Wild Embers by Nikita Gill Review

34253376Title: Wild Embers
Author: Nikita Gill
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 160
Rating : 5 Stars

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Synopsis

They have lightning in their souls, thunder in their hearts, chaos in their bones.

Nikita Gill’s poetry has captured hearts and minds all over the world; her inspirational words have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online, been plastered across placards on international women’s marches and even transformed into tattoos. This collection will showcase mostly unseen poetry and prose, delving into ideas about passion, identity, empowerment and femininity.

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wild Ember is a collection of poetry and prose written by Nikita Gill. This was my first experience reading anything from this author and I highly enjoyed it. I will be picking up more of her writing in the future.

My favorite section was that of the rewritten fairy tale heroines, these poem were magical and everything I never knew I needed. This poetry collection was filled with poems about survival, self love, feminism and healing. I really connected with what the author was saying and I think everyone should pick up a copy f this book, its beautifully written.

Wild Embers has become one of my all-time favorite poetry collections.

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson Review

30969741.jpgTitle: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 300
Rating: 5 Stars

 


 

Synopsis

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

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There was so much hype around this book, I was wary to pick it up. I heard so many amazing reviews, so when I had an audio book credit I thought this might be a good time to try this book. OhMyGod!!!! This book was so much fun!! It had all my favorite things, an autumn fae Prince who can shape shift, a wonderful main character and the descriptions of the courts are so beautifully written. And it’s a standalone, so the story gets wrapped up at the end, no leaving you on a cliffhanger and waiting a year for more. Even though I would love to read more about these character’s.

Isobel is such a great character, right from the very start. She is quick witted and down to earth. She has a no nonsense attitude and is proud of her craft. Rook was sarcastic,arrogant and sweet, so naturally I loved him. He’s adorable !! He’s so sassy. As the story progresses the two character’s have such heartfelt moments. The side character’s were also great Gadfly ,Lark and Aster I loved them so much.

Within the first chapter I was hooked, written in first person, I was completely drawn in. The use of human craft was a unique touch on a fae story. It also had reoccurring fae elements such as they cannot lie, they have negative reactions to iron, they’re vain and over confident. This book held all the magic feelings that I love about Fae. Can I also say the cover is absolutely gorgeous!!

My only complaint is i felt the ending was a little rushed and some minor things weren’t explained. This book was full of action, romance, humor, all the elements of an amazing YA Fantasy. This is a stunning debut and I’m really excited to see what Margaret Rogerson comes out with next.


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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Review

15837671Title: Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

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Trigger warnings: anxiety, OCD

When I first heard that John Green had written a new book I was a little hesitant as my love for John Green is a hit or miss. I really loved The Fault in our Stars but I hated Paper Towns. I really really enjoyed this book, I listened to it on audio book. Green’s writing is beautiful, like well thought out prose. The beauty in the words,there are so many quotes that I loved. The metaphors of stars, the poetry about life and death.

There isn’t much of a plot but more about the character’s. Aza’s struggles and understanding of her thoughts. There was a small romance between Aza and Davis, which was super cute. It was slow and cautious. I loved how nerdy he is and how he’s such a good big brother.

I loved Aza so much,she was honestly amazing. Green’s descriptions of her mental health was very well written. I really connected to Aza and her thought spirals as I also have struggles with anxiety. Not in the same way as Aza but the descriptions of invasive thoughts are the same. The feeling that they control you not you controlling them.I love how he wrote about the struggles of her OCD and Anxiety, that in the end she wasn’t “cured”.

I love how he writes his character’s, he doesn’t make the teenagers less intelligent because of there age. Which seems to cause huge debates online. People disagree with how smart he writes teenager’s saying they do not talk the way he writes them. I think he captures  that teenagers can be misunderstood and they are capable of being highly intelligent and don’t deserve to be looked down at.

“Spirals grow infinitely small the farther you follow them inward, but they also grow infinitely large the farther you follow them out.”

The female friendship is so strong in this book, even though Daisy struggles to understand Aza but  she still stands by her. This is one of the best mental health book’s I have ever read, and one of my favorite book’s of 2017. I highly recommend it.


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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard Review

30227022Title:King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 512
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Synopsis

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

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I’m finished FINALLY! I started reading the book in March and I was in a bit of a book slump also some personal stuff was going on with school. It just wasn’t the right time to read it so I put it down. I kept seeing it on my currently reading shelf and felt it was time to finish it. So here we are 9 months later.

King’s Cage was a really big disappointment and a huge let down from Glass Sword. Book one and two I loved them so much and had such high expectations for book three that I’m not sure what happened. I’m clearly not in the popular opinin of this book, which has 4 and 5 star ratings, but there was just something missing for me.

Let’s start off with the positives. I love how this book gave us more Maven which were honestly my favorite parts. I love this character this boy is flawed,broken and complex. He loves Mare and has a soft spot for her but he’s so twisted and cunning that he dose not even fully understand his own feelings.

Now the negatives. I didn’t like all the POV’S such as Cameron and Evangeline, I dn’t understand what there chapter’s contributed to the overall story. I felt like the book could have been shorter, it had unnecessary elements that added nothing to the movement of the plot line.

I’m excited for the final book, I hope it has what this book was missing.


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ARC Review **The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert**

34275232Title: The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 368
Publication date: January 30 2018
Rating: 3 Stars

 

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

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**Thank you to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for sending me an uncorrected proof to read and review. If you’re interested in reading this book, it will be released on January 30th, 2018.

This was one on my most anticipated book’s of 2018 and i’m so sad that I was disappointed with how the story fell flat. I was hoping for a dark magical story and there were elements but I wanted more. The book moves at a pretty slow pace and i struggled to stay invested. It was interesting, but I found a lot of the time I would get bored and distracted easily. What I did like was the cover ohmygod its gorgeous that’s what first drew me to this book. Secondly the writing, it was whimsical and flowed nicely.

My issues with this book firstly was the plot. I felt really confused and tried to follow what was happening but I found myself just not caring what happened to the characters. Secondly I didn’t feel a connection to any of the character’s. I felt for Alice having her mother go missing but that was about all. I didn’t connect with her personality and Finch I found was annoying. He made Alice’s problem his way of jumping into the adventure and tried to make it about himself.

I realize this is an unpopular opinion compared to other reviews who are rating the book 4 or 5 stars, but honestly I’m surprised at my reaction too. I was really looking forward to this book but maybe it just wasn’t the right time for me to read it.


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Charcoal Thunderstorms by Cheyenne Raine Review

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Title: Charcoal Thunderstorms
Author: Cheyenne Raine
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 140
Publication Date: November 2017

Rating: 4.5
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Synopsis

Charcoal thunderstorms is a collection that dances with a more youthful and adventurous escape of poetry. the book has eighty poems divided into five chapters and six short stories and tales. the paperback version allows for the reader to create art within the pages where the poems dwell. there is an art to loving a storm, here is where it begins.

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I was given a free PDF copy of charcoal thunderstorms by the author in exchange for a review.

This poetry collection is divided into 6 sections, 5 of the 6 sections are poetry and the last is a group of stories. My favorite section was Monsters and Magic, I also really enjoyed some of the stories. My favorite story was Dreams of Dragons. Cheyenne’s writing style is beautiful and magical it leaves you with in a state of awe. This collection is meant to remind you of your childhood, poems full of fantasy imagery including dragons and elves,moons and oceans. Cheyenne is very talented poet,this is actually the second poetry collection of her’s I’ve read (Maroon Daydreams also really liked it.) I love this collection,it felt like reading a fairy tale.

I think that everyone will be able to find something in this collection that they will love. I highly recommend picking up this book. One of my favorite poetry collections of this year!


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ARC Review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

33785151Title: Friend Request
Author:Laura Marshall
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 4 Stars


Synopsis

Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn’t she?

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she’d severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria–or whoever’s pretending to be her–is known to all.


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Thank you to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.

The story alternates between the past and present. In 1989, we see Louise as a teenage girl trying to fit in with the popular crowd. A new girl, Maria moves to town and there a rumors about her from her old school. Louise gets trapped between be-befriending Maria and impressing the other girls. Louise feels isolated from the other girls and turns her back on Maria. In the present time, 2016, Louise is an interior designer who is recently divorced with a 4 year old son. She gets a Facebook friend request from Maria, 25 years after her death.

The writing was suspenseful and the dialogue flowed well as the story unraveled. There are many issues that are relevant in today’s society such as Social media (Facebook) and bullying. Social media is great for staying in touch and sharing pictures with family and friends, but there is a dark side that anyone can just look up your profile. People need to be careful what they post online for others to see.

This was a great debut novel, that keeps you guessing until the very end. I had some guesses as to who sent the request and was proven to be very wrong. I would recommend this highly!


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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas Review

31450852Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre:Ya, Fantasy
Pages: 664
Rating :4 Stars

Synopsis

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

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About an hour ago I finished Tower of Dawn which is the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series. The ending had me in tears. I went into this without a ton of expectations because as I’ve said in the past I am not that fond of Chaol but this book completely changed my mind. I always knew I was going to read this book but it took me a while to get to it. Chaol really has improved from that rude human being who he once was. I loved getting more of insight into his feelings…what he went through with his breakup with Aelin , his love for Dorian

Taking place during the events of Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn follows Chaol and Nesryn to Antica, part of the Southern Continent, where Chaol is in search of healing for his injury also they are striving for an alliance with the Khaganate that could tip the war in there favor.

The first 300 pages I found to be pretty slow because there is so many new characters and world building. But the rest the book really picked up. I only gave this book 4 stars because of the first half the the book and also because I was uninterested in Chaol up until that point.

Chaol’s healing felt a lot like Aelin’s story in Heir of Fire with how she had to really break and face everything she was before she could rebuild herself and move forward with a purpose. Chaol had to go through the same story arc, his body and soul needed to heal together. He goes through so much in this book and has really grown as a person.

YERENE! She first appeared in the Assins Blade ( which I have still have yet to read) .Her sassy-ness and she takes no bull shit towards Chaol. She is resentful to have to heal Chaol because of her hatred for the old King and Ardalan. There relationship grows and I love them together. I liked the fact that she didn’t do things for him and made him do things for himself. Sarah is so good at writing badass female character’s.

Nesryn. I found her story sort of dragged, until the end of the story. I feel like we still don’t really know to much about her. That she is sort of a filler character. I liked her story with the Prince and the ruk’s.

If you were thinking about skipping this book , I suggest you don’t as there is a lot of important information you need to go into the next book. It was supposed to be a novella but it is not its a the sixth book to the series. So much happens in this book that I cant talk about because of spoilers but I do recommend you do pick this up.

SARAH J MAAS IS LIFE! This series is just EVERYTHING to me. I really missed not having Aelin and Dorian around and cannot wait for the next installment even though it will be the last. I’m not ready for what is to come, but I am ready for everyone to be reunited.


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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter Review

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Title: Bonfire
Autor: Krysten Ritter
Genre: Adult,Mystery,Thriller
Pages:288
Expected publication: November 9th 2017 by Hutchinson
Rating: 3 stars

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Synopsis:

Should you ever go back?

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?


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Thanks to NetGallery and Crown Publishing for providing an advanced copy for an unbiased review.

I love Krysten Ritter in Breaking bad and Jessica Jones so naturally I was excited to read this book. Sadly I was a little disappointed. Right away reading the book I felt like it had a very generic story line. It was the same story about a girl who leaves her hometown and then something causes her to come back.Now has to face all the people and problems from her past. I’m not saying it was a bad story I did enjoy it, I was just expecting a little more.

For a debut novel, it was a solid effort and I look forward to any other novels she may write in the future. The writing style was simple yet compelling, it sucks you into the story. I would say it’s more of a drama than a suspense. The villain of the story to me was pretty obvious, I had it pinned down almost upon meeting the character. So that took a lot of the mystery of out it, but the reason why I wouldn’t have guessed.

I recommend this novel to readers first getting into thrillers or just enjoy non frightening mysteries.


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Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda Review

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Title:Best Day Ever
Author: Kaira Rouda
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.


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I actually really enjoyed this book. I read it in just a few hours, not wanting to stop once I started. I knew nothing about this book going into it. I picked it up at Chapters because it was a new thriller and it was on the recommended shelf, which is always cheaper.

I found it to be a fast paced novel. Starting in the morning Paul and Mia get ready for a road trip to there lake house for the first time since the previous Autumn. This story takes place during a 24 hour hour time line. Told in first person narration strictly from Paul’s point of view, we get to see his mindset. He is an unreliable narrator because he believe himself to be above everyone around him including his wife.

The author does a great job at building tension between Paul and Mia. As the reader you get to see inside Paul’s mind but see Mia reaction to what he is saying. He is a man with many secrets that Mia does not know about. Quickly we see that paul is not all that he wants us to see. There is something sinister about him. I didn’t like him right away, but then again were not really supposed to.

The ending ties up the story nicely,leaving no loose ends. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick paced domestic thriller.


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