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Review: Fire and Bone by Rachel A Marks

Posted April 6, 2018 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Review: Fire and Bone by Rachel A MarksFire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks
Series: Otherborn #1
Published by Skyscape on February 20th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 414
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley
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three-half-stars

In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.

Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.

Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.

As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out whom to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing is for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

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

This book was an interesting take on the fae. Sage learns she is fae and then everything happens very fast. They have a presentation ceremony to show her off to the community the first night adn then she has only three days to decide which God’s faction that she wants to join. I really loved the flashbacks. Sage has a connection to a family member in the past. It reminded me a little of Wintersong. There are definite evil goblin king vibes. A beautiful girl, trapped into marriage with a monster. Then, against all odds, they fall in love. This love story, told in flashbacks, was my favorite part of the whole book.

I also really enjoyed the different kids of fae. There were different houses, who followed different Gods. Each house had it’s own sets of magical strengths and affinities. I wanted to learn more about what Gods each house followed and why and what their power types were.

I wasn’t crazy about the magical hierarchy. Some magical creatures, like nixies, were thought of as lesser than the children of Gods and Goddesses. When one of these lesser fae were injured or died, it was thought of as no great loss.

All in all, this book surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I’m going to keep an eye out for the sequel. I want to find out more about the historical connection Sage has and how that is affecting her now.

About the Author

Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory.

Check out more about her on her webpage: www.RachelAnneMarks.com

three-half-stars

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ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Posted September 1, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes LackeyHunter by Mercedes Lackey
Series: Hunter #1
Published by Disney Electronic Content on September 1st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Young Adult
Pages: 254
Format: ebook
Source: Free for Review, Netgalley
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five-stars

Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks. Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes. With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

One Sentence Review: I loved this book!

I am a huge fan of Mercedes Lackey. I’ve read her 500 Kingdom’s series, The Elemental Masters, The Obsidian Universe and, of course Valdemar. If you are a fan of fantasy novels, then you have probably at least heard of Mercedes Lackey because her work is ubiquitous in this genre. That being said, I thought Hunter was completely different than anything of hers that I’ve read before. Its not too often when a book blindsides me the way that Hunter did. It was such a pleasant surprise!

This book really blends genres.; its ya, its fantasy, its cyberpunk, its dystopian. It has so many things going for it! When the book opens, it starts out with the main character, Joy on a train. She’s traveling from her tiny, mountain town and she’s been summoned by her uncle to the city to join the Hunter Corps. She isn’t ready and she doesn’t want to leave but she has no choice. She’s only called to enter the Hunter Corps because she is the chosen companion of otherworldly hounds. Every Hunter works as a team with their hounds. Joy and her hounds work together to protect the people still alive after the Diseray from evils that cross through the barrier between the worlds.

First of all, let me assure you, this book does not end in a cliffhanger ending. I know that bothers a lot of people and it’s the new in thing. However, there were tons of unanswered questions. There is plenty of room for a sequel and I definitely can’t wait to see what happens next. I also loved the ending. From the beginning I thought I had it all figured out. I was predicting the ending in my mind from the very start and I was wrong! Imagine my surprise when the story went a completely different direction at the end.

Highly recommend this book! If you like fantasy or dystopian, you should check it out!

five-stars

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Series ARC Review: Fire Born by Laney McMann

Series ARC Review: Fire Born by Laney McMann

Tied (Fire Born #1) by Laney McMann Published by J. Taylor Publishing on September 9th 2013 Genres: Fantasy & Magic Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They donÂ’t fall in love with boys who donÂ’t exist, either.Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares. Or is that all in her head? Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of thatÂ’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken. No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible? The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural arenÂ’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesnÂ’t kill them both first. Learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction. Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves? The answer may never be far enough… away. I read this series one right after another over the course of a week. I’m going to go through and review […]

Posted August 12, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Blog Tour: Awakened by Patricia Vanasse and Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Awakened by Patricia Vanasse and Giveaway!

I’m very excited to bring you this review today. I was happy to be able to read both Resilient, the first book in this series as well as Awakened, the second book. I really enjoyed Resilient so I knew I would like Awakened as well. Title:  Awakened Author: Patricia Vanasse Genre: YA Sci fi Dystopian Format: Ebook 266 pages Publishing Information: 7/13/15 Pants On Fire Press Source: Free for review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis In an attempt to protect their families, Livia and Adam set out in a search for answers that would change their lives forever. While on the run, Livia and Adam crossed paths with Daniel, who had been searching for them and the five other genetically enhanced teens Daniel knew existed. But getting out from under The AgencyÂ’s radar has not been easy. After being ambushed by the leader of The Agency that created them—a desperate attempt to claim what they lost just over a decade earlier—Livia was forced to leave an injured Adam behind, barely escaping to safety with Daniel.  Now under the control of The Agency, Adam is serving the purpose for which he was created. Manipulated to forget his love for Livia and his past, he lives a life crafted by fake memories that enslave him to a life of following the orders of The Agency. Adam battles with vivid “dreams” of a life he does not […]

Posted July 21, 2015 by Emily in Giveaway, Review, Special Feature / 2 Comments
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Review: Control by Lydia Kang

Review: Control by Lydia Kang

Control by Lydia Kang Published by Speak on February 5th 2015 Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon “Control blew me away. The twists and turns and suspense made for a thrilling ride . . .  Highly recommended” – James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze RunnerSet in 2150 — in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms — this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it’s not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren’t like any she’s ever seen — teens who, by law, shouldn’t even exist. One of them — an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy — can help Zel reunite with her sister.But only if she is willing to lose him. This book had several things going for it. The main character, Zel, suffers from Ondine’s Curse. This is the nickname for two real disease and could refer to either congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) or primary alveolar hypoventilation. Basically, Zel’s brain doesn’t tell her lungs […]

Posted July 14, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Haven Lost by Josh De Lioncourt

Review: Haven Lost by Josh De Lioncourt

Title: Haven Lost Author: Josh De Lioncourt Genre: Fantasy Format: ebook Publishing Information: 6/16/14 by Bookbaby Source: Free for review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Sixteen-year-old Emily Haven is the star of her hockey team at Lindsey High. She believes her success comes from an innate ability to see the future right before scoring a goal. Hockey is her first love and her escape from her chaotic, deteriorating life with her drug addicted mother and her motherÂ’s live in, drunk of a boyfriend. The day she misses a shot that she knew without doubt she would make, is the day everything changes. She begins to see a dirty boy in torn clothing looking out of reflections at her. When disaster strikes, she runs towards her vision and away from her school, hockey team and life. Waking up in a new land, she finds herself torn between two factions in the middle of a rebellion she knows nothing about. Thoughts I really liked the setting in this book. Emily is pulled into a different world and I love discovering the rules of a world different than our own. She quickly becomes a candidate to be a SorceressÂ’s apprentice and meets other girls with special abilities like her own. The magic in this world seems to be organically based. There were no fireballs in sight, but lots of growing vines like in Sleeping Beauty. Josh De Lioncourt […]

Posted July 7, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: Another Day by David Levithan

ARC Review: Another Day by David Levithan

  Title: Another Day Author: David Levithan Genre: YA Format: Paperrback, 336 Pages Publishing Information: 8/25/15 by Knopf Books for Young Readers Source: Free ARC from TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She focuses on getting through school and not upsetting Justin. She follows the rules she has made for herself. Don’t be needy. Don’t upset him. Don’t expect too much. Then one day, one perfect day, Justin becomes the man that Rhiannon always wished he would be. And everything changes. Thoughts I posted earlier about Every Day in my TTT Thursday post. This is the companion to that book. It’s not really a sequel.  Then I said that I thought Every Day by David Levithan was a really interesting premise. In Every Day, every day is always different for A. Every single day, A wakes up in a different person. A doesn’t know why this happens but its been true for as long as A can remember. This works until the day that A wakes up as Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. Another Day follows the same characters in the same story but it tells the story from Rhiannon’s perspective. As soon as I saw this book in the author signing line. I knew I had to have it! If you liked Every Day, Another Day is a must read. If you haven’t read Every Day yet, […]

Posted June 30, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

ARC Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the outer realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe. Thoughts: I posted the actual book summary from the back of the book, because in my […]

Posted June 23, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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TTT Thursday: Gritty Steampunky Westerny Fantasy

TTT Thursday: Gritty Steampunky Westerny Fantasy

I really struggled with this post, because the comparison IÂ’m about to make has been done and done. However, IÂ’m still going to do it. 1. It really is the best comparison. Both these books are very good and comparing them honors them both. 2. IÂ’ve thought and thought and I really canÂ’t come up with anything better. I try to compare a well-known book to a book that deserves to be known better and both of these books fit perfectly into those categories. 3. You probably donÂ’t know about this book and you should. You really really should. The Gunslinger, by Stephen King begins “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” You really canÂ’t go wrong with a beginning that strong. This book was written as a short story sparked The Dark Tower series, which King considers his magnum opus. The Gunslinger is good and has some quotable one liners, but my favorite has always been The Drawing of the Three. Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In the drawing of the three, Roland, the last Gunslinger ventures through doors into New York at different time periods. Each door leads him to meet different people who will help him on his way to the Dark Tower. The Drawing of the three is a small part of RolandÂ’s quest to the Dark Tower but it is the chapter where […]

Posted June 18, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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TTT Thursday: Books that make me laugh

TTT Thursday: Books that make me laugh

DON’T PANIC If you just finished HHGG and you don’t know  what to do with the rest of your life, its OK. I have another option for you. Librarything | GoodReads | Amazon  First of all, if you haven’t read Douglas Adams’ classic space adventure that catalogs Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect’s adventures thumbing it across the Universe, stop reading this and go read that. You will thank me.  The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is witty and timeless. If you are a fan of any British comedies (Monty Python, IT Crowd, Black books) you will definitely love this series of books. Its also fairly ubiquitous. Most people know and love HHGG. So if you like this, then you might like… Librarything | GoodReads | Amazon In Another Fine Myth, Skeeve is a Magician’s apprentice. At least he was until an assassin killed his Magician just as he completes summoning a demon. Luckily the demon doesn’t want to kill Skeeve at all. It turns out that Demon is just a short name for Dimensional Traveler. There are unlimited dimensions all with Magicians of their own. This particular Demon, Aahz,  a PerVECT from the Dimension Perv, is more than willing to take Skeeve on as his own apprentice. Even if Skeeve is just a Klahd. Let me warn you, Robert Asprin loves puns. I’ve never been a huge fan of puns […]

Posted June 11, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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