Book Review, Fairytale, Fantasy, Re-Telling

Of Cinder and Madness by Nicole Zoltack

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Kindle Version. 

Short Summary: A dark Cinderella re-telling. Finding her happily-ever-after and falling in love prove difficult for Angelique when her stepdaughter, Eleanore, threatens her life and the lives of her two daughters with dark magic.

My Review: Exciting dark twist to a normally happy story, this book kept me glued to the page from start to finish. Its fast pace makes it a quick read. There wasn’t one time where the narrative slowed or interrupted me. The backstory, the time jumping from past to present and the dialogue were well written and well executed.

This might be one of my new favorite Cinderella stories. I didn’t want it to end, and look forward to reading more from Nicole Zoltack.

I read this book for my own enjoyment.

Book Review, Fairytale, Re-Telling, Uncategorized, Zombies

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

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My Rating: 5/5 Heart

Kindle Verified Purchase

Short Summary: An Alice in Wonderland re-telling. Hoping she isn’t too late, Alice fights her way through deadly momerath territory to find a cure for her sister, who’s infected with the dreaded virus.

My Review: 

I love this cover so much and every page in between. I’m so excited I own the hard copy too. 
♥ A new spin on a classic favorite. Even better, it’s a zombie tale. “Momeraths,” so clever!
 Writing style, pacing, action, and tension kept me entertained and hooked.
♥ Other than the occasional lengthy dialogue from Abbott and Hatta, there were little-to-no interruptions in the pace of the story from start to finish.
 I love Alice, and Chess is my favorite character. He’s flighty, but for good reason. I’m looking forward to seeing how his character’s strengths and weaknesses help or hinder Alice in the next book. Alice is a strong character, who isn’t easily deterred from her mission to find the cure, even when the Red Queen double crosses her. 

Overall, I recommend this to re-telling and zombie lovers alike. It was a fun, fast paced, easy read with some clever references to the classic tale of Alice woven in. Five Red Hearts from me! Looking forward to Sullivan’s re-telling of Peter Pan next!

 

 

 

ARC, Beta Read, Book Review, Currently Reading

Currently Reading:

Looking for some good books/series to read this summer? Let me recommend:

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I’m also finishing Peter Pan and will be starting The Black Witch audible by Lorie Forest.
Check back for my reviews. Beta Reading and Book Review requests closed for the month of June.

My current reading goal for the year is 100 books. I try to read at least one book a week, if not two. So far, I’ve read 30/100 books this year.

Abuse, ARC, Book Review, Mental Illness

Get In My Head: Jared’s Story by S.M. Holland

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Short Summary via Goodreads: Abandoned by his family and made to live in a hellish mental hospital, Jared is forced to face the monster within himself. On the outside, he seems like your average teenage boy, but on the inside, his mind is threatening to tear him apart.

My Review: Quick, yet gripping read. I sat down to start this book yesterday after I was given the ARC by the author, and ended up not being able to put it down until I finished it. I love the book cover, the characters, and the tangible frustration and fear the main character feels throughout the entire story.

I was hesitant when the narrative turned into a journal entry. I’ve read too many stories written in diary or letter form, where the story drags on through telling instead of showing, but this story is well written and switches between the narrative and the Jared’s journal pov. There’s not one lag in the pace at all. The tension keeps you locked into the story, even when there are reflective, down moments.

I wasn’t surprised at the twist in this story. But, even being able to predict what would happen didn’t ruin the emotional reaction I had when the main character came to the same realization of events. Some of these events were a surprise, however, making the situation dark and uncomfortable, which I felt kept true to the realistic aspect of treatment many patients unfortunately face.

This book will make you cringe, maybe cry, and make you angry. It’s emotionally gripping until the end. I love how S.M. Holland includes the suicide helpline and other resources for those who may need them. She’s an understanding and loving author, who clearly cares for many who struggling through similar situations, and wouldn’t hesitate to extend a helping hand to those in need.

Thanks for the opportunity to read your new release. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommended this eye opening story to everyone.

 

 

Apocalyptic, Book Review, Dystopia, Horror, Uncategorized, Zombies

Stage 3 by Ken Stark

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Short Summary: Mason has lost his faith in humanity after a heart-wrenching breakup with Beck. As he returns from vacation, angry and alone, he confronts a world plagued by blindness, the first stage of zombie transformation. Forced from his home, he encounters a young girl, who gives him hope to fight on, for her sake if not his own.

My Warning: Don’t read this before bed, unless you plan on being up all night huddled under the covers in fear. 

I did just that. I don’t regret it at all, but still…I was terrified until the end.

I love zombies, and Ken Stark did a fantastic job of spinning his own horror story. He made Mason, an ultimately dis-likable character, likable. I’m so use to reading and watching zombie stories where the main pov character struggles to cope with the horror in front of them by cowering for the majority of the story before jumping into action and facing it head on. Mason did the opposite, and he’s smart. While he coped with loss and fear in his own way, he’s a strong character, who reacts realistically while also making quick decisions without hesitation. His redeeming qualities shine through as he protects a young blind girl, which makes him a sympathetic, caring character beneath his rough external personality and the internal conflicts he faces.

Spoiler ahead…

My only criticism: The overall point of the story is to show the ongoing struggle they face and the hope slowly slipping away from them, which is evident from how the book ends, but I was still disappointed that the characters didn’t succeed or fail in their main goal. Not meeting the goal is obviously part of the underlying theme of hope here, but still…I was left hanging, and I didn’t like it. It felt incomplete. Minus this disappointment, there were only a few places where the point of view switches in scene, which, for once, I didn’t mind so much. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was emotionally gripping with it’s fast pace. You won’t want to put it down. 

I read this for my own enjoyment, and highly recommend it.