Review of Caraval

 Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series: Caraval

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Review of Awoken

Title: Awoken

Author: Sarah Noffke

Series: The Lucidites

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Author

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Around the world, humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights. 

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?

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Review of The Lost Knight

Title: The Lost Knight (Volume 1)

Author: Candy Atkins

Series: The Lost Knight Series

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

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How am I supposed to save the world when I’m not strong, not brave, not smart, and not particularly good at most things? I ran away from home the day after my thirteenth birthday when Auntie and her weird friend attacked me. Now I’m on the run with the Grim Reaper and a scary soldier. And I’m no longer on Earth. They were expecting me to be a Knight. The savior that’s supposed to stop a war and prevent the invasion to Earth. But I’m not. They grabbed the wrong girl. I just don’t know how to tell them. 

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Review of Throne of Lies

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Author: Sara Secora

Series: Amethysta Trilogy

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: August 2016

Source: Review copy received by YA Bound Book Tours

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As a seventeen-year-old ruler chafing under the obligations of her bloodline, Princess Amethysta Serelle finds the royal life anything but enchanting. 

Betrothed to a nefarious highborn, Amethysta’s heart mourns her lost chance at love—that is, until she becomes mesmerized by someone other than her suitor, and her heart begins to beat anew.
Desperate to keep her daughter on the path toward duty and the throne, the queen keeps a deadly secret. But as Amethysta balances the burden of expectations and freedom, the glowing, blue truth will not stay hidden for much longer.
Desire and duty battle on, further complicated by strange occurrences happening to Amethysta’s body. She struggles for control as her once unquestioned reality is obliterated.

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Book Blitz:Extracted by Tyler and Sherry


Hi friends,

Sharing with you another Book Blitz. A new genre for me as well… Steampunk!!!
Though I am quite late for its posting and was a little hesitant to do it after the due date… but then I thought that it’s better late than never.
So without further ado– just scroll on…

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Review of A Clearing in the Forest

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Title: A Clearing in the Forest

 

Author: Kim Love Stump

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Source: Review copy provided by YA Bound Book Tours

 

 

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Princess Adriana is about to leave the Kingdom of Ayrden on the Journey of her sixteenth year.

If she is ever to ascend to the throne, Adriana must go—alone and unarmed—into the unknown. She’s been trained and gifted for the journey, just like all the royals who preceded her—even the ones who never returned.

Adriana leaves Ayrden on her brother’s black stallion the day after her birthday celebration, with bravery in her heart and hopes for a quick return. When three paths emerge, one of grass, one of gold, and one of gemstones, she chooses the pragmatic path of grass. Although it seems safe, and the landscape familiar, she soon finds she will have to overcome nearly impossible challenges. Ultimately, an unexpected friendship not only changes Adriana, but the very kingdom she someday hopes to rule. The question is, will the friendship turn into everlasting love? 

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Book Blitz: Wicka by Christy Deveaux



Ahoy there Mateys!!!

Coming up before you is an amazing Book Blitz of WICKA by Christy Deveaux. A paranormal YA which captivated me the moment I read its blurb. I cannot wait to share it with you. So here you go!!! 

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Review of Frostbitten

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Title: Frostbitten

Author: Heather Beck

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Source: Copy provided by the author in exchange of honest review

 

 

 

 

 

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Great beauty hides dark secrets… 

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years. 

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

[Source: Goodreads]

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Review of Spell Breaker

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Title: Spell Breaker

Author: Joni Parker

Series: The Chronicles of Eledon

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions

 

 

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After a thousand years, Lady Alexin (Alex) Dumwalt breaks the spell around Seaward Isle, a ring of storms so powerful no one could leave the island. She joins the exodus of Elves, Dwarves, and mortals to Eledon, the World of the Elves on the other side of the entry point. But Alex faces a difficult decision. Her Water Elf grandmother expects her to stay in Eledon, but Alex was born and raised as a mortal. Her mixed blood, Elf and mortal, means that she must choose between staying in Eledon or following the other mortals who will soon leave for the mortal world through a special entry point created for them. What will she do?

MY TAKE ON SPELL BREAKER:

General Overview:

A crisp, clean, straight-forward story; a rich, strong plot; a mind-blowing concept on the lines of parallel worlds; a head-strong protagonist – gave me one of the most fascinating read which I enjoyed thoroughly. My expectations, after seeing the cover of the book, weren’t too high. So, I was taken by a pleasant surprise when the story bound me with its twists and turns till the very end.

Plot:

For me the plot was the most impressive. The story is based in a world which, I believe, is on a parallel dimension. The island where the protagonist lives has been surrounded by storm for a thousand years. People living on the Earth are thrown on this island, by the storm. Interestingly most of these come from different time frames. Once landed, they cannot go back. Those who try are killed by the storm barrier.

Alexin breaks the spell, thus helping the residents of the island to leave it and journey towards Eledon – the kingdom of elves. Reaching there, Alex gets involved in series of missions. As she goes through her life in Eledon, she finds herself in dilemma – to remain in the world of elves or return to the mortal world.

Cast:

Characters drawn were appropriate to the story. The supporting casts were drawn with an objective of helping the protagonist in her adventures. Even though they had short roles to play, the characters were quite likable.

However, on the whole, I felt that the main character wasn’t given much depth. As a reader, I felt that it would have been better if I could know more of her emotions and thoughts.

But even with this wishful thinking, I do understand the reason behind not doing so. Firstly, the point of view in which the whole book was written prevented in providing details of what could be going in the character’s mind. Secondly, the author had casted Alex as a soldier.  Displaying emotions on her face or delving too much in one’s thoughts doesn’t work as a personality trait for a good soldier . Alex was trained to do the task, not question it or ponder over it.

Pros:

Throughout the story the focus was on the protagonist. The story just evolved around her. It was completely about her actions, consequences of her actions, her situation, and her missions. Except few, most of the scenes were related to Alex even if she wasn’t present in them. It felt different because as a reader, I couldn’t form opinions about any other character. Believe me, I totally liked this aspect for a change. Alex was actually the soul of the book.

The story-line was very eventful. Events occurring in the book were quite compelling. In the whole book, there were series of continuous events. Alex comes from one mission and immediately she is assigned another. Sometimes she has to travel, sometimes she has to track – I mean she was on the move regularly. It was so exciting for me as a reader. 

The world-building was simple but distinct. Small but unique elements like magical entry-points, people belonging to different time frames, satellite signals, use of electronic devices in the fantasy world bewitched me completely.

The choice made by Alex and the place where she eventually lands couldn’t have been better. The ending was absolute.

Cons:

As such there was nothing which I can majorly talk about as a shortcoming except one small part. I couldn’t apprehend the stand taken by the mortals living in Seaward Isle at the end of the book. That particular issue was dealt in a vague manner leaving me confused.

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CONCLUSION:

One who loves to read unique, simple tales with quirky little pieces – go for this book

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THE AUTHOR:

Joni was born in Chicago, but graduated high school in Arizona, joined the Navy for three years, and completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. She returned to the Navy and retired in 1998 with 22 years of active duty service. After her husband passed away, she went back to work for seven years and retired for a second time. She now lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Review of Demons

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Title: Demons

Author: Ednah Walters

Series: Eirik

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: NetGalley

 

 

 

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Eirik Baldurson—son of Baldur, God of Light—failed living as a Mortal. He lost the girl of his dreams and nearly got his friends killed. Now, he’s gone to the underworld to meet the mother he’s never known. Torn between his duty to her and the man he used to be, Eirik struggles to find himself, until a witch appears in his world. Feisty and stubborn, she is a reminder of everything good he left behind.

Celestia Devereaux proudly attends a charter high school for “gifted” teenagers who embrace magic. Witches. However, she keeps a terrible secret—a prediction that she would one day be responsible for massive destruction and death. Though Celestia uses her clairvoyant abilities to help people, she worries that it is just a matter of time before she goes over to the dark side.

Her world changes when she unexpectedly astral projects to a place she didn’t believe existed and meets a tortured man who needs her help. Will helping him cause her fears to come true, or will he sacrifice everything to save her?

MY TAKE ON DEMONS:

General Overview:

A tad bit of witchiness, a nip of spunkiness, a smack of godliness with a dragonish hint and whole lot of Norse mythology gives you an irresistible tale – DEMONS. A fascinating tale which is hard to put down before it ends. Though one needs to surely revise their mythology chapters, but it’s worth it.

Plot:

The story starts with the return of Eirik to his home realm which is Hel. In the process of knowing himself and embracing his godly-powers as well as his parents, he comes across a feisty witch- Celestia. Celestia is a strong witch as per her age, hiding a secret of her own- which she is afraid of. She finds herself trapped in this realm, unable to go back. While clinging and pining for his past Eirik tries to explore his future possibilities. Believing that she was thrown into this world to help Eirik, Celestia is in for a shock when she finds that she was just being used as a pawn.

Cast:

All the casts were characterized beautifully. You can relate to them easily. Every character was strategically placed in the story. They do not overshadow each other thereby making a smooth story-line.

Among all the characters, Hel was the most impressive. Her character was beautifully drawn- an awesome mix of good and bad. One could observe a clash between her aim and method to achieve it. Her methods initially proved harsh but her purpose to do so was only to make her son invincible.  She was like a shell – hard on the outside but soft inside. As a mother who couldn’t enjoy motherhood – she was confused how to deal with her child. All praises to the author for sketching this character.

Pros:

The story was very lively. From the very beginning, there were series of events which captured the interest of the reader. The story was easy to understand and quite intriguing. I loved the suspense revealed at the end. Didn’t really see that coming!

There were some very cute moments between Eirik and Celestia. Author has entwined those moments wonderfully throughout the story- a moment here, a moment there. The chemistry between Eirik and Celestia, and the struggle to control their attraction could be easily sensed. It certainly had its own charm.

The language was descriptive and smooth. The world-building was immaculate. The dialogues between the characters were witty at times.

The book ran at an adequate pace which made the reading all the more pleasant. Not forgetting the Norse Mythology of giants, grimnirs, gods and valkyries – it adds to the whole out-of-world ambience of this book.

Cons:

Though it is the first book in this series, it was related to the story-lines of other series from the same author. I do understand that the character Eirik was from those previous series, but if there is whole new series [even if it is a companion novel] being brought out, shouldn’t the story start afresh. I mean, Eirik remembered his past every now and then but, being just a reader of only this series, I found myself clueless.

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CONCLUSION:

If you are interested in Norse mythology, rebellion, budding romance and an awesome plot with a twist – just go for the book. I am definitely going to read all the books of this series and others related. The author has clearly left her mark 🙂

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THE AUTHOR:

Author Ednah Walters writes about flawed heroes and the women who love them. From her international bestselling Runes series (which focuses on Norse mythology and legends) to her Guardian Legacy series (which focuses on the Nephilim, children of the fallen angels. Whether she’s writing about Valkyries, Norns, and Grimnirs, or Guardians, demons, and Archangels, love, family, and friendship play crucial roles in all her books When not writing YA and NA books, she writes contemporary romance under the pseudonym E. B. Walters.