Renegades by Marissa Meyer Book Review

So Marissa Meyer as we all know is an awesome author and Renegades does not disappoint! A fun take on the hero’s and villain trope and a perspective from both sides makes this a very engaging read!

Nova is an anarchist villain with a tragic past and Adrian is the son of famous heroes who run the Renegades, an organization of heroes that keep the world safe. When Nova goes undercover in Renegades HQ, she searches for a way to bring them down. Adrian is willing to work outside the rules to help the Renegades accomplish their goals. Neither Nova or Adrian knows each other’s secret.

For some reason with many of Marissa Meyers books, although I generally like them, there is always a little something I find missing. In this book, for being such a long book, I really expected more to happen. And by that I mean more revelations and more drama. We know the main characters are both lying to each other and sometimes it seems a little silly that Adrian doesn’t suspect Nova with some of the things that happen but I wanted some heartwrenching drama that didn’t really go down. I mean the climax was exciting, don’t get me wrong. But I just wanted MORE by the end.

Does that mean I’m not going to read book two! Haha! I will definitely be reading book two when I get a chance! Since the drama didn’t go down in this book, it HAS to go down in the next book right?

If you are into superhero style action with complex characters, then check out Renegades by Marrissa Meyer!

Learn more about Marrissa Meyer and her writing HERE.

Mirror Walker by James Clarno Book Review

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading this book. Would it be a portal fantasy? An urban fantasy? A time travel fantasy? Turns out that Mirror Walker is a little bit of everything. It is a story about two kids who find a mirror and it becomes a time travel portal that takes the kids back in time where they can change the past.

This surprised me a bit I think because the cover suggested some sort of portal fantasy into a high fantasy realm, at least that is what I thought. But the world does expand and more and more fantastical elements are added throughout the book. The two main characters Connor and Felicity were relatable and felt like real fleshed out characters.

The book was enjoyable and had a good build. I was a little lost at the climax however. I feel like all of a sudden the book took a big turn that hadn’t been set up earlier and it would have been helpful to have more of the lore and mythology foreshadowed earlier in the book in order to fully understand the significance of the climax.

There were definitely unexpected twists in this book and the ending leaves you on a cliffhanger!

If you are looking for a fun clean read and a story with unexpected twists, check out Mirror Walker!

Official Blurb:

A magic mirror, a mysterious riddle and a family secret! 

With the help of his best friend Felicity, Connor Grayson begins to unlock the secrets and awesome power of the mirror, but curiosity turns to obsession when the history of the Grayson family, and the events surrounding his mother’s death begin to come into question. What price is Connor willing to pay to uncover secrets such as these? Are the mirror’s powers the key to a better life, or will his obsession cost him everything? As Connor and Felicity seek for answers, they must obtain magical artifacts, battle shapeshifters and druids, and confront a looming evil that may be impossible to overcome.

Other Information:

You can purchase a copy of Mirror Walker Here.

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A Shadow Bright And Burning by Jessica Cluess Book Review

This was a fun read! I really enjoyed the journey of Henrietta from lowly to chosen one to probably not chosen one! The complexity and conflict that comes from turning that trope on its head mixed with the regency era English feel made this book a unique delight.

Henrietta (Nettie) and her childhood friend Rook is caught up in a world of privileged sorcerers and cast out magicians. They are defending England against the seven demons that were released and are attacking and taking over towns throughout the country. It is believed that Nettie, a girl with fire magic, is the chosen one to save the country from the demons. She is also the first woman sorcerer in four hundred years.

Or is she?

Nettie must navigate a world of privilege run by men in a world that has certain expectations of women in this regency era novel. It was well done although I do confess that occasionally I kind of felt like I was on an episode of the bachelorette as Nettie must navigate between her childhood crush, Rook, the cold and brooding, Mr. Blackwood and the charming and flirtatious, Magnus. Haha!

But I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters and the twists were fun and exciting. The lessons and themes I feel are also timely.

If you are looking for a great dark magical twist that balances a pride and prejudice feel with demon hunting magic, then check out A Shadow Bright and Burning!

You can learn more about Jessica Cluess on her website.

Its here!!! Rise of the Fomori Ebook Available Now!!!

I’m so excited! Rise of the Fomori is now available on ebook! Pick up your copy today! AND come to my book release party tomorrow! There will be some awesome giveaways for both readers and writers!

Purchase your copy of Faerie Warriors book 2, Rise of the Fomori HERE!

RSVP to the book release party HERE!

Brothers at odds. One lost faerie to find. An enemy lurks in the shadows.

But not for long.

After saving her friends from death, Mina finds herself in charge of the faeries of the Haven. But the two faerie factions are still divided, and a lost faerie remains to be found. Answers about their enemy are elusive. And with half the Haven burned to ash, and the faerie army reduced to a fraction of its former strength, Mina knows they aren’t ready for the attack that may come any day.

They must prepare. They must unite. Or risk being destroyed.

Still reeling from a devastating betrayal, Arius struggles to find his way. Realizing now what he should have known all along—that Mina is the one who will save them all—he is desperate to not lose her in the process.

Time is short. The enemy is making their move.

The Fomori are on the rise.

Come to the Rise of the Fomori Book Release Party!

Hey everyone! I am throwing a book release party for my book, Rise of the Fomori on May 31st! There will be book giveaways and all sorts of fun! Can’t make it at the times listed? No problem! Stop by anytime on Monday, May 31st and enter the giveaways! Check it out HERE!

Also, don’t forget to share with all your book reading and writer friends!

The Changeling’s Source by Sarah Lynn Gardner Book Review

The Changeling’s Source was a very deep book with a lot of family and teenage life issues and growth that was very beautifully done. The story is about a girl who is a changeling and she has positive and negative energy that builds up in her that is released as magical power. That positive or negative energy is effected by her emotions.

When we enter the story, Tara, the protagonist is feeling a lot like a loner. She had some traumatic events from the year before and basically lost all her friends. On top of that, she feels alienated from her family. Enter the romantic interest who is a new kid in school with his own past issues.

The story really does a good job with character development and the progress of the love story. But the book really stands out in the relationship between Tara and her step-dad that was amazingly done and I loved the climax and the journey of their relationship as the book progresses.

I felt like this book was mainly a teen drama/family issues book with some magic on the side. Which is totally fine, but just not my style. I also felt like the pacing got pretty slow in the middle and I wasn’t sure why the story started after a lot of the drama in the book. Being dropped into the emotional aftermath of the drama instead of the drama itself made the book feel very heavy at the beginning. There also was a bit of a formatting issue with the indentation of the paragraphs throughout the book. The book read just fine, but it was noticeable throughout.

All that being said, if I had come into this book expecting the magic to take the backseat and was looking for a teen drama/romance, this book would have really hit the spot. Like I said, the relationship with the step-dad and the real life issues made the story feel real and deep. The love story was cute and I loved how the characters grew and changed.

If you are looking for a teen drama with a twist of magic and a book that doesn’t shy away from tough subjects, check out the The Changleing’s Source!

Official Blurb:

Her past could keep them apart. His past could separate them forever. Sixteen-year-old Tara struggles as a changeling alva. Source—both positive and negative—flows through Tara, giving her the magical ability to enhance or destroy. When harsh betrayals fill her with dark source, Tara decides the best way to protect herself and others is to become ice cold to everyone. Repeat encounters with two very different guys thaw the protective walls she’s built. One hides a secret. The other suspects a lie. Tara may be key to discovering the truth. As everything unravels, can she keep them safe from her dark source? Meanwhile, the culprit who turned all Tara’s friends against her still watches from the sidelines, waiting for the moment revenge will hurt the most.

Other Information:

You can purchase your own copy of The Changeling’s Source on Amazon.

You can follow Sarah Lynn Gardner on Instagram.

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black Book Review

This last installment in the Folk of the Air trilogy was a very enjoyable read! Jude is cast out of Faerie by her husband, Cardan but has to return when her sister, Taryn gets into some trouble and needs Jude’s help.

I was a little surprise at the shortness and the sparseness of the last installment of the trilogy. I also was a little surprised that the ending wasn’t more epic than it was. That being said, I enjoyed watching her arch resolve meaningfully and that the ending was a happy ending (although, maybe too happy for this style of book?).

But I loved Cardan’s and Judes development and the descriptions as always were spot on and I enjoyed this world that Holly Black created. There is an intimate scene in this book. I’ve had a little bit of a problem with her writing style, especially in the first book, but I feel like the second and third books really smoothed out and became more intriguing. Either that or I just got used to it! Haha!

Overall this whole trilogy was a fun read! I totally recommend it if you are into uncompromising protagonists, enemy to lovers romance, and dark fae fantasy!

It’s Here!!! Book 2, Rise of the Fomori Available on Paperback!!!

Releasing a book is always nerve wracking but also super exciting at the same time! I’m excited to announce that Faerie Warriors book 2, Rise of the Fomori, is now available on paperback! Whoohoo! Click HERE to purchase your copy today!

If you are more of the ebook type, it will be available on May 30th! Click HERE to pre-order your ecopy!

Check below to learn more about Faerie Warriors book 2, Rise of the Fomori!

Blurb:

Brothers at odds. One lost faerie to find. An enemy lurks in the shadows.

But not for long.

After saving her friends from death, Mina finds herself in charge of the faeries of the Haven. But the two faerie factions are still divided, and a lost faerie remains to be found.

Answers about their enemy are elusive. And with half the Haven burned to ash, and the faerie army reduced to a fraction of its former strength, Mina knows they aren’t ready for the attack that may come any day.

They must prepare. They must unite. Or risk being destroyed.

Still reeling from a devastating betrayal, Arius struggles to find his way. Realizing now what he should have known all along—that Mina is the one who will save them all—he is desperate to not lose her in the process.

Time is short. The enemy is making their move.

The Fomori are on the rise.

Raven Born by Bree Moore Book Review

Raven Born is a new adult urban fantasy story about a shifter, Harper, who has raven wings. She is forced into a naturalization camp in order to force her to fit into human society so that the government can control her so that she isn’t seen as a threat to humans. But Harper refuses to be naturalized and instead searches for a way to escape the camp.

There was a lot of great things about Raven Born to enjoy! First off, the main character, Harper is an awesome, badass, native american female. The character development was well done and the story had enough twists and turns to keep it moving through the whole book. The climax was definitely satisfying and leaves you wanting to find out what happens next.

The love story wasn’t in your face which I tend to like, although I feel like the two protagonists really didn’t spend enough time together to really develop that deep of a relationship. But it is clear they will have time to develop their relationship in future books.

There were several occasions where the the book switched into first person or present tense randomly. These little things done several times tended to throw me out of the story.

I loved the two main characters! They were very relatable and I found the plot intriguing and it kept me entertained through the book. I really enjoyed reading it!

If you are into new adult urban fantasy with a great, strong female protagonist, check out Raven Born!

Official Blurb:

Abandoned. Hunted. Betrayed.

As a half-raven, half-woman shifter, Harper’s very existence is illegal. Rumors of a hidden community of raven people draw her north, but she won’t go without her brother. 

When she’s captured by a government task force and taken to a camp for illegal paranormals, she’s threatened by a fate worse than death: the loss of her wings. Now Harper must find a way to evade the magical spells that imprison her. To succeed, she’ll have to trust someone who could betray her in an instant.

Can Harper escape Camp Silver Lake and find her brother before her wings or her life are taken from her?

Readers of Anne Bishop and Ilona Andrews will devour Bree Moore’s binge-worthy new series.

More Information:

You can purchase a copy of Raven Born on Amazon.

Follow Bree Moore on her Website, Facebook or Instagram.

Rise of the Fomori Sneak Peek!

One of the things I have loved about writing Rise of the Fomori is writing from Arius’s viewpoint!

Sneak Peek:

“You took everything from me—from us,” I snarled. “We were doing fine without you. But now look at us, our home destroyed, barely surviving. Nuada’s gone, friends and loved ones fallen—because of you.”

Mina stumbled backward. “Why are you saying this?” The pain on her face was so intense, I might as well have slashed her with my sword.

But the rage refused to ebb. It rose in magnitude. ..“You speak to me of betrayal? You have betrayed us all!”

My faerie guardian came off my arm. The closeness of my golem looming over us blocked the sun. It brought a fist down to crush Mina, but she leapt as it descended, rolling between the golem’s large stone legs. She rose to her feet, releasing her faerie guardian shaped as a large green dragon. It slammed into the back of my golem, shoving it to its knees.

I stepped aside to keep from being crushed. Startled faeries scattered in alarm, but my rage only burned hotter.

The rock monster reached around and clamped onto the dragon’s neck. A roar reverberated across the clearing as my golem forced the dragon off its back and pinned it to the earth. Both stone fists closed around the dragon’s throat.

I rushed Mina. Her hand went for her sword too late. I gripped her throat with my free hand and swung my foot behind her legs, bringing her to the grass, hard. She lay on her back, and I knelt over her, my knees grinding into her arms, keeping her pinned. I released her throat, but she continued to struggle for breath. My golem’s hold on her dragon squeezed ever tighter. Terror flashed across her face. I raised my sword. One or two swings and she’d fall.

Rise of the Fomori ebook comes out May 30th! Pre-order your copy HERE!!!