Source: the author

Review: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Posted January 10, 2018 by Emily in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Review: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn LarshSociety of Wishes by Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh
Series: Society of Wishes #1
Published by Silver Wing Press on January 29th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, New Adult
Format: ebook
Source: the author
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
three-half-stars

First book in the Wish Quartet, a new-adult, urban fantasy series

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of her existence itself.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I was really excited that I got the chance to read this one early. I’ve been on pins and needles for it since Elise announced that she was writing an Urban Fantasy novel last year. Urban Fantasy has always been my favorite genre! I love weird and supernatural. Then I found out that this was also going to be Elise’s first New Adult book. That makes this book a combination of my absolute favorite genre and my least favorite age range. After reading it, I can see why she categorized it as New Adult. Jo Espinosa, the MC is 19 but this book could just as easily be categorized as Adult.

The Good

I absolutely loved the premise. Jo Espinosa, with her dying wish, cries out a plea that her friend and family be spared. It’s granted and she pays with her existence. She ‘wakes up’ except now she has never been born and she is instead a part of the Society of Wishes. A Magical team that joins together to grant wishes that are chosen by their leader, the mysterious Snow.

The team is endlessly fascinating. I want to get to know each and every one of them in depth. They each became a part of the team over time as payment for a wish, but what was each wish that was granted? I want to know what they wished for! All 6 other members have their own stories that I can’t wait to learn. They also have their own magical talents that they bring to aide the team. I have my favorites already. This book was very character driven with different personalities coming together to build a great team.

This book is like a Heist story flipped on its head. Instead of building a team to go out and steal something, Snow has put together the perfect team to build something, to grant wishes. I just love the concept. It gives me warm fuzzies.

This book was also a quick read. It’s engaging and it flows quickly from setting the stage to getting into the action. I read it in one day.

The Bad

I didn’t feel like there was any urgency, weight or stakes to anyone’s decisions. Jo makes a semi questionable decision that causes a second semi questionable thing to happen and we are told that it’s bad because it could cause a wish to not be granted. If the wish isn’t granted, then a disease will not be cured and lots of people will die. Jo has help, but the guy who helps her is just publicly shamed. There are not really any consequences above and beyond the moral ones. What are these people’s motivations for granting wishes? Why do they bother and why should I care?

I was also really disappointed in the lack of an overarching conflict that flows to the next book. There’s no real villain, problem or conflict in this book at all. They grant wishes. They’ve never failed at granting a wish yet. In the next book they will probably grant more wishes. Character information will also be revealed about the other 6 Society Members and its leader, Snow. I want the character information. Don’t get me wrong. My favorite part of this book was the team that I can’t wait to get to know better. However, I also would have liked something opposing them, maybe like an Society of Curses, to make things more interesting. Right now I don’t feel a burning need to continue. 

I loved the characters and the premise but I felt there is something fundamental missing from the plot. I am still committed to the series and I can’t wait to learn more about the characters. It just felt like something is missing too.

three-half-stars

Tags:

Divider

First We Were IV

Posted April 3, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Special Feature / 4 Comments

First We Were IV

First We Were IVFirst We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 25th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: the author
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.A secret society – for the four of us. The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.We wanted revenge.We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. Our invention ratcheted out of control.What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fancast

Divider

This is my first time doing a fancast. It was a challenge for me, but I ended up really enjoying it. I hope you enjoy my picks and I’d love to hear if you agree or disagree!

Graham

Graham is described as strawberry blonde with glasses. He’s teased for being nerdy but he’s also a huge flirt with the girls. He’s intelligent but a joker. He’s been best friends with Izzy forever and they know each other better than anyone.

I picked Cameron Monaghan

Harry

Harry is described with dark hair. He’s the quiet one. He let’s Graham and Viv do the talking. However, just because he let’s others talk for him, you shouldn’t assume he has nothing to say.

I picked Nadji Jeter

Viv

Viv has her own sense of style. She dresses in vintage clothes, like she’s in a play that only she knows about. Viv is loud, flamboyant and passionate. She knows exactly who she is and refuses to let anyone influence her sense to self.

I picked Rowan Blanchard

Izzy

Izzy is the girl next door. She’s the glue that ties the group together and she loves her friends as her family. She’ is fiercely protective over their friendship and her greatest fear is that leaving for college will tear them apart.

I picked Selena Gomez

 

About the Author

Divider

Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING, the Bram Stoker Award® Nominated THE TELLING, and the upcoming FIRST WE WERE IV. Alexandra attended a women’s college as an undergrad and received her graduate degree in International Studies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to travel, read, eat, and get into mischief. She lives with her husband in Northern California.

Connect with Alexandra: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

 

 

Follow the Tour

Divider

Week 1
March 27: Brittany’s Book Rambles – Intro Post + Excerpt
March 28: YA and Wine – Most Mischievous YA Characters
March 29: Rattle the Pages – Nail Art
March 30: Book Nerd Addict – Inventing A Secret Society
March 31: Fables Library – YA Books with Secret Societies

Week 2
April 3: Emily Reads Everything – Fancast
April 4: The Eater of Books – History of Secret Societies
April 5: It Starts At Midnight – Author Guest Post: FIRST WE WERE IV vs. Alexandra’s Previous Books
April 6: BookCatPin – Mystery YA List
April 7: A Book and a Cup of Coffee – Moodboard

Week 3
April 10: The Book Buzz – YA Thrillers You Need to Know About
April 11: The Candid Cover – Bookworm Initiation Quiz
April 12: Girl in the Pages – Book Recs for First We Were IV Characters
April 13: Stories and Sweeties – Author Guest Post – Story Behind the Title
April 14: Little Lillie Reads – Playlist

Week 4
April 17: Literary Legionnaire – Favorite Quotes
April 18: Chapter by Chapter – Author Guest Post: Secret Society Initiation Rituals
April 19: Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Secret Societies You Never Knew Existed
April 20: YA Book Central – Author Guest Post:  3 Favorite Books About Secret Societies
April 21: The Bookish Feels – Author’s March Favorites

Week 5
April 24: Waiting For Wentworth – Author Guest Post: Secret Society Rules
April 25: The Reader and the Chef – Book Inspired-Recipe
April 26: Forever Lost in Literature – Author Guest Post: What We Do For Friendship
April 27: Flying Through Fiction – Favorite YA Friendships
April 28: One Way or an Author – Phone Wallpapers

Giveaway

Divider

One signed ARC of First We Were IV

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer

All content directly from First We Were IV (such as quotes and excerpts) is taken directly from an advanced reader’s copy of the book. Therefore, it is not to be separately quoted from due to the fact that it is not in its final publication form.

four-stars

Tags:

Divider

Review: Burning Shadows by by Jennifer Anne Davis

Review: Burning Shadows by by Jennifer Anne Davis

Burning Shadows by Jennifer Anne Davis Series: Order of the Krigers #2 Published by Reign Publishing on November 15th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 376 Format: ebook Source: the author Buy on Amazon Goodreads The Order of the Krigers has risen. Determined to destroy the Order, the vicious king, Morlet, scours the land, searching for the Krigers. He burns entire villages, hoping to flush out the twelve chosen ones. He has other plans for Kaia. In order to end the curse, Kaia must conceive a child before the Krigers can kill Morlet. However, she doesn’t know if the father is supposed to be her fiancE, Vidar, or his brother, the evil king. In order to find the answer, she journeys to the other side of the mountains with Anders. Stifling her growing feelings for the assassin, Kaia unearths secrets that force her to reevaluate her cause. Can she sacrifice so much of herself to save the kingdom of Nelebek? Can she kill Morlet when she is starting to understand and even sympathize with him? And is there really any choice at all, especially when it comes to matters of the heart? Kaia learns each choice comes with a price, passion can rival hatred, and an evil looms on the horizon, more sinister than she ever imagined. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for […]

Posted December 26, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
Divider

Awesome Indies: Bloodwalker by L.X. Cain

Awesome Indies: Bloodwalker by L.X. Cain

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page This is a first! Bloodwalker is the first book submitted to Awesome Indies that I have also chosen to review. This doesn’t mean that the other books were lacking in any way. It just means that Bloodwalker caught my attention. It started with a fantastic personal email. The author, L.X. Cain checked out my past reviews and decided her book and I would probably be a good match. She then sold her book to me by mentioning the plot and comparing it to books I loved. I didn’t know it at the time, but I took a chance. Her comparisons were spot on! I really enjoyed this book. It’s creepy and different, which I loved. I can’t think of another book or series to compare it to. It’s part murder mystery and part paranormal or urban fantasy. I think that the best comparison is to a Pendergast novel by Preston and Child but even that isn’t a great description. There were layers of plot and subplot with all the characters subtlety interwoven. I really didn’t know what was going to happen up until the very end. Both main characters are terrific. Rurik is really complex. I really think we just scratched the surface of his character. Damaged characters are my favorite kind! I love the character development that comes with damaged characters. […]

Posted September 30, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Review / 0 Comments
Divider