Wayward Witch – Book Review

When I first got this book I received it as an ARC. In fact all three of these books I received as ARC’s. Since these all came to me as e-arc’s I don’t own any physical copies but I need them! These will probably be my Christmas gift to myself.
I prolonged finishing this as long as I could because I didn’t want this to end, and by the time I was actually done the book was released! Let’s dive into the review because I have things to say!

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The Assassins Daughter – Book Review

Hey guys! Today is my stop for The Assassin’s Daughter Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. As always you have a chance to win in the Giveaway, don’t forget to enter at the end!

Title: The Assassin’s Daughter (The Hybrid Chronicles Book 1)
Author: Shana Vernon
Publication Date: July 15, 2020
Publisher: Shana Vernon
Formats: Paperback, ebook
Pages: 195
Find It: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle

I’ve been hiding from the Guild since I was born. If they knew about my magic, they would kill me in a heartbeat. I should be avoiding them, but instead, I enter the Guild as a regular human recruit.
Why?
Papa went missing after a mission, and I need answers. I realize I might have bitten off more than I can chew when my new instructor is the guy I kissed a few months before. It doesn’t seem like Cade recognizes me without my disguise, but if he does and blows the whistle, I’m as good as dead and so is Papa.

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My Thoughts:

Where, where do I start!?
Right away the reader is thrown into the story. There was very little background and build up but hey, this was a bit on the shorter side. That in no way hindered the experience. In fact it was kind of nice not spending an immense amount of time waiting for the story to start.
The book’s pace was fast moving. A lot of this takes place inside the Guilds training facility. Which felt very Hunger Games meets Harry Potter -esque to me. Not only do the initiates undergo tests for their fighting skills, they are also tested on knowledge and even take classes. One such class was Poisons, something that kept making me think of Potions or Herbology. Though not in a dark dungeon or greenhouse.

The myriad of characters that Vernon has created in her story truly brings this fantasy adventure to life. Our protagonist makes a variety of friends who’s personalities vary from snarky and sassy (Sofia), hot and muscular (every guy she meets), to pretty and polished (Brielle). Along with some enemies. The reader gets to spend a great amount of time getting to know these characters, as most of the story takes place from within the Guilds HQ. So there was no feeling of disconnect due to the lack of build up in the beginning.

While Lenna’s character may at first sound like a typical heroine, she has more depth than expected. She’s patient, biding the right time to make her moves. She’s incredibly rational, making little to no mistakes due to over emotional stress. This was a huge refreshment in a world where female protagonists often let their emotions guide their decisions. Then you have your basics, strength in body and abilities galore! Lenna has a diverse number of abilities which she uses to her advantage.

For a while it’s hard to tell where the romance is coming from. As I mentioned there are a couple of male’s in this book. Each one with a certain soft spot for our protagonist. About halfway through the book we finally get a look at who will take on the role of lead male. Now, it’s not what you would call a subtle connection. However it wasn’t exactly instalove either.

Suffice it to say it’s a good thing this is only the first book, because at the end you’re definitely left wanting for more. There’s no way you can read this book and not wonder what Vernon is going to bring us next. Here’s to hoping the wait isn’t long!

My Rating:

I couldn’t give this a full five star rating and here’s why. There is way too much sexual tension that seems to come out of nowhere. It’s like, Leena sees a guy and Bam! Somehow he’s automatically super sexy with huge muscles and now she’s having dirty thoughts. Also they all seem to want her.
For me that was just very impractical. Sexual tension in books is great! But it happened almost every time she saw a guy.

Recommendation:

I would definitely recommend this book! To lovers of Fantasy, Action, and Adventure. Not to mention the huge Paranormal element.

About Shana:

Shana Vernon is a full-time writer and mother of triplet boys. ​When she isn’t writing or taking care of her kiddos, she is reading, exercising, experimenting with cooking, or traveling around the world.

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Devils Ways – Book Review

Hey guys! As promised I’m featured in a blog tour this week hosted by Rockstar Book Tours ❤ I love this site so much. There is always something fun to take part in.
Let’s get into it. Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway at the end!

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Beautiful Creatures Book Review

Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance,
Pages: 563

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

My Thoughts:

This was a really long read and a bit of a push to get through. The story was very slow to progress. I would have enjoyed it more if it moved faster. So much the book just felt sluggish. You could probably take out about 200 pages of unnecessary and the book would still have plenty of body, enough detail for everyone to get the big picture and then some.
Ethan and Lena (Lena Beena), the love story; how much is there to say really? It was your average falling head over heals, obsessive, sticking to each other like glue kind of adolescent love. A typical YA trope. It was cute in that homely way, but it wasn’t really heart felt. Not for me.

I did enjoy the characters! So there was that. Every single character was one that I easily loved! Riddley, Ama and Ethan, hands down my favourite. Ama’s confidence in her wisdom, gained from her own years and from those passed down to her by her mother and grandmother. She’s definitely picturesque when it comes to the south.
Riddley is one of the antagonists though not the antagonist. She’s very good at being bad. You can’t help but love her for that. Also, she made me want lollipops while I was reading.
Ethan = Southern Charm ❤ who doesn’t love that?

The magic element, the paranormal, the fantasy. That was what attracted me to this series. It was nullified by the endless pages of ranting detail but it was prominent enough in the whole picture that it kept me holding on.
The whole book just felt, mediocre. So this review might be mediocre as well. Sorry about that guys.

I do intend to read the next book. This looks like a promising series, I want it to be good! To be worth the long exasperated build up.

My Rating:

My Recommendation:

Read it. Don’t push it. Give yourself plenty of time to adjust with the slow movement of the plot. It’s definitely worth trying especially those who are interested in magic and fantasy, and also the south.

Have you read this series? Let me know! I wanna hear what you thought of this first book, the movie and the series a whole if you’ve read it.

Love and Gelato – Book Review

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

Pages: 389

“I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

My Thoughts: I’ve never been to Italy, though it has always been part of my bucket list. Thanks to Lina, Howard, Ren, and of course Jenna Evans Welch, I feel as though I was just there! This book was everything I was looking for. A fun, light, sweet adventure. Something to kick start my summer.

For a book that revolves around an otherwise heart crushing background, it was really good! I had plenty of laughs and even a few giddy smiles. A few. What Lina goes through, her grief and her loneliness…….I could feel it. Jenna Evans Welch does a great job of putting you right in the middle of Lina’s heart. If, like me, you are no longer a teenager but reading this it will throw you right back into all those feelings of infatuation and adventure. And if, like me, you have felt the bitter tang of loss, you will also be reminded of the grief that comes with being without the person who was a part of your everyday life. Even if you haven’t. It is a very real struggle. Jenna Evans does a wonderful job of taking that and writing a book that doesn’t feel morbid or depressing, despite Lina’s living situation.

Ren (Lorenzo) was easily my favourite character. He brought on a lot of humor! He was cute, quirky, just the right amount of weird and very outspoken.

No offense but Ren can be very strange. He always says whatever pops into his head.

From the moment Ren meets Lina he jumps right into helping her uncover the secrets of her mothers journal. Which leads to quite the adventure. They share an affection that can be taken to either a comfortable level of friendship or, maybe something more? Also, he lives in a gingerbread house! Spoiler! Just a small one.

Howard’s character is big on history. He takes Lina to a few places in Florence and details the history behind the statue pieces, art and buildings he shows her. He’s also a great dad, though maybe a little bit too lenient. Even if Lina is almost eighteen. Howard is jumps right into his new “dad” role when it comes to Lina. Even going as far as intimidating Ren about taking Line out and about. He’s crazy about the Beatles (nice), pizza and makes muffins at like twelve a.m. Aside from being surprisingly sweet, he also has his own secrets that surprised me a little bit toward the end. But you’ll just have to read the book to find out what they are.

I pictured Harrison Ford (as Professor Jones) for Howard, and I’m not really sure why!

Lina’s character, much like the book, was expected and not surprising. Unlike other adolescent characters in books, she was only mildly annoying toward the end. Other than that I found her character quite refreshing. She clearly tries to put a lid on her feelings over losing her mother. Since it’s been only her and her mother all of her life I was quite impressed with how she did (not that she needed to). There were break downs, understandable. Also the time she took to read through her mothers journal was agonizing to me! Probably because I was so eager to know what happened. I blame this on good writing skills from the author. Still, like Ren, she was cute and awkward.

Side Note: Gelato! I must know what real Gelato tastes like!

My Rating:

Recommend? Absolutely! This received an average score from me because it felt like an average book. That might seem harsh but I don’t mean for it to. I just mean that I wasn’t blown away. Of course I wasn’t looking to be. I was looking for something to cleanse my palette and this did exactly that. I love it for what it was and yes, I do recommend reading it. Especially for the summer.

What are you reading this Summer? It’s not the official season yet but the weather sure feels like it! If you’ve read this I’d LOVE to know what your take on it was.

A Million Worlds With You Review

9780062279033-l Author: Claudia Gray

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: YA Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 432

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.

3504ba9aea7ea2417527462ed880f1ddMy Thoughts: A Million Worlds With You is the conclusion to the Firebird Trilogy. A series based on the fantasy of parallel universes and the invention of the Firebird. A device that allows one to jump into these dimensions through the conscious of their other existing selves.

When you’re in the minority of the bunch you might take some time to re-think your position. Asking yourself if there’s any wiggle room for a more open mind. OR you might be completely confident in your opinion. I would be the latter.

What started out as a whirlwind of adventure, quickly fell into a ravine of disappointment. I say that about the trilogy as a whole. What catapulted the trilogy into it’s decline, for me, was this book alone. Since it is the last book, it had the most impact. Especially because it was the most anticipated for me. First of all let me just say that Marguerite is the WORST character! Character growth was non existent for her. It felt as though there was no improvement in her maturity level. Marguerite was incredibly repetitive, reminding us over and over again of her regrets and the consequences of her rash actions in the previous book. She also came off as incredibly selfish with backward priorities. Only thinking of her relationship with Paul, instead of the current (possible) destruction of several universes. Looking back now I realize this was also a big fault in her character in the second book as well. For all her claims throughout the book about trying to “fix” a broken Paul, she herself is nothing more than a broken record.

giphy (3)Where Marguerite’s character meets complete intolerance, Theo’s meets complete revivification. When we first met Theo he was the villain. Now he’s a favorite character, maybe even the best actually. Every appearance from him was like walking out into the fresh air after being in the stuffy, muggy, smelly room that was Marguerite. He was funny, clever, and just…….normal! Not to mention incredibly likable. It was great! There’s also something to be said about his friendship to Marguerite and Paul despite his feelings for her.

The book was not a complete loss. The adventure was there. Though heavily masked by all of the annoyance and repetition. There were many new dimensions that we got to see, which was the only reason I stuck with this through the end. Claudia Gray truly has a gift for creating worlds. She brings to life the impossible and makes it very real in your minds eye. She creates worlds that leave you with the desire to visit on your next vacation, if only it were real (dang it).

Rating: 7c629b43d19c572bd68e7a74753d341a7c629b43d19c572bd68e7a74753d341a

I just could not give this anything more than two stars. It took so much effort just to finish this book. Which was only endured because of principle. I read the first two, might as well see the ending. Truthfully though it was a bit agonizing.

Recommend: Not really. It won’t be what you’re hoping it to be. At the very least I would say borrow it from the library or a friend.