Friday, January 21, 2022

Book Review: The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

 

Title: The Witch's Heart
Author: Genevieve Gornichec
Genre: Mythology; Retelling
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Publisher: Ace Books

Angrboda's story begins where most witches' tales end: with a burning. A punishment from Odin for refusing to provide him with knowledge of the future, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into the farthest reaches of a remote forest. There she is found by a man who reveals himself to be Loki, and her initial distrust of him transforms into a deep and abiding love.

Their union produces three unusual children, each with a secret destiny, who Angrboda is keen to raise at the edge of the world, safely hidden from Odin's all-seeing eye. But as Angrboda slowly recovers her prophetic powers, she learns that her blissful life—and possibly all of existence—is in danger.

With help from the fierce huntress Skadi, with whom she shares a growing bond, Angrboda must choose whether she’ll accept the fate that she's foreseen for her beloved family…or rise to remake their future. From the most ancient of tales this novel forges a story of love, loss, and hope for the modern age.

Rating

*A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this. This is my unbiased and honest review*
 
Hello Fellow Readers,
 
The Witch's heart is a very unique love story, one that I honestly was not prepared for. Heavy in Norse Mythology, Gornichec does an amazing job in retelling Ragnarok through the eyes of Angrboda, a witch who escapes death when Odin burned her at the stake, in the process she looses her heart. Loki, which everyone should know about by now, eventually finds it and brings it back to her. This starts the story of a very epic love story.
 
Angrboda was a very cool character, she's very logical and practical (something you don't thing about when it comes to the Norse Gods) and I really enjoyed her POV. Gornichec's writing was so refreshing and interesting, that I forgot this was a retelling as she made the story of Ragnarok her own.
 
Overall, a very creative lovestory

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Book Review: My Ride or Die by Leslie Cohen

Title: My Ride or Die
Author: Leslie Cohen
Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

For many women, finding the man of their dreams can be something of a nightmare. Luckily, they can often rely on their friends for the support they so desperately need. Friends for over a decade, Amanda and Sophie decide to flip the script. Why can’t they spend their lives with each other and just keep men on the side for fun, sex, and occasionally fixing things around the house?

Amanda is a lawyer who excels in her professional life but crumbles at the slightest sign of a common cold. Sophie is an aspiring artist who has lived all over the world and doesn’t crumble, period. Together since freshman year of college, they’ve been through it all. But when their romantic lives explode at the same time, they decide that enough is enough. Enough pretending that traditional relationships work for everyone. Enough fantasizing about an old-fashioned ideal. 

They enter into a mutual arrangement: They will rely on each other and give men the secondary role that they deserve. And much to their surprise, it actually works. Amanda and Sophie fix up a dilapidated brownstone and create the home they’ve always wanted. Soon, they have love and emotional support as well as a wide variety of male “crushes” on the side. But when one of their crushes becomes something more, Amanda and Sophie must reconsider the life they’ve begun to build and how far they’re willing to go to keep it.

 

Rating

 *A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this. This is my fair and unbiased review*
 
Hello Fellow Readers,

This book had a very intriguing premise, two best friends swear off romance and decide they were going to be platonic soulmates. It's been a while since I've read a book that focused on friendship rather than romance so I was very interesting but unfortunately this fell a little short for me. Unfortunately, since the beginning of the book both girls just came off as self absorbed and catty, like they were better than everyone this instantly just made me disliked them. I would have loved the book had I felt a connection of some sort to either main characters. Sophie in particular was really annoying and eventually I started to feel the same way towards Amanda. 

 Overall, a quick read that just didn't connect with me but may connect with you.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Book Review: The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst

Title: The Bone Maker
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Genre: Fantasy; Magic; Young Adult
Publication Date: March 9th, 2021
Publisher: Harper Voyager

Twenty-five years ago, five heroes risked their lives to defeat the bone maker Eklor—a corrupt magician who created an inhuman army using animal bones. But victory came at a tragic price. Only four of the heroes survived. 

Since then, Kreya, the group’s leader, has exiled herself to a remote tower and devoted herself to one purpose: resurrecting her dead husband. But such a task requires both a cache of human bones and a sacrifice—for each day he lives, she will live one less.

She’d rather live one year with her husband than a hundred without him, but using human bones for magic is illegal in Vos. The dead are burned—as are any bone workers who violate the law. Yet Kreya knows where she can find the bones she needs: the battlefield where her husband and countless others lost their lives.

But defying the laws of the land exposes a terrible possibility. Maybe the dead don’t rest in peace after all.  

Five warriors—one broken, one gone soft, one pursuing a simple life, one stuck in the past, and one who should be dead. Their story should have been finished. But evil doesn’t stop just because someone once said, “the end.”

 

Rating


 

 *A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. This is my fair and honest review*

Hello Fellow Readers

I was really hyped up for this book, the thought behind it seemed pretty epic and I settled in to what I hoped would be a five star book, I did not get that. The book isn't bad, the story is actually pretty interesting even if it was a little slow, which was disappointed as the beginning felt very fast paced. I think my disappointment stemmed from the fact that the main character Kreya just did not connect with me. The book did change POVs once in a while and I really wished they had focused on the other characters more rather than Kreya as I found them way more interesting. 

 Overall, the book was okay and may be for someone who would like a slower fantasy.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Book Review: The Room to the West by Lauren Biel

Title: The Room to The West
Author: Lauren Biel
Genre: Dark Romance: Time Travel; Western
Publication Date: January 14, 2022
CW: Rape; Violence; Drug Use; Suicide; Death

Sometimes to go forward, you must go back.

So what if I’m jaded? No one ever asks me how I feel, anyway. They just use me.

My clients call me Hannah. I’m an escort, but I refuse to work in a brothel. I always followed the law until I strolled alongside the lawless. I never wanted to be with a man until I met this one. What business do I have with someone over a century my senior? What could we possibly have in common? Everything and nothing at all.

Weston’s dark and brewing eyes make me forget we’re from two different eras. His past bites at our heels, and he will kill again for me.

The rugged and desolate Old West is no place for me. For either of us.

How can I choose between him and my old life? How much am I willing to give up for the only man who’s ever seen my soul?

 

 Rating


*A Thank you to BookSirens and the Author for allowing me to read this book. This is my honest and unbiased review*
 
Hello Fellow Readers,
 
Just a warning, this is a DARK romance so that means there is a lot of sensitive content in this book that may not appeal to others. Unless you like this genre, and have read other dark romances I suggest skipping it. 
 
So, this book is heavy. There are a lot of elements in which can make a reader uncomfortable, but it's well worth it. I loved 'Hannah' she was a tough girl, that although a bit jaded due to her trade, still has a lot to learn and boy does she. Traveling back in time, as a woman with no money really puts you in a tough position but Hannah does find a way. 

Biel does a pretty good job setting up the romance for 'Hannah' and Weston. From the very first moment they meet you can really feel the chemistry between the two that really makes you root for them to stay together even if you think it may be impossible. Biel also does a good job with the feel of what 1885 Arizona would be, something that needs to be researched a fair bit. 

There were some moments where I thought enough was enough, because damn the hits felt like they kept coming, but it does make you feel more for the end of the book. I just wished Biel did stop at certain points but I think the author wanted more of a realistic feel. Some moments were just a little too dark for me, and I had to skip some scenes but I still liked the book a lot.

Overall, if this is your type of romance definitely read.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

#CurrentlyReading January 2022

 

It's January so it's time to update you all on what I am currently reading so you all know what to look forward to.


Featuring more than 100 recipes, Beyond Grapes – Simple Recipes for Delicious Homemade Liqueurs is the first book of its kind to feature rare liqueur recipes that anyone can make in the ease and comfort of home. It’s a must-have for any cocktail enthusiast, dinner party aficionado, or industry professional.

What you will discover in this book are delicious, mouth-watering recipes, developed over a lifetime of experience, for making delicious, homemade liqueurs from pretty much anything you can imagine. Each recipe follows a similar formula, which, once mastered, will give you the blueprint you need to design your own liqueur, regardless of what fruit, vegetable, or plant you want to use as its base.

Learn how to make delicious liqueurs from chestnuts, maple, grapes, artichoke, and even Coca Cola or Nutella chocolate, as well as how to mix fruits to produce amazing liqueurs such as strawberry banana liqueur, plum raisin, and blueberry mint.



Wanted: Hot Stranger For Vacation

It started with a simple message from the man known as Pina Coladas: Message me and Escape. After dumping my apartment-stealing boyfriend and rooming with my best friend’s dog, the promise of fruity drinks, dancing in the rain, and maybe even a midnight romp, leaves me singing a familiar tune, excited to travel to the Azores with the stranger who answered my wanted ad.

When Jack, aka Mr. Perfect, aka the one who got away, shows up at the airport, I’m left to wonder if this is just another one of life’s dirty pranks.

Jack isn’t only hot, he’s a fighter pilot with a sense of humor and blue eyes that make my butterflies dance. He’s saying all the right things and sending sparks in every direction he looks, asking me to take all sorts of risks—like swimming in hot springs, jumping in mysterious pools, and giving him a second chance. But he still hasn’t told me why he disappeared in the first place.

After a sip, or twenty, of sangria, I’ll happily explore the cafés and the beaches and possibly even Jack’s calves, but what I absolutely, positively will not do is fall for Jack—again.
 

A stagehand and an aspiring actor are drawn into a masked rivalry, never suspecting that hiding behind the mask is a familiar face.

Cassandra's life flashes before her eyes when she gets trapped in a subway door. It's a disappointing life: she never landed the big role and she may be engaged to the wrong man. Rescued by a kind-eyed stranger, Cassandra gets a second chance to make good on her Broadway dreams, straighten out her love life, and deliver some karmic justice to the city in the guise of a slinky Cat Burglar. So long as she can shake off that pesky Foxman and the bungling police detectives on her tail.

Wilfredo's skateboarding fox costume is a hit on Halloween. But an unexpected tussle with a fleeing thief in a Cat Burglar suit leads to a spectacular wipeout. He has no clue his mishap has been recorded in a soon-to-be viral video. Nor does he recognize his masked opponent as the green-eyed girl whose number he lost a month ago. Reveling in his every blunder is Captain Pete, the ventriloquist dummy from his childhood, whose snarky comments leave poor Wilfredo clinging to his sanity by his fingernails.

 


 A STAR-STUDDED ANTHOLOGY EVENT!

The bestselling, critically acclaimed THE OLD GUARD, now a hit Netflix movie starring Charlize Theron, returns with NEW stories by writers GREG RUCKA, LEANDRO FERNÁNDEZ, and an all-star lineup of guest creators, expanding the world of the immortal warriors in shocking ways! Meet the immortals' families, witness never-before-seen adventures, and discover the first appearance of a major new character!

Featuring writers BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, KELLY SUE DeCONNICK, MATT FRACTION, VITA AYALA, JASON AARON, DAVID F. WALKER, and more, and artists VALENTINE DE LANDRO, NICOLA SCOTT, MICHAEL AVON OEMING, RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, MIKE HENDERSON, MATTHEW CLARK, KANO, and more!

Collects THE OLD GUARD: TALES THROUGH TIME #1-6

 

Say hello to Humph the Boggart, the principled, down-on-his-luck private detective,Skinny Jim the zombie, and Fred the werewolf, in this film noir style space-opera.

Humans aren’t alone anymore—in fact, they share a planet with undead and near-dead beings, living in…semi-harmony, depending on who you ask!

This is the world of Reboots—where zombies, vampires, and werewolves live side-by-side with humans, taking whatever jobs they can in order to coexist peacefully. So,what better job to give almost-dead or dead beings, than one that consists of no air, cosmic radiation, and a lack of life-sustaining essentials?

In comes a cast of interesting, unique, and downright paranormal creatures as they travel through space.

Consisting of four parts, Reboots: Undead Can Dance is a space opera destined to become a favorite, written by beloved and world-renowned fantasy author, Mercedes Lackey, and Cody Martin.

Follow Skinny Jim, a zombie who conceals his ability to speak to avoid being exterminated after an ill-fated war launched by a zombie emperor, leading to an alliance between Norms, the Fangs, and the Furs. And then there’s Humph the Boggart, an ethereal para-human private investigator who navigates inter-species relationships in claustrophobic extraterrestrial environments with his friends,including Fred the werewolf.

And what happens when you put them all together in a confined space?

 


Monday, January 3, 2022

Bookish New Years Resolutions

 

It's 2022, a new year that feels hopeful compared to the last one, or maybe it's just me. Either way I'm hoping everyone is safe, healthy, and excited for the year to come. Each year I always make a resolution to read more books, but this year I want to actually have some resolutions. One that I hope are simple and that I can keep. 

  1.  Do more bookish cooking recipes
    So I want to not only do more recipes from cook books but also make the recipes that you sometimes find in the back of a book. I think it would be interesting, and I don't know about you but I always get a bit hungry when I read about a interesting food in a book.
     
  2. Read only the books I am interested in.
    I don’t waste my time reading a book I don’t like, and I need to realize that DNFing a book isn’t the end of the world. If I don't like a book, I typically force myself to read it just in case it gets better. 9/10 it doesn't get better. So, when I start to read a book that isn't that interesting, I will set it down, give it a week and try again. If I still don't like it I DNF it and start another book.
     
  3. Be more active in the bookish community and make friends
    This is mostly for Instagram, but I also want to branch out and make some book blogging friends, its just hard because honestly I don't know where to start. I used to use Bloglovin but I think it's pretty dead now (if it isn't let me know.) so if anyone has any recommendations please say something.
     
  4. Visit more bookstores
    This is something that I have been wanting to do, which is branch out to more bookstores (especially indie and used book stores) but this will require travel, something that is hard to do when you have an infant and limited resources, but even if it's just a different bookstore in another (closeby) city I think that's great.
     
  5. Shopping small business for books and #bookish merch
    I don't shop for bookish merch often but when I do I need to go small business. There are so many unique bookish items I would love, and plus I would help a small store grow and help a person out. This, of course, like the last resolution may be hard as money don't grow on trees
     
  6.  Start my booktube/ try making a bookish reel
    I'm nervous about this one, but it's something I really want to do. Not for clout or money (I think it would be fun but hard) purposes but I just want to talk about my book and hopefully find more like minded bookish people. If you have any advice let me know!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Book Review: Spies Never Quit by Myles Christensen

Title: Spies Never Quit
Author: Myles Christensen
Genre: Mystery
Publication Date: August 1st, 2020

If the only way to save her mother is to act like a spy, Mari can act like a spy.

Maybe.

After her mother is abducted, Mari Sandoval breaks into her mother’s research lab in an ill-advised attempt to appease the kidnappers. Fortunately she’s thwarted by two spunky sorority girls who offer her a better way to save her mother—become a spy.

In the fast-paced world of undercover agents—where fabulous new clothes, high-tech gadgets, and flirting for secrets are the norm—Mari’s inexperience could ruin everything.

Will she be able to master the art of espionage in time to rescue her mother from the clutches of a maniac? Or will her undercover mission doom them both to imprisonment?

 

Rating

*A Thank you to the author for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and unbiased review*

 Hello Fellow Readers,

I do love me some mysteries, and this one seemed promising. I was ready for hi-jinks and fun and while Spies Never Quit did deliver it wasn't as quite what I was expecting. Reading through I couldn't put my finger on why I couldn't love the book until the very end. Everyone just seemed so young, yes I know they are all pretty much college aged kids in a world of undercover agents but it really felt like they were younger, but this could just be me a mid-thirties woman being out of touch with the younger generation.

I did enjoy the book, there were some great moments and I actually enjoyed how cliche and evil the bad guys were. Mari was pretty good, even if she sometimes did suffer from Powerful MC syndrome. I didn't really care for the other girls as they just seemed like background noise. The plot was pretty interesting and that was what got me through, I just needed to know what happened at the end

Overall, I think this would be great for someone who is or likes YA fiction

 

Friday, December 24, 2021

Book Review: Creatures Most Vile by Chelsea Lauren

Title: Creatures Most Vile
Author: Chelsea Lauren
Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
Publisher: Zenith Publishing

Stalked by monsters in the woods and her past, Anora finds safety in the quiet comforts of her small town life.

It’s another ordinary day when she's sent to a Guardian assessment designed to unleash rare supernatural abilities, until she blasts a tunnel of water across the room. Her coach calls her gift a blessing, but Anora knows it’s a death sentence. Now she must train as a Guardian and battle the very monsters that have tormented her entire life.

After being thrown into the arena with a clawed and cackling creature, Anora refuses to accept this new life. She appeals to the Commander and begs her trainers to let her go home. The more they refuse, the more Anora realizes this isn’t a training camp—it’s a prison and they will never let her leave. Now she must escape the camp before the Commander catches on, for if he does, he may turn out to be worse than the monsters lurking in the woods.


Rating


*A Thank you to the publisher and author for allowing me to read this, This is my honest and unbiased review*

Hello Fellow Readers,

The premise for this book is what really caught my eye as I was interested in seeing what the world of Creatures Most Vile contains. I really love world building Lauren has done and I was very interested in the fact that you couldn't make noise or else it would attract the creatures, yet everyone still had to go about their day to day life, like attend school and shop for groceries. 

I got to say that Anora was very realistic, here is a girl who just wants to live a quiet normal life, but is suddenly has powers that forces her to change her life's direction and become a Guardian. She is now torn away (and I mean that literally) from her life to start training, which combined with childhood trauma would drive anyone to their knees. I did sometimes get frustrated with Anora with some of the things she did and choices she made but I had to keep reminding myself that she is just a teenager thrust into something that is very, very unpleasant. I didn't really like the romance or the love triangle this book was trying to have, but I am not a big fan of love triangles in general.

I do wish I knew why these creatures are here and where they came from, but I am hoping there is a second book that we can find out more, because Lauren has so much potential with this world. Another reason I hope there is a second book is because the ending really felt too open ended and felt like a cliff hanger with no real resolution.

Overall, a YA fantasy book whose world has a lot of potential.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Book Reiew: Sugarcoated by Sarah Epstein

Title: Sugarcoated (Leftovers #1)
Author: Sarah Epstein
Genre: Romance; Young Adult
Publication Date: December 1st, 2021
Publisher: Fourteen Press
TW: Sexual Harassment of a minor; Cheating

Sophie’s sweet plan is about to get complicated.

Bad things come in threes, right? Apparently not for Sophie. It seems like everything in her life is turning sour. Her family’s crumbling, her creative spark has fizzled, and school’s unbearable now that her ex-boyfriend and best friend are sweet on each other.

So when Sophie lands a summer job at Seaside Candy Co, she doesn’t mind swapping beach days for lollipops and jellybeans. She has a plan: earn enough for a plane ticket to her dad in New Zealand and reboot her sixteenth year somewhere new.

But the Sweetest Store on the Coast soon becomes a mixed bag of complications. Like Simon, the buttoned-up work rival she can’t seem to get out of her head. Like trying to figure out if her boss’s extra attention is professional or inappropriate. And what exactly does a co-worker know about Sophie’s family that might just upend everything?

Rating

*A Thank you to BookSirens and the author for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and unbiased review*

Hello Fellow Readers,

I was in the mood for a little contemporary young adult and Sugarcoated immediately caught my eye. Honestly, I wanted a quick little book to lighten my mood and bring me back from a reading slump I had. Well this book, while a quick read, dealt with harder topics than I thought it had and that is not a bad thing. Epstein has a way of writing a story that, even with heavy hitting topics, it draws you in but doesn't emotionally drain you. 

I really liked Sophie, she's a typically teenager whose life isn't doing so well right now, so she takes the initiative (albeit in a somewhat drastic way) to change it for the best. I've mentioned before that I don't really like enemies to lovers, I didn't mind Simon and Sophie's interactions. Maybe because they are teenagers and act like it? There are times where I felt a bit frustrated, this mostly had to do with Sophie's family drama and her family basically keeping her in the dark. I did see where the plot was heading and I just knew things would go awful when Sophie found out. I do like the resolution, even though it is a bit open ended and it makes me curious for the second book in the series.

Overall, a pretty great YA novel.

 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Spotlight on From Fame to Ruin a Romantic Thriller by Jina Bazzar

Blurb


What if surviving a murder attempt, a heartbreak, and the loss of the family business wasn’t the hardest thing you ever faced?

Carol is the sole heir to a broken empire, Ricardo the newest celebrity in the rock world.
When they came together, their fire blazed. When their past caught up, they were left burned, scorched to the ground.

When a psychopath decides it’s payback time, Carol is faced with an impossible choice – save her son or sell her life.

Ricardo wants nothing to do with the woman who played him for a fool, but finds himself moored by circumstances, half truths, and memories of the past.
They say time can heal anything. So far, time's brought nothing but complications.

 

 

This is a standalone romantic thriller told in alternating timelines and point of views. Warnings include character overdose and mentions of child abuse.

 Available to purchase HERE on December 21st, 2021

About The Author

Jina Bazzar is a Palestinian author, born and raised in Brazil.

Like most writers, her love of books began at a young age. Unlike most writers, she never aspired to become one. 

It was only years after she became blind that she tried her hand at writing, giving voice to all the wild, rambling thoughts in her mind.

She now lives in Palestine with her family, taking inspiration from the smallest things in life. When she’s not writing or networking on social media, you can find her in the kitchen, baking while listening to (often very loud) music.



Blog: www.authorsinspirations.wordpress.com

Twitter: @Jina_Bazzar

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JinaBazzarOfficial