26 07, 2017

Series Review: SEVEN BLACK DIAMONDS by Melissa Marr

By | Wednesday, July 26, 2017|6 Comments

Here’s the thing, there are good and bad elements to this series. I picked up this series because fairies and elemental magic. Unfortunately, I am only a little excited to share my honest thoughts about this series. Lilywhite is a crime lord’s daughter. She is also half Fae thanks to her mother. Her […]

7 10, 2016

Review: FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP by Sarah Glenn Marsh

By | Friday, October 7, 2016|15 Comments

Review: FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP by Sarah Glenn MarshFear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
October 4th, 2016
Pages: 312
Genres: Young Adult, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General
eARC provided by Skypony Press

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Some secrets are better left at the bottom of the ocean.
Sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill longs to leave her small island and see the world; the farther from the sea, the better. When Bridey was young, she witnessed something lure her granddad off a cliff and into a watery grave with a smile on his face. Now, in 1913, those haunting memories are dredged to the surface when a young woman is found drowned on the beach. Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, people in Bridey’s idyllic village begin vanishing, and she finds an injured boy on the shore—an outsider who can’t remember who he is or where he’s from. Bridey’s family takes him in so he can rest and heal. In exchange for saving his life, he teaches Bridey how to master her fear of the water—stealing her heart in the process.
But something sinister is lurking in the deep, and Bridey must gather her courage to figure out who—or what—is plaguing her village, and find a way to stop it before she loses everyone she loves.
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It is hard to describe this book without going into crazy detail. I suggest you read the blurb above for an accurate description and the come back down and read my thoughts. Go ahead, I’ll wait…… This book was so atmospheric and dark. It is set in Isle of Man in 1913. In […]

29 04, 2016

Review: QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes

By | Friday, April 29, 2016|10 Comments

Review: QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen OakesQueen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Series: Queen of Hearts #1
Also in this series: Blood of Wonderland
Published by HarperCollins on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 320
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Royalty, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Adaptations, Classics
Also by this author: Blood of Wonderland
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The first novel in Colleen Oakes’s epic, imaginative series tells the origin of one of the most infamous villains—the Queen of Hearts.
This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.
Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

This was an awesome read. I love Wonderland and Queen of Hearts tells the story of Dinah. I love her beginnings as a girl who just wants approval from her father. There is much more going on in Wonderland when a half-sister comes out of nowhere and threatens Dinah’s crown. Queen of Hearts […]

16 03, 2016

Review: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

By | Wednesday, March 16, 2016|0 Comments

Review: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh BardugoRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #3
Also in this series: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm
Published by Macmillan on June 17th 2014
Pages: 432
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Monsters
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm
Paperback provided by My Wallet (purchased)

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The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she's fighting for.
Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

This book destroyed me. I should just leave it at that, but I realize you might be wondering if it was in a good or a bad way. Ruin and Rising is the final book the The Grisha Trilogy, and it had a lot to follow up to. I LOVED Shadow and Bone […]

11 03, 2016

Review: SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo

By | Friday, March 11, 2016|0 Comments

Review: SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
Also in this series: Shadow and Bone, Ruin and Rising
Published by Square Fish on June 17th 2014
Pages: 496
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone, Ruin and Rising
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Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. Siege and Storm is the second book in The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

Siege and Storm is an action packed follow-up to Shadow and Bone. I can’t say enough about how much I LOVE this series. I pretty much read this entire book in one day. Siege and Storm picks up right where Shadow and Bone left off. The reader is given more details about this […]

9 03, 2016

Review: SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

By | Wednesday, March 9, 2016|3 Comments

Review: SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh BardugoShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #1
Also in this series: Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Published by Macmillan on May 7th 2013
Pages: 416
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Paperback provided by My Wallet (purchased)

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

Wow, wow WOW! I am just gonna flail and simultaneously flog myself for not picking this up the second it arrived in my mailbox. This book is what fantasy is all about. It had romance, it had a fantastical world with powerful characters. I laughed out loud and swooned, then I cried a […]

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