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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: How to Hang a Witch

Title: How to Hang a Witch

Author: Adriana Mather

Date of Publication: July 26th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

My Review:

I have always been fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials, and how such a crazy amount of people were accused and taken into custody and murdered! I have wanted to go to Salem for a long time to check out the history, so I was pretty intrigued when I saw this book.

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I thought it was a whole lot of fun. First, though, the whole mean girls thing who were known as the Descendants, kept reminding me of that terrible Disney movie my daughter watches. Second off, let me go with my couple of pet peeves… I let out a breath I didn’t know I had been holding… come on that’s not possible! Then there was the dreaded love triangle. It was obvious who Sam liked better butttttttt she still kissed them both and “liked” them both. It would have been a whole lot better if Jaxon would have only been a friend from the start, or Elijah (the ghost)—she would have only had to help, not crush on.

Other than that, the book was really fun. I thought a lot of the ghosty events were pretty cool. The rash scene was so freaking good. I did guess who the villain was, but that’s fine. Now, the book ended with a perfect ending that I loved, so I’m not so sure about a second book, but I’m going to start it now, so we shall see.

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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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Ever the Brave: Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

I am so
excited that EVER THE BRAVE by Erin
Summerill is available now and that I get to share the news!


If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Erin Summerill, be sure
to check out all the details below.


This blitz
also includes a giveaway for a 3 finished copies of the book courtesy of Erin,
HMH, Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:

Title: EVER THE
BRAVE (Clash of Kingdoms #2)

Author: Erin
Summerill
Pub.
Date: 
December 5, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books
for Young Readers
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover,
eBook
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Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only
wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the
King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much
she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are
those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a
way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be
lost.
The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as
Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.
 
 
 
 
About Book 1
Title: EVER THE
HUNTED
Author: Erin
Summerill
Pub.
Date: 
December 27, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books
for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook,
audiobook
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her
dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father,
the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is
murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or
inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When
Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she
is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
However, it’s not so simple.
The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former
apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke
her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad
kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power
than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will
make her a daunting and dangerous force. 
Excerpt:
The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.
 
Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase
that smile. I slam the door.
 
“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against
the stone.
 
“I am.”
 
A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”
 
“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.”
 
“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something
different form brown trousers.
 
“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust
on me and make me noble.”
 
Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.
 
“Stop it,” I snap.
 
She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That
grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.
 
The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from
her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be
free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how
to break the bond.
 
If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to
do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five
minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.
 
I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of
the bond. I have to.
Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.”
 
I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and
shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly
clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads
from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of
ale.
 
I’ve felt this way before.
 
“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath
suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The
breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is
very wrong.
 
“The king.”
About Erin:

Erin Summerill was
born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in
Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin
graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had
aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher
than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional
photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of
shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally,
provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut
YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding,
she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could
be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of EVER THE BRAVE, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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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Review: The Breathless

Title: The Breathless

Author: Tara Goedjen

Date of Publication: October 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

My Review:

Oh man this book! I’m pissed. So, first off there was a lot of unanswered questions. I normally love when things aren’t wrapped up in a pretty pink bow, but there were some pretty important things that have zero answer?? I’m pretty sure this is a stand alone with the epilogue and the way it ended.

As characters go… I loved Mae and Cage. They were the perfect duo for POV’s. The atmosphere was on the right track, and the writing was lovely. What was kind of weird was the flashbacks that were done in present tense. I just found that odd thinking the now stuff should have been present tense and the before stuff in past tense. I can ignore that aspect, though.

Cage lost his “love” Ro. We don’t know if he really killed her, like people believe. The problem here was that I absolutely hated Ro! I didn’t see why everyone was obsessed with her—from Cage, to Lance, to the dad—Sonny. She seemed annoying and self centered. Everything would have been fine if I could just believe the epic love between Cage and Ro from the past, but I could not!

Lance came across as a creep from the first page he entered the book. I just never knew what his deal was. The dad was a piece of crap—yes, you lost your daughter, but you have two other ones that need taking care of. And dang it, Mae was just such an awesome character.

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The witch crafty book seemed pretty neat, though. Especially with it all being warm to the touch and interesting. There were also chapters going deep into the past which I really liked, but I had unanswered questions there, too!! There was also this build up of a bond between Mae and Cage that I loved. I can’t give away any more details, but I’m annoyed. However, I still recommend reading it and maybe, hopefully, there will be another book to answer my questions.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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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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