Title: As Old as Time
Author: Liz Braswell
Series: Twisted Tales Book 3
Synopsis: Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns—a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.
But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind—images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I truly love retellings of classic fairy tales. I especially love Beauty and the Beast. I loved the cartoon that Disney created when I was younger and I especially love the live action version. Belle has always been my favorite Disney Princess and always will be for her independence and love of reading.
This book follows the original story line for about 25%. The author slowly eases in some creative liberties. The author had a lot of great ideas for this book and there were a lot of moments were I didn’t see certain things coming. Overall, the biggest disappointment was the ending. It felt very rushed and just abruptly ended. I feel like the author could have done more or at least create another book for this series that continues the adventures of Belle and the Beast. It was very disappointing coming to the end because the book to me just doesn’t feel finished. Hopefully the author does decide to come out with a sequel to this book and will possibly merge a few of the other worlds from the Twisted Tales series together in this book.
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K Rowling
Series: Harry Potter Book 1
Synopsis: Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I feel like there are no words that can truly give this book justice but I am definitely going to try my best. This is wonderful and magical book. I remember when I was younger my father would read this book to me. As a child I really struggled with reading so my father brought this book into my life. Even though this is a re-read for me, I was so happy that this book brought back the memories of my father and I spending time together. Going through the trials and tribulations that Harry went through made my life a little easier to deal with. I really loved the way the character grew within this story as well as the world building. I look forward to continuing this series. I feel like if you are a fan of fantasy then this book will be perfect for you.
Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Author: David Meredith
What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?
On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:
The king is dead.
The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.
It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?
Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
Rating: I would like to take a moment to thank David Meredith for sending me this book to review. I truly enjoyed this retelling. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read your version of Snow White. I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I love retellings of any fairy tale. This book was no exception. Throughout reading this book the way the author wrote it was so clear and vivid, it was truly a work of art and I was in awe over it. I would definitely love a hard copy to have just because it really spoke to me. This book goes into the emotion side of Snow White. What really struck a cord with me was her grief. It felt very human, real, and raw. Having lost love ones myself can I understand where she is coming from. I don’t want to give too much away of this story but if you are looking for a retelling of Snow White and a book with all the feels then this should definitely be your next book. Please be aware that this book does have some scenes that are for older readers.
Title: Greta and the Goblin King
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Series: Mylena Chronicles Book 2
Publisher: Entangled Teen
While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.
To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.
But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…
Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I really wanted to love this book. I had a little problem with this book. The book feels like it takes place in the middle of the story instead of in the beginning when you first start reading it. I feel like we are missing a lot the background between Greta and the Goblin King. It just feels like I need more to really understand how they have gotten to the point where they are. You get little bits here and there but I think the author really should have taken the time to really expand on their meeting and what Greta’s day to day life was like when she first came to Mylena. As a reader, I would have gotten a lot more out of this book if it had a better set up in the beginning. Now, thats not to say the book was not good. I am giving it a 3 out of 5 stars. You do see a shift in the character as she develops throughout the book and she definitely is someone I can understand in terms of her choices. I will possibly be reading the second book. If you are someone who is looking for a book with romance, action, and goblins then I definitely would recommend this book for you.
Author: Amy Tintera
Series: Ruined Book 1
A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.
But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.
In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.
Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I started off this book very hopeful that it would be unique and different but as I got further and further into the book it felt very familiar. The beginning of the book was really good but as I continued to read and got further and further into the book it felt a lot like insta-love and I know many people are going to hate me for saying but there it is. Cas and Em had insta-love and I wanted it to be more than that. I wanted to have this slow coming to love one another due to an arranged marriage and Em pretending to be someone she isn’t but what I got instead was insta-love. Overall, it was still a good book to read and I enjoyed the book. I am defenitly going to read the second book just to see where the plot goes. If you like the books Falling Kingdoms, Winner’s Cure, or Throne of Glass then you will definitely like this book.
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles Book 0.5
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Before borders were drawn, before treaties were signed, before wars were waged anew, before the great kingdoms of the Remnant were even born and the world of old was only a hazy slate of memory told in story and legend, a girl and her family fought to survive.
And that girl’s name was Morrighan.
In this prequel novella to the Remnant Chronicles, a girl and a boy from enemy camps meet, fall in love–and set history in motion.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars. First, let me start by saying I love this cover! I love the simplicity about it as well as the other books in the series. Who ever designs the covers of this series did an amazing job. The author of this series is also amazing. I truly love the writing style of Mary E. Pearson. I wanted more from this book but I truly loved this story. I couldn’t not give it a 5 star review. I wish the author would have given me more. I really loved this prequel and how it dove into who Morrighan is and how her line started. If you are a fan of the Remnant Chronicles then I highly suggest you pick up this novella just to get more information on Morrrighan.
Title: Behind Rebel Lines
Author: Seymour Reit
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
In 1861, when war erupted between the States, President Lincoln made an impassioned plea for volunteers. Determined not to remain on the sidelines, Emma Edmonds cropped her hair, donned men’s clothing, and enlisted in the Union Army. Posing in turn as a slave, peddler, washerwoman, and fop, Emma became a cunning master of disguise, risking discovery and death at every turn behind Confederate lines.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 2 out of 5 stars. I really wanted to love this book. This book reminded me of Mulan where you have a female disguise herself as a man in order to fight for what she believes in. This book, even though I appreciated the history of Emma Edmonds, I feel like her story could have been written better to give her life and actions justice. This book could have been amazing if only it was written better and there weren’t as many gaps.
Author: Megan Spooner
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. This book was not the best Beauty and the Beast retelling that I have read and I am very disappointed to say that. It was still good don’t get me wrong but it just felt like it was missing somethings. There was even a point where I put the book down because it was getting boring. Now this might be because I love Beauty and the Beast so much and it is hard for me to really like a retelling unless the author does an amazing job. If you are looking for a retelling and you love fairy tales then pick this book up and give it a try. Comment below and tell me what you think.
Title: Wolf by Wolf
Author: Ryan Graudin
Series: Wolf by Wolf Book 1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Her story begins on a train.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.
Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out 5 stars. This book was sometimes difficult for me to read due to the subject of the holocaust. I really took my time with this book and didn’t push myself which is why it took so long for me to even pick up the book. With that being said, after I did pick it up and finally read it I really did enjoy this book and the perspective it gave. I also really liked the main character Yael and her internal struggle. She seemed very realistic and genuine. Being able to see her character development was really amazing especially considering her how her past has effected her. This book was action packed and a great read. It gives you a different side to if Hitler won. If you are a interested in history, especially what happened during World War II than this is the book for you.
Title: Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Adults
Synopsis: Revenge is worth its weight in gold.
When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Overall this book was a delightful western. I really appreciated how the author stayed true to what a western book should be and not one with loads of romance and very little adventure. There were some twists and turns but overall a good read. In terms of characters I really loved Kate. She is different from other female characters I have read. Her thirst for revenge is real and you can feel it has you read. If you are looking for a western with a little romance then this is the book for you.