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Book Review: Gallant – V.E. Schwab

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Gothic, Horror

Review:

Gallant wasn’t what I was expecting but that is not to say it was a disappointment. Far from it. In fact, from the first page, I was so invested in Olivia I needed to know what was going to happen next, and how her life would unfold.

I enjoyed the side characters a lot and I empathized so much with Matthew. I understood him, his frustration, his feeling of imprisonment caused by duty and obligation, the burden of responsibility, the grief of loss, the pain and guilt. I liked Olivia but Matthew was my favorite.

And is it weird that I found the Master of the House enigmatic? Creepy as he was, I was also fascinated by him. The ending wasn’t what I wanted but I can say that it was apt.

The measure of a good book, for me, will always be the author’s writing – masterful, interlocking words that bring to life the story so vividly in my mind that it allows me to live vicariously through the character. That is the best compliment I can give for Gallant.

Stay tuned.

∼Lyn 

Synopsis:
Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.
Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.
Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.
Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?
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New Book Releases – 01 Mar 2022

Hola, Book Dragons, new releases today!

1. Gallant – V.E. Schwab

Synopsis:
Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.
Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.
Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.
Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?

2. Edgewood – Kristen Ciccarelli

Synopsis:
No matter how far she runs, the forest of Edgewood always comes for Emeline Lark. The scent of damp earth curls into her nose when she sings and moss creeps across the stage. It’s as if the woods of her childhood, shrouded in folklore and tall tales, are trying to reclaim her. But Emeline has no patience for silly superstitions.
When her grandfather disappears, leaving only a mysterious orb in his wake, the stories Emeline has always scoffed at suddenly seem less foolish. She enters the forest she has spent years trying to escape, only to have Hawthorne Fell, a handsome and brooding tithe collector, try to dissuade her from searching.
Refusing to be deterred, Emeline finds herself drawn to the court of the fabled Wood King himself. She makes a deal—her voice for her grandfather’s freedom. Little does she know, she’s stumbled into the middle of a curse much bigger than herself, one that threatens the existence of this eerie world she’s trapped in, along with the devastating boy who feels so familiar.
With the help of Hawthorne—an enemy turned reluctant ally who she grows closer to each day—Emeline sets out to not only save her grandfather’s life, but to right past wrongs, and in the process, discover her true voice.
Haunting and romantic, Kristen Ciccarelli’s Edgewood is an exciting novel from a bold, unforgettable voice in fantasy.

3. Hook, Line, and Sinker (Bellinger Sisters #2) – Tessa Bailey

Synopsis:
King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.
Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost.
Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?
In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…

4. Phantom Game (GhostWalkers #18) – Christine Feehan

Synopsis:
Jonas “Smoke” Harper has watched his brothers find their perfect mates, never imagining he’d actually meet someone who complements every part of him — even the monster that lurks within. But his instant connection with Camellia goes far beyond wanting the intelligent, beautiful, and lethal woman in his bed. They are two parts of a whole, linked to each other and to a larger network that exists everywhere around them.
Camellia has lived on her own for a long time, relying on her unique psychic abilities to keep her safe. She knows that Jonas was literally made for her, and that makes their addictive connection more dangerous than a thousand enhanced super soldiers. Once the larger threat looming over them is dealt with she’s going to get far away as fast as she can. Life has taught her that the only one she can truly trust is herself.
Jonas can sense Camellia is going to run — and the hunter inside doesn’t want to let go. Not when he knows how good they’ll be together. So he’ll just have to use all of his considerable skills to convince her to stay…

How exciting, right? All these fantastic covers! What about you guys? Any new releases you’re anticipating today?

Stay tuned.

∼Lyn

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New Book Releases – 06 Oct 2020

Hola, Book Dragons. 5 new books today, peeps! Happy Book Birthday to these beauties:

1. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwab

Synopsis:
A Life No One Will Remember.

A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

2. Broken Wish (The Mirror #1) – Julie C. Dao

Synopsis:
Hanau, Germany
Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow. But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner—none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

3. Kingdom of Sea and Stone (Crown of Coral and Pearl #2) – Mara Rutherford

Synopsis:
Ever since Nor was forced to go to a nearby kingdom in her sister’s place, she’s wanted nothing more than to return to the place and people she loves. But when her wish comes true, she soon finds herself cast out from both worlds, with a war on the horizon.

As an old enemy resurfaces more powerful than ever, Nor will have to keep the kingdom from falling apart with the help of Prince Talin and Nor’s twin sister, Zadie.

There are forces within the world more mysterious than any of them ever guessed—and they’ll need to stay alive long enough to conquer them…

4. We Were Restless Things – Cole Nagamatsu

Synopsis:
From debut author Cole Nagamatsu comes an atmospheric contemporary fantasy about three teens coming of age in the wake of a mysterious death.

Last summer, Link Miller drowned on dry land in the woods, miles away from the nearest body of water. His death was ruled a strange accident, and in the months since, his friends and family have struggled to make sense of it. But Link’s close friend Noemi Amato knows the truth: Link drowned in an impossible lake that only she can find. And what’s more, someone claiming to be Link has been contacting her, warning Noemi to stay out of the forest.
As these secrets become too heavy for Noemi to shoulder on her own, she turns to Jonas, her new housemate, and Amberlyn, Link’s younger sister. All three are trying to find their place—and together, they start to unravel the truth: about themselves, about the world, and about what happened to Link.
Unfolding over a year and told through multiple POVs and a dream journal, We Were Restless Things explores the ways society shapes our reality, how we can learn to love ourselves and others, and the incredible power of our own desires.

5. Five Total Strangers – Natalie D. Richards

Synopsis:
A hitched ride home in a snow storm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster.
When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly college kids who were on her initial flight.
As the drive progresses and weather conditions become more treacherous, Mira realizes that the four other passengers she’s stuck in the car with don’t actually know one another.
Soon, they’re not just dealing with heavy snowfall and ice-slick roads, but the fact that somebody will stop at nothing to ensure their trip ends in a deadly disaster.

What about you guys? Are these books on your TBR?

∼Lyn

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Book Review: Vengeful (Villains #2) – V.E. Schwab

Rating: 2/5 Stars🌟🌟

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Review:

This time around, I wisely went in with zero expectations. I’d already gotten an overview of what Victor and Eli were like and the havoc they wrought in their wake. I enjoyed the new characters and their powers and the consequences that followed Victor and Eli from the first book.
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Book Review: Vicious (Villains #1) – V.E. Schwab

Rating: 3/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Review:

I have to admit I went into this book with a load of expectations especially since V.E. Schwab/Victoria Schwab has fast become one of my favorite authors. I had heard so much about Vicious and I finally got around to reading it. Sadly, it wasn’t as epic as I’d expected a book about villains to be. Continue reading “Book Review: Vicious (Villains #1) – V.E. Schwab”

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Book Review: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) – Victoria Schwab

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Dystopia

Review: 

I read this book over two weeks ago and ever since I’ve been trying to find words to express how hard Our Dark Duet hit me. I loved This Savage Song but Our Dark Duet gripped my heart and devastated me.

The events of This Savage Song had changed both August and Kate in different ways, forced them to grow up before they had to. And they had to do that growing up apart. Continue reading “Book Review: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) – Victoria Schwab”

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Book Review: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) – Victoria Schwab

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Dystopia

Review:

I’ve been wanting to read This Savage Song since last year, when I was wowed away by the book covers. Before that, Victoria Schwab’s books hadn’t really blipped on my radar. I had my first taste of her writing when I read her A Darker Shade of Magic series this year, which I enjoyed very much.
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Book Review: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) – V.E. Schwab (Pseudonym), Victoria Schwab

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

At last, the conclusion to the Shades of Magic series. With such an unbeatable foe, how could Rhy, Kell, Lila and Alucard hope to win against him? After that explosive cliffhanger in AGOS, I sure couldn’t see a way for them to come out of it alive. Continue reading “Book Review: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) – V.E. Schwab (Pseudonym), Victoria Schwab”

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Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) – V.E. Schwab (Pseudonym), Victoria Schwab

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

ADSOM left me with so many questions:
– What happened to Holland? (he couldn’t be dead)
– Did Lila get her pirate ship and sail off into the sunset?
– And what about Kell and Rhy?
What happens next in the story?
It’s the mark of a great author if she can leave you with that burning question, evoking the desire to grab the next book, to keep reading. Continue reading “Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) – V.E. Schwab (Pseudonym), Victoria Schwab”

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) – V.E. Schwab (Pseudonym), Victoria Schwab

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

This is the first book I’ve read by V.E. Schwab. So I started the Shades of Magic trilogy without any expectations. The good thing about no expectations is you don’t get disappointed. But ADSOM wasn’t a disappointment. On the contrary, it turned out to be a wonderful surprise. Once in a while, you stumble across a book that makes it all worthwhile. Continue reading “Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) – V.E. Schwab (Pseudonym), Victoria Schwab”