Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

A Curse So Dark and Lonely byย Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Cursebreakers #1
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Genres: YA fantasy, retelling
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Review: Scarlet

Review: Scarlet

Scarlet byย A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #1
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, retellings
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ

Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets – skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood’s band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet’s biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know…that she is posing as a thief; that the slip of a boy who is fast with sharp knives is really a girl.

The terrible events in her past that led Scarlet to hide her real identity are in danger of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in and puts innocent lives at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more – making this a fight worth dying for.

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Review: Peter Darling

Review: Peter Darling

Peter Darling byย Austin Chant
Release Date: February 9, 2017
Genres: Retellings, fantasy
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook-and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

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Review: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

Review: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys byย Various Authors
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Genres: Paranormal
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Seaโ€™s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or twoโ€”sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes notโ€”to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

Fans of TVโ€™s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:

Stefan Bachmann
Leigh Bardugo
Kendare Blake
A. G. Howard
Jay Kristoff
Marie Lu
Jonathan Maberry
Danielle Paige
Carrie Ryan
Megan Shepherd
Nova Ren Suma
McCormick Templeman
April Genevieve Tucholke
Cat Winters

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Review: The Cruel Prince

Review: The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince byย Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Release Date: January 2, 2017
Genres: YA fantasy
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ

Of course I want to be like them. Theyโ€™re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy himโ€“and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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ARC Mini-Reviews: Making Up, Riven

ARC Mini-Reviews: Making Up, Riven

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books.ย 

Making Upย byย Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #3
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Contemporary romance
Rating:ย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸ

Anyone who is a fan of enemies-to-lovers needs to read this!

No one writes romances like Lucy Parker! The banter between the MCs, Trix and Leo, is so smile-inducing. The writing was on point, and the romance leaves you completely satisfied.

Beatirx Lane finds herself as the star of The Festival of Masks after the lead performer gets hurt. Leo Magasiva is the new makeup artist of the production, Trix’s bane of existence.

Individually, Trix and Leo are spectacular characters! Trix is creative, passionate, and just an overall force of nature. Leo is snarky, but very kind and caring. I loved them both so much.

I’m always a bit wary of the enemies-to-lovers trope. It can get messy real quick, but I had faith that Lucy would do it justice! She always makes sure the romances between the characters are organic and natural. She also makes sure the characters have something outside their romantic relationships: like friendships, and their dreams and goals.

This romance is absolutely swoony. If you’re a romance fan and aren’t reading Lucy’s books, why??

five stars

Rivenย by Roan Parrish
Series: Riven #1
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre: M/M romance
Rating:ย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸย ๐ŸŒŸ

This story was such a roller coaster!

This book follows Theo, a very kind and gentle soul who wants to please his loved ones. He’s an amazing and gifted musician, and I just want to protect him. Then we have Caleb, who is trying to find some stability in his life after the drugs and alcohol.

This book is the perfect example of the hurt/comfort trope. We have two broken men just trying to find themselves. Individually and together.

I loved that Caleb’s addictions weren’t swept under the rug. I recently read a book where this happened and it is the absolute worst. I appreciated that Roan showed the ups and downs of addiction, and I loved that we saw Caleb interact with his sponsor. Overall, I thought this very well done.

Riven was filled with heartwarming and heartbreaking scenes, I definitely recommend it!

four stars