Book Reviews

Twisted Fate-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Jessi Elliott

Series: Twisted #1

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: “Being kidnapped by the leader of the fae really puts a dent in your senior year.

Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.

Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous fae leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.

Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.

Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.

When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.”- From Goodreads

Was given an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Review: I was very interested in reading this book because of the mixture of Urban Fantasy and Faries. I did enjoy it and loved the romance part about it, even though I’m iffy when it comes to romance novels, but this book made me realize that I do enjoy them.

Jessi Elliott’s writing was great. Her writing helped the book flow smoothly and was one of the reasons I kept reading.

The characters were coming off the page and did develop at a nice pace throughout the novel. Aurora was a strong, as well as interesting female character. She felt like that character I could see myself in at times. Aurora was also the type of female character that I like to see in romance novels.

While I did enjoy the romance I do feel like it was rushed at times. It would be all nice and sweet then immediately become steamy, so I wished it would have taken the time to move towards that way.

The one thing I wanted more of was world building. I felt like some more world building could have been added to flesh out the story more.

Overall, this was a good read. If you liked an Enchantment of Ravens and romance, then try out this book. You will be hooked as soon as you read the first page.

 

Links of where you can get the book:

-IBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/twisted-fate/id1296679475?mt=11

-Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Fate-Jessi-Elliott-ebook/dp/B078VK417B/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1518372668&sr=8-1

-Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/twisted-fate-jessi-elliott/1127798198;jsessionid=54854D7F6E9CFCE69745883A104FBCBB.prodny_store01-atgap01?ean=9781775004202&st=AFF&2sid=Goodreads,%20Inc_2227948_NA&sourceId=AFFGoodreads,%20Inc

-Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Twisted-Fate-Jessi-Elliott-ebook/dp/B078VK417B/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1515284581&sr=8-1

-Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/twisted-fate-14

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Book Reviews

Zenith-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Authors: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Series: The Androma Saga #1

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.” -From Goodreads

Review: I just want to mention that I love both Sasha and Lindsay. I bought the book to support them and it sounded interesting. This review is not going to be about them, but of and only the book. Now, this is my opinion on the book. If you want to read it, go for it. You might enjoy it.

Onto the review.

I very much enjoyed the first half of the book. I literally read it within a day. The second half of the book kind of dragged a bit. It didn’t have the same feeling as the first half did.

Sasha and Lindsay did a good job of making their writing the same so it wouldn’t be changing all the time. Though I still had trouble with the repetition. the writing almost reading like a first draft, and the italicized words. This book could have been 200 pages less.

The amount of point of views does feel like a lot at times.  There are about 6 POVs in this book in total.

In the first half, I did enjoy reading about Andi. She read like a Celaena copy, but she also felt like her own character at times. Dex was an okay character. I didn’t feel much of anything towards him, but that I found him annoying. The side characters were interesting, though felt underdeveloped or didn’t do much. Also, I just want to mention that rape does get used in this book.

The world building was only there when the characters were on a certain planet, but never to tell or show the reader more of the world.

Now, I love sci-fi and the idea of an all-female crew interests me, but this book just didn’t live up to the hype. I also bought this book thinking that maybe I would enjoy it compared to the reviews I was seeing. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

Overall, if you are still interested in reading the book, then go for it. You might enjoy it more than I did. I would never tell someone to not read a book only because I didn’t like it. I don’t know if I will be reading the sequel. If I do, then I will be listening to it on audiobook, since I have been hearing it is good to listen to.

Book Reviews

Ever the Hunted-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Erin Summerill

Series: A Clash of Kingdoms #1

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.” -From Goodreads

Review: The beginning of this book was hard to get through because it felt slow, but soon after that first ten or fifteen pages, it picks up and gets really good.

The story was interesting with the mystery of who killed her father, as well as finding out more about our main character Britt. It never felt like it went flat. The story kept being interesting.

Britt was an interesting character. She didn’t feel like a typical YA fantasy female main character, especially when Cohen was introduced into the story. Britt was a strong woman that no matter who stopped her would do what she wants and what she thought would be right to do. Also, she was a caring person who loved her father and just wanted justice for the murder of her father. As for Cohen, it took time for him to grow on me, but he wasn’t the typical male character.

The writing was good and flowed well. The first person perspective doesn’t limit the story and you get a better grip on who Britt is.

Overall, an interesting YA fantasy that felt different in a way with characters that are pretty rememberable. If you are a fan of YA fantasy, then check this one out.

Book Reviews

The Young Queens-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Kendare Blake

Series: Three Dark Crowns #0.2

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “Three black witches, born to a descending queen. One would rise to become queen in her place. Perhaps the strongest of the three. Perhaps the cleverest. Or perhaps it would be the girl born under the best shield of luck.

Katharine, Arsinoe and Mirabella – three young queens born to fulfil their destiny – to fight to the death to win the crown. But before they were poisoner, elemental and naturalist, they were children, sisters and friends . . .” -from Goodreads

Review: The Young Queens builds more of the world. It also shows how close the two sisters were before they were separated. It was very much enjoyable.

It was great for this novella to build more of this amazing world Kendare Blake created. This novella made things clearer and answered questions I had about the backstory of this world.

I highly recommend if you loved Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne, then you should read this novella. Don’t read this before reading those two books or else you will be spoiled for the ending of Three Dark Crowns.

Book Reviews

A Discovery of Witches-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Deborah Harkness

Series: All Souls Trilogy #1

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: “Book one of the New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy—”a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People)

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life, coming from Viking in July 2014.” -From Goodreads

Review: This book was okay. I did enjoy it for the most part, but I felt meh about somethings.

The character of Diana was an interest, but she did feel like a damsel in distress at times and seemed to be standing on the sidelines doing nothing, even though this was in her point of view. I did like how she was book smart, including not being overpowered. Matthew was an okay male character. My feelings about him did begin to change as I read more of the book. The side characters were written interestingly.

The writing was good, though it did feel like the author overwrote things at times. Both the ending and part of the middle felt like that. I want to also mention Deborah did a good job of explaining the backstory of characters and of the world itself.

Besides all of that, I really did surprisingly enjoyed this book. I didn’t think I would. I liked the whole being in an urban London with witches, demons, and vampires mixed with science and historical fiction.

If what I mentioned in the paragraph above interests you, then pick it up and see if you like it.

Overall, I will be reading the next book to see where the story goes, the character developments, and if the writing gets a bit better.

Writing

Writing Tip #1- Finishing the First Draft

Finishing the first draft of any type story is important and it is also the hardest to do.

It’s important because with every story you think of, getting the story fully writing from beginning to end will help you. Getting to see the whole story in front of you makes you realize how much more work needs to go into it, to fix plot holes, and see if the direction you are going in is the direction this story is supposed to go.

The reason this is hard to do with finishing the first draft is that we writers always have a tendency to either stop writing the story because it’s not written well, or we want to edit everything that was written before even finishing the story.

First, no story is ever perfect when it is first written. That fiction book you love so much didn’t get written perfectly in the first draft. It took many drafts before that book became the perfect and amazing book that it is. It wouldn’t have gotten that way if the writer didn’t finish their first draft.

Second, it’s okay to edit a little bit here and there, but don’t edit everything. You don’t know what will make it into a final draft, and taking a whole time to edit all the writing you have done previously, will take time away from actually writing so you can finish your draft.

Something that I have learned is that your first draft will suck.

I always have to tell myself “it’s okay for this first draft to suck” when I start a new story because I know after finishing that first draft and editing that draft, the second draft of my story will be better with now knowing more about my story than I did when I first started writing it.

Remember, it’s just a first draft. You are just getting to know and understand your stories, as well as your characters. The next draft will be better, including the draft after that, until you feel it’s finally perfect and ready to be sent out somewhere.

Book Reviews

Dividing Eden-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Joelle Charbonneau

Series: Dividing Eden #1

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?” -From Goodreads

Review: I am very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.

This book made me think one thing was going to happen but then it went into a whole other direction, which I’m happy that it did. I found the idea of the two twins Carys and Andreus taking part in this trial to be interesting because it would test their strong sibling relationship.

The story did start off slow because the world needed to be built, but it’s only when things start happening does it pick up and become interesting. When things start happening things start to unravel and just things happened that made my mouth drop.

The characters were interesting. I especially like the twins and see what path they choose to go on, as well as who to believe when comes to people who tell them things. I enjoyed reading from each twin’s perspective.

The writing was good. I’m glad it was in third person instead of first and didn’t focus on one twin.

This is a solid book and one you should read if the summary interests you.