Queen of Hearts Book Review

Queen of Hearts

(Queen of Hearts Saga #1)

Author: Colleen Oakes26074194
Rating: 
3 1/2 stars out of 5

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Fairy Tales

Review: To start, I actually enjoyed this book. I was sent a copy through a Goodreads Giveaway. It was not what I thought it was going to be, but that being said, it could have been a lot better. It had a lot of potential.

I was disappointed in a lot of the plot and a lot of the characters. It is an Alice in Wonderland retelling, but I failed to see where the connection to Alice in Wonderland was aside from the characters names.

Dinah, the future Queen of Hearts, is a bratty, selfish, and sometimes cruel main character. She makes stupid decisions without thinking them through and sometimes she was downright mean which was unnecessary. I felt like she had no character development in the whole book.

What I really loved about this book and showed me how much potential it had, was the world building. It was very descriptive and very easy to imagine. Some of the descriptions were also very unique. The book was also very short and a quick read, I finished it in one day.

The storytelling felt very childish to me and things were being told to the reader instead of shown through dialogue. It seemed very unfinished, in my opinion. I also did not have any desire to read about the semi-romance between Dinah and Wardley. He felt uninterested and she came across as a whiny girl obsessed with her childhood crush.

It was an enjoyable read and I would read the next in the series, but I probably would never recommend it to someone over the age of 15 because of how the story is written.

Overall, it was interesting, but it definitely had potential to be something more and definitely did not to anything as an Alice in Wonderland retelling.

Unmasqued by Colette Gale Book Review

Unmasqued

(An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of the Opera)

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Author: Colette Gale

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Pages: 352

Genre: Adult Fiction, Erotica, Retelling, Historical Romance, Classics, Fiction, Historical, Romance

Review: This book was recommended to me by a friend Goodreads who knew I loved everything to do with The Phantom of the Opera. This person did not read the book, just came across it in passing and mentioned it to me. That being said…this book was a train wreck.

I finished it in one day, but only because I wanted to get through it. Erotica is not really a genre I enjoy, but because it was Phantom I decided to give it a try. This book had one bad thing happen after another and really  veered from Leroux’s version and Weber’s masterpiece that I love. The story itself was interesting and unique, but the erotica part was way too much and at random times that were unnecessary and complete fillers.

Everyone in this story is basically addicted to sex or using sex in some way to gain power over another. If that was only one character I could understand, but it is the majority of characters, except maybe one. I found no redeeming qualities to any of the characters except Erik, the phantom. Christine endures sexual trauma constantly and has no psychological issues to speak of? Really? Even Erik bored me with his lack of character development and his lack of passion for music (other than a few mentions). Music is the main reason behind the Phantom’s obsession with Christine and it did not show here.

This story had the potential to be very unique and different from any other erotica out there and it fell flat. It was finally giving some fans what they wanted when they believed that Christine chose the wrong man at the end of the story. Gale does have Christine end up with the Phantom, but not in a way that was satisfying.

I would not recommend it to anyone, because it was hard to get through and I found myself skipping all of the sexual encounters because they became meaningless. I did not care what happened to anyone.

P.S. If anyone wants to see a true passionate/ heartbreaking relationship between the Phantom and Christine, watch the Royal Albert Hall version of the Phantom of the Opera starring Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess (it’s on youtube)…it is truly a work of art.

This review can also be found on my Goodreads page! Feel free to add me on there!

Also if anyone has any other recommendations that are based on the Phantom of the Opera, please pass them my way!

 

Newest Obsession (and its for a good cause!)

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I’m taking a small break from posting book reviews to post about my newest obsession, RHInoHOPE!! It’s a small company that is donating 10% of their profits to support the protection and conservation of Rhinos through the International Rhino Foundation! Rhinos are some of the most endangered species in the world and constantly being poached for their horns.

I’m not usually a fan of posts like this, but since I already ordered two shirts, I figured I would share the word about this brand. It is slowly growing and with a limited number of t-shirts in stock, I had to purchase a few different colors! It helps out a great cause which was even more of an incentive for me!!

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Go check it out!!! You won’t regret it!

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Huntsman’s Prey (Kingdom #7) by Marie Hall – Book Review

Huntsman’s Prey

(Kingdom #7)

18517547Author: Marie Hall

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Pages: 200

Genre: Fiction, Adult Erotica, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Retellings, Paranormal, Magic

Review: This is another review I’ve had waiting to finish since I finished the book in August.

This story makes more sense if you read the previous two books in the series first.

Marie Hall did not lack on her ability to create an amazing setting with the use of her writing. Her settings, locations, even people feel amazingly real and are easy to picture.

I personally enjoyed this book more than the last because this took place in Wonderland and obviously, I love all things associated with Wonderland. That being said, I found myself losing track of the story and what was going on throughout this one. I think it was the complexity of the back story and the locale and various characters that really threw me off.

The plot was fast faced and filled with many secrets and mysteries. I figured out one of them, but not the others, which was awesome. I definitely enjoyed the ending, it was a pleasant surprise.

This review can also be found on my Goodreads page! Feel free to add me on there!

Moon’s Flower (Kingdom #6) by Marie Hall – Book Review

Moon’s Flower

(Kingdom #6)

20930547Author: Marie Hall

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Pages: 115

Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tale, Retelling, Adult Erotica, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal

Review: I read this months ago and had this review sitting here since I finished the book back in August. Law school just became too much of a focus and I had to put reviewing aside temporarily.

This book was not my favorite and probably my least favorite out of all of the one’s she’s written so far. It was boring, felt rushed, and certainly did not hold my interest. It did provide a unique backstory, but I just didn’t care enough about the character to want to know their back story.

This is the story involving “The Man on the Moon,” which wasn’t a character or story I was familiar with. That was unique at least.

I would recommend it if people are reading the series and want to read the books in order. The characters from this story appear in the next book in the series, so for that, reading this was helpful. I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to be read as a standalone, like I would for some of the others.

This review can also be found on my Goodreads page! Feel free to add me on there!

Figment (Insanity #2) by Cameron Jace

Figment

(Insanity #2)

Author: Cameron Jace15698596.jpg

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pages: 262

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fairy Tellings, Retellings, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Horror

Review: I absolutely loved the first book in this series by Cameron Jace. It was a completely new retelling of Alice in Wonderland and it was beyond unique.

This book constantly kept my guessing and on my toes. I never knew what was going to happen and I never figured it out. The villains are absolutely horrifying and there is a dark element to these books that makes it just scary enough to be entertaining. This books villains are The Muffin Man and Cheshire Cat (the villain from the first book in the series).

I’m not a fan of the character, Jack, so wasn’t really upset by his story arc and how it went down.

One negative for me was that I was confused by some points of the story. Maybe it was because of the amount of craziness and insanity going on. I did find myself trying to figure out what I was getting confused about, which took some time.

I highly recommend this series to any fans of Alice in Wonderland and modern fairy tale retellings. This is an absolutely amazing series and so well written. The third and (I think) fourth book of the series are already out.

This review can also be found on my Goodreads page! Feel free to add me on there!

The Phantom of the Earth by Raeden Zen

The Phantom of the Earth

(The Phantom of the Earth #1-5)

28152465.jpgAuthor: Raeden Zen

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Pages: 1650 (This edition contains all 5 books)

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fiction, Fantasy, Apocalyptic

Review: I read this series as a beta reader back in April. I was not asked to review it, but figured I should since I spent a lot of time reading it.

It absolutely stands out from other apocalyptic novels that I’ve read. The settings and characters were so well written and developed that it was impossible not to like them, dislike them, and even feel for them when necessary. The characters are certainly unique and diverse, even the descriptions of the characters were different, which was very interesting to read. Overall, the dialogue was well written and appropriate. It definitely focused on what each character wanted at that point in the story.

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I’m back!!!

Law school became much more of a challenge this semester than I originally thought. I ended up not having much time to read, review, and even focus on anything other than schoolwork. Since finals just ended yesterday, I have a few weeks to catch up on some reading and reviewing. I will be posting my latest review later today.

Also, I am totally open to any awesome book recommendations that people may have. I’ve been so out of the loop!

Thanks!

Hook’s Pan (Kingdom #5) by Marie Hall – Book Review

Hook’s Pan

(Kingdom #5)

17728915Author: Marie Hall

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pages: 202

Genre: Romance, Adult Erotica, Fairy Tales, Retelling, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal

Review: I have to say this has been my favorite book by Marie Hall so far.

What really impressed me about this book was the intricate settings and detail to setting that was unlike any of the other books.

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Jinni’s Wish (Kingdom #4) by Marie Hall – Book Review

Jinni’s Wish

(Kingdom #4)

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Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Pages: 120

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Retellings, Adult Erotica, Paranormal, Magic

Review: I finished this book in an hour and I have to say I was not impressed at all. I was bored throughout the entire thing.

This book seemed to be a step back from the previous books and came across as more of a filler than anything else. It is rather short and
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