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The Echo Realm Book Review and Book Tour

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The Echoed Realm by A. J. Vrana

Published: August 10, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Dark Fantasy-Horror

Pages: 444


CW: The book deals with themes of domestic violence, but there are no depictions of domestic violence

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Miya’s world ended in Black Hollow.

It’s been three years since the Dreamwalker upended her life and left her with a heavy burden. A fledgling to the ethereal realm, Miya stumbles into the nightmares of those haunted by spectres. Little does she know, one of them is coming for her, clutching a dark secret abreast.

Kai has found a new purpose with his companion, but the price is his freedom. Bound and beholden to Miya, he struggles to adjust to his new role as her vanguard.

Meanwhile, Mason discovers he may be a pawn trapped in a web of schemes. Was his time in Black Hollow an accident, or was it only the beginning of some greater machination?

As Black Hollow’s bloody stain spreads beyond its wooded borders, Miya fights to evade a past she barely understands. The Dreamwalker’s legacy is a vise grip, and it isn’t letting go. Primordial horrors draw near, fables come alive, and long-buried histories rise from the grave, ready to hunt.

Sharpen your claws and bloody your teeth. There’s fear to be sown.

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Book Review: I read the first and second book back to back for this tour, which I am very happy I got to because after reading the ending to the first book, I wouldn’t be able to wait for the sequel because I would need to know what happens next.

This series, especially The Echoed Realm, was really amazing and different among the other books I have read. What A. J. Vrana has created feels different, not giving me the feel that I have read something like this before. The author brought in a creative world, as well as interesting characters.

While reading I didn’t dislike any of the characters. I did enjoy reading about them and wondering what was going to happen to them, including where they would end up in the end. I do wish we got to see more of certain characters, to see them interreacting more with the characters we know and love from the first book.

The writing was amazing. A. J. Vrana did a great job writing this book, including the first one. She draws you in within the first sentence of the book and keeps you hooked through out. I do think that the sequel went by quick with its pace. Which did work at times but sometimes it felt like the book could have slowed down at certain points. While that did take me out of the book a little bit, it still a great written book that will keep you reading.

The relationships in this book were done well. I enjoyed reading about Miya and Kai’s relationship, seeing that grow from the first book. It was also nice getting to see new relationships form and grow.

One other thing I enjoyed the most about this book, besides the stuff I had talked about above, was that this series is urban fantasy because there haven’t a lot out lately and getting to read this brought back that love of reading an urban fantasy. So thank you, A. J. Vrana.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, as well as the first book. My rating for this book is 4/5 stars. I would say that if you enjoy reading urban fantasy and want something new brought to that genre, then this series is for you. Just remember that there themes that are dark, so just make sure you are okay with that before reading.

I would like to mention that all the way at the bottom of this post is a giveaway that you can enter to win a poster of your choice and it’s international. I highly recommend entering for your chance to win a free poster with amazing art on it.

Have fun reading!!!

A. J. Vrana is a Serbian-Canadian academic and writer from Toronto, Canada. She lives with her two rescue cats, Moonstone and Peanut Butter, who nest in her window-side bookshelf and cast judgmental stares at nearby pigeons. Her doctoral research examines the supernatural in modern Japanese and former-Yugoslavian literature and its relationship to violence. When not toiling away at caffeine-fueled, scholarly pursuits, she enjoys jewelry-making, cupcakes, and concocting dark tales to unleash upon the world.




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The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson-Book Review and Favorite Quotes

Book Title: The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4)

Author: Maureen Johnson

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: June 15, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

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After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Book Review: I enjoyed this book so so so much. As someone who hasn’t read the original trilogy before this book, I loved it a lot. After finishing this book, I wanted to immediately read the trilogy to know more about how these characters started out and how their relationships grew. So…it’s a good thing that I have bought the trilogy to binge.

The first thing I want to mention is that I as it has been mentioned you can read this without having have read the trilogy. It doesn’t spoil the mystery that gets solved and only referencing it without spoilers. Though, you will be spoiled for relationships like how close of friends they become and love relationships. So you won’t get to see those things like start and then grow. More like continuing to grow.

So…the mystery was done really great. From reading the first page I was immediately hooked and through out the book was looking for clues to solve who had done it. It was interesting getting to see things get reveled and going back and forth of who the murderer was.

The characters were so amazing. Especially Nate. I loved a lot of his dialogue, as well as every other character. Stevie was a great heroine and detective. I got a good sense of her, her thoughts, and how she went by solving the mystery. She really came off the page, while also finding some things that I connected to her with. I did enjoy getting to see her relationship with her friends, as well as her boyfriend. Though there were sometimes that I did wonder why her boyfriend was in this book, but I could just be feeling that way from not having had read the original trilogy.

The writing is A+. This is my first Maureen Johnson book I have read and it was great, making me want to read more of her books. Especially this trilogy. She knows how to write a mystery, keeping me wanting to know more. As well as keeping me wondering who had done it. Her characters came off the page and her scenes were great at making me both laugh and be on edge.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the trilogy to see what happened, as well as seeing these characters grow into how they are in this book. If you enjoy a good mystery and interesting/fun characters, then this is the one for you.

Below I have a list of five of my favorite quotes for the books and at the very bottom is a giveaway you can enter to win a copy of the book.

Have fun reading!!!

Five Favorite Quotes:

1.) “And remember, if these coasters I’m looking at are telling the truth, it’s always wine o’clock somewhere.” (Page 21)

2.) “I call it the Bounce House because that’s where I host all kinds of creators and we bounce ideas around. We call them Think Jams.” (Page 55-56)

3.) “I think it’s going to be great,” he said. “Murder camp, living in a tree, not seeing anyone. This is my summer. This is when I shine.” (Page 62)

4.) “Take it down a notch, sign,” Nate said. “Why are you yelling about owls?” (Page 84)

5.) “I’m just telling you the tropes.” (Page 134)

Author Bio:

Maureen Johnson is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle (now on Netflix), and several works in the Shadowhunter universe with Cassandra Clare. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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Book Review and Favorite Things of Empyrean Queen-Blog Tour and Bookstagram

Book Title: Empyrean Queen

Author: M.K. Hall

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: May 23, 2021

Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

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The year 2020 may be over, but that doesn’t mean things have gotten any easier. With mixed feelings about no longer carrying the secret title of being the Empyreans’ Chosen, Val returns to her realm and her people only to find more danger lurking in the deepest, darkest shadows and threatening to destroy the Empyreal world.

Everywhere she turns, betrayal isn’t far behind, and with an ever-growing list of bad guys, trust is a precious commodity. Yet allies from unlikely places come forth as more mysteries about her life are brought to light. Val will be tested and forced to confront the truth of her past and the unknown future, all while attempting to save the soul of the man she loves.

With demons of all kinds on the loose, the looming threat of war with Purgatory, and Gabe’s eternal damnation hanging in the balance, will Val ever learn who she really is and where she came from? Will she ever be crowned Empyrean Queen, or will deeply buried secrets be her undoing?

Empyrean Queen is the final book in the Origins duology.

*Please note that this duology does contain consensual sex on the page.

*A note from the author: Though this book does not seek to make light of COVID-19 or trigger anyone with a personal experience with the virus, one of the settings is America in the year 2020, so COVID-19 is mentioned and acknowledged throughout the story.

Book Review: This book review will focus more on the second book, but I will give my thoughts about the first book. This will be spoiler free as best I can without giving anything away.

I just want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book, as well as the first one. This book did a great job at keeping me reading and turning the next page to see what would happen.

I thought the world created was interesting and did a great job at doing something different for the fantasy genre. It was also interesting to read about on the page with how people live, that there is a human world that watch over, and things like that.

The characters were great. I loved reading about them and wanted to know what would happen to them in the end. Val was a great female character. She was another character that I found was a strong female who wasn’t afraid to feel how she did and would do what she believed to be right. I also enjoyed the romance in the book and thought it was done well.

I also want to mention that the writing is really good. I could not put this book down with one of the reasons being the writing. The author did a great job and they really made their story come to life on the page.

The ending wraps up everything nicely.

My rating for this book is a 5 out of 5 stars.

If you enjoy fantasy, want a short series, and a a quick read with great characters, then this book is perfect for you. There is also a giveaway going on below, so scroll down and enter.

Have fun reading!!!

Five Favorite Things about Empyrean Queen:

1.) The world because it feels so new and interesting compared to the other fantasy stories that are out within that genre.

2.) The writing. The author makes her characters and scenes really pop off the page, making it easy to imagine in my head as I read the book

3.) The dialogue. In this book, including the first one, the dialogue did a great job of showing me more of the characters and it was enjoyable to read to imagine what the characters’ voices would sound like.

4.) I liked that this book and the first one didn’t shy away from what had happened in 2020 and having it be that it carried a weight. I love when books aren’t afraid to say that “yes, this happened” or “yes, this year was a very tough one”.

5.) Magical beings/creatures. I enjoyed reading this different twist of this because it brought something new.

Author Bio:

MK is a fantasy/urban fantasy author who lives with her husband, kids, & furbabies in a small Midwestern town. She loves coffee and craft beer and has an unhealthy mug obsession. When she’s not writing, she loves going on camping adventures with her husband. Her favorite part is the journey and no trip is complete without visiting all of the micro breweries!

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Giveaway ends: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

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Book Review and Favorite Things of Ember of Night-Blog and Bookstagram Tour

Book Title: Ember of Night (Ember of Night #1)

Author: Molly E. Lee

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: May 4, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

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I’ve been told I was as useless as a weed most of my life. Mainly by my worthless father.

But I’d suffer anything to give my kid sister a better life—the minute I turn eighteen, I’m getting us the hell out of here. And some hot stranger telling me I am the key to stopping a war between Heaven and Hell isn’t going to change that.

Let the world crumble and burn, for all I care.

Draven is relentless, though. And very much a liar. Every time his sexy lips are moving, I can see it—in the dip of his head, the grit of his jaw—even if my heart begs me to ignore the signs.

So what does he want?

I need to figure it out fast, because now everyone is gunning for me. And damn if I don’t want to show them what happens when you let weeds thrive in the cracks of the pavement…

We can grow powerful enough to shatter the whole foundation.

Book Review: First, I want to say that this book is amazing. I knew instantly that I was going to like this book as there hasn’t been many YA Urban Fantasies coming out in awhile.

I really do think Molly E. Lee did a great job with her creating both her world and her characters. She really made it shine on the page. That’s what really drew me was the world being set in Chicago and getting see this new twists on demons, as well as other creatures and just hell itself. I think that’s one of the great things about this book is that it feels different compared to other books I have read within this genre.

The characters have been done really well. Harley is a great female character that was strong that I could relate to with having anxiety and dealing with almost the same things. Not only that, but she is the type of female character that I have been looking for. I have been looking for a female character that has flaws, but is also strong at the same time and continues to grow. Reading her story made me want to grow as a person. I will also mention that there wasn’t one side character that I felt like I wasn’t interested in. Also I enjoyed the romance in this book, as well as the love interest.

The writing in this book is fantastic. The author’s did a great job making scenes and characters come off the page. It really made the book even more enjoyable for me.

Now onto the dark themes because there are some. I still do think that this is a great book and if you are wanting a great YA Urban Fantasy book, then this would be a perfect book. Just know that there are some dark themes and that it might be triggering. Just keep this on your radar if you are still interested in reading the book.

The rating I would give this book is 4.5 out of 5 stars. This was a really great book with some really fast pacing, but at times it felt like things were a bit too fast at times and there wasn’t enough time to let things sink in.

If you are a fan of Cassandra Clare and are looking for a new YA Urban Fantasy, then this would be a perfect book for you.

Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway all the way at the bottom, as well as information about the author.

Have fun reading!!!

Five Favorite Things From The Book:

1.) The in-depth characters that will hold a special place in my heart.

2.) I love how many references are put into this book because I loved every single one of them.

3.) That it is set in the city of Chicago which I know very well.

4.) The writing is amazing and made me enjoy the book even more

5.) It was Urban Fantasy, which is something I have been craving for a long time.

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels, the Grad Night series and the Love on the Edge series. Molly writes Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

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Giveaway ends: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

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Spotlight of Covet-Blog and Bookstagram Tour

Hello, everyone.

Today’s post is about the Blog and Bookstagram Tour going on for the third book in the series, Covet. I am doing a spotlight post about it. I have posted a picture of the the cover below and the covers for this series look gorgeous. I love Covets bright red cover and the image on it that makes me wonder what might happen in this next book. Another thing I can’t wait to see is the chapter titles, as that is one of things that keeps drawing me in to see what Tracy Wolff titles her chapters.

Below I have also put in information and the description of Covet, as well as the order the books should be read in if you are interested in reading them. Also info about Tracy Wolff, including her website and where you can follow her. There is a giveaway posted at the bottom too if you want to enter to win a copy of Covet.

Thank you for taking the time to scroll through my blog post. I hope you are enjoying Covet and it’s everything that you are hoping that it is.

Happy Reading!!!

Book Title: Covet

Author: Tracy Wolff

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: March2, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

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BookDescription:I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire.

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circleis splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’san arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means alifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

The Crave series is best enjoyed in order.

Reading Order:

Book #1 Crave

Book #2 Crush

Book #3 Covet

Book #4 Court

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff is a lover of vampires, dragons, and all things that go bump in the night. A onetime English professor, she now devotes all her time to writing dark and romantic stories with tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines. She has written all her sixty-plus novels from her home in Austin, Texas, which she shares with her family.

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Enter to win one (1) finished copy of Covet by Tracy Wolff!

Open USA only. There willbe 1 winner.

Giveaway starts: Tuesday, March2, 2021

Giveaway ends: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:00 a.m.

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Benched by Sara Elizabeth Santana-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Sara Elizabeth Santana

Series: Benched 1

Summary: “Baseball broke Evie Cordova’s heart.

Living in Santa Isabella, home of the five-time College World Series champs, The Quakes, Evie has grown up loving baseball. Her dad has been the head coach for as long as she can remember and her happiest memories were on the baseball diamond. But baseball broke her heart, in more ways than one, and she’ll do anything to avoid it.

Now Evie is in college and she can’t avoid baseball anymore. Working for her dad brings her face-to-face with Austin Young, the new shortstop who has transferred in from Texas. Austin throws her off her game with his dedication to baseball and his irresistible Southern charm. The chemistry between them is undeniable and Evie finds herself falling for the baseball player

But Evie has her own secrets that are holding her back and they just might cause baseball to break her heart all over again.” -Goodreads

Review: I LOVED THIS BOOK! I super enjoyed it and read it within like two days. I couldn’t put it down.

I am a big romance reader and love reading romance stories. Though I have never read a sports romance before. I was always afraid that I would need to know how the sports work, which I only know the basic info about them. That’s one of the things I loved about this book. As I read it I was told enough about the sport in the book to understand it without getting lost.

I loved the characters in this book. I loved Evie, Austin, Drew, Sydney and enjoying the side characters. I really enjoyed Evie’s character and watching her interact with the characters. I wanted her to get the happy ending she deserved. I wanted her dream, her wants, to be achieved. I was swept away by Austin. I fell for him as soon as he got on the page.

The relationship between Evie and Austin was done perfectly. I wanted to keep going to see where their relationship would go, what kind of relationship they would have and just how they fit together. I loved reading them building each other up and helping each other.

Something I want to mention, this is a new adult romance. There are sex scenes, which are well written and perfectly placed in the book. It doesn’t feel like those scenes come out of know where.

The book was a really fast read. The writing was well done.

I highly recommend reading this book. If you enjoy romance-especially sport romances-and new adult books, then read this book. It’s really good and romance lovers should read it.

Happy reading!

Recieved an ARC from booksprout and gave an honest review.

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Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders-Book Review(No Spoilers)

When it comes to finding a young adult fantasy book, it is really easy to find one since there has been a lot published over the years. Thought the hardest to find is a book that feels different over the years. There have been some I’ve found and a lot of them have pushed the genre to stand out. A young adult fantasy book that I recently read that feel different is Shielded by Kaylnn Flanders.

Don’t worry this book review will be spoiler free, and I will try to keep the talk of somethings of the story to a minimum. But, this is all my opinion, so I highly recommend for you to read the book if you are interested.

Shielded follows out main character Jennesara or Jenna, a princess whose kingdom is losing a war. Since she isn’t in line for the throne, with being the second born, the king has planned an arranged marriage to have a chance at winning the war. She then sets off to this kingdom, only to get ambushed and must survive while finding out things that could change everything.

Now from that description it sounds not that different, but it is the meat of the story that makes it different.

The main character Jenna is really interesting and smart. She cares deeply about her family, as well as her kingdom, doing anything she can to help. The side characters and the love interest were done well. They all came off the page, being characters that didn’t blend together.

Something I want to briefly mention is the romance. I really did like the romance in the book and thought it was done well, but I do wish that it didn’t feel like insta love after just meeting like what felt like a couple of days since the first time they met.

As for the magic, it is easy to understand. There is no big explanation for it and the author does a great job of showing it to the reader. I am really hoping that the companion sequel to the book goes into even more detail because the magic system does sound interesting.

The setting is quite interesting though has that regular fantasy setting of castle and stuff. I would love to see more of the world in the companion sequel.

The writing presented in the book is simple and makes the read of the book go fairly quickly.

While I did enjoy this book, there was something that I think that could have made it better. I did like how fast pace it felt, but I did feel like there were some scenes that could have slowed down. This would have been great for the scenes that had the love interest, so I could see that love blow. Instead of it feeling like it happened within a blink in the eye.

Another thing I would have loved to see is more of the family dynamic between Jenna, her brother, and their father the king. While it is nice to see that in the beginning of the book, I do think seeing more of it in the beginning would have a bigger impact for what happens later on.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I could not put it down and I just wanted to read it till the end to see what would happen. I think this is a great young adult fantasy to read if you are looking for something different mixed with some familiar things. Also, again, if this book sounded interesting to you or you love fantasy, then I recommend you to read this book and give it a shot.

Happy reading!

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Again, but Better-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Christine Riccio

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.” -From Goodreads

Review: I was hesitant on reading this book at first, because it was YA contemporary, which I don’t pick up much, and I was afraid of it being bad. Though I still had an urge to read it, which was why I was happy when my boyfriend had gifted it to me for Christmas last year.

Right off the bat I just want to say that I enjoyed this book a lot. More than I was expecting to. It was hard putting it down.

The characters were interesting. I do wish that we got more scenes with the side characters as I would have loved to know more about them. I did relate to Shane quite a bit both with traits and the family that she had. I thought her romance with Pilot was cute minus the small cheating that happened. Pilot was a character I did enjoy and thought his pairing with Shane fit every well.

Christine’s writing was really good. I found a lot better than what was in Zenith, which I think quite a bit of people were wondering about if the writing was going to be better in this book. She hooked me in on page one and you could tell that she cared a lot about this book, wanting to be the best it could.

The reason I took a .5 star off my rating is because of the small magical element in this book. I thought it was interesting, but it pulled me out of the book. To keep it spoiler free, I wanted it to go a different way. I thought it was going to go a different way instead of the way that it did. I was disappointed after it happened.

Besides that, I really did enjoy this book. I read it during a time when I was in a bad place at the time of reading this book. After I finished it was when I wanted to do things again, but better this time.

If you enjoy YA contemporaries and/or wanting a book that will give you a push, then I highly suggest reading this book.

Happy reading!!!

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The Goblins of Bellwater-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Molly Ringle

A Novel

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: “A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.” Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.”

Review:  The Goblins of Bellwater was based off of a poem called “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti.

This story follows four main characters: Kit, a 24 year old mechanic, Livy, a 26 year old environmental scientist, Sky, a 23 year old barista and artist, and Grady, a 21 year old chef. They all live in the same neighborhood that have goblins running around in the forest in a modern day setting.

Since this is a short book, being less than 300 pages, things do feel like scenes are going by fast, but this book does a good job with completing it’s story arc without loose ends.

The relationships were done well in this book. By relationships, I mean the one between sisters, Livy and Sky, and cousins, Kit and Grady. The author did a great job with making them feel realistic. The romantic relationships in the beginning do feel rushed and not developed enough, but changes later on.

Now the romantic relationship portrayed in this book is of older women being with younger men, though it is portrayed positively.

There is sex and it can get very detailed at times. Just know that going into it.

The goblins were very interesting and weren’t the nicest people. In order for them not to steal one of your family members or a lover, you would need to give them something of gold or value. Though you would have to keep giving them things or else. They also have the use of magic and foods that can effect humans in a way that could stop them from speaking about what had happened to them with the goblins.

Molly Ringle’s writing was very addictive to read. She does a nice job with getting to the point of scenes and not having it drag out for too long to make the story go by faster. Her writing makes this book go by fast.

This is a good book for people to read if they like urban fantasy and are looking for a quick read.

Book Reviews

Rise of the Sparrows

Author: Sarina Langer

Series: The Relics of Ar’Zac #1

Rating: 5 stars

Summary: “As a homeless orphan, shunned for having the gift, Rachael knows how to survive. The visions of people dying are only hers to see. The shadows are her safety. When Cephy comes into her life, having a friend—a friend as feared by the villagers as Rachael—seems too good to be true.

And it is. Her visions are worse since Cephy came along, and Rachael’s gut feeling urges her to walk the other way. Alone.

When Cephy burns down her old home, the villagers respond with violence: they call on the White Guard to take Rachael and Cephy away for execution. Together they flee into a world they know nothing about. In the unknown awaits a Mist Woman, a prophecy, and a young rebel who sounds sincere –

but in Rachael’s experience, no one ever is. And how can she trust him when he believes in an ancient prophecy that seems to refer to her, and asks her to commit regicide so that people with the gift can be free?

Suddenly the cold shadows of Blackrock’s winter don’t seem so bad, and Rachael is torn between finally having food and warm shelter, and surviving on her own as she always has. The Sparrows—fighters of the resistance—believe in her because the prophecy names her. But can she be the leader they need when she can’t control her own magic?

Rachael knows the struggles the gifted endure all too well. Perhaps it’s time she stopped hiding, and fought back.” -From Goodreads

Review: I always enjoy reading a book that was self-published because sometimes they are so different from what is being published traditionally. They always bring something new the genre their book is in. Rise of the Sparrows is no different.

Rise of the Sparrows brings new things to the realm of fantasy fiction. While reading it I never felt like I read this story before or felt like things from other series were being borrowed then changed.

The author’s writing was great. I was never taken out of the story. I was always brought back in whenever I picked it up.

The characters were interesting to read about. The main character Rachael was an awesome female heroine that I never got annoyed by and was rooting for through out the book. The character development was handled well. I never felt like it was too fast or characters doing a 180.

The world building had been done perfect. Yes, it didn’t have like a lot, but I enjoy when books do this instead of dumping pages upon pages of world building.

Rise of the Sparrows is defiantly worth the read if you want to read a fantasy that feels new and has interesting characters.

Have fun reading!!