Karn’s destiny is to take over his family farm in Norrongard. But he doesn’t want to; He rather play the board game Thrones and Bones.
Thianna is half human, half frost giantess. She isn’t taken seriously as a gaint because she is too short. But she’s also too tall to be a human.
When family issues drive Karn and Thianna into the woods to run for their lives, their destiny is connected and they must fight for their life against a 1500 year old dragon, a two faced uncle and a undead warrior.
This was a really good read. Firstly, what I liked about this book was the fact the interaction I felt immediately when beginning the book. Karn is a believable character despite the fantasy setting. He doesn’t want to follow in his dad’s footsteps but he isn’t rude or disrespectful about it. I like that. The whole trend of really rude children is annoying.
Thianna is different. She has this huge chip on her shoulder because she wants to be accepted as a giant. Because of this chip she is extremely competitive and quick to overactive and to allow her emotions take over. But I liked her.
What I didn’t like about the story was the rush. I like a fast paced story but I felt that the author was trying to get so many action scenes in s short amount of time. Also the story was predictable.
But beyond that I liked the characters and I liked the story overall. 4Pickles
Mala LaCroix isn’t a witch. Nor does she believe her family line are truly witches as the townspeople believe. So she does her best to stay out of peoples’ way and finish school to join the police academy.
But when she finds a dead body of the most popular girl in town floating in the bayou on her land, Mala’s plans for blending in is halted when she begins to be haunted by the dead girl. Trying to ignore the powers that are growing within her, Mala must now find a killer
Landry just lost his sister and has had a long time crush on Mala but when he finds out his sister may have been use as a sacrifice in a witch ritual he begins to look at Mala differently. But the two must work together to find the truth about his sister and all temptation must stop.
Reading this I was definitely drawn to Mala. She wasn’t a bitch, needy or uncomfortable. She wasn’t a rich girl, yes she was poor but there was a charm to her that if the author didn’t keep mentioning the fact that she was poor it would have been overlooked.
I loved the fact that the book didn’t take long to get to the problem. There was no beating around the bush about it but it still left a lot to the imagination which was great. I do wish there was more detail describing the body. I felt it was a bit overlooked and didn’t have the same care as most of the other parts of the book was.
I liked Landry as well. However for a 21 year old I did feel that he should have been more grounded. What I mean is he seemed so unsure of himself throughout the entire book and that put me off in really liking him.
My biggest issue of this book was the back and forth Mala and Landry did. It was so over done and overly dramatic that it brought the rating down. Another issue I had was the physical scenes. There wasn’t many to be considered a New Adult book and what was there was completely misplaced. They felt forced. I’m not sure about the chemistry between Mala and Landry and I chalk that up because of all the back and forth.
Overall, I thought the author did a good job with the mix of magic, betrayal, small town and romance. I was expecting more sex (shrugs) but I liked the book and look forward to number 2.
* I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Star Mackie is 10-years-old and lives in a trailer park with her mom and her sister Winter. The three moved to a new town after Winter is expelled from school.
Things are hard enough at home for Star but trying to make friends in a new town when you hair is blue and cut like a mullet is a bit hard. But when Star starts a poetry club begins to fall in love with the works of Emily Dickerson, she begins to see what life is really about.
This book was incredibly sad as well as cute. Star is a rebel with a cause. I loved her and the fact that she was very conscious of the things happening around. She wasn’t insecure, she didn’t have a lot of problems within her herself but there were issues around her.
I really loved the fact that she adored her sister. Winter wasn’t a bad girl she was just frustrated and upset at her mother for quite a bit of things. She loved her sister but she was going through issues and needed space; for a while Star wasn’t okay with that.
But what I really liked about the book was the diversity of the characters. Star makes friends with kids whom you would not think would love poetry and they actually get along with each other even when Star was being a jerk.
I didn’t like her mother so much. It didn’t feel like she cared enough. Don’t get me wrong she cared but not enough for me to feel it passionately. I felt something missing from the mother . . . she was way to bitter for me.
But overall the story was well written and it is a good read for children trying to fit in as well as handling things at home. It was descriptive without being too much but I do wish it was longer. With the climax it ended too short and easily. Overall this book gets 3.5 Pickles.
*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
When Cora Sandoval was five years old her mother disappeared causing her and her father to leave Ireland for America. Since then her father has been nothing short of overprotective and when Cora gets sick and begins to see people’s auras her father doesn’t let up once.
Not only does she have this ability to see people’s colors but when a Irish foreign exchange student name Finn comes into her world an attraction so intense is born. Her father disapproves and his mother as well forcing Finn to move back to Ireland and leaving Cora.
But Cora isn’t having it anymore. Desperate for answers that her father refuses to give her, Cora goes to Ireland to find out the truth about her mother, her new ability and why her aura is different from everyone else.
This book is very original. A lot of the paranormal books in YA deal with witches, werewolves, vampires and things in that nature. I really appreciated the author taking the step to do something completely different. It made the book much more enjoyable.
As much as I hate to admit this, I really loved the relationship with Finn and Cora. It is extremely intense and not the sappy ‘I can’t live without you’ but the realistic and poetic romance. I thought the author did an amazing job with the details she placed in this relationship and really this whole book.
However, I really didn’t like Cora. There is nothing in me that believed she tried hard enough to find the truth. 1: She didn’t begin really looking til after Finn left, which makes me believe that she was content as long as she had Finn. 2: She always backed down from her father. She would give some fight and then stop. Because of this I felt she didn’t have the strength to follow through. Also she has this new ability and doesn’t really do anything with it. Through the entire book I was saying to myself ‘I know she can do something with that ability why isn’t she trying?’ This was extremely frustrated because I was right and guess what? It happens at the END of the book UGH!
I also think her father was overly dramatic. I understand being overprotective but he was too much. Not only was everything a secret but he would throw fits if he didn’t get his way with Cora or simply walk away from her. I was completely over him.
I am hoping that in the next book Cora ‘mans up’ for a lack of better term and just learn about herself and how to protect herself from danger. I am also hoping that there is something still going on with Finn and Cora. Yes, there is a love triangle happening. If you didn’t expect one whelp you’re wrong.
Overall this book gets: 3.5 Pickles its a bit closer to a four but I am content with this rating.
* I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion*
Rose Sorensen is a good girl. She listens to her parents, does whatever they ask with no lip, and goes to church on a regular basis. However, Rose likes to sing and she likes to sing jazz but it is forbidden by her parents and those who attend her church.
But one day her cousin decides to take her to a jazz club for her birthday and that is when things fall apart. Between falling for an African-American man and wanting to sing Jazz, Rose has a lot on her plate.
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. The book is set in a time when there is no legal longer segregation but blacks and whites are separated none the less. It is also during a time when people believed that singing anything else but God was a sin.
This is a really important time because it changed a lot of thoughts about music and it changed families. I thought it was great that the author decided to focus on this part of history. With that being said I liked Rose. Although she was completely plain, I did enjoy her character. How she remained the church loving girl throughout the entire book even though she did begin singing jazz. She didn’t change who she was, her work ethic or how she felt about her family, she just simply added singing jazz to the list of things she can do.
When reading the summary I thought the book was more about the romance between Rose and the African-American male. However, he just happen to be there. The book was more about Rose’s love for jazz and the desire to pursue it. She fell in love with jazz before she fell hard for her young man. I think for him it happened to be right place right now because most of the book, before she admitted feelings, all she could think about was the music and how that was what needed to be hidden from her parents.
I was disappointed with the lack of romance within the book but I wasn’t that disappointed because this book was well written and it was passionate. There wasn’t a lot of glitz and glamor, which is fine. The book and story is very simple and it is a breath of fresh air.
For this historical fiction I highly recommend it to those who aren’t looking for something dripping in romance and a greater purpose. Overall 5 Pickles
* Received this Arc from the author, Livia Blackburne, in exchange for an honest review*
James is a deadly assassin working for the Assassin’s Guild and has been since he was 14. He is the best at what he does and that s why Thalia seeks him out. Thalia is a dancer seeking a way to avenge her sister’s death. Agreeing to help Thalia only if she helps him find a way out of the Assassin’s Guild, James is on the thin line of life and death.
The story was a simple and uncomplicated. This is not a bad thing it actually made the story so much more interesting because it wasn’t filtered with over complicated characters or romance. James is an assassin nothing hidden about that. When Thalia finds him he shows that he is not the typical brute but he also shows that he has common sense. Although he is attracted to Thalia he doesn’t let that over cloud his thoughts.
Thalia wasn’t a bad character either. Sensible, determined and realistic. She knows she doesn’t know how to kill to man and she knows the man that she wants to kill is a politically important man but she isn’t doing anything stupid or rushed.
I really loved the fact that the book was realistic and it wasn’t done with a lot of cheesy quotes or cliches. There is a romance between James and Thalia but it doesn’t over power the book at all and it makes me sad that the book Midnight Thief has nothing to do with the two.
However, what I didn’t like about the book was it felt a bit rushed. It is understood that there are limits to a novella but I wanted so much more! I wanted to know more about James and why he went with Thalia a lot easier than I thought. I wanted to know more about Thalia’s childhood. But this isn’t such a bad thing because as an author you want your readers to want more. *sigh* I wish it was longer though.
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
17 year old Joe Gray has moved to a new town with her mother and is feeling lost; not because she misses her friends back home (she really didn’t have any) but because she has to start anew.
When helping a old lady bring flowers to her husband’s grave, she meets Tristan and love at first sight is an understatement. However, Tristan has a secret that can either make or break their relationship.
Firstly, this cover is beautiful! However, the story was bad. Naming your daughter Joe is the most ridiculous thing ever. Her nickname being Joe is fine but not as her first and only name. I think the author was trying to be cute by making her the tomboy who knows martial arts and who is witty and takes crap from no one. But it just fell short. Joe is literally the most beloved character.
Everyone loves her expect for the most popular boy in school and the man after Tristan. The author over did it with this point. She made her the perfect girl. Her mother allows her to do what she wants (her mother is a bit of a bird brain), she is extremely happy to be a boarding school, and finally every guy around her is handsome and wants to protect her. I was a bit sick of it.
Tristan is a brat. For a 17 year old who was dead for 60 years he is a brat that throws tantrums. That whole he is amazingly sexy flew out the window with that.
The writing was amateur and if the author was comparing the book to Twilight (which despite how horribly written it was I loved it), then I can see why she choose not to care.
As much as I wanted to love this book I couldn’t. Overall score: 2 Pickles
*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book to the Rose Series. Rose has found out that she is a magician and that powerful one at that. In this book she is no longer a poor orphan but a servant girl as well as a magician’s apprentice to the King’s magician.
But when Rose begins to get comfortable in her position, the kingdom’s beloved Princess goes missing and it is said that a dark magician has done the deed. Now it is up to Rose to find the Princess before the world she just entered is no more.
This book is purely for children. It is not fast pace and there isn’t a lot of action but it can keep a child’s attention. What I liked about the book was the constant drawing in it did. Rose was a bit whinny for a girl who in the first book defeated a evil witch but you feel her excitement and her growth.
I also like how there aren’t a billion and one questions that need to be answered. The problems that are in this book for the most part stay within this book. The only on going issue is her parents and what happened to them. I like how the book stayed focus and I feel that is really important in a children’s book, especially a series.
The only downside beyond Rose and her whinny self is the book was boring. Because of the fact that there wasn’t much action happening in the majority of this book, I lost focus. I expected more action when a Princess is missing and expected even more because this is a book dealing about someone learning to use magic.
I also expected more fight out of Rose but she was too scare throughout most of the book and it was too unbecoming.
*This book was received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Anne Merchant is sent to Cania Christy boarding school where the most wealthiest teenagers attend. Not understanding how she was able to attend the school, since her father is the funeral director, Merchant begins attending the school with nothing but questions.
However, this isn’t any typical boarding school. You are graded for every thing you do including a school dance. Students are obsessed with the Big V which is to become valedictorian and no one could be trusted.
Merchant, with the help of an attractive senior must learn the school’s secrets and accept the truth in order to live.
When I finished this book I really couldn’t tell if I liked it or not. But I am going to say that I liked it but as much as I thought I would.
Merchant is an interesting character. Her mission is to find the truth and she does a horrible way of doing as such. She was a boring detective. However, she was witty which I loved. So I went back and forth with her because she was pushing for answers but barely did the work to find it out.
As for the writing I though the story itself had too much going on towards the end. It was one twist, another one and then one more to add dramatic effect for the second book. Although the story was a bit boring, I liked what the author was doing up until the climax.
But the story itself is completely original. It was nothing what I expected from a story regarding boarding school. I just believe that towards the end it was too much added in the first book.
Finally, I didn’t like the ended. THAT was expected and it was disappointing. I looked at the book and scream WHY! I seriously do not know one teenager that would agree with that decision.
Overall, the book gets 7 out of 10. I am curious about the second book but I am in no rush to read it.
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