Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy - Entangled TEEN Event!


Are you a lover of Fantasy? Good. Now take that a bit deeper. Would you say that you fall more in the Urban Fantasy camp, or the Epic Fantasy camp? Most of us have a favorite, and this week Entangled TEEN wants to know which one you love most! 

Yes friends, Urban vs. Epic Fantasy Week is your chance to make your allegiances known, and shout your choice loud and proud! (I promise not to tell if you secretly love both, but just pick one. Shhh... we're on the same page.)

This week our blog will highlight a little bit of this event every day. You can check out the whole schedule below!

Tuesday, February 28th: Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy Twitter Chat @ 9-10PM PST

Wednesday, March 1st: Bloggers post a feature with the authors on #TeamUrban

Thursday, March 2nd: Bloggers post a feature with the authors on #TeamEpic

Friday, March 3rd: Bloggers and authors write/share posts about why they're team Urban/Epic and recommend some of their favorite reads!
Are you in? I sure hope so!

This blogger is settling herself on #TeamEpic for this challenge, because I have to tell you all that I'm in LOVE with good world building. I'm also head over heels for all of the books on this list. Which, of course, I'll be spotlighting for you this week!


Oh, and in case you didn't notice, there's a KILLER giveaway right at the bottom of this post. Trust me, you want to enter this one. Good luck!


The Grand Prize winner of the contest will receive the following:

True Born (True Born Trilogy, #1) by L.E. Sterling
Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, #1) by Brenda Drake
Spindle by Shonna Slayton

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Book Blitz: Embraced by Britni Hill

Happy Tuesday my book loving friends. Can you believe February is over already? These first few months of 2017 have flown by. In celebration of its official release today, I bring you an exciting new romance: Embraced by Britni Hill.


Embraced Britni Hill 
Publication date: February 28, 2017
Genres: New Adult Romance

Abby had her world rocked when her parents announced they were separating. Unable to deal, she packed up and transferred schools, heading to Western Palm. Sharing an apartment with her best friend and a roommate makes for close quarters.



Trying to stay upbeat, Abby dons a sexy costume and parties the Halloween night away with her friends. Instant attraction draws her to Adam but she’s not looking for a relationship. Certain he's just like all the others she's dated, she tries to keep her distance. Adam is relentless, constantly proving he’s worth her time.



Spending the holidays with family should be fun, but a surprise waits for Abby on Christmas Eve. Family traditions are turned into a circus and Abby loses all faith in relationships. Can Adam help her gain that confidence back and get her to embrace the way she feels for him?





Keep an eye out for my review coming later this week! 
Britni Hill is a new adult and contemporary romance author. She spends her days as a hair stylist, and her nights with the characters in her head striving to write real, page turning romance.

Britni lives in Indiana where she was born and raised. She has a rescue pup she adores and an unhealthy love of binging on cheesy, teenage dramas. If she isn’t writing, she’s reading or watching horror flicks with her boyfriend.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Book Excerpt + Giveaway: The Secret Billionaire byTeymour Shahabi


Here's hoping that your Monday kicked off right, and your day is going well! I might be able to aid in that, actually, with another spotlight on a book that is particularly interesting to me. Are you a fan of mystery and intrigue? Then you need to check out The Secret Billionaire.

1960s — March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.

His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.

Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere... Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?
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Did that peak your interest? Well, allow me to add to that with an excerpt! Also, don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom, where you'll find a giveaway as well! Happy reading!


The Metropolitan Times


At nine o’clock yesterday morning, following ninety days of fruitless searching, billionaire industrialist and businessman Lyndon Surway was officially pronounced dead. Mr. Surway was last seen by members of his staff departing from the main airplane hangar of his estate a few minutes past eight in the morning, flying alone aboard one of his aircraft. His last recorded words to the command center crew of his hangar were: “Clear skies and mild winds. Perfect visibility, or as perfect as I could hope, for as long as I can tell. Gentlemen, I wish you a thorough enjoyment of this fine day.” Nothing unusual was noted in his language or behavior.

The late Mr. Surway often took his plane out with no stated destination. But this time, he failed to return at the customary hour of six in the evening. As no word had been received from him, the kitchens were advised that he would likely dine outside. At ten o’clock on the following morning, when there was still no news of Mr. Surway or his aircraft, the Steward of the House alerted the municipal, state, and federal authorities, and a search began for the missing magnate. But no airport, hotel, hospital or inn within fuel’s range of the estate could provide any information. Dozens of interviews bore no result. Countless journalists and detectives rushed in from every corner of the country, but none of them could unearth a single clue regarding Mr. Surway’s whereabouts. Not even the Steward could guess where Mr. Surway had gone. On the morning of his disappearance, Mr. Surway had only told him: “My day is free and so am I.”

Fifteen infantry troops were dispatched, with over a hundred hound dogs, across more than two hundred miles of hills and valleys surrounding the town of Spring Forge, where Mr. Surway lived. The infantry and the dogs found nothing. The Air Force then loaned eighteen jet-powered aircraft to continue the search. The Navy joined the effort with five ships, sixteen helicopters, and four submarines to scour the coastal regions, islands, and ocean floor within flying range of the Eastern Seaboard. Again nothing was found. Finally then, a large-scale search was conducted through the grounds and the buildings of Surway House itself, led by seven hundred volunteers from Spring Forge and other towns throughout the valley. Still they found nothing. Yesterday marked three months since Mr. Surway’s disappearance. The aircraft was legally declared lost, and its owner deceased. Mr. Surway, estimated for each of the past twelve years to be the wealthiest man in the Western Hemisphere, leaves behind no known relatives.

Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris in 1985 of Persian parents. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He currently lives in New York City, where he's spent the last few years among serious grownups who probably have no idea he’s doing this. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book. 

You can watch (and help) him try to figure out writing and life at www.youtube.com/PageWingChannel.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review: Chameleon by Zoe Kalo

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Chameleon
Author: Zoe Kalo
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: Paperback; 250
Release Date: February 2, 2017
Source: Author/Xpresso Tours
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Content Screening: Violence

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy a darker/psychological aspect to their stories

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret… 

17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.

When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out… Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?
What first drew me to this book was the cover, isn't it gorgeous? I read the synopsis and knew that I had to get my hands on this intriguing story. Seances, murder, mystery and a convent, what could possibly go wrong?

Let's start with the good. First off, Paloma was an interesting character. Her experience and apathy toward her new "home" made her a character I could easily relate to. Who would want their senior year of high school uprooted? And to a convent? I would have hated it too. There was definitely a mystery about her and her curiosity about her new friends was natural and moved at a great pace. Paloma herself had some demons to battle and I really enjoyed her amateur sleuthing techniques and observations.

I have to say, what bothered me about this book is how rushed everything seemed at the end. The story was building nicely, sometimes even a bit slowly, and then all of the sudden I am rereading sections to try to figure out what happened. I love a good mystery/suspense build and I was disappointed in how quickly this one switched gears.

If you enjoy drama and a who-done-it thriller then this is the book for you. Lots of intrigue and interesting twists await you, I just didn't particularly enjoy the rushed ending.







FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Comic Book Haul (2/22/17)

Who loves comic book hauls?

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Depending on your level of obsession with comics, you may or may not know that Wednesday is also known as #NCBD or NEW COMIC BOOK DAY! Huzzah!

It's the day when most comics release their new issues, and when people like me attack their local comic book stores and Comixology with grabby little hands.

*mimics pushing people out the way to snag things*

Yeah, it's like that.


ANYWAY....
I thought I'd start a new feature whenever I have a new comic haul. Which, to be honest, is not every week anymore. Only because I fell behind and have a huge backlog to read. I treated myself this week though, and had a cart saved before this morning. So here is what I purchased!

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First up, I didn't realized I'd missed issue #6 of The Backstagers, so of course I had to snag both that and #7. This story arc is at an end, and the first TP comes out soon if you're more the type who likes waiting for those. I can't recommend this series enough! It's funny, sweet, slightly spooky, and full of friendship. The art is also fabulous, and always on point. This is a must read!



Next, I snagged The Belfry by Gabriel Hardman. Look, I'm not going to lie. I autobuy anything by him, or Corrina Beckho. Still, this comic in particular I'm pretty darn excited for! It's a one shot that deals with survival in the most tropical, and dangerous of places. If that wasn't enough, the cover is absolutely eerie. So yes, this went into my cart.



Lastly, I picked up The Legend of Beard Fist because well... look at the cover! Plus I've seen this around on Tumblr, and the few panels I've seen cracked me up. This looks like a lot of fun and, I'm sure you're seeing a trend here, the art is great! SOLD SOLD SOLD.

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So that's my haul for today! I'll be sure to throw up some reviews of these, either here or on my Goodreads. Follow along if you're interested! Until next time, happy comic book reading!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Chameleon by Zoe Kalo


Chameleon
Zoe Kalo
Publication date: February 2nd 2017
Genres: Gothic, Young Adult
An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…

17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.

When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out… Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?
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Madre Estela remained standing by the door. “Get a bucket and fill it with water.”

Her hypercritical eyes sliced through my self-worth as I grabbed one of the metal buckets, lifted it into the sink, and turned on the faucet. I watched, transfixed, as the water gushed like a torrent spurting from an open artery. The cold spray raised goosebumps on my arms.

Madre Estela snapped her fingers. “Move.”

As I hauled the bucket to the door, some of the water slushed over the edge and splattered to the floor.

“Add the detergent,” she said stiffly, irritated by my clumsiness.

I chose a green bottle, twisted the cap, and poured. The acrid pine smell stung my nostrils.

“Get a sponge and a brush from there. Get going. We don’t have all evening—unless you want to work in the dark.”

I gritted my teeth, but pretended not to be bothered. I suspected that the one thing that this nun couldn’t stand was indifference.

Outside, it was almost dusk. In spite of the intense screeching of the coquíes, the drum of the waterfall hit my ears. It was louder now than the last time I’d been here. How was that possible?

I felt a drop of rain. Great.

Madre Estela put one hand out, palm up. “My, my. What’s this?” She looked chagrined, and I suddenly realized why. If it rained, I would have to go inside, ruining her plans. “What are you standing there for? Start scrubbing.”

I was tempted to throw the bucket of greenish water at her face. Instead, I prayed for rain as I walked across the rose garden. Once at the gate, I glanced back at her.

“You’ll work until I come for you, understood?” she said, hands on hips in her usual stance. She pointed to one of the second-floor windows. “I’ll be watching from there.”

And that was it. She was gone.

For a moment I just stood there. If only my friends could see me now. They would never believe it.
I opened the gate and walked into the graveyard. The statue of Gabriel greeted me, its face fiercer in the dusk. The temperature must have been in the low seventies. I was glad I had my cardigan.
Suddenly, the garden lamp post lit up. I turned, startled. I wasn’t sure if it had automatically switched on or if someone, maybe Madre Estela, had done it from indoors. I glanced up at the second-floor window, expecting to find her face. I had the chilling sensation of being watched. There was nothing. The windows glowed with yellow light, a multitude of feral eyes keeping guard.

However, behind one of the ground-floor windows on the right, a figure appeared. Tall, blurred. Madre Superiora? I was sure that was her office. Yet, something about the shape of the head and the shoulders made me think of…Rubia. What was she doing in Madre Superiora’s office?

Just as abruptly as it’d appeared, the figure vanished from view.

The incident left me strangely unsettled.

Focus.

I splashed some of the water on one of the tombstones and got to work. The sound of hard bristles against stone blocked the hum of the waterfall. Almost.

Go away, damn it.

As I crouched to work on a second tombstone, doing my best not to get wet in the process, something shifted at the edge of my vision. I jumped to my feet, my heart thudding. Gabriel. Its wings had rippled with movement.

Dear God…what’s happening to me?

I rubbed my forehead and grimaced, my fingers shaking.

I felt another drop of rain. If it was going to rain, why didn’t it? The sky was playing with me, too.

Mocking me.

I cursed the clouds and started scrubbing again.

I had another sensation of being watched and this time, yes, it was Madre Estela behind the window. I pretended I hadn’t seen her and tried to keep focused on the task at hand. The water had turned blackish with grime.

I don’t know how long I scrubbed. I lost track of time. But it was dark. My back and shoulders were sore and my hands stung from the harsh detergent.

Madre Estela was long gone from the window.

Half panting, I sat down on the edge of the tombstone and tossed the brush aside in disgust. I looked at the statue again, but it was motionless. I turned to the windows again, my eyes slowly moving from one to the other.

From one to the other.

Expecting to see the face. Wanting to see it.

Nothing.

Yet, that weird sensation of being watched, again.

My gaze shifted to the woods, to the exact place where the cemetery ended and the forest started. There was a path there. Narrow, obscured by the trees. For a long moment I sat, mesmerized. Then I stood up and began to approach it. The breeze picked up as I got closer, carrying with it the cool, slightly pungent smell of the waterfall.

I stopped at the very edge, the darkness enveloping me, the dampness seeping through my clothes.
The wind sighed, rustling the leaves and fluttering my hair.

Icy breath, on the back of my neck.

I’m in here… a voice whispered from the shadows.

I spun around in terror.

Then I hit something hard.

A certified bookworm and ailurophile, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery. She lives amongst cats and books in Belgium, and is the author of the Cult of the Cat young adult fantasy series and the Retribution novella series for adults.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith


Media Type: Ebook
Title: Merrow
Author: Ananda Braxton-Smith
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: Hardcover; 240
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Source: NetGalley
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Content Screening: Nothing of note.

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who like stories with a folktale feel and a lot of internal storytelling.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
In this breathless and beautifully crafted tale, twelve-year-old Neen Marrey must separate town gossip from town lore to learn the truth about her mother—and herself.

The people of Carrick Island have been whispering behind Neen’s back ever since her father drowned and her mother disappeared. The townspeople say her mother was a merrow and has returned to the ocean. Neen, caught in her hazy new in-between self—not a child, but not quite grown up—can’t help but wonder if the villagers are right. But if her mother was a merrow, then what does that make Neen?
So it should be no surprise that Merrow caught my eye. Just look at that lovely cover. I dare anyone to pass up a book that clearly shows that mermaids will be involved. I'm a lover of all things fantastical, but mermaids have a very big piece of my heart. Alas, imagine my disappointment when I found out that, in fact, there may or may not actually be any mermaids hiding in Merrow. If you're looking for a very literary book, with a lot of descriptive writing, this is it. If you're looking for a book that focuses on mermaids, you may want to look elsewhere.

Let's start with the good. First off, Neen Marrey was a character that I could absolutely get behind. She was strong, hardworking, kind, and honest to a fault. I loved that she felt realistic and, most of all, that her relationship with her Aunt was always perfect. Watching the two of them go through ups and downs, while still remembering to support one another despite what was thrown in their path, made me smile. Families, whatever their makeup, aren't always perfect, and I appreciated Braxton-Smith for highlighting that. I also very much enjoyed the story telling in this book. Neen's family history is passed down orally, which was quite a treat.

Now, as far as what bothered me, you'll actually find that my issue with this book is the same with the last review I wrote on this blog. If there is one thing I can't abide, it's books that rely solely on lyrical writing and purple prose, ignoring the actual world that they are building. Merrow reads beautifully. It's lilting, and moves like the ocean waves. What it doesn't do, is ever really pick up speed. This is a slow read and, truth be told, one that is very easy to skim. Neen's ultimate hunt for the fate of her mother was an interesting plot point but, since there didn't seem to be any actual mermaids here, one that I quickly lost track of. I still loved the family dynamic, and Neen's growth, but that initial reason I started reading this had gone out the window and so had the majority of my attention span.

As I said above, if you're looking for a book that is lyrical and reads like a folktale, then Merrow is absolutely for you. If, like I was, you're looking for a fantastical tale of mermaids? Well, you'd be better off looking elsewhere. I can see the draw to this book, and I know that many will love it from beginning to end. I just wasn't able to count myself among that number.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review: June Jenson and the Shield of Quell



Media Type: Ebook
Title: June Jenson and the Shield of Quell
   *Series: June Jenson #1
Author: Emily Harper
Publisher: Writers to Authors
Pages: Paperback; 302
Release Date: April 16, 2015
Source: Author
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Genre: Adventure / Mystery

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy witty and strong female protagonists who get themselves into all kinds of adventures!

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
June Jenson, an accomplished Oxford professor, has spent her life trying to get out from under the shadow of her infamous grandfather: a renowned archaeologist accused of stealing a relic during an excavation at Sutton-Hoo. When a secret alliance recruits June to guard priceless artifacts she realizes that this is her chance to contribute to the history she loves and rid herself of the cloud of suspicion that her family has lived under for so long. But, when the artifact June is commissioned to guard turns out to be the same relic her grandfather was accused of stealing− a relic he has consistently claimed never existed − her carefully laid plans of family redemption are a bit shot. 

Now, with the aid of her accused grandfather who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s, and a chauffeur who’s looking for a scandal to make him famous, June must race to discover the truth of the shield and what really happened at Sutton-Hoo all those years ago.
Well now, this was a lot of fun! I already knew that June and I would get along famously. After all, she's an accomplished Oxford professor, loves her grumpy old grandfather, and simply wants to make a name for herself in the world of archaeology. What's not to love? My only hope was that her journey would be just as exciting as she was shaping up to be. Happily, that was exactly the case!

Massive love goes to Emily Harper for crafting such enjoyable characters. Although I already knew I'd love June, it was really her grandfather that stole my heart. His giggle worthy attempts at complimenting June, his deep dislike of trousers (I feel you on that, Professor), and his need to keep his accomplishments in the forefront of his mind, were all things that endeared him to me. Pairing him with June, who just didn't know how to handle him at all times, was perfection. I loved watching them interact, and thought he added a perfect spice to the mystery!

Now, the mystery itself, shall we? I thought Harper did a brilliant job at laying out all the breadcrumbs as June fell further down the rabbit hole. From the moment she was inducted into the secret "Alliance" guarding the shield, I knew that things were going to get interesting. What I didn't expect was how much fun this whole mystery would be. As June and her rather unusual entourage searched for answers, I breathlessly followed after them. There was the perfect amount of humor, mixed in with all the action. As I said, a ton of fun.

Am I ready for the next book? Absolutely, I am! Which, thankfully, I also have in my possession. Expect to see a review of that book as well, very soon. While you wait, pick up June Jenson and the Shield of Quell! It's well worth your time!



FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Book Review: Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber


Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: Caraval (Caraval #1)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages: Hardcover; 407
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Source: NetGalley
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Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 2 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who are willing to be swept away, but aren't sticklers for intense world or character building.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever

Unfortunately, I was not as impressed with Caraval as I expected to be. Which, trust me, shocked me just as much as it might shock you. Books like this, with themes of magic and intrigue are usually my bread and butter. I wholly expected to be swept away by this story. If Caraval had spent more time with the world building and character building, instead of so much time with sweeping purple prose, I really think this would have been a winner for me. More on that below.

First off, Scarlett is a tough character to love. Although I adored her connection with her sister, and applauded her fierce protectiveness, there wasn't much else about Scarlett that endeared her to me. She was frustrating, to say the least. I absolutely don't mind a character who puts others above themselves, especially when it comes to family. However the lack of character development in this case drove me mad. Scarlett barely learned. She barely grew. She made the same mistakes over and over, while lamenting her situation instead of doing something about it. I was only just starting to see a spark of a woman who might have gained something from all of this, when the book ended.

My other big issue, as I mentioned above, was that no real love was given to the world that Scarlett and her sister inhabited. From the island that they felt imprisoned on, to the surrounding islands, all the way out to Caraval itself, all of it was just implied. Here is an island. It holds magic. This man who has a lot of power, due to a very quickly told backstory, holds a game here that you might win a wish out of. Done, and done. I was given only the briefest glimpse into anything, even when Scarlett was running all over the game itself. Again, frustrating. I'd have loved to see much less purple prose, and much more actual description. I wanted the world brought to life for me, and I truly believe it would have helped massively.

I believe I truly understand why a lot of people adore this book. The concept of a magical island, the idea of a game that pushes the very folds of reality, is a fascinating thing. If only it had been more fleshed out, and given much more attention, I would have fallen in love too. My Fantasy driven mind demands a foothold in any new book I read. A place that is described beautifully enough that I can find myself there in an eyeblink. Caraval lacked that for me, and so the story just felt flat.



FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Author Spotlight: Kellyn Roth

Happy Valentine's Day my bookish darlings! Or, as the bag of candy my husband so thoughtfully purchased for his coworkers calls it, "Friendship Exchange Day". I kind of love that, to be honest.

Anyway, I digress! I'm not here to talk about chocolates, wine, kisses and romance. (Although don't be shy and come find me on Twitter if you DO want to talk about those things.) I'm here to spotlight another wonderful author and her gorgeous books. As it turns out, one of these books is also FREE today and tomorrow! So treat yo self, and go pick a copy up!

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First up, we have The Lady of the Vineyard.


Best of all, this novella is only 90 pages long. So if you're looking for something to devour while cuddling on your couch tonight, this is definitely an option. Buy links are below, as well as more about Kellyn Roth herself!


Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

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Secondly, and this book I'll be reviewing soon, we have The Dressmaker's Secret.

London, England, 1870

It comes to the attention of curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway that her father is seemingly nonexistent. After realizing that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice becomes determined to find him and pull her family together. But Miss Chattoway’s answers to her daughter’s questions are vague at best and Alice begins to wonder if she will ever discover her mother’s secret.
Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

This beauty is only $3.99 on Amazon at the moment, so if you finish the novella and are eager for more, I fully recommend you pick this up!


Kellyn Roth has been writing stories since she was seven, though she wrote quite a few (awful) poems and songs before that. She is the author of the Christian historical fiction novel, The Dressmaker's Secret, and of The Lady of the Vineyard, a romance/literary fiction novella set in 1938.

Miss Roth lives in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Oregon with her parents, two little brothers, faithful border collies, Gidget and Riley, annoying but lovable cat, Sparrow, and assorted cows and chickens. She is a Christian homeschooled highschooler who spends her non-writing time reading, ranting about her characters, and writing biographies. Well. She's about to give up that hobby at least ...
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Monday, February 13, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (2/13/17)


Greetings bookish people!

It's that time again. Time to do a check in, and see how the reading pile is dwindling (it's not, that's wishful thinking at best). The bright side is that I'm on track for my reading goal this year, and feeling really good about what I've put my grabby little hands on. It's been a year of pretty darn good reads so far.



I've been trying to read whatever I feel like picking up, rather than sticking to anything in particular. Thus, why this list look varied! The Firebird had been sitting on my Audible list for eternity, so I finally gave it shot. I'm glad I did. It was so good! I'm not usually one for historical fiction, but this was superb. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was PERFECT. Adorable, poignant, with just the kind of relationship I wanted to read. That one garnered a 5 star rating from this bookworm. Alas, Caraval didn't meet the mark. Too much purple prose, not enough world or character building. I was sad.


So I ignored A Man Called Ove for a long time, dismissing it as "not my kind of book". Then, it was offered free and I decided to give it a try. Oh. My. Word. I'm regretting I ever thought that. This book is so bittersweet, so realistic, that I've found myself tearing up. So much love. On the flip side of that, I've started June Jenson and the Shield of  Quell. June is a fabulous protagonist! I'm glad to have some lighter reading at the same time.






My next Indie pick is The Redemption of Brian O'Connor. I've been craving a good Fantasy, and I can't wait for this one! I have high hopes for you book. High hopes.

That's it for me! What are YOU reading this week? Don't forget to leave a link so I can go and visit you too!


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