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

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

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My Rating: 5/5 Heart

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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!

 

 

 

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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.

ARC, Beta Read, Book Review, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal Romance

Water Spell by Lizzy Ford

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars 

ARC: Kindle Unlimited Version

My Short Summary: 

Sela, a powerful water mage, wants to be free. Free of the overwhelming pull of her magic, demanding she submit to the depths of an ancient ocean. Free of her savage protector, Tieran, who she’s bonded to. And, free of the kingdoms and those who would abuse her powers. If she is to survive, to be free, she and Tieran must learn to trust each other, or risk drowning in her magic and the rage of war.

My Review:

Lizzy Ford’s excitement over this book is palpable, and now I know why. Water Spell is an exciting fantasy adventure full of well-rounded characters. I didn’t want this book to end, and I was giddy to read the titles of the next books to come in this series. You’re going to want to add the beautiful hard-copy to your fantasy collection. Lizzy Ford is one of my favorite authors, and her characters are so memorable

I wasn’t sure I’d like Sela or Tieran, but I anticipated a deeper connection between them from the start. Their external display of tension masks their individual internal desires. Both have a clear goal, which becomes harder to reach as magic bonds them together. By the end, I was on the edge of my seat, wondering if their relationship would come together or break apart.
Sela’s need for freedom, to reach the water, made me thirsty. I ached to be in her world, reaching for the seas, the wells, the streams, etc. It made me want to go to the beach! I want to be her, controlling water with magic. This part of the book reminded me so much of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I loved it.
 
For Lizzy ♥ 
My only critique of this book is on the first chapter. As much as Sela’s previous mage-warrior influences her, I wasn’t captivated by his pov as much as hers. For me, the story didn’t start until Tieran took his oath and Karav left. I liked the tension caused when Tieran finds out his new ward is a woman. But, I didn’t feel Karav’s thoughts and worries over Sela aided me in feeling the bond between mage and warrior.
There is a lot of redundant thoughts from Karav on the Inlanders being barbarians. These descriptions and examples through his pov didn’t help develop Tieran. Tieran’s reactions and behavior toward Sela is enough, as well as her reaction to the people in his land. Experiencing this through Sela is more gripping without Karav’s scene set-up.
The world-building and back-story was overwhelming in chapter one, almost info-dumped. This flows well enough throughout the rest of the book through Sela’s pov, though, and I loved the map!
Thanks for letting me review the ARC of Water Spell! I enjoy reading, reviewing and promoting all of your books.
Book Review, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Uncategorized, Young Adult

Soulmated by Shaila Patel

26928871My rating: 5/5 stars

Beautiful Hard-copy version

Short Summary via amazon: Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan is an Irish, royal empath, is searching for his elusive soulmate when he meets Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family. Liam’s father isn’t convinced Lucky is “The One,” and Lucky’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or, is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

My Review: 
Beautiful inside and out, I’m so glad I pre-ordered this YA book when it was released. It’s engaging and unique!

Soulmated is an easy read. I loved the chemistry between the characters, and the frustration of teenage romance between the expectations of their parents and their cultural differences.

This is a great choice for YA readers and adult paranormal/fantasy romance readers alike. Do yourself a favor, though, and buy the hard-copy because you’ll want to add this beautiful cover to your library!

Book Review, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Science Fiction

Embellished by Karen Glista

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Short Summary:

Bekka is fighting for her life when her brother Travis convinces her to help him and his friends win at a boss level on an online MMORPG. They had no idea a glitch in the system would send their party of five spiraling into the game itself. Their lives are forever changed as they struggle to stay alive, keep their identities secret and find a way back to their reality, if there’s even a reality left to go back to.

My Review:

The words that escaped my mouth while reading the first few chapters of Embellished were “holy fuck!” I cringed a lot with jaw dropped, and it kept my heart racing. It was shocking to me that such a pretty book hides such a vicious fantasy world inside, but I guess that’s what I get for judging a book by it’s cover.

I was pleasantly surprised how face paced this was because the book is a lot longer than I anticipated it would be, but I’m glad the story wasn’t rushed. The characters never get too much of a break before the next conflict, which makes for an exciting adventure.

Embellished reminds me so much of the anime show, Sword Art Online (SAO), but also reminds me of Kiersten Fay’s Demon’s Possession and Lizzy Ford’s WEST: History Interrupted. There’s a LOTR feel to it at times too, but the author did a great job of making the story her own.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who love paranormal romance, though, there’s a trace of sci-fi fantasy here, which was refreshing and fun.

…possible spoilers below…

My Critiques:
*note: my critiques don’t usually affect my star rating, unless the book is a mess to begin with. These are just my opinions, and hopefully taken as constructive criticism.*

I felt there were times when some of the character names were overused, especially in the dialogue. We have to remind ourselves of how often we would say a friend’s name while speaking directly to them. It’s not as often as you would think, unless you’re talking about them to someone else. While there were moments when a character needed to repeat the person’s name, there were other times when it was redundant.

The formality of dialogue between the teens and the game characters is something I couldn’t stop thinking about throughout the entire book.

Bekka, Travis, and Matt are modern teens, who don’t belong in this world, so they wouldn’t automatically be speaking formally to some of the game characters. And, if I remember correctly, Bekka’s 18 at the time, right? Even at 27, I don’t say, “I best be going” or use the word, “wereabouts,” and I’ve never uttered the phrase, “that really smarts” (which did make me giggle. I re-read that sentence three times before I finally got over the use of it). Instead I say, “I gotta go,” “shit, that hurts,” and “he’ll be looking for me.” I think this simple change would make the main characters more relatable. It’s one thing for the Stouts to tell them to change their clothes and hide who they are to stay safe, but it’s not as believable if they immediately act and talk like the other characters around them, since their behavior should set them apart from those characters.

I kept waiting for one of them to fuck up and say something they weren’t suppose to say. I kept wondering how difficult it would be to keep a secret like that and not let something slip, especially since the way I walk and talk would probably be just as strange as the way I dress. They would know something is up immediately. Someone close to them would have to be suspicious of their behavior too, not just the Stouts, who were able to point out the difference pretty quickly.

There were a few random paragraph or formatting issues. Not catastrophic. Just noticed it. There were pauses, breaks, and sentence separation that lacked the correct punctuation at times, and an overuse of the ellipsis (…), in my opinion.

Overall, I loved this book and plan on getting the second ASAP!
I bought this book via amazon for my own enjoyment.