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Brightly Burning By Alexa Donne

Book Love Review

This book fills a void in my life I didn’t even know I had! Brightly Burning weaves together so many surprising elements. This space-themed retelling of Jane Eyre that will leave you swooning, smiling and surprised.

Meet Stella. When she gets the chance to move from her position on a dying spaceship to be a governess aboard a private ship she jumps on it. Before she knows it she is falling for the mysterious captain and finds herself knee-deep in mystery.



  •  There is a lot to Stella. Not only is she a teacher, spaceship mechanic, and governess but she has a lot going on in her personal life.
  • I sat down to read this, intending to stop after a few chapters, but I could not put this book down. Just when I thought I had it figured out something delightful would pull me back in.
  • I loved Stella’s relationship with the new ships AI system. I found myself smiling at this element of the story.
  • I enjoyed seeing the relationship changes between Stella, Jon, her best friend, and Captain Hugo as well as the others onboard both ships. All of the characters in this book are well done and entertaining.
  • There is so much to this story. I can’t even begin to dig into all of it without risking a spoiler.



  • Lovers of Jane Eyre and romance
  • If you love a great retelling this book is for you.
  • Fans of Marissa Meyer
  • If you are into space-themed books this one is a must. Even if they are not your thing I think you will enjoy this one.
  • If you want a book that is more than romance, more than a retelling, more than a mystery, this book is a delightful mash-up you will fall in love with.



This book will be released in 2018. I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Alexa also has a YouTube channel were she gives excellent writing advice in a no-nonsense manner. I highly recommend all writers check it out.



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Book Love Review: The Darkest Part Of The Forrest by Holly Black

A unique story that blends the modern day life of teen siblings, Hazel & Ben, with the not so secret world of the fairy folk. When the horned boy in the glass coffin awakes Hazel & Ben must figure out how he escaped and how it relates to the strange things happening in their town.  The duo must deal with the secrets of their past and games of their childhood in order to make sense of what is happening between the “folk” and the humans and uncover their own hidden roles.


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What I loved about this book:

  • The slightly strained sibling relationship that plays out as the teens uncover the lies and truths that have separated them over the years.
  • An excellent stand-alone story that manages to deliver an excellent plot, believable characters and enchant with fantasy elements.
  • A roller coaster of unexpected twists and turns.
  • I enjoyed the relationship between the “Folk” and the townspeople.
  • Hazel is a delightfully flawed character, who knows she is flawed, but struggles with her flaws and understanding why she does the things she does. By the end of the book, the reader will understand what triggered one of her flaws.
  • Jack. I loved this changeling, his evolving relationship with Hazel, and the way he is torn between his human family and the “folk” who traded him away.

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You Should Read This Book If:

  •  You are a fan of Holly Black
  • You enjoy contemporary fantasy reads that involve fairies or folklore.
  • You are fascinated with the idea of changelings.
  • You enjoy books with realistic sibling relationships
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Book Love Review: The Sandcastle Empire.

This amazing book was the June Owlcrate selection.  Armed with a field guide to a mysterious island and a vial of her father’s blood and teeth Eden attempts to escape her war-torn world to find refuge and answers on the island.

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What I loved about this book:

* It was a quick easy read.
* That it takes place on a mysterious jungle island that is more than it seems.
* The writing style is engaging and detailed without slowing the pace.

*  Chapters alternate between regular length and 1-2 pages.

*  Chapters alternate between regular length and 1-2 pages.
* The overall plot is interesting and it has a lot of neat world-building aspects.
* Excellent 1st chapter that grabs you and keeps you reading.

* Some details will stick with me forever. The Vial of blood and teeth. The beetles.

I rated this four stars instead of five for a few reasons that are a bit hard to pinpoint. There was nothing I disliked about this book but here a few reasons I didn’t rate it 5 stars.

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My Opinion:

* The world, although fascinating, didn’t work for me at first. After I started thinking of island in the terms of the tv series LOST instead of  I think of when I think of a Dystopian world it felt a little more realistic to me.
* The plot seemed to fall into place to EASY. There are many excellent setbacks and twists but something about it just felt off.  I never felt that the character was in grave danger even when she was in the midst of it but it was still interesting enough to keep me reading. Honestly, I think my expectations of what I thought the book was going to be was what caused me not to rate it five stars.  It was more sci-fi than I was anticipating.
* The end. I hope this is a series because the end left me hanging and not in a good way. I needed a little more resolution even if it is a series.

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Overall, this is a fantastic book that is easy to dive into and get lost in. It has a lot of tech and sci-fi elements, suspense and  I can see this series blooming into something addictive.