Fire Girl: A Tale of Witches and Wolves by Andy Mulberry ~ Review

My thoughts –

I read this book from April 28th – May 2nd via Bluegrass Press (Pikko’s House) on Netgalley. I did run into a few technical difficulties and glitches, which I’ve informed the publisher about. Over all, this book was well written. I thought the plot was simple and easy to follow. It was semi-predictable. I was disappointed that the story ended up being anticlimactic. The characters (Samantha & Daniel) seemed to be in denial throughout the entire book, which really puts a damper on the passion aspect of the relationship. I was also confused about the supporting characters. I didn’t understand that Ally, Sam’s sister, was actually older than her until later in the book. I think she seemed a little immature and too trusting, so she seemed younger. Also, I was perplexed about the role of Nate, the uncle, in the fact that his entire job of the book was to further the plot but to not really interact.

 

**I received a free copy via Net Galley for an honest review.**


Book: Fire Girl: A Tale of Witches ad Wolves Book #1
Author: Andy Mulberry
Number of Books in Series: 1 Published
Publisher: Bluegrass Press
Published Date: April 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 252

 

My Synopsis –

Samantha is witch. She doesn’t know it at first, and after she finds out, she absolutely doesn’t believe it.

Daniel is werewolf. Being a loner, he doesn’t need anyone depending on him.

But of coarse, Sam’s witchy mom makes everything a lot more complicated by placing a bond between them. Daniel is now under oath to care for and protect Samantha, and she wants nothing to do with him, her dead mother, or the giant inheritance she’ll receive from her dead mother.

So continues this YA supernatural romance with a bunch of romantic spats, colorful outbursts, and insightfully artistic insults (My fave).

 


Look forward to the Upcoming Review: Everealm by J.D. Wright

Everealm by J.D. Wright
Everealm by J.D. Wright

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Thou Art so Old and so Temperamental ~ Happy Birthday Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is one of, if not the most influential writer in classical literature as  well as in theater and performing arts. According to History.com, Shakespeare was born and died on the 23rd of April in the 1500’s. If he were alive today, he would have been 452. I’d like to take a moment to appreciate his literature masterpieces.

As a high school student, much of our required reading is Shakespeare’s work. In the 7th grade, I remember reading The Twelfth Night. I obsessed over  the love tryst and the entangling romantic drama.

Twelfth Night ~ William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night ~ William Shakespeare

The main plot line follows a girl named Viola who pretends to be a man named Cesario. She is stranded in the land of Illyria and believes her twin brother, Sebastian, has died. So to be able to earn money, she becomes a page under the Duke Orsino (While dressed as a man). However, Viola become attracted to the duke, who is already enamored by the Lady Olivia. By being a messenger to the Duke, it is Viola’s job to deliver the Duke’s love letters to Olivia. Unbeknownst to Olivia, she starts to crush the women, believing him to be Cesario. Then, as if the comedy couldn’t get any more confusing, Sebastian, Viola’s brother who wasn’t actually dead, shows up at the worst timing. Olivia finds him, believing him to be Cesario, and asks to marry him. He doesn’t know her, but she is beautiful and wealthy, so he accepts. The drama unfolds at the very end with all four of the main characters meeting. The Duke Orsino loves Olivia, Olivia loves Viola, and Viola is in love with the Duke, completing the awkward entertaining love triangle. Add in a few more funny, confusing, and insane characters, and the story is complete. For a full explanation, check out SparkNotes.

If you already know the story, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate my favorite character, Malvolio, who is the “insane” character I mentioned earlier. This poor guy was the victim of prank that ended up putting him we would now call a padded cell with white walls and a straight jacket, but in those days was a simple jail cell for the mentally insane.

I also love the more modern interpretations of the Twelfth Night, such as the movies, Shes the Man, Just One of the Guys, and Victor Victoria.

  • She’s the Man follows the same plot line but puts a high school drama in the mix. Even the character names are the same. The actor list is great too, which includes Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum.
  • Just One of the Guys is a little less by the book with the original plot line but has the same romantic conflicts and also takes place in a high school setting in mid 1980’s. Also includes hilariously perverted comedic relief as well as addressing real life problems in that time period such as women’s equality.
  • Victor Victoria puts a musical twist on the Twelfth Night, and loosely bases the story line off the original book. This movie/musical mostly follows the idea that a woman can be a man. It includes a romantic aspect and portrays a poor woman (Julie Andrews) who becomes a man in the performing arts world. She pretends to be a man, pretending to be a woman, because, ideally its more social acceptable for a man to pretend to be a woman, than visa versa.

So anyways, this post is dedicated to Willam Shakespeare, one of my favorite authors and a great inspiration. I thought I’d take a moment to share my favorite play of his. The Twelfth Night is a literary masterpiece and I hope it’s celebrated for years to come!


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#YASH Book Giveway & Blog Hop ~ Review

So last weekend I participated in the Spring 2016 YASH Book Giveaway & Blog Hop! Honestly, this was one of the most fun activities I’ve done in a long time.

So what is it exactly? #YASH is a young adult scavenger hunt hosted by one of my personal favorite authors, Colleen Houck. She, as well as 179 other authors (for those non math people, that’s a total of 180) created an online blog hop where you “hopped” from one blog to the next to find a hidden number, as well as read exclusive and behind-the-scenes content from some of today’s most popular young adult authors. And not only that, you had the opportunity to discover new books and meet new authors, as well as discuss and talk with people of like interest also participating in the contests.

Wait, contests? So there’s more than one? Yep. So the main idea of all the authors coming together is to share their books. So Colleen created 9 teams with 20 authors in each team. And remember that magic number I was talking about? Well on each author’s blog, there was a hidden number and after finding all of the numbers in each team, you added them all up and entered the total into 1 of 9 giveaways to be entered into a raffle to win great books! And the best part, IT’S ALL FREE!

Not only that, but on certain individual blog pages, some authors even hosted their own mini giveaway in celebration of YASH. So while I had a chance at 9 regular raffles, I probably entered about 20-30 individual raffles from the authors as well.
No, it’s not a completely easy, worry-free jackpot, but it was totally worth it. After 4 hours and endless blogging, I won something!!! And it’s only my first time! I actually won 2 books from Colleen Houck herself! She’s basically my biggest literary role model and I can’t believe I have the great opportunity of devouring (in the nicest person way possible) and definitely reviewing her books.
More specifically I won the first book in each of her series, TIGERS CURSE and REAWAKENED. I got them in the mail on Friday, so they basically shipped in 2 days! Needless to say, I’ll definitely be rereading both series in the coming weeks.

 Which reminds me, stay tuned to my blog for upcoming reviews for Colleen Houck’s books.

Okay, now I’m getting a little off topic. The point is, this book scavenger hunt was epic. I got exclusive never before seen content from some of my favorite authors. I learned about new books and went way overboard on adding them to my TBR shelf on Goodreads. I also met new authors. (Some of them even followed me back on Twitter and Tumblr!) Nothing is cooler than an author wanting to meet and share with their readers!  And I won free books! Though I must say, even if I hadn’t won anything, it would have still been worth it. Please don’t underestimate this: Those 4 hours were some the best in my life. Me, sitting in bed with 2 bookmarked books on my nightstand and me snuggling under my blankets with fuzzy sock and my computer on my lap.

So for those of you interested in all of the thing I stated before, you should definitely try out the YASH contest next time it’s running. It runs twice a year in spring and fall, so if you missed out, don’t worry, it’ll run again in the fall!


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Top 4 Most Anticipated Books of 2016

1. Recreated (The Reawakened Series) By Colleen Houck

August 2, 2016

I’m definitely excited for this sequel. I love Lily & Amon’s relationship and struggles as well as the 2 brothers. Humor and love and compassion all surrounded the first book and I can’t wait to read more. Book 1 in the Reawakened series is REAWAKENED.

So lets go back to the beginning. Lilliana Young has a simple outlook on life. She wants freedom, happiness, and romance that you can only find in books. Her parents on the other hand, like the hand-fed, silver spoon treatment. So to get away, she visits the Metropolitan Museum and stumbles upon a mummy who is not quite as dead as he is supposed to be. Amon, the ancient prince of Egypt has awaken and takes her on a wild, chaotic, heart-flipping adventure through Egypt where they must resurrect his two dead brothers, and must stop the evil forces that arise. I have to say, your left with quite a cliff hanger, so this is definitely at the top of my to-be-read book list. (No spoilers)51KiM23UddL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

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Book: Recreated (The Reawakened Series Book 2)
Author: Colleen Houck
Number of Books in Series: 1 Published
Publisher: Delacorte Press, Listening Library
Published Date: August 2nd, 2016
Estimated Number of Pages: 416

ISBN-13: 978-0385376563

ISBN-10: 038537660X

 

2. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses) By Sarah J. Mass

May 3, 2016

Book 2, here I come. soon, Hopefully! This story picks up right after the first one. But the supposedly happily-ever-after might not happen with the dark Lord Rhysand in the picture. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, catch up with A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES.

Books ones has a semblance to the Beauty and the Beast Tale, with a unique and captivating twist. Feyre is hunting in the woods, when she finds a wolf a kills it. She returns home only to find that the wolf she killed was the Beast’s friend, and to save her family she must come with him and live out her days in a magical land fraught with danger. Only, the beast isn’t as scary as he first appears. The human behind the beastly mask is Tamlin, and strong man filled with love and compassion, if only Feyre is willing to accept him. Now add in a crazy witchy type protagonist and the book gets even better.

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Book: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 2)
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Number of Books in Series: 1 Published
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published Date:May 3rd, 2016
Estimated Number of Pages: 640

ISBN-13: 978-1619634466

ISBN-10: 1619634465

 

3. The Crown (The Selection Series) By Kiera Cass

May 3, 2016

Instead of going all of the way back to the beginning, you could technically start with Book 4 of the Selection series, THE HEIR.Or you can fall in love with the whole book series and read all 4 books. Oh, and don’t forget the novellas. Book one is called THE SELECTION.

Hmm, okay, where to start? The first generation of books follows America Singer as she gets thrust into a competition to vie for Prince Maxon’s interest. Of coarse, she left her broken heart behind and must now pretend to show interest in someone she believes she can’t love. But being at the castle provides for her family, and she was always the person to lay down her life for her family. Except, how is she going to stay long enough when she’s competing with 35 other women.

Now, if your starting from book 4, then by now you realize that America and Prince Maxon (Now the king) have fallen madly in love, were married, and have had children. Now their daughter, Princess Eadlyn, must host her own Selection to find the person shes supposed to be with for the rest of her life. But, she doesn’t want to. At all. So the story continues with this girl’s fiercely independent side battling with her responsibility and duty to her country.

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Book: The Crown (The Selection Series Book 5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Number of Books in Series: 5 Books , 4 Novellas
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Published Date: May 3rd, 2016
Number of Pages: 288

ISBN-13: 9780062310668

ISBN-10: 0062310666

 

4. Glass Sword (Red Queen Series) By Victoria Aveyard

FeBruary 9, 2016

Yes, I am aware this book is already published. However this book was highly anticipated at the beginning of the year and is now highly acclaimed. I unfortunately, have not read the book yet. Start from the beginning with RED QUEEN.

In this universe, your one of two kinds of people. A red blooded person, or silver blooded royalty. And then there is Mare Borrow. Shes both, and then again, neither. Only silver blooded people have special powers. But so does Mare, and she’s as red blooded as it gets. So when royalty finds out about her, they start to get nervous. She threatens the royal line, Which includes the two very handsome princely brothers. Now she has to become just like them, a royal, but is completely under their control…

Glass Sword By Victoria Aveyard

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Book: Glass Sword  (Red Queen Series Book 2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Number of Books in Series: 2 Published
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Published Date: February 9th 2016
Number of Pages: 469

ISBN-13: 9780062310668

ISBN-10: 0062310666


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Ash (Hive Trilogy Book #1) Review

I read this book on January 25th – 27th. My initial review on Goodreads was a little more negative, but as I’ve thought it over, maybe I was a little too harsh. See Full Goodreads Review Here, or visit my Goodread Profile Here.

Book: Ash (Hive Trilogy Book #1)
Author: Jaymin Eve, Leia Stone
Number of Books in Series: 1 Published
Publisher: Amazon Kindle, Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Published Date: December 15th, 2015
Number of Pages: 214

The novel starts with Charlie Bennet, a Vampire / Ash hating human female, who turns out to be not-so-human after all. So if she’s not human, what is she? She’s an Ash. A half vampire, half human offspring. They have super stamina, less appetite (For food anyways), trigger-happy anger outbursts, unquenchable thirst (and I’m not talking about water…), and unparalleled beauty. The only problem? They are ALL male. So what’s up with Charlie, the Independent, Confident, and DEFINITELY female, protagonist.
That’s the confusing part.

This self-proclaimed “Unicorn” is the first ever female Ash – and everyone wants to know why.

Other than trying to find out who she is and where she comes from, drama unfolds with the entrance of the dark and intriguing Rhyder, Head-Enforcer of the Ash Community. Typical romance conflicts arise, and blah, blah blah, she crushes on someone she can’t have.

So to be accepted into the Ash community, a fortified structure known as the Hive, she must go through a culling, which is supposed to limit the number of people with the community. This culling is similar to that of the Hunger Games, in which all but a few die. As you can see, its a very happy story. *Heavy sarcasm*

Things I LIKE about this Book:
~ May Contain Spoilers ~

  1. Charlie’s Independence
  2. Rhyder’s Sex appeal
  3. Charlie’s GBF (Spoiler???)
  4. The Culling!!! ~ It quenched my bloodlust in books (yes, that’s a real thing. For me anyways). I honestly needed some good blood & gore scenes.

>Things I DIDN’T LIKE about this Book:
~ May Contain Spoilers ~

  1. I Don’t understand Charlie’s strong dislike of Ash in the beginning of the book. There’s no foundation for hating them from her POV. She just does.
  2. Charlie’s friend is so… obsessed. She’s too “vampire Clingy”.
  3. Lucas. I don’t understand his role yet in the series. More information to come…
  4. The attack @ the Hive. (DEFINITELY A SPOILER) I felt it had a large build up of emotions and then it ended so quickly.

All in all, the writing was good. I felt as though the romance was lacking. Emotions tended to be more stated and less felt. The ending seemed rushed.
My Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars…

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Hmm Honestly probably 3.5/5 Stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Loved the action. Felt as though the romance was a little weak. Overall a pretty good book. Would definitely recommend just for the action scenes. But I also felt as if the pain wasn’t very …




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The Dystopian Society Trend

In recent years, it seems that the dystopian theme has become more prevalent in today’s society.  A dystopian society is the idea of creating a degraded, dysfunctional society, with the end result being “irreversible oblivion”.  It is the opposite of a utopia, which is the idea of a perfect, “ideal society”, and is often grouped with apocalyptic literature, although there are definite differences.  One being that a dystopian society is usually the “calm before the storm”.  It sits on the precipice of a perfect world.  The chaos is barely contained, until one day, the society is pushed over the edge a ruin and anarchy takes over, becoming apocalyptic.

The common thread nowadays is in teen books.  The rise of books like The Hunger Games has brought a huge wave of the like.  More and more books emerge such as the Divergent Series, the Maze Runner series, and the Legend series.  And with these books came movies. In addition, The Giver book made a rebound with its recent movie, reinstating the dystopian theme. Long story short: enjoy the frenzy and ride out the fad.


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