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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.

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WHAT I LOVED

  •  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.

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WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK

  • 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.

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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 House Of Furies by Madeleine Roux

 

What a winner! I listened to The House of Furies on audiobook during my recent travels.  It was delightfully read and engaging. The narrator used a variety of voices and accents for the characters.

This book follows the runaway Luisa Dutton as she takes employment as a maid at the Coldthistle boardinghouse. She discovers that the house draws people who have done evil deeds to it. The boarders check in to make use of the healing waters of the spring. The owner and staff make sure that the guests won’t be leaving the house alive.

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What I Loved About This Book

Louisa is an engaging character. I loved her spunky attitude and her curiosity that always lands her in situations over her head.

Some Chapters are Chapters from the book Louisa is reading. It is written by the owner of the boarding house and documents his travels and insight into creatures and beings that are not human and the abilities they possess. This was a tidy way to learn about the other characters in the book. Expect hellhounds, changelings, and phantom shadow creatures.

The pacing of the book is good. It does start a bit slow but builds up into a powerful story with unexpected twists and turns. I honestly did not know what was going to happen next and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

Louisa is both disturbed, protected, and draw to the house and the strange characters. I really enjoyed her struggle with the evil and the evil deeds of those who come to Coldthistle house.

It is possible that I will never look at birds without remembering this book and the unique and disturbing role they play. I love books that stick a thought or image in my head for years to come.

The romantic relationship was not my favorite aspect of the story but it did play it’s part well and unlike some romantic subplots it was a driving force for Louisa’s actions at times.

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You Should Read This Book If

You enjoy a story that plays out the Good Vs Evil idea with a different spin.

You are fascinated with lore, paranormal, ghost stories or urban legends.

You once loved (or still love) all things with an R.L. Stine vibe

You enjoy a historical setting that is rooted in folklore and legend.

On another note, dI highly recommend the audiobook because the narrator does multiple voices and accents. You will thank me later!

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Overall, I adored the slightly creepy but not quite scary vibe. It does have some gorey scenes but they are written in a way that you get the idea with having overdone gross details.

I have already checked out all the other books by this author and I can’t wait to read the sequel. If you want to talk book with me find me on Social Media and don’t forget to follow me on Youtube.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

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The theme card for August’s Owlcrate has had me excited for a month.  Let me tell you, the box did not disappoint.  Instead of giving you the normal photo unboxing on my blog, I am simply linking the video. I do love the unboxing blog post and photos but I am having some technical issues with syncing my photos at the moment. Long story short, I have no lovely photos to share with of this box.

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As, always thank you for viewing, subscribing and commenting. This box and the graphic above made me a bit too eager for Halloween. How about you, are you a Halloween fan?

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Book Love: The Night Circus – It is not what I expected

This book was not what I was expecting. It is not the type of book that I usually fall in love with. Yet, It has earned a place in my book love heart, and you may find a place for it in yours – if you are open to reading it and following it to the end.

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To boil this story down for you, without spoilers, is no easy feat but I will give it a go. This is the story of a different sort of Circus. A circus without animals but laced with magic. The Circus itself was created as a game board of sorts for two magicians who have been raised and trained to compete in a competition. The end game and the rules are not clear to them or the reader at times. Everyone involved with the circus is an unknowing part of the game, and their lives are affected by it in a magical and sometimes deadly way.  The story is full of secrets, performers, magic and a bit of romance.

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So first, let’s talk about what this book is not:

  • Fast paced
  • Action filled
  • An easy read
  • Typical
  • For everyone

If you can get past the things that this novel is not, you might find yourself emerged in the atmosphere of the mysterious circus. I will admit, I did have some issues falling in love with this book. At the same time, I was unable to abandon the book. The bits and pieces of the story came together for me at the end and left me satisfied.

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What I loved:

  • The idea of the story and how it came together at the end.
  • The use of colors. I always love it when writers use colors to enhance their story. I don’t know why I just do.
  • The way the author used detailed descriptions to enhance the atmosphere of the story.
  • Trying to figure out how all the pieces of the story fit.
  • It has a few delightful characters.
  • I enjoyed that some portions of the book are written in 2nd person, although I had trouble understanding why that view was used until the end of the book.

Who should read this book:

  • Those open to the 3rd person omnipresent and 2nd person point of view narrations.
  • If you can deal with lots of description, narration and slow moving pace.
  • If you are unsure about reading it, take a chance. I did, and I enjoyed it.
  • Magic lovers

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I listened to this book on audiobook.  The narrator ‘s voice fits the feel of the book perfectly, but I found it so soothing that I almost fell asleep a few times. I had to increase the narration speed a few times to finish the book with out napping.

Overall, this book is one that will stick with me. It is not a book for everyone and certainly not my typical read, but I am giving it 5 stars because it managed to make all of the plot pieces that are scattered about fit together.  The book provoked some deep thoughts and left me with warm feelings and the urge to eat caramel covered things.

So, tell me have you read this book? What did you think?

 

 

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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.

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Book Love: The Young Elites Review

I have a new book love. Yes, I fell in love with this book from the first pages and it help me captive to the very last page.  I enjoy a lot of books but only a select few have a special place in my heart.  I enjoyed the Legend series by Marie Lu but this one takes the cake. I have already started devouring the next book in the series.  So, lets get to the good stuff.

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What this book is about:

A decade after the blood fever swept through the nation,  some survivors have developed strange markings during their time of illness. The children with visible markings became known as ″malfettos″. The  blood fever gifted some of these ″malfetto″ children with strange abilities. Those with powers became known as The Young Elites. The Inquisition Axis believes that Young Elites are dangerous and vengeful and will destroy the nation. This story follows Adelina Amouteru as she discovers her powers, flee’s for her life and crosses paths with the Young Elites.

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What I Loved:

  • The relationship between the sisters. The story paints realistic portrait of sibling love, jealousy, and discovery.
  • Adelina struggles with her imperfections from the blood fever, the development of her power, and her emotions as she must choose between saving her sisters and her loyalty to the Young Elites.
  • This book has tension that kept me on the edge of my seat.
  • The characters are all well developed and their powers are well written.
  • The audio book presentation of this book is excellent.

You should read this book if:

  • If you enjoy books with characters who have powers and abilities.
  • If you enjoyed the Legend Series.
  • If you love books with a strong female lead who is tired of being abused and takes charge of her life.
  • If you are a fan of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • I personal think everyone should read this book but I may biased based on it being one of my favorites.

Want to hear more about it? Check out my video review on youtube.