Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

3.5 Stars

I loved the feminist vibes Girls Made of Snow and Glass had. It wasn’t what I expected when people kept referring to it as a “feminist fairytale”, but I really enjoyed it.  This book isn’t for someone looking for a steamy f/f romance, but it is for those that want to read about women loving women and going against what is expected of them.  This is a good retelling of Snow White. It stays true enough to the story that you are able to definitely able to relate the two, without feeling like a copy of the original.

I wanted SO MUCH out of the relationship between Lynet and Nadia that I was disappointed when their relationship was more of the slow burn type with little more that handholding. I was placated some when I realized about 2/3 of the way through, that Lynet wasn’t even aware that women could be in relationships with each other. Her life within Whitespring had only shown her men and women marrying and then having children. She wasn’t aware that there was another option. But still, I wanted more.

On the other hand, I did love the relationship Lynet had with Mina. It was refreshing to see a depiction of a stepdaughter/mother relationship that isn’t full of animosity. The evolution of Lynet and Mina’s relationship is probably one of my favorite things about this book.

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

 

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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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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

4 Stars

This book was adorably geeky and fun. While reading it, I had complete A Cinderella Story vibes (you know you love that cheesy movie!) It was perfect YA fluff and I would have no qualms about giving it to any of the geeky girls in my life.

My favorite character BY FAR was Sage. She was so well developed and cool that I would have loved to see even more of her. I love when books have LGBT characters that they don’t make a big deal about. They just let them live their life without making their sexuality the main event.

I wasn’t a big fan of this cover when I first saw it, but the pics I’ve been seeing on Instagram of the hardcover make me want a copy for my bookshelf. It is GORGEOUS and photographs so well that I just want to buy it and take pictures. In short, if you want a light-hearted YA romantic comedy this is a solid bet.

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Don’t Speak by Katy Regnery (a modern fairytale #5)

4.5 Stars

3AM is when I finally went to bed last night. Lack of sleep is generally how I judge books and this one kept me up to a completely indecent hour. Don’t speak is the 5th book in Katy Regnery’s a modern fairytale series. This is one of those series where you absolutely don’t have to read the books in order. They are completely unrelated so you can jump in and out of the series wherever you wish. This is the only book I’ve read in this series but I’ll definitely be reading more of them. The 1st book, The Vixen and the Vet, is currently free on Amazon so I’ll probably be reading that one next.

About the book? It’s supposed to be a retelling of The Little Mermaid, but I haven’t seen the movie since early childhood and never read the book. While reading I didn’t know how close the story was to either of those versions other than them being from completely different worlds. I did a bit of “research” after reading it and can completely see the similarities… and now the title makes sense too.

This book took awhile for me to get into and that detracted a bit from my enjoyment. I didn’t realize it was a second chance romance, so the plot felt like it was progressing too quickly without allowing you to really fall in love with their story. I didn’t get invested until about 40% through, but once I got there I couldn’t put it down. From their first date, you know what the main problem in their relationship is going to be aside from their differing backgrounds. From that point on you are constantly waiting for it to blow up… and it does blow up… at the absolute worst time.

I loved how this book turned out and now I just feel all happy and sigh-y about it.

I forgot to add that 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated to charity. THAT made me happy.

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Title: Don’t Speak
Series: Modern Fairytale #5 (Standalone)
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017

 

Blurb

From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman’s daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party she helps to cater.

Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.

All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated.

 

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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
Also Available
A MODERN FAIRYTALE COLLECTION

 

Don’t Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:
The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now (FREE!)
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now (99c!)
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – new release
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – available late-2017
Series Links
 AMAZON US / UK
Free in Kindle Unlimited

 

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

5 STARS!!!!!

POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

I can’t say enough how much I loved this book. Words cannot adequately express the book hangover I am experiencing right now. I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I MORE THAN LOVE A Court of Mist and Fury. I am a big fan of book series, and often reread the first book in a series exponentially more than the rest of the books just because I love world building. This is the 1st time that I know I will be skipping the first book in favor of the sequel. Everything was better. Everything. The world, the characters, the backstory, the love. I know I should be waiting to write this review, because at the moment I’m just babbling incoherently, but you NEED to read this book. NOW.

Rhysand was a highlight of ACOTAR. It is the first time I can ever remember being truly intrigued by a villain. I’ve always heard about “the villain you love to hate”, but I’ve never had one, until Rhysand. And then Sarah Maas flipped it on me. She made me love Rhysand. Love him, love him.

He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.

And poor Tamlin. He was the only main character in ACOTAR that I felt didn’t get enough of a build. And it turns out I was right, but for all the wrong reasons. I can’t remember a book where I have so completely changed my mind about a character. I was on team Tamlin, and wanted them to have a happily ever after. Now he’s no longer a good guy, and it took awhile for me to wrap my head (and my heart) around that one.

I am so excited that I want to preorder the next book now. But it’s not available yet. I think the book has a few scenes that are too sexually explicit for the average teen, but I think the book also sends a strong message of female empowerment. I loved it.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

5 Stars!

 Where to start? I heard that this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but I have no experience with the story other than watching the Disney classic as a child. For me, there were vague similarities that I wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t known it was a retelling. Other than that, it was an original story that I devoured. DEVOURED.
I picked it up on Audible, not really expecting to love it as much as I did. I usually listen to audiobooks while doing the dishes at night (after the kids are asleep). It’s become part of my nightly ritual that I love, so I always have at least 3 books going. 1 audiobook, 1 ebook, and a physical book. I’m not really an auditory type of person, so the audiobooks usually take me much longer to read because I only listen to them at that specific time of day. Generally a month or more per book.  So it was nice, that I was able to pretty much listen to the story all day (and still get stuff done). What was not great, was that every time my children asked me a question they got a “what?” followed by a sigh as I pulled out my earbuds so I could solve the next child crisis. Luckily, that was for only one day because like mentioned before, I couldn’t stop listening.
I’ve heard so much hype about Sarah J. Maas and honestly expected to be disappointed. I just finished a book that, in my opinion, was overly hyped in the YA Instagram segment. I absolutely hated it. (OK, I lie.) I didn’t hate the book, I hated the ending. But back to A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR), Sarah Maas created a tremendously magical world that I was able to believe in. I was swept away into the magic of this world and didn’t want to leave. Not for one minute. I was enchanted by the deeply layered characters (though I didn’t feel Tamlin got quite enough build). The next book is already out, and I can’t wait to start it. I have no idea how I will wait for the 3rd book. If I love A Court of Mist and Fury as much as I loved ACOTAR, then the wait will be torturous. Luckily for me, she has another series I haven’t read that I hope to love just as much.