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: 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

Review: Book: A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams- Dax Murray

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Title: A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Dax Murray

Publisher: Moon Cat Books

Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Page Count: 268 Pages

ISBN: 0692142436 (ISBN13: 9780692142431)

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams

Link to Goodreads: A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

How many half-truths could loyalty shoulder before it broke from the weight of deception on its back?

A sweeping LGBTQ and polyamorous retelling of “Swan Lake”!

Strange things can be said of the forest that spans the border of two kingdoms long at war. An evil sorcerer has made it his dominion, or an elegant enchantress has claimed it as her domain and grants wishes to those who chance upon her, or maybe the forest is guarded by an ancient and wrathful spirit.

Katya calls the forest home, living a life of magic and charms with her partner Ivan. But a threat looms over their forest, some darkness and danger that Ivan swears to protect her from. Katya finds herself caught up in a web of grudges and deception spanning generations, but most dangerous of all is the beautiful princess who stumbled into their woods. A princess who sets Katya’s heart fluttering with both desire and fear.

As forces rally to rescue the princess or go to war, Katya must take measure of her own powers and decide what she is willing to sacrifice. Will she retreat to the safety of what’s familiar or give up everything she knows to spread her wings and fly?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I actually got a physical copy of this book from the author. Thank you for that Dax. This was an amazing retelling of Swan Lake. I grew up with the classic fairytale. I love how this did not make any of the character sexual preference awkward or abnormal. It was the norm for them. The describe and world building had me drawn in and going on the adventure. There are a lot of different kind of relationships going on in this book. I have to say just how much the cover art and some inside the book just added to the experience that I had. It is definitely a book that I will read again. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: These Rebel Waves- Sarah Raasch

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Title: These Rebel Waves

Series: Steam Raiders #1

Author’s Name: Sarah Raasch

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 320 Pages

ISBN: 9780062471505

Author or Book Website: sararaasch.tumblr.com

Link to Amazon purchase page: These Rebel Waves

Link to Goodreads: These Rebel Waves

Release Date: August 7, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I did not read or hear any of the hyper about this book until I was granted an ARC of it. The there was so much talk about it everywhere. I did my best to not read any of it. I did like that it was told from three different point of views. I thought that it was creative to do it that way so we got to see their thoughts. I don’t want to have any spoilers in my review so I think I am just going to say that I enjoyed it and it was good read and I want to see what happens next. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: The Gala- Leigh Walker

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Title: The Gala

Series: Vampire Royals #2

Author’s Name: Leigh Walker

Publisher: CMG Publishing

Genre: YA Paranormal 

Page Count: 220 Pages

ISBN:  B07C9RGSX2

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Gala

Link to Goodreads: The Gala

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

FOUR WEEKS. TWENTY CONTESTANTS. ONE PRINCE.

The Pageant is almost over, and Gwyneth West knows she can win—except the prince is a vampire, and some of the other contestants are turning out to be quite beastly.

What do you do when the person you love…might want to eat you alive?

Struggling to hold onto her position in the palace, Gwyn knows her vampire prince could slip through her fingers in an instant. And when human rebels threaten to storm the vampire royals once more, Gwyn finds herself caught between two worlds: her people, and the vampire she loves.

Leigh Walker writes action packed futuristic sci-fi, sweet romantic vampire novels, and stories that capture your heart and then make it race.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This one had me on the edge of my seat the whole way. I was so worried for Gwyn and all that she went through. There were times that I just wanted to pull all of Tamara’s hair out and kick her in the ankle, but it is just a book right. It is a tale of love, anger, betrayal and hunger for more than the heart can take. As for Dallas he has been through a lot as well. He has to play the game just like everyone else, but I know that his eyes always go to her first. That to me is sweet and I am so ready for the next one. I have to see how the final four handle what is to come. I have to see if Gwyn listens to that little voice in her head that always seems to get her in to a little bit of trouble. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

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: Awaken- Isadora Brown

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Title: Awaken

Series: The Dark Paradise Trilogy

Author’s Name: Isadora Brown

Publisher: Evershade Publishing

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

Page Count: 274 Pages

ISBN:  B07CTD9WTZ

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Awaken

Link to Goodreads: Awaken

Release Date: July 13, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

There’s something wicked happening in Onyx City…

Souls are being recruited by the devil himself to prepare for an all-out war against Heaven, and Reese Lespoir finds herself at the heart of it. She’s awoken from a coma by a kiss from a mysterious stranger who’s more prickly than prince. She learns she now has the power to see the future, which apparently, requires careful training. Enter Prickly Prince, who seems to find more enjoyment being a witty drunk than honing her craft. When a girl is taken by Onyx City’s most notorious criminal, who may or may not be a demon, Reese is thrust into the forefront of the impending war well before she’s ready. Her new friend, Andie Shepherd, is intent on getting her sister back from the demonic criminal at all costs, and if Reese doesn’t help her, Andie may have to rely on the assistance of a vigilante known only as Black Wing, dangerous as he is tall, dark and handsome. And that’s only if he’s in a particularly generous mood. Just because he has wings doesn’t always mean he’s an angel, after all.

Awaken is the first book in a new urban fantasy romance series you won’t be able to put down!

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. When I started to read this I thought that I head read it before. So I did a little looking into to the matter and found Heather Myers and realized I had already read this book. It took me a bit by surprised. I was not doing reviews back then for a blog or anything. I do like that each of the three girls get their own chapters to tell their side of the story. The story is an enjoyable with a good sense of flow and suspense. It kind of came of to me as a one of superhero show that I want on tv these days. IT is worth the read if that is your thing. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars