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: The Finale- Leigh Walker

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Title: The Finale

Series: Vampire Royals #3

Author’s Name: Leigh Walker

Publisher: CMG Publishing

Genre: YA Vampires

Page Count: 197 Pages

ISBN: 1983172723 (ISBN13: 9781983172724)

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Finale

Link to Goodreads: The Finale

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

A ROYAL WEDDING IS COMING…BUT WHICH CONTESTANT WILL BE THE BRIDE?

Gwyneth West’s a finalist in The Pageant, the dating competition that’s gripping the settlements. Down to the final week, the dashing Prince Dallas Black will choose one young woman as his fiancé.
One small issue: Gwyneth’s a human and the prince is a vampire. What’s worse? Gwyneth’s family are sworn rebels, out to take back the settlements and overthrow the crown. What’s worse than that? Gwyn’s own rebel brother is a prisoner in the castle dungeons, but the king and queen don’t know his true identity.
Gwyneth and Dallas want to show the settlements that vampires and humans can live together in peace. But as their differences threaten to tear them apart, Gwyneth discovers her love puts the prince at risk.
How do you choose between love and duty? 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have read and reviewed to two books that come before this one and there is another one that comes after it. I love Gwyn and Dallas. It does not matter what they are going through even when they have their doubts. There were parts that just broke my heart even through I had a good idea what was to come. I want them to be together and there is so much getting in their way. The rebels, her brother, one being a vampire and the other human, and the other contestants. It is a lot to take in. If you want to know how or if they over come it. Then you will have to grab a copy of this book. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 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: Spellbound- E. E. Robens

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Title: Spellbound

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: E. E. Robens

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: NA Romantic Suspense 

Page Count: 392 Pages

ISBN:  B073S92PZP

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Spellbound

Link to Goodreads: Spellbound

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Back from a refreshing trip to Europe, free-spirited Alexa returns to college to pursue a dream career. While reluctant to blend academic demands with emotional attachments at first, she befriends Zeke, who fascinates her with his wits and poise. Disciplined and conscientious, her world is shaken to the core when an abrupt change in his behaviour unfolds a chameleonic Zeke and spirals her mind into a haze of turbulence.

As she reconstructs her sanity, along comes Vinson, who charms her into the perfect romance. But when he suddenly disappears, she begins to search for answers, unaware that someone’s hidden agenda is manipulating her obsession with finding the truth to the verge of madness.

Spellbound is a tale of the young and troubled at heart, toxic relationships and bittersweet memoirs.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have to say this book was a little confusing for me. I mean liked Zee, but then he just went POOF. Then did not re-appear later in the book. Then there was Ethan. I am not sure about him. He came off a bit too needy and demanding. I found that he was just too much to take. I wanted and thought that Alexa and Zee should have been together. I was not sure about the second part that was in the book. It was not like the first part. If you want to try it go get your own copy. 

My Rating of the Book: 3 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: The Tiger at Midnight- Swati Teerdhala

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Title: The Tiger at Midnight

Series: The Tiger at Midnight #1

Author’s Name: Swati Teerdhala

Publisher: HaperCollins Publishers

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 496 Pages

ISBN: 0062869213 (ISBN13: 9780062869210)

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Tiger at Midnight

Link to Goodreads: The Tiger at Midnight

Release Date: April 23, 2019

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and that drive them apart.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I loved this. The characters of Esha and Kunal where just so thought out and know what they stand for. I always love to read debut books by authors in my chosen genres. There lands are so unbalanced and in tragedy that each think they are calling the shots and know what is to come. The interactions and the writing style just pulled me in and would not let me go. I know this book is not going to be out for a while but I am so ready for the next book in the trilogy. The description of the world and the mythology and legends that gave inspiration to this story is amazing. It hold on to you long after the final page has been turned. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars