Review: Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

 

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Release Date: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Format: Paperback (324 pages)

Source: Goodreads First Reads

Rating: 4 Stars

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From Goodreads: Lucy, shipwrecked on an island at 8, is forbidden to sing by guardian Norrie. On All Hallows Eve 1667, at 15, she sings, and is swept into darkness. She wakes to hear powerful men hunt Chantresses who sing magic into the world. At the Invisible College she finds sanctuary, plots to overthrow the evil Lord Protector, and distrustful scientist-apprentice Nat. Only a Chantress can overcome the Protector, and Lucy is the last in England.

Review: I’m so glad that I entered the giveaway for this on Goodreads!  First off, the cover is gorgeous. Not only that, but the synopsis was the final deciding factor. I just ordered book 2, Chantress Alchemy, from Amazon. I’m ready to dive in! 

The heroine, Lucy, unintentionally transports herself to London, by way of singing. She finds out that she is a chantress and can sing things into being. She soon is told all about her family history and what is going on within England. She must sing a song to break the magic that the King’s protector, Scargrave, has. Lucy has to trust and believe in herself to find her voice that she has hidden for a long time. With all of this being put on her shoulders, she feels as any young lady in her situation should feel, unsure. 

I really enjoyed this book. The historical aspects are what made me want to read this book, truly. All Hallows Eve 1667, hello?? Lucy is very mature, yet naive. I think those are very good characteristics for a young heroine to have in YA books. She experiences the normal teen problems- crushes and self doubt. I loved her as a character and she made me want to keep reading and to see her save the day. A very good read that I definitely recommend. 

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Book Blast: Duchess by Nicolette Andrews

 

To find her husband’s killer, she will risk everything…
Publication Date: May 10, 2014
Genre: Fantasy (Epic and Historical)
When Damara, the Duchess of Florett, received a missive from the palace, she knew it could only mean one thing. Her husband was dead. She had prepared herself for this moment ever since he marched off to war. Following the news of her husband’s death, she comes face to face with her husband’s sister, the Queen. She has come to Damara with a request from beyond the grave. Writ on the aging vellum her husband left her instructions and a confession. He was not as he seemed. He was the king’s spy and he died to keep the king’s secrets. In his final letter to Damara, he asks her to find his killer and take his place as a palace spy. Only Damara can unravel the clues her husband left behind in order to find his killer and bring them to justice.  



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About the Author

Nicolette Andrews lives in beautiful Southern California with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of the Diviner’s Trilogy and other works of fantasy. She’s been know to often escape into world of fantasy and has happily been playing make-believe her entire life. When she is not writing, she enjoys gardening, spending time with her family and numerous outdoor activities, including hiking and camping. 

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{Blog Tour} Review: Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark

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Title: Uncovering Cobbogoth

Author: Hannah L. Clark

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing  & Media

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Source: Publisher

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Synopsis

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister. 

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.

Review

This is a very great book! I love fantasy and mythology, so this brought me back into reading the genres. I haven’t picked up a great fantasy book since… well it shall remain nameless for the sake of this review because I really don’t want to compare the two. Let’s just say, this book will make you sit and wonder. I really love the mythology of the Cobbogothians.

Norah grew up with her Uncle Jack, who is an archaeologist. She has always thought of the Cobbogothians as nothing more than a myth. One day she arrives from school to find her Uncle murdered. He left behind clues for Norah. Soon, she is on the run from police because she happened to be at the scene of yet another murder. She makes her way to Iceland, where everything she thought she knew about the world and her life changes exponentially. The romance level is a good one. I loved what little we get from Norah’s and James interactions. I’m excited to read the next book, and hopefully there will be more to James’ character. 

The characterizations and world building in this book are just amazing. I highly recommend reading this book!!! The mystery alone is worth reading it for. As for the ending, I wanted more. There was this void that I felt needed to be filled, so I’m guessing the next book will jump right back into the story. This is an amazing book to add to your favorites shelf, as it is already on mine.

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Author Bio

Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and their son in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English, and immediately began writing Uncovering Cobbogoth.

Hannah loves running, mythology, laughing, soulful bluegrass music, and growing things. Like her heroine, Norah, she is slightly inclined to believe that trees have souls.

To learn more about Hannah and the Cobbogoth series, visit www.cobbogoth.com.

Rebekah G. Shakespear lives with her husband and two sons in Texas. She received a double degree in Graphic-Web and Print Design from Henry Ford Community College in Michigan.

Bekah loves being a mom, photography, illustrating, refinishing furniture, organizing and being related to the author, for whom she has held a long abiding love and admiration for since before Hannah was even born.

Website: www.hannahlclark.com

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ARC Review: Hexed by Michelle Krys

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Title: Hexed (The Witch Hunter #1)

Author: Michelle Krys

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Source: eARC via Net Galley (384 pages)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 3 Stars

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From Goodreads: If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her friend?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life- and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.


 

This review may contain spoilers!!!!

Review: This book is not what I thought it would be. I tried so hard to love it, but only ended up feeling slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an okay read. I just felt like it could have been way more exciting than it actually was.

We start off with Indie, the MC, at cheer practice. Queue the popular snarky cheer captain Bianca, and her obvious love of authority. Gah, I disliked her immediately. Indie and Bianca are best friends, always have been. This is the typical high school drama. Popularity obviously rules. Devon is the super hot football star boyfriend to Indie, but it all goes downhill after a night of underage drinking at a party. Indie has been so caught up with trying to keep her popular status, that she has ignored the one person who turns out to be a true friend, Paige. I loved her from the moment Indie described her as being a nerd.

On the way to her mom’s occult shop after school, Indie and Page witness a murder. Suicide? They’re not sure but Indie sees a piece of paper with the dead guy and swipes it from the scene. When she opens it up, it has the name of her mom’s shop on it. Indie’s mom is all flighty and believes in things that Indie deems ridiculous. There’s a family Bible that she says has to be protected at all times. After that day, things get a little crazy in Indie’s world.

I found this to be okay. I wasn’t too pleased with Indie in the beginning. Especially how she treated Paige, who is the best character in the book. I kinda liked Bishop, if only for his sarcastic comebacks towards Indie. Those two argued like a married couple! But, it took too long to get to a certain point. I was crawling out of my skin waiting for something drastic to happen. One particular incident had me tearing up. I did not see that coming. I wasn’t too fond of Bianca and Jezebel. Jezebel is Bishop’s ex-girlfriend, go figure. I found the magic concept of this a little lacking. It wasn’t very exciting. At all. I enjoyed it, simply because Bishop and Indie’s bickering was the highlight of this book, not the magic and little mayhem.

Again, an okay read for me. I’m not sure i’ll jump into the next installment whenever it’s published. But, I would like to continue it at some point, just to see where it goes.

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Review: Spirit Bridge by James L. Rubart

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Title: Spirit Bridge (A Spring Well Novel #3)

Author: James L. Rubart

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Format: Paperback (384 pages)

Source: Copy from publisher via Booklook Bloggers

Genre: Christian Fiction/Fantasy

Rating: 4 Stars

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Brief Synopsis: The Warriors Riding have battled in astounding supernatural realms, set captives free, and awakened thousands of hearts. But now their only chance of survival depends on calling for “The Spirit Bridge”.

 Reece, Dana, Brandon and Marcus have achieved staggering success in the spiritual realm…. but each is reeling from vicious attacks. They need rest. A break from the war. But the warlord Zennon is raging and will give them no quarter. The demon holds what he believes to be the trump card– a hidden strategy set in motion before Warriors Riding even began– that will detonate the team from the inside out. And he’s just set it loose.

The street magician Simon– finally free of Zennon’s alternate reality prison– is racing to remember his past before his ignorance obliterates his destiny. Then there’s Miyo– a brash young warrior with an advanced knowledge of spiritual realities and supernatural armor even Reece doesn’t know about. These two will be pivotal in the final war. Who to trust?


Review

Again, I read another book without reading it’s predecessors. It was well worth it, I must say. The battle between good and evil has never been better. I found it hard to put down at times, it’s just that good. I have to buy the first two books soon, to read and add to my favorites shelf.

I’m not sure what I thought was going to be in this book, other than alternate realities and demons, etc… There are a multitudes of things going on, but it’s not hard to keep up. Being as the third book, the world building is pretty much set. And the characters are all well developed, so that was a plus for starting out.

I immediately disliked Brandon. He was whiny, and yes sarcasm can be a good characteristic to have, but he had too much. But, as I got deeper into the story, I found myself liking him more than any of the other characters. He had a right to be feeling all those emotions that he carried around, seeing as he lost the one thing that brought out the best in him. Aside from Marcus, he was my favorite. 

The Warriors Riding don’t know if they can trust Simon and Miyo. This is the battle of all battles and they have to be prepared and on the ready. As always, with evil, there will always be someone that wants to be the one doing the bidding. It was no surprise that Zennon and Caustin were at each other’s throats. If it was up to Caustin, Zennon would be dead for failing in ending the Warriors Riding and letting Simon go. Power hungry beings never win.

This is a great book that mixes Christian Fiction and Fantasy together quite well. Definitely recommend for Fantasy/Paranormal lovers alike. 

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Destruction by Sharon Bayliss

 

Light always exists and will always return when missing…
Publication Date: April 14, 2014Series: The December People, Book One

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy 

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.

Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 
Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children. 


Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.

 
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About the Author

Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.

 

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Waiting On Wednesday #5: Wicked Power by Delsheree Gladden

new-wowWaiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, that highlights books that we are eagerly waiting to be released. My book this week is Wicked Power (Someone Wicked This Way Comes #2) by Delsheree Gladden.

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Author: Delsheree Gladden

Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing

Genre: YA/Paranormal/Romance/Supernatural

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Wicked Quote: “Power is what he craves. He collects it so he can turn it into wicked glory, the glory of ruling everything and everyone. 

I just read the first book in this series, 19721475 Wicked Hunger, and absolutely loved it. You can read my review and get a little more info about this new series HERE. I love the covers also. That’s what made me request Wicked Hunger, and after I read the synopsis, I was sold. Glad that I did because this is a great series so far.

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Stacking The Shelves #4

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that showcases the books we’ve gotten. Whether they are checked out from the library, won, bought or ARCs, share what you have. Sharing is caring 🙂 I got a few this week for review, so I only purchased one. I know, shocking right? After I knock these ARCs out of the way, then i’m gonna go on a shopping spree on Amazon and get more of my TBR books. Most will be physical books, as i’m trying to fill my new bookshelf that my fiancee’ bought. I’ve turned one of my guest rooms into a mini library (as my 4 yr. old niece says). Okay, on to the goodies…..


From NetGalley

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Blur (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James Pre-Order From Amazon

By Any Means by Chris Culver Pre-Order From Amazon

Fury (The Cure #1) by Charlotte McConaghy –Read My Review Here –

Kindle Version- Fury: Book One of The Cure (Omnibus Edition)

We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt Pre-Order From Amazon


From Booklook Bloggers

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The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley 

Available From Amazon: The Queen’s Handmaid


From Author

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Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr –

Available From Amazon:Reflection Pond


From Entangled Teen

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Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye Pre-Order:Fragile Line (Entangled Teen)

Creators by Tiffany Truitt Pre-Order:Creators (Entangled Teen)


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Edge of Shadows by Cege Smith

Available On Amazon:Edge of Shadows (Shadows #1)

Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Available On Amazon:Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser Series)

Trinkets, Treasures and Other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Available On Amazon:Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (The Dowser Series)


Purchased

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Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Available On Amazon:Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends

I have a slew of freebies from Amazon that if I post them, i’ll be here all night trying to edit this. I really need to catch up on my TBR before I go crazy adding more books. It’s already going to be years before I even finish reading them all. It currently sits at 750+, and I haven’t even added the books from the past few weeks to the list yet. *sigh* Anyhoo, what books did you get this week? Sharing is caring people!!!

 

Free Amazon Kindle Books

I’m going to start posting free books once a week, that I find on Amazon. I will try to post them by genre so that it will be easier for you to choose the ones that interest you. I’m gonna try to stick with Thursdays. I only found a few that interest me, but next week i’ll try to post more. Fill free to check them out….







Note: All of these books are free at the time of posting. PLEASE check the price before downloading, as it may have changed!!!

Review: Tethers by Jack Croxall

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Title: Tethers (The Tethers Trilogy #1)

Author: Jack Croxall

Release Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: Amazon 

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Historical/Adventure

Source: ebook 

Rating: 4 STARS


BRIEF SYNOPSIS

In the wake of a cold Victorian winter, Karl Scheffer and Esther Emerson discover an anonymous journal filled with strange passages and bizarre scribblings. The journal soon draws them into a covert and sinister conspiracy, a conspiracy centered around  an otherworldly artifact with the power to change everything. The voyage the teenagers soon find themselves undertaking is one of desperate importance and true peril; it will change the way they see the world, and each other, forever.

REVIEW

Thirteen-year-olds Karl and Esther are best friends who discover a mysterious journal in their neighbor’s house. When Karl find his and Esther’s name on the last page of the journal, they soon find themselves in a conspiracy concerning a gem with strange powers.

Karl and Esther are very precocious characters. Smart and witty are just two of their likable qualities. These two are always looking for a chance to adventure out of the small village that they’ve only known their whole lives. From the very first page, you are easily pulled in by their friendly banter. As the story unfolds, you can’t help but wonder what will happen next. I found it hard to put down at times when I had to sleep for work.

I love all the elements that make up this book. There’s the fantasy side, but with science-fiction trait. Of course there is the historical aspect, as it’s set in the Victorian Era. It’s also very adventurous and thrilling at times, which is what our two main characters long for. A great start to a trilogy in my opinion, and I can’t wait to read Unwoven (The Tethers Trilogy #2). Definitely recommend!!

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