Book Review: Changeling

Book Title: Changeling

Book Author: Molly Harper

Book Publisher: INscribe Digital 

Publication Date: August 22, 2018

Page Count: 271

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend: YES! 

An e-arc copy of this book was provided from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope you all are having another magical start to the week! I requested this book on NetGalley a few months ago because the synopsis seemed really FUN and I was looking for something different so I requested and was approved for this e-arc.  I hadn’t read one of those in a while, so I thought this book would be a good chance. Plus, It’s a historical fiction, so there’s that too! You can read all about it on Goodreads HERE! 

Personally, I thought this story was SUPER CUTE!  I loved the main character “Cassandra”.  I related a lot with her personality, and I loved her sarcasm throughout the book.  The side characters were also super fun!  I loved her two new friends! Also, there’s a love interest involved (and surprisingly no triangle involved) which was adorable!

This book has a slight Harry Potter/Tempest and Slaughter feel, but don’t go into it expecting the expansiveness of those books.  It has magic – which I would have liked to have seen more of, but I thought it was still really good and well done.  I believe this is a first in a series, so I am looking forward to reading more of these books in the future.

The story is very well written, and I had a hard time putting it down.  It was fast paced which I enjoyed and I loved all the historical fiction aspects to it as well.  The author really set the tone for the book, and I could imagine being at school with “Cassandra.” I enjoyed the antagonist side of these books, they were really well done.

Overall, this was an EXTREMELY enjoyable light read with magic and historical fiction incorporated together! It was fast paced, well -written and had an adorable plot.  The characters had relatable personalities, and there was some sass and sarcasm involved which is always a good thing. Since the book was published in August, I look forward to getting a physical copy soon!  I’d love to have it on my shelves.

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Changeling
And if you want to find out more about this author you check can it out here: Molly Harper

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Book Review: Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge

Book Title: Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge

Book Author: Lisa Jensen

Page Count: 352

Publication Date: July 10, 2018

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Would I Recommend: Unfortunately, No.  😦

 

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My Kindle E-Reader

Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a magical day!  I can’t believe we’re already into the second week of July! 🙂

I actually got approved of this e-arc by Candlewick Press through Net Galley (in exchange for an honest review) months ago.  I’ve been meaning to get around to this one, but after already reading a couple other re-tellings I needed to take a break from it! So, a couple weeks ago I finally decided to bite the bullet and go ahead and read it, because Beauty and Beast is my favorite! Honestly it’s Disney’s fault because the movie is what makes me fall in love with it.

Anyway, the book cover is pretty too, so you can check that out whenever you get a chance. 🙂

I read the original version of Beauty and the Beast sometime last year.  And I must say that I found the ending to be a little weird and NOT because it deviated from the movie. Just strange to me, and I wasn’t fond of it.  However, that impacts my perception of this book.

I didn’t have a problem with the writing style, and the beginning of the story seems almost historical fiction…ish.  So I enjoyed that aspect of it.  The main character was likable and fun to read about until…

I try not to spoil things in these reviews, but I feel that I must inform you that there is a sexual assault scene early on in the story.  It really caught me off guard, but it pretty much sets the tone for the entire first half of the book.  Which kinda put me in a depressing mood as I tried to finish it.

The synopsis made me think that the characters would learn and grow and reflect on their behavior and they didn’t.  That made me feel like there was no character development.  Also, I think there were parts of the story that just keep dragging on and I skimmed through those parts because I found it to be boring.

I really enjoyed the way the enchantment spell (a.k.a. curse) worked and I thought it was interesting, but I thought it would have been nicer to read about other “enchanted” perspectives too. I liked how the author drew the parts of the original story into the book in the second half of the story.

Overall, this wasn’t my cup of tea. It wasn’t what I was expecting. There were some good things I liked about it and others not so much.  I think it should have a more mature rating than YA or at least a warning about it. It’s not something I want to recommend for younger teenagers who love YA, because of this scene.

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Lisa Jensen

Book Review: Mirage

Book Title: Mirage

Book Author: Somaiya Daud

Page  Count: 320

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Would I Recommend:  YES! 

I received a copy of this e-arc from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review! 

Hello Book Friends!  I hope you are having an awesome day!

So, I decided to request this book because the synopsis of the book sounded really interesting. Plus it’s an epic fantasy book, so I was totally on board!  I’m so glad I chose it too. It was one of the best books I’ve read so far.  Also, the cover just really stood out to me, so I picked it out for that reason too! 🙂

I literally started reading this last night and it was SUPER FANTASTIC!!!!!! I promised myself that I would read for at least half an hour.  Some of the e-books I’ve been reading lately haven’t been quite up to par so my motivation wasn’t really there, but THIS ONE DEFINITELY IS.  It is well written and easy to follow and definitely a FUN read!  Needless to say, I ended up reading for TWO hours!!!!! I had to put it down because there’s this thing called sleep that I sometimes need.  The next evening however, as soon as I was finished with my work – I picked it right back up!  I HAD to know what was going to happen next! 🙂  I really want a physical copy of it in my hands right now. BTW, where’s the next book? I need it now.  K’thanks. 😉

It reminded me a lot of Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid, and if you enjoyed that one I would highly recommend this to those of you that liked it! I would probably recommend it to you anyway, because I loved it, and that’s just how I am.  And I really felt like I was right there with Amani, going through the whole experience as she did.

So, overall I really loved it!  I loved the plot, the premise, and all the characters.  I was extremely invested in the story the whole time and I couldn’t put it down, I thought it was that AMAZING. I’m really excited about the next book too, and I have put this book on my to purchase pile! It was well written and easy to follow and I highly recommend it! 🙂

Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here: Mirage

And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Somaiya Daud

Book Review: The Orphan’s Wish

Book Title: The Orphan’s Wish

Book Author: Melanie Dickerson

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes

 

Hello Book Friends! I hope today has been an amazing one for you!  It was a little dull and cloudy today and that made for perfect reading weather to finish this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.  

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I must say that I have not read any of this authors others books in this collection, so therefore I cannot compare.  How dare I not have read them yet. 🙂 It is a part of the Hagenheim collection and no you do NOT have to read them in order to understand this story!

Why did I decided to grab this book? Well, I read the premise and it seemed really interesting (besides it’s an ALADDIN RETELLING!)!  I haven’t read very many Aladdin retellings (or A Thousand Nights) yet.  Maybe one – The Wrath and the Dawn Duology.  Also, the cover seemed really pretty and that also drew me towards picking it out.

Anyways, I was captivated throughout the first few chapters in the book.  Aladdin’s experiences in his homeland and reading about his experiences and journeys traveling to a new land was really neat to read about.

Unfortunately, there was no Jasmine in this story (though there is a love interest that’s really interesting to read about), but there is an Abu.  *cue squealing here*

This book was definitely a different take on the retelling than what I expected, and it had a lot of different plot twists!  I was not expecting some of them, let me tell you.  The plot seemed a little slower than I was anticipating and I believe there was some over explaining of certain things, but I still really enjoyed reading it!

I enjoyed how the story incorporated feelings.  Like feelings of self-doubt, and feelings of sadness, and loneliness.  And then having to deal with these feelings and sort them out, though some of them seemed to be a bit exaggerated. I did not enjoy the love triangle (if you could call it that), however.

Overall, I thought this was a nice relaxing read.  It has romance, it has hardships, and it has some adventurous parts too, as well as being a different twist on a fairy tale retelling!

Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  The Orphan’s Wish
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Melanie Dickerson

 

 

Book Review: Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale

Book Title:  Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale

Book Author: Molly Lazer

Page Count: 264

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars 

Would I Recommend:  Yes! 

Hello Book Friends!  I hope today has been a fantastic one for you!  🙂

I cannot believe Easter has come and gone can you?  This  year is going by much faster than I would like it to!  I feel like my to do list keeps getting bigger, just like my growing TBR addiction!

Disclaimer: I received an e-arc copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.  

There were two reason I picked out this book.  TWO. One was because it has the words Fairy Tale in it.  I was sold from there.  And two, I thought Owl Eyes was an interesting name for a Fairy Tale retelling.  I was really intrigued by that.

Confession Time:  It took me a little bit longer that it should have for me realize that this was a Cinderella retelling!  I’m feeling slightly guilty over this fact. I’ve been reading stories about completely opposite and in depth plots that I was looking for a deeper meaning than what was on the surface.  I will say that it had quite a dark side to it compared to Disney version I’m used, but I think that is what makes this story so much more entertaining.

The story started off a little slower than I expected in the beginning but I must admit that it definitely had my attention.  I really enjoyed the way it was written and it didn’t take me long at all to complete! It was super enchanting!

I didn’t expect this story to have such a dark side to it, but I think that’s what makes the story thrilling.  I sympathized with the main character, Nora, and I felt like I was in the room with her while I was reading this.  Not only because it isn’t disney, but I felt this story is realistically what could have happened.

Learning about the magic in the story was exciting.  I couldn’t wait to find out what types there were and how and what they were used for, because magic things are magical and enchanting. Also, some of the plots twists were magical too.

The only other thing I have to say is that after I figured out what kind of fairy tale retelling it was it was sort of predictable, but there were plots twists so I can’t count that out either. I’m contradicting myself, but you know what I mean.

I really enjoyed the relationships in this story more than I thought I would.  It was nice to see how each individual character played into main part of the story and it flowed really well! And I was really invested in the love interest in this story, because what fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without a love interest.  Besides, by time it came around, I was already invested in the story too much, and that’s always a good thing. 🙂

Overall, I was really pleased with this book.  It had everything I was promised and even though it was darker than I imagined I like those kind of stories. (If you count the fact that I’m also a big fan of Zombie novels – what can I say I like several genres of books not just one :))  The story flowed, I was captivated and it was a really FUN read.  I would really recommend this story to anyone who loves fairy tale retellings and to people who like their stories a little darker and a little truer.

Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Owl Eyes
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Molly Lazer