Book Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

43204703._sy475_TITLE: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

AUTHOR: Brigid Kemmerer

PUBLICATION DATE: January 29th, 2019

GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling

 

 

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Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann

51890619TITLE: The Degenerates

AUTHOR: J. Albert Mann

PUBLICATION DATE: March 17th, 2020

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Explicit Miscarriage, Child Abuse

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The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded is not a happy place. The young women who are already there certainly don’t think so. Not Maxine, who is doing everything she can to protect her younger sister Rose in an institution where vicious attendants and bullying older girls treat them as the morons, imbeciles, and idiots the doctors have deemed them to be. Not Alice, either, who was left there when her brother couldn’t bring himself to support a sister with a club foot. And not London, who has just been dragged there from the best foster situation she’s ever had, thanks to one unexpected, life altering moment. Each girl is determined to change her fate, no matter what it takes. Continue reading

ARC Review: When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

45144784TITLE: When You Were Mine

AUTHOR: Ashley Woodfolk

PUBLICATION DATE: March 10th, 2020

GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary

 

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You can’t rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again.

It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded.

Nearly a month since Cleo realized they’ll never be besties again.

Now, Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex–best friend. But pretending Layla doesn’t exist isn’t as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after she’s assigned to be Layla’s tutor. Despite budding new friendships with other classmates—and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom—Cleo’s turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.

Alternating between time lines of Then and Now, When You Were Everything blends past and present into an emotional story about the beauty of self-forgiveness, the promise of new beginnings, and the courage it takes to remain open to love. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday // Spring ’20 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

I’ve taken a few week’s off from this meme, but it’s time for me to get back into it. This week’s topic is our spring 2020 TBRs. This wasn’t super hard for me because I have a TON of ARCs to read. Especially ones that are coming out during the spring. Continue reading to see what’s on my TBR! Continue reading

Book Review: The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes

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AUTHOR: Steena Holmes

PUBLICATION DATE: April 1st, 2018

GENRE: Mystery, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

 

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Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.

Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.

As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth—if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen…before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever. Continue reading

Book Review: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

44074162._sy475_TITLE: Call Down the Hawk

AUTHOR: Maggie Stiefvater

PUBLICATION DATE: November 5th, 2019

GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

 

 

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The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed.. Continue reading