Review: Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker

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Mercer Girls

by Libbie Hawker

Release Date: May 10th 2016

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

Available on: Amazon | B&N

book summary

It’s 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town—leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

Schoolmarmish Josephine, tough-as-nails Dovey, and pious perfectionist Sophronia see their chance to exchange their bleak prospects for new lives. But the very troubles that sent them running from Lowell follow them to the muddy streets of Seattle, and the friendships forged on the cross-country trek are tested at every turn.

Just when the journey seems to lead only to ruin, an encounter with a famous suffragist could be their salvation. But to survive both an untamed new landscape and their pasts, they’ll need all their strength—and one another.

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I picked this out from Netgalley free ARCs not because I knew it was a pieces of reality. I just picked it because it has a nice cover. Shallow maybe but not so after I was done with this book.

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Review: The Tethering by Megan O’Russell

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by Megan O’Russell

Series: The Tethering #1

Release Date: October 17th 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Available on: Amazon | B&N | iBooks

book summary

All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.

Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.

When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?

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Thanks for the author, Megan O’Russell, for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter 

by Melinda Salisbury

Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1

Release Date: February 24th 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Available on: Amazon | B&N

book summary

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

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Review: Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

imperfect_chemistry_mary_frameImperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
Book 1 of Imperfect series
Release Date: April 23rd, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Available on: Amazon | B&N

book summary

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her-people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity. When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions-by experiencing them herself. Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated-in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

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Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

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by Charlie N. Holmberg

Release Date: June 28th 2016

Genre: Adult, Fairy Tale

Rating: ★★★

Available on: Amazon | B&N

book summary

Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.

When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.

During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.

From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.

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Review: A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

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A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Book 1 of Spirits and Thieves series

Release Date: June 23rd 2015

Rating: ★★★★★

Available on: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Goodreads Synopsis:

Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.

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A Book of Spirits and Thieves is a companion novel for Falling Kingdoms series. It centered around three main characters; Farrell Grayson, Crystal Hatcher and Maddox Corso. The first two characters’ POV takes place in modern day Toronto, while Maddox’s takes place in the world of Mytia.

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Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Book 1 of Six of Crows series

Release Date: July 28th 2015

Rating: ★★★★★

Available on: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Fans of Grisha Trilogy series will devour this, I did ❤

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ARC Review: A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating

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A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating

Book 1 of Stolen Royals series

Release Date: March 1st 2015

Rating: ★★★★☆

Available on: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Goodreads Synopsis:

In her debut novel, Ms Keating takes us on an adventure journey filled with magical surprises.

A stolen kiss. An unstable curse. One big mess in the making.

Derric Harver never expected to amount to anything more than the palace stableboy, but when Princess Maria’s curse keeps her from accepting a prince’s proposal, she turns to him for help, and he doesn’t dare refuse.

With the help of a lady’s maid and a prince, Derric and Maria embark on a dangerous adventure to find the sorceress who cast the curse. Along the way they battle deadly creatures and make new friends–all the while struggling with the undeniable chemistry between them. Reaching their destination won’t be easy, but the true danger peril in the truths they’ve fought for years to keep hidden.

A Stolen Kiss is the first in the Stolen Royals Series–an adventure with magical creatures, dangerous lies, and being true to the power within.

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(Thanks for Swanified Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with this arc in exchange for an honest review)

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Review: Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

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Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Book 2 of The Remnant Chronicles series

Release Date: July 7th 2015

Rating: ★★★★☆

Available on: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Goodreads Synopsis:

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

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What can I say? this book was really magical. It’s absolutely unputdownable. And that ending? It left me in a mess..

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Review: Map of Fates by Maggie Hall

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Map of Fates by Maggie Hall

Book 2 of The Conspiracy of Us series

a YA Crime/Thriller/Esponiage

Rating: ★★★★☆

Available on: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Goodreads Synopsis:

Two weeks.

That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny.

Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack—steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.

But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem.

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