Sunday, November 22, 2015

Heartblaze: Secret Soul (Heartblaze, #1) by Shay Roberts

5 stars!

‘Heartblaze’ has the absolute happiest-ending/cliffhanger I’ve ever read, if happy-ending cliffhangers are possible.  This emotionally engaging page-turner was devoured in less than 12 hours.

‘Heartblaze’ is narrated from four key points of view, connecting several characters in one clear central plot line.  It is incredibly well-written and has a carefully planned plot and cast of characters.

There are soul mates, there is romance and adventure, there are vampires, were wolves, were bears, ghosts, and a powerful witch.  This enchanting and expansive tale covers several different time periods and important historical events, as well as different landscapes such as a gothic mansion and a rural mining town.

An excellent choice for fans of fantasy, supernatural, or historical fiction.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Moonlands by Steven Savile

3 stars!

With Moonlands, author Savile began with an enchanted setting and fantastic plot, full of magic, hidden worlds, various supernatural species, a plan to set the former Queen’s heir upon the throne when she reached a certain age; and then executed it poorly. Relationships between characters felt shallow and unexplored, Ashley’s childhood backstory is non-existent prior to her family moving into a new house in London shortly before the story begins, and backstory for other characters is minimal at best. Many different species of supernatural beings were mentioned, as occupants of the Moonlands, but details were only given for the Fae and Wolfen; not even the Elves, from whom the King Under the Moon hailed. 

The multiple first-person viewpoints were never confusing; however, the main character’s narrative was not mature enough to be believable for a girl nearly 16 years old. Overall, her character was rather immature, and I was very disappointed in the writing style and reactions for several important and big-reveal scenes.

Great idea, hopefully other readers will enjoy more.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

‘Ride the Wind’ by Starla Huchton

4 stars!

‘Ride the Wind’ is a re-telling of ‘East of the Wind, West of the Moon’ set in the fairy tale world established in Huchton’s 'Shadows on Snow' and 'Stillness in the Sky'  A well-written and enjoyable tale with Huchton’s signature enchantments.

All 3 Flipped Fairy Tales are available as part of the Kindle Unlimited program!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Caught in the Glow (The Glower Chronicles #1) by Eva Chase

3.5 stars!

‘Caught in the Glow’ is a refreshingly original love story with a slight supernatural twist.  Set in the real-world thriving Los Angeles music scene, Tether Society member Avery Harmen is assigned to a young indie rock star who recently scored his first record deal.  The Tether Society strives to protect unsuspecting talent from Glowers, supernatural beings who would drain all their inspiration and happiness and send them spiraling to a premature demise. 

Well-written and told from Avery’s point of view, ‘Caught in the Glow’ is a quick, fun read with witty banter and a few steamy scenes.