Crown of Cinders (Wings of Fury #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: Crown of Cinders 

Author: Emily R. King

Publisher: 47 North 

Release Date: October 5, 2021

Pages: 267

Genre: NA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Althea’s head is still spinning from her discovery that she’s Hera, daughter of Cronus, the terrible Titan king. After Althea failed to cast Cronus down into the deepest pit of Tartarus, the king calls upon his powerful allies, the elder Titans who reign supreme over the heavens, earth, and seas. To force Althea to surrender, the elder Titans rain down wrath upon the mortal world with earthquakes, famine, pestilence, hurricanes, and all manner of destruction. Lukas, Althea’s friend and confidant, hides her and her godly siblings, but they can’t run forever. She must recruit allies from the younger Titans before the afflicted mortals turn them into Cronus in exchange for peace.91RXb41xheL

Poseidon and Hades are also in hiding. Althea sets out to find her brothers, but hunting them down without getting caught and persuading them to stand against their all-powerful father will be next to impossible. Althea has a lot to learn about
her newly restored crown and Titaness powers. She must divide heaven and earth to protect her mortal home and friends and unite her brothers and sisters in the war to end all wars.

 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley and the author in exchange for an honest review*

This review may contain spoilers for the first book, Wings of Fury.

After reading Wings of Fury, I was so ready for this sequel! I wound up enjoying it even more than the first book. If you’ve read and enjoyed the first book, you’re going to love this one!

Althea still can’t quite come to grips with the fact that she’s Hera, daughter of Cronus, the abominable Titan king. After Althea failed in casting Cronus down into the deepest pit of Tartarus, he calls upon his powerful allies to come against her. In order to force Althea to surrender, the elder Titans strike the mortal world with earthquakes, famine, pestilence, hurricanes, etc. Althea and her siblings have been hiding, but alas they can’t hide forever, and they begin recruiting the younger Titans to their cause. They hope to win them to their side, before the mortals who are suffering turn them over to Cronus to gain peace.

Poseidon and Hades have also been in hiding, and Althea goes on a quest to find her brothers. Tracking them down, and getting them to take her side might prove to be impossible. She finds she has much to learn about her crown and her Titaness powers. She is determined to do all that she can to protect her mortal home and friends, and unite her brothers and sisters in the war to end all wars.

A series perfect for fans of mythology, fierce female characters, action and adventure. I am hoping for another book in the series after that ending! I loved these characters so much and would love more in this world.

About the Author:

Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat. download (20)

Wings of Fury (Wings of Fury, #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: Wings of Fury

Author: Emily R. King

Publisher: 47 North 

Release Date: March 21, 2021 

Pages: 296

Genre: NA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

My mother told me that men would speak about the Golden Age as a time of peace and happiness for all… However, the women of our age would tell a very different story…53344063

Cronus, God of Gods, whose inheritance is the world. Among his possessions: women, imprisoned and fated to serve. The strong-minded Althea Lambros controls her own fate and lives to honor her dying mother’s plea to protect her two sisters at all costs. Althea’s journey toward crushing the tyranny has begun. It is a destiny foretold by the Fates. And she is following their visions.

On the southern isle of Crete, hidden among mortal women who have fled the Titans, is the Boy God, son of Cronus and believed dead. He shares Althea’s destiny to vanquish the Almighty—fate willing. Because Cronus has caught wind of the plot. He’s amassing his own forces against Althea’s righteous rebellion and all those who will no longer surrender or run. There will be war. If she’s to survive to write their history, the indomitable Althea must soar higher than any god.

Review:

4

Such an interesting take on the origins of the Greek gods! Perfect for fans of mythology and feminist tales, this story has an intriguing plot and cast of characters. This was my first book by this author, and I am excited for the upcoming sequel.

Cronus is the god of gods and he rules the world. His many possessions include women, who are imprisoned and destined to serve him. Althea Lambros is a fierce, female character who controls her own fate. She vows to honor her mother’s dying wish to protect her sisters at all costs. Althea begins her journey to bring down the tyranny that has begun, as foretold by the Fates as she follows their visions.

On the southern isle of Crete, the boy god, son of Cronus, who is believed to be dead, is hidden among mortal women escaping the Titans. The boy god shares Althea’s destiny to annihilate the Almighty. Cronus hears of the plot and begins amassing a force against Althea and the rebels who no longer want to run. War is coming, and Althea must soar higher than a god to write their history.

I really enjoyed this story and seeing women take the helm! Add this one to your TBR!

About the Author:

Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat.download (20)

Stalking Shadows: Review

About the Book:

Title: Stalking Shadows 

Author: Cyla Panin

Publisher: Amulet/Abrams Books 

Release Date: September 14, 2021

Pages: 391

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

A gothic YA fantasy debut about a young woman striving to break her sister’s curse and stop the killing in her small French town 9781419752650_s3

Seventeen-year-old Marie mixes perfumes to sell on market day in her small eighteenth-century French town. She wants to make enough to save a dowry for her sister, Ama, in hopes of Ama marrying well and Marie living in the level of freedom afforded only to spinster aunts. But her perfumes are more than sweet scents in cheap, cut-glass bottles: A certain few are laced with death. Marie laces the perfume delicately—not with poison but with a hint of honeysuckle she’s trained her sister to respond to. Marie marks her victim, and Ama attacks. But she doesn’t attack as a girl. She kills as a beast.

Marking Ama’s victims controls the damage to keep suspicion at bay. But when a young boy turns up dead one morning, Marie is forced to acknowledge she might be losing control of Ama. And if she can’t control her, she’ll have to cure her. Marie knows the only place she’ll find the cure is in the mansion where Ama was cursed in the first place, home of Lord Sebastien LeClaire. But once she gets into the mansion, she discovers dark secrets hidden away—secrets of the curse, of Lord Sebastien . . . and of herself.

Review:

4

*I received an e-arc from the author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I love historical fiction, as well as Beauty and the Beast retellings, so I had a feeling that I would really enjoy this book. My assumptions were correct! The setting was gothic and very atmospheric and I loved being immersed into this world.

Marie mixes perfumes that she sells on market day in her small French town. Her hope is that she makes enough money to make sure her and her sister Ama are well taken care of in the years to come, as their father is absent most of the time. Her perfumes are more than simple wares to sell however, as some of them are laced with death. Maries laces a few not with poison, but with the scent of honeysuckle that she has trained her sister to respond too. Marie marks her victim, and then Ama attacks, not as a girl, but as a beast which she transforms into every full moon.

Marking the victims for Ama helps to control her, and keep suspicions away. A young boy in the village turns up dead, and Marie realizes she may be losing control over her sister. Marie knows she must find a cure, and she looks to the place where Ama was cursed in the first place, the home of Lord Sebastien. Once she gets to the Lord’s mansion, Marie begins to form a fondness for him and his younger brother, Lucien. Things are not as straightforward as she thought they were, and there are dark and sinister things happening in her village and the woods surrounding it.

I really enjoyed Marie’s journey as she’s definitely a morally grey character, and she makes some questionable choices. She is passionately loyal to her sister and is often selfless, putting her own needs and wants aside to help her. 

If you like stories with twists and turns, slow burn romance, atmospheric settings, and sisterhood, I think you would really enjoy this one. A strong debut from Cyla Panin! I can’t wait to read more from her. Stalking Shadows is available now, so be sure to pick it up or request from your local library. 

 

 

 

About the Author:

Cyla Panin is an MG and YA writer who prefers to look at the world through a dusting of magic. After spending most of her childhood wanting to escape into the wonderful worlds her favourite authors created, she’s now using her own words to craft magical places. When not writing, Cyla can be found playing dinosaurs with her two young boys, watching swashbuckling and/or period TV shows with her husband, and, of course, reading.20394507

Her YA fantasy debut, STALKING SHADOWS is a gothic, feminist fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. To protect her sister, Marie laces perfumes with honeysuckle to mark victims for Ama to hunt when she transforms into a beast at night. But when a child in their town is killed, Marie is forced to acknowledge that she might be losing control of Ama—and must instead find a cure for this curse. It will be published by Amulet/Abrams in fall 2021.

Long Story Short: Cover Reveal

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Synopsis:

Beatrice Quinn has spent sixteen very serious years studying to get into Oxford University. Homeschooled and a whiz at statistics, Beatrice knows that she belongs at Oxford, where she will finally find people who understand her. She thought the hardest part would be getting in, not convincing her parents to let her go. They’ve put a halt to her plans until she can prove she’s able to make friends with people her own age and function in social situations. Their solution: Shakespearean theater camp and a detailed list of teenage milestones to check off. She has six weeks to show her parents she can pull off the role of “normal” teenager and won’t spend the rest of her life hiding in a library. 

Unfortunately, hearts and hormones don’t follow any rules, and there is no textbook for teenage interactions. When she’s adopted by a group of eclectic theater kids, and immediately makes an enemy of the gorgeous, popular son of the camp founders, she realizes that relationships are trickier than calculus. As the summer draws to an end, and with Oxford on the line, this girl genius stumbles through illicit parties, double dog dares, and more than your fair share of Shakespeare. But before the final curtain falls, will she still feel like Oxford alone is enough?

Serena Kaylor’s debut, Long Story Short, is a fun rom-com with a whole lot of heart about friendship, first love, and learning to take a chance on yourself.

Cover Art Credit:

Art Direction: Kerri Resnick (@soverykerri on Twitter and @kerriresnick on IG)

Illustrator: Katie Smith (@_katiesmith_illustration_ on IG)

Katie’s Website: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Ksmithillustration

Long Story Short

LINKS:

Macmillan.com book page: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250818416

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09CNFJGV5

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/long-story-short-serena-kaylor/1139985503

Books-A-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/product/9781250818416

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250818416

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57034751-long-story-short

Goodreads Short URL: https://bit.ly/LongStoryShortGR

 

About the Author:

Serena Kaylor likes to write about that first flush of summer love, whispered conversations at midnight, and endings happy enough to make your toes curl. She grew up running wild as a changeling through North Carolina swamps, and as an adult, has wandered from libraries into medicine. When she’s not writing, she can be found experimenting in her kitchen, wallpapering any blank surface, and hugging every dog that will let her. Long Story Short is her debut novel. 

Website: https://seeserenawrite.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SerenaKaylor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/serena.kaylor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21177166.Serena_Kaylor Serena Kaylor (1)

Lakesedge (World at the Lakes Edge #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: Lakesedge 

Author: Lyndall Clipstone 

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

Release Date: September 28, 2021

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

A lush gothic fantasy about monsters and magic, set on the banks of a cursed lake. Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Brigid Kemmerer.918XDtHt8kL

There are monsters in the world.

When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumors about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem.

There are monsters in the woods.

As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn…

There’s a monster in the shadows, and now it knows my name.

Now, to save Rowan—and herself—Leta must confront the darkness in her past, including unraveling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under. 

Review:

 

 

5

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book was everything I had hoped it would be and more! It’s darkly seductive, lush, gothic, mysterious, romantic, magical, and utterly bewitching. I can’t believe this is the author’s debut, as it was that amazing! 

Violeta Graceling (Leta) and her brother Arien are orphans that have been taken in by a woman who lives near the edge of the forest.  Arien begins showing signs of dark magic, and Leta has been desperately trying to protect him. When the young Lord of the Lakesedge estate, named Rowan, comes to their town to collect the tithe, he takes them in to mentor Arien. Lakesedge is a mystifying old estate that is rumored to be cursed and haunted by a monster of the lake. Rowan urgently needs Arien’s help to control the darkness, known as the corruption, from taking over. Leta longs to know what secrets Rowan has been keeping. She discovers that the estate and the monster aren’t what they seem.

As Leta begins to fall for Rowan, she finds that he is bound to the Lord Under, the death god that lurks in the dark waters of the lake. Leta soon finds herself unexplainably drawn to this sinister creature. 

To save herself and Rowan, Leta needs to confront her past which includes a connection to the Lord Under. 

Just wanted to mention that the author has posted some content warnings for readers that you might want to check before reading this book. 

I need book two like now, and every edition of this book! Please add this one to your TBR, preorder and request from your local library. Perfect read for the fall, with all its spooky vibes! Coming September 28, 2021. 

 

About the Author:

Lyndall Clipstone writes YA Gothic about monsters and the girls who like to kiss them. A former youth librarian, she has a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management. She is represented by Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

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The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: The Case of the Left-Handed Lady

Author: Nancy Springer

Publisher: Puffin Books

Release Date: January 1, 2007

Pages: 252

Genre: Upper Middle Grade Mystery, YA Mystery

Synopsis:

Enola Holmes is hiding from the world’s most famous detective—her own brother, Sherlock Holmes. But when she discovers a hidden cache of bold, brilliant charcoal drawings, she can’t help but venture out to find who drew them: young Lady Cecily, who has disappeared from her bedroom without a trace. Braving midnight streets where murderers roam, Enola must unravel the clues—a leaning ladder, a shifty-eyed sales clerk, political pamphlets—but in order to save Lady Cecily from a powerful villain, Enola risks revealing more than she should…91pleY9PVTL

In her follow-up to The Case of the Missing Marquess, which received four starred reviews, two-time Edgar Award winner Nancy Springer brings us back to the danger and intrigue of Victorian London as she continues the adventures of one of the wittiest and most exciting new heroines in today’s literature.

Review:

4

I enjoyed this sequel! It delved much more into the mystery than the first book did. The first book had a lot more setting up of the characters and the setting. I was excited to dive back into this world with dear, Enola Holmes.

Enola Holmes is hiding away in London from her Detective brother, Sherlock Holmes. She’s disguised herself as Ivy Meshle, working for the Perditorian, Dr. Ragostin, who doesn’t actually exist. Enola is taking on cases to help people find their lost loved ones. She disguises herself in various costumes and uses different identities to help her along the way. She finds herself looking for the Lady Cecily who mysteriously vanished from her bedroom without a trace. Enola needs to unravel the clues, including a leaning ladder, a shifty-eyed sales clerk, and some political pamplets. In order to save Lady Cecily from a powerful villain, Enola may have to reveal more than she intends.

If you liked the first book in this series, I definitely recommend that you give this one a try. I’m excited to continue on with the next story about Enola’s adventures.

About the Author:

Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery — although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE, recently released from NAL, is her first venture into mass-market psychological suspense.22547
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Nancy Springer moved with her family to Gettysburg, of Civil War fame, when she was thirteen. She spent the next forty-six years in Pennsylvania, raising two children (Jonathan, now 38, and Nora, 34), writing, horseback riding, fishing, and birdwatching. In 2007 she surprised her friends and herself by moving with her second husband to an isolated area of the Florida panhandle, where the birdwatching is spectacular and where, when fishing, she occasionally catches an alligator.

A History of Wild Places: Review

About the Book:

Title: A History of Wild Places

Author: Shea Ernshaw

Publisher: Atria Books

Release Date: December 7, 2021

Pages: 368

Genre: Adult Thriller, Adult Fantasy, Adult Mystery

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep weaves a richly atmospheric adult debut following three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune as they investigate the disappearances of two outsiders.download (19)

Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Hired by families as a last resort, he requires only a single object to find the person who has vanished. When he takes on the case of Maggie St. James—a well-known author of dark, macabre children’s books—he’s led to a place many believed to be only a legend.

Called Pastoral, this reclusive community was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune shouldn’t exist anymore and soon after Travis stumbles upon it…he disappears. Just like Maggie St. James.

Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Travis’s abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. No one is allowed in or out, not when there’s a risk of bringing a disease—rot—into Pastoral. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that Theo, his wife, Calla, and her sister, Bee, keep from one another. Secrets that prove their perfect, isolated world isn’t as safe as they believed—and that darkness takes many forms.

Hauntingly beautiful, hypnotic, and bewitching, A History of Wild Places is a story about fairy tales, our fear of the dark, and losing yourself within the wilderness of your mind.

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Um, I don’t know quite where to start. This book was mind-blowing! I was invested from the very beginning and was captivated by this deliciously dark, and atmospheric setting. Shea Ernshaw has done it again with another hauntingly beautiful story, and I am so proud of her adult debut.

Travis Wren has an unusual gift, he can find missing people. Families hire him out of desperation to find their loved ones, and he is able to find them with only a single object. He takes on the case of Maggie St. James, who has been missing for years. She was a writer of dark fairytales for children, and simply vanished one day. On his quest to find Maggie, he finds a place that’s only been talked about as legend.

The commune called Pastoral was founded in the 1970’s by people that were searching for a quieter and simpler way of life. This place shouldn’t even exist anymore and soon after Travis finds it, he disappears, just like Maggie St. James.

After a few years have passed, a member of the community named Theo finds Travis’s truck in the woods outside of the borders of the community. No one is ever allowed outside of the borders as they don’t want to risk bringing any diseases into the community, and what Theo did was a huge danger to not only himself, but the entire commune. As Theo tries to figure out how the truck came to be abandoned, it reveals secrets that Theo, his wife Calla, and her sister Bee have all been keeping from each other. These secrets prove that things may not be as perfect as they seem in their isolated world.

I loved trying to unravel the mystery as I was reading, and there were lots of twists and turns. Some I didn’t see coming, and I found myself gasping and squealing! I’m glad I went into this one not quite knowing what to expect, and just being surprised.

I highly, highly recommend adding this one to your TBR if you enjoy thrillers, mysteries, and spooky tales! Coming in December of 2021 from Atria Books.

About the Author:

Shea Ernshaw is the New York Times Bestselling author of the YA books: THE WICKED DEEP, WINTERWOOD, and A WILDERNESS OF STARS. As well as her debut adult fiction novel: A HISTORY OF WILD PLACES (2021). She is the winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Award, and both of her YA novels were Indie Next Picks.
She often writes late, late, late into the night, enjoys dark woods, scary stories and moonlight on lakes.Shea Ernshaw

You can connect with her here:
www.sheaernshaw.com.
www.twitter.com/SheaErnshaw
www.instagram.com/sheaernshaw/

The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: The Case of the Missing Marquess

Author: Nancy Springer 

Publisher: Puffin Books 

Release Date: February 16, 2006

Pages: 236

Genre: YA Mystery, Upper Middle Grade Mystery 

Synopsis:

Meet Enola Holmes, teenaged girl turned detective and the younger sister to Sherlock Holmes.51FKeSMy1AL

When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers—all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother’s strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother? 

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

4

After watching the Netflix adaptation of Enola Holmes, I discovered this book series and decided to start reading it. I was quite impressed with this Sherlock spinoff featuring his much younger sister, Enola. I loved the setting and the author’s attention to detail. The way that she described things, I almost felt as if I were there.

Enola Holmes is the fourteen year-old younger sister of Mycroft and Detective Sherlock Holmes. On the day of her fourteenth birthday, her mother mysteriously vanishes leaving her with only a handmade book of cyphers as a gift. When her two brothers arrive and plan to send her off to a boarding school, Enola quickly makes an escape and heads off to London in search of her mother. After her arrival, she quickly finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her brothers who are in search of her. She tries to piece together clues to find her mother, while helping the young marquess. Will she be able to decode the necessary clues?

Just wanted to mention that there isn’t a sweet romance in this book like there was in the Netflix adaptation. I have to admit I was a little disappointed in that. Also, I thought this book was more upper middle grade/lower YA than for children. There are some tough topics discussed, such as prostitutes and the shadier aspects of London. I did like that the author explored the ways in which women were treated in Victorian society, and the ways in which both Enola and her mother dealt with them.

If you’re looking for a quick, fast paced mystery/adventure, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this one!

About the Author:

Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery — although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE, recently released from NAL, is her first venture into mass-market psychological suspense.22547
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Nancy Springer moved with her family to Gettysburg, of Civil War fame, when she was thirteen. She spent the next forty-six years in Pennsylvania, raising two children (Jonathan, now 38, and Nora, 34), writing, horseback riding, fishing, and birdwatching. In 2007 she surprised her friends and herself by moving with her second husband to an isolated area of the Florida panhandle, where the birdwatching is spectacular and where, when fishing, she occasionally catches an alligator.

Cut Her Out in Little Stars: Review

About the Book:

Title: Cut Her Out in Little Stars 

Author: Daniele Kasper

Publisher: Solstice Publishing 

Release Date: January 10, 2021

Pages: 423

Genre: Sci-Fi

Synopsis:

Cara DeLeon is a woman lost in time. She’s stuck at a job she hates in a city she wants to escape. When tragedy strikes on a subway train, Cara awakens to find herself in the future, but not the one she dreamed of. Her old life is a distant memory and nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a future on the brink of war, she must learn how to navigate this strange new universe.41lm3Ylge3L

Commander of the Confederation Fleet Nikolas Caine is a man haunted by past sins as he defends the star system he has dedicated his life to protect. His ship is attacked by space raiders called Hostiles and Cara is discovered on board. Her arrival sets into motion a chain of events that will change his world forever.

Cara uncovers dark secrets that threaten to tear the star system apart and endanger her life. She must fight to survive if she wants to get home to her family. Battling a looming war and his growing feelings for Cara, Caine must finish his mission. Of course, Cara would end up falling for the one man dead set on sending her home. As the ghosts of his past catch up to Caine, Cara finds herself struggling to face her future.

 

 

 

Review:

4

*I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and am providing a review in exchange*

Another book that I’ve read recently, that completely surprised me in a good way! The perfect book for sci-fi and time travel fans, Cut Her Out in Little Stars will leave you wanting more. There’s great world-building and there’s lots of potential for the sequel to expand on it. There’s action, adventure, and romance, so add to your TBR today!

Cara DeLeon so wants to get out of NYC. She’s stuck in a job that she’s not crazy about, and with a boyfriend that she feels is not “the one.” She feels that her life is totally mundane. The story feels like a typical romcom in the beginning, but hold on for the ride! There’s a tragedy that strikes in the subway, and Cara finds herself transported to the future, but not the one that she’d hoped for. Her old life starts to feel like only a memory now, and nothing is as it seems. The future she finds herself in is on the brink of war, and she must learn to navigate in this strange new world.

Nikolas Caine is the Commander of the Confederation Fleet, and he has dedicated his life to protecting the star system, while also running from the demons of his past. His ship is attacked by Hostiles, or space raiders, and Cara is discovered on board his ship. Her arrival sets into motion a whole chain of events that will forever alter his world.

Cara begins to uncover some dark secrets that not only endanger her life, but the lives of the entire star system. She must take a stand if she wants any chance of returning to her family. Battling the looming war and his growing feelings for Cara, Caine needs to finish his mission. Cara also finds herself falling for the one man that is set on sending her back home to the past. As Caine’s demons catch up with him, Cara finds herself grappling with her future.

I really enjoyed the unfolding of Cara and Caine’s relationship. If you love a slow-burn, then you will definitely enjoy. I feel like the pacing of the book started out a little slow, but then it really picked up and kept me engaged. There are also some violent scenes that were a little hard to read at times, but they were an important part of the story and to character development.

After that ending, I need the sequel like now! I’m looking forward to more in this amazing world that Daniele Kasper has created.

About the Author:

Daniele Kasper’s travels have taken her around the world and back again, but her favorite adventures will always be found between the covers of a good book. From rescuing dolphins in the Florida Keys, to getting chased by grizzly bears in Alaska, Daniele has taken her adventures and used them as inspiration for her writing. Eventually, she married a horse trainer and settled down in central Michigan. She is now a farm girl with her husband, The Cowboy. They have four rescue dogs, a multitude of cats and chickens and a couple of cowponies. Daniele loves reading and writing fantasy and science fiction. She also loves all things Outlander and Disney, can’t grow a garden to save her life and occasionally moonlights as an elementary teacher.20922677

Starlight (The Starlight Trilogy #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: Starlight 

Author: Lauren Jade Case 

Publisher: Lauren Case 

Release Date: August 17, 2021

Pages: 323

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

“You’re like starlight itself, Natalia. You burn with all the power and shine of a star.”56617080._SY475_

Natalia Whitebell wanted her eighteenth birthday to be a simple affair and not for there to be a giant scorpion, a wolf, and a body at her doorstep. But in a blink, it all disappears.

When she finally does get to celebrate with her best friend, there’s gossip from the Island locals about a new family having moved in and of a large dog running wild – but no mention of more.

She thinks she’s going mad. Until she’s attacked in her own home just one day later.

Rescued and taken in by the new family, Natalia discovers the world isn’t so black and white. Stuck in an endless war, there are Monsters and there are Creatures. And she’s one of them.

While she cannot seem to reveal her true form, sealing her deal with trouble, she must accept this life that was always meant to be hers. It’s time she learnt the truth and acquire help from her father, the new family, and one boy in particular.

But there is a darkness lurking, waiting for her to unfurl.
 
 
 
 
 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from Booksprout in exchange for an honest review*

Okay, I have to admit that what initially attracted me to this book was it’s gorgeous cover. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into it. I am happy to report that this book exceeded my expectations, and I devoured it in a couple of days! There’s great world-building and a fun magic system in this debut from Lauren Jade Case. Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments or the Folk of the Air Trilogy, this story is sure to captivate you with its magical charm.

Natalia Whitebell just wanted to have a simple celebration on her eighteenth birthday. Instead, she winds up seeing a giant scorpion, a wolf, and a body on her doorstep. Not exactly what she had in mind. It all disappears too, in the blink of an eye.

When she finally gets to celebrate with her best friend, they overhear gossip from the Island locals that there’s a new family that’s moved to town, and there’s also a large dog running wild, but that’s all the information they get.

Natalia thinks that she’s been seeing things and completely losing it, until she’s attacked in her home a day later.

Rescued and taken in by the new family in town, she learns that the world isn’t as black and white as she’d always thought. There are Monsters and there are Creatures out there, and she is one of them.

She struggles to reveal her true form, sealing her deal with trouble, and must come to terms with living the life she was always meant to live. She needs to accept the truth and take help from her father, the new family, and one boy especially. But there is a darkness hiding, just waiting for her to unfold.

I just loved journeying through this story with Natalia. She had so much thrown at her, and she faced it with courage and bravery. She begins to discover so much about herself and her past, and she handles it all with grace. I really enjoyed all the side characters as well. I grew quite attached to the family that Natalia finds herself involved with, and I just loved her Dad and her BFF!

After that ending, I can’t wait for the next book! I think if you’re a fantasy fan that likes witches, vampires, and other mythical creatures you’ll enjoy this one. Add it to your TBR now, it’s out on August 17, 2021.

About the Author:

Lauren Jade is a writer from a seaside town in England. She loves writing and reading fantasy, but also sci-fi and dystopia. When she isn’t writing, she can be found reading or talking on face-time with her best friend about future projects. STARLIGHT is her debut novel and will be the first in a trilogy. 

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