Deadly Temptations: Review

About the Book:

Title: Deadly Temptations

Author: Aurora Black

Publisher: Self published

Release Date: February 1, 2021

Pages: 340

Genre: Adult Dark Romance, Adult Contemporary

Synopsis:

Aurora Black brings you a gripping, dark and delicious love story in this painful world.57356216._SY475_

There was never more of a time that I felt the pull to the story of Romeo and Juliet. Their telling mirrored my own, though the ending might be a bit more complicated.

Nik Kuztsov was a taboo, a man I shouldn’t have. A Russian mafia Boss who had successfully ripped my world apart. He took me captive, the daughter to his enemy, for seeking revenge against my father’s death.

The Italian Godfather, my Papa, was gone. Leaving me in control. I was the Godmother, a savior for my people, and now under the Russian’s complete control—their bargaining chip.

Nik was a beast, but so was I. He might have dismantled my life, but I would tear his to shreds. Let the games begin on who could be the most ruthless mafia leader. Unless my heart won out first.

Review:

4

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

Deadly Temptations is the first book in the Bring Me Pain series by Aurora Black. It is an adult, dark romance, mafia story, and is definitely for mature 18+ readers and may not be suitable for readers with certain triggers.

A dark romance that I enjoyed, although reading out of my comfort zone. A great debut by Aurora Black! The Italian Mob and the Russian Mob are big rivals and both want control over their local drug cartel. There has been a compromise however, and at a big meeting between all the mob families, Ari’s father, the Godfather of the Italians, is killed.  Ari will be the first Godmother of the Italians, and the Russians are grooming young Nik to take over. To seek justice, Ari goes after the man who killed her father and things take an unexpected turn.

A story full of action, drama, and lots of chemistry, I definitely recommend this book to fans of adult dark romance. We were left with a cliff hanger of an ending, and I am excited to find out what happens next!

About the Author:

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Unhinged Special Edition (The Underworld Saga, #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: Unhinged Special Edition (The Underworld Saga, #1)

Author: Chani Lynn Feener 

Publisher: Independently published

Release Date: November 28, 2020

Pages: 450

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal, YA Mythology 

Synopsis:

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Spencer Perry knew it was a long shot when she started searching for a way into the Underworld, the ancient Greeks resting place for the dead. But three months ago her boyfriend died and now she’ll do anything to get him back, even make a deal with the devil himself. Only, Hades isn’t what she expected, and neither is the proposal he offers. In exchange for Micah’s resurrection, all she has to do is spend every night for the next year down below. From the very first meeting the god makes her feel things she shouldn’t, but she takes the deal anyway, knowing in the end it’ll be worth it. Except, as soon as their bargain begins, strange things start happening. People are being attacked by invisible forces, and all signs point to the God of the Underworld being responsible. Has Spencer inadvertently unleashed hell on earth?

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

This was my first book by Chani Lynn Feener, and it did not disappoint! I loved this one! I was drawn in immediately when I learned it’s a Hades and Persephone retelling, and I love the new covers with artwork by Jemlin Creations. It has such a fun setting, as it takes place in our world, and the Underworld. 

Spencer Perry is in the summer before her senior year of high school, when she loses her childhood friend and love of her life, Micah. Three months after his death, she is determined to do anything to bring him back, including going to the Underworld and making a deal with the devil. 

Hades isn’t anything like what Spencer thought he would be, and his proposal isn’t either. To resurrect Micah, she just has to go to the Underworld every night for a year in exchange. She makes the deal with Hades, even though she felt things she shouldn’t at their first meeting, as she knows it will all be worth it in the end. After Spencer makes the deal, strange things start happening. People are being attacked, and signs point to the god of the Underworld as the culprit. She begins to wonder what exactly she has unleashed. 

I enjoyed Spencer as a protagonist, her two BFF’s Sydney and Quinn, Micah, Charlie and Hadrian so much. I’m super excited to continue reading the series, which includes three more books. It was fast paced, imaginative, and had some great twists. If you like Greek Mythology or fairytale retellings, I really think you’ll enjoy this one. 

About the Author:

Chani majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. She is the author of the Xenith trilogy, and the teen paranormal series, The Underworld Saga, originally written under the pen-name Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut. 

Have a question? Check her blog! https://chanilynnfeener.wixsite.com/a…

Find her on Instagram @TempestChani5171960

Emmie & the Tudor King- Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to reveal the new cover of Natalie Murray’s YA Fantasy Emmie and the Tudor King! 

Thank you so much to Midnight Tide Publishing for letting me participate in the reveal.

About the Book:

Title: Emmie & The Tudor King 

Author: Natalie Murray

Publisher: Midnight Tide Publishing 

Release Date: March 31, 2021

Genres: Young adult, historical, romance

Synopsis:

One moment, Emmie is writing her high school history paper; the next, she’s sitting with a gorgeous 16th-century king who vacillates from kissing her to ordering her execution.

Able to travel back to her own time, but intensely drawn to King Nick and the mysterious death of his sister, Emmie finds herself solving the murder of a young princess and unraveling court secrets while trying to keep her head on her shoulders, literally.

With everything to lose, Emmie finds herself facing her biggest battle of all: How to cheat the path of history and keep her irresistible king, or lose him—and her heart—forever.

Buy link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08YF1MG8N

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43783633

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

Natalie Murray is the author of EMMIE AND THE TUDOR KING (June 11, 2019) and EMMIE AND THE TUDOR QUEEN (August 25, 2020). A fast-paced YA time-slip romance, the Emmie and the Tudor King trilogy follows an American high school girl to a reimagined Tudor England, where she meets a doomed, but utterly dreamy, Tudor king. Emmie and the Tudor King has already received acclaim from Foreword Reviews, YA Books Central, and popular YA authors Brigid Kemmerer (A Curse So Dark and Lonely) and CJ Flood (Infinite Sky), among others. You can visit Natalie at nataliemurrayauthor.com.

Bridgerton: The Duke and I: Review

About the Book:

Title: Bridgerton: The Duke and I 

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon 

Release Date: December 1, 2020 (First published January 5, 2000)

Pages: 464

Genre: Adult Historical Romance

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix.download (9)



In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…

This novel includes the 2nd epilogue, a peek at the story after the story.
 

Review:

4

After binging the Bridgerton series on Netflix in two days back in December, I knew I had to read the books! This is the first book of what I believe is an eight book series. I’ve heard that this is the “worst” book in the series, so I’m definitely hopeful that the series gets even better. I really want to learn more about the other Bridgerton siblings!

What I liked about the book, was that we get to know the characters a little more, and there are conversations had that weren’t explored as much on the show in my opinion. I really love the Bridgerton family, and Daphne’s brothers had me laughing a lot throughout the book. What I didn’t like about the book, was that I felt that “that scene” was much more problematic in the book than on the show, as Simon is under the influence. I think that this storyline is what ruins the best parts of the story for me, as it’s SO not okay. I also didn’t like how Simon was so controlling. I feel like he was better in that respect on the show.

I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed the book as much if I hadn’t seen the show first to be honest. Overall, a fun and entertaining romantic read.

About the Author:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.63898

A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into 32 languages, and she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

The Bridgertons, her popular series of historical romance, is currently in production by Shondaland as a Netflix original series starring Julie Andrews, Phoebe Dynevor, and Rége-Jean Page.

The Girl with the Whispering Shadow (The Crowns of Croswald #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: The Girl with the Whispering Shadow

Author: D.E. Night

Publisher: Stories Untold LLC

Release Date: January 23, 2019

Pages: 384

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Even a secret town cannot protect Ivy from a mysterious darkness…

Only hours after Ivy Lovely discovers that she is the fulfillment of the Moonsday promise, she is whisked away from her beloved school to Belzebuthe, a secret town for only those with magical blood.

Ivy sets out on a mission to uncover the second facet of the Kindred Stone while eluding the Dark Queen’s wrath. But even when she’s supposed to be safe, something is shadowing Ivy. She will need all her natural-born magic and more as she battles to find the rest of the Kindred Stone and return to the Halls of Ivy.

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Review:

4

*I received this book from Stories Untold LLC in exchange for an honest review*

I am enjoying this series so much! It’s a fun, magical adventure that draws you right in.

The Girl with the Whispering Shadow starts off right where book one in the Croswald series ended. Ivy has just finished year one at the Halls of Ivy after narrowly escaping the Dark Queen’s attack. She is sent to Belzebuthe, a hidden, secret town for those with magical blood. Bezebuthe is the only place that can keep Ivy safe and away from the clutches of the Dark Queen. With the help of Fyn and some new friends she makes in Belzebuthe, she sets out on her mission to find the next piece of the Kindred Stone. While Ivy is supposed to be safe in Belzebuthe, something seems to keep shadowing her. She must embrace her natural-born magic and her courage as she battles to find the rest of the stone and return to the Halls of Ivy, in this action packed sequel!

I absolutely loved the town of Belzebuthe! It was winter there, even though it was summer for everyone else. It’s filled with matellers, the keepers of the quills, and the scrivenists. Ivy meets some amazing new friends, including her employers, Hodge and Podge, two dwarf brothers who are absolutely hysterical. Ivy even gets to attend some Quogo matches there, which were quite fun to read about. She also learns more about her past, and Fyn’s past as well. I really enjoyed learning more about Ivy’s world and her magic. The author really did a great job of expanding upon everything we learned in the first book.

If you haven’t checked out this series yet, I highly recommend it! Can’t wait to read book three.

About the Author:

Be sure to check out the author’s website www.denight.com     for all the latest info! 

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Lore: Review

About the Book:

Title: Lore

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Pages: 480

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Mythology

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption.

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.download (8)

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.

 

 

 

 

Review:

4

This was my first book by Alexandra Bracken. I must say that I really enjoyed this one, as it was very fast paced, action packed, and feminist. It is set in modern day New York City, and I thought it was a neat retelling. I think if you enjoy Greek Mythology, this will definitely appeal to you.

The Agon begins every seven years. Nine of the Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, and are hunted by descendants of their ancient bloodlines, as a punishment from Zeus. These descendants will seize the gods immortality and divine powers after killing them. Melora “Lore” Perseous ran from this world after her family was brutally murdered by a rival line, and she turns her back on the promises of the hunt and all it’s glory. She pushes away her thoughts of revenge against the man, now turned god, who is responsible for their deaths.

As the next hunt is about to begin in New York City, Lore is sought out by an old friend, Castor and the wounded Athena, who is among the last of the original gods. The goddess shows up at her doorstep begging for help. Athena offers Lore an alliance against their mutual enemy, and a way out of the Agon. Lore’s choice to bind herself to the goddess may come at a very steep cost.

I definitely found myself cheering for Lore. She has a very complex past, and we see as the story goes along what exactly makes her tick. She is definitely a fierce and compelling character. I really wished there had been more one on one time with the gods in this one. That is one of the things I was disappointed in.

Hope you pick this one up! A fun read for sure.

About the Author:

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study English and History at The College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in the publishing industry, she now writes full time. You can visit her online at http://www.alexandrabracken.com or on Twitter (@alexbracken). 2973783

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Blue Box Press

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Pages: 637

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.518nA6KLZPL

A Choice…

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

Review:

5

I LOVED From Blood and Ash SO much, so I was super excited to start A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. I always get a little bit nervous reading a sequel, as it’s usually not as good as the first book. This was a sequel that was even better than the first book! I don’t think that’s happened for me since ACOMAF. So, if you enjoyed the first book, you’re definitely going to want to pick this one up ASAP.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire begins right where FBAA left off. Everything Poppy has believed in, including the man she was falling for, has been a lie. The people she is surrounded by see her as this symbol of a horrible Kingdom, and she’s not even sure she knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. She does know that The Dark One is dangerous and that he wants her to fight him, and that she doesn’t mind doing at all. He may have taken her, but he can’t ever have her. She is hurt, angry, and confused, and must face the betrayal. She does so with so much bravery and courage.

Casteel is a man of many masks. His lies are seductive, and his truths are sensual. Poppy knows better than to give him her trust. He needs her alive and well to achieve his goals. However, he’s the only one who can help her get what she wants, to find her brother, Ian. She finds that she must learn to work with him, instead of against him. As they begin to work together, Poppy begins to become a part of Casteel’s plans. These plans force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself.

There has been unrest, talk of war, and lots of secrets, and Poppy finds herself at the heart of it all.

If you like action and adventure, betrayal, twists and turns, romance, and friendship, you will love this sequel!

About the Author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.4476934

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle:#1):Review

About the Book:

Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Pages: 409

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal

Synopsis:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.17675462._UY1200_SS1200_

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Review:

4

I loved Maggie’s Shiver series, which I read awhile back, so I was excited to read The Raven Boys! I don’t know what’s taken me so long, but I finally bit the bullet and started the series with a friend. It did not disappoint. I really enjoyed this one, as it was quite different than anything I’ve read in awhile. It was a bit of a thrill, and I am excited to start the next book in the series soon!

Every year, Blue Sargent and her psychic mother head to the old church where the soon-to-be-dead walk past. Blue never sees them, until this year when a boy comes out of the dark and speaks right to her.

His name is Gansey, and he’s a rich student from Algionby, the private school in town. Blue tends to shy away from the boys at this school, also known as the Raven Boys. The boys usually mean trouble. Blue finds herself drawn to Gansey despite everything. He’s handsome, rich, and good to his friends, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. He’s on a mysterious quest with three other Raven Boys, Adam, Ronan and Noah. Blue begins to become intrigued.

For as long as Blue can remember, she has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never really thought about it, or that it would be a problem, until she gets swept up in the adventure with the Raven Boys.

If you like books with supernatural elements and mystery, I think you will enjoy this book. I really liked the uniqueness of it.

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.1330292

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray-painted cars, sharpie-covered computer printers, ink-splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages. Maggie Stiefvater lives in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

Price of a Rose: A Beauty & the Beast Tale(Historical Fantasy Fairytale Retellings Book 2)

About the Book:

Title: Price of A Rose: A Beauty & the Beast Tale 

Author: Byrd Nash

Publisher: Rook and Castle

Release Date: February 10, 2021

Pages: 123

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fairytale 

Synopsis:

The Beast is about to be tamed by three determined ladies.

When their father loses a card game to the local recluse, his three daughters step in to determine their own fate. The oldest, Lily, rolls up her sleeves to take the strange household in hand even if the house keeps moving the rooms. The youngest, Poppy, devours his books on magic while playing secretary.

But it’s Rose, the middle daughter, who works magic in his forgotten garden. She could be the key to unraveling his curse, if he can recognize what’s real behind fairy magic.51NZKAwj25L

A Victorian England, 1890, Beauty and Beast fairytale retelling like you’ve never read before.

A novella featuring a delightful, clean and sweet romance. Perfect for fans of historical romances who also like a fairytale fantasy with humor.

This short story ebook is a friendly read for teens and adult readers who love the grand period of the Late Victorian time period.

 

 

 

 

Review:

4

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

A Beauty and the Beast retelling, with some of it’s own magic! This is the second novella in the historical fantasy fairytale retellings series by Byrd Nash. It was an absolute delight to read. I can’t wait for more in this enchanting series.

When their father loses a game of cards and trades his daughters away for a rose to a local recluse (the Beast), his daughters step in to take charge of their own fates. The oldest daughter, Lily, takes charge as the housekeeper of the Beast’s manor. The youngest, Poppy, begins reading books on magic in his library and becomes his secretary.

The middle daughter, Rose, begins working magic in his garden. She could be the key to unraveling the curse that’s been upon him, if only he can see what is real behind the fairy magic.

If you enjoy fairytales, retellings, and historical romance, than this novella is for you! An quick and enjoyable read.

About the Author:

Byrd loves creating fiction that delivers fresh stories and unexpected twists.

Whether it is a Doppleganger who was once a medieval knight now working in college administration, or a fairytale Red Riding Hood escaping a post-WWI wolf pack, her characters feel real. That Celtic goddess at the pet store? She’s someone you know. A medieval queen fleeing an abusive marriage? No matter the time period, that woman could exist today.

Described by one reviewer as “A literary glass of bourbon after a long day,” while another wrote “When I get a Byrd story, I know I’m in good hands,” Byrd gives readers a satisfying read.

With a B.A. in journalism, she worked at various newspapers as a reporter and sections editor. Her careers have included being a museum director, a horseback riding instructor, a kid’s party planner, and a manager of a veterinarian’s office.

However, she always returns to her first love: writing stories, dreaming up characters, and creating fascinating flights of fantasy.

Grab one of her stories at her website at ByrdNash.com. grdhvnssdcbjur2ura5o64jgah._US230_

The Crowns of Croswald (#1): Review

About the Book:

Title: The Crowns of Croswald 

Author: D.E. Night 

Publisher: Stories Untold Press 

Release Date: July 21, 2017

Pages: 249

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy 

Synopsis:

This is a page-turning fantasy in the tradition of fairy tales, whimsical worlds, and coming-of-age stories.

The Crowns of Croswald invites young readers to explore themes of stepping into their own magic, discovering their true selves, and battling evil head-on. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “an action-packed treat […] with a relatable heroine facing challenges in a vivid world of magic and mystery,” and called a new classic by readers, The Crowns of Croswald series is a magical romp through a fully formed universe with dragons, magical quills, potions, and mythical creatures.81i4RFgiZQL

Ivy Lovely is 16 and she has no idea who she is—or what her powers could be. When she crosses a magical boundary, she discovers a whole new world of enchantment and mystery. Making friends that will last a lifetime—and save her life—she steps into her own abilities and discovers more about her hidden past, magical blood, and the power of Croswald’s mystical stones. But all is not well: a dark history and an evil Queen threatens all that is good. Will Ivy’s bravery and wit be enough?

Curious and whimsical, both shy and brave, Ivy is a hero that connects with readers of all ages. For those who wished that Narnia, Harry Potter, and Alice in Wonderland could go on forever, Croswald opens a whole new world of magic. Recommended as a read-aloud for families and a first middle-grade fantasy read, The Crowns of Croswald is a four-part series that will carry readers to a whimsical world that they won’t want to leave. 

Review:

4

*I received the ebook from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity*

This was such a wonderful, magical, middle grade fantasy! It was very nostalgic and reminded me of reading The Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time as a kid. I’m excited that this is the first book in a four book series, and I am looking forward to the next book. The magic was unique to the story, and the setting and the characters are quite memorable.

Ivy Lovely is a 16 year old girl, who learns she has magic when she crosses a magical boundary with little more than her clothes, some books from a friend, and a scaldron, a mini dragon who bakes like an oven. She finds a whole new world filled with mystery and wonder. To unearth more about her magic and her past, Ivy attends a magical boarding school, the Halls of Ivy in Croswald. There she begins her journey of self-discovery and meets some interesting characters along the way. She is such a refreshing protagonist, so witty and smart, and brave, and sweet.

All is not as it seems in Croswald, as there is a dark history and an evil Queen who threatens all that is good in world. Will Ivy be strong enough to face the darkness?

I highly recommend this book, which is perfect for all ages! A lovely magical world that you’ll want to live in.

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