on Jan 29, 2018
Surviving exile and imprisonment should have been a victory, but the battle is just beginning. With a new awareness and tenuous control of her growing power, Janir returns home to find half the Brevian High Lords want her dead.

When Saoven is ordered by his king to remain close, it seems the elves suspect her as well. To make matters worse, whispered rumors claim that a Stlavish noble house, the Vanmars, are plotting to invade and Karile is sure the that Janir's childhood home is a part of it.

Ensnared in the machinations of kingdom, Janir must confront the power that is her heritage before everything she loves is destroyed.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

5 out 5 Stars


Today we are heading back into the world of the Argetallam Saga by Elisabeth Wheatley! 

Some of you may remember my review of book #1, The Key of Amatahns that I posted last year. I loved it and had high hopes for the sequel. Hint: I was not disappointed! ^_^ 

After the intense, dangerous adventures that took place in book #1, we now find Janir and her friends returning to her home, Green Haven. Unfortunately home won't be quite as peaceful as they hope, nor will the journey be either.

This is only the second installment and I'm already hooked on this series! Wheatley has a great sense of pace. I really enjoy the bits of quiet rest amid the exciting adventures, it reminds me of the style of the Chronicles of Narnia. I also appreciate the pieces of history interspersed throughout the novel. All the different cultures and locations have a uniqueness that makes them feel as if they are real peoples and places.

Janir is fantastic to read. Wheatley does a great job of balancing her right on the edge of adulthood. Given that she turns sixteen during this book I think she has grown significantly. She has a good head on her shoulders and several times during the novel I was impressed by the compassion and wisdom that she shows. She's very good at listening to other peoples opinions while maintaining her own views. Even at her young age she is very good at self-analyzing and is already contemplating some big questions about the world around her.

The other characters are just as great. After Janir, Saoven is definitely my favorite character. He is just...*fangirl sigh* He is always interesting to read, very mysterious, and has a strong presence on the page. I love how Janirs adopted father, Armandius plays such a large role in the story. I like that Janir has a positive adult influence. One thing I'm not too crazy about is Karile. Don't get me wrong I like him as a character, but occasionally he's just a bit too annoying for me. We also come across more Argettallams in this book. I love how unique and different the Argetallams are. Although I wouldn't exactly call them a friendly bunch. ;)

I loved this book. As I write this review I am looking at book #3 sitting on my shelf and I'm dying to start reading so I'll see you guys back here next Monday for another review! Happy reading!

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on Jan 22, 2018
Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. Except the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn't exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated into something even more deadly. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus's origin: an extinct poison apple.

Legend has it, though, that a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of an impossible labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place no one in their right mind enters. With no other options, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hatter, a wild party boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she'll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares. 

But can anyone actually survive the madness of the maze? And what if there's no apple to be found there? 

3 out 5 Stars (I'm feeling generous)


After finishing Everland, I immediately dove into Umberland. Expecting to love it as much as I loved Everland. I was dead wrong. Remember all those warm fuzzy feelings I had about the characters, the plot, and well, everything about book #1? You don't? No problem 'cause they all went out the window with this book.

What a complete and utter disappointment this book turned out to be. As the story begins we learn that the cure isn't really a cure and everyone is still sick. I'm pretty sure some of them will end up being a flying monkey, I know this sounds stupid but given the ridiculous avenues that this book goes down I believe it to be entirely possible for book 3. The cure not working is fine, but it contradicts what was already set up and...just *sigh* Why bother making Gwen the special chosen one if she's not? Thats already an overused YA plot device. I don't understand the point. And, I'm sorry but the poison apple thing is dumb, it really is.

We need to talk about how this book successfully turns Gwen and Pete, both complex, enjoyable characters into predictable, whiny teens, making stupid decisions. That takes skill, ladies and gentleman. To continually interrupt life or death situations with their petty relationship drama. I absolutely hated Gwen and Pete in this book.

I most hated the fact that this book isn't really about Gwen and Peter (though they make bothersome appearances), contrary to how it's been set up, each book deals with different main characters but also follows the same story line. The first POV we start with is Alyssa (you know, like Alice *eye roll*) Alyssa is actually not too bad, probably the least annoying character of the whole book.

Alyssa has to work with the Maddox Hatter. Maddox is, of course the dangerous bad boy who for some reason will fall in love with Alyssa and also turn out to have a heart of gold. Bleh. The book skims over the fact that he assists children and teens in committing suicide. Which creeped me out to say the least. I'm having a real hard time fangirling on this weirdo. I could go into detail about the creepy ritual surrounding the death parties he throws but its honestly so sickening that I won't subject you to it.

My last hope lay with Hook, who had the potential to have a complex redemption storyline but nope. He's just going to be evil for the heck of it. Just because this book hates interesting characters.

As I'm sure its obvious I could never recommend this book to anyone. That being said one can easily read the first book, Everland as a stand alone novel. Do that and skip this horrid book all together.
on Jan 15, 2018
Find life.
Deep in a forest, Aileana Kameron claws her way out of the earth. Back from the dead with no memory of who she is or what has happened to her, the Falconer now possesses even greater otherworldly powers and a ruthless instinct to kill—and the one piece of knowledge that can change everything.

Find Kiaran.
Two fae monarchs, Aithinne and Kadamach, stand on the brink of war, and according to an ancient curse, one must die at the hand of the other or all the worlds will perish. Once, Kadamach was known as Kiaran, and he was mentor, protector, and lover to Aileana. Now, under the grip of the curse, his better nature seems lost forever.

Find the Book.
Aileana's only hope lies in the legendary Book of Remembrance, a book of spells so powerful it can break the fae curse and even turn back time. But the book has been lost for centuries, and many are looking for it, including its creator, the Morrigan—a faery of terrifying malevolence and cruelty. 

Sacrifice everything.
To obtain the book and defeat the Morrigan, Aileana must form an unthinkable alliance, one that challenges every vow she has made to herself—even as the powers that brought her to life are slowly but surely killing her. 

5 out of 5 Stars

Review: I am beyond excited to bring you my review of The Fallen Kingdom, book #3 in the Falconer Trilogy by Elizabeth May. If you've been a reader with us for awhile you may remember my reviews of books #1 and #2, which can be read here and here. It probably goes without saying but I recommend reading books #1 and #2 as my review may contain spoilers from both. 

This magical series blends elements of steampunk, historical adventure, romance, and fantasy together in a perfectly delightful mixture. 

The Vanishing Throne ended with Aileana's death and her re-awakening after receiving the Cailleach's power. As volume #3 begins Aileana no longer remembers anything, not even her name. She awakens to a world decimated by the battles between Seelie and Unseelie. Between Aithinne and Kadamach. 

As Aileana begins to piece together pieces of her past we meet up again with some old friends as the final quest to determine the fate of the world begins. 

Elizabeth May has outdone herself with Aileana. She is a complex, enthralling human being, during this book we share her fear, her hope, and her outstanding bravery in the face of utter darkness. A badass with a good heart. I'll also add my undying fangirl devotion for the love between her and Kiaran Mckay. I ship them so hard. I've enjoyed reading the evolution of their relationship throughout the trilogy. This book finds a very different Kiaran than readers have become familiar with. Since Aileana's death Kieran has reverted to his former self, Kadamach. A ruthless Unseelie King. Yet Kiaran fights valiantly against his darker nature and is as always, lovely to read. 

Aithinne is back and mad as ever. I love the spark of humor and fun that she brings to the story. Everyone's favorite pixie, Derrick, is the first to meet up again with Aileana and we are reminded of the intense bond of friendship between these two. <3

This final volume is a good deal darker than the previous titles. In these last moments each character will have to face their fears and demons, and stand against the evil that threatens to destroy their world. In fact in order to do this Aileana teams up with Sorcha, who fellow readers probably loathe as much as I do. Nevertheless after learning a bit of her history I do hate her slightly less and she surprises everyone by performing one final noble, self-less deed. (to the delight of all readers, I'm sure ;) 

While it's sad to say goodbye to these lovely characters I can honestly say I've had a truly fantastic time hunting faeries with Aileana and I look forward to re-reading her adventures in years to come! 

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on Jan 8, 2018
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past English borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharp shooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and ever promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook?

4 out of 5 Stars

I wasn't sure at first where this review was going to go since (against my better judgement) I jumped into book #2 and have already finished it, which left me with so many mixed feelings. However, I've decided to work with my original notes from before reading book #2 (the review of which will be posted late this month.:) Happy Monday!

Everland is an exciting and unique spin on the classic tale of Peter Ban by J. M. Barrie.

Our story begins in an alternate steampunk version of London, now called Everland. A deadly virus has been unleashed by the German army under the command of Captain hook. Now children scramble for life amid the falling ruins of a once beautiful city.

The beginning was quite slow, perhaps for the set up since this is the first in a trilogy. I will say in agreement with some other reviews that London definitely didn't feel like London. To be honest it almost could have been any city but for a few key landmarks. I've never been to London but it always seemed like a special place so it's a shame this book couldn't capture the magic, so to speak.

Gwen was a wonderfully flawed main character and great fun to read. I was worried that Pete, would be quit stereotypical but the author has given him a lot of heart and a lot of hope. Both main characters are pleasantly complex. I wasn't really feeling the romance between them at first but I actually think it works. I didn't find the Lost Boys or Bella to be that compelling, their personalities seemed very forced. Captain Hook seems quite interesting, if they redeem him. He has sooo much potential to switch sides and be good. I really hope they do that in the second book.

A popular complaint among reviewers is that Pete is sexist. I'm not sure where they're getting this but I didn't see any examples. There are several instances where Pete doesn't want Gwen to go into danger but it never seemed like he was saying it because she was female. To me he said it because he had feelings for her, you know he "liked liked" her. To me not wanting the person you like, or love, or whatever to be in pain or die isn't sexism...it's caring but whateves.

The elements of steampunk were awesome and creative, they really lent themselves well to this particular tale.

All in all I think this was a wicked cool concept and I quite enjoyed it!
on Jan 1, 2018
College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life. When her favorite character is killed off, Liv Just. Can't. Deal. She launches an online campaign to bring her hero back to life. Step one: Bribe her best friend, Xander, into helping by making costumes for his steampunk cosplay. Step two: Balance her booming fandom life with school, parental disapproval, and her (nonexistent) love life. Maybe a trip to Dragon Con with Xander would help?

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary 

5 out of 5 Stars 


I'm really excited to be starting 2018 with a review of one of my favorite books of 2017. 

All the Feels is a fun, fantastic, angsty, romantic trip of a novel and I loved every minute of it! 

Through Liv, the reader finds a fellow fangirl deeply embedded in the fandom life of her beloved Starveil. Danika Stone expertly conveys the passion that we fangirls (and fanboys) feel for our favorite characters. Liv is a perfectly flawed relate-able main character. I think many readers will be able to identify with her obsessions, anxieties and insecurities. She grows tremendously during the novel and I love how she finds her strengths among the things she already loves. 

What can I say about Xander? *dreamy fangirl sigh* Xander is a wonderful, confident, flamboyant cosplayer who dresses steampnk just about every day. During the book Xander is a loyal friend to the end, ever ready to support and encourage Liv. 

Filled my twitter conversations, blog posts and fanfiction All the Feels provides a very full and interesting story wrapped around the craziness of fandom life.

I hardly ever read contemporary fiction but I'm so glad I read outside my comfort zone for this awesome read!