Daisy and the Front Man kicks off the third novel in the sensationally addictive Backstage Pass series, this time written by Rebekah L. Purdy and following front man Trevin Jacobs as the meets he girl who is set to bring him down…..one way or the other!
With three novels already down, Backstage Pass has quickly become one of my favourite YA contemporary series and I’m so incredibly addicted! Each novel has been fun, funny and endlessly romantic; dealing with teen issues, family, friends and the pressure money and fame can bring to the lives of a young adult. All neatly tied up together with sass, humour and perfect romantic tension and chemistry I might add. And Daisy and the Front Man is no exception!
This time told through the eyes of Seconds to Juliet’s oldest member, front man Trevin, and Daisy Morris a teenage girl who Trevin once stood up, Daisy and the Front Man sees Daisy set out to get a little revenge against the guy who broke her heart when she finds herself spending the summer with her dad, a body guard for the famous boy band. Trevin on the other hand is in for the surprise of a lifetime when he accepts a bet to prove he can get the daughter of Seconds to Juliet’s bodyguard to fall in love with him before summer is through. The last thing he expected was to find himself falling for the surprising redhead and when Daisy begins to see that Trevin may not be so bad after all, both teens must decide whether love is worth taking a chance…..
Eeeep. More Seconds to Juliet! I’m totally stuck on this boyband. Miles, Ryder and now Trevin have won my heart and I can only hope Will will soon be next with Nathan following close behind! Rebekah L. Purdy creates a sold YA romance story with Daisy and the Front Man, writing both Trevin and Daisy’s voices perfectly. Both characters were a joy to follow and I loved being inside their heads.
Daisy and Trevin were both really likeable characters. Easy to follow, join and watch evolve, Daisy and Trevin had real personality and endearing qualities. Both made mistakes, especially where the other were concerned, but I really appreciated how Rebekah L. Purdy forced them to face their fears and grown. Trevin’s Korean heritage was a nice touch, but I would have loved to have seen even more of his family and culture. Daisy on the other hand had difficulties with her absentee father and I thought it sweet that Purdy explored this in Daisy and the Front Man too.
Another great romance featured in this novel and I really enjoyed watching it develop. Daisy and Trevin are quite adorable together and of course it was wonderful watching another Seconds to Juliet member fall. Rebekah L. Purdy won me over with the sweet romance, banter and chemistry between Daisy and Trevin.
With Daisy and the Front Man coming to a close, I’m already hankering for the next instalment. Who it will be written by and which remaining Seconds to Juliet member it will be about remains to be seen, but I think the person who will be front and centre next time is Will and I highly look forward to it.
Fun, addictive and wonderfully told, Daisy and the Front Man was yet another Backstage Pass novel that certainly did not disappoint!
Flicker by Kaye Thornbrugh is a deliciously woven and well depicted tale of magic, faeries and friendship that can only be described as Cassandra Clare meets Julie Kagawa! Completely unassuming and downright addictive, Flicker is an unexpected adventure you are sure to love! Flicker is told in the third person and follows a great cast of characters who are a part of the faerie community in one way or another.
Flicker predominately follows Weatherly “Lee” Capren whose whole world is changed forever when the talented artist is bewitched and whisked away to the land of Faerie; forced to paint, draw and serve fey masters whilst in a trance. Rescued after years in this state by the beguiling Nasser, Lee discovers that the life she once knew is no more, and with the help of Nasser, a Seer and someone who can see the fey, Lee finds herself learning about the world she is now a part of and that hides behind every day mortal life. Making new friends, and making new discoveries about herself, Lee soon realizes that the chance to continue on in her new life will not come easy.
I was really impressed with Flicker, I mean really. I’m not quite sure what I expected, but whatever it was, Kaye Thornbrugh exceeded it. Flicker is wonderfully written and Kaye Thornbrugh depicts a vivid, lyrical world of the fey that intertwines with ours throughout this story. Flicker truly is captivating from the start, and in the tradition of all the best faerie and fantasy tales of our time, Flicker is exceptionally layered and complex. There was always a new discovery to be made in this novel; magic, danger and friendship thoroughly explored.
Flicker follows various characters, with Lee understandably being a focal one, but with Nasser, Filo and the dryad Byrony also taking the reins upon occasion. I personally loved all the characters; Lee, Nasser, Filo, Jason, Alice….even some of the faeries like Rodney and Conall proved likable.
Like many authors before her, Thornbrugh illustrates the complex nature of the fey in Flicker and I loved how she wrote them. By nature faeries are tricksters and have little to no appreciation of human life, something evident in their actions and their attitudes. They're beautiful and alluring and Kaye Thornbrugh wonderfully depicts this. I'm actually a real fan of these kinds of fey and enjoy it when authors mix with their fey characters to create likable and unpredictable individuals. Though the main characters in Flicker are either mortal or Seer, it was the smaller roles of certain fey that added that extra something to the novel.
There's danger galore in Flicker, but also plenty of friendship and romance. Thankfully Thornburgh stays away from the dreaded love triangle--something that won a fan in me, and instead chooses to build a solid friendship between Lee and the men in her life besides Nasser. I enjoyed the humor and fun within the story and found it so easy to lose myself in the tale.
Vivid, magical and sensationally written, Flicker is a fantastic debut that leaves me ready to lose myself in Kaye Thornbrughs beautiful world once more and excited to read the sequel! ...more
Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist by Kaye Marie is a really bubbly and light-hearted romance featuring a witty and likable main character with a sassy and intelligent voice.
Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist follows twenty-two year old journalist Skylar “Skye” Quinn who has just landed the job of a lifetime as the spunky new sex columnist in a New York newspaper……only problem is that Skye has no experience in the department she’s expected to give advice on. At all. That's right, Skye is a virgin and now she’s going to have to go all out if she wants to give believable, and honest advice. Throw in the fact her best friend's brother Ollie has just moved in with them, the guy Skye has loved for years but hasn’t seen since one disastrous night, and Skye is about to have to face her fears if she ever hopes to keep her job…..not to mention find love.
I was really impressed with Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist. This is this the kind of fun and energetic contemporary novels I adore; full of romance, humour, friendship and chemistry. Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist was well told, funny and romantic and I easily devoured this novel in a day. Though it’s advertised as a new adult novel, Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist is more on the minimal level, something that actually works for it. Each chapter starts off with a “confession” from Skye that gives you a little hint into what the chapter is about to entail, or answers a question you might have had some the last one.
Skye’s voice was so witty and quirky and it was so easy to relate to her because I could see myself in her. It was impossible to be anything but one hundred percent invested in her journey as she was such a normal, sweet girl. She enjoyed reading, didn’t worry unnecessarily about makeup or her hair and had a good chip on her shoulder. She had attitude, but not to the point that it overshadowed the innocence that seemed to radiate off her too.
I loved the feeling of this novel. It was fun and cheeky and Kaye Marie manages to do a great job appealing to the young woman in all of us. Skye’s failed attempts at romance are entertaining and cringe worthy but very easy to read about. I adored the friendship Skye had with her best friend Bridget and thought they were really sweet.
Skye has two love interests in this book; Ollie, her best friend’s brother and someone Skye has always harbored feelings for and Patrick, a sexy well put together investment banker she meets and then dates. I have to say I really liked Patrick. Despite his wealth and status Patrick was actually a decent guy and I did actually like him, however anyone could see what direction the story was going in and who Skye was always going to end up with. Not that I’m complaining—Ollie was awesome in my book!
Flirty, funny and wonderfully written, I honestly think Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist could have made a great stand-alone novel, but with Kaye Maire ending the novel where she does and promising a sequel, I’m very interested to see what’s in store for Skye and Ollie next! ...more
Through Fire & Sea by Nicole Luiken is an interesting fantasy novel published by Entangled Teen that weaves together romance, fantasy and magic.
I want to be honest here; Through Fire & Sea is in no way a bad book. It’s well depicted and entails all the classic fantasy elements I enjoy, but there was just something that kept me from really connecting with the story and the characters. Personally I very much enjoyed the concept within this novel and think Nicole Luiken does a great job attempting to explore something different, but Through Fire & Sea feel flat as far as I’m concerned.
Through Fire & Sea is told through the eyes of two very different girls; mirror images of one another, but from very different worlds and who have experienced very different lives. There’s Leah, a scullery maid who lives within a fantasy/medieval style world of fire where dragons exist and magic is possible, and Holly the daughter of a famous movie director who exists in a modern, everyday world much like ours and who is surprised to discover the person looking back in the mirror isn’t just a reflection.
This really is a story about worlds colliding with Luiken weaving her two focal worlds together. At its base there are more than two mirror worlds, but Fire and Water are the only two we have explored so far. There’s a complexity to the theology in Luiken’s mirror worlds that is both intriguing and confusing to me. For the most part I did enjoy this novel but I kept waiting for it to blow me away, like some fantasy tales do but this just wasn’t the case.
Both of the heroines were easy enough to follow, but I certainly preferred Holly over Leah. There was just something about Leah that irked me at times, whereas Holly, even as a generic teenage girl in a modern world was more likable and fighting. Holly was actually the kind of heroine I would happily follow throughout a series as she’s intelligent and though she makes mistakes, learns and then fights for what she cares about.
The different romances between Leah and Holly and the two boys they date who are also mirror imagines of each other were sweet. Once more Holly’s romance won me over more so than her counterpart, but I did like Leah’s too. Hers wasn’t always an easy journey and I felt sorry for her upon occasion.
Overall Through Fire & Sea features a unique concept that could have soared but just failed to win me over as I initially hoped it would heading into the novel. Whether I decide to read the next instalment remains to be seen, but give this novel a go if you think it’s something you might enjoy; you never know…..
Surrendering is K.L. Kreig’s debut novel and is the first in her Regent Vampire Lords series. Darkly romantic, simmering and surprising, Surrendering is perfect for fans of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian!
As someone who highly enjoys a good paranormal romance every now and then, I very much enjoyed Surrendering. Though vampires are something I’ve read numerous times, the world and characters K.L. Kreig has introduced us to are ones I look forward to exploring some more.
Surrendering introduces readers to Devon Fallinsworth, the Regent Vampire and Lord of the Midwest and a man on a mission when it becomes clear that a vampire from his past is behind a string of kidnappings of young women. Furthermore, Dev’s world is forever changed when Kate Martin comes forward, claiming to have information regarding the disappearances. Kate has had dreams for as long as she can remember, but when it becomes impossible to deny her visions have a habit of coming true, the determined dark haired beauty goes to the police, never expecting to find herself in the middle of vampire politics and discovering that she herself is Dev’s long awaited mate.
K.L. Kreig introduces readers to a promising world of vampires in Surrendering. Told through the eyes of Dev and Kate predominately, as well as detective Mike Thatcher and villain Xavier, Surrendering already has me interested in learning about the other characters. I’m already very invested in Mike and Giselle’s potential story and look forward to unwrapping more plotlines in future instalments.
I personally liked both Kate and Dev and thought they went together wonderfully. I liked them as individuals and appreciated what they brought out in each other. There is a bit of instant attraction between them, something enhanced by the knowledge that Kate is Dev’s Moira, his destined mate, but I did like that K. L. Kreig made an effort to force Kate and Dev to get to know each other too.
Other than Dev and Kate, I’m really interested in the other characters as well and that's not even considering the other Regents, Damian and Romaric. I’d love to learn more about Ren, Manny, Giselle and of course Mike, the vampire disliking human detective who is caught up in their world, despite his hate of their kind.
A great start to a promising new paranormal series, I’m looking forward to continuing on with K.L. Kreig’s novels and seeing what she has in store for her characters next! ...more
Dream of Me is the latest novel by Quinn Loftis and is a decent start to a new series by this popular self-published author.
I’m be honest here; Dream of Me was a bit of a mixed bucket for me. In some respects I thought it was brilliant, but in others I kind of found the novel a little lacking. Quinn Loftis sets up a novel with lots of possibilities in Dream of Me and it’s obvious from even this first instalment that she has plans for this series. Where she intends to take it remains to be seen, but it’s clear that Dream of Me sets the building blocks for future possible books.
Dream of Me is told in varying POV’s but focuses mainly around Brudair, known as Dair, an immortal being and Sandman who is responsible for the dreams of those whose destinies are to shape the world, as well as Sarah Serenity Tillman a kind and caring human teenager who becomes the first woman Dair has ever been attracted to in all his thousand years.
I was really excited about a novel that featured the Sandman of folklore. He’s always been an interesting figure in my mind and not someone I’ve seen a lot of, so it’s suffice to say I couldn’t wait to read Dream of Me. However, and I say this in the nicely possible way……where was the Sandman? Quinn Loftis has clearly thought about the Biblical backstory to this novel long and hard, and Dream of Me features a heavy Christian and religious aspect.
Don’t get me wrong—I did enjoy this; it was interesting, but I had been really anticipating a story heavy on the Sandman if you know what I mean. Dair is still a feature character, but what he is and what he does is often lost amongst his relationship with Serenity and the complete “plan” the Creator seems to have for the characters.
The feelings and desires expressed by Dair and Serenity read a lot more like a PNR than a YA novel. Not at all in the graphic or sexual sense, but in the strength and power of Dair’s feelings and his devotion to a young woman he doesn’t know all too well. People unhappy with this brand of almost instant-love should take heart that Loftis gives her heroine enough sense to question things and at least make an attempt to get to know Dair before finding herself head first in love with him.
The characters were for the most part quite likable. Dair and Serenity were easy to read, however I actually struggled with Emma at times. As a child genius Emma was really intelligent, but there were times when I felt she sounded too old for her age and that’s outside the whole, “old soul” idea. Her references to her mother and her mother’s sayings were sweet at first, but quickly became grating for me. I don’t want to make a big deal about it, but I just struggled with Emma, try as I might. I actually really loved Raphael if I’m honest. There was something super likable about him I couldn’t help but feel.
Overall, Dream of Me was worth a read, but it didn’t blow me away. Personally I think it had its faults, but it was still very well thought out, detailed and easy to read. Quinn Loftis ends this instalment well and the developments within the story make it easy to wonder what will happen next…… ...more
Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas is a really well written and sassy debut novel that really is pure fun to read and is sure to easily entertain.
Sixteen year old Kitty Lung has never been a normal teenager. Not only does she come from a long line of renowned were-dragons, but she’s a secret government operative tasked with protecting the President of the United States’ teenage son. Capable and confidant, Kitty is good at her job, but when her latest mission turns bad and an agent under her instruction changes form on camera, the were-dragons are revealed to the world. To stop panic from spreading, the American government steps in and in begin imprisoning dragons with only Kitty and her best friend, and secret crush, Sani free. And in the midst of all this, is a successful kidnapping of the president’s son that leaves Kitty out for blood and prepared to rescue her friend and charge, even if it means disobeying orders…..
There’s nothing bad I can say about this urban-fantasy novel. Sarah Nicolas has obviously thought long and hard about the backstory behind her world in Dragons Are People, Too and implements it wonderfully. Nicolas won me over by choosing to introduce different types of dragons to the story, from those within Chinese folklore and the more popular English dragons of medieval lore. I thought this was really cleaver and appreciated the multicultural feel it brought to the story, especially when combined with Kitty’s Chinese heritage and Sani’s African background.
Kitty was likable and easy to follow as the main character. Her voice was sassy with plenty of attitude. Her inner monologue was funny and entertaining to read and I liked her attitude towards the world. At the end of the day Kitty is still a sixteen year old girl, so I’m going to forgive her constant reference to Sani, her crush, and the endless appreciation of his physique, abilities and calm approach to everything she seemed to have.
The storyline within Dragons Are People, Too was entertaining to read. The story was easy to follow and the characters Kitty meets and knows are colourful and bring a little something each to the story. There’s enough humour, romance and action to keep you on your toes and the abilities of the dragons and Kitty’s dragon form make for an easy reading experience.
My only issue with this novel was the ending; the ending was too erupt and seemed to come out of nowhere. Not a cliffhanger per say, the final chapter of Dragons Are People, Too leaves the story open to a sequel as there wasn’t really any resolution to one of the obstacles Kitty faced during the story. Sarah Nicolas left me wanting more from Kitty, Sani and their associates and I hope for another story!
Light, entertaining and just downright fun, Dragons Are People, Too is a great young adult urban fantasy which explores were-dragons in a delightful manner that is sure to entertain from beginning to end. ...more
Mia and the Bad Boy is the second novel in the Backstage Pass series, this time written by author Lisa Burstein and is another brilliant story that features sizzling romance, wonderful dialogue and is impossible to put down.
After the brilliance that was Aimee and the Heartthrob, I was really excited to see more of the Seconds to Juliet boys and I can say without a doubt that Mia and the Bad Boy is a worthy follow up! Straddling the YA and NA fence, Mia and the Bad boy this time tells the story of Ryder Brooks, the self professed "bad boy" of Seconds to Juliet and Mia Reyes, the girl who is brought in to tutor the failing rock star and ends up becoming his pretend girlfriend as well. As Mia and Ryder spend time together, their "fake" romance quickly becomes reality in this fun, sweet and highly addictive story!
A little birdy has told there will be five books in this series; I imagine detailing a romance between a different Seconds to Juliet member and their leading lady with each installment. If the first two novels are anything to go by, then there's a chance each novel may be written by a different author, something that has seen Aimee and the Heartthrob and Mia and the Bad Boy maintain the same fun, highly entertaining feel, whilst having very different characters, something that is very evident in the different personalities of all four main characters so far.
Mia and the Bad Boy, like Aimee and the Heartthrob before it, is told in Ryder and Mia's dual POV and allows readers to see into the minds and hearts of both main characters at opportune moments. Lisa Burstein's writing is solid; simple but well detailed and sees the author build Mia and Ryder's relationship in a way that is pure gold. The attraction, magnetism and passion that builds between them is spot on, and the chemistry is just the kind I love.
Ryder is a bad boy, but as Mia and the Bad Boy unfolds, the reasons behind Ryder's actions and attitude become clear. He'd guarded due to having been used in the past and you can't really blame the guy. Mia isn't the kind of girl Ryder expects to be attracted to, but she's honest, natural and a bit geeky; managing to become a friend to the guarded rock star even as the instant attraction between them simmers and builds in the background.
I loved both Ryder and Mia and haven't got a bad word to say about either of them! Though they're different, they're actually perfect for each other and I loved how Lisa Burstein wrote both their characters. Mia stands up to, and teases Ryder in a way he needs and Ryder is able to bring Mia out of her shell and help her discover confidence in herself. They better each other. Oh, and the chemistry is on fire too! Something that certainly doesn't make Mia and the Bad Boy hard to read.
Fun, sassy and perfectly paced, Mia and the Bad Boy is a delicious read! Lisa Burstein hits the nail on the head and cements Mia and the Bad Boy as a perfect tale if you're a fan of bad boys, boy bands and everything in between. I'm totally ready for the next book, no matter which remaining Seconds to Juliet member it features and can't wait for it's release; whenever that may be......
Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London is a delicious contemporary romance that features two brilliant characters and an addictive romance you’ll be unable to put down!
Aimee and the Heartthrob follows two very different teenagers who are living two very different lives but sees them falling for one another when they’re brought together after years apart. British born Miles Carlisle is a member of America’s number one boy band Seconds to Juliet. Alongside his four other bandmates, Miles’s life is an endless string of tours, music and paparazzi. Caught up in the public eye, Miles wishes someone would see past his public persona but the last thing he expected was that that person would be a girl he knew as a kid and left long ago.
Aimee Bingham is a normal teenage girl who had her heart broken when her brother’s best friend Miles left and landed an international music career, taking him far away from her, the girl who secretly loved him for years. Though two years have passed, Aimee is afraid of rekindling her crush, and facing the same heartbreak when she finds herself accompanying her brother on Seconds to Juliet’s latest tour over the summer. Both teens are in for a surprise as Aimee discovers Miles is still the wonderful guy she fell for all those years ago and Miles quickly realizes that the young girl who used to follow him around like a puppy is now a beautiful, funny and sassy young woman. With their attraction to each other impossible to deny, Aimee and Miles soon find themselves falling headfirst in love.......
I found Aimee and the Heartthrob to be a really enjoyable read. Ophelia London does everything right in this novel with her characters, atmosphere and chemistry spot on. Aimee is living every teenage girl’s fantasy in Aimee and the Heartthrob and London encompasses this wonderfully. I felt excited and giddy whilst reading this novel and I know I’m already invested in following the other Seconds to Juliet members if possible.
Aimee and Miles were really great characters. They were normal, down to earth and really easy to follow. I loved seeing the story unfold through both their eyes with Aimee and the Heartthrob told in varying POV’s. Aimee was sweet and sassy and the kind of girl you can’t help but like and Miles was a truly genuine guy; likable but cheeky and perfectly put together and very, very charming.
I really appreciated that Ophelia London gave Miles and Aimee a history in this novel. It gave some real substance to their relationship considering they had known each other since they were children. Aimee knew Miles before he became a household name and saw him still as the boy she idolized as a young girl, even though he was now a young man and very much the superstar he was----less a lot of the drama. The chemistry between Miles and Aimee was wonderful—this novel straddles the line between YA and NA and was sexy and simmering without being too descriptive or heavy. It was the perfect balance and swoon inducing romance.
Sweet, charming and very, very addictive, Aimee and the Heartthrob left me raring for more and ready to read more from both Ophelia London and about the Seconds to Juliet boys! I highly recommend this if you're a fan of teenage contemporary reads with wonderful romance!
Revive by Tracey Martin is a mysterious and at times fast paced novel that will have you piecing the clues together and hankering to discover just who, and what, the heroine is.
Imagine waking up in a train station bathroom with who memory of who you are, how you’ve gotten there or how you’ve lived your life? This is the reality for Sophia Hernandez, a supposed college student who wakes up with no recollection of her life or who she is. All she knows if that Sophia isn’t her name, her life at college is a lie and there are nefarious people after her, only she doesn’t know how she knows these three important details. Armed with her wits, instincts and surprising ability to hold her own, Sophia sets out to determine who she is, and alongside Kyle, a cute and charming friend, begins to unravel just how she’s spent her last few weeks and why she feels like she’s been lying to everyone she knows……
Revive is one of those books that starts out extremely promising and while it doesn’t necessarily blow your mind, remains an enjoyable read. Tracey Martin kicks off Revive wonderfully and had me eager to discover just who Sophia was and what had happened to her. Over the course of the story however Revive lost me at a few times, and then managed to have me extremely interested at others.
Told through Sophia’s eyes, Revive switches back and forth throughout different periods of Sophia’s life in recent times as she begins to get certain memories back. This was a tad confusing at times and I felt like I needed to work to keep the timeline together in my mind upon occasion. Don’t get me wrong—I was thrilled to see memories return to Sophia and can understand why Martin reveals things the way she does, but that didn’t make it can less confusing at times.
I was impressed with the revelation of who and what Sophia was. I thought it was smart and interesting. When Sophia’s mission was eventually revealed I found myself eager to discover X’s identify although I do admit I had a fair idea who it was before they were eventually revealed so that wasn’t a big surprise.
Martin’s writing style was solid and I genuinely liked Sophia. She grew and became a better person thanks to her time searching for X and I think Martin has set the storyline up nicely for the next novel. To my understanding Revive will be a part of a series and I’m actually interested to see what Sophia, Kyle and the rest of her friends will do next now that they’d made their big escape.
Although Revive didn’t blow me away, it managed to keep me interested enough to follow the whole story and I do care about the characters. Worth a read for its mystery and unknown alone, I look forward to seeing where Tracey Martin takes this series next. ...more
The Blast by Sarah Perlmutter is a post-apocalyptic tale of family and survival that sees one girl grow up in a world destroyed and is a story of learning to live despite the chaotic state of the new world.
Beatrice Hicks is only ten years old when a series of blasts see Beatrice, her family and their closest neighbors seek refuge in her family's bunker and then emerge some time later to discover they are among only a few to have survived the nuclear blast that has destroyed the world around them. Over the course of many months and years, Beatrice and those she loves fight to survive in their new world, experiencing vast loss and pain along the way that see them battle to remain their humanity and survive when desperation makes people dangerous and hard choices must be made if Beatrice and her family ever hope to survive.
I've only read a couple of apocalyptic tales like this. The Last Girl by Michael Adams and Red Hill by Jamie McGuire come to mind, although there are no zombies or paranormal elements to be found within the pages of The Blast. The Blast isn't like a lot of the apocalyptic and dystopian stories that seem to be all the range right now in the sense that it's very real and authentic as opposed to supernatural or futuristic.
The events of the story and the experiences our heroine Beatrice goes through are very easy to visualize within today's day and age and are what you would expect to witness should the world end in the same fashion that Bea's does.
The Blast is told entirely through Beatrice's eyes and sees Beatrice grow from a frightened child to a capable young woman over the course of the story. I'm going to be honest here; I struggled with Bea in the first half of the book. Bea came across as a spoilt and bratty child, and her parents didn't do a lot to help this as far as I'm concerned, but I understand why Sarah Perlmutter wrote Bea and her parents this way. The end of the world as they know it forces them all to grow, and make tough choices, and I liked that Perlmutter made Bea question her choices and decisions. By the end of the novel I was much more of a fan of Beatrice.
There's a lot of pain and loss within this novel. Perlmutter doesn't shy away from death and disease in this novel where the modern technology and medicine we so rely on in everyday life is long gone. Over six years the characters slowly build a new life for themselves; simpler, but still effective and mange to fall in love, find powerful new friendships and continue to survive.
The Blast sees Sarah Perlmutter explore the power of human survival and our capacity to thrive in dire circumstances. Solidly written and engaging, The Blast is an authentic apocalyptic tale that is sure to be a hit with those who enjoy genuine tales.........more
Love Bomb is the second book in the Ladybugs series by Jenny McLachlan and this time follows quirky and unique Betty in yet another smile inducing and enjoyable tale.
Betty Plum is turning fifteen, an important day in any teenage girl’s life. Not only that but she’s just caught the eye of the new boy at her school Toby and finally finds herself liking a boy. With her mum having died when Betty was a baby, Betty has become used to it being only her dad and her great friends, but suddenly Betty finds herself missing the woman she never knew more than ever. Luckily for Betty, her mum left her a series of letters about important stages in a girl’s life that she reads over the course of the book, getting to know her mother like never before and discovering just who is really important and the person she should really be giving her heart to.
I don't think I loved Love Bomb quite as much as I did the first novel, but I still enjoyed it immensely. Jenny McLachlan continues to write in her easy to read and follow style, and incorporates all the friendship, character development and humour I loved in Flirty Dancing. This series is just great wholesome fun.
Betty was quite the quirky young lady and actually quite crazy at times. I really liked that she wasn’t afraid to be outside the box and takes chances. Some of Betty’s decisions weren’t the best, but I’m striking that up to age and inexperience. People are meant to make mistakes and bad choices---it’s the growth in Betty that make everything she does worth it.
Betty plods through a lot of substantial moments in her life during this book. Her first crush, her first kiss……seeing her dad date someone for the first time etc., and it was really quite sweet to see Jenny McLachlan assist Betty through these moments with the help of her late mother. Through a series of adorable letters, Betty manages to really get to know her mum, and her mum helps her through so much. It was wonderful to read about and a great way to add something different to Betty’s story.
Sweet and easy to fall into, Betty’s story is another great instalment in this series. Love Bomb couldn’t have ended any better and leaves me endlessly happy with where Betty and her friends and family are now their story has been told. I’m very excited to read Kat and Pearl’s stories in the future and look forward to seeing what Jenny McLachlan has in store for these four gals next! ...more
Red is Alyxandra Harvey’s latest release and is an unassuming story full of intrigue, passion and the paranormal and will ensnare you from beginning to end with its kick-ass heroine, sweeping romance and mythical creatures.
I feel it's important to express that I am wholeheartedly an Alyxandra Harvey fan. With Red, I’ve now read all of her published work and consider her simple, albeit entertaining writing and solid characterization not to be missed. I’ve never read a novel by her I haven’t liked and Red is no exception, though the ending left me a little dissatisfied.
I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting heading into Red, but as beautiful as it is, the cover and the description really don’t do the book justice. Red is told through the dual eyes of seventeen year old Kia Alcott, who has the ability to start fire with her mind and whose touch burns deadly and Ethan Blackwood, a privileged young man whose family has a history of hunting and capturing the most shocking of creatures.
After an accident at her school saw Kia’s best friend injured and her expelled, Kia is sent to live with her estranged grandmother at the country estate where she works and lives, the Blackwood family home. Set amongst a forest backdrop, Kia’s new home is eerie and mysterious and Kia soon starts to realize the family her grandmother works for is hiding secrets and those secrets are more impossible than Kia could have ever anticipated, even as she slowly realizes that Ethan Blackwood isn’t the cold-hearted individual he so desperately wants people to believe he is……
Red is quite an enjoyable read. I actually wasn’t expecting it to be told through both Kia and Ethan’s POV’s, but was quite glad it was in the end. I enjoyed the aura of mystery Harvey explored in Red and the creatures she wove into her novel. I really liked seeing the different mythical creatures throughout the story and loved that they weren’t the ones you typically see in most supernatural and paranormal tales. Obviously I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but Red often isn’t what you expect.
Harvey introduces her readers to a very fiery heroine—pun intended, with Kia Alcott. Kia is a feisty young thing with guts and tenacity; something I very much enjoyed whilst reading Red. Kia is sharp speaking and has a great internal monologue who has some great chemistry with her love interest Ethan.
As the male lead and the other point of view we follow throughout the story, Ethan surprised me by being personable, entertaining and full of character! He certainly is the mysterious young man Red’s description paints him as, but Harvey managed to give him enough depth and character to make him more than your typical good looking love interest.
Ethan is a part of a larger group in this novel, and I liked some of his friends, particularly Sloane who also befriends Kia, and Colt—he seemed like a pretty cool character. In fact, most of the minor characters seemed to compliment the story well; my only issue with Red at all was it's ending…..
Though I sometimes quite enjoy a well written standalone novel, Red was the kind of novel that would have made a great series. The story had a fun, fresh idea and was wonderfully paced until the end when the novel seemed rushed; leaving me very dissatisfied. I feel like Harvey forced the ending and the story wasn’t tied up nicely. There are so many left over questions I would have liked explained including Kia’s abilities and what will happen to the characters next.
Fast paced and wonderfully written all the way until the final few chapters, Red is highly worth a read and something Alyxandra Harvey fans will not want to miss! ...more
The Seventh is S.D. Wasley’s debut novel and is a supernatural tale that weaves different elements of the paranormal together with friendship and romance in this first novel that kicks off Wasley’s debut series.
The Seventh follows sixteen year old Miette "Mimi" Alston, a teenage girl who has spent the last three years of her life accompanied by three ghosts at all times. Known for her odd nature and the problems her ghosts can cause, Mini’s school life has been nothing but difficulties. So when her psychologist recommends Etherall Valley Prep, a school that focuses on managing problem children, a category Mimi falls into with her diagnosed delusions, Mimi takes a chance on EVP, unaware her life is about to change forever. Soon invited to participate in a Gifted program, Mimi is shocked to discover other individuals with abilities similar to hers and quickly discovers that having her gift isn’t necessarily the curse she believed it to be……
As far as storyline’s go, the one within The Seventh was quite solid. S.D. Wasley’s writing is easy to read and her main character easy to follow. From what I discovered in this first instalment I’m thinking The Seventh will be a part of a series and Wasley supports this by setting up many possibilities with where the storyline could possibly go. The Seventh sets the stage are far as storyline development and mythology are concerned, and while it’s a fairly basic storyline for now, Wasley clearly has a bigger picture in mind.
Mimi is an easy enough main character to follow. She’s very normal despite the fact she has ghosts following her at all times and I enjoyed her developing relationships with the other characters. S.D. Wasley gives Mimi people who can understand where she’s coming and who have been insimilar situations in the form of Drew, Gabe, Mona, Ed, Cassie and Patience who are all a part of the Gifted program and who have different abilities of their own.
Obviously there’s a romance between Mimi and goth-boy Drew that was actually quite sweet. They were endearing to be honest and I liked that they grew from a friendship, and that despite their obvious crushes on each other, they got to know each other first before a romantic relationship developed.
S.D. Wasley ends this instalment of her debut series perfectly with enough excitement, development and revelations to leave me wondering what will happen next. Likable characters combined with a paranormal element make for an entertaining read.
Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green is the first book in her new series Of Demons and Angels and proves to be a fast, fun and highly enjoyable novel that left me raring for more!
Told through varying POV’s Star Crossed introduces us to Grace and Josh, two very different individuals whose lives change forever when they wake up to find they’re both dead and being offered second chances in their afterlives. Having lived a selfish and reckless life, Josh finds himself waking up as a Demon in the middle of Hell, whereas Heaven sent Grace is offered the chance to become an Angel if she can manage to save the soul of teenager Camden; the same soul Josh has been tasked with corrupting.
Facing the possibility of eternal damnation in the bowls of Hell if he can’t influence Camden to commit evil acts and damn his soul, the last thing Josh expects is to fall for Grace; especially seeing as they don’t actually know what the other is. Battling to claim Cam’s soul for their respective sides, Grace and Josh are about to discover there might be something more powerful than both Heaven and Hell; love.
I have to say I was really entertained by this novel. The writing was light and forward moving and made Soul Crossed a quick and easy read. Told through the dual point of views of both main characters, the dialogue was light and witty and wonderfully entertaining. It wasn’t too over powering and managed to compliment the Heaven versus Hell dynamic perfectly.
I really liked both main characters author Lisa Gail Green introduces us to. Grace and Josh were very different, but still managed to fall for one another and effect the other’s actions. Personally I think they “fell in love” with each other a bit fast for my liking, but at the same time I honestly felt their chemistry and their connection throughout the story. The attraction between them is there from the moment they meet and as Grace manages to bring out so much good in Josh that it’s hard not to become invested in their relationship.
He may have led a selfish life, and is now much do evil things as a Demon, but caring for Grace opens Josh’s eyes a lot and his assignment with Cam allows him to see what evil truly is. The face of evil isn’t what you’ll expect when heading into this novel.
A fast, endearing read, I was very happy with how Soul Crossed ended and find myself highly eager for the next book. Soul Crossed offers a sneak peak at the next novel, Soul Corrupted, and I for one can’t wait to see what happens to Grace and Josh next! ...more
Fan favourite and bestselling author Katie McGarry is back to prove she’s not just a one trick pony with Nowhere But Here, an incredibly captivating and arresting novel that kicks off a brand new series from this sensational writer and is guaranteed to bewitch readers all the way until the final page!
Securing a fan in me through her Pushing the Limits series, Katie McGarry cements her place as one of my all-time favourite YA writes with Nowhere But Here. Nowhere But Here is told through the back and forth POV’s of seventeen year old Emily, the biological daughter of one of the heads of a motorcycle club called the Reign of Terror and someone who has been protected from her estranged father’s world for her whole life, and Oz, an eighteen year old club hopeful and member of the biker community who finds himself looking after Emily when the prodigal daughter returns, causing a lot of hurt and pain for those Oz loves the most. Rife with secrets and mystery, both teens couldn’t be more different, but neither can deny the attraction that simmers between them in Nowhere But Here, even as Emily’s family history begins to come to light…..
Nowhere But Here is an absolutely delicious novel that I struggled to put down! Katie McGarry hits the nail on the head with stunning chemistry, electricity and fire within this story. As someone who has never read a MC novel before—though I know they’re becoming more and more popular in today’s adult and erotic genre—Nowhere But Here offered me my first real glimpse and taste of the biker community. And I loved what I read! Or at the very least how Katie McGarry wrote it.
Following two personable and headstrong characters, Nowhere But Here offers a great cast of characters, particularly our leads, Emily and Oz. Both had strong voices and their own individual quirks and personalities. I loved the depth McGarry gave to Oz and all the Reign of Terror members that we met! Oz was sexy, thrilling and dangerous; but he also had honour courage and came to really adore Emily.
Emily on the other hand was a very natural teenage girl whose world was altered drastically as she slowly discovered that almost everything she thought she knew about herself was a lie and that the relationship between her biological father and her mother hadn’t exactly ended the way either of them painted it to. Emily struggled, and fought and had to come to terms with all that she was learning. I enjoyed following her and thought her genuinely a good heroine.
Nowhere But Here is a YA novel and though McGarry hints at sexual innuendos and makes the occasional sexual comment, she generally keeps things quite clean and it’s the sexual tension and desire expressed by both main characters that heats things up. These are the kinds of attractions and connections I thrive on, and as usual I adored how McGarry developed her romance.
Katie McGarry has me incredibly excited with this new series! Thunder Road as the series is going to be known is the road on which most of the Reign of Terror members live or grew up on….and I’m very eager to learn all about them! McGarry gives Nowhere But Here so much life, depth and colour that the vivid minor characters—mainly those with affiliations to the biker club—bring so much to the story. Chevy, Violet. Stone, Razor, Olivia, Cyrus, Eli….I could go on and on. I’m thinking that the series is going to following the younger generation of the Reign of Terror, but I still look forward to seeing them all again and again.
Passionate, emotional and electrically romantic, Nowhere But Here is a fantastic read and a thrilling ride. Hold on to your hats guys, Katie McGarry is about to kick start a brilliant must read new series! ...more
Stones and Finger Bones is Jessica Minyard’s debut novel and is a well told and entertaining fantasy story that weaves together a story of politics, magic and danger. Vivid, sharp and charismatic, Stones and Finger Bones is a promising start to Minyard’s Black Towers series that will no doubt leave readers ready for more.
Told in third person and through the eyes of numerous characters within the story, Stones and Finger Bones introduces readers to Aurelia Barone, heir to the throne of a mighty kingdom and a feisty, fiery haired young woman whose life is upturned when her father the King is murdered and Aurelia finds herself kidnapped shortly after by an infuriating mercenary named Rycen.
Taken cross-country by the smart-mouthed and infuriating young man, Aurelia has her eyes opened when she begins to see a different side to her kingdom than she’s ever seen before and learns that her father and his military are responsible for some shocking actions against the magic users within the kingdom. Even worse, the individual responsible for orchestrating her father’s murder is closer to home than Aurelia could have anticipated, and the things that Aurelia may have to do in order to retain her throne may affect her more than she could ever have imagined……
I found that I really enjoyed this story. Minyard’s world building was very impressive and I found it easy to follow the heroine of the story. Stones and Finger Bones introduces readers to a vivid world with magic, politics and demonic creatures woven together. High stakes and romance weave together and the darker side of the world depicted makes for some intriguing reading.
Aurelia was an easy heroine to follow and I appreciated the growth Jessica Minyard forced her to undertake in this first novel alone. Aurelia is quite likable, and her highborn nature blends well with her sharp tongue and attitude to create a real go-getter of a girl considering her place as a princess and a lady of her society.
As the man responsible for kidnapping Aurelia and taking her as somewhat of a hostage, I loved Rycen. He’s my kind a male lead within a fantasy story; cocky, rash but oh, so capable, confidant and fierce. I adored the chemistry between he and Aurelia that developed and grew and simply made for a thrilling romance!
Now, I don’t want to give too much away, but something Aurelia does towards the end of the novel left me flabbergasted. I actually feel quite heartbroken and whilst I know romances don’t completely make a story with other aspects just as important, I found myself invested in Aurelia and Rycen’s relationship and as such, I feel really gutted over what transpired and the choice Aurelia makes…..It. Is. Not. Fair!
Personally, I don’t know whether this is part of a bigger plan author Jessica Minyard has for the series, but I’m already hoping and praying to see something magical happen that will give us all a second chance with Rycen. It’s too heartbreaking for me to consider anything else at this moment.
Rich and thrilling, Stones and Finger Bones kicks off a great new fantasy series that is sure to appeal to fans of Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass series!...more
The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr is a steampunk murder mystery set amongst a dark London backdrop in the Victorian era that will appeal to fans of the genre and those who love a good who done mystery!
In a fresh retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, we follow Eliza Jekyll, the proper, perfectly put together daughter of the renowned Henry Jekyll in The Diabolical Miss Hyde. As a medical investigator who has inherited her fathers infliction Eliza houses her own second self in the form of Lizzie Hyde. Dwelling within Eliza, Lizzie is the polar opposite of Eliza, a saucy, impulsive and foul-mouthed woman who knows her way around the back-skirts of London and who often fights her way to the surface and takes control of the body they both share. As Eliza investigates a series of gruesome murders that are gripping London, she and Lizzie stumble into an unexpected discovery about their parentage and their connection to the murderer and must race to find the killer before they become his next victims.
Overall, The Diabolical Miss Hyde was a decent read. Author Violet Carr has thought well and hard about her steampunk world and weaves together all the best elements of the Victorian era with mechanical contraptions, electrical machines and chemistry to create a dark and vivid alternate London. I found myself easily enough enjoying Eliza and Lizzie’s tale, even if I did tire at some parts, and I certainly found myself caught up in the murder mystery Eliza investigates alongside London police; a mystery I found myself guessing at until the very end.
Though this novel is told predominately through the eyes of Eliza, I was surprised to find that Lizzie really was the star of the novel at times, although in hindsight, the name of the novel does give some of that away. Eliza was prim, proper and a fine lady despite her class, whereas Lizzie was impulsive, rash and often foulmouthed. The two share a body as a Jekyll and Hyde, but shift form with Lizzie is at the helm as a redheaded buxom beauty as opposed to Eliza who was fair and more refined.
Carr gives the girls a love interest in the form of Captain Remy Lafayette, a member of the Royal Society who assists Eliza in her investigations. Lafayette is a cocky and self-assured officer of the law who irks Eliza and appeals to Lizzie’s naughty side. Readers may be surprised to discover who has the better chemistry and connection with the Lafayette, but I certainly appreciated what Carr did and I find myself pondering what will happen next.
A dark and mysterious read, The Diabolical Miss Hyde draws readers into a world of danger, murder and steampunk and as the story concludes I find myself wondering what will happen to Eliza and Lizze next; so much so that I may just be tempted to pick up the next book! ...more
Ever Darkening is the latest release by Janeal Falor and in a step away from her sensational Mine series is a standalone fantasy tale.
Ever Darkening introduces readers to a world where good versus evil plays a very important part in the lives of those who inhabit it and sees heroine Kaylyn make some tough choices if she ever hopes to protect those she loves. Kaylyn is a Zorpha, a member of group of elite, well trained warriors who are tasked with destroying evil individuals known as Malryx. In fact Kaylyn has been specially chosen to be the one to destroy the last living Malryx and rid the world of evil. However no sooner has Kayln’s blade fallen does it become clear that the balance between good and evil has been tipped dramatically and as strange things begin to occur, Kaylyn and her friends must fight their toughest fight yet as nature rises up in order to protect their fragile reality.
As a real fan of Janeal Falor’s Mine series, Ever Darkening is a hard book for me to review. Did I enjoy the story? Yes. Was it worth reading? Hmmm….yes. Did it blow me away? No. I will say this; Ever Darkening was a really unique tale and I definitely don’t think I’ve ever quite read anything quite like it. I’d describe it as a fantasy tale, but it had a science-fiction aura to it, with some of the names and terms used throughout the story.
The concept Falor explores throughout the story is definitely different from what I’ve seen before. It’s fresh and unique and takes a different approach to the way evil affects everything around it. I think Janeal Falor’s writing was spot on and the pace forward moving, although I found it was somewhat slow at times compared to her other novels.
The heroine Kaylyn was likable, although I found her a bit tedious at times where her feelings for one of her close friends Jorrin was concerned. With Kaylyn’s best friend Marsa in love with Jorrin since she was a child, Kaylyn fights what she feels for Jorrin and refuses to acknowledge it as much she can---something that just needed to be resolved in my eyes sooner than it was.
I loved the action and suspenseful moments during this story that often kept me highly entertained. With nature rising up, Kaylyn and her friends find themselves up against aren’t what you expect; something that makes for an interesting read.
The ending was very much a surprise in some sense and seemed to come on too swiftly for my liking, but although the resolution was not something I saw coming in the beginning I think it seemed fitting for the story and a natural evolution. However, as the novel ends, I really feel there’s more to see thanks to the changes to Kaylyn’s world and would like to see Falor explore the next chapter in Karyn’s life and her new world. ...more
By Sun and Saltwater is the second novel in Kate Avery Ellison sweeping Secrets of Itlantis series and is another beguiling installment that continues to build on the storyline from the first novel and leaves readers raring to dive into the next novel as soon as possible.
After the events of Of Sea and Stone, readers find themselves once more following Aemi, who has just discovered that she is in fact an Itlantean, born Aemiana Greywater, and heir of the Greywater family, a wealthy and prominent Itlantean family. With Celestrus having been attacked and destroyed at the end of the last book by their very own people disguised as the Dron, Aemi and a small group of survivors have sought refuge with the neighboring Itlantean land of Primus and have begun to assimilate and partake in Itlantean events. And yet, as Aemi begins to investigate her family’s history she discovers that not everything is as it seems and soon comes to realize that the attack on Celestrus, ordered by Governor Nautilus of the military city of Volcabus, is only the tip of the iceberg and much more nefarious things are happening within Itlantis and only if Aemi steps up can she and her friends prevent a war….
I’m seriously loving this series so far! The first book introduced readers to a really intriguing world, and in By Sun and Saltwater we have the chance to explore it a little bit more, whilst discovering more layers to it. Author Kate Avery Ellison takes readers on an exhilarating journey with this story that is pure entertainment and fun. Her writing was solid, and I very much enjoyed her storytelling; I’m loving following Aemi and discovering more about her and the world of Itlantis.
Itlantis is a clearly well thought out world; with positions, politics and the art of deception front and center. I thought the inclusion of the Dron was smart and I’m really interested to see what impact they with have on the continuing storyline. Itlantis is facing its own internal dangers having been betrayed by one of its own, but with the Dron believing Itlantis is attacking them, the possibility of an all-out war is one Ellison makes very clear.
Aemi is a great heroine to follow, and I love seeing the story unfold through her eyes. Though months have passed since the events of the first novel, Aemi is still very much the same resilient, young woman she has always been. It’s obvious there’s more growth to be made in her, but already she’s quite capable and willing to stand up for what she believes. I appreciate the fact she hasn’t let her newfound wealth and power go to her head. Of course she still wants answers as to how she came to live in the Village of the Rocks, and why she was taken from Itlantis, but Aemi still seems like the girl we met in the first novel, albeit a bit more confidant and independent.
The relationships and friendships Aemi has with the various characters in this series, including Merelus, Lyssia and Tob, remain quite strong. I really loved the new character of Tallyn, an “etiquette teacher” who is so much more than he seems and who keeps Aemi on her toes, and of course I still adore Nol. Nol is a love interest for Aemi, and though there is some developments to complicate their circumstances further, I have high hopes for them romantically. They’re both from different worlds, and spent their lives part of different social standings, but I think they have great chemistry and I’m certainly going to be vying for them in future books.
Rich in danger, excitement and mystery, By Sun and Seawater is a great follow up to the first book in this series and leaves me very eager to continue on with the series and join Aemi on her journey once more!
Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes is a delightfully fun contemporary romance that is an easy read with an addictive and sweet romance you’ll just devour whole!
Pretty, popular and athletic Alexis Dubois finds her summer plans taking a drastic turn when she is caught shoplifting a tube of lipstick from Smartmart, a convenience store that sells everything and anything. Rather than face charges that will remain on her permanent record she is given the opportunity to work there for the summer instead. As it seems like she is out of options, Lex resigns herself for a summer of boring shifts with a bunch of awkward people but soon discovers that Smartmart isn’t the hellish place she first thought. Plus the last thing Lex expected was to be attracted to her nerdy, loner manager Noah Grayson and fellow student at her high school; someone whose history with her friends would not make for an easy relationship. Their chemistry can't be denied and soon Lex and Noah find themselves on a whirlwind romance that is not without it's issues....
Paper or Plastic was a really fun book to read. It was sweet and charming, and a great way to spend an afternoon. I was very won over by the characters, romance and the storyline—I pretty much wished I could be working at Smartmart alongside Alexis. Though the concept is simple, the execution complimented the story so well and managed to showcase a great main character who undertook growth, a sizzling romance and plenty of quirky side characters who brought such life to Smartmart.
Alexis was a passionate and popular young woman who found her wants and desires change after working at Smartmart. Though she is popular, I loved that she came to care about the other Smartmart employees and that she enjoyed parts of her time at Smartmart. I think Alexis undertook enough personal growth to compliment her character while still managing to retain the essence of who she already was.
Personally I really loved the chemistry between Lex and Noah. Noah is a bit geeky and by the book, but he also has another side that I found really appealing in Paper or Plastic. There’s something very sexy about a man who loves his family and does right by them, something Noah does in spades in this book. He’s a generally good guy who is very intelligent and has ambition. Noah knows when to be cheeky or serious, and has an endearing shyness to him at times that you can’t help but adore!
Fun, fresh and a great summer read, Paper or Plastic truly did win me over from the opening chapter. Personally I'd love a second novel although I know that's a pipe dream; I'd love to see Lex and Noah take their summer romance back to school and see how things change. I found I loved the storyline and characters within Paper or Plastic and definitely urge those who love contemporary reads to check this out. ...more
Sacrificed by Emily Wibberley is an exciting fantasy tale that catapults the reader into a harsh desert land where blood stains the sand and our heroine is about to find herself on a tremendous journey is the first novel in a promising new series!
Sacrificed is told through the eyes of fifteen year old Clio, a young woman from the city of Sheehan and the daughter of the lands Oracle. As the youngest of four daughters, Clio has watched as each other her sisters have been called to serve their Oracle mother and their deities, and has suffered the pain of seeing her sisters wither into shadows of their former selves. Wanting nothing to do with her mother’s duties, Clio’s life is forever changed when her family is murdered and she discovers that the abilities and powers held by the Oracle she always believed false are very real and have been passed on to her.
Fleeing to the neighboring and enemy land of Morek to escape the priest Mannix who was responsible for her family’s deaths, Clio finds herself imprisoned at the hands of Morek forces, but quickly discovers that the enigmatic young Commander Riece who leads the troops is not the heinous enemy Clio believes him to be. Slowly beginning to trust Riece, Clio discovers that there is something bigger in play than just her families murders and as she begins to reluctantly fall for Riece, Clio discovers that bigger plans are in motion and Mannix plans effect more than just Clio, they affect all of Sheehan, and possibly Morek…..
Admittedly, Sacrificed started slow for me. Though solidly written, the first couple of chapters had me questioning the strength and entertainment of the story. However, once Clio finds herself on the run, I found myself instantly swept up into her story and was extremely captivated. I found it quite hard to be the story down if I’m honest. The main character was strong and her fight was one you couldn’t help but get behind, and the chemistry she had with the young Commander she meets in Morek was one I seriously adored!
Emily Wibberley has written a very interesting story with Sacrificed. Sacrificed takes place in a fictional land that can be compared to that of Ancient Egypt and sees the heroine discover unexpected truths about herself. Personally I think Clio comes across as older than fifteen. Her voice within the story would easily pass for sixteen or seventeen, but considering the ancient feel of Sacrificed, I can understand why author Emily Wibberley wrote her at this age. In ancient times, most people didn’t live as long and as such they matured, married and started their adult lives earlier than people do now.
I quite liked Clio in this book. She was easy to follow and seriously stepped up at times. The growth she undertakes from the beginning of Sacrificed to the end is extensive and I can only imagine where Wibberley plans to take her in the rest of the series. Clio was kind and caring, and really someone you couldn’t help but enjoy. I appreciated the way she saw the world and liked that she was intelligent and knew how to hold her own verbally with the likes of Riece.
Clio finds herself with two love interests in Sacrificed. Her childhood companion Derik and the formable Commander Riece who becomes an unexpected alley in Morek. Let’s put it this way….forget Clio, I want Riece! As far as I’m concerned, there really is only one option for Clio in this story and that’s Riece.
From the moment they meet the sparks are off the chart and considering what an amazingly honorable, honest and kind man Riece is, there was never any doubt in my mind that Clio was going to fall for him. Despite his powerful position, Riece is a caring person who is absolutely brutal when he needs to be, but he can’t help but be drawn to Clio. Clio and Riece have a great chemistry and I enjoyed the witty banter exchanged by them throughout the novel. They just oozed attraction despite coming from different worlds and I loved the fierce way Riece came to love Clio and the determination he had to stand by her side.
Emily Wibberley introduces readers to an intriguing world in Sacrificed with a strong heroine, plenty of unexpected twists and a romance you can really get behind. I wasn’t ready for the novel to end when it came to its eventual close and I find myself eagerly anticipating the release of the next installment to see what will happen next and to follow Clio and Riece once more!
Crown of Midnight is the superb sequel to Sarah J. Maas's riveting debut Throne of Glass and is another sensationally written story of political intrigue, fantasy and romance amongst a war torn backdrop.
Celaena Sardothien is back, deadlier than ever and ready to take back her freedom. Now the Kings Champion after the events of Throne of Glass, Celaena is continuing her journey to discover the truth about what is going on within the Kingdom, delving deep underground into long forgotten tunnels and tombs beneath the palace in search of answers. While serving as the kings assassin, for all her cunning and dare, Celeana is not willing to murder innocent people in the name of the King and instead chooses to fake deaths and tell lies to save those not deserving of the death she brings. Yet, as each lie brings her closer to discovery, dark forces within the palace make it clear that something even more dangerous is going on than Celaena can imagine. And then with the loss of someone she loves, Celaena is forever altered and soon on a mission to make those responsible pay......
Having enjoyed Throne of Glass immensely, it's a bit strange that it's taken me so long to continue on with the series, especially considering I have had both books in the series as well as a complication of all the short stories within the series, The Assassin's Blade, sitting on my shelf for a while now. So in saying that, I am glad I finally decided to delve back into this world.
There's no doubt in my mind that Sarah J. Maas is an extremely talented storyteller. As a debut novel, Throne of Glass made it clear that she was something special as a writer and in Crown of Midnight Maas only goes on to show just what she is capable of. Her world building and eye for detail paints a sensational picture of this fantasy world that completely draws the reader in. Weaving together danger and political intrigue, Maas manages to twist together a story where you never know what will happen next; drawing the reader on an emotionally charged journey where the adrenaline pumps the whole way through.
Told in the third person, Maas allows readers to witness the story unfold through the eyes of her numerous layered characters. Understandably Celaena, Dorian and Chaol are the most focal voices, although others pop up from time to time. Celaena continues to captivate readers with her dual nature and her contradictions; deadly assassin mingles with womanly innocence where Celaena is concerned, although a manner of startling developments within the story shake Celaena's foundation and drastically alter her desires within Crown of Midnight.
I honestly very much enjoy reading about Celaena's journey within this series, but boy does Sarah J. Maas know how to put her characters through the wringer at times. Crown of Midnight really is emotionally charged with Celaena experiencing so much joy, love and betrayal in this novel. Her pain leads her to make some drastic choices and Maas makes her readers feel every one, especially those who have a pertinent for Chaol, as he and Celaena's relationship takes a shocking turn.
Dorian and Chaol continue to stand by Celaena's side, the Crown Prince and the Captian of the Guard, two best friends who both love the same woman. Personally, I adore Chaol and Maas had me wanting to throw the book across the room at times with her developments, but there's no denying some of them make for sensationally emotional reading. As for Dorian, he is proving time and time again why he would make an amazing King should he get the chance and there's no doubt in my mind that should he take power he would change things forever. I can only hope this is something we see from Maas in one of the future novels.
Painful at times, heartbreaking and addictive to behold, Crown of Midnight is an excellent follow up to it's predecessor. Sarah J. Maas knows how to draw readers in and leave them begging for more, and with Crown of Midnight endings with a big discovery, I'm looking forward to beginning the next installment, Heir of Fire next.
Avery is an absolutely beautiful and sensationally told fantasy tale by Australian author Charlotte McConaghy that introduces readers to vivid and highly imaginative world with two sides at war and is a heartwarming, touching story of redemption, healing and power of allowing oneself to love again!
From beginning to end Avery blew me away; plain and simple. I headed into the novel with high expectations and Charlotte McConghy certainly met them. The moment I began Avery I was instantly drawn into the stunning world McConaghy has envisioned and swept up in the journeys of the four characters whose POV’s we follow throughout the novel.
Avery introduces readers two different warring lands; Kaya a place where people die in pairs after bonding with their other half and mate, and Pirenti, a land known for its formable soldiers and barbaric ways, ruled by a brutal Queen who aims to bring the Kayan people to their knees. Avery follows four very different individuals from both domains; Ava, a broken Kayan woman who lost her mate Avery two years before but miraculously managed to live on, becoming a shadow of her former self and driven only by revenge for her lost love; Ambrose, the second Prince of Pirenti, a fierce solider who captures Ava masquerading as Avery and takes “him” prisoner; Thorne, the eldest Prince of Pirenti, Ambrose’s brutal older brother who is a known killer and first in line for the Pirenti throne, and Roslyn, Thorne’s wishful wife who is mocked and scorned for her mental unstableness and who is at Thorne’s whim.
I really appreciated seeing this novel unfold through the varying POV’s. We’re introduced to two kingdoms at war with one another, with one as brutal and as barbaric as you can get, and yet author Charlotte McConghy manages to make you really feel about her characters. You can’t help but think about the complexity of human nature as you read this story. The line between good and evil blurs and who is in the right often changes from situation to situation. Our characters make bad choices and the wrong decisions and they don’t always do the right thing, but they’re so complex and layered, and really grow. Honestly it’s impossible to not become invested in their individual pursuits and dreams and as McConghy weaves their lives together, you’ll find yourself even more invested in the inevitable outcome.
The seemingly broken and vengeful Ava, also known as Avery is one of the four characters we follow, if not the most important one. Ava has been left a shell of the person she used to be after the death of her mate Avery, and this novel really is her story of learning to live, and love again. Ava’s thirst for revenge leads her to Pitrenti where a failed attempt to assassinate the Queen sees Ava dragged by Ambrose to one of Pirenti’s most infamous prisons. Along the way Ava, disguised as a boy and known as Avery begins to form an unexpected friendship with the formable warrior and soon finds herself actually feeling again, more so than she has in a long, long time.
Ava and Ambrose’s story is sensational to witness, but it’s not without its difficulties. Ava still feels so much pain over the loss of her mate in the beginning of the novel and it’s not until Ambrose helps her live again that she starts to even contemplate continuing on with a life without him. There’s plenty of guilt and then shame as she slowly falls for Ambrose, but seeing Ava slowly heal is a beautiful thing to watch.
Ambrose is a complex character in and of himself. In the beginning he is very cruel to Ava and doesn’t treat her the best, but as he begins to develop a friendship with “Avery” he starts to question his actions and adjust his responses. I honestly found seeing Ambrose fall for Ava to be beyond beautiful in so many ways. I mean, Ambrose falls in love with Avery, not Ava. Obviously they’re the same person, but he loved her as the boy he knew her to be, and her sex was never as issue. It was pure love; for a person and who they were inside and I found that so, so beautiful.
Thorne and Roselyn have their own hurdles to overcome in this book and I very much enjoyed seeing their journey as well. Both brothers have had horrendous childhoods and lives, something that really shows but I was happy to see Throne learn how he needed to treat Rose and do the right thing in the end.
Avery is an emotionally charged fantasy story and explores the possibilities of forgiveness and letting yourself move on. Charlotte McConghy weaves together a wonderful story of romance, danger and the strength of love and has won herself a fan in me! ...more
Withering Hope by Layla Hagen is a harrowing tale of survival against difficult odds and is a beautiful story about romance and hope.
Aimee is on her way to a ranch in Brazil to meet her fiancé for their wedding when the plane she is travelling in must make an emergency landing and crashes, leaving her and the pilot Tristan standard in the Amazon jungle. With little supplies and only a slim chance of rescues from the dense canopy, Aimee and Tristan must learn to survive in the harsh jungle environment they're stranded in, and as the weeks and months fly by, Aimee begins to realize the dangers are great and Tristan is slowly beginning to mean more to her than she ever expected. Her fiancé may still be waiting for her, but Aimee is slowly beginning to fall for Tristan, and soon neither can deny the attraction that simmers between them.....
I wasn't sure what to think of this novel heading into the story; I love these kinds of survival tales and though I'm an uber romantic, I was a little thrown off by the idea that the heroine falls for someone else while she is engaged.....but Layla Hagen wrote the romance between Aimee and Tristan in such a way that I couldn't help but want them to be together.
Though Withering Hope is told predominantly through Aimee's eyes, there are a few chapters told through Tristan's too that really allow for a well rounded story. Hagen's writing is simple, and it's easy to see the months fly by as Aimee and Tristan begin to exist in the jungle world they find themselves in.
Both Aimee and Tristan were great characters and I really appreciated the way Layla Hagen developed them within the story. Time spent in the jungle really opens the eyes of them both, with Aimee learning a lot about herself and what she truly feels and wants during this time. It's a big thing for her to accept her relationship with her fiancé is more platonic, especially as she finds something passionate and real in Tristan's arms. There's a lot of guilt and uncertainty expressed and I actually quite enjoyed seeing Aimee struggle within herself, but ultimately make the choice she does.
Aimee and Tristan were quite sweet in my eyes. There's a comradeship that develops between them as they rely on one another to survive, and I thought it clever that Tristan's background helped he and Aimee survive. They made a strong couple who felt deeply for one another, and Hagen includes the perfect amount of emotional moments filled with desperation and love as both Aimee and Tristan's lives are on the line at times.
Action packed and harrowing, but also incredibly sweet, Withering Hope is a lovely romantic tale that is sure to please with it's danger, attraction and undeniable desire. ...more
The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the thrilling sequel to Michelle Hodkin’s smash hit The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and is a worthy follow up that sees readers discover more mystery and even more uncertainty as our heroine Mara sets out to discover why she can do what she can do, even while she is continually haunted by ghosts of her past that aren’t quite dead.
Hodkin’s debut absolutely blew me away with its mystery, suspense and attention to detail and although it’s taken me some time to continue on with the series I was pleasantly captivated once more with this thoughtful novel that is full of intrigue and unanswered questions.
During the first novel, we as the reader spent the majority of the story questioning our heroine Mara’s sanity right alongside her as she navigated the strange goings on of her life. The unexplained and unexplainable occurrences warred with what was impossible and improbable to open our eyes to what Mara can do, even if we’re yet to know why.
In The Evolution of Mara Dyer, Mara is back…. with her boyfriend Noah Shaw alongside her yet again as the two set out to discover more about their mysterious abilities; something hindered by Mara’s old boyfriend Jude who is back from the dead and determined to make Mara’s life a living nightmare. Through a number of creepy events and occurrences Jude makes it clear he will stop at nothing to destroy Mara, even going so far as to help make Mara’s family question her sanity and mental stability. With Mara’s life spinning out of control, she finds herself placed in a mental health program that is tasked with helping those with mental illnesses get better, only New Horizons isn’t what it appears and as the novel progresses it becomes more and more clear that something sinister is going on…..
My mind is honestly still all over the place with this novel….even though I’ve finished it. Though I definitely loved it, I found myself with even more unanswered questions at the end than I had when heading into the story. Michelle Hodkin is masterfully weaving this story together; twisting certain elements together and hinting at a bigger picture to explain what is going on. Mara and Noah are being put through the wringer time and time again, and I’m right there alongside them as Hodkin tells their mysterious story.
I honestly have no idea where Michelle Hodkin is going with this story, but I’m certainly enjoying what I’m reading. Mara is a genuinely likable heroine, despite all of her issues. Or perhaps even because of them; I like that she’s fighting where she can, and her small acts of defiance impress me as we see her story unfold.
I’m quite happy with the romance within the story. It is not over powering and instead compliments the mystique and mystery of the story. Mara and Noah have a great chemistry and I love the way they react to each other; it’s impossible not to be swept up into their relationship when they are front and center. They seem to bring out the best of each other and I love the dedication Noah has towards Mara.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer continues to develop the storyline within this series. More questions are raised and Hodkin twists details together to create an even bigger picture of what is going on. The Evolution of Mara Dyer concludes on a shocking cliffhanger and left me as the reader ready to dive into the next novel as soon as I can! ...more
Not In The Script is the third novel in the If Only series, this time written by debut author Amy Finnegan and is a super adorable and seriously addictive Hollywood tale that features two amazing leads and a romance that is without a doubt swoon worthy!
Emma Taylor is a talented and resourceful Hollywood It Girl whose life takes an interesting turn when she steps into a new role on a hot up and coming new teen show. Excited to be working alongside her longtime crush, the last thing Emma expects is to find herself drawn to, and soon falling for, a different co-star than the one she once dreamed about. As a successful magazine and runway model, Jake Elliott is known around the world for his handsome face and perfect body, but it's the chance to try his hand at acting that offers him his biggest opportunity yet. Who cares if he's never acted before? Coyote Hills is sure to be a hit and as part of a stellar cast, Jake knows how much the role will help his family. If only he could stop thinking about his gorgeous co-star Emma.
But when the two finally give in to their undeniable attraction and start a secret relationship, both Emma and Jake discover that sometimes on-set romances don't necessarily end badly, if only they could out last the public storm surrounding each of their lives.....
Not in the Script is a seriously addictive and delicious read! As a behind the scenes look into Hollywood life, author Amy Finnegan draws her readers into the scandalous world of acting, tabloids and Hollywood drama, all the while weaving together a believable and adorable romance between two people who connect beautifully!
Unlike the other two novels in this series, and I use the word series loosely because each If Only novel is written by a different author and is a complete standalone tale, Not in the Script is the first book to be told through the POV's of both main characters--something I simply adore.d Heroine and love interest both have stories to tell; something that enhances the reading experience as you as the reader see through both Emma and Jake's eyes.
Emma and Jake are both very down to earth characters. Emma has been in the public eye since she was twelve, and as an eighteen year old who is living on her own and working in a cut throat world where her every move is scrutinized, Emma has managed to maintain her rationality and sense beautifully. She's a very normal girl, and despite her beauty and fame has not let it change her, something made obvious by Emma's desire to help her best friend Rachel at every chance she gets and her desire to open a foundation to help those who need it.
And Jake on the other hand is a guy through and through. He goofs off with his friends, makes jokes and plays the occasional game of soccer using paper cups with the other actors on set. He's stunningly good looking and definitely lives up to his nickname as "The Bod", but Jake is also a genuinely down to earth guy who would do absolutely anything for his family. There's something so enticing about a man who loves his mum the way Jake does in this novel. Can anyone say swoon?
Emma and Jake have a really endearing relationship. Emma is hesitant to start anything with Jake due to her horrible history with co-stars and a crush by someone that makes things harder, so in the beginning, Emma and Jake really start out as friends only. However that changes as they seamlessly transition into two people in a relationship. Jake sees past all of Emma's fame and fortune to the girl she is at her base and Emma sees past Jakes looks to see the incredible guy he is. They're funny and flirty together and have a great chemistry. Basically I was rooting for them the whole time and paparazzi be damned, I wanted them to prove them all wrong.
Amy Finnegan gives Emma and Jake a great cast of characters to interact with in this novel with everyone from Emma's amazingly cute family to Jake's best friends and his amazing mother giving the novel such life. Emma and Jake discover new friends, and occasionally enemies on the set of Coyote Hills with their director and their co-stars making for some entertaining reading.
Smile inducing and insanely sweet, Not in the Scrip blends the ins and outs of Hollywood perfectly together with family, friendship and true love--Amy Finnegan hits the nail on the head and left this reader extremely satisfied....although I'd certainly love a companion novel with Kimmi in the future!
All Fall Down by bestselling author Ally Carter is the first novel in her new Embassy Row series and is a well written and highly mysterious story.
Grace is an Army brat and the granddaughter an American Ambassador. Grace’s life has been nothing but move after move and summers spent at the Embassy where her grandfather lives. At least it was, until Grace’s mother was murdered three years before in front of Grace’s very eyes and her life began to unravel. With everyone around her certain her mother’s death was an accident, no one will accept that Grace saw her mother’s killer in the act. Grace has spent years trying to convince everyone she is not crazy and refuses to give up protesting the truth, but when she’s forced to move in with her grandfather on Embassy Row, Grace begins to discover that the truth about her mother’s death may be more horrific than she first thought…..
All Fall Down is a bit of a mixed bucket for me. Though this is the first novel by Ally Carter that I have read, I am well aware of her prestige amongst the YA world and how well loved she is for her Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series, but I have to say....I’m a little bit underwhelmed by this novel. All Fall Down is in no way a bad book and is completely deserving of all three stars that I’m rating it, however it lacked the draw and power I was hoping for heading into the novel.
Carter’s writing is solid throughout this novel and I appreciate her desire to explore the different countries and governments brought together on Embassy Row; so nicknamed this for all the different embassies situated on the same street by the numerous teenagers who call Embassy Row home. The premise of this novel seemed quite promising, but I felt the novel progressed too slowly for my tastes and I felt as though we didn’t accomplish much by the end of the story. Personally I could have liked a faster pace and more excitement, but at the same time this doesn’t diminish the discoveries our main character makes and the shocking revelation she discovers at the end.
Grace was a satisfying main character to follow and I liked her tenacity. Grace has a reputation as a trouble maker and a risk taker; something she has been all her life, even prior to her mother’s passing. I enjoyed Grace’s strength and desire to uncover the truth in this novel and liked that Carter gave her some vulnerabilities as well. Grace has been slightly unstable since her mother’s death, with all those around her believing her to be, pardon the phrase, crazy, and I appreciated that this was explored.
The other characters in the novel were likable and I partially loved the Embassy children, Noah, Rosie and Megan that Grace bonded with. The hint of a potential romance with Russian Alexi was promising, but wasn’t very strong; something I would have loved to have seen more of, being a hopeless romantic and all. I’m honestly not sure where Carter will go with their relationship, but considering their dynamic I’m excited to see regardless.
As far as first novels go, All Fall Down sets the stage well. While it didn’t blow me away per say, I did quite enjoy it and would be very interested in picking up the next book to see what happens next and to see if any of Grace’s mothers secrets are revealed! ...more
The first novel in Realm Lovejoy’s new Le Fay series, Henge is a marvelously imagined story that focuses around the Arthurian legends of Camelot, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. An urban fantasy set in modern day times, Henge is a unique twist on an old favorite that sees readers drawn into this intriguing world of magic and mayhem as Lovejoy sets up a great start to a promising new series.
Henge follows sixteen year old Morgan Le Fay, a talented fire user whose magic is more powerful than that of anyone else she knows and who has plans to become the Maven; the individual tasked with leading Prince Arthur to Excalibur, if only she can be drafted to Camelot and win Prince Arthurs favor. Wanting a chance to change the laws of Camelot after losing her mother at a young age, Morgan is invited to participate in the Rounds, an elite competition and series of tests tasked with examining her magic and other talented magic users her age in order to determine who is worthy of different rolls, including that of the Maven, within Camelot. During the rounds Morgan meets a number of gifted individuals including Merlin and Guinevere, and discovers that something sinister is going on within Camelot. A series of incidents make it clear someone wants to stop Morgan, only she doesn’t know who, and why……
Heading into Henge I was really excited. I’ve always been a fan of Arthurian legend and had high hopes for this novel; hopes I am thrilled to say were met with total abandon. I really enjoyed this book. Realm Lovejoy creates a very magical tale with Henge and a very promising start to a series that is shaping up very well. Set in modern times, Henge is an intriguing, yet extremely magical twist on everything that is Camelot, Excalibur, King Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table…..basically everything Arthurian.
Our heroine in Henge is Morgan Le Fay, and in an ingenuous twist on the story, Morgan is an honorable, kickass heroine who has big plans for her future. She wants to serve Camelot and protect Prince Arthur and is willing to do anything she can to get into this position. Morgan comes from a family of powerful magic users, most notably her mother, a powerful woman who was executed for magic fueled crimes. Morgan is understandably angry over her mother’s death and it’s her desire to bring about change that fuels her hopes for her future. As a participant in the Rounds, Morgan has the opportunity to meet other talented magic users and see just what is out there magic wise—something that makes her appreciate what she can do all the more.
Lovejoy explores the different Arthurian characters wonderfully in Henge with many of the minor characters famous in their own rights. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding who is the good guy and who is the bad guy in this novel as Merlin, Mordred and even Lancelot seem to have their own agendas; none of which are brought to light in this novel, although it doesn’t stop you as the reader from speculating just what they have in store or what they are privy to.
Setting up a promising new world and ending on a small cliffhanger that will have you wanting to read the next book straight away nonetheless, Henge is a whimsical take of Arthurian legend and will entice you from the very beginning. Be prepared to want more as Realm Lovejoy plays with a fan favorite and gives it a fresh new vibe! ...more
Cursed Beauty by Dorian Tsukioka is a wonderfully detailed and well written fairytale retelling. Set in a world where magic is possible, Cursed Beauty is a Cinderella retelling with a twist!
Can I just say how impressed I am with this story? I really, really liked it. Cursed Beauty is essentially a short, but sweet novella however I quite liked what the author has done with the story. The setting and the writing was inviting; it was a quaint fairytale retelling that is perfect as an afternoon read.
I was impressed with the characters in this story. Adelaide had fire and spirit and even Prince Julian was down to earth with a kind heart. There was an actual foundation to their relationship within the story, something you don’t always see with fairytale retellings. Tsukioka did a great job managing to convey so much emotion and depth within such a short story. Don’t get me wrong—there was still the same amount of almost instant-love you expect with these kinds of tales, but Tsukiokan managed to give the perfect amount of depth in order to make the story feel believable; something people sometimes miss.
I thought it very clever the twist on Cinderella Dorian Tsukioka explores. It’s a darker element that makes the story different, as well as the idea that not everyone who seem bad are bad and not everyone who appear good are good.
Lush, magical and a fairytale retelling you’ll breeze through, Cursed Beauty was expertly written and fantastic to read. This is one short fairytale you won’t want to miss!