Friday, November 2, 2018

Blog Tour | Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey | Book Review & Giveaway!

#bookreview #giveaway #cindyanstey #carolsandchaos #servants #upstairsdownstairs #historicalfiction #ya #youngadult #romance #contemporary #blogtour #xpressobooktours
#bookreview #giveaway #cindyanstey #carolsandchaos #servants #upstairsdownstairs #historicalfiction #ya #youngadult #romance #contemporary #blogtour #xpressobooktoursTitle: Carols and Chaos
Author: Cindy Anstey
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published Date: October 9th,2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, YA
Page Count:336
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.75

Goodreads Summary: 
A lady’s maid and a valet become entangled in a yuletide counterfeiting scheme in this romantic Christmas YA adventure.
1817. The happy chaos of the Yuletide season has descended upon the country estate of Shackleford Park in full force, but lady’s maid Kate Darby barely has the time to notice. Between her household duties, caring for her ailing mother, and saving up money to someday own a dress shop, her hands are quite full. Matt Harlow is also rather busy. He’s performing double-duty, acting as valet for both of the Steeple brothers, two of the estate’s holiday guests.

Falling in love would be a disaster for either of them. But staving off their feelings for each other becomes the least of their problems when a devious counterfeiting scheme reaches the gates of Shackleford Park, and Kate and Matt are unwittingly swept up in the intrigue. Full of sweetness, charm, and holiday shenanigans, Carols and Chaos is perfect for fans of Jane Austen and Downton Abbey.

 My Review:

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours, Netgalley, and Swoon Reads for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review and the opportunity to be apart of the blog tour!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube | Book Review

The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube | Book Review #bookreview #mystery #paranormal #horror #thriller #youngadult #ya #fantasyTitle: The Dark Beneath the Ice
Author: Amelinda Berube
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 
Published Date:  August 7th, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, YA
Page Count:320
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Something is wrong with Marianne.

It's not just that her parents have split up, or that life hasn't been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.

She's losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close.

Something is after her. But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing's rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it think it's owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.


 My Review:

Thank you to NetGalley and SourcebooksFire for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

This book was far creepier than I was expecting it to be. Just wow.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kirsten White | Book Review

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein #bookreview #ya #horror #fantasy #retelling #frankenstein #maryshellyTitle: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Delacorte Press       
Published Date: September 25th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, YA, Retelling, Horror
Page Count:304
Format: Hardcover

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.


 My Review:

"Oh, I like you, Elizabeth Lavenza. I like you very much. I am a little bit afraid of you, but I think that makes me like you more."

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Top Ten Thriller Movies of Alexdrea Weis & Lucas Astor | Blog Tour for Death By The River | #Giveaway

Title: Death by the River
Author: Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

A high school “American Psycho.”
Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.
And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.
The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.
He is also a psychopath.
A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.
As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux. 
And that someone will pay with their life.

Author Bios:
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is:  “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.”  ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Medallion of Murder by BR Myers | Blog Tour & Giveaway | Book Review

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#anefertarihughesmystery, #medallionofmurder #brmyers #bluemoonpublishers #kindle #2018read #booktour #yareads #mystery #yamysteryTitle: Medallion of Murder
Series: A Nefertari Hughes Mystery
Author: BR Myers
Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers
Published Date: September 18th, 2018
Genre: Mystery, History based, Egyptology, YA
Page Count:283
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5 

Goodreads Summary: 

Still struggling with nightmares from the past summer, Terry tries to bury her secret guilt and enjoy her family’s first Christmas in Devonshire. But when a murdered man is found with a postcard addressed to her, Terry fears the repercussions from that fateful night in Egypt are becoming a reality.

After she receives a coded message from Awad, Terry and her best friend Maude are thrown into the hunt for a lost medallion, an artifact that possesses a great power—and a gruesome destiny. As each clue leads to more disturbing truths (and bodies), Terry begins to suspect she’s the real target of the search. When Awad goes missing, she becomes certain the Illuminati are involved, and has no choice but to risk losing the thing she cherishes the most to get him back. 

But Terry will soon discover the secrets of the tomb cannot be erased by distance or power, because the ghosts of her past are closing in quickly… and this time, they refuse to stay buried.

Author Bio: 
Always in the mood for a good scare, B.R. Myers spent most of her teen years behind the covers of Lois Duncan, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. Her YA contemporary coming of age novel, GIRL ON THE RUN, was chosen by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre as a BEST BOOK for TEENS for 2016.

When she’s not putting her characters in awkward situations, she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Halifax with her husband and two children—and there is still a stack of books on her bedside table.

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 My Review:

Thank you to Xpressobooktours for the free copy and being able to be apart of the blog tour. 
Full disclosure I didn't realize this was the third book in the series until I went to start reading it. Some of my opinions on it will not fully reflect the series nor should it stop you from starting the series. 

I absolutely loved the history parts of this book. I grew up loving everything about Egypt and I am so glad to finally be seeing it in a YA series. I know several middle-grade series our about Egypt but I personally haven't seen many ya ones, if I'm missing them please let me know what they are so I can read them!

A lot of the relationships I found a little confusing at times to figure out who was who and how they were all connected. I did figure this all out about 20% into the book. This was completely my fault though because I hadn't read the first two books. I also found the Illuminati a little confusing as well, because of how secretive everything about it was.

What I liked.
I really did like the history as I mentioned before. I also liked how the main character Terry does use a prosthetic leg and that is made to be normal, no one was weirded out by it including her boyfriend as they get more serious and started talking about certain things. Terry's best friends are amazing and I adore them. They are supportive and informative and just jump right in and find ways to help Terry solve the problem that they are being faced with. Awad was a character I was a little unsure of at first, because of certain things and I really didn't trust him fully because of how secretive he was being about certain things.

What I felt meh about.
How secretive everything was about certain things. I really didn't see a point in half of it because of how dangerous things got by the end. People needed to know the secrets, but couldn't for reasons that I kind of understand, but I still don't like the reasons.

Overall I did enjoy this book. I will say that this is a series that builds off of each book so it should be read in order to fully understand everything. I do want to read the first two books in the series and reread this one because I do think I missed a lot of things because I just didn't understand what was going on. I will review the first two books when I read them, and possibly add more to this review after I have reread it. 

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Blog Tour | Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey | Book Review & Giveaway!

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