Book Reviews

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

“If you knew all the answers, there’d be no need for trust, little one.”

What an absolutely charming and enthralling read! I was blown away by every splendid detail. This was a story about love, abuse, literature, friendship, and faith. 

“It is not hopeless,” he said with surety. “It is uncertain, and this is the cross God always gives us in life, uncertainty. But it is not hopeless.”

To begin, who doesn’t love C.S. Lewis? The Chronicles of Narnia have held their popularity since their publication and his theological literature is profound. So, of course, I was intrigued by the woman who influenced and fell in love with him. She was his match in every way! And she was smart and brave and faithful. Even when her first husband was unkind, she was determined to make things work. She didn’t just go off dallying with other men or entertaining fancies about Jack (C.S. Lewis); no, she was committed to fulfilling her marriage vows. Despite, this there came a point where her husband became too terrible and they divorced. Even then, Jack and Joy kept their relationship within the friend boundaries; although, Joy did develop a huge crush on him. As was mentioned before, they eventually got married and enjoyed three happy years together as husband and wife before Joy passed away. 

“God might not fix things for me, but he would be with me in whatever waited ahead, that was clear.”

Not only was the story beautiful, but the writing was stunning as well. It was decorated with velvet and filigree and I loved that! As you may know from my other reviews, I am not a fan of plain writing (simply telling the story with little artistic flourish). This was not at all like that. The author also did a lovely job setting the scene in both America and the various locations in England. In this, and the letter-writing and dialogue, it was clear that she had done her homework. Bravo!    

Lastly, this was a clean read. Sex is alluded to but is not at all blatantly described.

Altogether, I think this is one of my favourite reads of 2020. 

“We’re connected everywhere. Even before we met, we were all of us tied together with these funny little threads. I love those small hints that God brings people together and says, ‘Here you go. This one’s for you.”

 

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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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Beautiful Beast ARC’s

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Are you all hanging in there? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get out and back to normal.

As you have probably seen, I’ve finally finished my second novel and am ready to push it out into the world. The first step with this, though, is ARC’s. I would really love to get some reviews out on Goodreads and/or blogs before the publish day (hopefully June 1st). So if you’re feeling up to it, let me know. I would appreciate your help so much!

You can email me: emmajoyhill20@gmail.com or you can also fill out the form on my Contact Me page. Either one works. 🙂

Here is the blurb for my book:

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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Stay safe and healthy! ❤

 

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Super Exciting Cover Reveal!!!

After many months of writing and editing and more editing, I finally have something solid to show you guys! And I am absolutely thrilled. I have had this idea for a long time, but like most of my stories, it needed a lot of polishing to make it shine. This was hard to do while in school, but bit by bit, I pieced it together. I also cannot neglect to mention the help of my amazing beta readers. They called out my plot holes and my embarrassing grammar mistakes and helped me bring my novel up to performance level.

So without further ado, I am pleased to announce BEAUTIFUL BEAST!!!

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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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There it is folks! What do you think? Interested? If you are, add it your Goodreads to-read lists or even better… I’m looking for readers to review my book. If you’re interested in receiving an ARC just fill out this FORM or write me a note through my Contact Page.

And as alwayss, feel free to simply comment. I’d love to know what you think.

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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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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

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

“There’s no such thing as living happily ever after — there’s only living. We make the choice to do it happily.”

It took me a bit to get into this one, but once I did, I loved it. This was a fresh spin on Beauty and the Beast which combined the popular fairytale with the story of Ivan, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf.

“Fairy tales are about lessons. Those who are virtuous and true are rewarded, while those who are wicked and greedy are punished.”

Fierce and brave, Yeva was determined to avenge her father, even if it meant facing the beast who killed him. I loved this twist on Beauty’s character and the way she played a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the Beast. I’m not convinced about their relationship, though. I felt that it was surface level and could have been fleshed out a bit more. The other characters were interesting and I liked the twist on Gaston. For a change, he was actually a decent and kind fellow. Lastly, I loved how Asenka’s story ended. Actually, I think that was one of my favourite aspects of the story. She deserves a novel dedicated entirely to her.

The writing was beautiful and despite the fact that the plot was slow to start, its pace picked up as the story went along. I’m not sure about the ending, though. The whole point was that they had been longing for something their entire lives, that there had been disquiet in their hearts and that this was finally annulled by their love for each other. I liked this book, but I was left with an empty feeling. Sure, it’s romantic and all, but it was a little shallow for my taste.

Finally, this was an enjoyably clean read.  

If you love fairytale retellings, you must put this one on your to-read list.

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Top Ten Covers of 2018

Happy New Years Eve!!! 

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Out of all the books I’ve read this year, here are my ten favourite covers!

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The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin

Isn’t it magical?!? The story is amazing too! I highly recommend!

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The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

This is the perfect read for Christmas break!

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Changeling (Sorcery and Society #1) by Molly Harper

This silhouette cover is not extremely elaborate and yet, it is still elegant.

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The Watcher of the Night Sky by Rachel Pudsey

I love the title artwork on this one!

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If I Run by Terri Blackstock

I love how the covers are like a puzzle and make up one picture. The spines do that too.

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, but I have to admit, the cover is pretty neat.

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The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

I love the detailing behind the text. It adds a unique and beautiful element to this one.

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Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter

I quite like the black background. It gives this one a sense of mystery. (which fits perfectly with the story.)

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The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Again, not super elaborate, but the blood dripping from the crown… so chilling.

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Thief of Cahraman by Lucy Tempest

 

Wow! That was actually pretty hard! Have you read any of these books? Are any of these covers on your top ten?