Copper Pennies by Carrie D. Miller

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

Book: Copper Pennies

Author: Carrie D. Miller

Book Series: The Red Twin Series Book 1

Rating: 2/5

Recommended For…: Thrillers, mysteries

Publication Date: July 13, 2019

Publisher: FiveFold Press

Pages: 364

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

Synopsis: Magda stands in the moonlit cemetery waiting for the spell to work, for her lover to return. But what’s done can’t be undone, and Magda will learn she should have left him in the ground.

When twins Avery and Chloe Parsons receive a cryptic letter and a sinister-looking book filled with illegible scrawls from their grandmother, the sisters set out for Prague to check on her.

Drawn to a cracked crystal ball in a curiosity shop, Chloe discovers it harbors the spirit of their grandmother, who tells them a horrific tale of lust, naïveté, betrayal, and… demons.

Armed with a book of dark magick they can’t read and a cracked crystal ball, the twins must stop Magda’s resurrected lover before he releases an unstoppable force that will consume the human world.

Across continents and nearly a century, follow the adventures of three strong-willed women: one seduced by evil, one struggling to withstand the lure of power, and one trying to save her family—and the world.

Review: I had to dnf this book at 43%. It was a beautiful book but there’s a lot going on and it just wasn’t for me.

Verdict: Recommend this book, but there’s a lot going on so read it when you have a free mind.

The Poet’s War by Francis O’Neill

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

 

Book: The Poet’s War

 

Author: Francis O’Neill

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Recommended For…: poetry, war, historical fiction

 

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

 

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

Recommended Age: 18+ (war flashbacks, violence, gore, romance)

 

Publisher: Ingram Spark

 

Pages: 430

 

Synopsis: It is Europe’s darkest time in near memory. American warrior poet Alistair Stears, thrown into Italian WWI through his mother’s love for an Italian colonel, experienced a convoy of the dying through burning provinces of Italy in the terrible retreat of 1917. It brought from him the great English poem of the Italian war.

One war later, all gracious things await destruction, knowledge is burned, thought coarsened, manners trashed, perverted faith and truth follow the dictators’ flags—vultures to grace. Stears is a famous poet now, married into German-Italian nobility and determined with his wife to fight the Axis powers. He risks everything to protect Italy and all else he loves. He finds that the bravest and fiercest resistance may be the rightness of a poem, the closing of a letter, the welcome of guests, the embrace of a bride, faith toward a fallen friend–and that it may also come from the barrel of a gun. Spanning both world wars, The Poet’s War finds loyalty, patriotism, war, deception, intrigue, romance, love, and death swept up in a maelstrom that spans generations and changes Europe forever.

 

Review: For the most part I liked this book. The world building was amazing and the strength of this book is the world building. I also felt like the characters were adequately developed and the plot was pretty good.

 

However, I had an issue with the writing. The book has a lot of Italian phrases and switches between English and Italian. I think that threw me off of the book because it was hard to understand what was being said. Also, the world building was on borderline too much in places. It was kind of like reading a Stephen King novel where he spends 3 pages describing a scene. The book also has a lot of poetry and poetic moments, which is beautiful but not my style.

 

Verdict: It was good, just long and sometimes confusing.