Paperback Review: Over Ruled

 

A Over Ruled Book

Title: Over Ruled
Author: Brittney Joy
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Author
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: Paperback
Received: From the Author
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes:

This is a hard book to review. I spent a couple of days thinking the review over while reading other books, and wondering what to say.

The writing for this was strong, and I really loved the characters. I liked Nancy a lot more than I liked Princess Jade, but I understood Princess Jade’s character. I liked the plot, and how evil the queen was in the story. I liked the magic, and the mystery that sent tension soaring.

Two girls. One Kingdom. No way out..

Princess. Royal. Prisoner. Jade is the heir to the throne, but her mother, the Queen, isn’t willing to give up her title— ever. Queen Katrina doesn’t see her daughter as her legacy, but as a threat that has to be stopped. Jade has never left the palace, and is trapped inside its boundaries… but she wonders if the walls are meant to keep her safe, or keep her imprisoned.

Peasant. Pauper. Savior. Nova left the Kingdom of Sterling before she could crawl— now that she’s returned with her father to rescue her orphaned cousin, it’s nothing short of a nightmare. Magic is used to control the people, and the monarchy is a dictatorship. Within the kingdom, Nova is hunted for a power she doesn’t even know she has… yet.

One boy will intertwine their lives— or tear them apart. Chael is the secretive and handsome royal guard that might have the answers to save both girls, but he’s hiding something dark. An ally with questionable motives, both Nova and Jade have no choice but to trust Chael… and to fall for him.

But the lengths the Queen will employ to secure her crown are unforgivable. In the Kingdom of Sterling, the only thing more powerful than betrayal is magic

I didn’t like how the romance went for this book. I liked the characters, and I preferred Nancy over Princess Jade, but I still enjoyed all the delicious plot and twists and turns that kept on coming. I also didn’t like that cliffhanger, either, but it was a good stopping point for the book, and I can see why it ended there.

I definitely am looking forward to book two, where it shows how the characters advance from the pitfalls their in, what kind of ruling might occur, and if they find what they’re looking for. I’m giving this a 5/5 stars for a strong set of characters, and a really delightful bunch of plot twists.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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Netgalley Review: The Turnaway Girls

The Turnaway Girls

Title: The Turnaway Girls
Author: Haley Chewins
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Candlewick
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count:
Rated: 3/5 stars
Notes: DNF’d at about 50% of the way through. Sigh.

I couldn’t finish this book. The writing wasn’t bad, and neither were the characters, I just couldn’t keep focused on it. Perhaps its my mentality state and trying to read so many books, one after the other, so that I can finish and write up my many belated reviews, but…I didn’t much like this one. It wasn’t grabbing me, and I didn’t feel any strong connection to it.

I’m sorry to the author, I know menial reviews like this hurt their product, but it just wasn’t for me. I’m going to try again in the future to read it, and finish it, but after weeks of forcing myself to keep flipping pages…

Meh.

3/5 stars for this book.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

ARC Review: A Wizard’s Forge

The Wizard's Forge

Title: A Wizard’s Forge
Author: AM Justice
Series: Book One
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:
Page Count:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars!
Notes: Apologies to the author for the long awaited review!

A while back I got on twitter and made a request of this book to the author, and I think it was almost a month (or two?) ago. My computer battery died, I got behind on reviews, though I did manage to read quite a bit because of it. I am heartily sorry for the long awaited review, and I sincerely hope that you like the review that I do now. This book is also going to be featured in my ‘Indie Must Read’ gallery off to the side, because it IS a must-read book!

This book drew me in, in part because of the cover. I know, I’m terrible judging books by covers, but sometimes I can’t seem to help myself. But it also helped that it was a fantasy and you guys know I’m always a sucker for a good fantasy story. My one regret is that I chose the start of yet another series. I have so many of them to read!

This book had it all-strong female characters, lots of action, adventure in spades. There were pirates, high seas, and even magical powers. There were girls being awesome, and plenty of world-building to go around too. I really liked this one for its science meshing in with the magic. The spaceship that landed on the planet, the people reciting logs for years to come even though those logbooks have long since lost meaning…it definitely painted a very vivid picture, and the book reminded me very strongly of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern at times for it.

Overall, the writing was good. The characters were very entertaining, and I definitely had a good time in reading it. I’m hopeful in getting book two soon, because if I don’t get it soon then it will be just one of many series that I’ve started and never finished, and I’m trying to get better about that. So, I’ve added book two to my amazon wishlist, and am eager to get started on it.

I’m giving this a four out of five stars, for an enjoyable time well spent while reading this fun and entertaining book. My sincere thanks to the author for providing me with a copy!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

ARC Book Review: A Scandal in Battersea

A Scandal in Battersea

Title: A Scandal in Battlesea
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: The Elemental Masters, Book 12
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: DAW
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: ARC, Paperback
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: I haven’t read any of the rest of the elemental master series, but that doesn’t matter, because it’s reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes, so of course I had to read it. I *have* however, almost all of Mercedes Lackey’s books sitting on my shelves, so am a tremendous fan of hers. The Elemental Masters series is one my younger sister reads, and this is completely new to me but I plan on reading the others of this series soon.
I found this book to be most intriguing, mainly due to the Sherlock Holmes characters. I definitely enjoyed it, due to the more magical elements, and I liked reading Alexandre’s parts best, though I enjoyed all the characters overall. I did find the ending to be a bit rushed, and I was unsatisfied with how the author handled Alexandre’s last scenes, but aside from that I really liked it. It wasn’t as good as her Bardic Voices series, or perhaps her Joust series, but it was a fine a way to pass the time for a few hours regardless.

I’ve read Mercedes Lackey ever since I was about thirteen, when I first began diving into the fantasy genre after having read Lord of the Rings and the Wheel of Time. This was refreshing, with its promotion of LGBT characters, fascinating world-building schemes, and magical elements, I was hooked by this author for years to come. Granted, I hadn’t read much of her books lately, aside from the new arcs that I have received: The Hills Have Spies, along with another book too that I forget the name of…

But I digress.

This gave several nods to the BBC series of Sherlock, or so I thought. Including the ‘cabbie’, who picked up victims, Mycroft Holmes appearing just at the end of the book, and various other little nods that I rather enjoyed. I found that the author did a good job in paying homage to Sherlock, and loved the scene where he was infuriated about having magic countered against him, thinking it wasn’t fair, and considered it cheating.

My only real complaints were how she’d handled Alexandre’s untimely end, and how the ending itself felt rather rushed, which is why the book is getting 4/5 stars. Otherwise, I’m sure fans of Mercedes Lackey will definitely enjoy this new release of hers.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Book Review: The Tethered Mage

The Tethered Mage

Title: The Tethered Mage
Author: Melissa Caruso
Series: Book One
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher:
Page Count:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, Birthday Buy
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars!!!
Notes: I’ve read this four times already!

Book Two is out, and I have yet to produce a review of this amazing book. Whoops. Let me correct that with a fresh new review of a book that I’ve already read four times. The first two I had to skim, because I didn’t have time to fully devote myself to this book, but now that I’ve read it again and again without skimming, I can fully appreciate the world that the author has given us. It’s unique, beautiful, and awesome. And I’m pleased that book two is released, and I don’t have to wait to go grab myself a copy.

I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to figure out how to write this review, because I can’t really articulate this into words how much I really liked this book. I loved the main characters. I didn’t love the romance that sprang up, but it fit the story regardless so I let it slide. I did love all the world-building, the magical elements, the slow build up to that intense ending and how things got resolved…it all was very well delivered, and I found myself caring about the characters deeply, not to mention cheering them on as things spun out of control.

Overall, I’m giving this a 5/5 stars. I want to come back to this review, and work in more details too, because it seems like it’s lacking. It’s also been a bit since I’ve read the book proper, but I’m planning on yet another re-read, and immediately going to the review after doing so.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Paperback ARC Review: Malice of the Dark Witch

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Title: Malice of the Dark Witch
Author: R.D. Crist
Genre: YA Fiction
Series: Book 1
Page Count: 310
Publisher: ShoRic Publishing
Type of Book: Arc, Paperback
Rated: 5/5 stars
Review Word Count: 700
Notes: A perfect read to the start of the Fall Season, filled with witchery and magic!

I greatly enjoyed this book, to the point I lingered over it for four days, trying to stretch it out as much as possible. The writing was good, though there were a few typos here and there (as this was a proof copy, I’m sure that these will be corrected). I would also like to thank the publisher for sending me one of the last two copies that were available. I feel quite honored and lucky in being sent such a fabulous book!

I selected October to be filled primarily with witchy reads. Titles with the word ‘witch’ in it will be my main goal, but of course I will read all my other ARCs as well, for they are more pressing in such. As I read nearly 40 books last month, I’m planning to aim October for 50 books. I’ve already written out a list of all the books that I desire to read for the month of October, including finishing all the ARCs that I have on Netgalley, three books of which were just published and so quickly need to be reviewed!

I digress. I should be writing a review about this book, my apologies. First though, the warnings:

Warnings: loss of a mother, death of main and minor characters, bullying, lies and trickery, witchcraft, strong female characters, and tragic orphan back-stories.

This book told the story of Natalie and how she lost her mother. It starts off with her coming to terms with loosing her only living relative, and avoiding a dangerous man named Saul, with the help of her Aunt Ava. There are horses in this book (which was a nice surprise, I *love* books with horses), there’s plenty of magic, adventure, intrigue, and suspense. Natalie barely survives with the help of her Aunt Ava, as well as the school of orphans she is sent to. There’s so much more to the story, but I really don’t know how to put into words the kind of review that generally comes easily. This story was so well done, and I really empathized with Natalie, Emma, and all the other girls. At first I hated the school bully Melissa, but then she kind of grew into a bad-ass and I really loved her character! Mrs. Hag was also an awesome character, and made me think strongly of McGonagall, in some ways.

This is a story that I will be thinking of in days to come, because there were lots of quotes that I deeply felt true and beautiful, such as this one:

“Natalie felt herself run and breathe with Galla. She could feel Galla’s thoughts and communicate with her without speaking aloud. Even their hearts beat together. Natalie felt the freedom of true existence-the wonder of being a horse. Running this way was greater than any euphoria she had ever felt. They ran, sprang, and flowed with each other in synch-like a body and limb, entirely complimentary. Natalie lifted her head to feel the wind in her face. This was freedom, this was contentment.”

There’s a great deal of school and learning in this book about what it means to be a witch. There’s friendship between girls, there’s battles against evil. There’s even discussions about power, and magic. I liked the many different lessons that were scattered throughout this book, about what it means to control such power and how to use it properly, as well as the amount of time it takes to build up a spell.

This was definitely one of my top favorite books of the month of September, finished just a day before October starts. I cannot highly recommend this book enough for young readers, even for adults as there is so much within this book to read and learn and love. If you enjoy witches and schools for girls as well as orphans, then I think you will definitely love to read this particularly fine novel worthy of a 5 stars rating.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Hardback Review: The Midnight Dance

 

The Midnight Dance

Title: The Midnight Dance
Author: Nikki Katz
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA
Page Count: 310
Publisher: Macmillian
Type of Book: Hardback, Library Loan
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 4/5
Notes: Look at the beautiful cover!

Another beautiful cover that I adore, this book contained some of my favorite things to read: brainwashing, beautiful girls, ballet…it really reminded me very strongly of Natasha Romanov as she was trained for being an assassin, though there wasn’t any kind of assassins in this book, it still read just fine.

This book wasn’t as dark as I thought it would be. While it was still a lovely read, full of girls struggling to dance and be perfect under the guise of the ‘Master’, it went in a completely different direction than what I’d pictured, which lowered the rating a bit. I may write my own kind of ‘brainwashing tale’ for myself, because this was a bit of a let-down towards the end. While everything was settled happily, and the ending was resolved in a satisfactory rate, I just wasn’t as wowed as I had hoped to be.

Aside from the ending, I loved all the characters: Madam, Crickett, even unhappy Bianca who I wanted to throttle at times because of how hateful she could be. The girls were all unique and interesting in their own way, especially Sara-I would have loved to have learned more of her backstory about the wolves.

The cover, while beautiful, did match up with the story, but due to the ending of the story, I’m giving this 4/5 stars.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: Fawkes

 

Fawkes

I was not yet ready to turn to stone. 

Title: Fawkes
Author: Nadine Brandes
Series:
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Page Count: 500
Publishing: Thomas Nelson
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: THE HYPE IS DESERVED!

Fawkes starts off with a bang, instantly capturing my attention and having me read a 500 page book in less than a day!

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Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

-As Described on Goodreads

Then I read the first sentence: I was not ready to turn to stone, and I was HOOKED. From the very first sentence, this book was a true treasure to read. Thomas Fawkes was an easily identifiable character, the book was filled with twists and turns that I did not see coming, the world-building was unique and well written. I adore this book, and am putting it on my ‘to-buy-immediately’ list, because it’s well worth sitting on my shelves for when I want a re-read.

This book ripped my emotions apart several times. There’s a violent plague going on in this book, and the main character is affected, but with only one eye so that he wears an eyepatch most of the time. He hopes to get a mask from his father after passing a test in order to make it so that people don’t see his affliction and so that he can have the power to help change things. When his father doesn’t show up as he’s promised to do, Thomas Fawkes takes matters into his own hands and goes out to find him.

This book was a delicious read, from beginning to end, and I can’t give you enough reasons why you should read it, only that it needs to be added to your TBR post-haste! It’s got thieves and spies and London and plagues and magic and….what more could you want?

Giving this book a very well deserved 5/5 stars for it’s beautiful voice and unique world-building skills!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Author: Anne Blankman
Series: Book One
Genre: YA, Historical
Page Count: 400
Publisher: Belzhar+Bray/Penguin
Type of Book: Arc, Paperback
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes:

This was a fascinating book. It tells the story of Herr Hitler in a unique light, from the perspective of a family member. Gretchen Mueller calls Herr Hitler “Uncle Dolf”, and is one of the most esteemed girls in the country of Germany during the ‘rise of the Fuhrer’. She has no idea of what’s really going on, believing everything that her Uncle tells her to be true. She is a favorite of Herr Hitler because her father gave his life, protecting him from bullets. She lives a life that is privileged, cherished, and full of fear of her brother who is obviously a psychopath-devoid of emotion, cruel, a bully, and abusive.

Gretchen tells of how she searches for answers to why her father died with bullets in his back instead of his front, for hadn’t he been shielding Herr Hitler? But with every turn she finds answers she doesn’t like, truths that are hard to ignore, and danger around every corner. Her life becomes a confusing mess, and she realizes how few friends she really has, and that there is no one, not even Hitler himself, that she can trust.

{I must warn readers that there is one suicide in this book, a dear friend of Gretchen kills herself towards the back half of the book. There’s also her brother that abuses her, and there was one scene where Herr Hitler asked if she wished to become her beau/lover and she flees in confused fear.}

The book was very well done, there was plenty of action, romance, and mystery throughout the entirety of the book, all up to the happy non-cliffhanger ending, of which pleased me. I really like this author’s writing style, and definitely look forward to reading more of her books in the future. While this book was a bit darker for a ya novel than I was expecting, the historical details were very well done, and I really enjoyed seeing things from a unique perspective in regards to that of Hitler.

I give this book a well deserved 5/5 stars, and plan on buying a hardcover version if one is available sometime in the future. If you’ve not read this yet, I strongly recommend it!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Hardback Book Review: Landry Park

Landry Park

Title: Landry Park
Author: Bethany Hagen
Series: Duology, Book 1
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Romance
Page Count: 375
Publisher: Dial Books an Imprint of Penguin
Type of Book: Hardback, Library Loan
Review Word Count: 800
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Almost 1000 words for this review. Whew!

This book was an interesting one. On the one hand, I really really liked it. On the other hand, I’m getting really tired of higher up societies enslaving the poor. Granted, it’s a popular topic, and several books do a really good job of figuring out how they can get free, and create a new society. But I’m still getting tired of it.

The poor in this book isn’t referred to as ‘poor’ but rather they are called ‘the Rootless’. Landry Park is the mansion in which the main character, Madeline Landry, lives. She is the oldest child, as well as the only child, meaning that once she marries, she will inherit the estate. And while she loves her home with a fierce passion, she does not wish to run it. She wishes to go to university, and further her intelligence.

While initally, I liked Madeline as a character, towards the end of the book I disliked her. She falls for a guy named David Dana, who is part of a filthy rich family. Madeline’s father wishes for her to marry David so that they can make their family gain more money, as they are slowly dwindling towards debt. But Madeline doesn’t wish to marry. She wants freedom to go to school.

But then after meeting him at a party, she starts to like him. It helps she didn’t know who he was at first, because neither of them introduced themselves-they were both hiding out from the party, and David was smoking. The two of them converse, and then Cara, an old friend of Madeline who at first in the book is a bit of a hateful little bitch, eventually grows into a character that I really like.

Anyway.

The story progresses. There becomes a love triangle, after David goes off to the war, and Madeline attempts to find ways to help the Rootless, against her father’s wishes. She brings them food, money, and even donates blood at one point. But her efforts are too little, too late. The Rootless are slowly dying from various cancers due to radiation poisoning. Back during when America was a country of democracy, her great-grandfather had come up with idea to enslave the poor to working for what was known as ‘The Gentry’, and he created a whole new system of government. The upper class, and the Rootless, essentially. Actually, I rather hated Madeline’s great-grandfather. He was a bit of an egotistical ass, it felt like.

The story continues. David gets back from the war as a hero with his buddy Jack MacAvory. David debuted with her old friend Cara, and so of course she tells Jack that she has no relationship with him-even though her heart is breaking.

This is where I start to dislike Madeline a bit. While she’s good in wanting to help out the Rootless, and still help her family at the same time, the way she treated Jack really made me angry at her. As soon as she discovers that David didn’t really debute with Cara, and that he’s loved her all along, she starts to tell Jack that she’s sorry she’s lied, and that she wants David. David’s already informed him of the same thing, because the two are friends and don’t keep secrets from another. This is all after Jack’s already proposed marriage to her, of course, despite the fact that the two of them have only known each other for less than two weeks, Jack had fallen for her hard.

Madeline leaves him at the house, and goes of with David in his sleigh. This is all after she found her great-grandfather’s journals, and discovered several secrets that helped the Rootless cause, and so on and so forth. (I’m not giving away all the plot, after all.)

While I really enjoyed the story, I still wished that the love triangle thing hadn’t occurred. I also wish it didn’t leave things wide open for book two, the final part of the duology. Thankfully, however, book two is already out so it won’t be a problem for me to continue where the story leaves off…on a happy ending with everything unresolved. So that’s all there is of book one, and I definitely look forward to getting book two! I wonder if it’s going to be a ‘several months later’ kind of thing, or pick up right where it left off. I’ll let you know.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Indie Book Review: Lost

Lost by Donnielle Tyner

Title: Lost
Author: Donnielle Tyner
Series: Book 1 of 4
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Page Count: 204
Publisher: ?
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook, Indie Read
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 3.5/5 stars
Notes: Why does it seem like most ya books have faces on the cover?

This book was interesting. On the one hand, I liked it. On the other, it felt a little…juvenile. As though it were obviously meant for a younger reading group. While the writing was decent, the plot was okay. I didn’t like how the book ended (more killing and death) and I would have liked a bit more detail about Sadie’s grandfather’s family, but overall it was a fun short read that I devoured in two hours.

There also was only snippets of the orphanage that Sadie lived at. In the beginning of the book, her mother is pregnant and tells her friend to leave Sadie at the orphanage. Her friend responds that its a horrible place for Sadie because its full of unwanted talents and norms. How it wasn’t safe for her, and how she has a caring family.

But that caring family is dangerous, as Sadie’s grandfather wants to use her talents to help wipe out all the norms of the world.

Why is it that this is always the thing in fantasy worlds? That those with power always wants to kill those who have none? It’s a tired cliche, and while this was done in an interesting way, I just wasn’t thrilled with the way it was handled.

I should also note: dramatic death scene of an eight year old boy named Bobby towards the end of the book, dramatic death scene of a friend named Michael being killed, some torture is involved, and the book leaves off on a cliffhanger.

Overall, I give this book 3.5/5 stars. I liked it, but I really think it could have been a lot better.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

1st Blitz Party: Everpure

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Everpure
Book Blitz

 

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Elle’s life changed in a matter of seconds after learning she wasn’t only human, but a shifter too. To make matters worse, her best friend Maddox and boyfriend Asher have a mutual hate for one another that leaves Elle in the middle of their constant battles. With a new discovery now lingering over Elle, she is left with more questions than she ever could have imagined.
Thinking she has found a way to handle her new found life as a shifter, she now finds herself faced with a much larger challenge. A huntress named Evaline is now seeking to destroy all shifters and vampires as she makes it her goal to avenge her father’s death and end all otherworldly creatures once and for all.
Will Elle be able to survive the army now seeking to destroy her world?
Will Elle be forced to choose between her best friend and boyfriend?
Discover a new fantasy world with Everpure, the second book in the Evershade Shifter Chronicles.

About the Author:
Michelle Areaux is a wife, mother, and young adult author. When she isn’t spending time with her family and drinking obsessive amounts of coffee, she can be found writing fun, fictional stories. Be careful though, you just may find yourself among the characters of her novels.

Publisher: Kingston Publishing Company
Release Date: July 14th, 2018
E-mail: michelle.areaux@yahoo.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michelleanthonyconnor.areauxs
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Michelle-Areaux-Novels-Page-1515918905127542/
Website: http://www.kingstonpublishing.com/michelleareaux

 

Purchase Links:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Everpure-Shifter-Chronicles-Evershade-Chronciles-ebook/dp/B07DCGLLDK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529630011&sr=8-1&keywords=everpure+by+michelle+areaux
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/everpure-michelle-areaux/1128862663;jsessionid=560A36A1ED68CF9CBD0E2AEB35C215FD.prodny_store02-atgap11?ean=2940155589075
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/everpure
Scribb: https://www.scribd.com/book/380780471
24 Symbols: https://www.24symbols.com/book/x/x/x?id=2854355

Thanks to Kingston Publishing for assisting me with the promotion of this book! The book sounds like it’s going to be part of an awesome series, and it’s already listed on my reading list!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

ARC Review: Ten After Closing

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10PM: Closing time at Café Flores. The door should be locked, but it isn’t, Scott Bradley and Winsome Sommervil are about to become hostages.

Title: Ten After Closing
Author:  Jessica Bayless
Genre: YA, Romantic/Suspense
Page Count: 200
Publisher: Pony Press
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, New Release
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Arc available on Edelweiss

This was an exciting book, filled with lots of action, drama, and romance. When Scott, Winsom, Pavan, and a handful of others all get caught up in a hostage situation with three young men who are desperate for money in a tiny little restaurant, Scott tries to find a way to get them free and safe. But with a dead cell phone, one dead body, and the only real fighter in the small group taken hostage who was a veitnam war veteran shot in the leg…their chances aren’t looking so good.

The plot goes on, revealing what happened to everyone before the hostage scene took place. To be honest, I was more interested in the ‘after’ chapters than the ‘befores’, and it also alternates between characters Scott and Winsom, aka Winny.

The story is a rapid-paced, action filled adventure that’s full of life or death situations. I really liked the character Scott quite a bit, though his home life situation calls for a trigger warning of child abuse, whereupon the father physically abuses Scott on near daily basis. Scott is desperate to escape, and find his way to college, but with the lack of funds holding him back, he winds up working out of a small restaurant that barely makes any money…the same restaurant that he gets held hostage in, with his friends and a few customers that he barely knows.

It’s an entertaining read, and I’m sad that it took me this long to get to it. I liked the book enough that I’m definitely willing to read more from the author in the future. Overall, I’m giving this book 4/5 stars.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Kindle Review: We Own the Sky

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What could you create if you fell in love with your muse?

Title: We Own the Sky
Author: Sara Crawford
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: Book 1
Page Count: 510
Publisher: CreateSpace
Type of Book: Amazon Temp Freebie, Kindle Ebook, New Release, Book One of a Series
Rated: 5/5 stars
Review Word Count: 250
Notes: Another cover that I love!

Music, passion, and muses play a big part in this unique fantasy contemporary alternate world in which muses were once greek gods that inspired us to write, create, and come up with original ideas. The main character is a girl who can see the muses…something that no other human can do. The plot is what made me really want to read the book, but that gorgeous cover definitely helped push me along!

I really loved the many different songs that popped up throughout the book, several of which I recognized being a big music buff myself. I liked the rapid pace of the book, how one could fly through each chapter and without warning come to the end of the book and go-did I really just finish that in a few hours? I want more!

This book is adorable, beautiful, unique, and fun. Filled to the brim with teenagers, music, drama, adventure, and romance it read like that of a movie, and I could definitely see this book hitting the big screens, if it gets the attention it deserves.

I cannot wait for book two, which I hope comes out soon. I highly recommend trying this book out, it’s definitely worth the time to read.

Overall, I’m giving this book a very well deserved 5/5 stars!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

New Release Review: Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

 

Title: Out of the Blue
Author: Sophie Cameron
Series: I Really Hope So
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Page Count 270
Publisher: Roaring Books Press
Type of Book: New Release, Hardback, Library Loan, Debut
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 3/5 stars
Notes: What? That’s seriously the ending of the book?!

Well, that was fun. In a edge of your seat, why are the Beings (angels) falling from the sky, and where are they coming from.

Hint: we never get to learn the answer.

I loved the characters. Jaya, Allie, Rani, Teacake…even Jaya’s dad is likeable enough at the end of the book. I love the plot, the setting.

I. Hate. The. Ending.

While it’s a happy ending, we never learn why the angels, excuse me, Beings come falling out of the sky. Why only a few towards the end of the book are strong enough to survive the literal crash landing. It’s frustrating and annoying, being given that big of a mystery at the beginning of the book, only to have the answer never revealed.

Towards the end of the book, when I had fifty pages left to go, I felt as if maybe the answer could be explained.

Towards twenty pages, I was hoping the answer would be rushed through.

Then the end of the book came, and what did we learn? Nothing. At. All.

While it was nice, seeing Teacake and the others have their happy ending, and some family issues get resolved in Jaya’s family…

I was really more interested in the mystery of why the Beings were falling from the sky to begin with.

The writing is excellent. The story is a fast-paced adventure. The characters are all awesome.

But the ending, while it being a happy one, sucks.

Hoping the next book proves to be better,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: The Longer We Dwell

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Title: The Longer We Dwell
Author: DL Pitchford
Series: Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 400
Publisher:
Type of Book: ARC Release, Paperback
Review Word Count: 300
Notes: Love the new covers!

The second release of the Billie Dixon novels picks up a few months after the first book left off, with Billie still struggling to fit into life as she sees it. There’s loads of angst, heavy emotional upheavels, and painful life lessons learned throughout this book. I really enjoyed it, though it was a bit heavy for me at times, I’ll admit. And while I liked this one, I still liked book one better, for some reason.

I can still totally see this book series as a movie series. It’s good writing, the storyline clips along at a fast pace, and there’s loads of character development as well-that’s one of the major things that I like about this book, actually, is it’s character developments. We actually see how they fare with their problems, and consequences of their actions along the way.

I also like that it takes place near home; I recognize almost every place listed within the book. It’s cool, seeing places I know in fiction that I love to read about.

I will note that this book also deals heavily with alcoholism, so if you have issues in regards to alcholic mothers/family members, then I would be careful in reading this due to triggers. I have a slight family history, but no one I know is a super heavy drinker like in the book, so, yeah. It’s interesting and unsettling at times.

I still like Billie’s character best out of all of them, though Xander has grown on me as well. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about them by the third book, but I definitely still want to continue reading their story, and see how it flows, and if it will have a happy ending.

As it is, I’m giving this book 4/5 stars, and am eagerly anticipating book three.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: Ride On

Ride On

 

Title: Ride On
Author: Gwen Cole
Series: ?
Genre: YA, Western
Page Count:
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Review Word Count: 400
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley, Kindle Ebook
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes:

“Ride on, ride on…” His father’s last slurred words before he was killed by ruthless bandits, Seph is a boy on the run with nothing but his horse and his wits to rely on. With the earth nearly too harsh for humans to live on, and the sky a deep cloudy gray almost black all the time, and food nearly impossible to come by…the wild west is a harsh, unforgiving place for those with weak hearts and weak wills. Seph is determined to find someplace safe that he can call his own, and live the remainder of his life. He doesn’t want revenge, but he wouldn’t hesitate to kill the man that killed his father either.

Avery wants the same thing as Seph; a place that doesn’t have killers or robbers or anyone else with an attitude of ‘kill or be killed’. She wants her family safe, and if that means working every day then so be it. She’s a kind soul, but also a ruthless one when it comes to survival.

So unfolds a hard young adult western novel that features two different character POVs, and their exciting adventures. At times, there was so much bloodshed that I almost didn’t bother finishing the book, but I was curious to see where the characters would go from there. Fans of the adult tv show Westworld might really enjoy this one; while there aren’t as many shocking plot twists, it’s still a dark western filled with survival, blood, and a unique world that’s seen better days.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, though there were several characters that I found aggravating and wanted gone. I loved the horses, the gun fights, the characters. The writing was fast paced, and every chapter delivered a scene that had me hooked. It was a pretty awesome book, and I can’t believe that I waited as long as I did to read and review this.

Between the two characters, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the story as it plays out. There’s plenty of action, adventure, and survival within this dark ya western novel that will surprise you and make you think of the future, and how things can turn out if we don’t start taking better care of the planet that we live on.

In the end, I give this book 4/5 stars, because there were times when I thought seriously of quitting reading, due to its violence. Aside from that, I rather liked it.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Book Review: Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign

 

Title: Long May She Reign
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Series: Not Sure
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 420
Publisher: Harper Teen
Type of Book: Library Read, Ebook, Hardback
Rated: 5/5 stars
Review Word Count: 700
Notes: Part of my 5 books in 5 days challenge, on day 1

This is going to be one of my favorites of the year, hands down. I can’t believe that I’ve put off reading this for as long as I have! I spent the entire day reading this book, unwilling to put it down because of how good it was. And let me tell you, this author is now one of my most favorite authors in the YA Fantasy world!

Twenty-third in line for the throne, Freya never dreamed she would become queen…

So sets the pace for an epic fantasy story in which Freya is a scientist; she creates and tries to make ideas that could better the world. Yet when she leaves the King’s party with her only friend, Naomi, to go to her labratory at home, she is waylaid later on by her father and the guards who informs her that the entire King’s court including the King had been poisoned…leaving her to remain as ruler for the kingdom of Epria.

Freya didn’t want to be Queen. She wanted to escape the country and study abroad, she wanted to make creations that could help those who needed it. She wanted freedom. But now she was stuck with ruling a country that was in debt, despite the jewels and gold lining the palace walls, and she had no one to trust except for her friend Naomi.

The plot goes on, and the story is woven at a rapid pace. I instantly liked Freya, and the other characters as well. Her father was a bit of an issue about halfway through the book, and I wanted to strangle him for being controlling and not listening to her because ‘she’s young and doesn’t know any better’ excuse.

The book left off on a bit of a cliffhanger, but it did wrap up the mystery of who killed the King and his court rather nicely. I found that Freya was a smart, fascinating character who tried to help the innocent as much as possible, even so far as making sure that the victims of the party were buried at the same time as the king himself. While she makes fans from the poor, the nobles begin to question her right and power in controlling the throne. But Freya doesn’t care, she’s just trying to make the world a better place for all, and not just the rich. Freya-you are awesome!

Did I mention that Freya also has an adorable fluffy cat in this book called Dagny? When faced with men coming to kill her, she starts to run off-but goes back to rescue her cat! How cool is that?!

There is so much to love about this book, that I can’t even begin to describe every scene and character. The king’s bastard son, for example, Fitzroy, is at first a bit of an ass, but later on we see him being a hero and kind of an adorable one at that. And Naomi is the best friend that I wished everyone could have.

If you haven’t yet read this book, you really need to. It’s a fun, adventurous read, and it’s a fast enough plot you can finish it in an afternoon, provided you aren’t too busy with real life as well.

I give this book 5/5 stars, and now I’m off to find another book by this author to add to my immediate ‘must have’ wish list.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

New Release Review: Devil’s and Thieves

Devils and Thieves

Title: Devils and Thieves
Author: Jennifer Rush
Series:
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 335
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Release Year: 2017
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release, Library Loan
Rated: 5/5 stars

Romance, magic, biker gangs, missing people, and festivals play out in this epic young adult fantasy novel that had me hooked deep and made it so that I finished the book in less than three hours! It was a fun, energetic, intense, dark, passionate book that kept me flipping through the pages until the very end, where I sighed with happiness at another five star read for the year, and one book that is going to be lableled amongst the top ten reads for 2018, I’m fairly sure. There seem to be a lot of great books out this year, which is awesome, and this one just became another one of the ‘greats’.

I could smell the magic even now, so potent that it collected like a film on the back of my throat.
It made me want to breathe deep.
It made me want to run.

The main character is a girl who has magic, but supposedly can’t use it; every time she tries, she gets ill to the point of fainting and/or vomiting. She’s scared of it, and hiding it from all those she loves. Despite the fact that the biker gangs all have various types of magic, of course, so that seems kinda dumb to me, but she didn’t want to cause more worries for her mother, or her dad who had walked out on the family way back in the day when she was about six years old.

The girl is 18 year old Jemmie Carmichael, and she’s got enough drama in this book to turn it into a soap opera. She’s in love with a guy named Crowe, has a huge crush on him, and he happens to be the president of the magical biker gang the Devil’s League. He’s dangerous, not just in the sense that he could physically tear her apart, but he could also kill you with his magic.

Then there’s several other biker gangs as well, that they all have tense relationships with one another. They’re trying for peace, but there’s so much water under the bridge that it’s almost impossible. It doesn’t help when people start going missing either, including two people within the Devil’s League gang and Jemmie’s best friend, Alex-who happens to be Crowe’s sister.

The drama and romance escalate up and down, and Jemmie tries to find her balance amongst the gang, while trying to find Alex. She wants to be normal, and make all the right choices. She also wants to find her friend safe, and have a good relationship with her father.

I really loved the book, and I really hope that there’s a sequel because while it wrapped up the mystery of everything nicely, there was still what felt like openings for a book two.

In the meantime, I have several other arcs to read and am excited to get to them as well, while I put this one on my “To Buy” list ASAP, because it’s just that awesome, well written, and full of dark, intense, atmospheric, powerful, dangerous, wild magic.

5/5 stars and this author is now on my immediate favorites list as well!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

{Bold and quoted text from back of book; review also posted on my Goodreads Page}

New Release Review: Black Bird of the Gallows

Blackbird of the Gallows

Title: Black Bird at the Gallows
Author: Meg Kassal
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page Count: 310
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Type of Book: Hardback, Library Loan, Physical
Rated: 5/5 stars

This is going to be yet another favorite book for my 2018 year in review. It’s got gorgeous prose, the writing is elegant and the characters are so real you feel as if you’re there. Thank god your not, however, because the end of the book is kind of grim. I will warn readers who are interested in this book: it’s got a school shooting within towards the back half of the novel. I know there’s been a lot of school shootings lately, and it’s a triggersome topic, so fair thee warned. The main characters are locked safely in a classroom, and nobody onscreen dies, but I still feel as though readers should have fair warning.

Angie is the main female character of the book, and the story takes place when her new neighbors move in across from her house into the house where a dad had violently murdered his wife and kids. Angie took in the dog of that house, so that it wouldn’t go straight to the pound, and she and her dad have both enjoyed the dog’s company. The neighbors are kind, considerate, and very hot-at least one boy is, in Angie’s eyes. Angie doesn’t want a new hot boy to distract her from her already pressing problems of exams, her band where she DJ’s as the elusive Sparo, and so on.

The boy is not as he appears to be, and he’s got some strange acquaintances that make her neck stand on end. Aside from the hot boy moving in, there’s also been a strange surge in more bees coming out of hibernation, tons of rain, and an outbreak in people not behaving like they normally do.

I’m guessing based on those clues, you can predict where this story is going to go-and you’d be right if you guessed ‘end of the world scenario, Angie winds up with attractive hot boy, and her band becomes popular’. But the book is still worth reading. The author has a way of making the story really come alive, and the characters are all so intense. You sympathize with Angie quite a bit, especially in regards to Kiera Shaw, and there’s loads of action and danger towards the end of the book.

I’m unsure if there’s going to be a sequel. Everything wrapped up quite nicely, and Angie was still alive with her friends…but there might could very well be a sequel about the end results of how Angie fixed things. (Yes, still no spoilers, sorry.)

I really enjoyed reading this book throughout the day, it was a nice escape for a while. I am now going to add it to my list of books to own, because it’s definitely worthy to be sitting on my shelves. I give this book 5/5 stars for a splendid few hours away from reality.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.