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

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