I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I didn’t know exactly what to expect going into this novella. Especially since, I’m generally not to keen on reading them (I get too emotionally invested and want the stories to last longer, sorry!).
For the first 90% of the novel, I was actually getting a little flustered. Here I am really enjoying this novella and actually dreading the end. I was thinking to myself, “Now, why would he just stop and make it only a novella instead of a novel?!” The last 10% of the novel changed my mind. While I loved the plot, grew emotionally invested in the characters, and couldn’t put my Amazon Fire down, I understood why the author decided to only write a novella…this story line leads to a much thicker plot. As a reader, we have the potential now to experience more world-building, dive into the depth of how the band of characters came together, along with their own unique histories, and we can divulge in the exciting world of pyromancy.
My only suggestions would be more world-building, added history, and to build the love relationship (I didn’t find it really believable).
Fires of the Dead is a fast-paced story of pyromancy, survival, and friendship. This is the perfect read for someone looking to be quickly immersed in a magic system unlike anything else....more
"A good Caretaker puts her House first. Before her family. Before her friends."
First off, the cover is beautiful.
The premise of the novel is unique in and of itself: a conscious house, able to perceive and feel things. My initial thought was of the movie Monster House. Burleigh House is in despair after the death of it’s current Caretaker, Violet’s (Vi’s) father. After being put on house arrest after treasonous acts towards the king. The house controls the welfare of the land surrounding it. Animals are becoming diseased, crops are dying, and people are being forced to leave the land unable to survive any longer. But, Vi doesn’t have long herself before she is also killed trying to save the one thing she loves more than anything else: Burleigh.
"I was born to look after this land, and to care for Burleigh House. No matter the cost. No matter the risks involved."
I loved that a “thing” was morphed into a character. I have read novels where the protagonist loves their house in an odd way, but never where the house was a character itself. One of my favorite things about the novel, was the way that history was replayed using memories and the reader slowly piecing together the truth of Burleigh’s journey and history.
"Someday, I will die for Burleigh House. It’s only become a matter of when."
I wanted to love this novel and believe there was a little more potential than was executed. As a reader, I wanted to know more about Wyn. Knowing more history of Wyn and Vi’s mother would’ve made the story more well-rounded.
I really did like the story, but I wanted more. With that being said, I think there is potential for a series to arise out of this novel. We know there are more houses that could potentially come to the same result. It could be interesting to learn about the one house that already failed. Could Vi possibly help prevent the other houses from failing?!...more
This is probably the best book I have read in 2019! I am beyond excited for the sequel coming out in NovembeTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
This is probably the best book I have read in 2019! I am beyond excited for the sequel coming out in November and especially since I will be getting a FairyLoot special edition to match the one currently sitting all pretty up on my bookshelf.
Girls of Paper and Fire brings to life problems still present in today’s culture. We have the Paper Caste (fully human), the Steel Caste (part human, part demon), and the Moon Caste (fully demon). We see the oppression imposed on by the upper castes and the prejudice present.
"I like to think there’s some good behind even the darkest sins. That death can be warranted if it paves the way for hope."
In a world where caste determines all, oppression rules all. Lei’s mother was captured by royal guards and hasn’t been heard from in over a decade. Now, ten years later, Lei is about to receive the same outcome. Being of the lowest caste: Paper, Lei’s unique golden eyes make her an object of interest to the Demon King.
Lei is such a relatable character. Her struggles and her reactions show how imperfect she is. She isn’t the most beautiful character in all of the land, she doesn’t always make the right choices, and she isn’t always confident in her decisions. She is perfectly human. Even the other girls have struggles of their own and they all react differently.
"They can take and steal and break all they want, but there is one thing they have no control over. Out emotions. Our feelings. Our thoughts. None of them will ever be able to control the way we feel. Our minds and hearts are our own. That is our power”
After weeks of being treated like a slave, Lei and eight other women learn the secrets of piquing the King’s interest and becoming one of his consorts. Only being privy to the King and doing what suits his needs, Lei finds herself in a compromising situation: in love.
What I love most about this novel is the romance between Lei and Wren. For once, we find ourselves with a natural, slow-moving romance unlike most Young Adult Fiction these days.
"But I don’t want an easy life. I want a meaningful one."
Girls of Paper and Fire is a arresting, diverse story of overcoming oppression, the beauty of love, and the strength of women....more
I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
After being married for five years, Greg Martens and Anne Rossiter make a trip down Memory Lane to Vienna. Right before their intended departure, Anne’s former Interpol boss calls to tell her that Julia Saparova, a dear friend, has once again disappeared. Caught at a crossroads between going to the place where Julia currently is and where she is supposedly going, Anne and her husband separate. But when Anne arrives at her destination, she is caught in the planned trap by the men who have caused her so much harm in the past. Now, it is up to Greg to rescue his wife and friend. Can he do it before it is too late?!
I liked the story-within-a-story aspect that we see. It brings the story to a nice close. I’ll be honest, I hated the ending! The relationship was just so rushed and I don’t know how either of them could do that to someone they loved. Please, you both need time to grieve! If it was me, I’d haunt them! haha
Caution to those who are sensitive to rape and human trafficking. There are some brutal scenes and language. It is not unnecessary and is significant to the story-line of the novel.
This was a great ending to a fast-paced and action-packed trilogy. The growth of the characters is apparent and the research put into the story is impressive. While it is part of a series, I believe that this novel would be able to be read as a standalone....more
In the streets of Paris, magic rules all. The Haute, a social class made up of magical witcTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
Grim Lovelies: ★★
In the streets of Paris, magic rules all. The Haute, a social class made up of magical witches and goblins have power over all other social classes. Pretties, humans who live alongside the Haute, live unbeknownst to the magic surrounding them. Then, finally, Beasties…animals forbiddingly turned into humans in order to serve the Haute.
Anouk, Beau, Cricket, Luc, and Hunter Black are the Beasties Mada Vittora turned from animals to humans. Witches have human “sons” who they use the blood of in order to attain more power for casting spells. Mada Vittora’s son, Viggo, is as rotten as the witch who keeps the Beasties as slaves. One day, Mada Vittora is murdered, and the Beasties have three days to find another witch to cast the Beastie spell on them or they will be turned back to the animals they were once more.
I just didn’t buy this story. The romance came out of nowhere and wasn’t believable. Anouk could make every mistake there is and somehow she always overcame it…and with such perfection. I mean, no training and able to perform magic no one else in the whole word can achieve after their whole life being devoted to it?! Come on! Probably one of the most annoying things is Beau calling her “Cabbage”. I don’t even know how it came about and who would want a nickname of a smelly vegetable?!
Not surprisingly, Shepherd created more likable characters that saw much more growth than the “good guys”. Viggo probably ended up being my favorite character. But, even then, they weren’t even real villains. They were so wishy-washy and so easily manipulated for good. I mean, Anouk, pretty much caused more harm to the protagonists than the villains even did. Or, even the side characters.
I was really excited for something a little darker for once, but this fell flat for me. I didn’t care for any of the protagonists and for someone who is a big fan of villains, even these didn’t seem to hit the spot. Hopefully other people enjoyed this more than I did! The premise for the next installment seems promising? Maybe? Hopefully?...more
Probably my favorite part of the whole novel is that some of our favorite characters from Sky in the Deep come back! While the reader doesn’t need to read Sky in the Deep to enjoy this novel, it helps to paint a picture of the time and know the history of the clans.
Tova, our protagonist, is a truthtongue from Kyrr. A truthtongue has the ability to predict the future by casting die. Found washed up on shoe in a burning boat, the Svell people raised her.
However, the Kyrr being a Svell enemy, they act haughty to Tova. Her life being fated by the die, one wrong prediction and it could mean the end of her life.
Halvard, our other protagonist made an appearance in Sky in the Deep, but as a mere child. Now, ten years later, he is chosen to lead the Nadhir (once Aska and Riki clans).
The reader finds themselves in another enemies-to-lovers romance.
"“Augua ór tivar. Ljá mir sýn.” Eye of the gods. Give me sight."
In a story of deceit, death, peace, and most importantly, family, The Girl the Sea Gave Back doesn’t disappoint! This novel left me wanting more and I can see so many more spin-offs that Young can grace us with (please, pretty please!).
The expected publication date is September 3, 2019....more
Soul of the Sword is exactly how the title reads. The story delvTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
Shadow of the Fox: ★★★ Soul of the Sword: ★★★
Soul of the Sword is exactly how the title reads. The story delves into the relationship between the Demonslayer and Hakaimono. We see a different side to these characters. The only problem is…I’m not sure that I like it.
One thing I wish the novel had more of was the supporting characters. Shadow of the Fox left me wanting to know each and every one of their stories. I was just left hanging on some of them.
Soul of the Sword is the picture of loyalty, love, and justice. Some parts even took me for a spin and the next installment is sure to bring some more!...more
Originally, this novel was listed as a retelling of Aladdin, but I only see a small sTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
We Hunt the Flame: ★★★★
Originally, this novel was listed as a retelling of Aladdin, but I only see a small similarity to the original story. What starts out as a slow-paced read quickly turns into one of action and suspense. I was hoping for some more of the Middle Eastern influence incorporated in the story, but I didn’t get much besides for a mention of food here and a little geographic there.
"There once was a boy with a future. Until all he had left was his past."
I’ll be honest. Faizal crushed me with the death of my favorite character. Which, like always, the authors like to crush my dreams and have the protagonist choose the guy I don’t want them to. And then I fall for another character and it seems he may be turning evil wahhhh!
The Hunter is depicted as a hero who provides food for her village, a legend, feared for her constant survival in a deadly forest. But what secret lies beneath those clothes?
The Prince of Death is a legend in his own, killer of those who defy the king. What is he hiding?
We find two people whose appearance seems to be fearless, but who are actually a lot weaker. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m not sure if I buy it.
Let the games begin and the deception fly!
"We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves. You are like Tamin. You remind me that hope is not lost."
I’m interested to see how the story will play out. It was surprising that epilogue included someone very briefly touched upon in the novel. I don’t think I’m ready for a story with her viewpoint. I want the story how it is now finished first before we head somewhere else!...more
Yumeko: kitsune; half-fox, half human; from the Silent Winds Temple
Tatsumi: bears the sword Kamigoroshi concealing the great demon Hakaimono; from the Shadow Clan
Okame: ruthless, greedy, proud…basically a samurai pirate
Daisuke: royal-born, a legend, never defeated
Zombie-like ghosts, demons, shapeshifters, magic-wielders, gods, samurais, and blood magic. What more could one ask for? Except, I found it overwhelming. I had trouble keeping everything straight and I wished the worlds were more descriptive, especially the different clans. The world-building could’ve improved.
The novel started out fast-paced and entertaining, but after the gaki, I felt my attention drifting outside of the book. I absolutely loved the gaki scene and found it the most interesting part of the story.
Normally I wouldn’t say this, but I felt like there was too much going on. Between the different creatures, the different clans, and all of the trouble the protagonists seem to find themselves in, I find some similarities between Lord of the Rings. This was an introductory novel in order to find the whole “crew” on the fight for the next villain.
I would’ve loved to learn more about the different clans, and have less action. It just seemed like the author was more interested in introducing the reader to the different creatures instead of building the world first and adding in the creatures. I think it would’ve kept my attention longer that way.
With that being said, I think there is a lot of potential to world build and growth from the characters in Soul of the Sword. Hopefully the story line will be more linear and easier to follow....more
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Caraval: ★★★★★ Legendary: ★★★★★ Finale: ★★★★
"Every story has four parts: the beginning, the middle, the almost-ending, and the true ending. Unfortunately, not everyone gets a true ending. Most people give up at the part of the story where things are the worst, when the situation feels hopeless, but that is where hope is needed the most. Only those who persevere can find their true ending."
Upon reading Caraval, I was convinced that Scarlett would be my favorite over Tella. But reading Legendary and Finale, it is surprising that Garber chooses her to write from the perspective of more. And, surprisingly, I find myself enjoying Tella more. I am disappointed that Scarlett just turned into a “blah” character over the course of the series. It’s just plain weird and I don’t think has ever happened with a protagonist in a series before.
I’ve gotta be honest…I’m not crazy about the whole Fates idea. The premise of a game was intriguing to me in the last two books and this whole vengeance idea just fell flat for me. There was no “bad guy”. It was like the Avengers and Thanos. Come on! Everyone loves a villain and it ends up no one is truly a villain in the end. BORING!
"This is my choice, and I choose you, Donatella. I don’t need immortality. You’re my forever."
I wanted my bad boy, Dante, to continue being a bad boy. Sad face
To say I am disappointed would be an understatement. While this was a good novel, my expectations surpassed the reality. If you’re going to name the last novel in a series Finale, you better have one heck of an ending....more
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
After an arranged marriage prepared by her parents, Anna quickly falls in love with her husband…until things go awry. After being beaten one too many times and scared for the life of her baby, Anna escapes much quicker than planned. In an effort to hide from her husband, she changes her name and identity. She shortly dies after discovering happiness and security in the life she never had prior.
After recently losing her father, Jacqueline “Jack” Rivers finds herself as manager of a Pony Express station and handling the lives of two handfuls of young men. Already being scared of detection by the owners because of her gender, she is then asked to spy for counterfeiters.
Along the way, Elijah Johnson shows up. Tasked with the “impossible” task of finding his employer’s daughter, he quickly finds himself falling in love with Jack. To make things more stressful, his employer is on his deathbed and hoping to apologize to his daughter before it’s too late.
Will Mr. Johnson find his employer’s daughter? Who is she and where has she been? Will Jack be able to continue to manage the station? What dangers lurk ahead? What secrets do others have?
What I enjoyed most about this novel more than others in the series was we see multiple kinds of love from parental to romantic. Instead of the main characters being at fault for their actions, we find one of the supporting characters with this dilemma. And I really enjoyed that because it wasn’t the same story line of the woman helping the man to become a better person after he makes mistakes.
A story of redemption, forgiveness, and love, readers are likely to fall in love with this brave woman and protective gang of young men!...more
This is a historical fiction novel based on the story of Esther. Living in a timeTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
Esther: Royal Beauty ★★★★★
This is a historical fiction novel based on the story of Esther. Living in a time where women are seen more as objects than equals, Hadassah dreams of becoming a royal one day. After both of her parents die, Hadassah is sent to live with her cousin and his wife. Not truly understanding the life of a royal, she wants more than the simple life her cousin provides and is content with.
After getting bored with his current wife, Xerxes sends out a royal decree in the search of a new wife. Men go on the lookout for these women and kidnap them in exchange for money. On the way to freedom with her betrothed, Esther is captured and brought to the king’s eunuchs. When presented to the king’s eunuchs, these women are prepped and pampered to impress the king. However, only one will be chosen and the rest will be sentenced to lives as the king’s concubines. In a place where Jews are viewed as inferior and killed for no reason other than their nationality, Hadassah cannot let anyone in the castle know her secret, so she changes her name to Esther.
Esther is the first presented to the king and chosen as his new Queen. However, she receives all of the king’s attention in the beginning, until her own unhappiness reveals itself after losing her first child. After that, the king seeks the comfort of others.
When a new counselor takes an evil approach to Jews, especially Esther’s cousin, Esther must stand up for what she believes, even if that means risking her life. With the help of the king’s eunuch, Harbonah, Esther finds true friendship and empathy.
This story is a blending of the Greyjoys from Game of Thrones and Hunger Games. The different isles signifyTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
This story is a blending of the Greyjoys from Game of Thrones and Hunger Games. The different isles signify different ways of life, but the Viper’s crew members are as ruthless as the Greyjoys, specifically Euron, who is willing to betray blood.
Hogan’s debut novel is the epitome of adventure, lust, and betrayal. The perfect pirate read. I loved her world-building. Not only that, but we see a realistic character, with realistic reactions.
The author even pulled a George R.R. Martin twist by killing off one of my favorite characters.
Viper was a telling tale of deceit, love, and the power of good. The Viper was a terrifying and ruthless character, a definite challenge to our peace-seeking Marianne. What will become of the Viper in the next installment? Who is picked in our always-enticing love triangle? I’m excited to see what is next!...more
Now taken from the perspective of Tella, we see a different side to this notorTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
Caraval: ★★★★★ Legendary: ★★★★★
Now taken from the perspective of Tella, we see a different side to this notorious character we knew from Caraval. Having really lived Scarlett, I think I enjoyed this more realistic character of Tella. They are both “good” in different ways and really care about the other. But, oh, the treachery! I would not want to be friends with either of these two…what is the truth?!
"Every good story needs a villain. But the best villains are the ones you secretly like."
Who can help falling in love with Legend? No one. The guys want to be him and the ladies want to love him. I’m still confused on if he is a nice guy or not. HELP. I want him to be, but the story would be better if he wasn’t.
"…most people give up at the part of the story where things are the worst, where the situation feels hopeless. But that’s when hope is needed most."
Let’s be honest, everyone’s life would be easier if Scarlett’s and Tella’s mother never left them. What a selfish lady!
I’m really enjoying the romance in these novels. It isn’t too gushy and the men have a little edge to them 😉 I’ve been a Dante fan since Caraval.
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
"After all that we’ve been through, we deserve a better ending."
The story leads off right where we last saw our beloved trio, Franny, Court, and Mykal…captured and in prison. When a stranger offers a way out, they are quick to accept the offer. Slowly, they start to discover secrets from their past and the reason for their existence. Will they choose freedom or saving the planet?!
In a world where everyone knows the day they will die, we follow three teenagers on a journey to defy all odds. But these three have a bigger secret…they are linked and can feel the thoughts and feelings of the other. After three admirals sacrifice their lives for the trio to be released, they start to realize that their lives are apart of something more. And Stork, their rescuer, won’t tell them anything.
Set to rescue a baby from Saltare-1 and save Earth, Franny, Court, and Mykal discover more about each other, but most importantly, about themselves. Through the majority of the book, we witness the self-exploration of the three. We see the undying love they have for each other through their self-sacrifice and risks they each take in order to ensure the safety of the others.
Does anyone else have a crush on Stork?! Ever since meeting him, I knew that he was probably going to be my favorite character. Everything he goes through to do things the correct way and cause the least amount of pain to our protagonists shows how crazily connected everything is in the story. I ship him and who he couples with (sorry, no spoilers!)
Krista and Becca are so creative! The ending is everything I could ask for and more! I feel like a proud parent.
The Last Hope is the epic conclusion to The Raging Ones duology. While this novel is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. The Last Hope is a story of survival, self-exploration, and friendship....more
This is a historical fiction novel based on the story of Samson and Delilah. Living in a time where women doTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
This is a historical fiction novel based on the story of Samson and Delilah. Living in a time where women don’t have as much power, especially if they are an “outsider”, Delilah and her mother move to Philistia to live with her mother’s new husband. However, things quickly turn sour when Adinai dies and they are left at the hands of her miserable step-brother, Achish. Always wanting Delilah for her beauty, he takes advantage of her daily and sells her mother into slavery. Only after she escapes the hands of Achish does Delilah realize that she is with child. She will stop at nothing to rescue her mother and get the revenge on Achish that he deserves.
Delilah – Mother; Betrayer; Foreigner
Samson – Strongman;Judge of Israel; taken advantage of by women he cares for
Two very unlikely matches find themselves in a love story. But in order to be free of Achish, Delilah must betray the one she loves.
A story of love, deceit, betrayal, and an exciting account of the Bible, Delilah will have readers fall in love with a story of venerability and mercy.
This novel was a retelling of Beauty & the Beast. A new girl comes arounTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
"Fall in love, break the curse."
This novel was a retelling of Beauty & the Beast. A new girl comes around every season in the hopes of breaking the curse, but history keeps repeating when none of the girls seem to be the perfect fit. And each time, the beast is different. However, this just kinda fell flat to me. I just didn’t connect with any part of the story. I wanted to, believe me. Beauty & the Beast was one of my favorite stories when I was a child. I’m not sure if it was the fact that I thought it felt too long or was more just wanting it to be over, but I just didn’t love it.
So, here is the gist…boy is cursed, boy needs to find true love or he will turn into a beast and ruin the whole kingdom, girl enters into boy’s life, boy falls in love, curse broken.
Perhaps the best part of the novel was Gray. They never choose the guys I like – the ones who would lay down their lives for the women haha
My problem was the buildup lasted way too long. And then the ending was rushed. Just was blah for me and I was looking forward to it so much :/...more
Scarlett – the selfless sister who will do anything to protect her beloved Tella
Tella – the notorious sister who constantly desires pleasure.
Bound to a cruel father who both try to steer clear of, they are trapped forever on the tiny island they live on. But, things are about to change. Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her.
After years of writing to the infamous Legend of Caraval, Scarlett is finally invited to participate, along with her sister, in the game of a lifetime.
"Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game."
But Caraval isn’t what it seems and Tella is taken by Legend. In order to win Caraval, someone must be the first to find Tella. In a game of illusion, lust, and deception, who will win Caraval? If Scarlett doesn’t find Tella, Tella will be gone forever.
"Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything."
Carefully crafted, Caraval brings reader into the dangerous game of a lifetime. I’ve seen so many bloggers ranting and raving about this novel, but was never really intrigued until news about Finale starting coming about. But let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised.
The pace was perfect, the character development was on-point, the writing was clever, and the mystery is intriguing. Caraval definitely takes readers for a ride! I can’t wait to see what Legendary has in store for me next!...more
The premise of this novel reminds me of a blend between Hansel and Gretel and Peter Pan. Rhea, our protagoniTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
The premise of this novel reminds me of a blend between Hansel and Gretel and Peter Pan. Rhea, our protagonist, lives with her parents, sister, and pet fox. Dreaming, and unable to know if they are reality or not, she sees this shadow of a boy (reminded me of the naughty Peter Pan) that believes they have met before. Slowly, members of her family start disappearing (but no one else believes they ever existed but her).
In an alternate universe, we come across a witch who is visited by a fox. This witch grants children wishes.
"The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more—until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.
To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes."
Eventually, the stories are woven together. I think this is where I got lost. I enjoyed the chapters alternating between characters and them being separate. Also, people dreaming and being involved in different worlds is getting a bit old for me, and I find myself not enjoying those stories as much. I wanted to love it and I felt like there was so much more potential, I just think the execution lost me a little bit....more
I loved this! Welcome to a world where The Maze Runner, Hunger Games, and Divergent are a reality. In orderTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
I loved this! Welcome to a world where The Maze Runner, Hunger Games, and Divergent are a reality. In order to get a chance to apply to an infamous college, children of a certain age are given the opportunity to compete for a chance in Holm’s maze. But this isn’t your typical maze…beasts and ghouls are around every corner, it is an exercise both physically and mentally, and death is an imminent threat.
Who are your real friends and who are your enemies? Struggling for survival and the hope of a better future, Rhen finds herself caught between finding a cure for her mother and fighting for her independence.
Did anyone else love Lute?!
In a story of women empowerment, justice, and the desire for equality, we find ourselves encountering two women want entirely different things, but on the same journey to happiness. What will happen if Rhen and Seleni are caught in this game historically created for male participants? Will Rhen be able to save her mother? How was this deadly disease created? And most importantly, who will win Holm’s maze?...more
Just like Silver, I, too, dated someone that had characteristics that I admired entirely. But, being clear fTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
Just like Silver, I, too, dated someone that had characteristics that I admired entirely. But, being clear from the beginning that I was never going to be that same way, I thought he had accepted that. But, just like Jake (and probably without realizing it), it was controlling. As soon as things get bad (or no longer ideal), that person leaves when the one they “love” needs them most. And not only that, but they can’t accept you if you don’t have those same ideals, even if they say they love you the way that you are. They don’t if they can just leave. That isn’t love.
I admire Nicola and Silver’s strength when it comes to overcoming their setbacks. Life throws a lot of bad at you, but it is how we react to those situations that make us who we are. And Silver, not being the typical stupid annoying girl, sees her value and what someone who truly cared for her would be like for her. He wouldn’t leave. He would be there for her. Especially during a hard time. He would put her feelings above his own. He would be a man.
But what I enjoyed most about this story is that it inspired me to write a story of my own (with some added comedy, hopefully)....more
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
For those of you who know me, you know that I love myself a good mystery!
Annaleigh was once one of many, but death has come to her sisters in line of succession. Known as being “cursed” by neighboring families, the girls find themselves struggling to find suitors.
Suddenly seeing the ghosts of her dead sisters, Annaleigh starts to believe the deaths of her sisters was no accident, but pre-determined.
When a friendly person starts to help Annaleigh uncover the mysteries behind her sister’s deaths, danger lurks closer than ever before. Will she figure out the mystery behind her sister’s deaths before she is next?
“It shouldn’t matter what your parents did, just what you do as a person.”
Craig introduces readers to a place where ghosts roam freely, death could be the next step you take, and nothing is truly as it appears. The author does a great job of creating the creepy murder mystery atmosphere, but adds a touch of paranormal into the picture.
The expected publication date is August 6, 2019....more
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is not what I expected, but it definitely didn’t disappoint! Maia is the epitome of a strong, female character. Just like in Mulan, with no eligible male heir able to assist the emperor, Maia takes it upon herself to represent her family and restore honor to their name. In a time where women hold no power, she takes it upon herself to swallow her pride, dress like her brother, and hide her true identity from everyone else.
“And you?” “The obedient one.” “No”, Edan said. “You’re the strong one.” The strong one. The one who held the seams of my family together.
But not everyone is deceived. The emperor’s Enchanter catches on to Maia’s ploy. Is he on her side or will he reveal her true identity?
I was definitely intrigued by the idea of a competition, sort of like Project Runway, but tailor-version. After the competition is over, Maia sets out on a new mission…a dangerous one that either she will succeed, or die painfully. This is the unexpected part since I thought the story would end at the end of the competition. But, alas! Another adventure!
"Yes, Sendo used to tell me fairy tales. How he’d love mine if he were still alive: the tale of a girl who’d sewn the sun, the moon, and the stars into three dresses, the tale of a girl whom a demon have vowed to possess. It was the tale of a boy, too. A boy who could fly but not swim. A boy with the powers of the gods but the shackles of a slave. A boy who loved me. It was a tale still being written."
I can’t choose a favorite character. I love Edan and Maia equally.
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
After only being married for a short period of time, Olivia finds herself a widow and parent-less. Her only option being to take a dangerous journey (as a woman, too!) to her brother, Daniel, whom she hasn’t seen in a very long time. In a primarily male-dominated community, Olivia finds herself one of a few women in San Francisco during the Gold Rush fever of 1829.
While working in her brother’s restaurants, Olivia constantly finds herself in compromising positions with men who have no other women to look at besides herself. Avoiding endless marriage proposals and handsy men, Olivia learns to stand up for herself and what she believes in.
But, after so much heartache, Olivia finds herself blessed to come into the presence of her brother’s best friend, Joseph, who isn’t bad at look at, either! However, can Olivia’s opinion of miners change when she finds out Joseph is one himself?
A story of deception, justice, and a hint of romance, readers are likely to fall in love with this feisty woman and caring supporting men!...more
This reminded me of Pearl Harbor because you had a girl who was a healer and a guy who was in the military (THIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
This reminded me of Pearl Harbor because you had a girl who was a healer and a guy who was in the military (insert googly eyes here). This is probably one of my favorites in the series so far. Ellis was very humble and kind. Clay was very protective. But, probably my favorite character in both protagonists is that they were fiercely loyal. My dream was to marry a Southern gentleman adorned in a military uniform, so this was exactly the kind of book I wanted.
"He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust" -Psalm 91:4
Having never read a novel set during the Alamo (which I previously had no interest in), this historical story caught my attention. The novel was well-written, descriptive, and intriguing....more
Meet Rielle, a girl with a secret. After saving her best friend and crush, not to mention her oTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
Meet Rielle, a girl with a secret. After saving her best friend and crush, not to mention her other friend’s fiance, her powers are exposed. But this means either a life of glory or death for her depending on the outcome. After the king sees her powers, he has Rielle engage in a series of “tests” to prove if she is a prophesied queen of light or queen of blood.
Meet Eliana, a girl with no fears except losing those she loves. After the disappearance of her mother, she joins sides with the “Wolf” in exchange for his help with finding her mother.
What I really admired about this novel was that we see two courageous girls a millennium apart, yet woven seamlessly together. Legrand sculpted two beautifully crafted women that possess so many qualities that I admire and I can’t choose a favorite (said no one ever)!
"Perhaps if nothing else, what’s happened has taught you that there is more to life – and even to war – than simply staying alive."...more
Thia, our protagonist, is daughter to the queen of Rhodaire. And Rhodaire is home to a special kind of magicTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
Thia, our protagonist, is daughter to the queen of Rhodaire. And Rhodaire is home to a special kind of magic…elemental crows. Fire crows, storm crows, earth crows, sun crows, you get the picture. These crows are essential to the daily life of those living in Rhodaire.
Thia, the daughter who wants nothing to do with royalty, starts out the story by riding one of these elemental crows…of course getting into trouble. But, soon, Thia will have a crow of her very own.
But things take a turn for the worst before we know it and the Illucians come and set fire to everything in their wake…including the crows and Thia’s mother. Her sister, Caliza is now the new Queen and in order to save Rhodaire, has promised Thia to Prince Ericen in a marriage proposal.
When all hope seems lost of the revival of Rhodaire, Thia comes across a crow egg amongst the rubble. The only problem is, she has no idea how to hatch a crow egg, it being a secret tradition she just barely missed before the destruction of Rhodaire. Caylus, a cute outcast from another overthrown kingdom may be able to help. But no one can find out that they are hiding a crow egg.
What will happen to the crow egg Thia found? Will she be able to hatch it? Will Rhodaire be restored? Which guy will she choose?
Let me just say, I’m sick of girls getting promised to other princes as their brides by everyone else. Let’s see some other storyline! And girls, stop picking the guys I don’t want you to pick! Ugh! Give me something new. Love triangles are out! Monogamous relationships are in (at least for me)!
The expected publication date is July 9, 2019....more
The Light Between Worlds is a re-telling of C.S. Lewis’s famous The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but iTHIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE
The Light Between Worlds is a re-telling of C.S. Lewis’s famous The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but it is not at the same time.
"A Woodlands heart always finds its way home."
While the premise is three siblings find an entrance to a fairytale land called the Woodlands, there is so much more depth to this re-telling we don’t necessarily get to experience in the original masterpiece.
The story starts during the war where the three children find themselves running for survival to their bomb shelter. Being scared, they find themselves at the entrance of a land called the Woodlands. Greeted by a Stag, Cervus, they soon adapt to life in another war-torn country, but in the hopes of helping this one strive for the betterment of the inhabitants. Eventually, after a well-lived life in the Woodlands, the siblings find themselves back in the bomb shelter of the war they were trying to escape. Leaving a land of peace, they find themselves struggling to adapt to a life they were once familiar with. Truly, this is a story of selflessness, dealing with depression, and finding the strength to become your own person.
I love Philippa. She grew so so much throughout the novel! Being a Philippa hater at the beginning of the novel, I actually grew to love her more. She was the dynamic character of the novel and by the end, I felt Evelyn was more the static character. Her romance with Jack (insert googly eyes here) is perfectly imperfect. What I love most is his is not this beautifully depicted person of appearance. He has scars and imperfections, but those imperfections and who he is on the inside make him so attractive. I ship them so hard! Not only that, but Jack makes Philippa comfortable being her true self.
What I find to be really interesting is that we actually don’t really know anything about the Woodlands. We hear about it and how it shaped the rest of the lives of Evelyn, Philippa, and Jamie, but we don’t really get to actually picture the landscape and their lives while at Palace Beautiful. I wish we would’ve gotten to see a glimpse into that life…maybe with an epilogue or something? It would have been interesting to see Jamie’s perspective, as well.
I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. I don’t feel completely resolved. I understand why it happened like it did, but I think I needed an epilogue or something to satisfy my needs....more
This is the first time I will ever admit to a novel having too much going on for me to handle! Lu, the Emperor’s daughter destined to take the throne. Min, forever in her shadow and always trying to be the perfect lady. Two sisters who are very different. Everything gets turned upside down when the Emperor chooses their cousin, Set, as next to the throne.
"Myths are what common men call history distorted by time."
In a story of deceit, death, betrayal. and magic, is anyone safe? While on the run from Set, she runs into Nokhai, who happens to shapeshift into a wolf…and the only one left who can. While things quickly turn steamy between the two, history shows their “people” to be great enemies.
"Beauty was a weapon – one that required honing and care, like a sword. But also like a sword it could cut both ways."
Min was always the obedient one. Set to marry the new Emperor, she is suddenly surprised when she learns about a power she now yields. Both girls embark on a journey of their own, except what they want might lead to the destruction of the other.
"What is popular is not always what is right."
The action is non-stop and intense. I was engulfed in the novel the entire time I was reading it and actually wanted to read more than the allotted Buddy Read chapters per day. I’m excited for the sequel!
The expected publication date is January 8, 2019....more