Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) By Susan Ee – Book Reviewr

Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1)

By: Susan Ee

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Overall: 5 out of 5 stars!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!

This has been my favorite YA novel so far of this year. Susan Ee is an absolute genius when it comes to writing YA Dystopian/Urban Fantasy novels.  I can’t even wait to read the next book in the series and I won’t be able to contain my excitement when it do.

The world is overtaken by Angels, who’ve brought both a war and an apocalypse to the modern human world. The main character, Penryn’s sister is captured by the angels. Penryn saves the life of an angel, who helps her try to find and retrieve her sister. They set forth on a  journey to reunite the angel with his clipped wings and to rescue Penryn’s sister.

Penryn was very believable and lovable as a main character and all of her actions were realistic and grounded in the reality of a war-torn/apocalyptic world. She is really a strong, kick-ass heroine that is easy to root for and want to be like.

The book is not that long and I wished it was longer so that I could revel in the world that Ee created for a little bit longer.

Ee creates a very different and unique version of a dystopian/apocalyptic world that is refreshing to see. She also wrote some very gory and grotesque scenes that would have been too much for me, if it not for the amazing story-telling/writing surrounding them.

The end of the book got a little graphic and more science-fiction based then the rest of the book, which was disturbing to read (at least for me), but it really brought the gravity of the situation to the forefront.

I would 100% recommend this book to everyone I know because it is worth the read. It is really that good.

*Copy of book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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The Beast In Me (The Beast and Me #2) by D.S. Wrights – Book Review

The Beast In Me (The Beast and Me #2)

by D.S. Wrights 

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Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

This is the second book in the psycho/thriller/erotica series by D.S. Wrights and just like the first one, this one did not let me down.

This is a continuation from the first book, except it is told in Jay’s point of view, instead of Meghan’s like in the first book. The story picks up right where it left off in the first one. It was really interesting to see things from Jay’s POV and here his backstory in this one.

The only issue I had with this one is the typos and grammatical errors, but that is something I can easily look past.

Also, the cover doesn’t catch my eye and I would never stop to pick it up when scrolling through a list of books, but that might just be personal preference.

Anyone who enjoyed the first one will love this second one. I believe there is a third novel on the way.

This review was also posted on my Goodreads account.

The Moth in the Mirror (Splintered #1.5) by A.G. Howard – Book Review

The Moth in the Mirror

By: A.G. Howard

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Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

This is a novella that is told from Jeb and Morpheus’ POV. It was meant to be a glimpse of what was ahead in Unhinged.

It is only about 40 pages, but they are a wonderful 40 pages. I think I would love anything that included Howard’s character, Morpheus.

This novella was primarily to showcase Morpheus’ inability to understand what Alyssa sees in Jeb and in return, he wants to better understand his rival in order to win Alyssa’s affection.

It also shows what was going through Jeb’s mind when he was separated from Alyssa in Splintered.

Loved this short novella!

The Beast and Me By D.S. Wrights – Book Review

The Beast and Me

By: D.S. Wrights

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Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

The author emailed this story to me to read and review.

There is no cover art yet, but that is the picture on Goodreads. DOn’t be fooled by the plain cover.

This is not a young adult work, but more a psycho thriller/erotica book.

Goodreads Summary: Meg was abducted. For four days she had nothing to keep herself sane, until she promised to be obedient. In return she received a diary, not knowing which terrors she would be writing down soon.
Because Meg has been taken to this unknown place for one purpose only: to support her abductors in ‘socializing’ one of their subjects. 
Ten, as they call him, seems to be far more than a primitive beast, fighting battles of his very own. Meg soon realizes that she is the only one able to tame him. And that, apparently, is the sole reason she is more or less treated as a human being. 
As Ten’s humanity resurfaces Meg has to accept the truth that the real beasts aren’t behind bars.This is Meg’s diary. Will you read it? 
This story inspired by Beauty and the Beast and is part one of a series. It is not a romance.*TRIGGER WARNING* contains rape and psychological torture.

Review: I actually really enjoyed this work. It really was a psychological thriller because I never really knew if what was happening was actually the reality of the situation or just the ramblings of Meghan being tramped and only having her diary to express what she is feeling.

At first, it really reminded me of the CW show, Beauty and the Beast, at least the part of the Beast being a science experiment (The show is absolutely dreadful though).

It contains very disturbing images of captivity and is very dark and twisted throughout the entire work. Her characters are very real and act in ways that make sense. There is also some evidence of Stockholm Syndrome, but that also is understandable based on the circumstances.

There isn’t romance really, but more like affection that leaves something to be desired.

One issue I had with this work was a number of typos and gaps in the story that left me unsure of what happened and whether it happened at all. Some of the scenes seemed rushed and hastily put together to advance the story. But none of that would stop me from reading the next one.

It ends with a sort of cliffhanger, since it is a part of a series. The second book is also available.

Those with triggers with abuse tags might want to stay clear of this one as there are multiples scenes of violence. I myself enjoyed the story and will be downloading the next one.

Return To Sleepy Hollow By: Dax Varley – Book Review

Return To Sleepy Hollow

By: Dax Varley

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Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

I read this book in an hour this afternoon since it is snowing in New England (on the first day of Spring…)

The book was decent. I wasn’t aware it was a sequel, but it could be read as a stand alone book.

It continues the classic tale of the Headless Horseman, except the main character is a girl name Katrina and her boyfriend is Ichabod Crane (made me think of Sleepy Hollow the tv show).

The book progressed very fast and the last chapter went by so fast, I’m not sure it made sense. It seemed to jump in time without really giving an indication other than a date. I seemed rushed to me.

The book is definitely worth a read if you’re looking to read something quick and interesting that is familiar.

*Copy of book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard – Book Review

Splintered

By: A.G. Howard

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Overall: 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!

Splintered is book one in the series by A.G. Howard. It was a unique and modern re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. It is so unique that it almost is completely separate from the Alice in Wonderland world that I know and love, which is a really good thing. This book is wonderful in every way.

One of the main characters, Alyssa, is a descendent of Alice Liddell (the original Alice that inspired Lewis Caroll) and all of the women in her family are cursed with madness or insanity once they hit puberty. To make that evident, Alyssa’s mother is in a mental asylum for trying to kill Alyssa when she was younger. Alyssa is a rebel and a skater girl with dyed hair and crazy clothing styles. She was very likable and different as a character and you always wanted her to succeed.

Alyssa has dreams of a boy (that she has been having since she was a child) that causes her to “fall down the rabbit hole” into a darker and stranger version of Wonderland. Once she is in Wonderland, she meets Morpheus (love him) and he is the guy from her dreams. Morpheus is sarcastic, rude, and absolutely fantastic. Morpheus is a stark contrast from Alyssa’s main love interest, Jeb. Jeb is her best friend who stubbornly follows her down the rabbit hole.

Jeb annoyed me from the beginning. He was too overprotective and too controlling to be likable (I am a sucker for the bad boy though which is why Morpheus did it for me.) I also didn’t like the choices Alyssa made when Jeb was around her, once she was on her own she made decisions that reflected her own intentions rather than those of Jeb.

The characters that Alyssa/Jeb meet in Wonderland are definitely reflective of the original characters from Carroll’s novel, except Howard’s version is way more twisted and corrupt. It is remarkable how creepy the creatures of Wonderland are.

The plot was very interesting and simple to follow for the first half of the book, but once in Wonderland, the plot took a lot of twists and turns that were hard to understand. It is possible that that is what Howard intended since her Wonderland was a creepy and distorted place itself.

I do not think anyone would regret reading this book, because it is filled with adventure, mystery, a little bit of romance. Even for those who are not fans of Alice in Wonderland, I would recommend it.

Favorite Quotes:

“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.”

“Sometimes a flame must level a forest to ash before new growth can begin. I believe Wonderland needed a scouring.”

Versatile Blogger Award!

versatile-blogger-awardI was nominated for this award by Macy from CantStopWontStopBooks

Thanks so much! 🙂

The rules:

1. Thank the person awarding you.
2. Paste the blog award on your page.
3. Share 10 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 friends.

Now, for my random facts…

1.) I was a Division 1 Championship tennis player in college.

2.) Books are really only a hobby because I am in law school and that takes up 90% of my time.

3.) I have a Goldendoodle named Wesley and he is my baby.

4.) I love One Direction…Zayn Malik is really gorgeous.

5.) I’m obsessed with all things Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter related.

6.) I am a video gamer and love all things related to video games, even though I don’t have much time to play games anymore thanks to law school.

7.) I have an extremely sarcastic personality and a lot of people don’t like it at first. LOL.

8.) I have a fear of sharks and think that no matter what ocean I am in that they are going to somehow find me and eat me…it’s irrational I know.

9.) I love dragons for some random reason…probably why my favorite tv show character is Daenerys Targaryen.

10.) I absolutely love the youtube gaming group, The Creatures. Been a fan for about 5 years. I’d probably pass out if I met them.

Now to tag a few other people. I certainly don’t know enough people on here to tag fifteen, so I’ll do a couple.

AmandaNicoleBooks

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Currently Reading:

Currently I am beta reading a complete series for a friend on Goodreads. So until I am finished with that, I will not have that much time to post reviews of other books that I finished prior to starting this. I might have time to post a couple though. Who knows, we’ll see.