Review of Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

Rating: 4.5/5

Recommend: Yes!

Review:

This series just keeps getting better and better! I was a little worried when I first started because the beginning felt a bit slow. But once things took off, they reeeeaalllllyy took off! I loved that we got to dove deeper into the supernatural world of Brooklyn and learn more about these awesome characters.

Lula, Alex, and Rose are such powerhouses. I just want to be best buddies with them and go on all sorts of crazy adventures! It was so much fun to get to know the sisters better–especially Lula. She’s such a sweet, delightful character!

I don’t normally go for urban fantasies, but I took a shot with Labyrinth Lost. And it turned out to be an amazing choice. Now, with Bruja Born, I’m once again reminded of my love for the world Cordova created. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

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

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Review of Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Review:

What to say about this book?

For the first quarter, I had such a hard time with it. The story was action packed and full of fierce ladies. But I just couldn’t connect to any of them. And I honestly can’t put my finger on why. So that made it hard for me to care what happened at first.

But then that last half happened and all of a sudden I was completely engrossed. I still didn’t live the characters, but I loved the story so much that I couldn’t put it down! By the time I closed the book, I was having such a good time. I’m really excited to see what happens next!

I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy lovers. I’m still not sure what my problem was at the beginning, so I don’t think other people would share my difficulties. And that ending more than makes up for any issues! This turned out to be a great book!

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

Review of In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle

Rating: 3/5

Recommnd: Probably

Review:

This was such a sweet and whimsical story. I loved Claudio and his relationship with Las Signora. It was so heartwarming to watch them bond.

The story moved a bit too slow for my taste at times and I had a hard time following exactly what was happening (or, not happening). Even though this is a relatively short book. I took a bit longer to read it because I occasionally lost interest. But I still really liked the sweet, magical feel and enjoyed most of the story.

I immediately felt a connection to grouchy old Claudio and my heart went out to him as he struggled to deal with all that life had thrown his way. I had a harder time bonding win some of the other characters though, so I wasn’t quite as invested in what became of them.

Overall, I’m really glad I read this book. It’s a slower book, but still so beautiful and sweet. Definitely worth a read!

Thank you to NetGalley and Tachyon Publishing for providing this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review of Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommend: Probably

Review:

I was so excited when I had the opportunity to read this book. It looked like the kind of story I would be all over. And this was a good book. The concept is really interesting, the world building was awesome, the writing was beautiful…but I just couldn’t get into it.

The story just seemed to move a bit slow for me. I mean, plenty happened, but it just didn’t feel like things were moving very fast. I enjoyed all of the background information and learning about the characters, but I would have liked to be sucked in by the plot a little more.

I feel like I should also add that this book is really heavy on romance, and I’ll admit that I’m really picky when it comes to romance. While the love interests had great chemistry, I wasn’t quite as interested in their relationship as I was in what else was happening in the book. But maybe that was just me.

Despite my issues, I still had a fun time reading this book! Like I said, the writing is absolutely stunning. And I loved the world building so much. This world really did feel like a real place that I could just step into. So, I would probably recommend this book to those who love fantasy romances. I think it’s definitely worth a read!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommend: Probably!

Review:

This book surprised me! I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I mean, the description looked awesome, but I’ve been fooled too many times by synopses who’s book don’t live up to my hopes. This book wasn’t perfect, but I couldn’t put it down. I read it in three days-and I can’t remember the last book I read that quickly.

And OK, this isn’t an extremely long and detailed book, so that might have been one of the reasons why it was such a quick read. It starts off with high action and things don’t slow down at all until the last couple pages. so that really helped move things along. Sometimes I think things could have used a little slow down. I feel like there were times when more explanation and detail was needed to take this book to the next level. It was a little predictable at times, but not painfully so. Despite figuring out what would happen pretty quickly, I was still able to enjoy the story.

But the characters really shined in this book. I loved Eelyn so much; she was a fantastic combination of fierce and caring. Honestly, I enjoyed pretty much all of these characters. Fiske annoyed me occasionally, but I still found myself rooting for him more often than not. They were all so unique and well-developed. I loved getting to know them!

So, all in all, I am so glad I picked this gem up. Like some other reviewers, I was a bit hesitant at first because I thought it might be too cliche. But, this book was not at all what I expected, and I really appreciated that (although, yes, there were some predictable parts)! It’s a fun, quick read. If you love vikings, I’d recommend giving this a go.

Review of Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes!

Review:

This book was so much fun! I’m a big fan of superheroes, although sometimes the stories can feel too cliche and difficult to believe. But I’m glad to say that was not at all the case with this book. The characters were great, the story was interesting, and the world was really cool!

I adored Nova. She was such a delightful combination of ruthless, sassy, and sweet. It was fun to see her develop through the story. And the rest of the characters were so fantastic too! One of my favorite things about Marissa Meyer’s books is her ability to create such rich and rounded characters. They really do feel like real people. Which makes it so easy to become invested in their stories.

One area that had a few rough spots was the plot itself. There were a couple minor plot holes and that ending left me a bit confused. I had to go over it a few times before I realized what had happened. Personally, I would have liked a few more hints leading up to the last chapter, but it wasn’t too completely out of the blue.

Despite a few minor issues, I still loved this book! I wish I would have held off reading it a little longer, because I really don’t want to wait for the next book! I want it now!!!!

The Blood King Release

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Hey everyone! Are you a fan of dystopian fiction? Do you like gritty stories about fierce young women? Well then The Blood King by Liz Long might be right up your ally!

Here’s a little blurb about this book:

In the kingdom of Brighton, a President-turned-King offers poor teens the chance to join KEY, the King’s Education for Youth. Seventeen-year-old Reina Torres jumps at the chance to be of service to her country, wanting to learn more about Brighton’s history and future through the Media industry.

The King himself takes an interest in Reina, offering private interviews; he soon commands her to marry his cruel son. Reina, however, cannot ignore her growing feelings for Iris, a fellow KEY student, despite knowing the laws. Reina discovers refusal means punishment much worse than death, and why King Magnus hasn’t aged in decades, thanks to his KEY program.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38193477-the-blood-king

 

So what did I think of The Blood King?

I received an ARC of this book and it was a really fun read! I’m a huge fan of dystopian books, so as soon as I saw the description for The Blood King, I knew it was something I needed to read. The characters were engaging and well developed, although at times their actions were a little too predictable.

The plot was pretty typical for a dystopian novel, and at times was a bit too cliche. But, overall it flowed well. The characters were really driving this story, which I always appreciate in a book.

I’m really glad I had the chance to read The Blood King. I had a great time reading this book. If you like dystopian stories, I’d recommend giving it a read!

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About the Author:

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Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University and author of ten novels. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job as Associate Editor includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA. She is also the director of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference and the annual Roanoke Author Invasion.

Comic book readers and fans of CW Network smash hits Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Netflix’s Daredevil will root for Liz Long’s bestselling YA summer series as the HoA’s gifted teen superheroes attempt to save their city from its impending demise. The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus.” Adult horror story Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New Adult PNR A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com.

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