Never After The Thirteenth Fairy by Melissa de la Cruz

Disclaimer: I received a finished hardback of this book from the publisher for Turn The Pages tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Book Series: Standalone??

Diversity: Half Asian MC and characters

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: Mg, fantasy, story in a story

Publication Date: December 1, 2020

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Pages: 336

Recommended Age: 10+ (death, slight gore and violence, some scary moments).

Synopsis: Nothing ever happens in Filomena Jefferson-Cho’s sleepy little suburban town of North Pasadena. The sun shines every day, the grass is always a perfect green, and while her progressive school swears there’s no such thing as bullying, she still feels bummed out. But one day, when Filomena is walking home on her own, something strange happens.

Filomena is being followed by Jack Stalker, one of the heroes in the Thirteenth Fairy, a series of books she loves about a brave girl and her ragtag group of friends who save their world from an evil enchantress. She must be dreaming, or still reading a book. But Jack is insistent—he’s real, the stories are real, and Filomena must come with him at once!

Soon, Filomena is thrust into the world of evil fairies and beautiful princesses, sorcerers and slayers, where an evil queen drives her ruthless armies to destroy what is left of the Fairy tribes. To save herself and the kingdom of Westphalia, Filomena must find the truth behind the fairytales and set the world back to rights before the cycle of sleep and destruction begins once more.

Review: For the most part the book was pretty good. I thought the character building was excellent and the world building was very well done. The book has a inkheart feel to it and I think children and adults or anyone who likes reading middle grade books would really enjoy this.

feeling complaints I had were that the book was really fast paced and it took a bit for me to get into the story because of how fast paced it was. it felt like the author wanted to get to the point of the story more than she did want to explain what was going on in the book but once we got to the point of the story then things started to be more explained.

Verdict: I recommend it for any inkheart fans or anyone who just likes fantasy books.

Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd

Disclaimer: I received the e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Wrong Alibi

Author: Christina Dodd

Book Series: Murder in Alaska Book 1

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: thriller, mystery, suspense

Publication Date: December 29, 2020

Genre: Thriller

Recommended Age: 18+ (death, gore, violence, romance, sexual content, language)

Publisher: HQN Books

Pages: 384

Synopsis: WRONG JOB

Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small-town Alaska, working for a man in his isolated mountain home. But her bright hopes for the future are shattered when Donald White disappears, leaving her to face charges of theft, embezzlement—and a brutal double murder. Her protestations of innocence count for nothing. Convicted, she faces life in prison…until fate sends her on the run.

WRONG NAME

Evelyn’s escape leaves her scarred and in hiding, isolated from her family, working under an alias at a wilderness camp. Bent on vengeance, intent on recovering her life, she bides her time, patiently searching for the man who took everything from her.

WRONG ALIBI

At last, the day comes. Donald White has returned. Evelyn emerges from hiding; the fugitive becomes the hunter. But in her mind, she hears the whisper of other forces at work. Now Evelyn must untangle the threads of evidence before she’s once again found with blood on her hands: the blood of her own family…

Review: For the most part, this was a good book. The setting and tone of the book is perfect for the genre, the story is intriguing and kept me interested in the book, and I liked the world building. I also felt that the twists were fairly good and, while predictable, was really good.

However, I couldn’t connect with the characters. They all feel flat and uninteresting and their development wasn’t that well done.

Verdict: It was good, just needs a bit more character development.