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ARC Review: Fable (Fable #1) by Adrienne Young

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre:Β Young Adult Fantasy

Pub Date: 01 Sep 2020

Review:

One fateful night leaves Fable without a mother and abandoned on an island where she has to fend for herself until the day she finds passage off it with the help of a young trader, West. And so begins the start of unlikely alliances as they strive to navigate peril and keep their head above water.

Fable’s story, how she had to strive to live, to survive, broke my heart. I felt so much pain for this young girl, left to fend alone, having to stay on guard all the time. I wanted to hug her and make her life better. Give her food, shelter, protect her. The author wove such a heartbreaking character with a core of steel that you couldn’t help but feel for her.

As for West? He was an enigma, layers and layers of complications and secrets. I wanted to know everything about him, and finding those answers, getting to know him better – drew me in deeper. The ending chapters? Oh, I tipped over the edge and fell for him.

The side-characters, the crew of the Marigoldβ€”each one with their unique voices, charmed and endeared me to their plights. As secrets are revealed and pacts made, this story grabs you and hooks you in to the last page.

The world-building and descriptions were excellent. The author’s writing was a pleasure to read and the cliffhanger left me in high anticipation for more. This was my first book by Adrienne Young, and I have to say she completely won me over. I cannot wait to read the next book.

*Thanks to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.⁣

Synopsis: As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father. But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive. Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.
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ARC Book Review: Hideaway – Nora Roberts

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre:Β Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Review:

Hideaway is the story of Cate Sullivan, the prodigy of a famous Hollywood family. She is kidnapped as a child and that trauma, with its underlying hurtful revelations, ripples throughout her life, re-shaping it from what could have to what can be, disrupting her set path, affecting not just her but her entire family and that of Dillon Cooper’s and forcing her to turn into a new direction.

I have to say upfront, I couldn’t believe it when I was lucky enough to get approved for the ARC of this book. Nora Roberts is my favorite author in the world. Her books saved my life, shaped my future and I can’t thank her enough for her stories. So I was over the moon when I got the ARC. My first ever Nora Roberts ARC! I was both excited and terrified to read Hideaway. The excited part is easy to understand but dread because, what if I hated the book? Or what if the story didn’t speak to me? My principles wouldn’t allow me to give a less than honest opinion. I can’t in good faith ever fake a positive review when I don’t like the book. But thankfully, my fears turned out to be groundless. Continue reading “ARC Book Review: Hideaway – Nora Roberts”

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Book Review: Reborn Yesterday – Tessa Bailey

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

Review:

Ginny Lynn was an ordinary woman, albeit with a not-so-normal job as a funeral home director, a job that alienated her from other women, leaving her to lead a solitary life without friends. She started her night shift same as every night, with a dead body on her embalming table. Until the dead body opened his eyes and sat up, turning her life upside down. Continue reading “Book Review: Reborn Yesterday – Tessa Bailey”

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Book Review: The Downstairs Girl – Stacey Lee

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Review:

A Chinese girl stuck in the land of the white during a time when racism and ethnic inequalities featured amongst the worst damaging human traits in history. Racism is still a gigantic issue nowadays but back then, it was a horrible time for people of color and ethnicity. How to survive at such a time without your soul dying a slow, excruciating death at the atrocious and humiliating treatment? Jo Kuan found a way to cope but the path she set herself on was fraught with perils and navigating it could mean more danger than mere exposure. Continue reading “Book Review: The Downstairs Girl – Stacey Lee”

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Book Review: Sweep with Me (Innkeeper Chronicles #4.5) – Ilona Andrews

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre:Β Fantasy

Review:

Dina of the Innkeepers is back! Innkeepers have their own special holiday, the Treaty Stay and you would think a special holiday would be a time for fun and partay! Am I right? But no, once again unexpected guests show up and Dina’s on damage control.

I loved seeing Dina and Sean together. The Innkeeper Chronicles is one of my favorite series and I definitely want more stories in it. So, this novella was a welcome surprise. It was a shiny little gem that I wanted to gush over with giddy joy. Continue reading “Book Review: Sweep with Me (Innkeeper Chronicles #4.5) – Ilona Andrews”

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Book Review: The Bone Houses – Emily Lloyd-Jones

Hola! Been ages since I last posted a review! How is everyone’s Christmas holiday going? Did you end up with a good loot? πŸ˜‰β£
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Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre:Β Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

When I picked up this book, I was in the mood for something different. And boy, was Bone Houses different! With the disappearance of her remaining parent, the responsibility of the house and of her two siblings falls on Ryn’s shoulders. But there isn’t much work for a gravedigger in a village where the dead don’t stay dead and roam around, bones rattling. Left with no choice, Ryn agrees to guide a young mapmaker, Ellis, in the forest where the Bone Houses live. Continue reading “Book Review: The Bone Houses – Emily Lloyd-Jones”

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Book Review: Slay All Day – Cynthia Eden

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre:Β Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com

Review:

It’s Halloween and what better book review to post today than one about the supernatural? Slay All Day is a paranormal romance (PNR), a highly anticipated book for me ever since I learned Cynthia Eden would be releasing it in October.

Harrison Key is a hunter. He hunts monsters and that’s his life in a nutshell. Then one night he ends up saving Elise Aine from vampires, a woman who’s supposedly an innocent but has a secret agenda of her own. Continue reading “Book Review: Slay All Day – Cynthia Eden”

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Book Review: Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre:Β Dark Fantasy, Middle-Grade

Review:

Yes, I finally read Coraline! And I loved it. Super lazy Sunday with a gray wintry weatherβ€”perfect day for a spooky story. So I decided it was high time I read Coraline, the story of a little girl who found a locked door with a bricked wall behind it, a door that led to nowhere, in the new flat she and her parents had moved in. Actually, the door led somewhere which she found out much to her misfortune.
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Book Review: Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) – Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre:Β Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

I can’t believe it took me so long to read this short story. I hadn’t planned to review it when I first decided to read it. I mean, I thought it’s just a short story, why spend time drafting a review for it? But this short story was like a slab of rich chocolate cake – delicious and so good! Even a short story can grab hold of your heart and stay with you.
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Manga Review: Omae Watashi no Koto Suki Daro (You Like Me Don’t You?) by Izumi Tsubaki

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre:Β Manga, Rom-Com

Review:

Do you read manga? If no, why not? πŸ˜‰ You really should. In my opinion, it’s one of the best remedies for stress. Omae Watashi no Koto Suki Daro is the short story of a strong-headed girl in high school, Nahoko Misaki, who believes a certain boy, Aikawa, has feelings for her. However, though they’ve known each other for 3 years, Aikawa has yet to make a move. So Nahoko decides to take matters in her own hands and create situations to give Aikawa the ‘opportunity’ to confess. Yes, I know, we girls are sneaky and underhanded lol.
Continue reading “Manga Review: Omae Watashi no Koto Suki Daro (You Like Me Don’t You?) by Izumi Tsubaki”