The First I Do by Sarah N. Ham

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The First I Do

Author: Sarah N. Ham

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Publication Date: September 15, 2019

Publisher: indie published

Pages: 188

Recommended Age: 14+ (marriage and promises made)

Synopsis: The First I Do – September 15th, 2001 seemingly fit the category of an uneventful day for Maybelle Lloyd and Michael Hawkins, but unbeknownst to them, it was one of the most important days of their lives.

Thirteen years later, the two teenagers are met with the shocking discovery that on that day, they promised before God to be wed till death do they part! Who in their right mind would allow a pair of toddlers to wed? Yet, when they learn it was done with the intent to just be ceremonial for Michael’s terminally ill mother, it begins to click. Somehow, it was legally recognized, and now, the two teens are met with the question, do they honor the promise they made as children, or do they annul it?

Review: This was such a sweet read. The writing was absolutely so sweet and the characters adorable. Absolutely a book you want to read when you’re feeling bad.

My only issue is that there wasn’t much plot wise, but it was a solid, mild romance novel for those who prefer books that aren’t graphic or who prefer “clean” (I hate that term) reads.

Verdict: A sweet book

The Unwilling by Kelly Braffett

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Unwilling

Author: Kelly Braffett

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 1/5

Publication Date: February 11, 2020

Publisher: MIRA

Pages: 400? Felt longer.

Recommended Age: +18 (from what I got to: torture, mutilation, murder, drug references and use, TW child abuse, mental abuse, physical abuse, and cutting)

Synopsis:

Review: This book was a dnf for me. The book read almost like tortureporn and I just couldn’t get into it for the life of me. I had to have eye bleach after this reading. And it’s so circular. The book rambles on and on and never gets to the point. It’s tragic, but it happens. If you’re gonna read it, get snacks and a comfy sitting spot.

Verdict: Not for me.

A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinley

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: A Dream So DarkAuthor: L. L. McKinleyBook Series: The Nightmare-Verse Book 2Diversity: Own voice main character and LGBT rep!Rating: 4.5/5Publication Date: September 25, 2019Publisher: Square FishPages: 416Recommended Age:15+ (violence, gore)Synopsis: Still reeling from her recent battle (and grounded until she graduates), Alice must abandon her friends to complete her mission: find The Heart and prevent the Red Lady’s rise. But the deeper she ventures into Wonderland, the more topsy-turvy everything becomes. It’s not until she’s at her wits end that she realizes—Wonderland is trying to save her.There’s a new player on the board; a poet capable of using Nightmares to not only influence the living but raise the dead. This Poet is looking to claim the Black Queen’s power—and Alice’s budding abilities—as their own.Dreams have never been so dark in Wonderland, and if there is any hope of defeating this mystery poet’s magic, Alice must confront the worst in herself, in the people she loves, and in the very nature of fear itself.Review: For the most part I really liked this sequel. I thought it was well written and the characters are amazingly well developed. The world was very well built and the characters are well developed from the first book. We got a lot more of the characters, especially Alice and her mother, and we got LGBT rep! The author definitely evolved from the first book to this one and I’m excited to see what else she writes!I still had some issues with pacing and the fight scenes (personal preference), but other than that it was a great read!Verdict: I love this Alice.

A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinley

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and netgalley! Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: A Blade So Black
Author: L. L. McKinley
Book Series: The Nightmare-Verse Book 1
Diversity: Own voice! African American main character FTW!
Rating: 4/5
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Square Fish
Pages: 384
Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, gore)
Synopsis: The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.
Review: I thought this book was really well written and was a great twist on the original Alice tale. The voice and the characters were well done and the writing was spectacular.The only down points to me were that the pacing was a bit slow for my tastes and I thought some of the action scenes were a bit chaotic and a little hard to follow, but that might have been me reading at close to midnight lol. I also know what the author has said on Twitter but for the purpose of this review I’m leaving it out. Her book was great and if you’re an Alice lover you’ll love this tale.
Verdict: A great retelling!

The Flame Queen by Dad Munro


Disclaimer: I bought my own copy of this book.

Book: The Flame Queen

Author: Dax Munro

Book Series: The Legends of Peradon Book 1

Rating: 1/5

Publication Date: April 30, 2017

Publisher: Munro Tales

Recommended Age: dnf can’t complete

Synopsis: One woman will take back her freedom. And rise.

Violetta will never forget that day. Guilt shadows her every step as she prepares to take her father’s throne. Sadly, he has other ideas. Violetta must marry or forfeit her royal birthright, but all she wants is to be free, to no longer relive the tragic events of her past. If only she can learn to love again, to put the past behind her and begin anew.

Enter Emperor Ryore Frost. Handsome. Suave. And her sworn enemy. As Violetta feels new emotions stirring within, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this mysterious man. Could she risk marrying her mortal enemy if it meant a chance at securing her freedom?

Four Magical Realms.
One troubled Princess.

One love-starved Emperor.
And a trio of assassins, lying in wait.

Review: I really liked what this book could have been but for me I just couldn’t get into it. The book has promise and a lot of people seem to like it, it has an amazing premise and setting, but the exposition was messy and I just couldn’t get into it. I had to DNF at about 100 pages in.

Verdict: DNF but a lot of people seem to like it so maybe it’s my cold that’s making this a difficult read.

Loving Too Much … to Kill! By Jane Fade Merrick!

Loving Too Much …To Kill! is a comic strip series inspired by true-to-life events in a couple’s relationship.

Meet Piccolo, Piccola and her lovely kitties (Micio and Micia) that he wants to cook on barbeque!
Author: Jane Fade Merrick
Translated by: Nanci Ferro

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/lovingtoomuchtoki/

Paperback: 86 pages (160 strips)
Price: $ 8,90

Sorrow Patch by Zion Blue

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In the once-tranquil village of Dwerry, change is stirring the air.

One soul touched by magic can feel it coming.

In this forgotten land lost to time, Patch’s peaceful, quiet, joyful life is about to turn into one adventure after another.

Recent events in the Creeper Forest have left Patch with terrible dreams and the nagging conviction that a supernatural force is trying to warn him about dire things to come.

Meanwhile, in the South Lands beyond Dwerry, a steely-eyed King Lucent sets his sights on something he wants from the village—and expects to have, whatever the costs.

Step into this wondrous realm of soldiers reborn and the fearsome Sorrow Man in a tale that will leave you shocked, saddened, and hungry for more.

Sorrow Patch, an epic adventure like no other, welcomes you on this mystical journey.

The Diaciples of Trikhall by Varun Sayal

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Book: The Diaciples of Trikhall

Author: Varun Sayal

Book Series: Prequel to Time Travelers Series

Rating: 3/5

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Publisher: Indie Published

Recommended Age: 17+ (time travel, death, violence)

Synopsis: His death was tied to a demon’s…

…and his boon turned into a curse

Will he still sacrifice himself to save mankind?

Aru thought of Nemi as a friend, as a co-disciple who worshipped alongside him. But could he have been more wrong?

When they both received their boons from goddess of time, all Aru sought was knowledge of past and future. But Nemi had different plans.

While Aru was imprisoned, sedated and separated from his pregnant wife, Nemi time traveled through the ages, writing a gory tale of death and destruction. His latest journey targeted the last survivors of the human race.

Aru could either escape the talons of the demon or stay and save the world. But the price of doing the right thing was too high.

You will love this prequel sci-fi fantasy story because it’s a time travel tale with a twist.

Get it now.

Review: I thought this was a well done sci-fi short story. The characters were well done, the plot was intriguing, and the writing was great!

However, I did feel like the pacing was really fast and that the book could have been better if slowed down and developed the world building and characters a bit more.

Verdict: Overall, a well done sci-fi.

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Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal


Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher and then bought my own copy. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Twice Dead

Author: Caitlin Seal

Book Series: The Necromancer’s Song Book 1

Rating: 3/5

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

Publisher: Charlesbridge Teen

Recommended Age: 16+ (romance, violence, gore, death)

Synopsis: Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She’s struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she’s become an abomination–a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse. She’s been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue.

She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder. Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray.

Review: Overall, this was a good book. It’s your typical ya fantasy but with a dead twist. I liked their inclusion of wraiths, as I haven’t seen that before in books and because I just fought one in my monster of the week campaign, so it’s nice to see a nice wraith. I liked the plot and the characters were also fun.

However, I did wish that the book had more world building and detail. I also felt that the book heavily leaned into the romance aspect and not so much the action bits. Also, I do have a concern about the use of a wraith. Lore wise wraiths are basically revenge spirits from once alive evil beings, so it confused me greatly to see a sweet character be a wraith but I think more lore in this book would have combatted that. Also, they don’t normally retain their bodies from what I know of them, that’s more of a wight in lore sense.

Verdict: A decent start to a series but needs some work.