Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Witches of Hant Hollow

Book Review

The Witches of Hant Hollow


Title: The Witches of Hant Hollow
Author: D.F. Jones
Rating: 
Date Published: October 14, 2017
Publisher: Jones Media
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Page Count: 264
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Synopsis:

Wickedly thrilling fast-paced tale of a family of witches power struggles over light and dark magic, and how one mortal man gets caught in the crosshairs of the feud causing upheaval in not only Jasmine's love life but rife within the American Mage Alliance.

Will Jasmine save Jonathan at the risk of losing the one she love most?



My Thoughts:

I was sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I've read every single one of author D.F. Jones books, and I have enjoyed every single one! So, when she asked me if I wanted to read her new novel, I immediately said yes, and just like the rest it did not disappoint.

This novel is the perfect read for this month! It has all the paranormal elements you look for in a good October read witches, vampires, wolfs and so much more. The novel revolves around the witches and their power struggle over dark and light magic, our main witches name is Jasmine and oh, how I loved her character! She was so sweet, but she was also a rebel that took crap from no one, especially her dear grandmother who may I add was one crazy witch; I also loved how selfless she was. Jonathan is the poor mortal and love interest, I absolutely adored him! He was quite the southern gentleman and any girl would be lucky to have him by her side.



This book is very fast paced and grips you from the first chapter! I really enjoyed how Jones tackled the prejudice that witches had against mortals and vice versa, as the book progresses Jones shows us how those prejudices evolve for the better and how they come together to help each other. The novels plot thickens several times and it had me at the edge of my seat. I love romance in my novels and Jones made sure to provide us with plenty of it, and even though some holes were blown on my ship, I still loved the ending. The only thing I wish had been done a little different was how rapidly the characters fell in love, I’m just a sucker for a slow burn romance. Other than that, this novel was a great paranormal read, and has me hoping for a sequel because I just need more of these characters.


SandraTheBookWorm




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trapped in Silver

Book Review

Trapped In Silver (Eldryn Chronicles #1)



Title: Trapped in Silver
Author: Emily Snowden
Rating:  
Date Published: February 7, 2017
Publisher: OfTomes Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Synopsis:

To seventeen-year-old Ava, wild woodcats, hungry stragglers, and simple-minded townsfolk are the evils she’s grown accustomed to. But when Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, enters her world she quickly understands that there are worse things out there than drunken men and carnivorous forest creatures. She’s a specialised liar and a hell of a fighter, but against a group of animalistic men called Berserkers she struggles to survive the encounter as the desperate swing of a dagger is all it takes to change her life for good.
Half-dead and hunted by the Berserker’s leader when he forms a monstrous obsession with her, Ava escapes his pursuit in an unfamiliar land full of impossible creatures, unlikely allies, and the man she doesn’t know whether to kiss or kill.
But after dreadful news of her missing brother surfaces, Ava becomes more involved in the centuries-long war and begins to unravel the reasons behind her relentless nightmares, discovering truths long-buried in a violent history of love, loss and betrayal.
 

My Thoughts:

I was sent an Ecopy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This novel sunk its claws into me with the first sentence and didn’t let me go until the very end. I absolutely loved this book, it had a couple of flaws, but I easily got past them because the story line was phenomenal! I felt like I could not devour it fast enough. Trapped in Silver is a paranormal fantasy novel, it brings demons, vampires and several other creatures that go bump in the night.



Our novel is told in somewhat dual perspective by somewhat I mean, it is mostly told from Ava’s, but we do get a couple of chapters from Ethan’s. Ava is such a strong female character, I really loved her sarcasm and boldness! I also really liked how flawed the author made her, she wasn’t the best fighter, but she held her own and kicked ass when she could; it made her seem more human and I really liked that. The only thing that bothered me a bit about her was how careless she could be at moments with her safety and otters. Ethan, what can I say about him, he is the arse I fell in love with, and can’t get enough of; to be completely honestly, I really wish we would have gotten more of him! I’m really intrigued by his backstory and just him in general. The main side characters were very likable and some were well let’s just say they’re not my favorite.



The world Sowden created was so well done, I could easily transport myself there and fight alongside Ava, Ethan, and the others! She made a dangerous place sound so beautiful and made me overlook all the dangers so much so that I would not mind living there; especially if I had those amazing characters by my side cough, cough Ethan. The twists the author added in there were good, but a bit predictable, I saw them coming, but that didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. The love interest is there, but is a slow burn and I really enjoyed that, insta-love isn’t for me so, I like when an author allows characters to get to know each other before they confess their feelings. The ending blew my mind, I saw it coming, and it still blew me away! I’m so excited for the next installment in the series. If you are looking for a good October read this is it!! It has the monsters and the creepy factor is there. 


SandraTheBookWorm


Friday, September 15, 2017

Sinister Souls and Dead Things Cover Reveal!!!

Title: Sinister Souls & Dead Things
Author: Martina McAtee     
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Ember Lonergan has made her pack a promise: To go after their enemies before their enemies can come for them. It was a bold statement that she has no idea how to back up. She hasn’t mastered driving on the highway, much less how to take down a hostile system of government. What’s worse, half her pack is crazy, and the other half is broken…possibly forever.

But none of that matters anymore. Ember isn’t just Ember anymore. Ember and her cousins are the prophesied Trinity, foretold to take down the druids and break the curse that’s plagued witches and reapers for centuries. The Oracle has been gathering their allies—laying the groundwork for their return—for decades, but all of that work is destroyed in an instant when Ember’s betrayed by somebody she thought she could trust.
  
Alliances are crumbling. Humans are missing. People are dying. The High Inquisitor has arrived. Witches have taken over the school, and they are instituting new policies every day.
Their new message is clear:
If you fight for the Trinity, you burn with the Trinity.
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack chihuahua's and two shady looking cats. When she isn't writing young adult books about worlds with reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures she's reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things released in August of 2015. Her second book in the Dead Things series, Dark Dreams and Dead Things, will release July 15, 2016.
Author Links: Facebook: www.facebook.com/MartinaMcAtee1
Buy Links: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things: http://amzn.to/1Z4L4NH Dark Dreams and Dead Things: http://amzn.to/1Z4KVtH

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cover Reveal!



Hello Bookworms! Today I have the pleasure of sharing the beautiful cover of Blood Revenge the sequel of Blood Treason! The cover is gorgeous! 

Title: Blood Revenge 
         The Blood Trilogy: Book II
Author: Lily Serafina
Genre:YA Fantasy
Cover Design: Ashley Michel/AM Creations
Release Date: September 29, 2017

Teaser Synopsis: 

The castle is a place where everyone wears many faces and where the darkest of desires come to play. It’s where someone you thought you knew, might turn out to be someone you don’t know at all.
Aura broke all the rules when she fell in love with a vampire and it cost the lives of everyone she loved. Now, trapped in the hell that Tristan has created for her, who will hear her cries for help?  And who will even care?
Isa tore apart lives when she lusted after a prince, a mistake she paid for with her life. In more ways than one. She’ll stop at nothing to satisfy her craving for retribution.

The only thing sweeter than revenge? Blood.






Author Bio

Lily Serafina spends her days with her two cats, creating stories as they come to h
er mind. A lifelong, avid read and writer, Lily began writing novels at the age of thirteen, later on becoming a teacher. Lily has since left the classroom in pursuit of becoming reunited with her true love, writing. She and her kitties are nestled in the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. 
Lily writes Young Adult Fantasy, as well as Young Adult Dystopian novels. Her debut novel, BLOOD TREASON, was given a number of glowing reviews by book bloggers

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Paintbrush

Book Review

Paintbrush


Title: Paintbrush
Author: Hannah Bucchin
Rating: 
Date Published: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Synopsis:

Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren't particularly close--at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.

But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.


My Thoughts:

I was sent an eArc by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

My summer has been filled with contemporary reads and I have loved it! Paintbrush was one of my summer reads and I fell in love with it! Josie and Mitchell have lived in the Paintbrush Community and known each other for as long as they can remember, but they could not be more different! Mitchell cannot wait to graduate so he can leave Paintbrush, and never comeback. Josie loves the community and feels like she needs to take care of her sisters since her mom likes to be more like a friend than a mother.


I really liked the idea of the Paintbrush Community, they were like a big family, even though they weren’t related they took care of each other like they were; I’m not going to lie though just like any family some of them were kind of a little out there. I have always like the friends turned to lovers’ trope because it shows how the relationship built up and how the characters fell in love! I really loved Mitchell, I completely understood his desire to leave Paintbrush to go to college and travel to different places, it’s something I have always wanted to do and I just found his character so relatable. Josie’s development trough out the story was very well done, I loved the way she cared for her mom and sisters, but I was so happy that she figured out that she needed to do what made HER happy. The author did an amazing job building the character relationships and adding the perfect amount of drama to keep me turning the page. The ending was perfect and I cannot wait to read more about these two characters and see where their stories go. 

SandraTheBookWorm



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Carver

Book Review

The Carver


Title: The Carver
Author: Jacob Devlin
Rating: 
Date Published: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 370
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Synopsis:

THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . . 

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . . 

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . . 

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind. 

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

My Thoughts:

I was provided with an Ecopy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

If you have been following my blog or my bookstagram you know that I love a good fairy tale retelling and would read every single one if I could. When I read the synopsis for The Carver I knew I was going to be hooked; what intrigued me the most was that it was not a retelling of just one character, but instead the author brought several of our beloved fairy tale characters together and wrote a wonderful story. 

Crescenzo the son of Pinocchio is our main character. Enzo is like any teenager, moody and at first the way he treated his dad and Pietro aka as Peter Pan bothered me a bit, but as the story progressed his attitude got a lot better and he slowly began to win me. As for his companion Pietro, I liked him from the get go it just made sense for Peter Pan to grow up, but keep his innocence and goofiness. I really liked how he brought lightness to the story. The novel jumps from present time New York and back to the old world, which is the world were all the fairy tale characters live, the authors world building was wonderfully done, I could see myself there with the characters. The villain of the story took me by surprise and I absolutely loved it! I'm a sucker for the hero turned villain trope. I almost forgot about Rosana! What a blasphemy, since I absolutely love her! Rosana is Alice's daughter and such a strong willed doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do and always trusted her instinct character; I loved what she brought to the story and I'm just a sucker for anything related to Alice and Wonderland. 




This novel did remind me of the very popular show Once Upon a Time because of all the fairy tales characters coming together, but that is where the similarities end. The author made this story his own and I really enjoyed it. I cannot wait to dive into the sequel and see what new adventures Jacob will be taking us on. If you're in the mood for a different and refreshing fairy tale retelling then this is the book. 

SandraTheBookWorm




Sunday, August 6, 2017

How One Attempts to Chase Gravity

Book Review

How One Attempts to Chase Gravity (Gem City Book Two)

Title: How One Attempts to Chase Gravity
Author: Nicole Campbell
Rating: 
Date Published: 
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Synopsis:

Ethan Fisher is college bound- surprising, even to him. Ethan knows he will run into Courtney eventually, and he is determined to have another chance to be the man she thought he was. If it is even possible for her to speak to him without throwing her coffee in his face. He’s willing to take his chances in hopes that the infatuation of their summer love can hold up in the real world. 

Courtney Ross feels like she just stepped out of a time machine. She thought going away to college involved some sort of "growing up," so why is she now being thrown into last year? She really doesn't know if she's ready to forgive and forget.

In this sequel- equally delicious as its predecessor- learn how this winding tale of love and heartbreak unfolds.



My Thoughts:

I was sent a novel by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

If you read my review for the first novel in this series you know that I absolutely loved it, and was completely devastated with the ending, but I forgave the author because I had the sequel; which I was able to start Immediately.  Just when I thought I couldn’t love Ethan any more I get the sequel written in his perspective and I fall for him even harder; his character growth was immense in this book and I loved every single second of it and the way he treats Courtney had me in the clouds! I loved Courtney so much, she has come a long way her character growth is the most noticeable; even though at some points in the books I did want to tell her to relax a bit and deal with things as they came, but that just wouldn’t be like Courtney.

I loved how the author made this novel show the real struggles that all couples have and showed us that both characters had flaws they had to work on, and how their love for each other was so great that they learned to see past their flaws and love each other more because of them. I have really come to love these characters, I don’t think I have ever read a book where I can relate with the characters so much or where I can see myself meeting them in real life and becoming best friends with them. The ending for this novel could not have been more perfect! I was in tears and just wanted to pull out all the characters and give them the biggest group hug.  Another thing that I love about these novels is that in the beginning of every chapter there is a song title and the author has made a playlist you can listen to as you read, it just takes the reading experience to a whole new level, it makes you feel closer to the story and the characters.




If you haven’t picked these novels up, I highly recommend them! I devoured both book in less than a week. It is the perfect summer read or if you are looking for a good contemporary read.


SandraTheBookWorm






Thursday, July 27, 2017

My Dream Reading Space & Library




While I was scrolling through  Arhaus a couple of days ago, I was inspired to write a post describing my dream reading space! I don't know why it didn't come to me sooner! I think all bookworms occasionally imagine the perfect reading space, so I'm so excited to share mine with you all!

I've always told my husband that when we finally get our home, it must have an extra room which will be our reading space and library! I can't tell you how many times I've looked for the perfect sofa, lighting and the most important item to any bookworm’s space bookshelves! I have fell in and out of love with so many, but enough babbling and let’s get to it. 


My reading room must have a large window, where light can shine in through the day. So, I can read without artificial light when it is sunny, and watch the rain when storms roll in! I just love rainy days, and think they are perfect for reading; love to see and hear the rain as I read. The picture below is exactly what I am talking about. Picture found on google!


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As a Beauty and the Beast fanatic and a bookworm, one of my all-time favorite scenes is when Beast shows and gifts Belle his library! I've always wanted one of those beautiful classic shelves that have the ladder, just in case you can't reach those top shelves. I found the perfect one on the Arhaus website! This shelf would look beautiful!!! There is one that takes up the whole wall and it is perfection! I could not find a picture, but click here and it will take you right to it! 


Now on to the sofa that I would put in front or near to window! There is so many sofas, but for me it would just have to be comfy, somewhere I could sit for hours, and not have to be changing positions. It would also have to match my theme or it would drive me nuts!!! I found the perfect sectional sofa on the Arhaus website, they had so many, but this one was my favorite! you can check out their sectional collection here to pick one you would like!  There is just so many ways one can sit on a sectional and get lost in a book, it also does not hurt that is gorgeous! 


Lighting is something essential for a library! I know that the large window will provide light during the day, but we will still need light for those late nights, when we can't put that book down, or those gorgeous rainy days! Guys, I am drooling over these lights they are gorgeous! picture was found on pinterest




A room is nor complete without a rug, where I can lay just in case I am not feeling the couch! This rug caught my eye first and I feel like it brings my room together! It’s so beautiful! you can find it here.

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This was so much fun!!!! I really enjoyed sharing my dream reading space with everyone! Looking at furniture was also fun! I would love to read what you would add in your room or how it will look. Let me know on the comment section! Doing these made me excited for when I get to shop for my reading space! 

SandraTheBookWorm