Book Reviews

Pegasus by Robin McKinley

Wow, it has been a long time since my last post! School has been crazy this past month and I’ve also been working a lot on my WIP, so I have not been able to squeeze in reading and writing reviews. However, I feel that I’ve also been in a bit of a slump because of this book. With that said, I’ll jump right into why… 

THE ENDING! And the fact that there is no sequel! Image result for sad gif

About three-quarters of the way through, I thought, “I really like this book, I wonder if there is a second book.” Bad idea, Emma. Bad idea. There is not a sequel and this led to reading reviews which then resulted in the discovery of the ending… When I stumbled across this, it totally killed my desire to finish the book. I was just so disappointed that it ends the way it does because I want Ebon and Silvi’s story to continue. This concept is so beautiful and unique, but the first book just scrapes the surface – this world could be developed in so many ways. 

Anyway, enough of that. McKinley’s writing was charming, as always, and Silvi and Ebon’s relationship was adorable. I felt, though, that the plot was rather slow. Maybe it’s just me, but I would have liked a bit more action. It felt like it was building, building, building, and then just nothing because of the ending. Lastly, though, this was a clean read. 7507951.jpg

Do I recommend this book? Yes…? As long as you are alright with the lack of resolution. 

Hope you all have a wonderful day! 

P.S. Isn’t the cover just gorgeous!?!

Book Reviews

The Navigator by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown

Often I love the first book of the series, but then I’m not as crazy about the second one. The Navigator though… it was amazing! Related image

The story started out a little slow, but once the crew arrived in Neverland… I had to hold on to my hat because I got sprinkled with pixie dust and there was no way I could keep my feet on the ground. Neverland was a magical and beautiful place that held many marvellous things such as mermaids, dragons, imps, and of course, the much-feared Croc. This last one, the croc, was intelligently worked into the plot and I wonder if he’ll come up in the next book. I have a suspicion that he might…  

Now, of course, Wendy Darling. As usual, she was brave and daring and although she was looked down upon as a woman, she made a place for herself as the navigator. The naivety that she seemed to possess in the first book, dissipated as she experienced death and war. Really, her character development was phenomenal! Over the span of these two novels, she has grown so much. Now about Peter… In this book we learn a detail about Peter’s past that was so shocking, yet made complete sense. I did not see that one coming! And suddenly, I totally love Peter and I am desperate to know what will happen to him. Is there something between Wendy and Peter? I’m not sure… I suppose I will have to find out. Related imageYet, of course, I must mention Captain James Hook. I’m still not sure how I feel about him. He’s somewhere between villain and good guy, but it’s a little grey. I don’t like how he treats Wendy most of the time, but he does have his moments where he seems to have a heart. 

Once again, the writing was beautiful! It was neat, but at the same time colourful and exciting. 

“The gray veil now hung behind them, and before them lay the sun-bright shores of Neverland, its emerald green foliage and pearl white beaches stretched out upon a turquoise sea.” 

Lastly, this was a clean read. There was violence, but there were no sex scenes and the level of language is very low. Which makes me love this book even more! 35510314. sx318

I’m am so excited for book #3! And if you haven’t read either of these books yet, then you must! They are absolutely captivating and will keep you reading far into the night because you just need to know how this adventure will unfold. 

P.S. Book #1 only has 229 reviews! This is horrendous! Please, give it a read and write a review. Even if it’s only a few sentences, it will be helpful. 

Book Reviews

My Netgalley TBR

Happy Sunday everyone!

Here is a little peek into what I will be reviewing (hopefully) in the nearish future.

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NOT EVERY ADVENTURE GOES AS PLANNED …

Wendy’s troubles are far from over. Hook wants her in irons, the crew wants to throw her overboard, and Pan’s magical compass is the only thing standing in their way. But Pan himself is nowhere to be found.

When a new everlost captain appears on the horizon, it will take everything Wendy has to survive.

And a tiny red dragon will set events in motion that could save or doom them all.

I am almost finished this one (and loving it!!), so expect a review very soon.

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Pawsitively Cursed (Witch of Edgehill #2)

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For the past fourteen years, Edgehill’s resident secret witch, Amber Blackwood, has been haunted by her parents’ deaths. The whole town knows about the tragedy, but the details remain a mystery even to Amber. From her tiny studio apartment above her shop, The Quirky Whisker, Amber can see her partially rebuilt old house out on the edge of town. Although she now has a good life—delighting children with her magically infused toys, concocting healing tinctures for Edgehill’s residents, doting on her cats, Tom and Alley, and sitting on the committee for the town’s annual Here and Meow Festival—she feels stuck in the past.

Amber suspects the fire that killed her parents was set deliberately by a witch from the cursed Penhallow clan, from whom no one has heard even a whisper since the night her parents died. The clan’s sudden disappearance is no coincidence to Amber, but her aunt Gretchen refuses to believe there’s a connection and urges Amber to stop looking for someone to blame. So Amber is shocked when Aunt Gretchen shows up unexpectedly, claiming the Penhallows have resurfaced and that one of them is heading for Edgehill with Amber in his sights.

Aunt Gretchen knows more about the fabled clan than she’s letting on. Amber is determined to find out what her aunt is hiding, and what the Penhallow seeks, before the same treacherous force that took Amber’s parents’ lives claims her own.

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A Love Hate Thing

When they’re stuck under one roof, the house may not be big enough for their hate…or their love.43513793. sx318

When Tyson Trice finds himself tossed into the wealthy coastal community of Pacific Hills, he’s ready for the questions, the stares and the feeling of not belonging. Not that he cares. After recovering from being shot and surviving the rough streets of Lindenwood, he doesn’t care about anyone or anything, much less how the rest of his life will play out.

Golden girl Nandy Smith has spent most of her life building the pristine image that it takes to fit in when it comes to her hometown Pacific Hills where image is everything. After learning that her parents are taking in a troubled teen boy, Nandy fears her summer plans, as well as her reputation, will go up in flames.

Now with Trice living under the same roof, the wall between their bedrooms feels as thin as the line between love and hate. Beneath the angst, their growing attraction won’t be denied. Through time, Trice brings Nandy out of her shell, and Nandy attempts to melt the ice that’s taken Trice’s heart and being. Only, with the ever-present pull back to the Lindenwood streets, it’ll be a wonder if Trice makes it through this summer at all.

 

 

Ramblings

Cover Reveal – Tales of the Wendy #2!

Happy Thursday everyone,

It’s finally here! The cover for Tales of the Wendy book #2.

I read book #1, The Wendy, exactly a year ago and I absolutely loved it. The story captured me, the writing enchanted me, and of course, Wendy inspired me. She was fiery and independent and honourable, even when she had to make difficult choices.

But I will stop blabbing now and get on with the good stuff…

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NOT EVERY ADVENTURE GOES AS PLANNED …

In this eagerly awaited second volume of the acclaimed Tales of the Wendy series, Wendy’s troubles are far from over. Hook wants her in irons, the crew wants to throw her overboard, and Pan’s magical compass is the only thing standing in their way. But Pan himself is nowhere to be found.

When a new everlost captain appears on the horizon, it will take everything Wendy has to survive.

And a tiny red dragon will set events in motion that could save or doom them all. 

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Fans of Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Gena Showalter’s The Evil Queen, and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone will love the rip-rollicking adventure, fantasy, and historical elements of the Tales of the Wendy series by Steven Brown and Erin Michelle Sky, Dragon Authors.

What other authors have said about The Wendy:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “All the markings of a classic … captivating and delightful.” ~ Lydia Sherrer, USA TODAY Bestselling author of Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “What a fantastic take on a classic tale!” ~ Tyrolin Puxty, author of the Broken Dolls trilogy

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I’m so grateful I found this book. It completely captivated me.” ~ T.A. Hernandez, author of the Secrets of PEACE series

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Delightful and surprisingly hilarious … Sky and Brown bring fresh magic and wonder to a well-known story.” ~ C.L. Ogilvie, author of Some Assistance Required

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Like Hook good. Except better.” ~ S. Shane Thomas, author of Rob Rogers Fights a Unicorn

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The Wendy is a delight—beautifully written and funny.” ~ Steven Ramirez, author of Tell Me When I’m Dead

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “WOW! Just WOW!” ~ Emma Hill, author of Ashes of Glass

Cover Reveal date: August 8

Links:

iBooks | Kindle | Kobo | Nook

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Book details:

Title: The Navigator

Authors: Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown

Series: Tales of the Wendy, Book 2

Pub date: October 8, 2019

Publisher: Trash Dogs Media, LLC

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1946137036

Paperback ISBN: 978-1946137043

Ebook ISBN: 978-1946137098

Kindle ASIN: B07VNBPN1T

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And last, but absolutely not least… The cover!

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Isn’t it gorgeous?!?!Image result for love it gif

I am so excited! I can’t wait till the release!

If you haven’t read book #1, you must immediately add it to your to-read list.

 

 

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Book Reviews

Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

This story began so beautifully! Sleiman painted an enchanting world and instantly dropped the reader into a suspenseful situation. Really, this prologue was stellar and simply crackled with energy.

The little thieves were adorable, but at the same time fierce and willing to fight for their freedom despite their young age. Even though she was also young, Merry bravely led them and loved them like a family. But Timothy… I wasn’t crazy about him. He obsessed over fame and fortune and although he mostly changed his tune, it still occasionally came up. Allan was a sweetheart! I think he was one of my favourite characters. In all of these characters, though, I found a great tendency to be attracted to others by their appearance. While this does play a part in romance, it took too great a foreground in this story. Also, Merry’s doe-eyes were emphasized waaay too much. I think the reader will get the drift after mentioning it twice.

The writing was good and the plot was interesting. Although, I found that it slowed down. This is the opposite of the last book I read, Hunted by Meagan Spooner, which began slowly but advanced as it went along. One of the things that bogged Dauntless down, was all of the thinking. The characters spent so much time in their own head that I began to skim.35098412

Lastly, this was a clean read!  

Keep an eye open for my next review:

The Queen’s Rising.

Book Reviews

A Girl’s Tale by KM Shea

Synopsis

The ballads lie. Robin Hood, the Bold and Brave Outlaw of Sherwood Forest, is cowardly, spineless, and a girl.

Robyn unwittingly starts the Robin Hood farce when she is mistaken for a male while saving her friend, Marian, from two foresters. Forced into hiding, Robyn unwillingly collects “Merry Men” while grudgingly robbing from the rich fools that wander through Sherwood. What starts as small scale robbery blows up into complex heists when Little John and Will Scarlet join her team, and the idiotic Prince John and his legion of soldiers comes to town. However, Robyn can’t stop the theft—not when King Richard is being held ransom.

Cowardly Robyn’s best chance to raise money for King Richard’s release is to rob his brother, Prince John. Will she survive the heist, or swing in the gallows?

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This was a fun, light-hearted read. I enjoy Robin Hood retellings and I liked Shea’s twist to this one. It was also quite amusing and as with Shea’s other books, it was a clean read. However, it did not grasp my interest (DNF 62%). KM Shea is an excellent writer, but for me, this one didn’t quite hit the mark. I think, perhaps, it would be a fantastic read for younger girls around the age of 12.24752088

The plot starts out rather fast-paced but slows in the middle and there are a few unrealistic points; for example, the fact that everyone believed that Robyn was a man. Although the writing was at times witty, there were numerous typos and it wasn’t quite as developed as Shea’s other works.

Altogether, this book was okay, especially for a free e-book. However, I will not be reading book #2.  

Do you have a favorite Robin Hood retelling?

Book Reviews

The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

I was so excited for this book! It’s the perfect read for the Christmas Holidays!

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The world Wallwork immediately established was magical and intriguing. There is a sweet childishness to it and yet, at the same time, there is danger and adventure. That is a terrible explanation. But just read the book! Then perhaps you will understand.

The characters were colourful and dynamic. Clara began as a child who could only see her dreams of marrying the handsome and accomplished pianist Johann Kahler, but as the story progresses, she grows into a brave, kind, and sweet woman. The Nutcracker… I loved him. He was chivalrous, fearless, and gentle and had an adorable sense of humour. I really liked how the narrative switched between POV because this gave it a faint storybook feeling.

The plot was gripping and was paced really well. I didn’t find myself lagging behind trying to catch my breath or crawling along at a snail’s pace half asleep.  

Now about Wallwork’s style of writing… How to describe it? The first word that comes to mind is warm. And then we could add magical and pleasant. She has a way of writing that pulls in a reader and places a charm upon them. Despite this, though, there were a few things that could be polished up. For example: “Their parents slept on, stirring a little for the draft from the open doors, but they did not stir.” There were also a few words missing here and there.

This book has flourishes of The Nutcracker (obviously), the Phantom of the Opera, the Pied Piper, and Beauty and the Beast. Maybe that’s just me making those connections, either way, I loved the spectrum of the plot.

Lastly, this was a clean read. The exclamations went something like, “Oh, cabbage!.” Or “He’s just a great pancake-head.” Honestly, I find that kind of cute…

I definitely recommend this novel! It was an enchanting read!

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

 

Book Reviews

Thief of Cahraman by Lucy Tempest

Image result for bumpy road gifThis began with a bit of a rough road.

At 5% I still was not hooked and was mostly skimming. However, I stuck with it in the hope that things would improve. They did, but there was another major aspect that continued to bother me. The world building. I was so confused. I wasn’t sure whether to imagine a medieval-fairytale type world or a mid-1800’s type world or a modernish but still medieval type world. Because, glitter and glue on masks, pink-rimmed cat-eyed spectacles,  bicycles, trains, palaces, swords, horses, and wagons. So ya, I really wasn’t sure what to think.

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But wait, my friends, don’t stop reading. Because at around 45% I was so hooked I finished it the next day. With the movement to the palace and the beginning of the competition, things got really exciting and interesting. Honestly, I loved the last 55% of this book and now I can’t wait for book #2!

What changed?

One thing was that the world of Cahraman was described with far more clarity. It actually became a very intriguing and colorful place. The depth of the characters seemed to broaden as well. Ada’s little band of friends (Cora and Cherine) were totally loveable and entertaining and Ada was kind and loyal. I didn’t like how Cyrus was just sooo handsome, but after a bit, I did find him rather sweet.

The writing was good. It was neat, but I wasn’t blown away by it. After the first bit, the plot became super engaging and was well planned out. The twist to the Aladdin fairytale was unique and it was also interesting to see how Tempest wove the characters of other fairytales into the plot.

Lastly, I’ll give this one a 4.5/5 in the clean-read category. There was barely any profanity and there was no sex.

Wrapping it all up, I recommend this story to lovers of fairytale retellings.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Have you read this one? What did you think?

Book Reviews

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

One of my best friends read this book a few years ago, but for some reason, I didn’t feel the urge to pick it up. I think part of it had to do with the mindset that this story was just like other YA novels and wouldn’t be anything new and exciting. Yes and no… I mean you have the typical romance, the gifted heroine, but there are a few twists that took me off guard and captured my attention.  

“To look powerful is to be powerful.”

First off, I quite liked Mare Barrow, she was strong, independent, and kind. But I think my favorite aspect about her was the fact that she had a family; an actual, functioning family. This is so rarely seen in YA and the change was refreshing. As a girl with five brothers, I closely related to Mare and honestly, I wish there were more YA novels with big families. Now about the two princes… I really, really like*d* Maven. Ehm, we’ll leave it at that. 

“Anyone can betray anyone.”

The writing style was quite good. It didn’t blow me away, but I wasn’t bored either. Although the latter is mostly due to the plot. One thing that kind of bugged me was Mare’s constant inner dialogue. It became rather tiresome after a bit.

The world building was gorgeous. I think it was one of the strengths of this story. The place that Aveyard created was so alive, so colorful, so unique. It was also one of the things that made this book stand out from other dystopian novels. But speaking of which… There were a lot of similarities too and I caught myself thinking, “I’ve read this before.”23174274

Finally, there was some profanity, but there was no sex. Honestly, I was expecting it to happen, but thankfully, it never did. 

I think I will definitely be reading the next book in this series so I can once more be part of this adventure. 

“Rise, red as the dawn.”

Book Reviews

Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman

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I’m going to skip right to the end… What just happened? Like how could Freeman just leave us hanging like that?!?

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Deep breath.

Okay, let’s try this again. This book was a fun, pretty chill read. The main character was sweet and kind and definitely level-headed. Even when the “mean girl and her posse,” tempted Kristyl with magic, she didn’t dive in head first. One of my favorites, though, was Jodi. She was awesome!

Moving on, the writing was okay. It was nice, but didn’t wow me. Also, the story was a little slow at times; although, I don’t think the author intended it to be an action novel. And just one more note about the ending… What a crazy twist! I did not see it coming and now I kinda want to read the next book…!  

Lastly, this was a relatively clean read. One girl gets called a bad name, but that’s pretty much it. Altogether, I recommend this book to lovers of urban-fantasy and young-adult.

Book #2:

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