Book Review: The Circus Rose

Hello Everyone,

Such a beautiful cover!

Title: The Circus Rose

Author: Betsy Cornwall

Series: Standalone

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Retelling

Publisher: Clarion Books

Published: 2020

Page Count: 300

Goodreads Summary:

A queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves and their circus family.

Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes.

In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.

My Thoughts:

Magical, lyrical, told in two parts, one part being poetry and the other part being story this was beautiful, sad, enchanting and wonderful. Betsy Cornwall has won me over with her beautiful prose and elegant writing. Such strong characters though I admit to Ivory being my favorite compared to that of Rose. A retelling of Snow White, Rose Red this is one of my new favorites.

My Review:

I’m always a fan of circus stories. I’m sad that they are mostly gone now. The circus to me was always magical and exciting. I even tried joining one once but was unsuccessful. This book I put off reading for at least two, three years now, I devoured in a single sitting. It was half told in verse, split between two characters, Ivory (who was my favorite) and Rose. While I’m not a big fan of novels in verse, I still felt that this was handled well for a retelling of Snow White and Rose Red. While short, this definitely didn’t hold back it’s punches, in proudly displaying Rose and Ivory and their mother, all together struggling to get by daily. The characters felt so real it was as if I was there amongst them, enjoying the show.

This was one of the first YA books I’ve read in a while, and I’m so glad it was a high rating for me. I’m also glad that I own a physical copy. I hope to get through more of the authors backlist titles at some point though no clue when that will be. This book is recommended for those that want representation for bisexual characters, nonbinary characters, sapphic love interests and a satisfying ending.

My Rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Secondary February 2022 TBR: Because Apparently I’m BACK INTO READING AT LAST!!!!

Hello Everyone,

The curse has been broken. The struggles are over. Finally, the sun shines and all is right with the world in that I’ve been reading. A lot. I posted my wrap up for the month of January where I said that I had read 20 books. Well. Correction. It’s currently the 31 of January so I have read 24 books. Finally! It helps that the weather is fixing to be shit (again, sigh) so that means more time indoors to read.

So I figured why not do another round of a tbr? There’s been books that I have been dying to read for ages but just haven’t gotten to! February is the shortest month but I don’t care. I’m in a reading mood. Finally! So here are the books that I’m eyeing to add that I’m much more interested.

I hope to grab some of these in kindle format as I have been reading on my kindle a fair bit lately. Also on my phone through the kindle app. I really want to get caught up on all of these that I’ve been missing out on. I hope to get at least a quarter of these read next month! What are your tbr goals? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

New Release Review: All the Wandering Light

All the Wandering Light

Title: All the Wandering Light
Author: Heather Fawcett
Series: Book 2
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 430
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release
Received: Library
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4.5/5 stars
Notes: Another sequel finished. Alas, book three is not out so now I have to wait. *cries*

River. Kazmin. Ragtooth. Azar-at. Lusha. These characters have devoured my soul within 400 pages of complicated story plot, action, adventure, treachery, royalty, and even death. There was so much going on that I lingered through the pages, and took most of a day to read, as opposed to just a few hours. I don’t know why I spent a week putting off this book, and now after having finished reading book two, I do know-I didn’t want this world to end, again, for the second time on such a drastic cliffhanger.

You can’t trust River. But then he goes and does things like saving Kazmin’s life again and again. He even saves Lusha’s life. He helps her with Azar-at. He does things that keep confusing Kazmin to no end, and towards the end of the book even River appears confused by all that he’s been lead to believe. For he isn’t quite what he thought he was.

On that mysterious note, there’s also the added fact of the group chasing down a falling star one that has the power to raise the dead. It’s powers are limitless, but that’s the power that their afraid River will use it for. Whoever has the star can command literal armies of the dead.

There’s also the added fact that Ragtooth, who had been thought dead at the end of book two, is no longer dead in this volume…but he’s also not quite himself. We learn more about him towards the end of the book, yet still mysteries carry.

The writing is so vivid and detailed within this book, that I truly hated finishing it. I know it’ll be months before I get book three, and even then the story will remain firmly etched in my mind (probably not, but it feels like it will, though we all know I’ll likely forget all that happened by the time book three rolls around).

This was my first read for Feburary. As far as first reads go, this was glorious, and I really hope the rest of the month proves to be this entertaining. I completely skipped the first week, and we’re now into the remaining three weeks of the shortest month of the year because I just couldn’t be bothered to read, and I was working on writing my own books as well, so…

Not too many reads for this month, but the one that I started out with? Absolutely perfect.

4.5/5 stars, and I definitely am getting book three as soon as it releases!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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.

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.

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