Book Reviews

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

I’ll be honest, this was a bit of an impulsive read. I have seen it on the library shelves quite a few times, but I was never interested enough to check it out. With the libraries closed, I saw it on the available e-book shelf and thought, “Why not? It has a pretty cover.” 

Do I regret? I don’t know what to think… I read the whole thing so that’s something, right? But let me be straight with you, this book is about teenagers who are special and so, are bought by the nobility to be their surrogates. This concept as a whole is a little cringy to me. It’s so twisted. Which I suppose is true for other novels well. I think one factor that made it bearable was that it was women who headed this. In fact, men are hardly present. Well, except for Ash. A few words on that relationship… It felt like it happened so fast and they were asking to be caught. I did like how they connected because of their backgrounds and their status as “slaves.” It was such a relief for Violet to have someone that she could connect with and who understood her. 

The writing was quite engaging. Ewing did a good job of keeping things moving and always having something interesting going on. Also, the world-building was really well developed and lastly, I especially loved the place that music had! 24585267. sy475

I can’t say I really recommend this book; I especially do not recommend it for younger teens. Not only do Ash and Violet sleep together, but the whole concept of impregnating young women against their will is not an upbuilding topic. Perhaps in the next book, Violet breaks free from this system, but I do not think I will be reading book #2.   

Stay safe, everyone!

And wash your hands. 😉

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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

“I felt in this new adventure I was rousing to life again. I was a butterfly, newly emerged from the chrysalis, damp winged and trembling with expectation.”

This was an exquisite tale! 

I was instantly struck by the writing. It is so beautiful and deep. Raybourn does not simply tell the story, she paints a vivid landscape. Simply put, it is a piece of art. Also, this story was intelligently written. Either the author is talented lepidopterist like Veronica or she did some thorough research. Further, the author created such vivid characters. In some ways, Veronica was naive and in others, she was experienced. Through it all, she was feisty and absolutely fearless – she faced calamities with cool composure. Her relationship with Stoker was amusing and intriguing. Obviously, it is a slow burn romance, but Veronica keeps him at arm’s distance and treats him with placid indifference. I am very interested to see how this relationship develops… As for the man Stoker. He was a stormy individual who, at first, I was not entirely drawn to; however, as the story progressed, I found myself learning to like him.  30008834

“I abhorred weakness of any kind but most particularly in my tea.”

While the plot was entertaining, I found that it was rather bogged down by dialogue. Stoker and Veronica talk so much that it became exhausting. Yes, it was elegantly written, but it was excessive. Also, this was not a clean read. There is mention of crude language, plus some that is written out and while there are no explicit scenes, it is alluded to and Veronica is a woman of loose morals – her trysts with foreign men are frequently mentioned.      

I do believe, though, that I will read the sequel. I am curious to where Veronica’s adventures will lead.

“That is the hallmark of a good partnership, you know – when one partner sees the forest and the other studies the trees.”  

P.S. Aren’t the covers stunning?!? I am very much in love with them. ❤

Book Reviews

Summer Surprise Sale

So I’ve decided to do a thing….!

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My debut novel Ashes of Glass will be on Amazon for free on July 16 & 17! I’m super excited and a little nervous…hopefully it goes well.

 

A servant struggling to survive.
A prince becoming a leader.
A snake seeking power.

Arella Marceau, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, finds herself diminished to a lowly servant who must obey the every whim of her stepmother. Then she meets Freddie who is handsome, kind, strong, and of course, very charming. They spend an afternoon together, exploring ruins, becoming lost in the forest, and dealing with gypsies and Arella begins to fall for the young man. When a mysterious debt arises, it inevitably tears Arella away from what she thought might have been a shred of happiness.

Arella accepts her dismal fate, but working as a scullery maid at the palace is a tumultuous task. For it is soon revealed to her that Freddie is Prince Friederic, heir to the throne of Ormandy. Even though discovery would mean life-shattering consequences, Freddie and Arella defy social expectations and meet in the safety of a secret garden. To complicate things further, Arella’s creditor seems to be frighteningly fascinated with her, as well as with the monarchy. What kind of secrets does he keep behind his black eyes?

As Arella’s life spins out of control, she must hold to her love for Freddie and to her belief that God has a perfect plan.

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If you have a few minutes, pick up Ashes of Glass and add it to your summer to-read list!

Have a lovely day,

Emma