The Last Wolf, by Maria Vale | {ARC} Book Review #322

A huge Thank-You to Sourcebooks CASABLANCA via NetGalley, for allowing me to read The Last Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves, #1) by Maria Vale, in exchange for an honest review. 

Trigger Warnings:
Gun Violence, Mentions of Torture, Death, Gun Violence Resulting in Death, Blood.

36481769For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild.

If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die.
But if she stays…

Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves…


Publication Date: February 6, 2018.

The Last Wolf was very intriguing to me since there were two ways that I thought this story could go, according to my reading of the synopsis. On one hand I thought that The Last Wolf could be a Urban Fantasy book with a smidgen of a Dystopian type feel to the story. On the other hand I thought that The Last Wolf could be just like any other ShapeShifter Urban Fantasy book. – Continue reading

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Speedbump, by Charli Coty | {ARC} Book Review #321

A huge Thank-You to Nine-Star Press, LLC, via NetGalley for allowing me to read Speedbump by Charli Coty in exchange for an honest review. 

Trigger Warning:
Mentioning of Self-harm, Mentioning of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Abuse.

37856234Ezra Cook is sole caregiver to older brother Tray, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in his forties. They live outside the small town of Drop, Oregon, on property Tray bought with his Microsoft settlement money. For years, Ezra has been going on and off low doses of testosterone to maintain a comfortable level of androgyny. Ezra spends most days juggling Tray’s needs and the work required to survive in rural Oregon on a small income, ignoring their own needs, especially companionship and sleep.

Ellred “Red” Long escaped Drop at seventeen but returns to his hometown in disgrace after his band dumped him on the streets of LA. Coming back doesn’t seem like such a dead end, though, after he sees a guy walking along the side of the road in the rain and gives him a lift.

Ezra and Red’s chance meeting begins an uncomfortable friendship neither had expected, and both allow fear to keep it from escalating into a hookup, or worse, a romance. Red never meant to return to Drop and doesn’t want to get stuck there again, while Ezra’s protective walls may be too strong to breach, from either side.


All I really knew about Speedbump was that it was listed on NetGalley as a LGBTQIA, Romance. The synopsis was interesting so I thought that I’d check it out.

Speedbump tells the story of two very different individuals who are both queer. Each character has led different lives, and I like that they talk about it when they’re ready. I like that both Ezra and Red are supportive of the other.

The beginning of the book was a little iffy for me. There are two points of view, each IMG_5486individual chapter was slow to gain momentum since we’re getting to know everyone and their story from Ezra and Red. During the beginning of the book, I don’t know if it was the awkwardness of the characters, but the writing felt like the author was trying to find their way to write the novel.

Both Ezra and Red are interesting characters. They prove that time and time again. One thing that I like about this book is that we see in Ezra’s mind that they’re having quite a run with how they view them-self.

Speedbump story was never a dull story. Of course there are some really rude characters, but that’s life. And Speedbump certainly pertains to the LGBTQIA crowd. In a way, I kind of wish there were more LGBTQIA+ characters, but Speedbump IS about Ezra and Red. So keeping the focus on them was very important, and the point of this story.

Speedbump pleasantly surprised me. There were many moments in this book where I was legitimately worried for the characters in them. One thing that will stick with me though is that no one died a tragic death (since most of these characters are LGBTQIA+).

I give Speedbump 4 stars!

Happy Reading!
Adele

Roar, by Cora Carmack | Book Review #320

IMG_5481In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.


My thoughts before reading Roar were a jumbled mess. I wasn’t sure or not if I’d end up liking Roar at all. The synopsis at times seems sketchy at best and is vague in terms of the story in full. I had immensely high hopes for Roar. I wanted to like this story really badly Continue reading

Standing Sideways, by J. Lynn Bailey | {ARC} Book Review #319

A huge Thank-You to Xpresso Book Tours, via Netgalley for allowing me to read Standing Sideways by J. Lynn Bailey in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warning:
Grief, Drug Abuse, Alcoholism, Death, & Gun Violence Resulting in Death, Car Accident, Car Accident Resulting in Death. 

36636598When Livia Stone suddenly loses her twin brother, Jasper, she must learn to navigate her new life alone. As she faces tragedy and starts down a road toward self-destruction, Daniel enters Livia’s life—at a moment when she needs it most.

Standing Sideways is a poignant, relevant, and touching story of survival, courage, and compassion that will have readers crying, laughing, and most of all, debating the issues affecting the lives of parents and teens alike on a journey of hope and forgiveness.


Publication Date: January 30, 2018.

I had thoughts on this book before I actually sat down to read it. Mostly I thought that Standing Sideways would, overall, be a happy book. Oh how wrong I was.

Standing Sideways is a book that I ended up reading in one sitting. I literally could not tear my eyes away from the words that J. Lynn Bailey has written.  Continue reading

The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw | {ARC} Book Review #318

A huge Thank-You to Simon & Schuster Canada, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw in exchange for an honest review. 

To keep this review spoiler free, I’m going to be making this review as vague as possible.

cover125711-mediumHocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.


Publication Date: March 06, 2018. Continue reading

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Book Review #317

TRIGGER WARNING: Murder, Suicide, Blood

IMG_5462GUARD YOUR MORTAL HEART.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him—and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


If you’re not a fan of book series, then The Cruel Prince may not be for you. The Cruel Prince is the first book in the The Folk of the Air trilogy. — You could also read The Cruel Prince as a stand alone, if you truly wanted to.

I knew I wanted to read this book, but I was hesistant to actually buy a copy for myself. Continue reading

Let It Snow, by John Green, Lauren Myracle, & Maureen Johnson | Book Review #315

16081588An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle- brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.


There are three holiday themed stories that make up Let It Snow. The first story is ‘The Jubilee Express‘ by Maureen Johnson. The second story is ‘A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle‘ by John Green. The third and final story is called ‘The Patron Saint of Pigs‘ by Lauren Myracle. Continue reading

Venturess, by Betsy Cornwell | Book Review #314

Venturess is the second book to Mechanica.
Therefore, this review might contain spoilers

IMG_5189Happily ever after is just the beginning.

Nicolette’s Cinderella story is over, and she’s finally living her own fairy tale happy ending. She’s a successful inventor now, free of her horrible stepfamily, and content in her loving friendship with Caro, a palace servant, and Fin, the prince of Esting.

Then she receives a message from her long-lost housekeeper, now a revolutionary, begging her to bring the prince to Faerie for a diplomatic meeting. Nicolette fears a trap, but decides that the chance to end the bloody war waged by their kingdom is worth the risk.

Together with Fin and Caro, she ventures across the monster-filled ocean to the lush continent she’s always dreamed of visiting. There, mechanical armies and dark magic await as they uncover devastating secrets about the past and fight for a real, lasting happily-ever-after for two troubled countries—and themselves.


Hello! Today’s post is my review of Venturess, by Betsy Cornwell.
If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
Enjoy! 

Believe it or not, but I didn’t plan on truly reading Venturess.. I didn’t know what to expect when I read Venturess; I thought I’d give it a try and then move on. Now that I’ve actually read the book though, I’m fairly glad that I chose to sit down and read it.  Continue reading

An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson | Book Review #313

IMG_5113A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.


Hello! Today I have my review of An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson!
Let me know if you’ve read the book, or have it on your TBR.
Enjoy!

My initial thoughts on An Enchantment of Ravens were that everyone seemed to love this book. I was doubtful that I would actually end up enjoying the story. Actually, I never intended to buy An Enchantment of Ravens. But then I was at Chapters and I ended up buying it. Honestly, I don’t even remember buying my copy of An Enchantment of Ravens. Seriously. All I remember is that it was in my hands, and then it was on my shelves. I know for sure that I bought it though. I remember seeing the receipt and such. I’m glad and very happy that I enjoyed the story though!

I had heard of An Enchantment of Ravens all over my Instagram feed. And then without meaning to, I bought my own copy. Seriously. That’s what happened. I can’t even remember when I purchased my copy. Continue reading

The Wild Curse (2), Faerie Hearts (2.5), by Ron C. Nieto | Book Review #312

This review contains spoilers.

IMG_5178The game is neverending in the faerie realm. It must be played constantly, and death is just the beginning of defeat.

Lily Boyd is determined to be more than a pawn in this faerie game. With the Wild Horn in her possession, she holds the key to the Wild Hunt, an unstoppable force neither human nor fay can control. The Wild Hunt has the power to unbalance the Courts in the faerie realm. It’s the perfect bargaining chip for Lily to save her grandmother, but she must play the game wisely if she hopes to succeed. On one side, she has a deal with Cadowain, a Seelie knight who vowed to help Lily in her quest. On the other side, she is at the mercy of Troy, a trickster Kelpie from the Unseelie Court who can command her at will using her True Name.

Whatever path she chooses, Lily must walk a fine line, keeping her head, wit, and words about her as she formulates a plan to find the Faerie Doctor before it’s too late. She’s playing for the win now, and to achieve that, she must live up to her new name . . . the Herald of the Wild Hunt. Continue reading