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Early review for The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Hello, bookworms! I am back with another review. This time it’s about a debut, with the stunning title, The Devouring Gray. But first of all, I want to thank Titan Books for sending me a free copy for review!

This book, written by Christine Lynn Herman, pulled me out of my reading slump. It’s a mixture of Stranger Things, Riverdale & The Raven Boys. Let’s see the cover and synopsis below!

 

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After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all. 

 

 

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So, this is a modern fantasy that mixes up horror, mystery and romance! The characters are all very mysterious & complex and the story full of  twists and turns.

The pages flow; I mean, it was such a fast paced read and I couldn’t put it down.

Let’s see the story a bit. Four Paths is a small town. What it doesn’t lack is mystery.  The town is run by the  founder families but there is more. The town is the prison of a monster that feeds off of innocent people. That prison is what the founding families call, the Gray.

 

LIttle children, led astray,

Wandered through the woods one day,

Stumbled right into the Gray,

Never to return.

In that place where nightmares dwell,

Only four have lived to tell.

That is why we have to stay:

Branches and stones, daggers and bones,

They locked the Beast away.

When Violet moves into town with her mother, she soon realises that Four Paths is not an ordinary town…and it’s far from peaceful. It also doesn’t help that she is herself a member of one of the founding families.

Soon, she meets Justin, May, Isaac & Harper and new revelations come to torment her. Being a part of a founder family comes with a price…and a power she never knew she possessed. Her world threatens to crumble all around her and her grief for her lost sister is not the only problem she has to face.

The book managed to surprise me even though the plot twist didn’t shock me. I was kind of expecting it. Still, the writing was so fun and entertaining and the characters really spoke to me! The author shows what lies and lust for power can do to people. She shows that courage can overpower any physical weakness and that family is not always the one that  you were born into. She shows the power of friendship and love. She adds a lot of vibrancy to her descriptions and she managed to make the Gray utterly scary.

The book is not a standalone so you’ll have to live with that cliff hanger at the end! But if you love contemporary fantasy and unique storylines, then I highly recommend you pre-order a copy of this book asap!!!! I am going to link everything below so you can check the book out yourselves!

I cannot wait for the next book.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!

*The book releases in the UK on April 16th and in the US on April 2nd.*

 

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Early review for The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

Hi, guys! I am back with a new review, this time for an upcoming release by V.E. Schwab! The Near Witch hits physical and online stores in just a few days on March 12th.

Let’s take a look at the book that started everything; before Red London, before Kell and his mysterious red coat.

 

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Brand new edition of Victoria Schwab’s long out-of-print, stunning debut

All-new deluxe edition of an out-of-print gem, containing in-universe short story “The Ash-Born Boy” and a never-before-seen introduction from V.E. Schwab.

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

There are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

 

 

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My thoughts: 

This is the second book I’ve read from this author and I have to say I enjoyed this a lot more than A Darker Shade of Magic. I love witches and this book reads like a traditional, gothic mystery book.
Dark tales of witches, moors filled with mystery and a town that holds secrets.
Lexi lives with her mother and little sister in the Near. She grew up with tales of the powerful Near Witch and until children start disappearing, she believed them to be just that; stories to frighten children.
The arrival of a strange young man has the town in uproar but Lexi knows that the newcomer is not the one to blame. There is something more sinister happening in the moors near the town.
Let me start with what I liked. I enjoyed the setting; the moors give a unique quality to the story. It reminded me of classic works and I loved getting lost in the Near. I loved the family dynamics and I really enjoyed reading about Lexi and her little sister, Wren.
The writing added to the dark, mysterious atmosphere and the pages flew quickly. I finished the book in a day.
What was missing, was my pull to the two main characters. Particularly, about Cole. I didn’t connect with them so the book was missing some of the emotion I usually feel when I am fully engrossed in a story.
I understand this was the author’s debut so maybe that has something to do with the predictability of the plot. I could tell where it was going from the start.
Still, the book inspires some great imaginary and I think fans of the author will certainly appreciate the book from where it all started.
🌟🌟🌟.5 Stars
*Thank you Titan Books for providing me with a free copy of the book. *
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Review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Welcome back! This time I am back with a review of Natasha Ngan’s debut! Let’s check out the book below.

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Girls of Paper and Fire

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king.
It’s the highest honour they could hope for…
And the most demeaning.

 

This year, there’s a ninth girl.
And instead of paper,
She’s made of fire.

Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl whose golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

Please be aware that this contains scenes of violence and sexual assault.

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My Review: 
I got this book through my Fairyloot box and I was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover and synopsis. I love reading debuts and this particular book lived up to its stunning cover.
Natasha Ngan is a new voice in fantasy that I will certainly follow.
So, this reminded me a lot of Memories of A Geisha. Not that the two are in anyway alike, this is fantasy after all, but the training of the Paper Girls had vibes of that book. The inner system had some of the same principles.
So, every year, eight Paper Girls are chosen to be the Demon King’s new concubines.
The Paper Caste is the lowest in Ikhara, they are humans and do no possess any resemblance to the Demon Castes.
Lei is taken from her home, the ninth addition to the Paper Girls. Her fear and angst is portrayed perfectly as she is led to the palace. Being a Paper Girl is not easy and Lei will soon realize how difficult it will be to please the King.
Bonds are formed between the nine girls, but also jealousy. And Lei will soon know something else besides fear. She will discover love in the face of Wren, her fellow Paper Girl.
So, I loved Lei. It’s difficult not to. She has to face the loss of her family, her fear and of course, the Demon King.
Now, this is my first book that deals with a F/F pairing in fantasy and I liked the diversity of it but…I felt that the book would have been a win for me even without the love story.
Why? Because it felt forced… in places. I wouldn’t call this insta-love but I felt that the development was not strong enough for me.
On the other hand, the author had a pretty strong villain in her hands and while he was intimidating, he wasn’t fleshed out enough. I would have loved to see the King’s cruelty in a more personal manner and I would have loved to see why Aoki, another Paper Girl, grew to be so fond of him. He seems like a multidimensional character, with tons of potential, that was never properly used in favor of the story. We saw a sketch of what makes him so evil but never a vivid image.
This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book, I just point out what I would have liked to see more of.
But this is only the first book in the series so I hope we get to discover more about these characters in the next book!
Also, the book deals with abuse and the author did a fantastic job with this difficult theme.
All in all, I loved the premise and the unique storyline and I cannot wait for the next book. If you want to read a diverse fantasy book, then this is one you should certainly pick up.
🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars
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Blog Tour: The Dysasters

THE DYSASTERS by P.C. and Kristin Cast

 

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THE DYSASTERS

By P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Wednesday Books

On Sale: February 26, 2019

Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

P.C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters—the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.

 

Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

 

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

 

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.

 

As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

 

Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.

 

Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is currently obsessed with her baby.

 

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New Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Welcome back! I am back with another review, this time diving into classic literature! I regret not picking Rebecca sooner! Let’s take a look at the summary.

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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

 

 

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It took me so long to read this classic piece of literature! Rebecca reads like it was written now. Such a wonderful book with a unique style. Imagine; we read an entire book without knowing the name of the heroine, our narrator.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. 

Probably one of the most famous sentences in literature and our intro to the book. But let’s take it from the start.

Our heroine is in Monte Carlo, not in the least dazzled by its frivolity, working as a paid companion for an elderly woman called Mrs. Van Hopper. Maxim de Winter is a widower and he happens to be the man that Van Hopper hopes to amuse herself with.
Imagine our heroine’s shock when she catches de Winter’s eye and she soon finds herself the lady of Manderley, his beautiful estate. But nothing prepares her for the ghost of his dead wife, Rebecca. As soon as they return to England, our protagonist has to compete with a dead woman’s legacy. Rebecca is everywhere and no one else is more capable of reminding our heroine that than Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper.
The book had a twist that I saw coming but it didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying the beautiful writing and gothic atmosphere.
Our heroine is an innocent, plain little thing but I enjoyed being inside her head.

Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.
Like I said, we never find out her name but we get a hint that it is unique.
“You have a very lovely and unusual name.” ~Maxim de Winter

The author has created one of the most amazing villains ever and I simply adored the structure of the book.
Rebecca seems so alive even though she is dead.
Max was her choice, the word was her possession; she had written it with so great a confidence on the fly-leaf of that book. That bold, slanting hand, stabbing the white paper, the symbol of herself, so certain, so assured.

I have never highlighted a book to such an extent before. Every page was a feast for the eyes and I cannot recommend this book enough. One of my favorite classics. It’s a book I will return to for sure.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars

 

 

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Book Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Rochani Chokshi

Welcome back! February passed me by so quickly! My being sick didn’t help me conquer my TBR but here I am with a new review!!!

The Star-Touched Queen is a book that I discovered through my bookstagram account and I am so glad I joined that awesome community!

But let’s check out the book, shall we?

 

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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

 

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SO, I had this book in my TBR for such a long time and when I had the opportunity to grab this book, I did. It took me some time to actually get to it because of all the negativity and mixed reviews.
So here it goes; this book is not perfect. Of course not. Most fantasy books nowadays fall onto the same tropes this one did. Complex magic systems, insta-love, the chosen one etc. Also, most of the YA fantasy books out there, most of the times, have heroines that are flawed and not perfect, that make mistakes that are silly and predictable.
Like I said, most books are not perfect. So imagine my shock when I started this and realized that despite the mixed reviews, I actually enjoyed it. In fact, this is one of the greatest debuts I’ve had the pleasure of reading.
First of all, Maya, our protagonist is living in a culture I am barely informed about so it was a pleasure to dive into this amazing world and discover things I didn’t know about like Naraka and the Dharma Raja.
She is also living in a very competitive environment. Harems were not exactly playgrounds and I am so glad that the author portrayed that.
Maya is a girl despised, cursed and her father sends her to…her actual death.
This is where we meet Amar, a king from another kingdom. A man that charms Maya and manages to slither his way into her hesitant heart.
His kingdom, Akaran promises her a life of freedom; something she’s never had.
But nothing is as it seems.
I know the monster in your bed.

Maya will have to discover the truth through her mistakes. She will have to find herself through danger and insidious magic!
I absolutely loved the writing. So magical, unique and full of beautiful descriptions. I really adored the second half of the book!!! Maya really developed during that part.
Like I said, the book isn’t without flaws. Maya makes mistakes, mistakes that I saw from a mile away. Some parts were predictable and I was screaming at Maya not to trust certain people, but like I said, she grew through those mistakes.
I also loved her relationship with her half sister, Gauri. I cannot wait to read about her in the next book!
Overall, I enjoyed this and I recommend it if you love fantasy. I had a blast reading it!

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!

 

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New book by Pepper Winters!

TS&HH - RB banner.jpgThe Son and His Hope, a sweeping standalone from New York Times Bestselling author Pepper Winters is live!

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“Things you should know about me from the very beginning:

I was born to true love, witnessed the destruction it causes, and vowed never to let such agony happen to me. I am not a story-teller like my father. I am not a writer like my mother. I am just a son—their son.

I am happy being alone.

And that is all I ever want to be.”

JACOB

The day he was born, Jacob learned his hardest and longest lesson.

It wasn’t a lesson a boy should learn so young, but from his earliest memories he knew where happiness lives, so does tragedy. Where love exists, so does heartbreak. And where hope resides, so does sorrow.

That lesson carved him from the kid to the teen to the man.

And nothing and no one could change his mind.

HOPE

I first met him when he was fourteen at a movie premiere of all places. A movie based on his parent’s life.

He was stoic, strong, suspicious, and secretive.

I was only ten, but I felt something for him. A strange kind of sorrow that made me want to hug and heal him.

I was the daughter of the actor hired to play his father.

We shared similarities.

I recognised parts of him because they were parts of me.

But no matter how many times we met. No matter how many times I tried.

He stayed true to his vow to never fall.

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Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years.

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.

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