Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd Review

4 STARS

Thank you so much to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the free copy of this book for my honest review!

I loved the prequel to this book, Grim Lovelies, and I was so excited to read this. Getting to follow along with the same characters again and see their next adventure after the first book left off on a bit of a cliffhanger had me dying to read it!

This story continues where it left off six weeks prior with the selfless Anouk trying to save her friends. She just recently discovered she has magic, even as a beastie, and has to turn her friends back from animals to humans. All while this is happening, she also somehow has to save the world from time loops and the plague.

Anouk is still absolutely my favorite character and her character gives me all the feels. She’s so genuine, caring, selfless, and has so many dreams, I just love her.

The romance in this book is what I have really enjoyed. Her slow building relationship with Beau has killed me at times with everything they’ve had to go through to be together. There were moments in this book where I honestly had tears in my eyes because I didn’t know whether they were going to make it or not and in the end I was so, so happy.

Megan Shepherd’s writing style is different than other authors I’ve read but in a very good way. Her writing is beautiful and lyrical and you can almost imagine everything unfolding right before your eyes it’s so descriptive. How she came up with the ideas for these books is amazing and I love the fairy tale aspects of it. The goblins were constantly cracking me up, they were a favorite part of the story of mine.

This is the first time I can say a duology has left me wanting more, I’m so sad there won’t be another book after this one. Thank you so much to Meghan Shepherd for writing such amazing books.

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Review of Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) by Sarah Rees Brennan

4 STARS

Thank you so much to Scholastic Inc. Books for the free copy of this book for my honest review!

I grew up in the era of the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch and then when I saw they were making a more modern day show I was really excited. Then they came out with a book and my world was officially complete. Witchy, dark books have always been a favorite of mine (probably because Halloween is my favorite holiday) and this book definitely didn’t disappoint!

This book is based as a prequel to the show on Netflix and follows Sabrina as she’s about to turn 16 and tries to enjoy her last summer with Harvey and her two best friends. Her cousin Ambrose helps her cast a spell on Harvey that shows all of his true feelings. But when a wood spirit deceives Sabrina and the spell goes wrong, Sabrina must decide if she’s going down the wrong path and if all this power is truly worth it.

I loved the Netflix show Sabrina so I knew I would enjoy getting to learn about her life before the show. It honestly makes the show a little better getting to know more about the backstories to everything and it was so well written. The author’s writing style kept me engaged the entire time and I love how she nailed the characters perfectly. All the characters were well developed and relatable in their own ways and the number of times I laughed at Sabrina’s aunts’ tactics made for a great read.

This book had the perfect amount of darkness, humor, with a bit of romance thrown in for a perfect summer read. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Review of The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

5 STAR REVIEW
I honestly wish I could give it more.

Thank you so much to Harper Collins and Gena Showalter for providing me with a free copy of this book for my honest review.

I’m a huge fan of fairytale retellings and this one did not disappoint at all! I loved Gena Showalter’s writing for years and this book was great!

The female main character of the book Everly has been raised in the mortal world by her mom and stepdad with her twin sister Hartly. She has no idea that she’s a fairy princess and that she possesses strong powers, powers that could get her killed. Her world gets turned upside down when they both find out they have powers and are taken to the world of Enchantia. Everything that happens to Everly is done because of what the fairytale or prophecy says is going to happen and everyone must figure out if she is the Evil Queen or not.

This story was kind of hard for me to get into at first but once I started I couldn’t put it down (can you say binge reading). I loved all of the characters but I especially loved Everly. She was such a sweet girl and only wanted the best for everyone and had a hell of a time when she had to be mean or kill someone. I loved the background thinking she had in some very intense parts and I loved how snarky and sarcastic she was, kind of reminded me of myself. And don’t even get me started on the romance between her and the Prince, holy swoon.

The fight scenes in this book were also incredible. Gena goes into so much detail in her books that you honestly feel like you’re right there with them and I honestly flinched at a couple of the spots when someone got hit, it seemed that real to me. I think that was one of the best parts about this fantasy novel was how descriptive and creative everything, it sucks you into the story and doesn’t want to let you go.

Review of A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

5 STAR REVIEW

This might honestly be my favorite book I’ve read so far in 2019.  Beauty and the Beast is my absolute favorite Disney movie ever so I was so excited to see a new retelling of it come out. Everything was so vivid and detailed in this book that you could picture everything as it was happening and the characters were amazing.  My only complaint about this book was how it ended, now I’m dying for the sequel to come out.

Harper is living a hard life with cerebral palsy, her mom slowly dying from cancer and her brother Jake having to deal with unsavory loan sharks after their Dad abandons them and owes some not-so-nice guys a lot of money.  One night while Harper is playing the lookout for Jake she sees a man with a passed out woman and she doesn’t think his intentions are good.  Trying to fight him off Harper winds up in Emberfall, a magical castle where she meets Rhen.  Rhen has been cursed and is forced to repeat the same season over and over as a monster until he can break that curse, by finding a girl to fall in love with him.  Harper wants nothing to do with Prince Rhen and only wants to return to her family that she hopes are alive.  As she starts to spend time with Rhen and his Commander Grey she begins to understand their world and what’s truly at stake if the curse can’t be broken.

This was my first novel by Brigid Kemmerer and I’ve read quite a few retellings of Beauty and the Beast and this one by far was the best I’ve read.  I absolutely loved the character of Harper and how brave and courageous she was even with cerebral palsy, she never let that hold her back.  With all the crap going on in her life she is still so unselfish and only thinks of others and truly comes to care for the people of Emberfall once she gets to know everyone.  

Another favorite character of mine was Grey.  While most people would be swooning over Prince Rhen and how romantic he was to Harper I’m Team Grey over here.  He seemed like such a tough guy (“Scary Grey”) but really underneath all of that armor he was a total sweetheart.  I did enjoy the romance between Rhen and Harper but did anyone else honestly hope that Grey and she would get together?  His character was so adorable, his moments with the children were swoon-worthy, and how he came to care about Harper so much was adorable, Harper was exactly what he needed in his life after enduring the curse for so long. The ending of this book absolutely killed me in reference to him but then I found out that there will be a second book in the series and I might have squealed just a little bit.  

This was one of the best fantasy novels I’ve ever read and I’m so dang excited for the next book to come out.  Not many authors can recreate a Disney classic so well but this book was amazing!

PURCHASE LINKS:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-curse-so-dark-and-lonely-brigid-kemmerer/1128064594?ean=9781681195087#/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like MORE THAN WE CAN TELL and LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA novels like THE ELEMENTAL SERIES and THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington). Her next book will be her first foray into YA Fantasy, with A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, available January 2019 wherever books are sold. Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons.

Review of Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

4 STAR REVIEW

Thank you so much to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I’ve been slowly easing myself into books I wouldn’t normally read and I was very excited when I received his novel. I heard that it is reminiscent of Six of Crows and even though I haven’t read that book yet it’s definitely on my TBR list. I have heard many great things about the author and her past works so I was immediately intrigued by this one.

This book is set in 1889 during the Exposition Universalle which is a fair that features displays of cars, diamonds, and a human zoo. While this book tended to lean more towards historical with a touch of fantasy, I still really enjoyed it and the characters. I got a little confused at times as the characters were building up and what their relationships were with each other but as I got further into the book it made more sense. There was a few areas of massive information dumps that I had to slowly read to not get confused (spoiler alert, I still did) but overall this was a really great book. I absolutely love the cover and how the author was so detailed in everything. The only complaint I have is the ending, that was an interesting cliffhanger and now I feel I have to read the second book in the series to figure out what the heck is going to happen next.

Review of Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

4 STAR REVIEW

Thank you so much to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

First off let me say that I have not read many fantasy genre books before. I’m slowly starting to drop my toes into it and its been pretty hit and miss for me. This one was definitely a hit though. The cover is what drew me in first and then I read the synopsis and thought I might actually like this book.

Nadya is a cleric and can communicate with the gods and ask them for powers. As she is rumored to be the last of her kind, she must be protected. While her country is in a war a High Prince comes to kill Nadya and she barely escapes. She finds herself making an alliance with new companions that have the same goal as she does, to end the war.

This book started off with a bang for me and hooked me immediately. One thing with fantasy that I’m still trying to learn is how to pronounce everyone’s names (how the authors come up with their names I will never understand) but I feel like I’m getting better at it!

I loved the magic and mystique of this book and how there was some romance thrown in. I do wish Nadya was more of the main character but I did enjoy reading from Seferin’s point of view also. I’m always happy when books have chapters alternating with different characters points of view so I feel like I’m getting the whole story, not just from one character.

Emily Duncan’s writing is beautiful and I loved this little goth world she created. I can’t wait to read more by her!

Review of Evermore by Alyson Noel

5 STAR REVIEW

I just finished this book and I’m sitting here wondering how I’ve never ventured into Alyson Noel’s fantasy novels. I’ve read all of her other books except this series which started back in 2009 and I feel like I really missed out.

I know lots of people disliked this book but I really did like it. Maybe it’s because I’ve been a die hard fan of the author forever but I read this in about 12 hours and honestly couldn’t put it down.

This book is about Ever who after losing her parents and little sister in a tragic car accident wakes up in the hospital and realizes she can now see everyones auras surrounding them and can also somehow still communicate with her little sister Riley, even though she’s dead. She gets moved from Oregon to California to live with her aunt and starts a new school where instead of being in the popular crowd like in her last school, she befriends two of the “outsiders”, a gay guy named Miles and a self-proclaimed goth named Hazel. Having perfected her ways of tuning people’s thoughts out, Ever’s only hopes are to get through school and hope that no one finds out about her psychic abilities. Then the new gorgeous guy Damen starts school and she realizes there’s something different about him, he has no aura and seems to have certain abilities like she does.

I loved all of the characters of this book and how detailed the author was when she was explaining certain scenes and things happening in the book, you almost felt like you were there seeing it with your own eyes and not just reading it. Ever’s character was obviously my favorite as I loved her personality and how she dealt with her psychic abilities. Her and Damen’s relationship was another thing I loved and the ending made me so excited to dive into the rest of the series.