love for friends, love for your other half, and love for your country. A great conclusion to this series!

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Author Interview: Elle Beaumont

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Hunter’s Truce:

When Niklaus von Brandt’s mother is murdered by a poacher it moves him to make a change in the kingdom of Abendrot. Once a kingdom founded by werewolves, it is now ruled by humans who have one goal: eradicate the werewolves. In order to protect what is left of his family, he must make an important decision, one that leads him to become an assassin, and the shadow the kingdom murmurs about.

Too bad the royal family has a secret—a secret that Niklaus plans on using to his advantage, and in the meantime he has given King Ansgar three chances before he comes huffing and puffing.

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Royal’s Vow:

When The Big Bad Wolf came huffing and puffing at the royal gates Stasya knew change was on the wind. With the family secret exposed to the assassin turned ally, Stasya has to entrust her life to a werewolf she barely knows—Niklaus von Brandt—who has vowed to protect her, and in doing so has declared a lockdown.

Now a prisoner in her own castle, Stasya feels the tension growing between herself and Niklaus as she wonders if the alliance is the best thing for the kingdom and herself. But when they stumble into some trouble outside castle walls the Hawk swoops in and makes his presence known.

Stasya must survive the Hawk—but can she trust the Wolf?

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Game of Bezique:

At eighteen, Etienne Mercier shouldn’t have to worry about being hunted in the streets of Paris. To survive, he cons people with games of chance, hoping no one will discover the truth his grown-out hair hides—he is Fae. Baron Weaver knows, though, and when Etienne tries to con the man, he’s the one who gets surprised.

Etienne flees to escape the Baron, but soon realizes he’s not being chased for the reason he thinks. The Baron offers him and once-in-a-lifetime chance—the opportunity to work in Cirque de la Tempete as an aerialist.

Jumping at the chance to earn an honest living, Etienne never expects to find what he lacked all along—a purpose and a family—especially when he meets Lili. But Lili has plans of her own, and together, Etienne finds himself taking his biggest—and deadliest—risk yet.

Care for a game of chance? Step right up!

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Elle was born and raised in Southeastern, Massachusetts in a little farm town by the harbor. She grew up fascinated with all things whimsical and a strong love for animals. As she grew so did her passion for reading and writing. Although she prefers devouring all genres she largely enjoys dark fantasy.

She is married to her best friend and has two lively sprites who inspire madness, love and a sense of humor in her. They also have a menagerie of animals, two dogs, three cats, and a horse. In her downtime, Elle enjoys creating candles, crocheting, horseback riding and running.

Author Interview:

Why did you decide to become a writer?

That’s kind of a tricky question, right? Why decide to be a firefighter or a doctor? It’s something I always thoroughly enjoyed. When I was in 4th grade, I wrote this short story about a pony I used to lease. Her name was Lady, and I illustrated the book and wrote it with my friend.

I couldn’t jump my pony because she had a bad rear, but somehow I came up with this elaborate story as to how she had bad hind legs, and how she came to live at this barn. It was so far-fetched, but I fell in love with story telling which then prompted me to get into tex-based RPG’s which led to forums, and I thought, hey—maybe one day. Fast forward, I met K.M. Robinson who showed me how ‘easy’ it was to publish. 😉 The rest they say is history!

What’s your favorite book you’ve written and why?

I’d say that Game of Bezique is actually my favorite. You can find that one in the Cirque de vol Mystique anthology, and it’ll be releasing in July by itself. It’s an original supernatural/steampunk circus story, and it follows an older teen fae, who is just trying to survive in Paris. He’s down on his luck, and he tries to con the wrong [or right,] man, and ends up joining the circus, finding friends, and falling in love.

Who is your favorite character you’ve written and why?

Oooh, that’s a tough one! I’m torn between Niklaus von Brandt from The Hunter series, and then Etienne Mercier from Game of Bezique. They’re so different, but Nik says it like it is, and is so unapologetically himself. Etienne is smart-mouthed, but has such a big heart and would do anything for those he cares for.

I have a thing for the guys I write, I suppose I should show some love to my girls?!

Zola from Veiled Allurement is great. She’s a tough cookie and would do anything for her friends, too. Liesel von Brandt from The Hunter series is Nik’s little sister, and she’s probably another favorite of mine. She keeps her brother in check.

What gave you the idea for The Hunter’s Truce?

Funny story, actually! I love the show Dexter, and kind of wanted to write a character like him, and I was part of this forum with my friends—she really wanted me to write a Wolf character [from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles,] and so I compromised with her. I came up with this Big Bad Wolf type, and we totally fell head over heels for what I created. Dexter meets Deadpool!

Are you an outliner or a pantser?

Totally depends, generally I pants it all the way, but sometimes I find outlines helpful. Sometimes they make me dizzy! Lol

What upcoming projects do you have planned?

I’ve got a few projects… Possibly continuing Bezique -waggles brows- working on a Sci-Fi project, too. Some mermaids, some more Hunter series.. I’m a busy gal!

You’re also a candlemaker, what got you into that?

Gosh, yes! I love the candles. I started making them for friends and family, then fundrasiers. I took it more seriously when I decided to stay home and raise my kiddos. It’s really boomed in the past year. You can peek around at www.willowridgecandles.com —I had the chance to make candles for Candace Robinson! 😀

What is your favorite color?

Yellow, it’s always been yellow. I had to have everything yellow when I was little, still do. I also love teal… check out my bookshelf 😉

What’s your favorite book ever?

That is so hard, but one that I always swoon over is Splintered by AG Howard. But honestly? I think Wuthering Heights and The Hobbit will always stand the test of time. 🙂

What advice do you have for other writers?

This sounds so cliche, but here is my sage advice.

Read what you want to write. Look at the structure, the pacing, and what draws YOU to that kind of story.

Continue to read as you write, sometimes it’s hard, but trust me, it’s a must.

Just write. Write gross words, write mess words, just write. Because 50 words is better than 0. 1000 words to edit is something to edit. You can always fix it up later!

Have friends that love and don’t love your genre read over your work.

Be able to take constructive criticism. Just because someone points out a way to improve doesn’t mean they hate it.

Make time to write. Set a timer—30 mins? 15 mins? I write, make candles, have a house to take care of and a family. I’m not actually Wonder Woman, I just have to schedule things in a crazy, sprinting fashion. I write for 20 mins at a time and then get up to work on something else.

Most importantly, don’t lose the joy. It’s hard to remain joyful sometimes, but if that’s the case… take a deep breath, surround yourself with people who understand, and know that you can do this.

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Review: Vow of Thieves

Title: Vow of Thieves

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Date of Publication: August 6th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Kazi and Jase have survived, stronger and more in love than ever. Their new life now lies before them―the Ballengers will be outlaws no longer, Tor’s Watch will be a kingdom, and the two of them will meet all challenges side by side, together at last.

But an ominous warning mars their journey back, and in their rush to return to Tor’s Watch, just outside the fortress walls, they are violently attacked and torn apart―and each is thrust into their own new hell.

Unsure whether the other is alive or dead, Kazi and Jase must keep their wits among their greatest enemies and unlikeliest allies. And all the while, Death watches and waits.

My Review:

I absolutely loved the Kiss of Deception novels and the first book in this duology spinoff was great too! So my question was, how would this second book end? And applause, applause! Because it was very well done!

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Reading the dual POVs from Jase and Kazi were both awesome! I loved and cared for them rather equally, which is usually a hard concept for me! I generally prefer one character over the other!

In this story, intense stuff goes down and it had my pulse racing! Without giving too much away, there was some fabulous twists and the writing was incredibly lush! This world is one I adore to get lost in and one I won’t soon forget!

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Review: Lost Boy

Title: Lost Boy

Author: Christina Henry

Date of Publication: July 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

My Review:

Peter Pan has always been quite the iffy story for me. He always struck me as a creepy kind of character. A super old boy stuck in a young boy’s body, dragging young children to an island. Super odd. So therefore, I was always intrigued by Captain Hook! And this was truly his story!

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Jamie was relatable, completely relatable, even though he had done heinous things over the years. Yet, it was all because of Peter’s urge to “play.” I loved Jamie because he was like a daddy hen to a lot of the boys, especially Charlie. And there were twists and turns along the way. Since this is prequel, I’m sure you guys know how it all ends, but it is the character driven story that gets you there that is truly unique and horrific! And it definitely can be gruesome!

I’ve read a couple other books by Henry, and like the others, this one did not disappoint whatsoever! The world was terrifying with devious deceptions hidden in small places, and it was one that I couldn’t get out of my head, even after reading!

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Who is your favorite Peter Pan character?