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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.

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.

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!

Safe Place by E.M. Tippetts

Safe place.  Seeing the title again has just reminded me of how fitting it is for the book. Lizzie and  Devon are a normal couple. She’s a celebrity and he’s a physical trainer.  They have history, a painful one. Probably not what you’re thinking, but history nonetheless.
Their story for me is strange. Maybe because I wasn’t expecting the story to be that.
I think Lizzie is too young and immature for Devon. She too sweet and alone. At times, I even felt Devon wasn’t worth all the trouble. Their relationship kept stopping and starting.  It was weird for me. They fell in love too quickly in my opinion but…
I sincerely don’t know how I really feel about this book. It made me cry several times, yet_
Their history made me cry and lizzie made me cry. I felt something was missing,  maybe that’s why I have mixed feelings about the book. I like it very much, some of the lines really stayed with me but… Lizzie was too young and their relationship was off balance.
That’s the word; off balance.  Something kept plaguing me about their relationship,  it is never balanced.  Nothing was equal at the same time or at the right time.
Nonetheless,  I still liked it very much. A novel that makes me feel something is definitely good, so I’d give it 3 stars.  Good, definitely, but it could be better.

*I was given a copy of this novel by netgalley in exchange for a honest review. *

A Need So Insatiable – Cecilia Robert

“You’ve owned me from the moment I walked into that music room. You’ve wrapped yourself in my heart and mind. I can’t get you out. I don’t want to.” ~ Rafael Van Rees

Daaaaaannnnggg, right? This beautiful story truly begins with a week in two children’s lives that will change their lives forever. Sophie Fisher is a daring, beautiful opera singer whose father’s death has left her with enough debt and trouble to mire her life forever. She has an equally beautiful younger sister Lilli and they both live in Europe. Sophie is stronger than she knows and when she is contacted by the mafia in regards to paying her father’s debt, well, let’s just say things get interesting.

Enter Rafael Van Rees. He’s enigmatic & mysterious and nobody knows a thing about him. He is a music conductor among other things and the feeling he has for Sophie is staggering from the get go. Here is a man shrouded by secret who seems to know Sophie better than she could have ever expected.

These two people are connected by things in their past that keeps drawing them together. Rafael will do anything to protect her, even confront his past head on and she’ll do anything to protect him. Their love story begins.

It made me laugh, smile and beam with happiness. I don’t want to divulge the crux of these two people’s love story but it’s as powerful as it is painful. The past is painful for both of them but when their paths collide, the truth does too.

Overall, I’ll  give it a four out of five. It does its job a little too well. You really need to suspend reality especially every time Raphael and Sophie’s ages are mentioned.