The Castaways by Jessika Fleck

4.5 Stars

The Castaways by Jessika Fleck caught me by surprise. The blurb sounds amazing and I was ready to follow Olive Gagmuehler anywhere on her adventure. I thought I was going to like it, but then in chapter three we meet her tormentors… they were really cruel (and I’m really softhearted) so I thought that I might be adding this to my DNF pile. Luckily/unluckily she escapes her bullies via corn maze and ends up on the island.

This book should have been tagged as a Peter Pan retelling, because it seriously felt like Neverland. Once Olive arrived on the island, I fell in love with it and couldn’t put it down. It is one of those books where I was still reading at 3AM and only put it down because my husband was giving me the side-eye (understandable since he had to be up in 2 hours). This is a true adventure with well thought out characters. I enjoyed them all and would love a sequel/prequel/alterative POV… anything. I couldn’t believe this was Jessika Fleck’s first book, and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next.

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Spirit Quest by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert (The Legend of Skyco #1)

4 Stars

Spirit Quest is exactly the type of book I loved to read when I was in elementary school & junior high and for that, I’m giving it 4 stars. This book wasn’t what I expected when I picked it up. I thought it was going to be a fast paced adventure and have the husquenaugh be the main focus of the story. The husquenaugh is a ritual that boys go through to become men and full fledged members of the tribe. The ritual is a focus of the story, but its more a background focus. You follow Skyco’s preparation for the husquenaugh and everything that leads up to it.

This book is fascinating simply because of the amount of information wrapped up within the story. There is a lack of books featuring Native American culture, and I really appreciate the amount of research the author put into the subject matter. She didn’t just write a book based on what she saw on TV and in movies. It is quite obvious while reading, that she not only researched the tribe, but also plants and animals of the region as well.

This wasn’t a book I sped through trying to get to the ending. In fact, I read it over the course of a month (while reading other books). This was a book I picked up here and there, read a chapter, and then mulled over the information. I savored the experience and enjoyed the journey.

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One last note is that Lorna Murphy did an exceptional job with the illustrations peppered throughout. Every single time I saw one, it added just a little bit of joy to the book.

I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Trust by Kylie Scott

4 Stars

I read my first Kylie Scott at the end of April, and here I am in mid-July reading my 2nd. It wasn’t what I expected, but it also made me respect her writing that much more. Twist was more of a romantic comedy and I’m being honest when I say I didn’t read the blurb for Trust. I saw Kylie Scott’s name, got the warm-n-fuzzies and decided I needed to read this too. Judging by the first book I read, I thought I knew her type… light, funny and sexy.

Trust is definitely not in the light category but it is a hard-hitting teen romance that will captivate you. I had a hard time putting this one down, and that isn’t a problem I usually have with YA Romances. This book does have mature content though. “Course” language, underage drinking, teen sex, and PTSD are just a few of the subjects dealt with. I thought it depicted real teen life well, and the characters felt authentic and well developed. It explored the awful spiral of drug addiction, and what often happens when someone tries to turn over a new leaf, but the people around them aren’t ready to forget the past. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am excited to see what else Kylie Scott has to offer.

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The Waking Land by Callie Bates

3.5 Stars

First of all, The Waking Land by Callie Bates has one of my favorite covers EVER. I’m a vintage romantic, and the green scene within the silhouette reminds me of vintage wallpaper and I. AM. OBSESSED. Seriously such a pretty cover that actually seems to fit the book. I haven’t seen it in real life yet, but I want it on my bookshelf – just so I can stare at it.

This book has some interesting magic and I’m really intrigued by it. I loved the magic coming from the land and actually wielding the land as a weapon was cool too. I really wanted to see more of her experimenting with her magic and actually seeing what she could do. I’m one of those readers that isn’t really into battle scenes…. so once the book started getting battle heavy, I started to get bored. But again, I think that was more about my taste than anything to do with the writing.

I think the book did get a bit bogged down with kingdoms, names and politics that didn’t have much bearing on the book. I wanted more to do with her magic, and Jahan… and less to do with the other stuff. Especially the other kingdoms that we never actually see during the course of the book. That being said, I would completely be in for another book. It seemed to get set up well for a sequel/series and I will be reading it if it does.

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Snatch by Marie James (Cerberus MC #5)

5 Stars!!!

I just moved to rural, bordertown Texas, and I won’t have internet for another week, WE NOW HAVE INTERNET and I just finished this book and I need to talk to people about it. I NEED TO. My husband, in my pre-blogging days, sometimes had to listen to rants about various scifi/fantasy books. He can handle the occasional geek out. He is not ready to hear me gush about this M/M MC Romance. I’m pretty sure he heard more than enough when I found out Snatch & Itchy were getting their own book.

This is my first M/M romance, and while I don’t have an aversion to them, I’ve also never sought one out. NOW, I feel like I’ve been missing something. Snatch & Itchy together were just what the Cerebus MC series needed to spice things up a bit. All of the Cerebus MC books can be read as standalones, but I seriously think they are so much better if you read them all. I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say this is the first Marie James they’ve read, and that they are starting with Snatch specifically because of the M/M romance aspect. If you haven’t read this series before, you will do just fine starting here… but you will love it so much more if you have all the background that goes with it.

After reading the prologue, I was seriously dreading what was to come. I knew it was coming, but it was still painful to watch. The epilogue was absolutely perfect and I hope this means more books… or a spinoff series… or SOMETHING. I have questions and I don’t know if they would be spoiler-y or not so I’m refraining from asking them….

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Title: Snatch
Series: Cerberus MC #5 (Standalone)
Author: Marie James
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017

 

Blurb
I’ve been Jaxon Donovan since the day I was born, obviously.
My road name, Snatch, came years later due to my ability to literally snatch up
any woman I set my sights on. I’ve always been a connoisseur of the opposite
sex. Tall, short, thin, thick and juicy, my tastes knew no limitations.
I didn’t think there was a limitation to my sexuality, and I
found out just how true that actually was the night my best friend took it upon
himself to take me in his mouth. Sure, there’d been close calls before, the
slip of a hand or misplaced lips. With our propensity to share women, it’s
bound to happen. That fateful night, I was met with pure intention and an
experience I never want to forget.
How do you explain to your friends, your brother’s in arms,
that your extremely active sexuality has led you to your best friend’s door
step? How do you admit, after twenty-six years of heterosexuality, that you’re
into something else?
I’ll soon find out that what happens in the dark will always
come to light.
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Author Bio
Marie James is a full-time working mother of two amazing
little boys and wife of almost 13 years. She enjoys reading in her spare time,
and diet coke is always near. Central Texas is where Marie calls home and has
lived most of her life. With 13 published books under her belt, she has no
desire to stop writing anytime soon and has dozens of book ideas to keep her
busy.
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