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A review of “Wink Poppy Midnight” by April Genevieve Tucholke

Wink
Poppy
Midnight

Quite frankly, I don’t think it could have had a better title than that. It was a beautiful, entrancing, mysterious rendition of the life of a dreamer, a rebel and a hero; Wink, Poppy, Midnight.I was mad about it, in both sense of the words. I though “Manic” when I finished it, but it really wasn’t. It was woven together quite beautifully.

The tale, as there is nothing else quite fitting, is full of tales, fairy and all that drives the characters forward. Who they are, and who they come to be are driven by these thoughts of themselves as character archetypes.

Wink the red haired foundling (and she, a foundling) is lost in a world that makes sense only to those whom she wants it to. She is exactly as she seems, you only have to look. Poppy, the graceling, a beautiful, rebellious girl who thinks the world should let her be is growing up, only she doesn’t know it. And, Midnight, angelic and about to truly know what it is to want and to take. This is their story.

We get to see things from all three character’s point of view. A very integral part to the tale. The book is for a wanderer at heart, for a dreamer, for a rebel, and for anyone who’s always wanted to be good. The writing style and the incorporation of fairy and fantastical tales moves the story along and gives us a hint of who the characters are, how they see themselves, how they are the others and finally reconciles us to the knowledge of what we might not want to accept, and for what we might have suspected but could never be sure of.

Yes, yes it is a mystery, but it is also a coming to age story and a story of realizations. Of who we are, and who we think we are. The epigraph at the beginning of the tale finally makes sense. “You’re the hero of your own story” – Joseph Campbell. If you’ve ever wanted to let go, or if you’ve ever wanted to dream, this is a book for you.

Fans of Adi Alsaid will love the whimsical nature of this tale.

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A Review of Gyre by Jessica Gunn

Gyre was brilliant. Chelsea is Atlantean and Trevor is Lemurian. Chelsea is an archeologist and Trevor is a video game maker. They should never have met, but fate brought the two together and into a war centuries older than they were; Atlantean vs. Lemurian. In the book, both factions are thought to be myth. J. Gunn made something that should have been paranormal normal. It was kinda weird at first. I mean, even in the book, it’s not normal. They are supposed to be creatures of fantasy, but they just so happen to be on a submarine where there are others like them.

The plot seems predictable, but trust me when I say the storyline was intriguing to the max. Ish happened! We should call Chelsea, Chelsea the Brave. And Trevor, boy oh boy. He was annoying (for the most part). He made several stupid moves and could have prepared everyone for what happened, especially to the girl who showed him what freedom was, but he was scared. That’s a new on , uh? The hero being scared. Isn’t he supposed to be the strong man who made everything alright? Nope, not Trevor (in the annoying parts, but he was helpful many times). Trevor was a hero (in some ways), but Chelsea was a vanguard. I’m definitely sticking this book in my “Female Vanguard” kindle collection.

The book was kinda slow and fast at the same time. The entire book was action all the way, and it started that way. I think that might have been why it read slow simultaneously. I just wanted more action, and when I tell you I got it, it’s not a lie. But, still my soul yearned for me. Silly me, I mean Chelsea did some pretty hardcore things, and the drama from Trevor? It should have been enough. Maybe that’s just because it was all high? Maybe. I think it was like we were stuck in Climax mode all through. Sounds fun right? Yeah, but the slow-fast drive still nags me even now. I just can’t quit rout my hands on it.

Anyway, I can’t wait for book two, because guess what? The action still continues and thank the Almighty that this cliffhanger didn’t make me wanna claw my eye out.

I would definitely recommend this to a friend. It really was good, I’mm just quirky. I loved the storyline, the action and everything in between. I’ll give it a 4 ½ out of 5 stars if anyone is asking.

Review: Sabin, by A.M Hargrove

Sabin, leader of the Seven, is on the search for a doomsday weapon that could end the world in the wrong hands. Sweet Serena’s love of diving is going to thrust her into Sabin’s world, when she finds a pendant that intrigues her. I loved their relationship. Their dynamic was sweet and definitely met up with the expected standards. You know, loner meets his Achilles heel…  you know, the best kinds ~ ~

It was a good novel, but I felt it needed a bit more attention in certain places. The storyline while forecast-able was told in a manner that made it interesting. However, I would have loved to see more about the brotherhood of the Seven. Is there sub-genre we love more than the Brotherhood type? Serena and Edge are supposed to be BFFs later, but their interaction until their closeness was thrust upon us wasn’t quite shown. Sure, they had a few encounters, but definitely not the kind that I believe would have led to the kind of friendship that was later indicated. Still, I love  me some edge though.

I like all the characters in this book, but I would have loved to see some more interaction between the seven, but I guess that’s what book 2s are for. I am definitely in for that, but I hope I get to see more family moments.

Overall, this was a good book and I’ll like to see more of the characters. 4 stars!!!!

*I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for a(n) honest review.