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Review: Oblivion

Title: Oblivion

Author: Kelly Creagh

Date of Publication: July 28th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? —Edgar Allan Poe

The fine line between life and death blurred long ago for Isobel Lanley. After a deadly confrontation with Varen in the dreamworld, she’s terrified to return to that desolate and dangerous place. But when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice. Varen’s darkness is catching up to her. To everything. Threatening to devour it all.

Isobel fears for her world. For her sanity and Varen’s—especially after a fresh and devastating loss. To make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith wants Varen for her own, and she will do anything to keep him in her grasp—anything.

Can Isobel ever find her happy ending? Worlds collide and fates are sealed in this breathtaking finale to the Nevermore trilogy.

My Review:

The last book, of course, had a super huge cliffhanger, so I was anticipating how this next book would play out! And unravel like a spool of yarn with interesting things, it did.

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My biggest complaint again was, not enough Varen. Definitely more than the last book but still no real conversations or relationship development between him and Isobel. This would have all been fine if  book one had way more development and interactions between the two of them. I mean, they’ve only had one kiss and not a lot of real conversation, yet there is this love that drives Isobel to fight so hard for Varen in two more books without new development to their romance! However, I do love them together, just needed moreeeeeeeeee!

The shades of gray with Varen are awesome, and even Isobel has those same shades, of course not as intense as him but still. We all have them! The descriptions in this one were so good! Loved the dark things—ALL THE DARK THINGS! The writing and Poe stuff again, were just beautiful! Just a super fun and interesting series as a whole!

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When you think of Poe, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind?

 

 

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Review: Enshadowed

Title: Enshadowed

Author: Kelly Creagh

Publication Date: August 28th, 2012

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Goodreads Summary:

Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dreamworld—a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen’s creation, is the only one who can save him.
Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the “Poe Toaster” will make his annual homage at the legendary poet’s grave.
Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But great dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen’s affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.
Could Isobel’s greatest love also be her greatest adversary?

My Review:

Oh man, book one had a doozy of a cliffhanger! And so of course I had to dive right into this one! A paranormal world inspired by Poe is just one of the coolest things ever! Give me raven wings!

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So we’re back in Isobel’s hometown. My boy, Varen, is missing in action … for a very long time, I might add. This is where things get tricky for me because as addicting and page turning as this was, I missed him! I kept saying to myself, “Find him already, shoot!” Except more cursing was involved in those sentences! I was really hoping to see more of Isobel’s and Varen’s relationship truly develop!

However, I loved seeing the side characters again like Gwen, who had a much larger role here. Even Brad made me want to give him a hug—even though I hated him in book one! And there is more weirdness, and the weirdness I do love with all my beating heart. And then my heart got crushed with the cliffhanger!!!! On to book three now!

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If you wander into any Poe story, which would it be?

Review: Nevermore

Title: Nevermore

Author: Kelly Creagh

Date of Publication: August 31st, 2010

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Goodreads Summary:

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

My Review:

At the words Edgar Allan Poe, this book had me extremely interested. Also, I haven’t read a good paranormal book in a while, and I’ve been very back and forth with all the new books lately. So I thought that this would do the trick to slip into the past! And do the trick it did!

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It took me a little bit to really get into this because I kept wanting Varen and Isobel to get together and have some real conversations! However when they were together, I loved it so much!!! What I loved best about this book was there was some great mystery and a whole lot of cool weirdness. I love weird!

The writing was so addictive, too! There were people I wanted to slap in the book like freaking Brad, and there were people I wanted to hug, like Gwen, Isobel, and Varen. Oh, especially Varen! I think I would have given this book ten start if I’d had his POV!! And seriously, that cliffhanger was so soul clenching! I’m starting book two right now!

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Are you an Edgar Allan Poe fan?

Clouded by Envy: Excerpt + Giveaway

I am so excited that CLOUDED BY ENVY by Candace Robinson is available now and that I get
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If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful
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Title: CLOUDED BY ENVY
Author: Candace Robinson
Pub. Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 215
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Brenik has always been
envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as
bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her
shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and
living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone
of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will
accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.
Living in a tree trunk
for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother
disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new
friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than
waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always
remains in the back of her mind.
When Bray reunites
with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers
the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages
those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming
between Bray and Wes.

 

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                Bray
wasn’t sure how long she had drifted off for, but there was a puddle of wetness
against her cheek when she woke up—okay, so it was only drool from herself.
Lifting a hand up toward her cheek, she swiped the saliva away and rubbed it on
to the hammock. Classy, she thought, but there was already some gathered there
anyway.
                Remembering
the events from earlier, Bray headed straight to the hole and peeked out. She
shifted her head from left to right. Nothing. Bray looked up and down—she could
see a few bushes had already been planted in the dirt.
                Then
she saw it: a circular stone bowl filled with water sitting on top of a long
thick stem, attached to a circular bottom. A birdbath! Almost giddily, Bray
stepped on the ledge of the hole and leaped off, flapping her wings hurriedly
to the nearest pink and yellow peach. Opening her jaw wide, she bit into the
thin skin. A juicy one. The fruit filled her mouth with delicious pleasure, and
she took one more long bite before diving down to the birdbath.
                The top
of her newfound treasure was a perfect circle with tiny mounds around it
resembling hills. Bray landed on the ceramic and bent down to take a seat,
before placing her bare feet into the warm water that had been perfectly heated
from the shining sun.
                Peering
down at the clear water, Bray saw no sign of intrusion from other creatures
yet. She rotated her head in every direction, as if she would be caught just by
thinking about slipping into the water—still no sign of life.
                Flicking
her braid over her shoulder, Bray pursed her lips together to hide the smile
aching to shine against her face and jumped into the water. The splash echoed.
Her bare feet scraped the rough bottom, while her dress inflated and then clung
to her body as she shot to the surface. She let out a small giggle to herself.
It was sad that the only highlight of the past year was hopping into a shallow
pool of water with no one around except for her.
                She
leaned back into the liquid, letting herself float and moving her arms slowly
up and down, while swimming in figure-eight circles.
                Bray
closed her eyes and let the water cover her ears, so it felt like nothing in
the world existed, except for the muffled vibrations from the liquid.
                A loud
booming sounded from above, and her eyelids thrust open, meeting dark brown
eyes, light brown skin, and that black bowl hair. Tiny human. Luca.
                Freeze,
Bray thought to herself, not even blinking her eyes. She held them wide open, thinking
he wouldn’t notice her, or maybe he would just assume she was a bird. Even
though he was staring at her and had spoken something she didn’t hear clearly.
                Nope.
That isn’t going to work. He hovered closer, his eyes scrunched halfway closed
to examine her more thoroughly. Unable to hold her eyes open any longer, Bray
blinked several times.
                “What
are you?” he asked, genuine amazement creeping into his words, lips slightly
parted.
                “A
bat!” Bray yelled, and she jumped up from the warmth of the water, darting
straight for the tree hole.
                Breathing
heavily, Bray landed inside and collided with the floor. She rolled to her
back, running both hands down her face. “Why did I come out without paying
attention? I know not to!” Ruth had always told her this.
                A quake
trembled through the tree, causing shivers to run up and down her spine. What
is the little beast doing? Oh no, what if he is trying to chop down the tree?
My home—the peaches! Bray didn’t know why she was thinking about stupid peaches
when there was another fruit tree directly next door.
                Despite
the thunderous rumbling, Bray grabbed the needle from underneath her hammock
and dodged toward the window. If the little beast thought he could take her
down, then he had another thing coming. She would prick his eye—actually, she
would poke both of his eyes to protect her and Brenik’s home.
                When
Bray reached the edge of the window, the sound stopped. She peeped her head out
of the hole, right as a face met hers, his black hair falling forward over a hazel
eye—an eye she was going to poke. Startled, she jumped back instead of toward
him.
                A broad
smile crossed the little beast’s face. “Hello.”
                Freezing
once again, until she remembered that the staying-still-as-a-statue strategy
didn’t work in the birdbath, she meekly said, “Hi.”
                Bray
brought the needle up toward his smiling face, just in case.
                “Are
you planning on sewing something?” He tilted his head at the needle.
                “Yeah,
your eyeball.” She gave him a hard glare.
                “What?”
he asked while laughing hysterically.
                He was
laughing? Not scared? Bray brought the needle closer. “Yeah, you need to leave
and never come back. This is my home.”
                “No.
Technically, it’s my brother’s home,” he said, still smiling.
                “What
brother? You mean your dad out there who was planting this morning?”
                Luca
shook his head, and she didn’t miss the wince before he spoke. “No, that’s my
brother, Wes. I don’t have a mom or dad.”
                Crestfallen,
Bray lowered the needle. “Oh. Me neither. I only have a brother, but he will be
gone for a while.” She paused and glanced at the note Brenik had left behind,
her chest tightening. Then she shrugged it off and shifted her gaze back to the
boy. “By the way, my name is Brayora, but you can call me Bray.” For some
reason, she wasn’t worried anymore about the human.
                “I’m
Luca Duran.” He plopped his thin fingers on the edge of the hole.
                “Yeah,
I heard your name this morning, little beast. I mean, Luca.” She thought little
beast suited him better than Luca.
About Candace:

 

My name is
Candace Robinson. I’m just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. My days
are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books for my blog,
Literary Dust. I live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the
hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30
degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! I live with my husband and awesome
daughter!
 
You can also
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Review: Soul in Darkness

Title: Soul in Darkness

Author: Wendy Higgins

Date of Publication: February 12th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.

Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.

My Review:

I’ve read all of Wendy Higgins’ books, and the one thing she always knows how to do well is write romance! And this book did not disappoint in the swoon!

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So the Greek god stuff has always been intriguing, but sometimes can be overdone when its the same stories with the same gods that we’ve heard about before. What had me full on in was the fact that I’d never heard of the Cupid and Psyche story! Of course I knew who Cupid was because, come on, Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t know this one!!

The story had a super cool concept with a princess, Psyche, having to marry a monster that she can’t see. This left for a pretty original plot where sometimes you have to look from within vs the outside, literally, to truly know a person.

I don’t want to give too much away but there is a lot of neat stuff along the way, especially the cool world building and beautiful descriptions. And again, of course, swoooooon! Loved the writing, loved the story, and dear stars, I loved Cupid!!

 

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Have you ever heard of Cupid & Psyche’s story?

Review: Second to Surrender

Title: Second to Surrender

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: December 21st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Tristan

I swore I was done with love, after my last failed relationship. Being a soldier means making the tough decisions, all for the good of the pack. So when a little miss full of attitude waltzes in, dragging a shitload of trouble with her, I want nothing more than to make that tough decision and kick her the hell out. But then she turns those big, helpless eyes on me, and my wolf roars otherwise. Shit-of-fuck but now I’m screwed…. And her family seriously has a screw loose. To make it worse? We have history.

Daniela

You’d think running away from a psycho family would swear me off relationships for good. Guess what? So did I. In fact, I specifically searched Tristan out because he’s the type I’d never be with. Too much of everything, if you get my gist – attitude included. So why is it when he starts acting all protector, I can’t help but swoon? His dark secrets don’t scare me as much as this sudden tornado within me. This was not in the plans… And I might just have to make a run for it. But will he let me?

My Review:

I absolutely loved the first book, First to Fall, so I was super excited to get into Tristan’s head for this round! And I was not disappointed! My boy has a lot going on in that little brain of his!

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Let me say I absolutely fell in love with Dani! She was a great MC who stood her ground and plus, yeah, she has a wolf, too! The chemistry between Tristan and Dani was so good! On fire!

But don’t worry, you get action, other cool fantasy characters, and loads of fun, too. I just love the world that Whitewolf has created here. I’m seriously intrigued to see the next wolf’s book!!

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What’s your favorite werewolf book or movie?