With Or Without You by Caroline Leavitt

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Book: With or Without You

 

Author: Caroline Leavitt

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Recommended For…: romance, contemporary

 

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

 

Genre: Contemporary

 

Recommended Age: 18+ (romance, drug abuse, alcohol useage)

 

Publisher: Algonquin Books

 

Pages: 288

 

Synopsis: After almost twenty years together, Stella and Simon are starting to run into problems. An up-and-coming rock musician when they first met, Simon has been clinging to dreams of fame even as the possibility of it has grown dimmer, and now that his band might finally be on the brink again, he wants to go on the road, leaving Stella behind. But when she falls into a coma on the eve of his departure, he has to make a choice between stardom and his wife—and when she wakes a different person, with an incredible artistic talent of her own, the two of them must examine what it is that they really want.

 

Review: Overall, I thought this book was pretty good. The character development was really well done and I liked the world building as well. The book has a decent plot as well and overall I liked seeing the dynamic between Stella and Simon.

 

However, the book is really slow and it took a bit for me to get into the book because the book shifts between past and present throughout the book.

 

Verdict: It’s good, just slow.

A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Grishom

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Book: A Soul Reclaimed

 

Author: Shayna Grissom

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Recommended For…: Hell, Adventure, Destiny

 

Publication Date: April 15, 2019

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 17+ (romance, hell, adventure, violence, slight gore)

 

Publisher: Sands Press

 

Pages: 192

 

Synopsis: Hell is divided into seven regions. The first region is designated for the purest of souls, the seventh is for the evilest. There was once a king of Hell, but the steward family has ruled for centuries.

Nora, the stepdaughter of the steward is undone when her mother and step-father take away her beloved tutor, Peter. When Nora confronts the steward and her mother, the discussion is heated and ends with the steward in inexplicable pain.

Shortly after, Nora finds herself in the Starry Wood. Peter told her of the perils within the forest, and it’s not long before the inhabitants of the wood find her.

A giant hunter named Aegis comes to Nora’s aid. He is drawn to Nora, compelled to protect her from the steward’s assassins, the giants, and the evil souls who escape the seventh region.

Together, they travel the seven layers of Hell to discover why the steward is so threatened by a teenage girl.

 

Review: For the most part this book was pretty good. The character development was well done and I was really invested in Aegis. The world building was really good as well and the book was very intriguing.

 

Overall, I liked this book but the book does start out really slow and it has a lot of names and events that have to be kept up with.

 

Verdict: An interesting read.