Scythe of Darkness by Dawn Husted

Title: Scythe of Darkness
Author: Dawn Husted
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook, ARC provided by author
Description
(Source: Amazon):

 

For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school meant focusing on exams and avoiding stupid parties. After breaking up with the only boyfriend she ever had, dating was off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos came along. Inexplicably drawn to Thanatos, she’s determined to find out who he is and why he insists on wearing gloves to school. Something is off about him. And it’s as if she can feel him when he’s near. Without warning, she’s thrust into a sinister world and discovers a truth that she never expected. When a supernatural connection puts Mia’s life at risk, she doesn’t know who to trust—especially Thanatos. But what if she’s in love with him?”


Okay, so first I need to apologize to the Author. The author so generously provided me with this book as an ARC, but with my recent health problems I have gotten so far behind all my posts and reviews. I’ve actually read about 12 books and haven’t written a single review in the last month about them because I’ve been feeling so sick. I do not see this changing for at least another month, so please bear with me if you follow my blog. I may have a little announcement in the next few weeks 😉 . 

Review:

Alright, onto the book. Scythe of Darkness is about Mia, a teenage girl who was abducted (and escaped) when she was a little girl. Mia is a relatively normal girl, despite her traumatic past. Mia runs into (literally) a boy named Thanatos with whom she shares an immediate and intense connection with. As you can probably tell from that last sentence, this is an insta-love story. It’s well done, but if you’re not into that you should know now. 🙂 Shortly after meeting Thanatos Mia’s world is turned upside down. Thanatos and his family are not what they seem and Mia discovers that she has been the center of a sinister play for power for years. 

The book itself was well written and kept a pace that moved quickly, but not rushed. I really enjoyed the writing style and the development of Mia and Thanatos. I’m hoping for even more character development from Mia’s character in the next book, because that ending left room for a lot of growth from Mia!

Rating:

    

Final Thoughts:

That. Ending. 😱😱😱😱😱


Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Title: Defy the Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
Format: eArc, provided by NetGalley
Description (Source: Amazon):

Defy the Stars by [Gray, Claudia]

She’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything–including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.”


Overall Assessment:
Defy the Stars is a great read that’s full of action, suspense, and love (both romantic and love of humanity).
The book’s opening line draws you in immediately:

In three weeks, Neomi Vidal will die–here, in this very place. Today is just practice. “

Right away we learn that Noemi is training on a (literal) suicide mission to help save her planet (Genesis) from an Earth 300 years in the future. Earth has depleted the resources available to it and has started to colonize other planets. Genesis attempted to break away from Earth about 30 years prior to the beginning of Defy the Stars, but Earth has recently redoubled it’s effort to reclaim their planetary salvation. The people of Genesis resist, because they know that Earth will ruin Genesis like they did their own planet. 

When a training exercise goes awry, Noemi ends up on an abandoned Earth ship from 30 years ago with a snarky advanced AI (Abel) who is bound to obey her by an unexpected oversight to his programming . Noemi finds that Abel may hold the secret to saving her planet, thus propelling them on an adventure through wormholes, other planets, and finally: Earth. 

It took me a couple chapters to get into it, but once the action starts it’s pretty much non-stop. I really enjoyed the book, save for the last little bit (read more about that below). 


Rating:
 

What I liked:
– Noemi was strong, independent, and skilled. She also knew when to forgo her pride and let someone else take over when needed. This is a big bonus for me in a character, as I find arrogant characters insufferable (*cough* Aelin Ashryver Galathynius *cough*).
– I loved being able to see into Abel’s mind. His revelations at his own transformation were really interesting to read. His growing sense of humor made me chuckle more than once. Abel was hands down my favorite character in this book. 

At some point Abel will have to analyze whether he has developed the capacity for passive aggression.”

^^I’m a queen of passive aggression, so this made me LOL.^^

– Okay, so this one is kind of silly, but I really liked having names in a YA sci-fi that I could actually pronounce. There were a couple names that were more unique, but nothing like some of the high fantasy or dystopian names you see. Adding the comic below, because “Wicker Basket” gets me every time. 😂😂😂

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What I didn’t like:
– Okay, so I got ahead of myself and wrote out this section before I saw that this will be at least a duology….but I’m going to leave it to show how strongly I felt after finishing it, lol. In reality, there were no real cliffhangers (which I don’t mind, as long as I know they will eventually be resolved), but rather a lack of closure. 

The ending. I know a lot of people will really like it, but I hated it. Most of the book was great, but I realized at about 95% completion that there was not enough time to end it in a way I liked. The lack of closure ended on a sour note for me, but the rest of the book was really good. I still recommend it, but cautiously. If you don’t mind an ending where the story isn’t wrapped up all neat and pretty you should definitely read this book. I however, prefer the “wrapped up neat and pretty” kinds. 

–  lol see? strong feelings about it.
– The only other thing that somewhat brought the rating down was the use of a few predictable tropes, but these are found so often in YA and sci-fi that they can be easily looked past. 

Final Thoughts:
– Honestly, I probably would have rated it 3.5/5 stars if it was a standalone. I’m glad it’s not though so I happily give it 4/5 (maybe even closer to 4.5/5) stars. 


March Wrap-Up

I know this is a few days late, but it just kind of fits in with how my March went, lol. I didn’t post as much this month. There were a few reasons for this: lack of time, reading more than blogging, and lack of mental capacity to make words happen 😂. 

Overall, I read 15 books, bought 17 physical books, and bought 8 audio books. 



Bookish Stuff



My book haul was pretty awesome this month. I will probably slow down on all the book buying, but the last few months have been me trying to fill my bookshelves after not having any physical books for so long.


Physical Book Haul:

As with last month, I bought several eBooks, but I’m only going to list the physical copies I got. 

  1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – this was in my OwlCrate for March (see my OwlCrate unboxing!)
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I won this in a giveaway and have been meaning to get to it!
  3. Crazy by Amy Reed – I’ve been on the hunt for more books about bipolar disorder and came across this one. I’m probably going to read it in May for Mental Health Awareness month. 
  4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – review here
  5. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares – this is an ARC I received from the publisher (Release date: April 25, 2017)
  6. Be True to Me by Adele Griffin – ARC received from the publisher (Release date: June 13, 2017)
  7. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – kind of scared to read this one. I’ve heard great things, but it’s supposedly tragic. I can’t mentally do that to myself yet, so I’m going to wait on this one. 
  8. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – review here
  9. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – I’ll get to this one eventually. I wasn’t in love with the first book. 
  10. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
  11. Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  12. Carmer and Grit by Sarah Jean Horwitz – ARC received from the publisher (Release date: April 25, 2017)
  13. Hunted by Meagan Spooner – review here
  14. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard – Impulse buy. I haven’t even read the second one yet. oops. 
  15. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – I swear I’m getting to these books FINALLY this month. I have been wanting to read them forever. 
  16. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
  17. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Bookish Items:

First, look at these beautiful bookmarks from Little Inklings Design! I love them so much.


This month I also started to collect Funko Pop Figures. So far I just have Belle, The Beast, Mini Le Fou, Dumbledore (let’s not talk about the fact he’s missing his glasses and that my 5-year-old broke them off minutes after I put him on the shelf), Mini Hermoine, The Queen of Hearts, Chesur, and The Hatter.


Audio Book haul:

Outlander Audiobook Radiance Audiobook The Bone Season Audiobook The Art of War Audiobook The Flame and the Arrow Audiobook The Barrier Between Audiobook Across the Divide Audiobook From Burning Ashes Audiobook

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter (Romance, Fantasy)
  2. Radiance by Grace Dravin, narrated by Gabrielle Baker (Romance, Fantasy)
  3.  The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, narrated by Alana Kerr Collins (Fantasy, YA)
  4. The Art of War by Sun Tzu, narrated by Aidan Gillen (History, Military)
  5. The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday, narrated by Nick Cracknell (Paranormal Romance)
  6. The Barrier Between by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon (Fantasy, Romance)
  7. Across the Divide by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon and Zach Villa (Fantasy, Romance)
  8. From Burning Ashes by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon (Fantasy, Romance)


Books Read and Reviewed:

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Review Links:

  1. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (YA, Sci-Fi ) 4/5 stars
  2. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom (Contemporary YA) 4/5 stars
  3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (YA, Fantasy) 3/5 stars
  4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (YA, , NA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  5. Hunted by Meagan Spooner (YA, Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  6. City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown (NA, Fantasy, Romance) 5/5 stars
  7. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Contemporary YA) 4/5 stars
  8. Confess by Colleen Hoover (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars
  9. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars

Books Read and Not Reviewed:

These books were read but not reviewed either because the book either doesn’t fit the scope of this blog, or I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve added stars next to the titles to show if I recommend it or not though 🙂

Radiance (Wraith Kings Book 1) by [Draven, Grace] Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings Book 1) by [Demeter, Rachel L.] Grim (Tornians Book 1) by [Eidem, M.K.] Maybe Not: A Novella by [Hoover, Colleen] Ugly Love: A Novel by [Hoover, Colleen] The Barrier Between (Collector Series Book 2) by [Brown, Stacey Marie]

  1. Radiance by Grace Dravin, narrated by Gabrielle Baker (Romance, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  2. Beauty of the Beast by Rachel Demeter–Read my review here on Goodreads, (Romance, Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  3. Grim by M.K. Eidem, narrated by Commodore James and Laura Jennings (Fantasy Romance) 4/5 stars
  4. Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars
  5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars
  6. The Barrier Between by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon (Fantasy, Romance) 5/5 stars


Non-Bookish Updates



Gosh, this post is way longer than I intended. If you’re still here, thanks or sticking through. 

I don’t have a lot of non-bookish updates this month. I have been crazy busy because my boys (ages 5 and 7) started baseball season in arch. Baseball has officially hijacked my life at this point. I am at practices 4 day a week, and of course their teams can’t practice on the same day/time, right? No. Also, practice starts at 5 PM. FIVE PM?! WTH is that!? Do these other people not effing work? I am just getting out of work at 5! Luckily, I have a really great boss who works with m and lets me leave an hour early a couple of days a week to take them. Still though, it’s bullshit. I can’t believe this is even an issue. The only upside of all these practices is that I get some uninterrupted reading in! Pictures of my sweet little time-hoggers below: 😉

My dad is visiting us from Montana at the end of this week, so I’ve been getting ready for that as well. I am an only child from him, and he pretty much raised me alone as a single dad. He’s legit the best dad in the world, so I’m really excited for him to come out to NC!

Sorry for the crazy long post! 🙂 I hope you all have a wonderful April! 


 

 

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

Title: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Author: Eric Lindstrom
Genre: Contemporary YA
Format: Paperback ARC; thank you Hachette Book Group!
Description (Source: Amazon):

For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst–that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?”

Overall Assessment:
It took me a while to start writing this review because I honestly didn’t know where to start. This review might be a little all over the place too, so I’ll go ahead and apologize in advance for that.

Plot: The book is told in the present time and in flashbacks from Mel Hannigan, a 16 year old girl who has been diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder. The first chapter is a flashback to Mel and her older brother, Nolan, living one of the happiest and worst days of Mel’s life. The flashback ends before we see what happened, but we know it’s tragic and terrible. We know Mel’s world fell apart around her after the tragedy.

More flashbacks tell the story of a big event that happened between Mel and three of her closest friends (Annie, Zumi, and Conner). For most of the story the reader is in the dark about what happened, but is aware that Mel’s bipolar disorder disorder is likely behind the event.

Present day Mel is living in constant fear that her secret diagnosis will get out to her friends in school. The reader follows Mel as she tries to navigate school, friends, work, therapy, her family, and first love.


I wasn’t really sick, at least not in the way where you eventually get better or die. I just found out my brain was poorly designed. It won’t kill me, but I can’t get right again since I was never right in the first place. I was born with faulty parts. My brain just didn’t turn them on till I was a teenager…

I can’t bear the thought of how they’d look at me, and treat me, if they knew how many pills I take every morning just to act more or less like everybody else.”


While it is a story of friendship, family, and love, Mel’s bipolar disorder is it’s own story and character. Mel journals her mood before every chapter, and we find out about 10% into the book what each of the moods mean. If you don’t want this spoiled stop NOW. It’s not really a spoiler though, as you find out very early in the book. The categories Mel uses: Hamster (Head), Hummingbird (Heart), Hammerhead (Health, but mostly pertaining to her period), Hanniganimal (Mood). I really liked the list that started every chapter because I think it gives readers a peek inside Mel’s mind to more easily understand her actions, especially when she becomes manic. 

There is a lot of narrative exposition, as is to be expected when the reader needs to be in Mel’s head to understand her. However, I think Lindstrom does a great job using dialogue to balance the story out. The narrative can seem a little frantic, choppy, unorganized, hard to follow,  and almost stream of consciousness-like at some points, but fits with Mel’s state of mind. 


I have Bipolar Disorder…That’s why I’m here. Because now everybody knows I’m someone to treat differently. To keep an eye on. Can’t relax around. Can’t be themselves with. High maintenance.”


How bipolar disorder was represented was important for me. As I have stated before, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 2 1/2 years ago. People with mood disorders fall on a wide spectrum that can make some more anxious than depressed, more angry than sad, some experience dysphoria rather than euphoria when in a manic episode, etc. It’s nice to finally see a character who doesn’t fall into the “angry, violent, and moody” category.  While this certainly is what some people struggle with, it does not fit all people who have bipolar disorder. Mel is moody, but she is not violent or aggressive. Mel is more likely to self-harm due to neglect of her own body than to harm someone else. There are two other characters in the story that have bipolar disorder as well, so the reader is exposed to a few different varieties of moods/impulses. 


I’ll always be a ticking time bomb to everyone. Seeing the fear on [his] face reminded me of how I was right to hide my diagnosis. “


Finding out what happened to Nolan was tragic. You knew it was going to sad from the very first chapter, but actually reading the horrific details were heartbreaking. 

The ending was satisfying. Everyone’s issues were not wrapped up in pretty bow. Mel will have many of the same struggles for the rest of her life, but she has learned the value of having allies in her corner and people she can trust to help her when she needs it. 


Rating:

   

What I didn’t like:
Ugh Zumi annoyed me. We were told that she was was this amazing friend, but were never shown. As far as I am concerned, Zumi was a self-righteous, self absorbed bitch. #sorrynotsorry. That part felt a little forced to me. I could have done without it, as it distracted from Mel’s own story too much. I found myself wanting to skim scenes with her in it. 


Final Thoughts:
– I definitely recommend the book. It’s not very long, moves quickly, and gives an alternate view of bipolar disorder than many are used to.


First Lines Fridays (3)

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

London, 1944

People fell from the sky. Some spread-eagled, some twisting and flailing, others drifting down as if weightless. Face after face after face passed by her, neared then disappeared into grayness. “

February Wrap-Up

I can’t believe February is already over! I had a busy month. I turned 30 this month! I also read 15 books this month (however, 3 were novellas). 

My book haul was pretty substantial, too. I bought 14 physical books!


Book Haul List:

  1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  2. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  3. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  4. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  5. Gilded Cage by Vic James, Recieved as an ARC (YA, Fantasy) Review here
  6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Sci-fi, Post-apocalyptic)
  7. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) Review here!
  8. If I Could Tell You by Elizabeth Wilhide, Received as an ARC (Women’s Fiction, Historical)
  9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (Non-Fiction, Humor)
  10. Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway (Contemporary YA)
  11. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken  (YA, Fantasy)
  12. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (YA, Fantasy) Review here!  
  13. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones  (YA, Fantasy)
  14. Throne of Glass Coloring Book 

I bought some eBooks, but I can’t even remember which ones right now. I also bought 8 audio books (oops, sorry bank account, lol)!

Audio Book haul:

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, narrated by Elizabeth Evans (YA, Fantasy)
  2. Relentless by Karen Lynch, narrated by Caitlin Greer (YA, Fantasy)
  3. Grim by M.K. Eidem, narrated by Commodore James and Laura Jennings (Paranormal Romance)
  4. Twist Me: The Complete Trilogy by Anna Zaires, narrated by Shirl rae and Roberto Scarlato (Contemporary Romance)
  5. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan, narrated by Kris Koscheski and Emily Durante (Contemporary Romance)
  6. City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon (Fantasy)
  7. The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler, narrated by Debbie Andreen (YA, fantasy)
  8. Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea, narrated by Amy Landon and Zach Villa (Contemporary Romance)

Books Read and Reviewed:

Regress (The Alliance Chronicles #1)     

Review Links:

  1.  Regress by SF Benson (YA, Dystopian) 2/5 stars
  2. Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  4. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  5. Gilded Cage by Vic James (YA, Fantasy, Dystopian) 4/5 stars
  6. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  7. Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy (YA, Fantasy) 2/5 stars

Books Read and Not Reviewed:

These books were read but not reviewed either because the book either doesn’t fit the scope of this blog, or I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve added stars next to the titles to show if I recommend it or not though 🙂

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer Book 1) by [Thalassa, Laura] Ruin Me: The Complete Series Box Set (City by the Bay Series Book 1) by [Thomas, C.J.] Archer's Voice by [Sheridan, Mia] Slumber by [Young, Samantha] 

  1. Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa 4/5 stars
  2. Ruin Me (I read Volumes 1-3) by CJ Thomas 2/5 stars
  3. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan 5/5 stars
  4. Slumber by Samantha Young 4/5 stars (Review to Come)
  5. Heir of Fire 5/5 stars (Review to Come)

Wow. Sorry that was so long! If you made it this far, I have an announcement this week for a giveaway! I’ll post more in a couple days 🙂

 

 

‘The Bone Witch’ by Rin Chupeco

Title: The Bone Witch
Author:
Rin Chupeco
Genre:
YA, Supernatural, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Format:
eARC provided to me via NetGalley. It will be released on March  7, but is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Description (Source: GoodReads):
 

 

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Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha―one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

 

Overall Assessment:
I kind of waffled back and forth on if I should give this book a 2 or 3 star review. To be honest, the book was just okay. I think it has the potential to be an interesting series, so although I gave it 3 I am open to reading the next book. I’m intrigued by the story of Tea. 

The story was told in 2 POVs (Tea and the Bard). Tea is a Bone Witch (Someone who has the power to raise the dead). The book takes place over a period of a couple years, as the reader follows Tea through her training and witch apprenticeship. Because of this, there is also not a lot of character development for anyone other than Tea. The descriptions are a little much though. I found myself skimming a lot. The book ends somewhat suddenly and leaves the reader with several unanswered questions. 

Rating:

 

‘Frostblood’ by Elly Blake

Title: Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake

Genre:  YA, Fantasy

Format: eBook ARC via NetGalley. It will offically be released next week (1/10/2017)! Links to purchase below.

Description (Source: NetGalley):

The Frost King will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating–yet irresistible–Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her–and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are moral enemies…but together create a power that could change everything.

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Overall Assessment:
I was cautiously excited to receive this book from NetGalley for review. Hear me out – I adore the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard (check out my review of the first book here), and the blurb sounds very similar to this series. While there are similarities, it is definitely not the same. I enjoyed reading this book from the very first chapter until the last line.

Rating:

 

‘Weregirl’ by C.D. Bell

This was my very first physical ARC I ever received as a book blogger (check out my post here). The anticipation of reading the book was burning into me, but I already had a few others lined up so I had to wait on this one. I was afraid the hype (that I built up to myself) would ruin the book, but I was not disappointed. More on that below 🙂

Title: Weregirl

Author: C.D. Bell

Genre:  Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Mystery

Format: Hardcover

Description (Source: GoodReads):

Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.

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Overall Assessment:
This book drew me in from the very first chapter. This is not your typical angsty teenager tale, rife with love triangles and insecure teenage girls. ‘Weregirl’ is also a fresh take on the legend of werewolves, and integrates Native American folklore into the story. ‘Weregirl’ contains very light romance, but nothing graphic or exaggerated. The story is very much focused on the main character and her adventure into becoming a wolf. A fun read, overall.

Rating:

 

‘Immortal Writers’ by Jill Bowers

Wow it’s been a hell of a month for me. With the holidays, work, and sicks kids I have had hardly any time to read. Hopefully we should be settling down soon.

Title: Immortal Writers

Author: Jill Bowers

Genre:  Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Format: eBook (ARC provided to me by NetGalley, but is available for purchase now on Amazon)

Description (Source: GoodReads):

Young up-and-coming author Liz McKinnen has no idea that her life is about to change forever when she comes home from her first book tour. When she’s kidnapped and told by her captors that she has to kill her fantasy book’s antagonist, she thinks that she’s fallen into the hands of crazy, dangerous fans… until her antagonist sends a real, fire-breathing dragon after her.

Liz is quickly initiated into the Immortal Writers, a group of authors from throughout time whose words have given them eternal life, and whose prose is so powerful that it’s brought stories over from the Imagination Field into the Reality Field. As Liz meets authors such as William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jane Austen, she has to learn how to control magic, fight dragons, and face her own troubled past before her power-hungry villain takes over the world. Will she survive the ultimate battle against the dragon lord whom she created?

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Overall Assessment:
Although it took me a long time to finish this book, it wasn’t due to the content. I had a lot going on but I probably only picked the book up about 4 times, so it kept me engaged enough to read about 1/4-1/3 every time I had time to read. I liked the book, for the most part. It’s not my usual genre, but it was full of action and a very fresh story line. I will probably continue the series. There was a little excerpt from the next book ‘Immortal Creators’ that captured my interest.

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