Book Reviews

The Sanctuary by Sidney Nesti

One is the world of imperfection and sorrow

Two are the beloved friends, forever divided 

Three are the kindred of the gods

Four are the Guardians 

Five are the kindred of humanity 

Six are the senses that lead to immortality 

Seven are the seals

Eight are the infinite infinities. 

This was an intense and adventurous read! I was worried that I would be a little lost since this is the second book of a series and I have not read the first. However, Nesti had the foresight to write a little summary of the previous adventures in the form of a letter from the protagonist to her father. While this was a lot of information to soak in right at the get-go, it was super helpful in grasping the context.

The main character, Jude, was determined and brave. She didn’t let her position as the Scion of Fire go to her head; rather, she was focused on finding the child, Ursil. He needed her help and it was her mission to help him. Sylvia on the other hand was pretty self-centred, but somehow, I still enjoyed the dynamic between the two sisters. I think perhaps it was their dependence on each other despite their differences and their growth throughout the story.

The plot moves at a comfortable pace and slowed only in a few places. As for the writing… The explanations were clear and I loved the balance between showing and telling. The style was simple, but I suppose that is a matter of opinion.
Lastly, this was mostly a clean read; although, there was a bit of language.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and I absolutely encourage you to read it and support this new author!

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Brave Run by Philip Arnold

You better hold onto your hats for this one because it will take you on a dangerous journey through a barren desert, a pelting hail storm, enemy territory, and much more. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I found myself very much enjoying it. We are immediately introduced to the action and the stakes at hand and while these play out, we catch glimpses of the protagonist’s background. The latter was a nice addition because it allowed me to get to know John. It was especially interesting to see how he grew up in the Tarahumara tribe and how he used this to save Angela’s life. I thought their relationship was sweet and I almost wish that they had been able to spend more time together. In fact, I would say that I wish there had been more of everything. And I mean this in a good way. Perhaps that would have slowed things down too much… But I enjoyed the story a lot and would have liked to linger in this setting a little longer. 

The writing was good. I found there was a bit more telling rather than showing, but I suppose that is merely my opinion. 

Lastly, it was a clean read. There was no profanity or explicit content. There was some violence, although I think: how can there not be in a setting like this? And besides, every gruesome detail was not vividly described. 

Overall, I would recommend this book. And I especially encourage you to support this indie author.    

 

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra

I have seen this book featured quite frequently on the blogs I follow and when I saw it available on my library’s e-book shelf, I thought I would give it a read. 

“There is no better distraction in this world than losing oneself in books for awhile.”

Before I began blogging I read the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and I remember enjoying them. Chains of Gold was a captivating story as well, especially since it followed the stories of Will and Tessa’s kids. It was interesting to see how Will and Tessa behave as grown-ups and what their kids are like. We also follow the story of Cordelia Carstairs who is (debatably) the main character. The POV switches a lot between the different protagonists which gave a well-rounded understanding of the story. However, it did make it difficult to become intimately acquainted with the characters. 

“That’s everyone’s dream, isn’t it, really? Instead of many who give you little pieces of themselves-one who gives you everything.” 

I loved Clare’s writing style. She has a beautiful way of explaining things and making the ordinary appear magical. One thing, though, was that I found there was quite a bit of extra chatter. The characters would talk a lot which wasn’t always bad, but sometimes I thought, “Alright, let’s get on with it.” 

This was a fairly clean read, although a few characters (such as Anna) have questionable morals and there is a detailed make-out scene. 

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It is not too late to enter my giveaway for a paperback copy of Beautiful Beast!

You can enter here: Rafflecopter

Once the winner is chosen, I will contact them and ask for an address so I can send them the book through Amazon’s gift feature. At this time, I am not able to send a signed copy, but I hope to in the future.

Please note that this giveaway is limited to the United States and Canada. 

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Beautiful Beast Giveaway!

Yes, you read that right. I am running a giveaway for one paperback copy of Beautiful Beast. It will be held from July 10, 2020, to July 15, 2020, and you can enter by following this link to the Rafflecopter website.

Please note that this giveaway is limited to the United States and Canada. 

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This is my first giveaway, so I am sure there will be some hiccups, but I thought it was about time that I try one of these things. Once the giveaway is over, I will contact the winner and ask them to send me their address so I can send them their copy. Unfortunately, at this, I am not able to offer signed copies of my book (although I hope to in the future) and will be using the gift option on Amazon to send the winner their copy.

Thanks, everyone. And may the odds be ever in your favour.

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June 2020 ~ Wrap-Up

I must say this has not been the most productive month in terms of reading (or maybe in terms of anything). With strawberry season, work has been crazy and I’ve basically been on the work, eat, sleep, repeat cycle for the past three weeks. Ah well, hopefully this month will be better.  Anyway, enough of the chit chat. What did I read this month?

Pawsitively Swindled by Melissa Erin Jackson

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Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley

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The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm by Daniel Mays

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I also started reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, but I could not bring myself to finish it. I found that it was hard to follow and I could not connect with the main character.

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The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm by Daniel Mays

This book is a little off-topic from what I usually read (or a lot…). However, this is a subject that I am genuinely passionate about. I do believe that there are big problems with our environment and I think that one of the solutions is linked to agriculture and the practices outlined in this book. Besides this, I love gardening and I thought this book would offer me some helpful tips. 

This book is perfect for those wishing to start a larger scale garden, but it can also be helpful for those who garden as a hobby. Mays gets right down to the science of things and also offers practical advice and methods. He goes into the specifics of soil health and ups of no-till vs. the downs of tillage. Further, he emphasizes biodiversity. Each plant offers something special to the ecosystem and when it is paired with other species that complement it, together they will flourish. Another thing that Mays mentioned was finances. Although I did not find this personally helpful, I think it could be invaluable to those who are interested in farming. Mays didn’t gloss over this part but rather was completely honest about his startup costs and about the challenges that come with beginning a new farm. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it, even if you’re just a hobby gardener. It is full of pearls of wisdom that may open your eyes to some astonishing truths.  

Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley

I was quite looking forward to this one. It sounded interesting and, amusingly, had a picture of a cat on the front just like my last read: Pawsitively Swindled

However, I will be perfectly honest with you already here at the start: I was rather disappointed and could not find the motivation to finish it. I don’t want to tear this book to shreds so I will keep my observances down to a few points. 

Firstly, there was so much talk about sex. I mean maybe I should have expected it a little as the description mentions a Fertility Festival, but I didn’t think that would mean people were simply allowed to have sex with whomever they pleased. Now, just so you know, this isn’t all explained in explicit details, but from the 30% that I read, sex is frequently mentioned or observed. 

Secondly, the plot was rather weak. There seemed to be too many other things that happened or were spoked about that bogged down the driving force that the plot could have had. 

Thirdly, this was an intriguing world. I am sad it was executed the way it was.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Pawsitively Swindled by Melissa Erin Jackson

A Witch of Edgehill Mystery (4 book series) Kindle EditionHere we are again with another fabulous story from the cat-loving town Edgehill. This one brought together more witches and delivered a mystery that was a tricky one for Amber and her friends to solve. And get this: Today is the release day! So make sure you head on over to Amazon and purchase this wonderful book. While you’re there, you may as well get the rest of the series too! Book #1 has less than 200 ratings! It deserves more, so please take the time to check it out. Cat Silhouette Rubber Stamp

Anyway, about the book. Amber is back and I feel like she’s so much more confident about her magic. Yes, she still has her insecurities, but she is stronger than she was at the beginning. I also found that the slight trauma she has from Kieran Penhallow’s attack was really realistic. He almost killed her! Yes, of course she would have nightmares. The relationships in this book were fabulous. I loved Kim! And Jackson did a great job making her come alive. As I read, I could see her reactions. Edgar and Amber’s relationship was really sweet, but I feel so bad for Edgar! Hopefully he gets the Kieran thing figured out soon. As always Chief Brown and Amber were fun to read about and I liked that their relationship was so clearly defined. And of course Jack… I’ll be honest, I haven’t really been crazy about him, but things were better in this book. I think the thing with him is that he doesn’t really do much in terms of the action. Maybe it’s just me, but I would like it better if he was a little more involved. Slate wall sticker: cat silhouette pattern | Etsy

The plot was interesting and I did not find myself getting bored. As always, I loved the setting. We spent some time in Edgehill, but also branched out to different places. It felt like this, along with the whole magic veins thing, gave the book a wider scope. I also, really liked that there was a “Previously” section at the beginning of the book. It was a nice refresher and allows readers to jump into the series without being totally lost. 

Lastly, the ending! What’s going to happen?!?!

Altogether, I absolutely recommend this book (and the rest of the series for that matter) and I can’t wait till the grand finale in a couple of months!!!   

Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Beautiful Beast is Now Live

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Hi friends! I know you’re probably getting sick of me posting about my book, but this one is important because… BEAUTIFUL BEAST is now live on Amazon! I am so excited about this! I can’t believe that after everything it’s actually up there for the world to read.

If you haven’t read the blurb yet, here it is.

My name is Kalista. They call me the beast.

Kalista has been cursed by a powerful sorceress and is now a prisoner in her own palace. As petals fall from an enchanted rose, her fate and the sorceress’s victory draw nearer. But Kalista refuses to be defeated so easily and uses her own magic to push against the bindings. Yet what if it is not enough and the only way the curse might be shattered is through the help of another?

When Arawn crosses into the beast’s domain, he has one motive: revenge for his brother’s death. But as he draws nearer to the beast and is surrounded by invisible servants, magical banquets, and an enchanted forest, he realizes that this beast is much more complex and much more human than he first thought.

As their paths intertwine, Kalista must risk opening her heart to another, while Arawn must learn to see past his hate and prejudice. Together, they struggle against spells, wolves, and time itself to break the curse. If they fail, Kalista will fall asleep and will never again wake.

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Also, here are the Amazon and Goodreads links. If you would like to read some reviews, then visit Goodreads. 🙂

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