Review – The Magpie Lord by K. J. Charles

The Magpie Lord
By: K.J. Charles
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Samhain
Series: A Charm of Magpies #1

The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles is the first book in the A Charm of Magpie series. This is a Victorian Gothic Horror novel filled with magic, mystery, and love. Lucien Vaudrey returns from his exile in China to his family estates in England as the new Lord after the deaths of his father and brother. Along with the title and land, Lucien gains the enemies of his father and brother. Someone is trying to kill him, and Stephen Day, local magician, is called in for assistance. Stephen soon finds himself falling for the fascinating earl, but there’s no time for that. Not with a foreboding sense of evil in the old mansion, a ghost, and unknown enemies trying to kill them – both of them.

#MangaMonday Review – Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 1 by Isaku Natsume

Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 1
By: Isaku Natsume
Illustrator: Isaku Natsume (Art); Vanessa Satone (Touch-up & Lettering); Yukiko Whitley (Cover & Graphic Design)
Translator: Adrienne Beck
Release Date: March 12, 2019
Publisher: SuBLime
Series: Candy Color Paradox #1
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

Released in English for the first time this week, Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 1 by Isaku Natsume is a yaoi manga. Satoshi Onoe is a reporter. One morning he’s given a new partner for stakeouts. Motoharu Kaburagi is a great photographer who uses every unconventional method there is and an attitude Onoe simply can’t stand. But as the unwilling partners get to know one another, their attitudes towards each other begin to change and they begin to grow closer.

Review – The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi

The Oyster Thief
By: Sonia Faruqi
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

The first thing I noticed was the cover, a beautiful dark blue background with a golden tailfin. I was immediately intrigued. The Oyster Thief is the amazing debut novel of Sonia Faruqi. With gorgeous prose and extraordinarily real characters, this is a book you will easily fall in love with.

Review – Witchmark by C. L. Polk

By: C. L. Polk
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Series: The Kingston Cycle
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

This book has been sitting on my kindle waiting for me to read it for quite some time. Now, my only wish is that I’d gotten to it sooner. Witchmark by C. L. Polk is an absolutely fantastic novel about magic, love, family, war, and the bonds between siblings.

New Year, New To Be Read Pile

Every year bookworms everywhere take stock of the books they finished reading over the last 365 days and make a new goal for what they hope to accomplish this upcoming year. I am no different but I must admit I was disappointed in myself this past year as I barely reached my minimal reading goal and definitely did not write enough reviews this past year either. The reason for all of this? Reading slumps. What did I do to try and break out of this? Keep reading to find out!

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Review: Priceless (Rylee Adamson #1)

Priceless (Rylee Adamson #1)
By: Shannon Mayer
Release Date: November 11, 2012
Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing
Series: Rylee Adamson Series

Another series, another loose cannon Private Investigator with supernatural abilities. Despite how much this sounds like the Dresden files (and some of the blatant similarities) I found myself able to look past it and enjoy the first book the series.

Review – your name. by Matoko Shinkai

your name.
By: Matoko Shinkai
Illustrator: Ranmaru Kotone
Translator: Taylor Engel
Release Date: (Original Japanese) June 18 2016; (English Translation) May 23, 2017
Publisher: Yen Press

I almost always read the book before I watch the movie. In this case it happened purely on accident. I wound up picking up a copy of your name. by Makoto Shinkai from Barnes and Noble during a buy two get one free sale.

Review – Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands
By: Alwyn Hamilton
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Award: Northeast Teenage Book Award Nominee (2016); Goodreads Choice Award for Debut Goodreads Author (2016); Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2016)

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton was a book I’d heard mentioned quiet often, but didn’t know much about. I picked it up on somewhat of a whim when I was at the library, not quite knowing what to expect, just a little miffed that the first book in the series I was originally searching for wasn’t returned yet.

So what did I think about this book?

Review – Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Ever the Hunted
By: Erin Summerill
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

The theme of early 2017 seems to be reading books I’ve hyped myself up for only to be grossly disappointed once I read them. When I saw Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill I instantly wanted it. The cover was absolutely gorgeous, it was a fantasy novel, and the main character was a girl with a bow. That was enough for me. I was so sold!

Then I read the book. And… Well, let’s just say I wasn’t impressed.

New Release – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns
By: Kendare Blake
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is a book I’ve heard a lot about. A dark tale of three sisters vying to be queen, each dead set to murder the other one in order to gain the throne, it sounded quite intriguing. In Three Dark Crowns the land of Fennbirn is ruled by a queen. Each queen gives birth to triplets, three girls who possess different magical abilities the most common of which are power over the elements, power over nature, and the ability to create and ingest any poison. The night they turn sixteen marks the beginning of the battle to be queen. Only one sister will emerge victorious, and only after the other two are dead.