Of Princes and Promises (Rosetta Academy #2): Review

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About the Book:

Title: Of Princes and Promises

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: June 8, 2021

Pages: 304

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Fantasy, YA Romance

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the second installment in a brand-new series set an elite boarding school that’s a contemporary spin on fairy tales, this one a delightful, romantic twist on The Frog Prince.of-princes-and-promises-9781534417571_hr

Caterina LaValle is determined to show she’s still the queen of Rosetta Academy. Sure, her crown may be slightly askew after her ex-boyfriend, Alaric, cheated on her, but she’s a LaValle. She’ll find a way to march right back in there, her hands clutching the strings to the whole puppet show. This time, she’s going to be untouchable.

Rahul Chopra knows that moment he shared with Caterina LaValle at the winter formal meant something. Surely she feels it, too. He’s a little uncertain how someone like him (socially inept to a point way past “adorkable”) could fit into her world, but he’s loved Caterina for years. He knows they’ll find a way.

When Caterina finds out Alaric is taking a supermodel to the upcoming gala, she knows she cannot arrive without the perfect date. But the thought of taking another superficial St. R’s boy exhausts her. The solution? Sweet-but-clueless Rahul Chopra and a mysterious pot of hair gel with the power to alter the wearer into whatever his heart desires.

When Rahul tries it, he transforms instantly into RC—debonair, handsome, and charming. But transformation comes with a price: As Rahul enjoys his new social standing, the line between his two personas begins to blur. Will he give up everything, including Caterina, to remain RC? Or will this unlikely pair find their way back to each other?

Review:

5

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

Of Princes and Promises is the second book in the Rosetta Academy series. Sandhya Menon is an auto-buy author for me, and I love her books so much. She always manages to bring a smile to my face. This installment did not disappoint!

Caterina wants to show that she’s still the creme de la creme of Rosetta Academy after the big breakup with her boyfriend Alaric. She hopes to take back her “crown” and her status. Rahul believes that the dance he shared with Caterina at the winter formal means something, and he’s convinced that she feels that way too. He’s a little uncertain of how he could fit into her world, but he’s adored her for so long. His hope is that they’ll find a way to be together.

When Caterina finds out that Alaric is taking a supermodel to the upcoming gala, she knows she must find the perfect date to accompany her. The thought of taking another one of the fake boys from the school doesn’t appeal to her however. She decides to take Rahul, who is sweet and often oblivious. Caterina takes him to her personal assistant at a small local boutique. There he is transformed into who he dreams of being, by a mysterious pot of hair gel.

When Rahul tries the hair gel, he is turns into the handsome, charming, and cultured RC. He and Caterina hit the social scene and cause quite a stir. Rahul and Caterina discover that the transformation comes with a price however, as the line between Rahul and RC begins to blur. The question is, will Rahul give up everything to become RC, or will he come back to the ones he loves?

I liked watching the character development of Caterina and Rahul throughout the book. Rahul is such a sweet boy and I loved  him from the get go! Such a cinnamon roll. It took awhile for Caterina to grow on me though. She was really only looking out for herself in the beginning. I really loved the overall message that it’s okay to be true to yourself and who you are. Definitely pick this one up ASAP! A fun and fresh new take on the Princess and the Frog that you’re sure to enjoy.

About the Author:

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels with lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been featured in several cool places, including on The Today Show, Teen Vogue, NPR Book Review, Buzzfeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado. Sandhya Menon Author Photo_Digital

 

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Legendborn: Review

About the Book:

Title: Legendborn 

Author: Tracy Deonn 

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books 

Release Date: September 15, 2020

Pages: 501

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA retellings 

Synopsis:

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.81+kCu7EHyL

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
 

Review:

5

Amazing retelling! I love Arthurian stories, so I was very excited to pick this one up, and it did not let me down. This is easily one of my favorite reads from this year so far! There’s amazing world building, a unique magic system, and a diverse cast of characters that I fell in love with.

After a tragic accident in which she loses her mother, Bree Matthews doesn’t want anything to do with her home or her memories. A residential program for bright high school students at UNC-Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape, until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. There’s a demon flying around feeding on human energies. A mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” attempts and fails to wipe Bree’s memory clean.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s buried memory with a hidden connection. On the night her mother died, there was another Merlin at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there may be more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she decides that she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth. She decides to infiltrate the Legendborn by becoming one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, who is Legendborn, but holds a grudge against the group, and has exiled himself. Their partnership pulls them deep into the society’s secrets and closer to each other. A magical war is coming, and Bree must decide how far she’ll go for the truth.

I thought this was an incredible debut by Deonn. I was very impressed with how she handled grief and trauma, social issues, and racism. I highly recommend this one, and I am super excited for book two!

About the Author:

Tracy Deonn is a writer and 2nd gen fangirl. She grew up in North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning two degrees from UNC-CH, Tracy worked in live theater, video games, and K-12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy panels at SFF conventions, reads fanfic, arranges doggy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything.Tracy+Deonn+#26+crop+full++(2)

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: House of Earth and Blood 

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing 

Release Date: March 3, 2020

Pages: 803

Genre: Adult Fantasy, Adult Romance, New Adult, Urban fantasy 

Synopsis:

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.


Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.44778083

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.
 

 

Review:

5

Wow! Just wow! I absolutely loved this adult urban fantasy from Sarah J. Maas. I didn’t think she could come close to the ACOTAR series for me, but she truly did with this one. I was’t sure what to expect going in, other than I knew there was a lot of hype surrounding this one. It definitely lived up to the hype for me. The beginning is a little slow, but once you get past that, things only get better! There’s amazing world building and characters, the things I’ve come to expect from Maas.

Bryce Quinlan has what some would think is the perfect life. She works all day and parties all night. Then a demon murders her closest friends, and she is left wounded and completely alone. When the accused is in jail, and the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself involved in the investigation. She swears she will do whatever it takes to avenge the deaths of her friends.

Hunt Athalar is an infamous Fallen angel, who is now enslaved by the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His strength and skills have been used for one purpose only, to assassinate his boss’s enemies without question. But with a demon wreaking havoc throughout the city, he’s offered an incredible deal. If he helps Bryce to find the murderer, his freedom will finally be within his grasp.

Bryce and Hunt work together digging deep into the underbelly of Crescent City. They discover that there’s a dark power at work that threatens everything and everyone important to them. They also find that there’s passion between them that could set them both free, if they would only allow it to.

I just love Bryce, who is such a strong female main character. I love the absolutely sassy and brooding Hunt as well. One of my other favorites that I adore is the overprotective older brother, Ruhn Dannon. I appreciated the importance of friendship is this book, and also how the grieving process was handled in this one.

I can’t wait for the next book! If you haven’t picked this one up yet, I highly recommend it.

About the Author:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit sarahjmaas.com or follow @therealsjmaas on Instagram. sarah_j_maas_hi_res-2000

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: Windwitch 

Author: Susan Dennard 

Publisher: Tor Teen 

Release Date: January 10, 2017

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

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After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

 

Review:

4

So happy to dive back into this world! A great follow-up to Truthwitch. Our characters find themselves separated from each other in this second installment.

Prince Merik is believed to be dead, after an explosion destroys his ship. He’s been badly burned from the explosion, but he’s alive and determined to prove his sister’s treachery. He reaches the royal capital, where the streets are filled with refugees, and he begins fighting for the weak, and haunting the streets. There are whispers of a demigod, The Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

The Bloodwitch, Aeduan finds that there’s a bounty on Iseult, and he wants to be the first one to find her. When he does find Iseult, she offers him a deal. She will return the money that was stolen from him, if he will help her to find her Threadsister, Safi. They must work together, and they both wonder who will betray the other first?

After a surprise attack and a shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely make it out with their lives. They find themselves in a land full of pirates, and the pirates’ next move could start a war in the Witchlands.

Overall, a great sequel! I’m excited to read Sightwitch and Bloodwitch as soon as possible!

About the Author:

 

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.4499623

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series. When not writing, she can be found slaying darkspawn on her Xbox or earning bruises at the dojo.

You can learn more about Susan on her websiteblognewsletterTwitter, or Pinterest.

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) : Review

About the Book:

Title: The Crown of Gilded Bones 

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 

Publisher: Blue Box Press

Release Date: April 20, 2021

Pages: 645

Genre: Adult Fantasy, Adult Romance 

Synopsis:

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Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…

 

Review:

5

I am so happy that I decided to buddy read this amazing series this year with a friend. The Crown of Gilded Bones is an amazing continuation of the From Blood and Ash Series. Hold onto your hats, as you’re in for a crazy ride! You may think you know how this book is going to play out, but you’re most likely wrong. There are lots of twists and turns in this one. The ending too! Still not over it!

The plot in this one was even more developed, and character development continues. We even get to meet new characters, who are pretty amazing! I also enjoyed the new settings and scenery that are described in this already amazing world. There are some awesome battle scenes, and some action packed adventures! We get more information on the gods in this world too, which is pretty fascinating. I loved all the swoony scenes between Casteel and Poppy too, of course! They have become one of my favorite OTP’s.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the first two books in this series, then you definitely need to pick this one up ASAP! I honestly don’t know how I’m going to wait until next year for the next book.

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.

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The Nature of Witches : Review

About the Book:

Title: The Nature of Witches 

Author: Rachel Griffin 

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: June 1, 2021 

Pages: 362

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Practical Magic meets Twister in this debut contemporary fantasy standalone about heartbreaking power, the terror of our collapsing atmosphere, and the ways we unknowingly change our fate.81jI9AIbfhL

For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.

In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.

In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference.

In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.

In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves…before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.

Review:

4

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

Great debut from author, Rachel Griffin! This book was not only about witches, but it also had a sweet romance, and spoke about some environmental issues in this fictional world.

Every witch in this book, no matter their gender, have their powers based in one season: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The main character, Clara is an Everwitch, meaning that she has the power of all four seasons and can use them throughout the year. As an Everwitch, Clara is very powerful but she is afraid to wield her power, as she feels that she can’t control it. She wants to help the world that’s been damaged by climate change, but she’s afraid she’ll hurt the ones that she loves. Losing her loved ones has been too high of a price to pay.

In the Autumn she wants nothing to do with her magic. In the Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster and Clara realizes she may be the only one who can help. In the Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch who is training her and helping her figure out her powers. As her magic grows, so do her feelings for Sang, and she’s terrified that she will lose him next. In the Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness. 

Great for lovers of angsty romance and witchy reads! Be sure to check this one out. 

About the Author:

Rachel Griffin writes young adult novels inspired by the magic of the world around her. She is the author of the upcoming The Nature of Witches, releasing from Sourcebooks Fire on June 1, 2021, with a second standalone novel to follow in 2022.Rachel Nature Witch

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Rachel has a deep love of nature, from the mountains to the ocean and all the towering evergreens in between. She adores moody skies and thunderstorms, and hopes more vampires settle down in her beloved state of Washington.

On her path to writing novels, Rachel graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science in diagnostic ultrasound. She worked in healthcare for five years and taught ultrasound at her alma mater before making the switch to a small startup. She has been mentoring in Pitch Wars since 2017 and now writes full-time from her home in the Seattle area.

When she isn’t writing, you can find her wandering the PNW, reading by the fire, or drinking copious amounts of coffee and tea. She lives with her husband, small dog, and growing collection of houseplants.

Rachel is represented by Elana Roth Parker of the Laura Dail Literary Agency. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @TimesNewRachel.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: Truthwitch

Author: Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Pages: 416

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.91GZ5-YQ+PL

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Review:

4

Finally started this series as a buddy read with a good friend! It’s been sitting on my shelves staring at me for a long time, lol. This was my first book by Susan Dennard, and I really enjoyed it! It is a fast paced story, with friendship as the focus. I like the magic system and the world-building in this one as well.

Truthwitch is a story about Safi and Iseult, Threadsisters, who often find themselves in trouble. They wind up clashing with a Guildmaster and his merciless Bloodwitch bodyguard, and find themselves on the run.

Safi needs to avoid capture as she’s a rare Truthwitch, who can tell truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so she has had to keep it hidden her whole life, so no one would use it in the struggle between the empires. Iseult’s powers are even hidden from herself.

Safi winds up meeting Prince Merik by happenstance in court, and he reluctantly becomes their ally. They find that Merik’s help may not slow down the Bloodwitch, who is hot on their tails. Safi and Iseult long for freedom, but there are lots of things happening in the empire that are beyond their control. War is coming, treaties are being broken, and a magical contagion is spreading across the land. The girls find themselves forced to take a stand, and fight.

If you enjoy fantasy, I recommend this one!

About the Author:

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. 4499623

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series. When not writing, she can be found slaying darkspawn on her Xbox or earning bruises at the dojo.

You can learn more about Susan on her websiteblognewsletterTwitter, or Pinterest.

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!

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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. 

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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.