The Spirit Breather by Bekah Harris – Review

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What I Loved:

The fantasy world that has been created in The Spirit Breather is intense and wonderful. I loved the Native American aspects that are so perfectly placed in the story. They complimented the overall plot and gave the world a base for the reader to understand the story through.

How I Felt:

This book was so much fun! I felt completely drawn into the story from page 1. The first moments are filled with action and character development, I felt immersed immediately!

The characters are built to make you want to connect with them. Joseph seems dark and broody, but you also want to get to know him. He can easily be a character you end up with a crush on. Emily is just this wonderful girl with a determination and fire that was intriguing and made me like her so much.

The bad guys were the Raven Mockers. They are these terrible shape-shifting creatures that get their energy and sustain life through human souls. From the first action scene in the book, the reader gets a terrifying view of how these creatures shift and what they are capable of. Hats off to Bekah Harris’ descriptive abilities here too. I could visualize every change in their body as they morphed from human to bird. I’m still shivering a bit as I write this. These powerful storytelling skills continue throughout the entire book!

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Shakespeare Burning by Charisse Moritz – Review

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What I Loved:

This was a raw story. It is a YA genre, but I would definitely say it’s a mature young adult story. I loved that this felt like a real-life high school situation. This reminded a bit of how high school actually was.

How I Felt:

The characters are heartbreaking, yet heartwarming. Cleo comes from a home life that leaves her broken and bruised. She’s a kick-butt kind of girl that does what she needs to for survival. In a book about a house fire that destroyed so much, Cleo is a different spark of fire that Shake needs in his life. Shake is angry and lost. The deaths of his family have torn him apart and he doesn’t know where to go from here. Together, they made an odd, yet perfect pair.

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A Top 2020 Read: Under Glass and Stone by A.N. Willis – Book Review

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What I Loved:

Under Stone and Glass was such an amazing story with a well-written plot and I loved all of it. I was blown away by the story of the house. A.N. Willis wove such an intricate story in such an amazing way, I was absolutely captivated.

How I Felt:

The characters give a young adult feel to this story, however, it’s perfect for adults. Evelyn, our main character, is a high school student plagued by terrible dreams that feel more like memories of the house across the street. Everyone thinks she is obsessed with the house and needs to move on. She’s such a determined character and knows deep down that something is not right. She meets Alex and quickly finds that she’s infatuated with him, but also that he may hold secrets that she needs to know. Alex was a great character. He’s a bit about breaking the rules, but also wants to do the right thing. It was a nice mix for his character that kept me wondering what his motives were.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Book Review

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What I Loved:

The world Ernest Cline has created is one that completely envelopes the reader and takes them into the story and into the game. I loved this world. I do play video games. I remember the Atari I couldn’t wait to turn on when I visited my aunt and uncle, and when I got my Nintendo, I was SO excited. So, even though I don’t play much anymore, it was so much fun to delve into this crazy virtual reality world that Cline built.

How I Felt:

I listened to Ready Player One and while I am sure that reading this book will elicit the same exciting response I had to this story, I would like to highly recommend the audio edition. The narrator was wonderful. If you do not like to pay for audio, I found it through Libby at my library!

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – Book Review

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What I Loved:

The Hazel Wood had a great mixture of fantasy and real-life that I loved. I enjoyed how these storybook characters came to life in the book.

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What I Want You to See by Catherine Linka

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What I Loved:

The focus on art in What I Want You to See was amazing. I fell in love with a book many years ago about art and since that book, I have been so intrigued by other books that feature art. I’ll link to the book in my footnotes of this post.

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An adventure on the seas: Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim – Review and Giveaway

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What I Loved:

The details in this book were so much fun! I loved the caves, reefs, and ship. There are amazing and dangerous fish. It was all so detailed and really made for a beautiful picture. I would have loved to have more of this added to the book. I felt that the second half of the book had less of this in it and it was one of my favorite things.

How I Felt:

This book is a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo, which I found interesting as that is a book I have not read yet. There is mystery and murder and adventure. The main premise is revenge that is filled with difficult choices.

The Characters represent a wide variety of our melting-pot society and I was so happy to see it. LGBTQ is well-represented here as well as people of color.

The Writing was good. It felt rushed at times and I would have liked the story to slow down just a bit so we could enjoy the moment. I appreciated Tara Sim’s descriptive writing that helped to build the story out. I hope to see more of that in book two as I really helps the reader to understand this story.

Overall, this was a fun book filled with adventure and I look forward to the second story!

Content Warnings:

This book references to child slavery and abuse, sexual assault, mention of suicide, cannibalism, parental death, child death, descriptive gore and bodily harm, and kid-napping.

To Read or Not To Read:

Readers that enjoy high-action and adventure in their fantasy books will enjoy this one!

Where To Find This Book:
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Revenge. It was a simple word when spoken out loud, but it was so much bigger, like the hidden city under the atoll. It was a word of fire and blood, of a knife’s whisper and the priming of a pistol.

It was a word that consumed her, filled her entire being until she knew that she could no longer be Silverfish. Silverfish’s will was to survive, to simply make it to the next day, and hopefully the day after that. But that was no longer her will.

Now it was revenge.

Captain Zharo. Kamon Mercado. Moray.

They would all pay.

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.

Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

  • Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
  • Series: Scavenge the Stars book 1
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion
  • Pub Date: January 7, 2020

Tara Sim is the author of SCAVENGE THE STARS (Disney-Hyperion) and the TIMEKEEPER trilogy (Sky Pony Press) and writer of all things magic. She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California.

When she’s not writing about mischievous boys in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and occasionally singing opera. Despite her bio-luminescent skin, she is half-Indian and eats way too many samosas.

Tara is represented by Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

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Chameleon by Zoe Kalo – A Paranormal Thriller Review

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What I Loved:

Chameleon was filled with mystery and dark feeling right from the beginning. I LOVED that the book jumped right in as Paloma is being driven to the convent. I was hooked from page 1.

How I Felt:

The Plot in Chameleon was disturbing and terrifying and thought-provoking. I appreciated the story and the how the psychological thriller aspect was written. Paloma is trying to figure out if she is experiencing mental illness, if the girls are, or if what is happening is actually happening. The things that are happening at the convent were so intriguing and I needed to find out what was going on. It really had me guessing, and there were times when I was creeped out and had to put the book down and take a minute.

The Characters were well-built. I adored Adelita. She is fun and mischievous and overall, any time she appeared in the story, I was captivated. Paloma is the main character and I liked her as well. I appreciated the author shining some light on mental illness. It’s nice to see that highlighted in books.

The Writing was so well-done. I enjoyed the pace of the story until the end (see next paragraph) and I loved all the mysteries and how they unfolded in the story.

The Ending brought this book down from a 5 star to a 4 star for me. The ending felt a bit rushed and I didn’t find the closure that I wanted from the story. I found that I had to jump back in the story and re-read sections because I got to the “The End” and I was like, wait, what? I think this part of the book could have been expanded upon to give more details and slow down a bit.

Overall, this was a fun book that gave me chills and kept me turning the pages long into the night.

Content Warnings:

This book references to rape, mental illness, and psychological abuse.

To Read or Not To Read:

Readers that enjoy paranormal suspense will enjoy this story. As long as you are ok with the content warnings, this was a quick, fun read and I would recommend it!

Where To Find This Book:
Goodreads | Kindle | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords| Kobo | Zoe Kalo Website

FIVE GIRLS. AN ISOLATED CONVENT. A SUPERNATURAL PRESENCE. A DARK SECRET.

SHORTLISTED for the 2017 Dante Rossetti Awards for Young Adult Fiction!

I can’t believe it has come to this. The way things have blown out of proportion. I only wanted to contact my dead father.
Ask his forgiveness.
Seven months.
Seven months isn’t that long, is it?
I’ll go through the motions, no need to make friends that I’ll never see again. When you get close to people, you end up getting hurt.

Puerto Rico, 1973
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.

At night, the waterfall’s dark music haunts her dreams of drowning…

When Paloma holds another séance, she accidentally awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. 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?

If you love the vibes in “The Orphanage,” “The Craft” and “Pretty Little Liars,” you’ll enjoy this mess-with-your-head, YA supernatural/psychological thriller!

  • Chameleon by Zoe Kalo
  • Page Count: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pub Date: February 7, 2017

A certified bookworm, 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’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Comparative Literature. She lives in Belgium with her husband and two evil cats.

I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

Smailholm by C.L. Williams – Excerpt

Shh! Can you keep a secret?

In wild medieval Britain thirteen-year-old Wynn Hoppringle has a big secret of the smallest kind. She has discovered a miniature village hidden close to her family home of Smailholm Tower. When tales of merciless border raiders reach the small folk, they realize they are in danger and must seek a cure to their strange predicament. Can Wynn help her tiny friends or will the scheming King quog have other ideas? Heroes it seems come in all sizes.

Where To Find This Book:

Smailholm by C.L. Williams publishes on January 28, 2020. It is available for pre-order until then.

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  • Smailholm by C.L. Williams
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Audience: Middle-Grade to Young Adult
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  • Pub Date: January 28th 2020

SMAILHOLM

“You see for many years a secret has been kept beneath my family home—Smailholm Tower, the wild brambles hiding a big secret of the smallest kind. It is a secret which only I seem to have discovered—that of the miniature folk of Smailholm. They say they were once the same size as I, but they were shrunk by some other-worldly curse.”

“So tiny she is, I could pick her up in the palm of my hand, put her in my pocket and you wouldn’t think she was there at all.

She has no wings to make her fly; nor ears that point to a peak. She is neither a fairy nor a spritely elf, as the old folk tales might say. Simply a jolly woman singing a jolly song. In fact, if my size didn’t dwarf her tiny frame you wouldn’t realise she was any different at all.”

“Smailholm folk, I have come here this eve to tell you of surprising news,’ he says. ‘As many of you know I spend most of my time outside the brambled protection of Smailholm. In the forests of Ettrick and beyond—’

“Aye, we know all about that! You’re never bloomin’ ’ere,’ a voice shouts from the back of the crowd. Some of the villagers stifle a snigger.”

“As I peer through the arrow slit, I see her balance a moment in the air; her wings buffeted by the gusts. Then she lifts her great wings upon the wind’s force and tilts her head slightly, sweeping down upon her prey.

Oh, sweet Aquila.”

“What stares back makes me gasp. Not of shock, nor even fear, but in awe. For the beauty of it is spellbinding—I do not look upon the face of any normal living creature. In fact, it appears to have no face at all. Instead, what looks back at me is a limitless blanket of black, punctuated only with the light of the moon and stars. A reflection of the night’s sky in all its peace.”

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Claire Williams lives in Cheshire with her husband and children Ava and Henry.

She probably needs to consider Botox in the near future.

She is proud to be called a ‘Clayhead’ – a person born in the Potteries (Stoke on Trent) and will always turn over a china cup to see where it is made.

She is a tech geek and fantasy fan and will often be found snuggled in front of the TV watching a sci-fi or fantasy movie.

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Once a Year: A story of love, heartbreak and dangerous consequences by Charlotte Rose – A Review

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What I Loved:

Once a Year is so filled with emotion and raw details of a young person filled with despair. I really appreciated the story focusing on her depression and anxiety. I think it is an excellent book for teens and young adults to help them be aware of these signs.

How I Felt:

The Writing: This is a debut book for Charlotte Rose and I was impressed with her storytelling. The book flowed nicely and drew me in. It brought out emotions in me, as I connected with the main character and her story. I would like to see an elevation to the writing, it felt just a bit juvenile at times. I believe that as Charlotte Rose grows as a writer, this will evolve and improve.

The Plot: The love story of a young girl, falling for a boy on holiday, then not getting those same feelings reciprocated once they are home. This romance had all the fun love aspects, but also had depth as the story filled out once Delphine was home. Her emotions and despair helped to build out the story. Her friends working to help her was a wonderful addition to the story.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Once a Year for readers that enjoy YA romance that breaks your heart a bit.

Where to Find This Book:

Once a Year by Charlotte Rose is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads

Delphine’s annual holiday to a Greek island is always filled with deep feelings and romance because Nikos is there. When she returns home though, she finds Nikos always distant as if their relationship never existed.

Delphine is unable to cope with this rejection and spirals into a overwhelming depression. She struggles with all of these feels and her friends step in to try to help her deal with these issues.

Just the Facts:

  • Once a Year by Charlotte Rose
  • Genre: Young Adult / Romance
  • Page Count: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Pub Date: November 12, 2019

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A Fantastic Five Star: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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What I Loved:

The cover must be the first thing that I discuss in the Loved section of my review. As I have said many times before, I buy books based on the cover alone. I go into the book blind, completely swayed by the cover for making my purchase decision. Sometimes that leads to disappointment, but NOT THIS TIME! The beautiful artwork of this book just drew me in.

The title was also really intriguing, The Ten Thousand Doors of January. Are there really Ten Thousand Doors? Are they only in January? I had so many questions, but I knew I would have to wait until I started the book to find the answers.

How I Felt:

Oh my goodness, this book!! I just loved everything about it. I have no complaints, only love.

The characters were so well-built. January had such depth and strength to her. There were a few times in the book where I was like, “No January, that’s going to hurt” but she did what needed to be done. Always. The villains were true villains, making me hate them the more I got to know them. The supporting characters were wonderful. They all had their own story, and yet I didn’t feel like we spent much time on backstory. Alix Harrow just weaved their stories right in and never missed a beat.

The narration is written with the main character, January writing her story down, so she is speaking directly to the reader. I really enjoyed this point of view. There were times where she had me smiling at the way she spoke directly to us, and other times where I felt her heart break. It was so well done.

Something about having a child bends you back to your beginnings, as if you have been drawing a circle all your life and now are compelled to close it.

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY BY ALIX E. HARROW

The story is just amazing. January is writing her story down and in her story, she finds a book, which she also writes down. So, there is a book within a book. The very first time we dropped into the first book I was a bit skeptical, but all of a sudden, I was invested in both stories. The writing did not disappoint.

Speaking of the Writing, I was blown away by Alix Harrow’s descriptive story. Her words just draw you in like nothing I have read before. I have quotes sprinkled into this post to give you a feel for her writing. I found it utterly beautiful and meaningful to me.

It’s stupid to think things like that. It just gives you this hollow, achy feeling between your ribs, like you’re homesick even though you’re already home…

The Ten Thousand doors of january by alix e. harrow

Overall, the entire book was wonderful. I am SURE this will end up on my 2020 Top Reads list, and it is only January. With powerful writing, strong characters, and a story that will knock your socks off, The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a wonderful read!

Content Warnings: There is one small scene with animal harm in it. It’s brief, but here’s the warning.

Maybe all powerful men are cowards at heart, because in their hearts they know power is temporary.

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY BY ALIX E. HARROW

To Read or Not To Read: You will enjoy this book if you like fantasy built around the world as we know it. Historical fantasy lovers will be very happy to have read this book as well!

Worlds were never meant to be prisons, locked and suffocating and safe. Worlds were supposed to be great rambling houses with all the windows thrown open and the wind and summer rain rushing through them, with magic passages in their closets and secret treasure chests in their attics.

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY BY ALIX E. HARROW

January Scaller lives with Mr. Locke, a guardian of sorts, while her father travels the world finding treasures. She is constantly missing her never-present father, and often looks to Mr. Locke as a secondary father. Thankful when given any praise or small gift, she finds herself craving a family with a mother and a father, together under one roof.

January finds a book hidden away in one of the many rooms in Mr. Locke’s mansion. She is sure it is another gift from her guardian, but as she reads, she is whisked away into stories of fantastic proportions. Doors that open leading to new worlds are filled with exciting adventures and as she dives into this new book, she finds there may be more truth to it than she originally thought.

  • Page Count: 385 pages
  • Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
  • Publisher: Redhook
  • Pub Date: September 10, 2019
  • She Just Loves Books Rating: 5 Stars
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All Boy by Mia Kerick

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What I Loved:

The realness of the characters written by Mia Kerick was just amazing. The struggles and fears that each of these characters live with was described so well. I appreciated that both Callie and Jayden had a physical thing that they were fighting with. Callie struggles with her weight and Jayden struggles with his female body. The author drew me into to both of their stories and I was in awe.

How I Felt:

Jayden’s need to hide his true self from his family is heartbreaking. He must continue to be Jada at home to hide the truth about himself. He did have a few family members that could be supportive, but overall, his family made me pretty angry. I struggled to read his story at times because it was just so sad.

The relationship that develops between Callie and Jayden was wonderful. I was frustrated when Jayden felt the need to hide himself from Callie, but I should have felt that. The truth is that people in real life are hiding their true selves every day and I appreciated a book that gave some light to situations like this.

Overall, All Boy by Mia Kerick is a beautifully written story and I highly recommend it.

To Read or Not To Read: This book is for anyone that is interested in an LGBTQ perspective on transitioning and romance.

Where To Find This Book:

Callie and Jayden are students at Beaufort Hills Academy, repeating their 5th year of high school. Callie is looking forward to stepping away from her past, while Jayden is looking forward to his future at their new school.

Callie and Jayden meet at their new school and begin to have feelings for each other. Jayden struggles with keeping his secret from Callie. How will she react when she finds out that Jayden is a transgender man? Will she still love him, or will she run away?

  • All Boy by Mia Kerick
  • Page Count: 373 pages
  • Genre: Young Adult Romance / LGBTQ
  • Publisher: Lakewater Press
  • Pub Date: June 25, 2019

I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.