Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: My Plain Jane

When I read My Lady Jane two years ago, it became an immediate favorite. I laugh so much in real life, and also when watching movies or TV, but not so much when I read. My Lady Jane was irresistibly funny, so My Plain Jane was an anticipated read from the moment the cover was released and its arrival became oh so real.

The Summary

My Plain Jane is a loose retelling of Jane Eyre, told from the POV of Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (a real person!) and ghost hunter Alexander Blackwood. Ghosts and supernatural beings are abundant in this one.

Continue reading “Book Review: My Plain Jane”

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Fatal Throne

Fatal Throne, most of all, was a change of pace from my usual reading . I don’t read a lot of historical content, fiction or not, but the topic of this one had my interest. Most of my knowledge of the wives of King Henry VIII is from watching The Other Boleyn Girl…which, if you know anything at all about that story, you probably know that movie to be wildly inaccurate. Fatal Throne didn’t have the kind of gripping narrative that usually sucks me into a book, but it was interesting. Very interesting.

The Summary

As mentioned above, this book covers the story of each of King Henry VIII wives. Multiple authors contribute to the book, with each wife having a section from their own POV (penned by a different author), alternating with commentary from Henry.

Continue reading “Book Review: Fatal Throne”

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Save the Date

This book was pitched as a modern day Sixteen Candles, which made it an automatic TBR on my Goodreads. Most people go for The Breakfast Club as the best rat pack/John Hughes movie, but Sixteen Candles is by far my favorite. And if I’ve said it once, I can say it a million times…but despite preferring fantasy as a genre, it’s the YA contemporary books that consistently impress me. Morgan Matson is on my radar, as is the revitalization of my interest in contemporary reads.

The Summary

After more than a year of separation from one person or another, Charlie’s family is back under one roof for a weekend to celebrate her sister’s wedding, and as a secondary task, promote the end of her mother’s famous, nationally known comic strip. It wouldn’t be a good book about a wedding for characters we’ve never met if everything didn’t go catastrophically wrong…

Continue reading “Book Review: Save the Date”

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Sky in the Deep

At face value, this book has stuff right up my alley: Fantasy setting with historical vibes. Badass beyond belief heroine. Enemies to lovers trope. And for once, as I hoped, these things made an awesome book. I thought I would like it, but despite expecting that, I am still surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

The Summary

Eelyn knows nothing else but the brutal conflict between the Aska and Riki clans. Fight, kill, survive, repeat. Her worldview is shaken when in battle she runs into her brother who died several years ago. He’s fighting for the rival clan, and Eelyn finds herself captured by the enemy.

Continue reading “Book Review: Sky in the Deep”

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Furyborn

This was a book that, once on my radar, I was dying to read. I looked forward to this one for months. And it was good…but it was nothing like my expectations, and ultimately ended up a bit of a disappointment. Kind of like reading Renegades. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more had my expectations not been so high. This review is mildly spoiler-ish.

The Summary

Two women living a thousand years apart are the answer to a long foretold prophecy of the Blood Queen and Sun Queen, who will bring destruction and restoration to their world.

Continue reading “Book Review: Furyborn”

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Caraval

This book has been on my radar for awhile, and at a glance, seemed like the perfect book for me. Mystery. Weird Wonderland-esque adventures. “Bad” boy love interest. A narrator made relatable by her uncertainty in approaching everything. Yet here I am, having finished the book with all of these things, and I didn’t like it that much.

The Summary

Days ahead of her long awaited marriage to a man she’s never met, a hopeful respite from years of abuse under her father, Scarlett is whisked away (eh, kidnapped?) to Caraval by her sister and a shifty guy her sister was sleeping with. Scarlett dreamed all her life of attending Caraval, a mysterious, multi-day, audience participation event. Though Scarlett is determined to escape in time to get married, her cautious plans change when it turns out this year’s game involves the kidnapping of the sister who brought her to Caraval in the first place. It’s a race against time…
Continue reading “Book Review: Caraval”

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: This Mortal Coil

After a few unplanned weeks off from reading/blogging I am back! Life has been busy. Also, so is this book. It is a wild roller coaster from beginning to end…

The Summary

When a soldier from an enemy organization called Cartaxus finds Catarina, bringing a message from her now dead father, Cat is pulled into a plan to decode and release a vaccine to the world to stop the killer Hydra virus.

Continue reading “Book Review: This Mortal Coil”

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Not If I Save You First

Ally Carter is such a fun author. I wouldn’t normally pick up a romance heavy YA spy-ish book, but when Carter’s name is on the cover, I want to. Something about her books feel different. It’s trope-heavy, but it always feel new in some way. This book was exactly what I wanted. Fun, light, and ultra-badass. If you want that kind of book, and haven’t picked up something by Ally Carter yet…get on it! This one would be an excellent start.

The Summary

After a near fatal incident protecting the president’s family, Maddie’s Secret Service father quits his job and takes off to Alaska with his daughter in tow. Years later, Maddie’s former best friend (the president’s son) returns to her life. She is so angry with him she could kill him, but in order to get the chance she’ll have to save his life first…
Continue reading “Book Review: Not If I Save You First”

Posted in Book Reviews

ARC Book Review: Ash Princess

I don’t remember how exactly I heard about this book, but when I did, I put it on my to-read list almost instantly. This happened back in October 2017. A few months went by and I begin to doubt. Let’s be real: Ash Princess looks like a lot of other YA fantasies, right down to the beautiful cover with a crown.

Despite this, when I got my hands on an ARC copy of the book (hooray for staff days at the library!), I was ecstatic. This feeling only grew when I began reading: my initial gut feeling was right. This book is amazing!

The Summary

Theodora, or Lady Thora as she now goes by, is the last royal connection to the country of Astrea. Ten years ago the Kalovaxians invided her country, murdered her mother (the Queen) and took over the court, sending the rest of the Astreans to either death or slavery in the mines. After many years of captivity, and after enduring beating after beating, Theo reaches her limit when the brutal Kaiser forces her to execute an unexpected visitor from the past. She is out for revenge.

Continue reading “ARC Book Review: Ash Princess”

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens

My reading patterns seem to go in waves. I’ll read a string of books I don’t like, or feel ‘meh’ about. Then I’ll go through several books in a row that I absolutely love. It’s a constant back and forth. And right now I happen to be, gloriously, in the latter pattern. Today’s review is for a book I expected to enjoy, though not at this level. It had an effect on me for oh-so-surprising a reason: An Enchantment of Ravens is, amidst all it’s beauty, is an uncomplicated, simple story.

The Summary

When Isobel unknowingly commits treachery against a High Faerie by painting sorrow, a human quality, into his eyes, she is taken from her life in Whimsy to answer to her crime in court.

Continue reading “Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens”