Review of Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

23719270Title: 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.

Review of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

24763621Title: Winterson
Author: S. Jae-Jones

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Synopsis: 

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. Before all the people who loved this book yell at me please just hear me out. This book was beautiful, it was truly poetic and a work of art. The way that the music was described was breathtaking. I was shocked when I found out that this was the authors debut novel. The character development was on point, especially for the character Liesl. The thing that really broke my heart and love for this book was the ending. The ending was cruel and I almost feel like there could be a second book but when I look for a sequel I don’t see it anywhere in the works. I am really hoping that the author created a second book to explain the consequence of what happened in the end and maybe someone else can be saved.

Review of the Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

28668633Title: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip and Joanna Gaines

Synopsis:

Are you ready to see your fixer upper?

These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—Who are these people? What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America’s new best friends.

The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.

In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:

The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby

Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children

When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck

Joanna’s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home

Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple

Memories and photos from Chip and Jo’s wedding

The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do

The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way

And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”

Rating: I will be giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I have been a fan of their show since the first episode. The show has brought so much laughter and joy into my life that I was thrilled when my fiancé got me this book for our anniversary. As soon as you pick up this book you will be taken into their world. You get insight about their workings not only in their relationship but also within their family. You see the dynamics of this family and how special it really is to both of them. I really got to know theses two as real people and not just people I see on a TV show. So, if you are someone who can’t get enough of Fixer Upper and you want to know more about these two people and the life they have built for themselves then this is the book for you.

Review of Belle by Cameron Dokey

BelleTitle: Belle
Author: Cameron Dokey

Series: Once Upon a Time Book 14

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis: Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love.

During a fierce storm, Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — and encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 2 out of 5 stars. I was very disappointed with this book especially because Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite stories. This book only has the beast in the book for 25% of the entire book. The majority of this book is Belle’s family and background, which there is nothing wrong with that. I just feel that the author should have spent more time with the Beast then as well. This book was only 204 pages long. When you do finally get to the part about the Beast it feels like it is insta love and not the gradual love that I am personally use to when it comes to this tale. I wanted more in terms of how the Beast was seen and how Belle develops her feelings for him.

Review of Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Synopsis: Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 5 out of 5. This book was beautiful. I truly love he original Alice in Wonderland and I always felt that there should be a reason as to why the Queen of Hearts is the way she is. This book does an amazing job explaining who she once was and how she came to be before Alice. If you are a fan of the original Alice in Wonderland then you need to pick up this book. Marissa Meyer has outdone herself and as she progresses in her writing career I look forward to seeing her talent blossom even more.

Review of Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Crown of Midnight 

Series: Throne of Glass Book 2
Author: Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis: 
“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached. It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.


Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I had such a great experience with this book. The emotions were raw and this book was definitely a page turner. At first I was not too sure where the author was going with this series and the with the first book. After reading the second book and starting the third book I can see the direction the author is going in. I am definitely looking forward to the twist and turns that this author brings. If you are someone who likes fantasy, romance, and action then I would pick this series up. 


Review of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samatha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season Book 1
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Synopsis: 

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.


Rating: I will be giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars. First, let me start off by saying that this book was a cover buy. I don’t usually do this but for some reason this cover really got my attention and I felt compelled to purchase it. If that has ever happened to you I would love to hear what book you ended up getting. Overall, I truly enjoyed this book. The world building was amazing from start to finish. The different social structures and classes were really what stood out to me the most in this book as well as the magic. I was not even half way through this book when I went back to the book store to purchase the second book because I knew that once I finished the first book I would “need” to get right into the second book. If you like fantasy and books with beautiful world building then I recommend you pick this book up. Make sure you purchase the two at the same time. You won’t be sorry.