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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Once Upon A Broken Heart (Once Upon A Broken Heart #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: Once Upon A Broken Heart 

Author: Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Flatiron Books 

Release Date: September 28, 2021

Pages: 416

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval, the first book in a new series about love, curses, and the lengths that people will go to for happily ever after.55987278

Evangeline Fox was raised in her beloved father’s curiosity shop, where she grew up on legends about immortals, like the tragic Prince of Hearts. She knows his powers are mythic, his kiss is worth dying for, and that bargains with him rarely end well.

But when Evangeline learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, she becomes desperate enough to offer the Prince of Hearts whatever he wants in exchange for his help to stop the wedding. The prince only asks for three kisses. But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’s pledged. And he has plans for Evangeline that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy…
 

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

A book filled with all the magic that I’ve come to expect from Stephanie Garber! An enchanting fairytale filled with whimsy, characters you won’t soon forget, and twists and turns you won’t be expecting. This book had me enthralled from start to finish.

Evangeline Fox grew up in her father’s curiosity shop where she learned about fairytales and wishes and the immortals, including the unfortunate Prince of Hearts. She knows that he has powers, that his kiss is worth dying for, and that making a bargain with him probably won’t end very well.

When Evangeline finds out that the love of her life is set to marry another, out of desperation, she pays a visit to the Prince of Hearts. She offers him whatever he wants, if only he’ll stop the wedding. The prince asks for Evangeline to collect three kisses as payment, and she acquiesces. After Evangeline’s first vowed kiss, she learns that the Prince of Hearts wants a lot more from her than she has promised. He has much bigger plans for Evangeline that could end in either her ultimate happily ever after, or her most delicious tragedy.

Evangeline has become a new favorite character of mine! She has such tenacity, and I admire her so much for it. Despite her mistakes, you can’t help but root for her! Jacks (The Prince of Hearts) is his delectably wicked and utterly charming self. He’s definitely everything you want in a villain. He’s both cold and calculating, and witty and full of snark. I also enjoyed seeing a vulnerable side to him that I hadn’t seen as much of before.

The glittering and entrancing Once Upon A Broken Heart is the perfect story for fantasy and fairytale loving fans! This series can be read without reading the Caraval series, but I feel that reading it first definitely adds to the experience. Prepare yourself for an otherworldly adventure, that just may take a piece of your heart!

About the Author:

Stephanie Garber is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of the Caraval series and her upcoming Once Upon A Broken Heart. Her books are published in over thirty languages.images

Dreams Lie Beneath: Review

About the Book:

Title: Dreams Lie Beneath 

Author: Rebecca Ross 

Publisher: Quill Tree Books

Release Date: November 2, 2021

Pages: 496

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Perfect for readers of The Hazel Wood and The Night Circus, this lush and layered story about magic and the captivating power of dreams is delivered with acclaimed author Rebecca Ross’s signature exquisite style.download (18)

A curse plagues the realm of Azenor—during each new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians, who serve as territory wardens, stand between people and their worst dreams.

Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town, but when two magicians challenge her, she is unwittingly drawn into a century-old conflict. She seeks revenge, but as she secretly gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets begin to rise. Clementine must unite with her rival to fight the realm’s curse, which seems to be haunting her every turn.
 

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an arc of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross is a spellbinding tale that will leave you completely bewitched! The realm of Azenor and the utterly beguiling Clementine Madigan will capture your heart. Perfect for fans of A Sorcery of Thorns, do yourself a favor and preorder this standalone now. Ross pulled me in right from the start with her beautiful writing. Such a unique and magical world that will stay with me.

There’s a curse that plagues Azenor. During each new moon, magic flows from the mountain and brings peoples worst nightmares to life. The only thing that can stand between people and their terrible dreams are magicians, who serve as territory wardens. 

Clementine Madigan is a magician in training and plans to take over as warden of her small town, Hereswith, when her father, also a magician, steps down. As Clementine is preparing for her new roll, two young magicians come to challenge her for the position and she finds herself drawn into a conflict that is at least a century old. Clementine suffers a devastating loss and vengeance becomes her motivation. On her quest for revenge, she is forced to become closer to Phelan, one of those young magicians she met, and things begin to come to light that they never could have imagined. She must unite with her rival to fight the curse, which seems to be unfurling all around her. 

A book that I loved from start to finish, and perfect for fantasy lovers. I’m so grateful that I was able to read an early copy. Coming November 2, 2021 from Quill Tree Books.

About the author:

Rebecca Ross writes fantasy novels for teens and adults. She lives in the Appalachian foothills of Northeast Georgia with her husband, lively Australian Shepherd, and an endless pile of books. THE QUEEN’S RISING, THE QUEEN’S RESISTANCE, SISTERS OF SWORD & SONG, and DREAMS LIE BENEATH are her titles for young adult readers. A RIVER ENCHANTED is her adult fantasy debut, publishing February 15, 2022 with a sequel to follow. When not writing, she can be found reading or in her garden, where she grows wildflowers and story ideas. Find her on Instagram @beccajross or online at www.rebeccarossauthor.com.6nvcov73iutm8og51qhs57v841._SY600_

Rebecca is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media.

Strange Gods: Review

About the Book:

Title: Strange Gods 

Author: Alison Kimble 

Publisher: Immortal Works

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Pages: 336

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Spooky arrives at a wilderness boot camp for troubled teens with two suitcases and an ultimatum: either she keeps her head down over the summer or she won’t be allowed home at the end of it. All she wants to do is survive the pyros, bullies, and power-tripping counselors, get through senior year, and start her life somewhere new. She’ll do just about anything to protect that future. coverimage
But when an encounter with another camper goes awry and ends with Spooky hiding in the woods, something else finds her. Something ancient and powerful has sent out feelers, hoping to catch a human alone. For its purposes, one human is as good as any other. Even a delinquent teen will do.

If Spooky wants to survive to see any kind of future, she will have to figure out how to gain leverage over a god. And as if the one wasn’t bad enough, a pantheon of dark entities are lining up between her and the life she’s always wanted…

For fantasy fans, comes one girl’s journey through dark worlds of magic, gods, and monsters.

 

Review:

 

4

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

If you enjoy mythology and strange, quirky tales, I think  you will enjoy this solid debut from Alison Kimble! To be honest, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect going into this one, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. The story was engaging, and is perfect for fans of Percy Jackson, Lore, or Starcrossed! 

Lauren “Spooky” Specki finds herself at a boot camp for troubled teens after her stint to get her parents attention goes too far. She needs to keep her head down over the summer and stay out of trouble, or she won’t be able to return home when camp ends. Her goal is to survive all the bullies and power hungry camp counselors. She just wants to finish her senior year of high school, and start a new life for herself. She’s ready to do just about anything to protect that future. 

When an outing with another camper goes completely amiss, Spooky finds herself hiding in the woods so she won’t get caught out of her cabin. Something else finds her in those woods, that is ancient and powerful and trying to catch a human, and even a teen delinquent will do.

If Spooky is to get the future she dreams of, she will have to figure out how to acquire leverage over a god. What Spooky doesn’t realize, is that there are a host of other problems she must face on her journey to self-discovery. 

I’m really hoping after that ending that we get a sequel to this one! There’s definitely lots of room for one. Pretty please! 

This book released on July 20, 2021, so add it to your TBR if you haven’t already. Perfect for ya and middle grade fantasy fans, a magical quest story with unusual mythology, self-searching, friendship, and more! 

About the Author:

Alison Kimble began writing because she loves stories and believes in their power to shape our world and ourselves. Her writing blends the real and the fantastical and crosses genres of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi. Her debut novel, Strange Gods, will be published in July 2021. She lives in the Greater Seattle Area with her husband and spends her time walking in the woods, going to the movies, and seeking adventures large and small.headshot

Website: authoralisonkimble.com

Instagram: @authorakimble

Twitter: @authorakimble

Facebook: @authorakimblej

The Plentiful Darkness: Review

About the Book:

Title: The Plentiful Darkness

Author: Heather Kassner 

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Release Date: August 3, 2021

Pages: 256

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy 

Synopsis:

In Heather Kassner’s spine-chilling fantasy novel, reminiscent of Serafina and the Black Cloak, an orphaned girl chases a thieving boy into a magician’s land of starless, moonless gloom where other children have gone missing before her.51hJflGEI4S._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

In order to survive on her own, twelve-year-old Rooney de Barra collects precious moonlight, which she draws from the evening sky with her (very rare and most magical) lunar mirror. All the while she tries to avoid the rival roughhouse boys, and yet another, more terrifying danger: the dreaded magician who’s been disappearing children in the night.

When Trick Aidan, the worst of the roughhouse boys, steals her lunar mirror, Rooney will do whatever it takes to get it back. Even if it means leaping into a pool of darkness after it swallows Trick and her mirror. Or braving the Plentiful Darkness, a bewitching world devoid of sky and stars. Or begrudgingly teaming up with Trick to confront the magician and unravel the magic that has trapped Warybone’s children.

“Gleams with an eerie magic, its characters burning bright and fierce. A visual treat of a tale.” —Stefan Bachmann, international bestselling author of Cinders and Sparrows
 

Review:

5

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

An utterly enchanting and magical tale, where I was completely swept away! Brilliant! Everything felt so vivid, real, and alive. This was my second book by Heather Kassner and she has found a lifelong fan.

Twelve year old Rooney de Barra lost her family to the feather flu. In order for her to survive on her own, she collects moonlight, which she draws from the night sky into her lunar mirror. She’s been trying to avoid the roughhouse boys who are her biggest competitors for the moonlight. There’s an even more terrifying danger on the streets though, a magician who has been disappearing children in the night.

Trick Aidan, her worst rival from the roughhouse boys steals her precious lunar mirror, and Rooney is determined to do anything to get it back. As she tries to track Trick down, she sees him be swallowed by a pool of darkness and jumps in after him. They find themselves in the Plentiful Darkness, a fascinating world without sky or stars. She is forced to team up with Trick to confront the magician, and to help the children of Warybone that have been trapped there by the magician’s magic.

If you like stories that are eerie and full of magic, twists and turns, friendships, and found family, you will love this one. A real page turner that I highly recommend!

About the Author:

Heather Kassner loves thunderstorms, hummingbirds, and books. She lives with her husband in Arizona, waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the rain, photographing hummingbirds, and reading and writing strange little stories.Version 6

 

Untethered (Shielded, #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: Untethered 

Author: KayLynn Flanders

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Pages: 464

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes the thrilling sequel to Shielded about a world in a deadly magical war and the newly crowned king and feisty princess who must defeat the deadliest of foes before there’s nothing left to save.download (17)

Although King Atháren’s sister, Jennesara, saved Hálendi from the Gray Mage, the reprieve came at a steep price–the life of their father. Now Ren rules over a divided kingdom, with some who want him dead, and a Medallion that warns of worse trouble brewing in the south.

As second born, Princess Chiara is the perfect Turian royal–perfectly invisible. She longs to help restore peace on the Plateau, but with no magic and no fighting skills, she doesn’t stand a chance against a mage. So when a member of the Turian royal family goes missing and Chiara finds a clue about the rumored resting place of the mages’ long-lost artifacts, she decides it’s time to be seen.

As Ren’s and Chiara’s paths cross, they find the depth of the mages’ hold on the Plateau is more powerful than anyone suspected, and that they must learn to trust themselves, and each other, before the mages retrieve their artifacts and become too powerful to ever defeat.

Review:

5

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

Wow! I loved Shielded, but Ioved Untethered even more! Shielded was Jenna and Enzo’s story, and Untethered is about Ren, Jenna’s older brother, and Chiara, Enzo’s younger sister. This was such a cool change of pace, and I loved hearing the story from their perspectives.

King Ren’s sister, Jenna, saved Halendi from the Gray Mage, but that vindication came with a very high price-the life of their father. Ren now rules over a kingdom divided, where some even want him dead. He’s also left with his father’s mysterious Medallion that warns him of trouble down South.

As the second born, Princess Chiara is the picture perfect Turian royal, but she’s also perfectly invisible. She wants to do her part and help restore peace to the Plateau, but she has no magic or fighting skills to speak of, and she has no chance against a powerful mage. When a member of the royal Turian family goes missing and Chiara finds a clue that might lead to the mages long lost artifacts, she decides to make her move.

When Ren and Chiara’s paths cross, they find that the mages have a very powerful hold over the Plateau, more powerful than anyone could have imagined. They need to trust themselves, and each other, and defeat the mages before they get the magical artifacts and become completely unstoppable.

I was really smitten with Ren and Chiara and their growth in this one. They both started out with so much self-doubt and it was amazing to see them hold their own in the end.

I’m secretly hoping that we get more in this amazing world that KayLynn has built. There are still some questions I have, even though this was an extremely satisfying ending. If you loved Shielded, I think you will definitely love this sequel that is packed with action, adventure, family, friendships, and romance. Untethered is releasing on July 20, 2021, so preorder or request at your local library now!

About the Author:

KayLynn Flanders is a graduate of Brigham Young University, with a degree in English Language and a minor in editing. When she’s not writing, she spends her time playing volleyball, reading, and traveling. She lives in Utah with her family, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip. Her debut novel is Shielded. To learn more about KayLynn, go to kaylynnflanders.com or follow @kaylynnflanders on Twitter and Instagram.Flanders_Author2018 hi res

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1):Review

About the Book:

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely 

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Release Date: January 29, 2019

Pages: 484

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA retelling 

Synopsis:

Fall in love, break the curse.download (15)

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

 
 
 

Review:

5

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale, so I was definitely excited to read this contemporary retelling! It’s been on my TBR for a long time, and I am glad that I finally did a buddy read. Kemmerer takes the classic elements of the original story and puts her own unique spin on it. It did not disappoint!

Prince Rhen has been cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over again. As the heir of Emberfall, he thought he could easily break the curse by having a girl fall for him. He turns into a vicious beast that is fixed on destruction, and loses hope after the castle and his family are obliterated.

Harper has had a hard life. Her father has disappeared, her mother is dying, and her brother underestimates her abilities due to her having cerebral palsy. She has learned to be tough enough to pull through her circumstances. She tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington D.C. and is transported into a magical world.

Harper finds herself not knowing who or what to believe in this enchanted land. Does she believe the Prince that there’s a curse and a monster involved? As she spends time with Rhen in Emberfall, she begins to see exactly what is at stake. Rhen realizes that Harper is not just another girl to woo and charm, and begins to have some hope again. Mighty forces are standing against Emberfall however, and it will take more than just breaking the curse to save Harper, Rhen and his people from ruination.

If you love retellings, fairytales, a slow burn romance, and a strong heroine, I think that you will enjoy this one. I am excited to read book two to find out what happens next!

About the Author:

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like4629194 The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she’s not writing or being a mommy, you can usually find her with her hands wrapped around a barbell. 

In the Same Boat:Review

About the Book:

Title: In the Same Boat

Author: Holly Green

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Pages: 368

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Synopsis:

In the Same Boat is the hugely entertaining blend of romance and thrilling adventure that you never knew you needed.61mWI5CL1VL._AC_UL320_

Sadie Scofield is just a few days away from the race of a lifetime. The Texas River Odyssey may be 260 miles and multiple days of arduous canoeing where every turn of the river reveals new dangers-downed trees, alligators, pitch black night-but those dangers pale in comparison to going another year knowing that her father is ashamed of her.

Last year, Sadie caused a disastrous wreck that ended her father’s twenty year streak of finishes, and he’s never looked at her the same. Now, she knows that finishing the race with her brother, Tanner, is her one shot to redeem herself. She’s ready for anything…except Tanner ditching her for another team at the last minute.

Sadie grits her teeth and accepts that she has to team up with Cully, her former best friend turned worst enemy. It’s irritating enough that he grew up to be so attractive, but once they’re on the river it turns out he’s ill-prepared for such a dangerous race. But as the miles pass, the pain of the race builds, they uncover the truth about their feuding families, and Sadie’s feelings for Cully begin to shift. Could this race change her life more than she ever could have imagined?

With an unforgettable heroine and an immersive setting, Holly Green’s captivating debut promises heart-stopping action and a swoony romance that will leave you cheering.
 

Review:

5

*I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Captivating debut from Holly Green! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I picked it up, but I’m so glad I did. It was hard to put down, and I read it in a couple of days. It blends together an adventure and romance just perfectly.

Sadie Scofield is so close to a huge race that she’s waited her whole life for. The Texas River Odyssey is 260 miles and several days of backbreaking canoeing with dangers lurking around every corner, such as fallen trees and even alligators. Sadie feels as though these dangers are nothing compared to going into another year with her father being ashamed of her.

All of Sadie’s family members have finished the big race, but when she and her dad partnered up last year it was a complete disaster. Sadie was injured and her dad didn’t finish a race for the first time in 20 years. Their relationship hasn’t been the same since then, and she feels that the only way to fix things between them is to finish the race this year, with her brother Tanner as her partner. At the last minute, Tanner ditches her to join another team. Sadie sucks it up, and partners with her ex-best friend now arch enemy, John Cullen or “Cully” as she used to call him. He grew up to be pretty cute, which irks her, plus when they get out on the river, he doesn’t seem very well prepared. As the miles on the river go by, and the pain of the race starts setting in, Sadie and Cully begin to uncover the truth about their fighting families and why their friendship unraveled. Sadie’s feelings toward Cully begin to shift, and she begins to wonder if this race could change her life more than she imagined.

I found myself rooting for Sadie and Cully as the race was on, and I was on the edge of my seat at times. I laughed a lot and also found myself completely teary-eyed. An epic adventure about perseverance, friendship, and family that you won’t want to miss! Preorder now or request from your local library. This wonderful story releases on July 20, 2021.

About the Author:

Holly Green is a writer from Austin, TX. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her YA novel, IN THE SAME BOAT is forthcoming from Scholastic, July 20, 2021. download (16)