Review: Book: The Healer- Donna Freitas

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Title: The Healer 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Donna Freitas

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: YA 

Page Count: 400 Pages

ISBN: 9780062662132

Author or Book Website: https://www.donnafreitas.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Healer

Link to Goodreads: The Healer

Release Date: October 9, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Marlena Oliveira has—mysteriously, miraculously—been given the power to heal all kinds of ailments. People around the world believe she is a saint. But her power comes at a price: she can’t go to school, she can’t have friends her own age, and she certainly can’t date.

Then she meets Finn, a boy who makes her want to fall in love. For the first time, she begins to doubt whether her gift is worth all that she must give up to keep it.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest reviews. I have read books like this before but not to this extent. I know that she feels like she has to live by a lot of rules and the one that seems to be the most challenging is the one to not fall in love. That is when she meets Finn and she knows that falling in love is against the rules, but who can deny the hear what it wants. There is so much going on in Marlena life and she does not even know about some it. She is healing people and believing she is doing the right this, but her mother is charging people to be healed. There is so much going on and topics touched. I don’t want to give away too much. I did enjoy reading this. Get it for yourselves. Happy reading. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

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Review: Book: Pride- Ibi Zoboi

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Title: Pride 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Ibi Zoboi

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Romance Retelling

Page Count: 304 Pages

ISBN: 9780062564078

Author or Book Website: http://ibizoboi.net/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Pride

Link to Goodreads: Pride

Release Date: September 18, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I know this story well for my sister is a huge fan of the original and being twins she had to tell me all about it. Now this version is well done and at times made my giggle to myself. It has all the classic touches of the original story with a little flavor added in. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would it. That is a good thing. I have really been in to re-tellings and remixes of the classic stories and this is one of the better ones. Grab a copy for yourself and happy reading. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Serpentine- Laurell K. Hamilton

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Title: Serpentine 

Series: Anita Blake #26

Author’s Name: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 496 Pages

ISBN:  B077LY8MJ3

Author or Book Website: https://www.laurellkhamilton.com

Link to Amazon purchase page: Serpentine

Link to Goodreads: Serpentine

Release Date: August 7, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there’s a monster that even she doesn’t know how to fight…

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games and bachelor parties…

In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.

When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse–her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret–if she survives at all, that is…

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I am a huge fan of this series and I have been for a very long time. I had been wondering for a long time what this was going to be like. Ever since Edward/Ted asked Donna to marry him. I was wishing for a lot more action like in the earlier books in the series and less relationship drama. Edward is by far my favorite character. I know that is weird a paranormal/sci-fi book and I pick the human. This has been pointed out to me a few times. But all of us who have been fan know that no matter where Anita goes there is going to be some kind of trouble. There are still some questions in the series I would like answered, but maybe it is time for me to go back and re-read the books and see if there is something I missed and see if I can answer my own questions. I think it is a good read and will continue to be a fan. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

 

 

 

Review: Book: Shadows of Night- Barbara White

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Title: Shadows of Night

Series: Shadow Lords Series #1

Author’s Name: Barbara White

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 633 Pages

ISBN:  1981051414

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Shadows of Night

Link to Goodreads: Shadows of Night

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

The Shadow Lords will return.
Sarah and David were orphaned at 2 yrs old on the same day when both Sarah’s parents and David’s parents died in a mysterious plane crash. Placed in an orphanage where they have lived a basically normal life for 12 years together, their lives are about to be suddenly and drastically changed when a confrontation with a school bully causes a frightening change in Sarah.
Transforming, out of rage, into a creature with blue skin, talons and wings begins both of their journey into a secret, fascinating world of winged people where magic is normal and myth is real…but even in this wondrous new world there are prophecies of a returning ancient evil. The Shadow Lords, whose dark magic and lust for power, can only be brought back by the blood magic of one particular pair. With the help of the Black Riders, whose goals are to free the Shadow Lords and their dark magic into the world, the prophecies are in danger of being fulfilled when it is found that it is Sarah and David’s blood they seek.
Thrown into a world where their blood is sought out for evil, there is still hope, as they are also the ones with the potential to destroy the Shadow Lords but first they must learn their own talents, magical strengths and power and they must join with five companions of their own kind before the Shadow Lords are released. They all must learn enough to lead the war against the Shadow Lords, Black Riders and their followers. Will they have the time, the skill, the strength, the power and the love to save them all?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not about how I felt about this book. I mean I have read books about similar but this book made me want to question what I know about the world. Ancient prophecies always have me wondering. I want to know where all of these prophecies are written down or who wrote them. I have to say I think that Sarah is my favorite character. I know that she goes through a lot with her friend David. They are orphaned at a young age and go into the system. They have to deal with a change in Sarah when she was trying to deal with a bully. IT changed all they knew about their world and what it lead them to that world and it’s dangers. If you want to find out what happens to them and about the prophecy you will have to read it for yourself. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Bound by the Heart- Ashley Goss

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Title: Bound by the Heart

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Ashley Goss

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Page Count: 225 Pages

ISBN: B06XRNDKB7

Author or Book Website: https://www.ashleygoss.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Bound by the Heart

Link to Goodreads: Bound by the Heart

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

After living what she thought was her fairy tale, she is now trying to escape the tethers of an abusive relationship with her boyfriend Dwayne. After being found unconscious on the floor by her friend Elijah, she has gotten away from Dwayne but it won’t be the last of him. Elijah helps her fulfill her dream of escaping the monster. Elijah tries to protect her from Dwayne but will he fall short? Between Elijah being accused of murder and moving out of state, will she be able to find true love or is this new relationship going to be as detrimental and heart breaking as her last?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have to say that this book was well done, but it really should have come with some kind of warning because it can be a bit triggering for those who have come through some type of trauma. This is about Nikki who thought she was living the life only for the man she loves to turn into a monster. He comes very abusive in many ways. After a bad moment in her life she has had enough and she wants to get away from him. So a friend of her’s is willing to help escape but there are a lot going still. There ends up being a few hiccups. If you want to know how it turns out then grab a copy of this book and find out the ending for yourself. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Jake, Lucid Dreamer- David J. Naiman

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Title: Jake, Lucid Dreamer

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: David J. Naiman

Publisher: Kwill Books

Genre: YA/MG Coming of Age 

Page Count: 190 Pages

ISBN: 9788494754882

Author or Book Website: http://davidjnaiman.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Jake, Lucid Dreamer

Link to Goodreads: Jake, Lucid Dreamer

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

12-year-old Jake has been suppressing his heartbreak over the loss of his mother for the past four years. But his emotions have a way of haunting his dreams and bubbling to the surface when he least expects it. When Jake learns how to take control in his dreams, he becomes a lucid dreamer, and that’s when the battle really heats up.

Using his wits to dodge bullies by day and a nefarious kangaroo hopping ever closer by night, Jake learns about loss, bravery, the power of love, and how you cannot fully heal until you face your greatest fear. This uncompromising novel is a magical yet honest exploration of emotional healing after a devastating loss.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. When I received this book from the author I was so excited. I am glad the author picked me to read this books. This book was very well written and it had my emotions all over the place. I felt a lot for Jake and there were times I got a little angry that he did not seem to notice his father and sister were suffering too. I know that he was going through a lot. Like the bullying during the day and the dreams that he is learning to controlling during the night. This book made me feel so much and I know the loss of a parent. It made me relate to this book more. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Shadow Play- Jill Ramsower

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Title: Shadow Play 

Series: The Fae Games #1

Author’s Name: Jill Ramsower

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Romance Fantasy

Page Count: 361 Pages

ISBN:  0692146415

Author or Book Website: https://www.jillramsower.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Shadow Play

Link to Goodreads: Shadow Play

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger—if that’s the case, I better be badass by the time this is over.

After two years at a dead-end job, Rebecca Peterson finally walks away from everything she knows to follow her dreams in Ireland. Instead of dreams, the dreary streets of Belfast rekindle her terrifying nightmares, and this time they aren’t confined to her imagination. Twisted and vicious, Faeries are being unleashed on Earth to prey upon humans, who are unaware of the vile creatures walking among them. Becca must stay alive long enough to learn why she can see what others can’t, and even more importantly, discover how to keep the Fae from destroying life on Earth.

Delving into the underbelly of the city, Becca discovers that she is not entirely alone in her abilities; however, centuries of secrecy makes gathering information a challenge. When Becca crosses paths with two mysterious strangers, her life is only complicated further. The gorgeous but brooding Lochlan demands complete honesty but refuses to provide any answers of his own. On the other hand, Ronan is enigmatic and charming, and with his sights set on making Becca his, he offers more help than most. But Becca quickly learns that trusting others is difficult when you have secrets of your own. Sometimes, the enemy is within….

Warning: This is not a young adult book, it is also not erotica but does contain scenes with mature content so if you don’t mind some steamy bad boy goodness, then buckle up and prepare for the ride.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I want to thank the author for actually sending me a physical copy of this book. I love Becca she is just bold and out there. I would have to say my favorite character in the book is Ronan. There is just something about him that just speaks to me. After reading this I will never look at the fae the same way. There were times this book just gave me that chills. I do love how Ronan and Becca meet. It kind of made me laugh. She seemed a little confused by what was happening. I like that it broke the tense that seemed to building after all she had been through. I am very excited the next book in this series. My heart is still racing from reading this. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars