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Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Blood Rose Rebellion Cover depicts four roses in silver and red.

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

A story about a girl who discovers that being not enough is enough for more than enough, and most importantly, herself. Historical fantasy at its best. In the end, it was a book about fighting for what is right, with thought. I knew what I wanted to happen, but seeing Anna going through the process was both exhilarating and maddening. I’m glad she made the choice she made because at the end of the day, rebellions are built on hope.

Ok, now that I got that rogue one out of me (lol), I must say I enjoyed this novel. It was very true to what I expect of historical fantasy, blending the lines between the real and the fantasy. Rosalyn Eves did a great of job of representing what was and what wasn’t in a way that leaves no doubt that it all was.

I particularly like that it is also a coming of age novel. It reinforces the idea that we can not only decided who we want to be, but that we can fight for that even in the midst of oppression, whether we fail or win, we should try.

Anna’s trials are no doubt still to continue, and I for one, cannot wait to see what happens. Sure, we know what happened in Hungary, but what will happen in London, and what choices will Anna make, will she embrace her new found knowledge of what she is or seek to find a space for herself in a world that might not be quite as changed as she believes it is? What about Catherine and James? And what about everything that once was and that is again? How will the ancients fare in this new world?

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


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.

Vintage, A novel by Lisa Suzanne

I love rockstar novels and this was no exception. Vintage is a mystery, thriller love story, and is the first of the bunch. No fears though, the cliff didn’t make me wanna hang myself. I seriously hate cliff hangers when I don’t have the second book right away, but this was all good.

Vintage is the story of Roxanna Cecilia “Jimi”, Daughter of Gideon Price, Lead singer of Black Shadow AND up-and-coming rockstar (not lead, but definitely our leading man) Parker James, Guitarist, Back-up Vocalist and Songwriter of Flashing Light.  Jimi has been through the wringer when it comes to love and is gun shy of musicians who might want to use her for a connection to her father and mysterious Parker is the man who finally makes her bleed and feel. The connection between them is instantaneous, but can she trust him?

Jimi is a girl after my own heart. I love her vulnerability and her fears about love and I love the couple together. At first, I was apprehensive. There are so many secrets, and even after this first volume, there is so much we need to know.

And then there’s Jimi’s relationship with her dad which I adore. We all know those relationships or we are in them. They have a special bond, but he’s been keeping secrets from her. What’s going on and why must she go on tour with him so he can “protect” her?

This book is full of a maelstrom of feelings, mysteries and love. Throughout the novel, you’re constantly guessing at what is going on and I love that about a book. I will definitely recommend this to a friend and give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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







Three, A novel by Eli Carter (E.S Carter)

I got Three from Netgalley in return for a(n) honest review, so a(n) honest review you shall get. When I read the synopsis for Three,  I knew I had to read it, and I was not disappointed. I’ll definitely be giving this one a five star rating.

The story started out intriguing enough but then lulled a bit after that. My bad tho, I was expecting action all through. However, apart from that tiny lull, it was action all through. ACTION. I loved this novel.

This is a story of love and sacrifice. Liam and Cari(ad) had a love that was it for them, but circumstances got in the way. Mostly a very loving and beautiful circumstance. I don’t want to go too much into the story, but anyone who reads this story will find something to love about it.

Furthermore, the story was real, the characters were real. Most of the time, these stories do things that we see as normal for a story, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the characters doing things that I would have done. I just loved the normal news of it too.

E. Carter doesn’t just write for love, she writes for awareness too. This story could have been some much more simpler but she added a dimension that showcased what love means as well.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and was pleasantly surprised by its beauty. I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Top notch!


Like numbers, when we start,  we’re meant to stand alone, 1
As we grow, becoming larger and larger, we’re supposed to be joined by another,
Two by two we stand, 11
Until we’re joined by another,
Fruits of our union,
As we grow together,
We grow larger,
Three by three, 111
And then four by four, 1,111
Then the comma starts coming in,
The hardships of life,
First they threaten to make us feel alone, 1 (, )111
One against three,
Then we grow larger and larger,
Fruits of other unions, 11,111
We’re joined by another, and then another
Till we are never alone again.


Her Hope is Beautiful

Do you know where it is?
Somewhere in the past
A distant time where my happiness once lay
My chest is empty now
The world has faded behind the wall
Every feeling has disappeared
Left with me searching till there’s no where left to look
Do you know if it’s in the keeping of another?
Or if my fear doth hold it hostage?
The tears fall but I can’t decipher them
There’s nothing left to tell me why
The spirit lacks
And everything is miles apart
The body feels but division reigns
As it seeks to remember where the heart once lain

I’m fighting so hard
Banging on the doors
Fresh tears fall landing with a thud
The walls are so thick
No human ears ever hear
I’m fighting a silent war
Clawing my way through the plastic walls
If what was once lost was found
The only vindication in sight
Death comes so near
The clear victor in the near end
A hero isn’t sought
But one would be welcome here
The doors are open shut
To love me back to life

《Inspired by Colleen Hoover’s ‘Ugly Love’》

Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce

Dang it’s good. Once in a while you run into books like Cindi Williams Chima ‘ s Gray wolves clan novels or Scarlett Dawn ‘ s King’s hall series and you just know you’ve hit the jackpot.  This is one of those times. This is a series that will keep you wanting more.
When I first read the synopsis, I had no idea that it carried so much depth. The synopsis was all simple and small in comparison to the depth and broadness of the story in its entirety.
The story starts with Isaura.  She is the thread that binds everyone together but her story is not the only one you will hear. Her story is the general plot, one that is not by any means finished in this book and everyone else’s stories are the subplots that somehow manage to enrichen the plot and sweeten the deal even more.
I expected to be bored by the novel.  I felt that Joyce’s choice of diction was what I would have chosen to start a novel, and since I don’t find my work riveting,  I assumed she’d bore me soon enough.  Not so. I was pleasantly surprised and happy to have run into this book. It delves into the facets of relationships, clan wise as well as filial.
I would most definitely recommend this book to people of all ages especially since people of all ages starred in it.
Joyce manages to give everyone a role that brings their lives and fortunes into the limelight so that nobody feels cheated, especially the reader. I did at one time feel eager to see Isaura but the drama that ensued made the wait worthwhile. 
I definitely love this book and will be giving it five stars.
*I was given an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

P.S I loooovvveee this book and I hope your opinion of my review of it has not been marred by its provenance. 

Recommendation: Buy it!

Put Me Back Together – Lola Rooney

Put me back together by Lola Rooney is a must read. I’ll give it a three out of five. Could have gotten more except for a few mysteries that will forever remain uncertain to me. It was the story of a person hunted by ghosts from the past. In a different world, most of us start living lies when we are older and have seen much of the world. We twist our mistakes and lies into the truth and live with the consequences. Katie Archer, the protagonist of the novel has been living a lie since she was a child. She did something innocent and stupid that became the greatest regret of her life and destroyed a lot of people’s lives. This mistake twisted her psyche until she became withdrawn and a shadow of her former self. People saw her in a light she believed should not shine upon her. In her attempt to escape this life, she chooses a college 3,000 miles away from the truth and attempts to hide sho she had become. Enter Lucas Matthews, hottie bad boy with a mystery of his own. Ummmmm getting interesting uh? As you might have guessed, they connect. He sees her and she sees him, for the most part.
Her lies starts to pierce her happiness with Lucas. How could it not? She believes he doesn’t know her truth. She’s let the past define her for so long that to her, it’s her weakest point and the thing that could destroy her. She could be right, especially when old foes come a’knocking…

You’d Better Watch Yourself, Katie Kat

You’ll Never Get Away With It

I’m Coming For You   ——

Things I would have loved to see change

1. I would love for her to clear up the mystery completely. I’m way calmer now than when i read it. I felt that she left our heroine in danger although i have my suspicions that maybe she’ll be just fine. But please! girl has got to clear that up! For realsies! shoooeeeyy

2. The mystery event that went on  in this novel should have been better related as to the consequences and weight of it. What happened destroyed people’s lives and future. I guess i should say, I’d have loved to a more in-depth handling of  the repercussions of the event and Katie’s part in it. I don’t want to reveal too much, but although what happened happened innocently-ish, I needed to see more legality towards the end. I think you’ll agree with me if you read the book.

3. I would have loved to see more of the process of guilt and responsible processes rather than  the outcome. How did Kate become the Kate we know. Truly? Something horrible happened in the book and I would have loved to see more of the in-between rather than the beginning, end and middle.

So there are my three stars. I am recommending it because, it is quite frankly interesting and does have potential. It could definitely be five out of five if it fulfills the three changes I listed above.

The Death of a Loved One – Jelilat Adesiyan


The Death of a Loved One
An emotional wreck
A collision of grief
The Absence
The guilt
The tears

The ones they leave behind
They tear
They fight
The ashes left behind
A world of ir-repair

The Death of a Loved One
A world of ir-repair
An emotional wreck
A collision of grief
Goodbye dear.


The tears blind me
Blurry figures shaking hands
A wake
A rush of tears
I’m so sorry

Shaky hands
Whispered words
Death is done
The living must live
The guilt has come
Life must be lived

The shroud again
Flowers at the grave
The pied piper must pay