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.

About the Author:

Go to the author’s website, www.denight.com for all the info! 

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From Blood and Ash (Book 1):Review

About the Book:

Title: From Blood and Ash

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 

Publisher: Blue Box Press

Release Date: March 30, 2020

Pages: 625

Genre: Adult Fantasy, Adult Romance

Synopsis:

Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor71bH9PgPr4L bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
 

 

 

Review:

5

I first became familiar with Jennifer L. Armentrout when I read and loved the Lux series a number of years back, and I have lots of her books on my TBR. A friend and I decided to do a buddy read of From Blood and Ash, and we jumped right in. Completely obsessed! It was hard to put down. My friend and I would message each other that we needed to read more chapters for the day, lol. It definitely lived up to the hype for me.

Poppy is chosen at birth, and her life has never belonged to her. The Maiden has a very solitary life, and can never be touched, looked upon, spoken to, or able to experience pleasure. As she waits for her Ascension, she would rather be fighting with the royal guards against the evils that took her family, instead of preparing to be worthy for the gods.

The fate of the whole Kingdom rests on Poppy’s shoulders, although she’s never asked for this. Hawke enters her life as a guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension. Things begin to get complicated, as Poppy begins to question everything that she’s ever known, and as she is tempted with the forbidden.

A fallen kingdom is rising once more, and is determined to take back what they believe is theirs. As the shadow of those cursed draws near, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is on the verge of being found unworthy to the gods, losing her heart, and losing her life as her world starts to come apart at the seams.

I absolutely loved the banter between Poppy and Hawke! They reminded me of some of my other favorite bookish couples, and I can totally get behind the comp to Sarah J. Maas.

If you’re a fan of fantasy and adult romance, than I highly recommend this book! I loved the setting, the characters, the romance, and the intrigue. There are lots of twists and turns, and I enjoyed figuring some of them out, and being completely surprised by others. That ending! Can’t wait to start book two, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. I need to find out what happens next.

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.

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 Fiction4476934 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

All the Tides of Fate (Book 2): Review

About the Book:

Title: All the Tides of Fate

Author: Adalyn Grace

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Pages: 368

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can 52345987know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc via Netgalley in a giveaway from the author, Adalyn Grace, and Fierce Reads. Thank you for the opportunity!*

Having recently read All the Stars and Teeth, I was SO excited to dive back into this world. All the Tides of Fate certainly did not disappoint! It’s so hard to put into words how I’m feeling after this one. Definitely feeling all the feels.

The story starts off a couple of months after the events that took place in the first book. You quickly become acclimated. Amora has taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia through much blood and sacrifice. The islands in the kingdom are in a state of turmoil and with people beginning to question Amora, and her authority, she doesn’t want to show anyone her weaknesses. She can’t let anyone know about the curse, her loss of magic, and the boy who holds a part of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora sets out on a quest to find a mythical artifact that could fix all their problems. She finds that it comes at a terrible cost. She tries to find a balance between everything, and learns that the power to rule could absolutely destroy her.

I really loved Amora, although I wanted to throttle her at times because of some of the decisions she made. I found myself going “Why?!” a few times. Amora did face a lot of tough decisions though, and she is stubborn and very strong-willed, and felt as though because of her position, she was the one that had to get things done. I loved how Adalyn wrote this character. She just seems very real and authentic. I am happy that the story didn’t just gloss over Amora’s grief and anxiety either, and it was handled well.

I truly enjoyed the whole cast of characters in this duology. I’m so glad I got to spend more time with Amora’s crew. They were a lot of fun, and they gave me a lot of laughter as well as tears.

A delightful world that I am sad to say goodbye to. A painfully beautiful story, make sure you have some tissues handy.

About the Author:

Adalyn Grace is a New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth, which was named “2020’s biggest YA fantasy” by Entertainment Weekly.

Prior to becoming an author, Adalyn spent four years working in live theatre, acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper, and studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular series The Legend of Korra.

Local to San Diego, Adalyn spends her non-writing days by watching too much anime, and by playing video games with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs.


You can follow her on:
Twitter: @AdalynGrace_
Instagram: @authoradalyngrace17671937

All the Stars and Teeth: Review

About the Book:

Title: All the Stars and Teeth

Author: Adalyn Grace 

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Pages: 373

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer — the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious downloadpirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder — and more peril — than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

 

 

Review:

5

A solid debut for Adalyn Grace! This book and cover called to me, as I love books that take place on or near the sea. I also love the fact that it involves pirates, mermaids, quests, and magic which are some of my favorite things.

Amora Montara is the princess of the island kingdom of Visidia. She’s been training her whole life to be a high animancer, a master of souls. Others in the kingdom have been able to choose their magic, but Amora has never had a choice and must prove herself capable and worthy of being able to wield the magic.

As Amora is giving her demonstration and things go awry, she is forced to flee the island and strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate. As she begins her journey, she begins to see there are lots of things happening in the kingdom that she never knew about, and there’s a destructive new type of magic on the rise. In order to defeat this magic, Amora must face many perils. The fate of Visidia and the crown are in her hands.

I highly recommend this one if you enjoy high seas adventures with a dash of romance! Be sure to add this one to your TBR if you haven’t yet.

About the Author:

Adalyn Grace is a New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth, which was named “2020’s biggest YA fantasy” by Entertainment Weekly.

Prior to becoming an author, Adalyn spent four years working in live theatre, acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper, and studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular series The 17671937Legend of Korra.

Local to San Diego, Adalyn spends her non-writing days by watching too much anime, and by playing video games with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs.

You can follow her on:
Twitter: @AdalynGrace_
Instagram: @authoradalyngrace

Thorn Review

About the Book:

Title: Thorn

Author: Intisar Khanani 

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: March 24, 2020

Pages: 512

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.



Includes The Bone Knife, a bonus short story set in the world of Thorn.
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Review:

5

I became very interested in this book when I saw the beautiful cover and learned that it’s a goose girl retelling! I love fairytales and retellings, so I figured this book would be up my alley. It definitely exceeded my expectations! I absolutely felt as though I were living in a fairytale reading this book. I loved the atmosphere and the language and the imagery so much. The author tackles some tough subjects in this book, and I think she did so in a compassionate way.

I adored Alyrra and became very invested in her journey. She’s a Princess who’s poorly treated by her family and her people and betrothed to a Prince in another land. On her journey to the Prince’s homeland, she is robbed of her identity and role as a princess from a mysterious and fearsome sorceress. Alyrra decides to take this opportunity and become a goose girl to escape the palace life. She soon learns that Prince Kestrin and his kingdom aren’t at all what they seem, and she knows she can’t stay a goose girl forever. She must decide who exactly she is and what she believes in.

I think if you like fantasy, fairytales, and retellings you would enjoy this one! I am so excited for Theft of Sunlight, the companion novel that is releasing in March of 2021. I will be doing a buddy read of the e-arc in November.

About the Author:

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Prior to publishing her novels, Intisar worked as a public health consultant on projects relating to infant mortality and minority health, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy.

Intisar’s current projects include the re-release of her debut, Thorn, from HarperTeen (2020) and her indie epic fantasy series, The Sunbolt Chronicles.

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