At one time or another most of us have dreamt of being a fairy tale character in a book or movie.My review can also be found @ Bittersweet Enchantment
At one time or another most of us have dreamt of being a fairy tale character in a book or movie. Whether you wished to be a princess in a tower awaiting your price to come and rescue you, or a evil queen bent on ruling the world. We all love the idea of having our happily ever after.
In the city of Beau Rivage fairy tales are real. The people of the Beau Rivage all are blessed or rather cused with one fairy tale or another. Vivian has the "Snow White" curse. We all know her story well. But what if the hired huntsman who is suppose to cut out her heart happens to be the love of her life. Hently and Viv have been friends all of their lives and now are in love. Hently knows what his curse says for him to do but is determined to find a way not to, for there is no way he could ever hurt the girl he loves.
Regina, Vivian's stepmother aka "The Evil Queen" is bent on killing Viv so she may be the fairest of the all. She will do whatever it takes to convince or force Hently to do what he is meant for, to cut out Viv's heart. Soon she becomes tired of waiting and decided to hire another huntsman to do the job for Hently. In the course of stopping the other huntsman from killing Viv, Hently disappears and is presumed dead. Viv is beside herself with grief and worry. Soon after an unexpected invitation arrives addressed to Viv to a underworld party which soon after lands her in a whole other world of problems. With turn of events, Viv now finds herself trapped in the underworld, like many others have come to be. Now Viv must find away to escape....but "someone" won't let her leave... To find out who and if she finally has her happily ever after, read the book!
First let me say I adored Kill Me Softly when I read it the beginning of 2012. When I found out that there was going to be another book in the series I was ecstatic! I knew I NEEDED to read it and ASAP. There was without a shadow of a doubt that once again I would adore the next book in the series. It was everything and more that I was expecting it to be. There was romance, mystery, adventure, and good vs evil. Tear you Apart was beautifully breath-taking and oh-so magical! I feel in love with the characters, the storyline and the enchanting world Sarah Cross crafted so perfectly around them. There were twists and turns I never saw coming. I laughed, cried, and cheered on Viv for she most definitely deserved her happy ending.
One other thing I really enjoyed about the book was how the characters from Kill Me Softy all made cameos in this book, and for the most part played much larger roles in Tear Me Apart than I expected them to. I felt they all blended well into the Snow White storyline and how the ending pans out.
Tear You Apart was so far my favorite book of this year. If you're going to read one fairy-tale retelling in 2015, TEAR YOU APART by Sarah Cross is absolutely the way to go. ...more
Realm of the Lost is short novella, but the story within is was quite beautiful. It is a story of what happens to a young girl that dies before her tiRealm of the Lost is short novella, but the story within is was quite beautiful. It is a story of what happens to a young girl that dies before her time on earth was supposed to be up.
Kathleen Gallagher and her sister no longer get along. Their once happy family is now broken with the recent divorce of their parents. One cold day in December Kathleen and her sister head out to school in the morning and right away get into a argument. As they fight Kat somehow lands in the nearby street and is hit by a passing car. She has died but has neither gone to heaven or to hell. Kat is stuck somewhere in between. It's there her journey will begin...
I really enjoyed myself throughout the entire book. While although this story is short it really made an impact on me. Right from the beginning you feel this sense of loss and sympathy for Kat. I find that books that begin with a death are always kind of hard to read or get into but as the story progressed I found myself deeply involved in what came after death for Kathleen Gallagher.
The ending was a shocker. I was so totally surprised by what happen. Realm of the Lost is one book not to miss. The author, Emma Eden Ramos did a fantastic job with such a short and unique story....more
Like most children we grew up hearing fairy tales read by our Mom or Dad or other family. We wish we couldOriginally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Like most children we grew up hearing fairy tales read by our Mom or Dad or other family. We wish we could jump into stories like Cinderella or Snow White and be saved by the handsome prince. Deep down we believed they were real and someday our prince will come. But what if the very stories we love to read are in fact REAL!
Once upon a Time.... there was a girl named Alice. Alice loves to read, she volunteers at her local library, and is dating a "to good to be true" boy name Edward. Life if good. On her first day volunteering at the library she is asked to re-shelve books. While doing so, Alice comes upon a very old and tattered looking book with the author, Grimm. She is temped to just take a peak at what lies inside. While reading she is suddenly cut by a part of the book that looks like it has been glued together many years ago. To her surprise, Alice find a silver pen and a old note stuff between the pages. When Alice reads the note she find out it has been addressed to her. *insert shocked face here*
The message: Alice, Go to the far wall. Use the pen to draw a door. Don't forget to draw a doorknob!
Now Alice must choose whether she does what the note says or turns around and leaves. Her choice will change her life forever!
Soon Alice learns that the characters in The Grimm fairy tales are in fact real and they walk among us. But this is a whole new kind of story....one where these once kind and harmless characters are PURE EVIL.
Now the world needs a hero, someone who can stop them from taking over.
The Grimm Chronicles Vol.1 is a brilliant read. Like most of you I too love fairy tales. I grew up reading ones like Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven dwarfs, Rumpelstiltskin and many more. This book took me back to when I was a child and truly believed it fairy tale magic. What really got me into the book was the idea of these sweet and kind fairy tale characters also have a dark side. You learn that somehow (I wont say) they make their way into our world and soon wanting to take over. Year by year they become more and more mean and evil. It was so interesting to read The Grimm tales being told this way. I found Alice to be a very strong lead character in the book. She was very likable and down to earth. The books pacing was fast and easy to read. Middle-Grade and YA readers are most suited for this book but I think adults will love it as well. (I know I did) The one thing that didn't go over well with me is how thick the book is and how long the story was. If you like a good chucker then this book would be a good choice but for those who don't like a long story then this book may not be what your looking for. Although the story reads quite fast and captured your attention most of the way through....or it did for me.
I look forward to reading the next installment in The Grimm Chronicles. I can't wait to see what happens next to Alice....as she saves the world one fairy tale creature at a time....more
Review originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment Starflower without a doubt is a high fantasy novel. I myself have never been a huge fan of this geReview originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment Starflower without a doubt is a high fantasy novel. I myself have never been a huge fan of this genre but was willing to give it a go and read the book. I am glad that I did but at the same time had very mixed feeling about the book. The story itself was interesting and well developed but the characters were lacking that certain something. I did not feel much of a connection with anyone besides the main female protagonist, Starflower. She is what made the story work and hold my attention throughout most of the book.
As the story begins we meet Eanrin, a male bard or poet who is madly in love Lady Gleamdren. She gets herself kidnapped by a immortal who is known to be a dragon/woman. This creature is searching for a item in which Lady Gleamdren posses in order to reclaim her wings. Once discovered missing, Poet Eanrin and his rival go on the quest to find Gleamdren and bring her home safely. Many of the people in this land, including Eanrin are animal shifter. He is able to turn into a cat while other may do the same with different animals.
On their quest to rescue the kidnapped Lady Gleamdren, Eanrin comes upon a young woman laying beside the river. When his curiosity becomes the best of him, Eanrin find she is a human girl and is alive but asleep. With nothing else to do, he decides to find a way to awaken her to see who is girl truly is and why she is alone in the woods. The truth behind who this loss girl is and where she comes from not only changes his path to rescue his love Lady Gleamdren, but will alter his live and his future.....
As the story unfolds everything will made clear..... but will the path Eanrin takes be to his lost love or to a unknown girl.
To find out what happens you'll have to read the book for yourself....
Here are the things I did in fact enjoy about the book: 1. The world building was excellent, far better than I thought it would have been. I really got the sense of being there right along side of the characters. 2. The story itself. I really enjoyed the plot, mystery, and how the story unfolded with each PART within the book. The book was written in three parts, one in the present day, one the past (part 2), and then once again back to the present where there the story as a whole begins to make complete sense. The ending was beautiful and I dare say I cried a bit. *tissues may be needed* 3. Starflower. She was a real and believable character. I found her to be very kind, and self-sacrificing for the ones she loved. Her jounany and hardships made her stronger, not bitter.
Here are the few things I did not care for about the book: 1. The annoying and whiny Lady Gleamdren. I just wanted to smack her. She thinks the world revolves around her and she is loved by all, or should be. 2. The pacing of the book in my taste was a little slow and choppy. I was lead one way and taken another a times. 3. Not much romance.... Yes, I am a stickler for the romantic aspect in books and I did not see much at all.
All in all it was a fun read. I would definitely read the next book in the series to find out what happens next. I think anyone who really enjoys high fantasy novel that Starflower would be a good fit you them....more
Indigo Awakening was not like any other book I have ever read. Which is good and bad. Let me explaiReview originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Indigo Awakening was not like any other book I have ever read. Which is good and bad. Let me explain why... I have never heard of author Jordan Dane until I accepted to review her novel a few months ago, so I didn't know anything about her writing style or types of books she has written in the past. I went into reading Indigo Awakening blindly, well besides loving the cover and the premise of the book. I feel I need to spilt this review into a few different parts. One being the parts I really enjoyed about the book. Two being the stuff I disliked about the book or felt needed improvement and everything in between.
The Good: The whole idea behind the story has such great potential with even the makings of an EPIC book series, or a possible movie. I could totally see a movie being developed from the book. Indigo Awakening is pretty much about a group of misunderstood kids who excel with different psychic powers. Mind Speaking, talking to the dead and having visions of things to come are just a few of these kids rare abilities. The book begins with a strong plot and continues to get even better about 1/3 of the way through. The story the author creates is a thriller and a definite page-turning most of the time. I really enjoyed reading and learning about each of the kids special abilities and how it affect there lives and the lives around them. In retrospect I really did want to love Indigo Awakening not just "like" the book. I felt the story had such a great start and the ending was mind-blowing but the middle of the book is what kind of failed me.
The Bad: To make this easier for me as well as you guys to understand what I did not like about the book I am going to break of this "area" of my review in two different parts. 1. The characters.....ah yes when has we not heard this before. I felt a total disconnection with all of the characters. I wanted to like them all so much, I did. I wanted to able feel what they felt throughout the book but atlas I did not. There was just no real attraction with anything of them. I wanted to learn more about the main characters other than what fit into the storyline. Their back story was weak and overdone. 2. The middle of the book just flat-lined for me. At times I was downright bored and lost interested, putting down the book more often that reading it. The beginning and the ending were what made the most impact on me throughout the story. I didn't pre say force myself to read more the book, but I felt I would have been into the story if these "trouble spots" I mentioned above were different. I hope that makes sense. ;)
.....and the "hopeful"?..... So no I did not hate this book, in fact my feelings are far from it but I definitely can see much more room for improvement within the next book in the series and while I have never read anything else by the author I may have gone into the my first book by the author with two high of expectations. If given the chance I would love to read the next book in the series once it comes out. I feel the ending of Indigo Awakening left the book open to an amazing continuation of the series. ...more
Once again Rachel Hawkins has created another book I feel head over heals in love with. School Spirits is nothing short of brilliant! Full review to cOnce again Rachel Hawkins has created another book I feel head over heals in love with. School Spirits is nothing short of brilliant! Full review to come....more
Review is also posted here - What The Spell? + a giveaway to win a print copy!
I simply adore books about witches, always have. I jumped at the chanceReview is also posted here - What The Spell? + a giveaway to win a print copy!
I simply adore books about witches, always have. I jumped at the chance to read What The Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis. I was first introduced to Brittany by a mutual author friend, Lori Curwell. Lori told me that Brittany was recently signed with Simon & Schuster after being a self-published author. I found out more info about her books and was soon sent an ARC to review. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing What The Spell? turned out to be.
As the story begins we meet Brooklyn who is about to turn sweet sixteen. Brooklyn longs to fit in, to be somebody special but most of all to be beautiful and popular. She knows she is nothing to look at, plain, and boring. She feels invisible and alone. Her one and only friend happens to be her guidance counselor....yeah pretty lame. Things are about to change...
Brooklyn has a big secret...in which no one else knows, well besides her parents. Brooklyn is a WITCH and on her 16th birthday he parents will un-bound her powers, her birth right. She has waited her whole life to gain these powers and wants to use them to transform herself into someone "everyone" will take notice of. After she receives her powers the first thing Brooklyn does is chance her appearances from head to toe. Long Blonde hair, eyes the color of the ocean, model tall, clear skin, and a rocking body! Wow, what a few spells can do to change boring Brooklyn into America's Top Model.
Being invisible was no longer a option.
From as long as she can remember Brooklyn has wanted to be apart of a group at school called "The Elite". A powerful clique of the rich, beautiful, and most popular kids in school. The Untouchables. With Brooklyn's new found beauty and drastic change she hopes to be finally noticed by the group, or even asked to join. Although she discovers being beautiful does not give you a free pass. When "The Elite" do take notice of Brooklyn on her first day back to school she comes to find that being a part of their group is no easy task. She is asked to do a series of tests to pledge her legion to The Elite. Easy, right? Wrong! Using her magic is the only way to completes the tests...and getting caught is NOT an option.
What's a witch to do? Will Brooklyn's new looks and popularity be enough to win The Elite over or will she use her magic for all the wrong reasons?
The Good, The Bad, and the witchy?
What I liked most about this book is the main character growth throughout the story. In the beginning Brooklyn felt very insecure and alone, but once she came into her powers she evolved into a more positive person. I guess the one thing that bugged me about Brooklyn is that once she became this beautiful girl who everyone wanted to be like, she lost her true self. She would do anything, including using magic to be accepted. Along the way she even went as far as changing her inner self her, heart to fit it. I really enjoyed seeing her character grow and change throughout the book.
The story itself was very intriguing and captured my attention right from the start. I loved the use of witchcraft...the spells, and learning about her family's past. I found the book hard to put down, always wanting to find out what would happen next to Brooklyn. The authors writing style was very smooth and has a elegant flow from page to page. A fantastic book for all ages, and especially the young adult crowd, coming to age readers.
The only problem I did have with the book was the way Brooklyn acted after be tested my The Elite. She was willing to do practically anything to gain acceptance even if that meant giving up her true self. She wanted to be liked so much that Brooklyn figuratively speaking "sold her soul" to get there.
The ending was positively perfect and I can't wait to find out what's in store next for this little "witch". ...more
I had a lot of mixed feeling with Vaempires: Revolution: Zombies Rising. On one hand I really enjoyed the story and especially getti3.5 awesome stars!
I had a lot of mixed feeling with Vaempires: Revolution: Zombies Rising. On one hand I really enjoyed the story and especially getting to know a lot more about the secondary characters Ray and Linq. This book was mainly about them as is written from there POV. The reader gets to find out what happened to both Ray's and Linq's family after the war broke out. In this story both teens are making their way back to Daniel and Cassie. Earlier Cassie left Linq to go back herself and find her true love Daniel but runs into someone from her past. This surely puts a damper on her plans. Soon after Cassie left, Linq and Ray decide to go after her in hopes to also be able to find Daniel, Dead or Alive. Both hoping they will not be to late. Of course both teens run into trouble and must fight their way ahead. One thing neither Ray or Linq were expecting to see or have to fight are the undead, undead. Yeah, makes no sense right? Zombie Vaempires, oh boy! Something or someone is raising these ungodly creatures from the dead. Ray and Linq will do everything they kill these zombies, again and find there way to Daniel before it's to late.
The Good and the Bad (not so good!)
Good: I really loved that the story was focused on the secondary characters Ray and Linq. I enjoyed learning about there lives and emotions. The fighting scenes where amazing and gory. The author does a really nice job at making the reader feel like they are right there fighting along with the characters. Thomas Winship writing is very distinguished and easy to read. There is never a dull moment in this book and left me wanting more.
Bad: TOO SHORT! Although the story was great the book itself could have been longer. It left me wanting more and with the feeling of being empty towards the end. Also, there were parts in the book that just make me say "Ewwww". I have never been bothered by a scary or gory novel, this one really turned my stomach.
All in all I am very happy that I was able to read The Evolutionary War series. These books really took me by surprise. They all were a lot better than I first though they would be. I will definitely be reading the next installment. ...more