Infinity Reaper Review

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About the Book

Emil and Brighton Rey defied the odds. They beat the Blood Casters and escaped with their lives–or so they thought. When Brighton drank the Reaper’s Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him.

In Emil’s race to find an antidote that will not only save his brother but also rid him of his own unwanted phoenix powers, he will have to dig deep into the very past lives he’s trying to outrun. Though he needs the help of the Spell Walkers now more than ever, their ranks are fracturing, with Maribelle’s thirst for revenge sending her down a dangerous path.

Meanwhile, Ness is being abused by Senator Iron for political gain, his rare shifting ability making him a dangerous weapon. As much as Ness longs to send Emil a signal, he knows the best way to keep Emil safe from his corrupt father is to keep him at a distance.

The battle for peace is playing out like an intricate game of chess, and as the pieces on the board move into place, Emil starts to realize that he may have been competing against the wrong enemy all along.

Review

Has this week both been THE LONGEST week and flown by at the same time or is that just me? I feel like I’m just losing all sense of time but I’m super glad I’m getting in this review today! Because I really love these books. And I may have been waiting for Infinity Reaper since last year. Just saying. And dare I say it… I may have loved this one even more than book one!

You know why I love these books so much? It’s simple, the world building is just divine. Plus I mean the story is amazing too but you know, priorities. And I just love that I got to know even more about this complex world in Infinity Reaper. But this picks right up following book two and we are taken on an adventure that is going to make you go through some emotions so buckle up!

Sorry this review may be a smidge shorter than normal, but my brain feels like it’s about to implode so I’m leaving it at this. Remember, I’m losing all sense of time. Plus allergies. So. Much. Pollen. But anyways, GET THIS BOOK AND READ IT ASAP!

About the Author

Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, and They Both Die at the End. His next book What If It’s Us is co-written by Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and releases on October 9th, 2018.
He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

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The Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira Review

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About the Book

From the imagination of actor Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Prodigal Son) comes an epic and unforgettable Science Fiction Fantasy tale.

Two worlds at war will bring them together… or tear them apart…

Everson didn’t want to be a soldier. His parents forced him to serve, as all good Indiran men should. The only problem? His first battle against their mortal enemies goes horribly wrong and he winds up stranded on the enemy planet.

Now, Everson has to survive in this strange new land where everyone is out to get him. Not to mention, the planet Mano is covered in unforgiving desert. And he’s the target of traitors who want to use him in a dastardly plot to overthrow their mad king, Xander the Firm, by having him retrieve a piece of mysterious and powerful ancient technology known as the Tinderbox.

But everything changes during a chance encounter with the king’s daughter, Allegra. Despite her station, she’s in as grave of danger from her own people as Everson is. And though their peoples have been at odds for centuries, an unlikely spark forms between them.

As their worlds come crashing down around them, their forbidden love might be the only chance to end this war forever. Or, it might just be the doom of everyone…

Imagine the intrigue of Game of Thrones mixed with the star-crossed romance of Romeo and Juliet… but in space! Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale of the same name, Soldier of Indira is perfect for fans of Dune, Aurora Rising, and Stardust.

Review

Have I mentioned that I love fantasy and sci-fi mixed together into one book? Because I do. And I just knew that I would love this book because of that. But even outside of that I just really loved this story! It was a fun read and it was just so well written! Plus who wouldn’t be excited to see what Lou Diamond Phillips comes up with?

There were so many different elements to praise about this story, but the world building in this book is of course my favorite aspect. I can’t help but love some good world building! There’s just so much detail about all aspects of life in this world and it really helps transport you to the setting of the story. But even outside of this there is that ephemeral quality to the book as you go through this riveting story.

This is a great book that has a little bit of something for everyone. It’s the perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy mixed with excellent storytelling. And it’s even got the fairy tale elements for those who love retellings! It’s a book you can sit and relax with as you explore new worlds.

About the Author

Louis Diamond Phillips is a Filipino American actor and film director. His breakthrough came when he starred as Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba (1987). For the Academy Award-nominated Stand and Deliver (1988), Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won an Independent Spirit Award. He made his Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I, earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam. Phillips’ other notable films include Young Guns (1988), Young Guns II (1990), Courage Under Fire (1996), The Big Hit (1998), Brokedown Palace (1999), Che (2008), and The 33 (2015). In the television series Longmire, he played a main character named Henry Standing Bear.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Wolf Den Hollow Review

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About the Book

It’s the dead of winter, and Sila, a bewitching Cherokee teenager, has just fled her marriage to a brutal drunk. Desperate for work, she finds herself knocking on the door of a mill office in the Missouri Ozarks. There she meets the handsome owner, Charley Barclay.

Despite the fact that Sila and Charley have virtually nothing in common and thirty years between them, a spark ignites. Their passionate love affair quickly intensifies, and for Charley, there is no going back to his loveless marriage—especially after Sila is with child. They marry, and his empire expands as they face tragedy and treachery along the way. Just as their lives seem perfect, Charley falls victim to cancer. Sila’s devastation is compounded by the onset of the Great Depression. She loses her inheritance and is faced with losing her home. As her situation grows increasingly dire, Sila—determined to protect herself and her family—is forced to make a desperate decision.

Inspired by a true story, and replete with natural healing, glimpses of the logging boom, and heartbreaking drama, Wolf Den Hollow brings to life this unlikely, captivating romance of the early 1900s.

Review

I expected to really enjoy this book, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. This is just one of those stories that instantly pulls you in and refuses to let go of you. It’s just so haunting but beautiful at the same time.

The writing in this book is really lyrical and fit so well with the story. And the characters had so much depth to them that I couldn’t help but want to learn more about them. Plus there was such an interesting romance featured along with the steam that makes it so much more interesting. And the setting again just added so much more to this. I mean, just all around there were so many surprising and amazing aspects to Wolf Den Hollow.

The really interesting part about this story is that it is loosely based off of the authors own family. And after realizing that I could reflect on what I read and see just how many extra little details the author added. And you can also see how much research Murray put into making the perfect story.

About the Author

After living in Bali, Indonesia, where she designed and manufacturing garments, Donna Murray relocated back to San Francisco. She worked with the San Francisco Ballet on their Opening Night Gala in 2010, and when she left the event that rainy evening, she stepped into a deep pothole―and broke both her feet. With months of recuperation ahead, she embraced the opportunity to write her first novel: Wolf Den Hollow.

Donna has a passion for the arts and culture, travel, nature, food and wine, and living the good life in the beautiful Napa Valley.

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Toward that Which is Beautiful

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About the Book

On an ordinary day in June of 1964 in a small town in the Altiplano of Peru, Sister Mary Katherine (formerly known as Kate), a young American nun recently arrived in this very foreign place, walks away from her convent with no money and no destination. Desperate and afraid of her feelings for an Irish priest with whom she has been working, she spends eight days on the run, encountering a variety of characters along the way: a cynical Englishman who helps her out; a suspicious Peruvian police officer who takes her in for questioning; and two American Peace Corps workers who befriend her. As Kate traverses this dangerous physical journey through Peru, she also embarks upon an interior journey of self-discovery―one that leads her somewhere she never could have expected.

Review

This is such a lovely story about journeys and finding one’s place in the world. I don’t think anyone walks through life without facing many difficult decisions, restless nights, and moments contemplating whether you made the right decision or not. But the wonderful thing about life is that you can always change what path you are on. And this is what Toward That Which is Beautiful is about.

You know, I don’t read a lot of books about nuns but there was something about this story that just called to me. I think it’s my inherent “flight” instinct that is always screaming at me to drop everything and go on an adventure. But this was a beautiful story that gave us to much culture and history.

The writing in this book is just so lush and vibrant, which helps to elevate the story that much more. Our MC is thrust into an unfamiliar world and we discover just as much as she does as the story progresses. All around this is a wonder and uplifting story that takes you on numerous trials and through a vibrant culture.

About the Author

Born and raised in an Irish Catholic family in St. Louis, Missouri, Marian O’Shea Wernicke is the eldest of seven children. She was a nun for eleven years and spent three years working in Lima, Peru, during that time. She is a former professor of English and creative writing at Pensacola State College and the author of a memoir about her father called Tom O’Shea: A Twentieth Century Man. She also coedited and contributed to an award-winning book of short fiction and memoir called Confessions: Fact or Fiction? Marian is married to Michael Wernicke, and they are the parents of three adult children. After many years in Pensacola, Florida, they now live in Austin, Texas.

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Chasing North Star Review

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About the Book

Germany, 1940. While struggling to survive at an orphanage, young Didi crosses paths with a rebellious, quirky girl who will either help her escape a life of abuse and uncertainty or lead her down an even darker path.

Fast-forward to 1970. With help from a worn leather journal, another young girl learns the story of Didi, who escaped war-torn Germany for a better life in America―except her life didn’t turn out as expected. The stories of these two girls intertwine and eventually collide one Christmas night when Didi, all grown up, finally remembers the secret she buried long ago.

Chasing North Star looks back at a time when four free-range siblings, cigarettes in hand, roamed the streets ’til sunrise and hid from a gun-toting, mentally ill mother who couldn’t help herself. Stingray bicycles, transistor radios, and late nights in the cemetary―just another day in Alamo. That is, until the youngest sibling stumbles upon Didi’s story.

Review

This book is one of those heartbreakingly beautiful stories. It’s a difficult but important read that explores a look at the darker side of humanity. I love getting a chance to take a glimpse into the lives of others and understanding a bit of the suffering people might be forced to endure.

This book deals a lot with mental health and how mental illness was treated in the seventies. Or better yet, the lack of treatment (and don’t even get me started on how this continues today). BUT ACTUALLY, I am going to kind of get started on how this continues today. BECAUSE that makes this book that much more relatable and important.

This is a bleak yet beautiful story of survival and trying to live one’s life amongst hardships. It’s one of those books you just need to pick up and take in (and I don’t want to spoil anything). It’s not an easy read, but its a powerful one.

About the Author

Heidi is the youngest of five kids. She and her husband, Jon live in Kalamazoo, Michigan – just a short drive from Alamo where she grew up. She now owns the family woods that are depicted in Chasing North Star. Her two sons, Tyler and Phillip, are doing great despite being raised by a mother with no formal training.

Embracing all that West Michigan has to offer, Heidi can often be found golfing at her favorite golf course located in her backyard or  hanging with her family in town and anywhere along the Lake Michigan shoreline. She remains connected to her siblings and is especially close to her sisters who also live in the area. Michael (Mickey) moved away soon after graduation and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

Heidi has worked in the media world all her adult life – including time at WWMT. She still works in the marketing and advertising arena, and can often be found working at her favorite golf course. She is also a contributing writer for Women’s LifeStyle of Greater Kalamazoo.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*