eARC Review – This Golden Flame

Title: This Golden Flame

Author: Emily Victoria

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Publication date: February 2nd, 2021

416 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Flee across the sun-and-shadow islands of Eratia, where runes have the power to unleash monsters…

Seven years ago, Karis was forced to become an acolyte for the Scriptorium, the rune scholars who rule Eratia. For centuries, these Scriptmasters have sought the key to reanimating the country’s fearsome automaton army, and anyone they deem unable to help them achieve their goal is sent away…including Karis’s brother, Matthias.

Then Karis discovers a unique human-sized automaton and unintentionally wakes him up. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was created. Or why his father—Eratia’s greatest traitor—once tried to destroy the automatons.

Upon learning Matthias is being held by the Scriptorium’s sinister leader, Alix and Karis set out to rescue him and uncover the truth about Alix’s past. But when Karis is faced with an unthinkable choice, betraying everyone she cares about may be her only desperate chance to save their world.

Review

This Golden Flame had a lot of wonderful, unique aspects of YA writing. It reminded me a lot of LIFELIKE and brought up a lot of questions of what exactly it means to be alive, human, and free. Exploring a new world where each country has access to Script, the magic to create endless opportunities, one country uses it for war and creates automatons. When one of the best creators shuts down the use of Script and the automatons, the magistrate will do anything to get it back. Flash forward 200 years and you have our main characters trying to sort out the right and wrongs of history & save the country.

The main characters, Karis and Alix, are both very well developed in my opinion. The chapters are rotating POV’s, which I always prefer, because you get a look into both their minds and personalities. Karis is a young acolyte at the Scriptorium, which she hates. She finds Alix, a sentient automaton (which is basically unique and unheard of). They embark on an adventure to find out who he is, what is he, and what his purpose is (because he was created in the before period). Karis is ace (heck yes, representation!) and Alix is basically a robot so there is very little romance in this book. Background characters are given romantic interests but it is NOT a highlight of the book, which I really appreciate. The YA standard is that there is always a romance and the main characters will always fall in love. It was nice to get away from that.

I wish this book was a series. I truly think the world was developed so well and thoroughly that it had the potential to go even more in depth and create a larger series. Of course, this is always up to the author, but I think it’s a positive to note that the book was so interesting and the world so complex that I wanted more to it. Also, there is no info dumping. The author does an amazing job letting necessary background information join the story when it makes sense to, instead of spending most of the first 5 chapters just setting the scene.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this story from debut author Emily Victoria.

Thank you to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

BLOG TOUR – Unchosen

Title: Unchosen

Author: Katharyn Blair

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication date: January 26th, 2021

416 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that’s perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen.

For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.

The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister.

The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.

Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.

When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner.

The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found.

But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.

Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.

Review

Unchosen is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a virus has swept the world, called the Crimson, which turns people into zombies – basically. Three sisters; Harlow, Charlotte, and Vanessa are caught in this world and each will have an important role to fill. Vanessa is the Chosen One, the one who can save all of humanity if she can just figure out where the cure to the virus is. But when enemies comes knocking, Charlotte pretends to be the Chosen One to save Vanessa. In a whirlwind adventure, Charlotte fights Vessels, escapes Runners, and ride the high seas in this zombie pirate fantasy.

I can barely begin to explain how much I loved this book. I was automatically sucked into the world Blair has created (I admit, I have a thing for zombie books) and before I knew it I had devoured a hundred pages. I was so drawn to the MC not being the Chosen One in a story, but being a normal, looked down upon girl. It reminded me a lot of Veronica Roth’s newest, Chosen Ones. The plot comes quickly, the action starts almost immediately and doesn’t stop, and there are so many twists and turns.

One of the best parts of this book is the romance. Charlotte is initially head over heels in love with her best friend, and her sister’s boyfriend, Dean. But… she might find herself torn between Dean and another while on her adventure to save the world. And it is amazing. It reminded me so much of Adrienne Young’s newest, Fable – both in the ocean setting and the subtle romance. But I felt all. the. feelings.

The only thing I wanted was more. Which, if you’ve been with me for awhile, is a normal feeling I have when books, especially standalones, end. I would have loved more of an epilogue, but I respect that there were some questions left open ended to allow for a return to the story in the future.

In summary, I loved this book and I think you will too if you love zombie books, Veronica Roth, and Adrienne Young.

**Thank you to Turn the Page Tours and Katherine Tegen Books for an early copy in exchange for an honest review**

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I live in LA, drink way too much coffee, and write all day long — because I’m crazy blessed to do what I’ve been doing for fun since I was a kid hiding in my garage loft writing terrible, terrible vampire stories. Glitter enthusiast. Bethyl shipper. Pluviophile. Ask me about my Dean Winchester obsession. John 1:5.

I’m wife to Ross and mom to Aryn, Liam, and River Grace. Also, mom to Cricket (a dog, not an insect), Maximus Dogimus Meridius (a ferocious cuddlebug) Maggie Rhee (cat, not the bad ass from The Walking Dead), and Kovacs (no parenthetical needed for him).

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BLOG TOUR – Glimpsed

Title: Glimpsed

Author: G. F. Miller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication date: January 5th, 2021

Genre: YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

374 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Perfect for fans of Geekerella and Jenn Bennett, this charming, sparkly rom-com follows a wish-granting teen forced to question if she’s really doing good—and if she has the power to make her own dreams come true.

Charity is a fairy godmother. She doesn’t wear a poofy dress or go around waving a wand, but she does make sure the deepest desires of the student population at Jack London High School come true. And she knows what they want even better than they do because she can glimpse their perfect futures.

But when Charity fulfills a glimpse that gets Vibha crowned homecoming queen, it ends in disaster. Suddenly, every wish Charity has ever granted is called into question. Has she really been helping people? Where do these glimpses come from, anyway? What if she’s not getting the whole picture?

Making this existential crisis way worse is Noah—the adorkable and (in Charity’s opinion) diabolical ex of one of her past clients—who blames her for sabotaging his prom plans and claims her interventions are doing more harm than good. He demands that she stop granting wishes and help him get his girl back. At first, Charity has no choice but to play along. But soon, Noah becomes an unexpected ally in getting to the bottom of the glimpses. Before long, Charity dares to call him her friend…and even starts to wish he were something more. But can the fairy godmother ever get the happily ever after?

Review

Glimpsed is the story of a modern day fairy godmother, Charity, who gets “glimpes” of your innermost desires and works to make your wish come true. It is her calling in life, and she loves to help out her Cindy’s. But, one day she gets a text calling her out for her secret, and she is blackmailed by Noah into trying to reverse one of her past client’s wishes – because it ended up hurting Noah. Noah doesn’t understand that her glimpses and wish granting is harmless, isn’t it? When her latest client’s glimpse ends up backfiring, Charity and Noah work together to find out the truth about her powers.

Read this book. I mean it, read it. Glimpsed is one of the cutest, sweetest, and swoon-worthy reads I’ve read in a long time. I had all of the feelings and honestly want to go back and reread it right away. The plot is so unique and interesting to me, very much in the magical realism genre. I loved Charity, but Noah’s character was even better. The character development from start to finish was superb and the writing had me hooked from the very beginning. The story flowed along at a nice pace and the dialogue was so fun and flirty.

The only thing I think that’s missing from this story is Noah’s POV – but this is generally how I feel about all single POV romance books. I just always want a “glimpse” (get it??) into both their heads and personalities. This book might also come across as very light and fluffy, but it also tackles some difficult family dynamics points and the pressures of high school.

If you love YA Contemporary Romances with a bit of a magic twist, definitely check this one out. You will fall for nerdy boy Noah, emotionally unavailable Charity, and the fake dating trope! G. F. Miller brings fans of Jenn Bennett a new title to rave about, and I am first in line.

Thank you to Turn the Page Tours and Simon & Schuster for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author Info

G.F. Miller absolutely insists on a happy ending. Everything else is negotiable. Her wish is to go everywhere—and when a plane ticket isn’t available, books fill the gaps. She cries at all the wrong times. She makes faces at herself in the mirror. She believes in the Oxford comma. And she’s always here for a dance party.

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eARC Review – Shadow City

Title: Shadow City (The City of Diamond and Steel #2)

Author: Francesca Flores

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication date: January 26th, 2021

400 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The stunning action-packed conclusion to The City of Diamond and Steel duology.

Aina Solís has fought her way to the top of criminal ranks in the city of Kosín by wresting control of an assassin empire owned by her old boss, Kohl. She never has to fear losing her home and returning to life on the streets again—except Kohl, the man who tried to ruin her life, will do anything to get his empire back. Aina sets out to kill him before he can kill her.

But Alsane Bautix, the old army general who was banned from his seat in the government after Aina revealed his corruption, is working to take back power by destroying anyone who stands in his way. With a new civil war on the horizon and all their lives at risk, the only way for Aina to protect her home is to join up with the only other criminal more notorious than her: Kohl himself.

As Bautix’s attacks increase, Aina and Kohl work together to stop his incoming weapons shipments and his plans to take back the Tower of Steel. To defeat them both, Aina will resort to betrayal, poison, and a deadly type of magic that hasn’t been used in years.

Through narrow alleys, across train rooftops, and deep in the city’s tunnels, Aina and Kohl will test each other’s strengths and limits, each of them knowing that once Bautix is dead, they’ll still have to face each other. If she manages to kill him, she’ll finally have the freedom she wants—but it might forever mark her as his shadow in a city where only the strongest survive. 

Review

Conclusion to Diamond City, Shadow City follows the story about a month after DC ends. The gang is still trying to stop Kohl and Bautrix from taking the city over, and Aina is working with Tannis to run the tradehouses.

For the most part, I enjoyed reading the conclusion to this duology and seeing where the gang ends up. I wasn’t as invested in this book as the first, and it’s hard to put down reasons for why. I appreciate that there is little to no romance in this duology. If you’re here for the romance, this wouldn’t necessarily be the series for you. There are some couples by the end, but it’s the slowest of all slow burns and starts off with Aina having 3 potential partners – which was a little weird. This piece confused me throughout the book, which might have been why I had a harder time getting into it.

There are some big twists in this book, and it wraps up fairly nicely. I would’ve enjoyed more world-building and explanations around the magic system, as magic played a much larger role in this book than the first. It ended exactly they way I think it needed to, so that worked for me. It was just about the same length as the first, and it was an easy read.

Thank you to Wednesday books and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – Faking It

Title: Faking It

Author: Portia MacIntosh

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Publication date: January 26th, 2021

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The perfect house, the perfect husband and the perfect life… or is she just faking it?

Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster for Ella. Growing up as the ‘less successful’ identical twin to her ‘perfectly successful’ sister, Emma, has left her feeling isolated, inadequate and let’s face it.. a little bitter.

When Emma unexpectedly reaches out to Ella in a time of need, Ella suddenly finds herself with the opportunity to fill in for her sister and experience how the other half live.

But as Ella navigates the world of gossiping mothers, rebellious teens and trying to play the model housewife (not to mention avoiding the temptation of attractive men at the school gates…) will she discover that all is not always as it seems on the other side?

Review

I have loved past Portia MacIntosh books, but I think this one is my favorite. I loved the twist on The Parent Trap, with one twin pretending to be the other and fooling almost everyone. Especially when the twins are polar opposites. Throw in a nice love story with a great growth journey for the characters, and that’s about all I need.

I really enjoyed the sheer amount of plot points fit into this book. There was so much intrigue, adventure, and secrets. The main character, Ella, grew so much from the unreliable, homeless 30-something from the beginning of the book. It was great to see her learn how to parent and be responsible for a job and extracurriculars. She was thrown into the deep end pretending to be her sister Emma, and she THRIVED.

One part I would have improved would be how Ella was spoken about throughout the book. When she learned her sister used her as a cautionary tale for her children, I was hurt FOR her. Especially after not being there for her for so long. I would’ve expecting that to come up between the sisters and it didn’t, but it should have. I think the book really missed that crucial confrontation for everything to be wrapped up.

I was thoroughly shocked by the ending. There was a twist I wasn’t expecting and it took me completely by surprise. The romance was also very subtle, this is not a hot & steamy rom com. That doesn’t take away anything from the book, I just like to note it in reviews for those whose preferences go either way!

Thank you to Boldwood Books and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – Part of the Family

Title: Part of the Family

Author: Charlotte Philby

Publisher: The Borough Press

Publication date: January 26th, 2021

440 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

On the surface, Anna Witherall has the perfect life. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has an enviable job, beautiful home, and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. Their competent and capable nanny, Maria, is practically part of the family.

But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create. Only one thing is certain: to protect her children, she must betray them.

Review

This is a short review, as I really didn’t have much to say about this book. It wasn’t my favorite, though I am sure there is an audience for this one if you really love mysteries and thrillers.

The premise of this book really intrigued me and it had a lot of potential, but the outcome fell flat for me. I had a hard time following the timing of the events, the flashbacks and flash forwards were not well telegraphed. The POV’s also switched irregularly.

If you enjoy books with unreliable narrators and irredeemable characters, this book would be a good one for you. Even by the end of the book you’re not fully sure who was on what side.

I respect the ending. That’s all I will say about that.

Overall, it was a very average book for me and just didn’t capture my attention as much as I would have liked from a writing standpoint.

**Thank you to The Borough Press and Edelweiss for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

Happy reading folks!

Book Review – The Happy Ever After Playlist

Title: The Happy Ever After Playlist (The Friend Zone #2)

Author: Abby Jimenez

Publisher: Forever

Publication date: April 14th, 2020

401 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back.

Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?

Review

I recently reviewed the first book, The Friend Zone, on my blog and this review will have some spoilers for that book, just by the nature of it being a sequel – so be warned.

THEAP starts off 2 years after the events of the first book, and follows Sloan Monroe dealing with life after the death of her fiance, Brandon. One day she is driving, and a dog quite literally jumps into her car on the highway – causing her to reach out to the owner and finding Jason. Jason is musician on tour and they begin texting until he is able to come home and retrieve Tucker. They clearly have feelings for each other, but Sloan is hesitant to let go of Brandon and her fear of being left alone. Will Jason be in this for the long haul?

This book made me feel all of the feelings all at once, as I read this in a day – staying up quite late to do so. I was hooked, enthralled, captivated – however you want to put it. The first book was good, but this one took that and blew it out of the water completely. There was so much depth to the plot, character development, and it felt so much longer than 400 pages – IN A GOOD WAY. Like I’m floored she fit ALL OF THIS STORY in that many words, it doesn’t seem possible.

I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and I hurt. I also desperately wanted to have Tucker be my dog, because he was the shit. I highly preferred Kristen being relegated to a side character rather than the star. Sloan definitely got the better story out of the two of them.

Keep your eyes peeled for Abby #3, Life’s Too Short, out in April!

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – Mr. Right Across the Street

Title: Mr. Right Across the Street

Author: Kathryn Freeman

Publisher: One More Chapter

Publication date: January 22nd, 2021

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Mia Abbott’s move to Manchester was supposed to give her time and space from all the disastrous romantic choices she’s made in her past. But then the hot guy who lives opposite – the one who works out every day at exactly 10 a.m., not that Mia has noticed thank-you-very-much – starts leaving notes in his window…for her.

Bar owner Luke Doyle has his own issues to deal with but as he shows Mia the sites of her new city he also shows her what real romance looks like for the first time. And when he cooks up a signature cocktail in her honour, she realises that the man behind the bar is even more enticing than any of his creations. And once she’s had a taste she knows it will never be enough! 

Review

I have read all of Kathryn Freeman’s books with One More Chapter and this one might be my favorite of all so far. I will also request her books because they are always adorable, relatable, and utterly charming.

First off, the characters in this book were so well rounded, fleshed out, and had very interesting back stories. The fun quirk to this book was that they communicated via signs written in the window a la the Taylor Swift music video for You Belong With Me. The side characters seriously add to the story and keep it going. Mia’s friendship her older neighbor Stan was my favorite relationship of the book, hands down. I don’t know if young person-old person friendships are a trope but if they are, it’s one of my favorites!

I don’t really have anything that I found to critique with this one! I loved it from start to finish and feel like Kathryn is great at creating chemistry between two people and making it super charming and adorable. The pacing made sense, the flow worked, and I read it all in one day. Definitely check this out if you’re a fan of contemporary romances, friends to lovers, and a quirky form of communication – all set in a bar!

Thank you to One More Chapter and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – These Violent Delights

Title: These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1)

Author: Chloe Gong

Publisher: Margaret McElderry Books

Publication date: November 17th, 2020

449 pages

4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.

Review

The Violent Delights is a Shanghai twist on Romeo and Juliette, where Roma and Juliette are rival gang heirs in the city of Shanghai. The Communists have entered the city and are trying to take over and spread their ideals, in a city where more and more foreigners are coming to change the Chinese. The Scarlets and the White Flowers are trying to keep their grips on half of the city, when a deadly monster takes root and starts killing hundreds quickly. The two must find a way to stop the monster and keep the foreigners out, but secretly because of the blood feud between their gangs.

These Violent Delights is a mess of gory, violent plot mixed with two morally grey characters in a forbidden love story. Frankly, I LOVED IT. There is so much going on in this story and all of it is interesting. I love the dramatic retelling of the Shakespeare classic, there are so many callbacks to the source material but Chloe Gong has made the story her own. Beware, she is not kidding with the amount of violence. Juliette’s character is mysterious, bloodthirsty, and savage – while being super interesting and strong. Roma is more of a soft boy at heart, but not afraid to kill a man. Their families and the side characters all have their own plots that are separate yet keeping with the story. There is diversity within the cast – a trans character and what seems like will turn into a gay couple.

I will admit, the middle part of the story gets a bit tedious. I feel like there are some scenes that could have been shortened to keep the plot moving faster. The pacing slows down in the middle third and picks back up towards the end. BUT the end completely makes up for the middle, and left me shook and completely shocked. Others may see it coming, but I truly did not. SO ready for the sequel.

Thank you to Margaret K. McElderry Books and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – Happy Singles Day

Title: Happy Singles Day

Author: Ann Marie Walker

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication date:

288 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Single and proud of it! Oh, oops…

As a Certified Professional Organizer, everything in Paige Parker’s world is as it should be. Perfect apartment, perfect office, perfect life. And now, the perfect vacation planned to honor Singles Day. After all, what’s better than celebrating her pride in being single? Because who needs a man anyway? They have zero taste in quality television, leave the toilet seat up, and sleep with your best friend. No thanks. Her life is fine just the way it is.

As the owner of a now-dormant bed & breakfast, Lucas Croft’s life is simple and quiet. It’s only him and his five-year-old daughter, which is just the way he likes it. Because who needs a woman anyway? They nag you to clean up your stuff, want the toilet seat put down, and expect the dishes to be done the same day the meal is cooked. No thanks. His life is fine just the way it is.

But when Paige books a room that Lucas’ well-intentioned sister listed without his knowledge, their two worlds collide. If they can survive the week together, they just might discover exactly what they’ve both been missing.

Review

Happy Singles Day is a Nicholas Sparks reminiscent love story on an island in North Carolina. A grumpy, widowed innkeeper meets a type A, perky woman looking to celebrate ‘Singles Day’, by taking her first relaxation vacation. Neither of them are looking for love, but when the right person comes along, it changes your perspective on everything.

I really enjoyed this book, though I believe it could have been better if it was longer. It has a bit of an insta-love feel to it because of it’s shortness. They spend just a week together in the main portions of the book, without even liking each other the first few days. Normally I don’t enjoy this trope, but I love the grumpy/sunshine trope so much that it made up for the insta-love. I appreciate that Lucas has a daughter because it created an additional dynamic to the relationship.

I very much appreciate the ending and epilogue of Happy Singles Day. It fully wrapped up the story, brought everything full circle, and was satisfactory. If you’re a fan of the setting and characters of Nicholas Sparks book (without the devastation and tears) then definitely check this one out.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!