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.

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.

Beta Read, Book Review, Manuscript Critique, Updates

MS Critiques, Book Reviews & Beta Reading

I’m now accepting requests for Manuscript Critiques, Book Reviews/ARC and Beta Reading for the month of JUNE. I accept a wide variety of genres and formats. Click on the appropriate link below to submit a request, and check out my testimonials while you’re at it.

After doing annotative (in-line) and content critiques as a beta reader, I’ve decide to offer manuscript critiques with more in-depth feedback for complete or unfinished manuscripts. My beta reading now consists of 1-2 pages of feedback or a book review on my blog for polished manuscripts and ARC. My book reviews will remain the same, and will be posted on this blog, Amazon and Goodreads.

Manuscript Critique

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Thanks to all who submitted in the past, and who took the time to write me a testimony (if you haven’t, please send one). I’ve enjoyed reading your WIPs & books! You ALL inspire me. ♥

halynn

Writer, Writing, Writing Blog

Where is Heather?

I’m here, I promise. Can’t you tell? I’ve changed my layout at least three times this week.

I’m just a little busy.

It’s not an excuse. Well, maybe it is, but it’s a good one this time. And, no, I’m not drinking wine as I write this…get out of here. Here’s what I’m up to:

On top of outlining and writing my own book, I’m revamping my website, adding free and paid services to the mix. What use is my degree in English if I’m not using it? And, I have all the time in the world–well, maybe not all day, but most of the day–to sit around and read your manuscripts and give you feedback.

Freelance Editing is the goal, so I’m brushing up on my editing skills. I’m still beta reading, but I’m fine-tuning the differences between my beta, critiques and editing feedback. I’m also continuing to post book reviews as I work my way through my TBR list.

I’ve learned a lot about track changes recently…who knew, right? I wish someone would have told me about this option before now. It would have come in handy in college. I’m giddy over the fact I can now do track changes in both google docs and microsoft word.

That’s a little of what I’ve been doing lately. I’m also hosting #winowip, and eventually #winowipchat, so check them out on twitter. We have fun!

*my services page is still under construction,
so please email me if you have specific questions or requests*

Book Review, Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult

The Waterfall Traveler by S.J.Lem

34468319._UY200_.jpgMy rating: 5/5 stars

ARC version — release date April 17th, 2017 (available for pre-order)

Summary via Amazon:

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

My Review: 

Engaging YA fantasy with a beautiful cover. This book exceeded my expectations. I was thinking this would be in the younger spectrum of the YA genre, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Ri is driven by emotion, for sure, which means logic sometimes takes a back seat when she makes decisions. This can be a little irritating for some readers, but it’s why I like her character. That’s not to say she isn’t strong, though. She takes charge and makes quick decisions, even if they are impulsive at times.

My only real complaint is of Bryce and Ri’s relationship. It’s a slow build up; almost too slow. I don’t mind love triangles, and the fun humor thrown in from Carter too, but I wanted to see more between Bryce and Ri. Would have loved more conversations, flirt, jokes, or playful bickering. I saw pieces of jealousy here and there, but nothing came of it. Ri relates and responds to every other character well, but something is missing between her and Bryce, so by the end, I wasn’t jumping up and down, cheering for their relationship as much as I hoped. I was actually cheering on Carter, if you can believe it. I felt his frustration, flirt, and protective nature way more than I felt anything emotionally moving from Bryce. And, I LOVED what happens in the end, as it relates to Carter.

I was on the fence about how the story turns in the end, and I’m interested to see where it goes from here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a fun fantasy for all ages, not just YA. Readability is great, with minimal to no errors, and the pace is perfect!

I was asked to read and review this advance copy before the release date.