[#BookReview] The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

*sigh* Another DNF for me. This was my first fairytale retelling and really had no expectations walking into it. I purposely chose not to read any reviews (which I normally do), and now wish I had. Initially, this story started off well for me. In fact, it even reminded me of the TV show Once Upon a Time..but as I got to chapter 7, I found myself bored.

Such a shame. I was really looking forward to this read too!

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[#BookReview] This Heart of Mine by C.C Hunter #DNF

**I’d like to thank Netgalley & the publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Teen, YA

Publisher: St.Martin’s Press

Publication date: Feb 27, 2018

My Rating: 🖤🖤

Book Blurb

A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living took more courage than dying?

My Thoughts…

DNF-I’m definitely in the minority with this one, cause it received a lot of great reviews.

What I liked..

The only reason I gave it 2 stars was the inspiration behind this story and the storyline itself.

What didn’t work..

I hated the narration! One moment it was Leah telling the story in first person, the next it was Matt (told in 3rd). There wasn’t any breakdown or indication as to who was talking. It just jumped from one character to the next within the same chapter, which made it confusing. I hope the editor fixes this in the final copy.

Have you ever watched a movie on fast forward? Well, that’s what this book felt like. The flow of the novel was like reading a bullet point version of the story.

In the end, I had to cut this one loose. It just wasn’t working for me..

Have you read or heard of this book? Have read any books written by this author? If so, which one?

[#Graphic Novels] Batman, Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles #DCComics

Batman, Volume 4: The War of Jokes and RiddlesBatman, Volume 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles by Tom King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my very first Batman graphic novel. Prior to this, my only knowledge of Batman is through the movies ( I know..sad, but true).
Even though this is Vol. 4, I still really enjoyed it despite not knowing some of the back stories between some of the characters.

The artwork is just incredible. I can’t say this enough!

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[#BookBlitz] Dark by Paul L. Arvidson

Dark/Darker

By Paul L Arvidson

Genre: SFF

Dark (book one) Book Description

The corroding labyrinth of pipes called Dark, needs a hero. Dun just wants answers to the terrifying dreams he’s been having. Real answers are going to tear him from the only home he’s ever known.

Darker (book two) Book Description

Dun didn’t want to be a hero. He didn’t want to be in a war. He didn’t want to lose friends. War rages all the same. The Over-folk tribes of the ‘Bureaucracy’ crash against the Under-folk alliance. Can Dun help the Dark’s strangest ally hold the world from flying apart?

The Dark is never going to be the same again, but the shockwaves, might spread across the universe.

About the Author

Paul Arvidson is a forty-something ex lighting designer who lives in rural Somerset, UK. He spends his non-author time bringing up his children, fighting against being sucked in to his wife’s chicken breeding business and preventing Morris the Dashund contributing to his typing. His SFF works form the Dark Trilogy. Dark is the first book in the trilogy and came out in 2017. Darker comes out this year, the series will be completed by Darkest in 2019.

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paularvidsonauthor/

On Twitter: @realarvo

Website: www.paularvidson.co.uk

Dark

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Darker

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[#BookReview] Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DNF- Yikes..this is the first book of 2018 to not be finished.
Is it just me, or did anyone else find this one to be a slow read? I found the dialogue to be odd at times too..it’s almost as if two different people wrote it.
The very first page had me hooked, but as I continued reading it just wasn’t working for me. I don’t know..maybe there was too much talking and not enough action to get the momentum going.

Such a shame cause the cover is beautiful.

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[#BookReview] Bring Me Back by B.A Paris @StMartinsPress @BAParisAuthor @NetGalley #BringMeBack #Goodreads

Spoiler Free Review

**I’d like to thank Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press for my ARC in exchange for my honest opinion**

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Fiction

Publication Date: June 19, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

My Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤

Book Blurb

A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

My Thoughts..

This was my first introduction to B.A Paris, so I really have nothing to compare it to. But there were so many thoughts running through my head with this book.

What I loved..

-It was such an easy and fast- paced read! Definitely a road trip, plane ride or beach worthy read. There was never a point where I found myself skimming through or thought: Ok, hurry up to the end already.

– The Russian Dolls! Omg..Not only do I own one, but I loved playing with them as a child when I was in day care. I never saw the creep factor until now. It certainly gave this story that extra bit of UMPH.

– The storytelling was great. It was different, but worked very well in my opinion. It was told between the present, the past, Finn & Layla.

-I really enjoyed Finn’s character. His dark moments were very Jack Torrance.

What didn’t work for me..

– It was kinda predictable. Even with all the possible scenarios thrown in throughout the story, I still knew how it was gonna go down but needed Paris to fill in the holes.

-There were a few parts near the end where I wanted to facepalm myself and was like: Really? Why?

Overall, it was an enjoyable read and won’t be my last B.A Paris novel.

Have you read this yet? Have you read any other books by this author? If so, which one did you like most?

[#BookReview] Valentine Day Round Up: Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley & I Love You for Miles and Miles by Alison Goldberg, Illustrated by Mike Yamada #ValentinesDayBooks #KidsLit @MacKidsBooks @JeanetteBradley #RoaringBookPress

** I’d like to thank Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for my copies of these adorable books in exchange for my honest review**

LOVE, MAMA BY JEANETTE BRADLEY

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: Jan 2, 2018

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

My Thoughts..

Love, Mama is a cute story about a mama penguin who has to go away on a business trip, and how baby penguin copes with her being away.

My 5 year old is SUPER picky with the stories we read during story time, and really enjoyed this. He was drawn to the illustrations and felt the story was relatable since I go to work, and daddy stays home.

Two thumbs up!

I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES BY ALISON GOLDBERG, ILLUSTRATED BY MIKE YAMADA

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: Dec 26, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤

My Thoughts..

While we enjoyed the illustrations in this book, the story was a bit long and repetitive. 😕 I did like the message though.

[#BookReview] The Chalk Man by C.J Tudor @Netgalley @CrownPublishing @cjtudor

*Caution: Spoilers. Read at own risk*

**I’d like to thank Netgalley & the publishers for my ARC in exchange for my honest review**

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Publication Date: Jan 9, 2018

My Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Book Blurb

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he’s put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

My Thoughts..

It’s one of those crimes that always provokes people’s interest. It has everything, I suppose. The weird protagonist, the creepy chalk drawings and the gruesome murder.

WOW! This book. OMG! I can’t remember the last time I stayed up till 6am devouring a book in one sitting.

Ok, technically I started this book 3 weeks ago. But let’s back track a little bit..so when I first started, I actually thought it was kinda slow. Sure, the story opens with the parts of a dead girl found in the woods. But then you’re taken back to Eddie’s childhood where it all began.

In all fairness, I had other books on the go at the same time and thought maybe I just lacked focus. After all, I read tons of rave reviews and wanted to give this a 2nd chance. So I put this on the backburner until I could devote my undivided attention.

Totally worth losing sleep over!

I consider myself to be a pretty good book detective, but C.J had me guessing the WHOLE time!! At one point I thought maybe it was Mr.Halloran, but thought naw..too predictable. Then I kept thinking it was Eddie since he had a bit of an obsession with chalk. I did not see the ending coming..not by a long shot. Well played C.J, well played.

The story moves seamlessly back and forth between 2016 & 1986. Being an 80’s child, I absolutely loved the 80’s nostalgia. It was like Stephen King’s IT meets the kids from Stranger Things.

For all my whodunnit and crime fiction lovers, you NEED to add this to your TBR list. Like, NOW!

Have you read it? What did you think? Who was the guilty party in your mind?