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Review: Black Bird of the Gallows

Title: Black Bird of the Gallows

Author: Meg Kassel

Date of Publication: September 5th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

My Review:

So, this book has a lot of good reviews that I have seen. But, it just didn’t grab hold of me as much as I wished. I will state first and foremost that I loved the whole crow aspect. Very cool!

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Going into the book, I did not know there was going to be a bee aspect. This is where it got odd and strange for me. Maybe because it was bees, and I just don’t see bees as being a part of a villain. I just couldn’t get past that.

I also did not connect to the characters. I liked the connection between Reece and Angie, but I needed more before the undying love for each other came into play. Again, I usually don’t mind insta love stuff, it’s the love triangle stuff that bothers me. Thank goodness there wasn’t one of those here.

Other than that, the rest was very interesting, especially the whole harbinger background. I think my favorite part, which was a small part, was when the character Hank came into the picture. That was a very cool detailed visualization. I felt the writing was also well done throughout. I feel like most people who are a fan of paranormal romance will like this book, but there have only been a few that I have really liked, which are generally Jennifer Armentrout’s books.

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Review: The End of Oz

Title: The End of Oz

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 14th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

I watched as the Emerald Palace crumbled to the ground, burying Dorothy, the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone, under the rubble. And now that the rightful ruler, Ozma, has been restored to the throne…

Oz is finally free.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the othergirl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Now the Road of Yellow Brick is leading me away from Oz to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with: the Nome King. And—surprise—he has a gingham-clad bride.

With my magical shoes and a shrinking group of allies, I have one final chance to fulfill my mission, and save not only what’s left of Oz, but Kansas, too. As the line between Good and Wicked blurs even further, I have to find a way to get rid of Dorothy once and for all—without turning into a monster myself.

Dorothy once said there’s no place like home. Can I stop her from destroying mine?

My Review:

This was an excellent ending to this fun series! All the books including this one has had the perfect blend of light and dark. One of my favorite aspects here were the Wheelers!!!! I loved them in Return to Oz, and the author made them seem so much creepier and awesome in this one!

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I have always loved the bond between Knox and Amy, but I felt it was really good here, and there were some super cute moments! The author has extraordinary world building skills, I could visualize all the details throughout this series, but even a lot more in this one. There were some pretty creepy stuff in EV, and the descriptions were on point.

“We all have a witch somewhere inside us.”

This one is also told in dual POV between Dorothy and Amy, and Dorothy’s chapters were all kind of crazy because she IS crazy! And the Gnome King was a freak as usual. I’m seriously going to miss this series and all it’s quirks!

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Review: Yellow Brick War

Title: Yellow Brick War

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 15th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.

You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.

The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:

Assassin.

The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.

But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.

My Review:

This one was a whole lot of fun! I think the best part was that we are introduced to the Nome King! Return to Oz is one of my favorite movies ever made with this character, and who is one of the main characters in this book? You guessed it! The Nome King! He is just as awesome and devious in this one.

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I also liked that half the book is spent back in Kansas. Amy comes home to her mom, who has started to improve herself as a person while Amy was missing. Madison who was once an enemy becomes an unlikely friend, and she is really funny!!

As with the other books, there is plenty of action, Amy trying to control herself from becoming a monster, cute romance, and darkness mixed with humor! I need the last book now!

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Saven Series: Bookstagram Blitz + Giveaway

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This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for Saven Series Box Set by Siobhan Davis. This bookstagram blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. This bookstagram blitz runs from 26 September till 2 October. See the tour schedule here.

The Saven box set including all 5 books in this series will be discounted for a limited time to only $0.99! That’s only $0.99 for 1,300 pages of heart-stopping adventure, intriguing mystery, and swoony romance. You can buy your copy on Amazon.

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Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 26 September, 2017

Blurb:
A girl with a hidden past. An alien prince. Their unlikely attraction could save two worlds… or doom them all…

Sadie Owens desperately needed a do-over. When she’s chosen for a six-month residency in a government-run undersea city, she willingly drops everything to participate. After all, the experiment could be a huge step forward for her overcrowded planet and her life. She also doesn’t mind living next door to a hot alien with ocean-blue eyes…

Logan Chandler has kept a lot of secrets for his species. If humans knew the real reason the Saven were on Earth, then their coexistence would be anything but peaceful. But he can’t help falling for the different and beautiful Sadie. Unfortunately, protecting the girl of his destiny could destroy his own kind…

As Logan gives Sadie mixed signals, the mystery of the Saven starts to unravel.

When she finally understands what’s at stake, is it too late for Sadie to save her heart and the human race?

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You can find the Saven Series Box Set on Goodreads

You can buy the Saven Series Box Set for only $0.99 on Amazon

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SiobhanAbout the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the bookstagram blitz for the Saven Series Box Set. There will be two winners. One winner will win a signed copy of Saven Deception and one winner will win a $10 Amazon gift card. Open international.

To enter this giveaway you need to make a picture of the book Saven Series Box Set by Siobhan Davis and post it on social media with the hashtag #SavenSeriesGiveaway.

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Review: The Wicked Will Rise

Title: The Wicked Will Rise

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 31st, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Timesbestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die…

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

My Review:

I wasn’t sure how the sequel was going to be, since I really enjoyed the first book! But… it lived up to being a great second book! Amy is also growing as a character and discovering more things about herself, her power, and Oz.

Again, this book was awesomely dark mixed with humor, which was the perfect combo. There was one absolutely sad part at the beginning where I wanted to punch the Cowardly Lion in the face. I will say that he may or may not get what he deserves.

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I never knew which way Amy might go in, because there seems to be a darkness growing in her when her emotions truly come out. So, I can’t wait to see how she handles this problem in the next book.

Ozma is still a basket case at the moment, Pete I loved/hated him, and Knox was great! We are also introduced to Polychrome and Bright, which I read their novella already, and they are interesting characters to say the least. Book 2 does end on a cliffhanger where I have to know what is going on!

 

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Review: Wild Beauty

Title: Wild Beauty

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Date of Publication: October 3rd, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

My Review:

First, let me complement the writer’s beautiful and fabulous writing! But, I don’t know man. Sometimes the stuff got a little too abstract for me, and I wasn’t sure what was going on.

I didn’t really connect to the story or the characters as much as I would have liked to either. There was a whole lot of flower talk and the girls all had flower names, which if you like flowers that’s a plus.

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When Fel came in to the picture early on, things got very interesting, but then it quickly faded for me. Again, this probably just didn’t work for me because a lot of times with overly descriptive writing, I just wanted the story to move along a little faster. I am most likely the odd one out on this one.

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Review: Tower of Dawn

Title: Tower of Dawn

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Date of Publication: September 5th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

My Review:

I have never been a fan of Chaol since day one. However, I did love the friendship bond between him and Celaena in the first book. But, I already knew up front I would love Sarah’s writing because I always do—I just wasn’t sure if I would be able to fall in love with this character since I hadn’t yet. But… I did!

Chaol’s journey had ups and downs, and there were dark reminders of his past that still tortured him. But that’s the thing… we sometimes make mistakes or make choices that you don’t know how it’s going to affect the people around you, even if you thought the choice was right to begin with.

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The struggle with Chaol after his accident and trying to walk again was haunting to read, because it felt real. Maas did an excellent job of depicting disability in this book, of a person’s struggle inside there own head trying to walk again or with the idea of it may not happening.

I fell in love with the other characters, Yrene, Nezryn, and Sartaq, as well as some of the other side characters. There were some parts in this book where some serious stuff went down, and I actually got pretty worried during some of the action scenes. A lot of this book didn’t go the way I assumed it would, and in fact it went in an even better direction. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for the next book!

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