Review of Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Fire and Heist

Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Possibly

Review:

This was one of those books that seemed like it would be perfect. I mean, dragons and a high-stakes Oceans Eleven style heist?! That’s right up my ally. And for the most part, I did enjoy reading it. But, there were some that kind of fell flat for me.

For one, I wasn’t really in love with the characters. Sky was a solid lead, but she kind of got on my nerves. She just seemed a bit whiny to me. I actually ended up liking the supporting characters a lot better. They seemed a little stereotypical at times, but I would have been interested to learn more about their back stories.

As far as the plot itself goes, I thought it was pretty good for the most part, although the end felt a little rushed. But I did appreciate the uniqueness of the story. It’s not your typical dragon story, which I do like.

Overall, this book was alright. I liked the plot, but the characters made it a bit difficult to fully invest. I’m glad I gave it a read, but I’m not sure that I’m interested enough to keep going with the series.

Thank you to Netgalley and Crown books for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Review of Outrun the Wind by Elizbeth Tammi

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Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Probably!

Review:

I was so excited to get the chance to read Outrun the Wind. Greek mythology has always fascinated me, so when I heard about a book inspired by those myths and had two strong female leads, I knew I needed to check it out. And on the whole, I wasn’t disappointed by this book.

One aspect of a book that can either make or break it for me is the characters. If I don’t like the characters, I probably won’t enjoy the book no matter what the plot is like. I’m happy to say that Outrun the Wind has some really fantastic characters. I loved the growth of Atalanta and Kahina. While at times it felt a little rushed, I still had so much fun learning about these two ladies.

The plot moved a little unevenly for my taste. Sometimes I felt like things moved way too slow, and then other times the book felt way too rushed. But, I did enjoy the overall plot. It kept me wanting to read more, even when things slowed down a bit.

So, on the whole, I think this is a great book. If you like Greek Mythology, I would highly recommend giving Outrun the Wind a read!

Thank you to NetGalley and Flux for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review of Brutal Curse by Casey L. Bond

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Rating: 4.5/5

Recommend: Yes!

Review: This was such a fun and twisted read. I’m generally a huge fan of fairytale retellings and the Brutal Curse definitely didn’t disappoint! I loved the mixture of Alice in Wonderland and a fresh new story as well.  It drew me in right away!

I also loved the character development throughout the book. This isn’t a very long book, when compared to lots of other fantasy novels, but I still felt like I knew these characters so well. I loved that everyone had their own unique perspective.

If you like fantasy and fairytales, Brutal Curse is not a book you will want to miss! Be sure to check it out.

Blog Tour: Brutal Curse

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I’m so excited to share an awesome book with you all: Brutal Curse by Casey L Bond! It’s an epic fairytale retelling and I cannot wait to dive in! If you’re as excited as me for this gem of a book, read on!

Synopis:
Prince Carden of Tierney lost his home, family, and claim to the throne in one fell swoop when he rebelled against his father for a cause he knew was right. Instead of wallowing in despair, he embarks on a new journey, starting a new life on the Southern Isle. When he finds himself caught in a web woven by the famously ruthless fae queen, Coeur, he insults her and she vows to teach him the most difficult and heart-breaking lesson he will ever learn: that humans are incapable of love, and that hearts are beastly things.

Arabella wasn’t really living, she was existing and surviving as best she could.  A chance encounter with Carden changes everything for her, but the deadly game he’s dragged her into might cost her life.

Still, she agrees to play. The rules the fae queen gives them are vague, and it’s obvious there are things Queen Coeur isn’t telling them. She’s sure of it. But what she does know is that together, she and Carden must pass a series of tests and trials. If they fail, game over. But if they succeed, she just might be able to restore her family and carve out the life she’s always envisioned.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41806707-brutal-curse

Casey Bond

Author Bio:
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.

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Review of Dragon’s Code by Gigi McCaffrey

 

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommend: Most likely

Review:

Anne McCaffrey was one of my all time favorite writers as a youngster. I grew up dreaming of becoming a dragonrider, flying around Pern and protecting the world. So, naturally, when I saw that her daughter had written a book in the world of Pern, I knew I had to read it. And for the most part, I really enjoyed it. But it was hard at first because I went in expecting another Anne McCaffrey book (even though I knew it wouldn’t be exactly the same). Gigi has a bit of a different writing style than her mother. Once I stopped expecting it to be the same, I ended up having a lot of fun!

I will say, however, I found the plot to be a bit slow at times. It took about a third of the way through for the action to start picking up, and there were still some slow areas after that. That made it a little difficult to stay focused at times. There are plenty of lush descriptions, which is nice, but also serves to further slow down certain parts of the book.

But it was the characters that really saved this book for me. I loved Piemur and his adorable little firedragon. It was so much fun to get to know him and see his growth throughout the story. And, of course, I loved the dragons (no surprise there)! The power of friendship shines through in so many ways; between the dragons and their riders, Piemur and his mentor (really, Piemur and most characters in the book). It was so much fun to see.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was a little slow at times, and had a bit of a different feel than Anne McCaffrey’s books, but I still loved diving back into the world of Pern!

 

Review of Faithless by Janeen Ippolito

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Rating: 3.5/5

Recommend: Yes!

Review:

Have you ever read a steampunk book and thought: “You know what would make this even better? Dragons and unicorns?” Well, look no further! I am happy to announce that Faithless, sequel to Janeen Ippolito has arrived and is chock full of dragons, steampunk goodness, magic, and, yes, even unicorns.

I absolutely love the world Ippolito has created with her Ironfire series. It’s’ such a fun blend of classic fantasy, and modern technology. One of my favorite parts of reading fantasy is when I find myself imagining living in the world I’m reading about. And I could easily picture walking around the Scepter of Knowledge, watching all of the fascinating people going about their business.

And of course it was so much fun to see my favorite characters again, and meet some fascinating new ones. Kesia is my favorite little cinnamon roll and Maira was such a powerhouse.

The only problem I had was certain romantic relationships that didn’t quite feel like they fit. I’ve said it before: I’m really picking about romance in my books. So, this might just be a case of my ice cold heart failing to melt properly. But, I did struggle to fully believe the romance in a few cases.

All in all, however, I had a blast reading this book! I’d highly recommend this series to any fantasy and steampunk lovers out there.

And if my review didn’t already convince you, keep scrolling for a synopsis and some information about the author behind these great books!

 

One wild night, Shance Windkeeper discovers he’s married to a death unicorn.

But that’s the least of his troubles.

As an agent for the Lawless, Shance is working with dragonshifters Kesia Ironfire and Zephryn Nightstalker, trying to end the dragon-human war and the organization that masterminded it. While on a mission in the Scepter of Knowledge, the Lawless is hit with a devastating death unicorn attack.

Out of the wreckage new allies emerge: Lirome Ukerys, and his twin sister Maira, the death unicorn queen – Shance’s long-lost wife.

Recently freed from captivity, Maira is fighting to regain control of her herd. Lurien Alistil, a rogue death unicorn, has bespelled the Scepter of Knowledge and taken Maira’s son. When Kesia unexpectedly challenges Lurien to a public debate over the fate of the city, the Lawless has a chance to break the usurper’s hold. To obtain vital information they must infiltrate her lair – and as the husband of the death unicorn queen, Shance Windkeeper is the perfect prize to go in.

But Lurien’s power is stronger and more insidious than they realize. And if the final pieces of her plan fall into place, not even Shance’s newfound Talents and knowledge will be enough to stop her.

A steampunk fantasy adventure with much intrigue, unexpected romance, sudden tragedy, and a snarky cat-dragon.

Purchase Links

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Autographed Pre-Order Bundles

Faithless: https://uncommonuniverses.com/books/faithless-the-ironfire-legacy-book-2/

Priceless & Faithless: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/priceless-and-faithless-pre-order-bundle/

Ironfire Legacy (Lawless, Priceless, & Faithless): https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/ironfire-legacy-pre-order-bundle/

About the Author

Janeen Ippolito believes words transform worlds. She creates writing resources and writes steampunk fantasy. She’s also an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, and the editor in chief of Uncommon Universes Press. In her spare time, she enjoys sword-fighting, reading, food, and making brownie batter. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica. This extroverted writer loves getting connected, so find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at her website: janeenippolito.com

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Review of The Point by John Dixon

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommend: Possibly

Review:

This was a fun, fast read! I’m always a sucker for a story about gifted young people, and the special powers in this book were really interesting! While I couldn’t get into some of the character relationships, overall, I had a lot of fun with this!

Scarlet was a really solid character. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and develop throughout the book. And the friends she made along the way were really fun too! I didn’t feel terrible connected to her, but I did like her character as a whole.

My biggest complaint, however, was the love story that developed. I never really got into it and felt like it happened way too quickly. Granted, I’m pretty picky about love stories, so maybe I’m just overly critical about that.

The story itself was so interesting though! I loved the idea of a secret group of West Point-trained superheroes and super villains. And there were a few nice twists along the way that made for an entertaining read!

All in all, I liked this book. There were parts I wasn’t too thrilled with, but overall, I’m really glad I gave this book a read!

Thank you to Del Ray and NetGalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!