Tag Archive | Historical Fantasy

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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Have you started this series yet?

Review: The Mermaid

Title: The Mermaid

Author: Christina Henry

Date of Publication: June 19th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn’t bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he’d heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.

My Review:

When I first looked at the cover, I was like, oh, it’s a Little Mermaid retelling. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this was actually about Barnum’s Feejee mermaid when I read the summary!!

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This was quite the lovely tale with beautiful prose and enveloped in cool world building. I’m always a big oddity fan so I found everything about Barnum’s oddities fascinating, even though the man himself was quite the fool!

I struggled with Amelia at times. I loved her yet was annoyed with her because yes, she was strong, but when it came to the religion and feminist-type talk I got quite annoyed. I’m all for the strong and independent woman but sometimes it can be too much. This, of course, didn’t affect the book from being five stars! Levi, on the other hand, was so sweet and caring and he still had some “manly” views, but he always wanted what was best for Amelia—for her to have a choice.

Overall, this was a great read, but don’t expect it to be fast pacing. It was a slower journey, but one where I cared about all the words inside!

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What’s your favorite mermaid book?

Review: The Beholder

Title: The Beholder

Author: Anna Bright

Date of Publication: June 4th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

My Review:

Me: Never judge a book by its cover!

Me: I totally just did and want it now!

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Seriously when I saw this cover, I knew I had to have it! Then I read the blurb and was like, ohhhh I have to have it even more! I mean, The Odyssey meets Cinderella? Heck to the freaking yeah!

Enjoyed the story here! The writing sucked me right in and I couldn’t let go. Selah was a great character when it came to speaking up and being strong, doing what she believed in. Loved that! Now, when it came to boys she was a little weakling. Boys! Boys! Boys! There were THREE boys she was infatuated in this book. Count them! One! Two! Three! I can’t handle it! I will say it wasn’t all at one time, though. I will also say that I loved them all, but still wished the book had only had one! But Torden, you are mine!

There were some very nice twists in here. Two I did not see coming, so dear author, kudos to you! I really liked Selah’s crew on the ship and the side characters there were very well developed. Lang and crew were just so awesome! The world building with the pit stops they made on there journey gave me perfect visualization. But with the freaking ending, I can’t wait for book two! Need ittttttttttttttttt!

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Would you like to sail across the sea?