Some Of My Favorite Re-Reads

 

 

Hey all! It’s Sunday, I’m tired and still have yet to start packing for Friday, so, I’ll be doing that tonight after some ill-timed coffee drinking later.

Anyway, I definitely love rereading books and wanted to share some of my favorite ones to reread.

NOTE: You’ll notice a pattern with these, but since I’ve started really interacting on the bookish communities on social media, my reading has diversified, and I plan on making a post of planned rereads for next year with my diverse reads I’ve found.

So, here we go!

 

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Sorry to say I’m quite predictable in this first one, I do love to reread the Harry Potter books but typically I’ve only reread books 1-4, because after the other three came out I was in the last couple of years of high school and a slave to homework and college applications. But I have started to read the first one with my mini.

 

Anne: The Green Gables Collection

Another I love to reread, and this one is much easier as I have it on my kindle so whenever I feel like it, I go and reread whatever book I like in the series. I’ve read the whole thing at least twice through, books 1-7, and other works by Montgomery.

 

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The Lucas Film’s Alien Chronicles trilogy, an absolute favorite of mine that I have been talking up for like a year on this blog lol, if you ever find this at a library or somehow in a store [they’re out of print by now I think] then I highly recommend them if you’re a Scifi fan! I’ve read this series 3x, I think, and have read the first book like 3.5x lol.

 

Remember Me

 

 

 

 

 

Where Are the Children?

I tend to reread a few of her books a lot, like every Christmas I reread the Christmas themed ones of hers that I own, and I reread Loves Music, Loves to Dance and a couple of others, but these two are my ultimate rereads. Especially Remember Me as it’s what I like to call my comfort read. Sometimes when I’m just not in the mood to pick up a new book or maybe just feeling a little blue, I pick this up and read a bit of it, and I’ve read it a total of about 4x in whole. Where are the Children? I’ve read about 3x I think. Every few years I pick it up and give it a read.

 

The Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce, another long favorite of mine, I’ve read it around 3-4x and haven’t in a while so I think it’s time for a reread. I think that this is another comfort read of sorts, my first real big fantasy kick just right before Harry Potter…I think, Idk guys, I’m getting old, memory’s fuzzy. Anyway, I love this, like, so much, and will die on that hill of love.

 

Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot #25)

This was my first Agatha Christie book, so maybe that’s why I keep coming back to it, but I make sure to put a few years between each reread, since I know I’ll eventually forget most of the details, I let that time-lapse and pick it up to discover the mystery all over again lol.

 

Brave New World

This book opened my eyes as a kid and I think that the impact of it will keep it as one of my most treasured reads, I will say it was a bit heavy to read it when I did, for me personally, but again it had an impact and I’ve read it multiple times, especially as society gets just as emotionless as Huxley predicts. Scary, but accurate like most dystopia.

 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

I can’t help it, I love dystopian novels, and this one really captured my attention, so I’ve read this trilogy in its entirety about 3x and plan on. reading it again soon. This one and the ‘Matched’ Trilogy by Condie are my top YA dystopia picks I think!

 

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)

Lastly, this one, well, after finding out what kind of a person the author really is, I haven’t reread it but it was powerful to me as a kid and I reread it over and over again until the cover fell off my copy actually lol. So, it saddens me that such a work about being an outsider and overcoming that is unfortunately written by a big huge dickhead.

 

There are more of course, but I can’t’ recall them all but these are always at the top of my list to go read again..well…aside from ‘Ender’s Game.’ So, what are some comfort reads of yours? Anything you’ve reread at all or want to?

Coral – Blog Tour

 

 

Bringing you the spotlight on ‘Coral’ today! Thanks TFFBC for a chance to take part in promoting this book!

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Synopsis:
Multiple award-winning young adult author Sara Ella reimagines The Little Mermaid in a powerful and unexpected way.Sixteen-year-old mermaid Coral has always been different, standing out from her stoic sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease. Said to be carried by humans, the Disease imposes emotions on its victims, causing them to commit unspeakable acts. The growing illness inside her, while terrifying, fascinates her very core. Where others see danger, Coral sees life. Could it be the colorless merfolk who are truly ill?
Above the sea, seventeen-year-old Brooke Jordan has nothing left to give. A homeless girl abandoned and forgotten, the only thing Brooke can rely on is the ocean. Her aching feet find refuge within the cool and comforting waves, while her broken heart grows harder with each passing day. When Brooke’s and Coral’s worlds collide, everything alters in an instant. From learning to stand alone, to discovering the strength it takes to rely on another, the girls find that living requires taking that first painful breath. Each must make sacrifices, and when it comes to finding true love? Let’s just say the boys in their lives must learn to swim if they’re ever going to survive the storms.
Battling the odds against them, the girls will do whatever it takes to survive. But what must end for love and life to finally begin?Taking a new twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale, this modern-day story explores mental health from several perspectives, questioning what it means to be human in a world where humanity often seems lost.
Book Information:
Title: Coral
By: Sara Ella
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: November 12th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Mermaids, Fairy Tales

Purchase Links

GoodReads | Amazon | BookDepo | Barnes&Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Google Books

My Review

Hey all, let me start off by giving you all the trigger warning that Ella was amazing enough to include herself in her book.

Trigger Warning & A Note to My Readers:

(*You will find this note at the beginning of this book as well.*)

For my friends who have experienced trauma, a warning—this story may be triggering. I have done my best to approach the mental health topics addressed in this book in the most sensitive and caring way possible. But even all the research and sensitivity readers in the world would never make it so I could approach every aspect of mental health from every perspective. Your experience is unique to you.

Potential triggers include suicide, self-harm, emotional abuse, anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, and unwanted/non-consensual advances.

With that said, while some of what I have written comes from research and some from the caring eyes of sensitivity readers who have lived through many of these experiences, other pieces come from my own personal experience with emotional trauma. If you have lost a loved one, I’m with you. If you face depression or anxiety, my heart aches with you in a truly personal way. If you have ever felt misunderstood for these things or simply wanted to escape altogether—I understand.

For the girl who is not okay. For the boy who wonders if it will ever get better. This story is for you.

My hope is that Coral’s tale may be a small pinprick of light in your darkness—a reminder that you are seen. You are loved. You are not alone. You are not nothing, my friend. And neither am I.

Sincerely,

Sara Ella 

This is a really beautiful novel about mental health and it uses one of my favorite fairy tales. ‘The Little Mermaid.’

The original tale is so heart wrenching and tragic and beautiful, and, well, I’m so pleased to say that Ella captured that say tragic heartbreak in her own retelling as well. More than that though, she kept the spirit of ‘The Little Mermaid’ while making it this tale of mental health for YA readers that could use it now more than ever.

There are technically three characters that you switch around POVs for in the chapters, but there are some wonderful secondary characters as well, and they’re all fleshed out nicely. No one feels shallow or as if you didn’t get to properly know them if they were central to the story.

Ella’s prose is lovely and whimsical but with a haunting darkness that would have made Anderson proud.

The twist to this was so clever and I was thoroughly impressed by it, and while there are somethings that could have been done better, as with all things, I felt this was such a great attempt and I want to just buy this for schools everywhere. [Sadly I do not have that sort of cash flow lol]

Coral and Brooke were the most intriguing characters but I do really appreciate that Ella had Merrick and included him with having his own mental health issues/insecurities. It’s not too often you get a book with a boy who is vulnerable in his mental health and it’s not used as a ‘weakness.’ [And let me say it’s not often I’ve read a male protagonist with health/mental health issues in general so I’m not calling out any particular authors here]

My only complaint was definitely the timeline. The pacing seemed fine until you realized you were having to actively consider where/when things were happening as you read in order to keep everything straight. Because that was such an issue, that is my reasoning on the 3.5 rating, but I’ve rounded it up to four because it’s too lovely not to.

Thank you to TFFBC, publisher, and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Playlist

About the Author

AUTHOR

Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a Disney castle. Today, she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings. Oh, and her husband is definitely more swoon-worthy than any Prince Charming.

Sara’s UNBLEMISHED trilogy has received high praise and multiple awards, but none as rewarding as the love and support she receives from her readers every day. Her new story CORAL, a reimagining of THE LITTLE MERMAID, releases in the fall of 2019.When she’s not on deadline, Sara Ella can most often be found fangirling on Twitter, Instagram, or her YouTube channel. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, and she has a serious condition known as “Coffee Snob-itis.” She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.

Author Links

Website | GoodReads | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest

 

The Rest of the Tour

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November 12th

November 13th

A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
YA/NA Book Divas – Review
The Reading Life – Promotional Post

November 14th

Bookish Looks – Guest Post
Wishful Endings – Review
Adventurous Bookworm– Review + Favourite Quotes
The Caffeinated Reader – Review + Playlist
TheBookNerdDiaries – Promotional Post

November 15th

L.M. Durand – Guest Post
Hauntedbybooks – Review + Favourite Quotes
Synopses by Sarge – Review
The Boozy Reader – Review

November 16th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Morgan Vega – Review + Favourite Quotes
Dazzled by Books – Review
Amy’s Booket List – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

November 17th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review  + Favourite Quotes
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

November 18th

That Georgia Gypsy – Interview
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Dream Cast
Biblioxytocin – Review + Favourite Quotes
Lori’s Bookshelf Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
To All The Books I’ve Read Before – Promotional Post

Hood Academy – Blog Tour

 

 

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GoodReads:
Will she follow the pack…or destroy them?
A dead mother. A violent father. A missing brother.
When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.
Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.
Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.
Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.
Loyalty, friendships, and family bonds are tested as Mia discovers her true identity, but will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?

My Review

If you’re looking for something packed with action and werewolves, may I present to you ‘Hood Academy?’

Mia has had a rough life, the only one who ever seemed to be on her side was her brother but he left when she was a child and that meant Mia was stuck with their violent tempered father. A man changed after the death of his wife, unfortunately in the worst ways and habits.

This means that Mia is naturally wary of people, hard to trust others and always having to be at her toughest. After the death of her father though, she’s picked up by her Uncle and taken to a school he runs, Hood Academy. Her Uncle claims this is a school for gifted girls, but, not in the academic sense. They’re hunters.

Werewolf hunters.

The academy seemed awesome and I enjoyed learning about the girls and their curriculum and the history to this secret school.

One thing that annoyed me was that after the halfway point, because it’s actually two books in one, we do get reminded of past events in book one, but I didn’t realize this until after I finished reading, so, just know, this is actually two books, the two parts are the titles of the original two. There’s ‘Oath Breaker’ and ‘Oath Keeper.’

This actually makes so much more sense and I wish I had done a bit more research before getting annoyed haha as I read both books as one rather larger book.

Anyway, you get to see Mia go through some huge changes and not just to do with being a hunter, or the werewolves or even the academy but she learns to find her place in the world, to find her own ‘pack.’

There’s a great mentor, the answers to where her brother went, the truth of the werewolves and hunters and so many startling revelations about Mia and her life.

I think for me it may have been a little too much action at times which is why I gave this only 3 stars, I wanted more down time, to get to know Mia more as it felt like we were rushing through her development and the plot because there was so much to do.

But that could be exactly what makes this a four star/five star read for you!

If you like things like werewolves and YA you’ll enjoy this, I know I did. Also I would recommend this to fans of ‘Twilight’ or maybe ‘Vampire Academy,’ if you’re looking for a more compact read.

Anyway, three cups of coffee for me, this book was entertaining and if you divide it into two, they’re both quick reads and with a satisfying conclusion. A story of love, action, adventure, and of course, werewolves!

Thank you to BHC Press and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

About the Author

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I’m a genre straddling English author of motivational self-help titles and young adult fantasy fiction. My sensible side writes non-fiction books to inspire you to survive and thrive, and my cheeky and playful side writes young adult fiction to remind you to nurture that inner teen.
My passions include history, visiting castles, eating pizza and obsessing over to-do lists.

Author Links

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Gravemaidens eARC Review

 

 

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)

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GoodReads:
The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

Book Information:
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Random House
Pub Date: October 29, 2019
Formats: Hardback, Ebook, Audiobook
ISBN: 978-0-525-64782-9

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

[The purchase links above are Affiliated links, if you should purchase this book using one of those links then I will receive a small bit of money, but, this will cost nothing to you]

 

My Review

I finished my buddy read way quicker than I expected, I blame the author Kelly Coon for this. I was able to read the first eight chapters and have some semblance of self-control but after that, it was like I was gorging myself on cakes from the faerie realm, I could not put the book down.

Kammani was a really endearing protagonist, she had her faults, her passions, and the love for her family with her love of healing. And like any good big sister, she can be somewhat annoying and overbearing on her younger sister and brother.

Kammani wants to follow in the footsteps of her father, but the problem with that is that her Father has been just as tragically affected as the rest of the family and it has changed him.

I love that the characters were so real and flawed, no one was above making mistakes. There were so many moments where I was just holding my breath though because this is not only a great work of YA fantasy, it’s also got a murder mystery, AND YOU ALL KNOW HOW I LOVE MURDER MYSTERIES!

WHODUNNIT?!

This is mostly the question I was screeching through the novel.

Nanaea reminded me of how infuriating it can be to have sisters and though Kammani doesn’t always make the right choices, she makes them all out of love for Nanaea and her family. I loved getting to know more about both Nanaea and Kammani and the political intrigue in the palace made my dark little heart so happy! Not to mention the relationships that Kammani develops, the new friendships, well, it’s great and you really cheer on most of the characters, and there are times you’re just not sure who Kammani should trust.

Again….WHODUNNIT?

The fact that we’re not done with these characters is brilliant, the ending certainly had me lamenting the fact that I’ll have to wait to see what happens next.

Coon delightfully colors this vibrant world the characters live in, Alu just seems to come to life and jump right off the pages. She also doesn’t get too focused on small details, driving the plot and characters forward. \she also made me constantly hungry…seriously, where’s a damn honeycake when you need it??

Dagan was also a cute little cinnamon roll that I just wanted to protect half the time,m but the fact that he was always respectful of Kammani’s boundaries really made him such a great character, even when he thinks he’s pushed himself too far across a line, he’s quick to apologize and make amends as best he can.

[Disclosure: Nasu was my favorite, no regrets.]

I preordered this book because I mean, why wouldn’t I with a title like ‘Gravemaidens?’ But I’m super glad I did because I’ll be rereading this closer to the time of the second book’s release.

SO on that note, four massive cups of coffee from me for this amazing debut novel. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion!

 

About the Author

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Kelly Coon is a young adult author represented by Kari Sutherland of Bradford Lit, an editor for Blue Ocean Brain, a member of the Washington Post Talent Network, a former high school English teacher, and the author of two test prep guides, ACT STRATEGY SMART and ACE THE ACT.
Kelly was the test prep expert for About.com for seven years, and has been published with both Scholastic and MSN in the education arena. In the parenting realm, Kelly has been published in The Washington Post, Scary Mommy, ParentMap, Folks, and others sites, regaling tales of life in the trenches with her three boys. She adores giving female characters the chance to flex their muscles and use their brains, and wishes every story got the happy ending she’s living near Tampa with her sons, brilliant husband, and a rescue pup who will steal your sandwich. Gravemaidens is her debut novel.

Author Links

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WWW Wednesday

 

It’s time for the WWW Wednesday meme brought to you all by Taking on a World of Words

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What Are You Currently Reading?

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)

GoodReads:
The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.
In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.
When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.
But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.
Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

Reading this as a buddy read with two awesome friends! Kal and Ruby

I’m really enjoying it so far, so yay for getting an eARC from Netgalley!

I’m also reading these two as well:

Practical Magic

GoodReads:
The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.
For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.
One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…

 

Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940

GoodReads:
Early Weird fiction embraces the supernatural, horror, science fiction, fantasy and the Gothic, and was explored with enthusiasm by many women writers in the United Kingdom and in the USA. Melissa Edmundson has brought together a compelling collection of the best Weird short stories by women from the late nineteenth and early twentiest centuries, to thrill new readers and delight these authors’ fans.
Contributors:
Louisa Baldwin
Mary Cholmondeley
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Edith Nesbit
Edith Wharton
Francis Stevens
Elinor Mordaunt
May Sinclair
Margery Lawrence
Eleonor Scott
Margaret Irwin
D K Broster
Mary Butts

Handheld Press was kind enough to send me a copy after I expressed interest and though I’ve only read the first two stories, I love it so far!

 

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

The Deathless Girls

You can find my review of this one, here!

 

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

The Art of Sherlock Holmes: USA 1 - Special Edition

GoodReads:
The Art of Sherlock Holmes-USA Edition 1 is truly unique. While there have been literally hundreds of Holmes pastiches written (even a few of mine), before our first volume, The Art of Sherlock Homes-West Palm Beach, there had never been a volume where Holmes short stories were interpreted by such accomplished artists. In this first USA edition, thirteen world-class artists who live and create in the United States have each had a story assigned to them – specifically dependent on the particular talent of each artist. Whether the interpretations be from the forms of surrealist, contemporary, realist, digital, minimalist, symbolism, or an amalgam of various forms, each piece of art created is unique, hypnotic, mesmerizing and unforgettable. Each created specifically to express the essence of each incredible Holmes story. The thirteen stories herein range from the impossibly baffling (except for Holmes) to the humorous, paranormal, or simply intellectually intricate. You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make delicious Holmes meals of mystery. But please remember, art is in the eye of the beholder. So we hope you’ll appreciate each creation for what it is: an inimitable interpretation of a truly unique Holmes story. And for those of you who get lost in abstract art, our abstract artists have provided an explanation of what their art means in relation to the story they’ve interpreted.

I’m on the blog tour for this one on Friday and I really enjoyed the last Art of Sherlock Holmes which I was also on the tour for! Obviously I’ll be reading this one tonight and tomorrow lol. Nothing like the last minute! Woo!


It’s still chaos here and still waiting on my laptop charger. I feel lost without my own computer and my American Keyboard lol. The amount of times I have put \ that instead of shifting, it’s impressive at this point.

Thursday I’ll probably put up my Gravemaidens eARC review, Friday the blog tour, and then who knows after that! I can honestly not wait to finish unpacking, because I never want to see another moving box again!

The Deathless Girls Review

 

 

Hey everyone, sorry for more radio silence from me and I wanted to have this post up earlier but….life hates me lolol. Well, more like my charger for my laptop crapped out. AGAIN so it’ll be a few days before I can properly bloghop and then my phone charger died as well, lolol the electronics are rebelling!

Reading is going a bit slowly, purely for the fact that I’m being slowly consumed by boxes and there’s no end in sight but I did get one of my spooky tbr books read! AND I LOVED IT.

So, I’m here to share with you all a kickass YA spooky read.

The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.

ONTO THE REVIEW!

The Deathless Girls

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GoodReads:
Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveler community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

 

My Review

First off this is basically the most awesome spinoff in existence. In good ol’ Bram’s Dracula, well, there are three female vampyres and it has been made into part of the legend that they are his brides. This is an origins story of those brides, mainly the two with dark hair, because, Hargrave as made them sisters, better yet, twins, oh and one is fabulously gay and has a sweet f/f subplot.

Does this sound amazing?

Well, it is.

The girls are tragically and violently taken from their homes and family, and in fact the majority of this story is not focused on vampyres or the sweet love story, but on the tale of two sisters who love each other and what love can make people do.

One twin is quiet, adapting as needed for survival, one is seen as brave and is gorgeous, but her beauty is more a curse than a gift.

The Twins do share a special bond but there is the tension that I know very well as being a sister myself. [I’m one of three, I’m the best one, forget I mentioned the others.]

They also are thrust into this world that’s so scary that it doesn’t need to be supernatural to feel dark and twisted, the settled people have their own darkness, a layer of it that has been distributed through their dark nature, but it’s of course more than that, it’s the fact that their lands are silently under constant threat of the Dragon should the pact fail that they have in place.

I don’t want to give too much away but we do see some great character growth from the twins and the differences from start to finish are astounding, but, that ending does break my heart even while being amazing.

If you’re looking for a story focused on vampyres and a sort of Dracula feel, you may not fully appreciate this, but if you change the focus to a world steeped in folklore, a Dragon who drinks blood in the rumors, and twins who love each other more than life itself, then you’ll not be disappointed.

I could have given this five stars but I felt there still could have been a bit more from our twins, and more on the f/f relationship which was sweet but at times felt like it didn’t have the best opportunity to grow, but, again I LOVED this book. It was a great take on an old story, breathing new life into it and making it just as enjoyable as Dracula was, for me anyway.

Four cups of coffee from me, now I’m off to go read more spooky things!

 

Off Balance – Cover Reveal

 

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the chance to do this cover reveal!! I am a huge fan of Off Planet and you can find my fangirl review of it, here. It’s also made my top SciFi reads for the first half of 2019. I really, truly, loved the first book and I cannot wait to read book 2, like, bring it, hurry up February!!!!

Anyway, now for the cover reveal:

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Synopsis:
Broken, beaten-down, and plagued by nightmares, Amihanna di Aetes is surrounded by the Aunare race that makes up the other half of her heritage, but she feels alien amongst them. She’s not sure which is worse: SpaceTech’s overt hatred of Aunare or the Aunare’s covert hatred of halfers. She hears their whispers whenever she enters a room and sees her death reflected in their eyes. Amihanna doesn’t know who to trust anymore, but she hasn’t survived this long by ignoring the warning signs all around her, especially when her instincts are screaming that a familiar choice is coming: flee or fight.
Her parents assure her everything is okay—that there won’t be any reason for her to fight, let alone flee—but with Amihanna’s sudden return, questions arise among the Aunare: who should be blamed for the start of a full-scale war with SpaceTech, how much danger will the war bring, and is Amihanna truly fit to be the next high queen?
Honestly, Amihanna wants to forget all the politics, her betrothal to Lorne, and the possibility of being queen. Her needs are much more basic. All she wants is a solid night’s sleep where she doesn’t wake up screaming with the phantom pain of her skin burning. All she needs is to live without fear of a mob tearing her away from her family. All she hopes for is a chance to dream of a future instead of constantly fighting for her right to live.
And yet, somehow, everything she does leads her back to Lorne. He always seems to know when she’s about to break under the pressures of her new life. His quiet patience is wearing Amihanna’s protective walls down, and she’s terrified of what will happen if they fall.
Book Information:
Title: Off Balance
Written by: Aileen Erin
(Aunare Chronicles #2)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: February 11th 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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