Review: Book: Damsel- Elana K. Arnold

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Title: Damsel 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Elana K. Arnold

Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling

Page Count: 320 Pages

ISBN: 9780062742346

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: Damsel

Link to Goodreads: Damsel

Release Date: October 2, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. There is a lot to say about this book and there are a lot of trigger warnings in this book. Just be aware of that when picking this book. I am not saying that you should not read this book. I am saying there are some dark themes but in my opinion it was not done in a distasteful way. It did at times make me a little uncomfortable, but to me that was part of it being a little to real. I don’t want to tell you too much about the book. I don’t like spoilers so I try my best to not tell you too much. I would say give the book a try I think Elana did a masterful but dark retelling. 

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

Package From A. L Davroe!!!!!

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I got this beautiful group of books and some wonderful sway from the Author A. L. Davroe. I can’t even express how happy and excited I am to receive all of these goodies. I am not sure if you can tell by the picture I have included but there are four books, two keychains, a pen, little red bag with potpourri (which smells like roses), and a little ring. I am wearing the ring as I write this. I am so ready to dive in to Nexis. This is amazing. I am going to do reviews for all the books included in this gift. So keep an eye out for those in the weeks to come.

I want to thanks this wonderful and creative soul of an author for this amazing gift. I am going to my best to make her proud and please for giving it to me. Thank A. L. Davroe. You have really touched this reader and book lover’s soul.

Review: Book: Bollywood Invasion- Ricardo Alexanders

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Title: Bollywood Invasion

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Ricardo Alexanders

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Genre: Romance Fantasy

Page Count: 295 Pages

ISBN: 9781981590193

Author or Book Website: ricardoalexanders.com

Link to Amazon purchase page: Bollywood Invasion

Link to Goodreads: Bollywood Invasion

Release Date: September 18, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

A fantasy novel about a modern-day American boy who wakes up in 1958 India as the reincarnation of John Lennon ( Book trailer https://youtu.be/CUN5Md-tXJk )

Bollywood Invasion opens when the protagonist, a sixteen-years-old boy from Brooklyn, finds himself with riches and power beyond his wildest fantasies in India, thirty-five years before he was born.

Brooklyn is readily forgotten. Life becomes a constant stream of debauchery, coming to a stand-still only when he meets “the one.” However, love doesn’t come easy. He must become a better man, a pursuit ignited by his memories of Beatles songs on his iPod.

Will these legendary songs change his life?
Can he escape Lennon’s eventual tragic fate?

His fate will unfold in Bollywood Invasion.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I got a copy of this book from the author. I was so happy when it came in the mail. It is a retelling of a tale some of us already know. It follows the adventure of a teen who is late for school that he is hit by a bus and wakes not only in another body but another time. He is a prince in India in 1958. He does not understand it after first and he meets a girl and that changes everything for him. Her father does not approve him and sends her away. He has to do something and he and his friends for a band. It does not go so well at first but then he starts to remember things from his other life and they start to get notice with the song Yesterday. He wants fame and fortune for his friends and that will give him a chance to find the girl. How that all works out you are going to have to read for yourself. I did like who the author put little explanations at the book of the page with a number so you would what things meant. It made the story flow and more enjoyable. A story that is should to become a classic in its own right. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: The Spear of Destiny- Ines Johnson

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Title: The Spear of Destiny

Series: The Misadventure of Loren #1

Author’s Name: Ines Johnson

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Myth/ Retelling/Urban Fantasy

Page Count: 203 Pages

ISBN: B075FTRW9M

Author or Book Website: https://ineswrites.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Spear of Destiny

Link to Goodreads: The Spear of Destiny

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Chivalrous? Nah.

Virtuous? Not since…well, none of your business.

The difference between me and the Knights of the Round Table? I make medieval look good.

Loren Van Alst is an independent, twenty-first-century woman, an accused forger, a suspected thief, and the last descendant of Sir Galahad of the Arthurian court. To claim her seat at the Round Table and protect her newly found family of modern-day witches, she’ll need to convince the current Arthur and his knights to let a woman take the knights’ trials. But things go sideways when a crazed wizard goes on the loose with a magical spear that can strip a witch of her powers. As if that weren’t enough, the clique of mean girls from middle school arrives in Camelot and turn out to be witch hunters.

To safeguard a future she never knew she wanted, Loren will have to evade the hunters, defeat the wizard, capture the spear, and pass her trials. No one ever said becoming a kick-ass heroine would be easy!

Urban fantasy goes medieval in this modern day, action-packed, calamitous series of misadventures. 1-Click now to be apart of the journey.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have been reading a lot of books lately with an Arthurian tone to them. I am not complaining it just that I have been taking notice of it more and more. There is a lot she has to go through to be able to claim her right place at the Round Table. She will do anything to protect those that she cares about and that includes the witches that she calls family, Witch hunters come to town and force to step up her game and there is a lot in her way that could cause her to fail. Does she give up? Does she save those she cares about? Does she get her seat at the Round Table? You will get the answer to all those question when you read it for yourself. Enjoy. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars