Review: Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

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352 Pages

Published: August 7, 2018

Author: T. Greenwood

Synopsis: The gripping, heart-wrenching novel of Sally Horner, the 11-year-old kidnapping victim whose abduction in 1948 inspired Nabokov’s Lolita.

Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute―unless she does as he says.

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.

Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself.

Opinion: I received a copy of Rust & Stardust via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I feel so many things right now, it is hard to put all of these feelings into words. Anger, sadness, nausea. I have goosebumps, and I had them the whole time I was reading Rust and Stardust. As an adult, it is hard to comprehend kidnapping. Why would someone do it? Why would the child go with them? Why was the child not found sooner? I found myself asking myself so many questions whilst reading.

This book is based on the real life kidnapping of Sally Horner. This really happened. It’s not another made up story to grab the readers attention with horrible things. It is real life. Sally really existed, she was really kidnapped. We read about Sally’s time with La Salle through multiple perspective’s. We have Sally’s perspective, the people surrounding Sally in her new life, and Sally’s family as they live without Sally. It is a truly heart wrenching story.

Ultimately, it was the cover that attracted me to this novel. It is very unique and the red ribbon is of significance to the story. Definitely read the synopsis before you embark on this journey. There are many triggers throughout.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs

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464 Pages

Published: September 22, 2015

Author: Ransom Riggs

Synopsis: A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

Opinion: I will start by saying that I was not as impressed with this book as I was the previous two. That being said, it is still very good. Ransom Riggs knows how to keep you on your toes, that is for sure.

We get our Peculiar mix of mystery, adventure, and horror. In my opinion horror anyway. The first book scared me. Meanwhile, I am over here listening to the audiobook for Stephen King’s IT laughing hysterically because what? Anyway.

This storyline focuses on Emma and Jacob adventuring to rescue their friends and mentor back from a deranged mad man. They were kidnapped in the last book in case you missed that.

Spoilerish* Jacob finally masters his ability. That was cool. I was impressed.

We see a lot of growth in Jacob’s character in this novel. I really enjoy him and Emma and I am sad their story is over. The ending is exactly the way you want it to end though. Things are never as they seem….

I was honestly blindsided by the betrayal in this novel. Riggs sets it up to where you are expecting it in the obvious places. And then nope, you thought wrong. You assumed.

I have already borrowed Tales of the Peculiar from my library via the CloudLibrary. I am super excited to get started on that and hang on to what little bit I can from this amazing trilogy!

My Overall Rating: ★★★★


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Review: Wild (Honor Bound #4) by Angel Payne

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288 Pages

Published: January 9, 2018

Author: Angel Payne

Synopsis:  The boys of the Special Forces battalion are back.

Five mini-episodes give emotional updates for the couples with whom you’ve fallen in love during the series’ first three books, as well as a not-to-be-missed preview of what’s in store for Tait Bommer and Kellan Rush in Wet, book five in the Honor Bound series.

“Raze the Barn”: Garrett and Sage reignite their flame as Dominant and submissive during a well-timed visit to see Wyatt and Josie on the farm, and a visit to “kinky barn” that neither will soon forget.

“Tie the Knots”: Garrett and Sage have finally said “I do,” but the knot-tying lessons have just begun for Zeke and Rayna, the best man and maid of honor who only have eyes—and other body parts—for each other.

“Diamonds In The Rain”: Ethan is taking Ava home to meet his parents, but when a mansion full of friends is invited for the occasion, there’s a storm of deeper conflict for the couple, requiring Runway to expose his “inner Dom” in a decadent new way.

“Glacier Girl”: Josie is burned-out and emotionally frozen until Wyatt whisks her away for a weekend full of erotic surprises—and one shocking surprise guest.

“Moonrise”: Their road to love was filled with the craziest twists life could deal before it completely blew up the route. Now, Luna is locked from Tait in a night that doesn’t seem to have an end. Can he bring the light of love back to her?

Opinion: One word: Wow!

Starting off, I had only read Saved before I picked up Wild. Wild is book four and a collection of short stories based on the characters in the previous novels and a novella intro to Wet. I was a bit confused at times, so I will say read the others before you read Wild. Angel Payne is very descriptive though so even though I hadn’t read book two or three, I still was able to figure out what all I missed out on.

I loved Garrett and Sage in Saved so I loved being able to reconnect with them here. I loved meeting the new to me characters and I cannot wait to read their full stories. Can we talk about that final novella too!? Ugh, poor Tait. You’ll see what I’m talking about. Check out the Honor Bound series if you haven’t all ready. You will NOT be dissapointed.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

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363 Pages

Author: Julie Kagawa

Published: January 19, 2010

Synopsis: Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Opinion: I rated this book four stars because of what takes place after the 50% mark. In the beginning is was hard to read and I really wasn’t sure I would be interested in continuing the story once I finished the first book. After the halfway mark I could NOT put this book down.

Meghan starts off turning 16, in high school, the outcast basically with one friend, totally unrelatable to me. I’m twenty-something, in college, it just seemed a little elementary, something I would’ve read in high school myself and loved. Meghan’s a little woe is me and I get it teen angst, but eh.

There is A LOT going on this book. It’s not simple and basic and written out with a crayon. It is intense and dramatic and overall a really fun read. There is SO much information to take in, it’s super important to pay attention.

I love anything fae so once we dived into the fae realm is when this story really started to take me on it’s ride. After finishing this novel I am a little upset that I have some NetGalley books to review because I really want to jump right into book two, The Iron Princess. I’m super excited to see where this story goes.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★


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Review: I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

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240 Pages

Published: March 27, 2018

Authors: Ariel Lawhon

Synopsis:  Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.

Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed.

Germany, February 17, 1920 A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia.

Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson.

As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened.

Opinion: Where do I even begin? Let’s start with the cover. The cover is eye catching in the way that, for me at least, it made me want to know what was going on with the sad girl sitting alone. It isn’t eye catching in the bright flashy way but more in a morbid way.

I am going to try to review this with as little spoilers as possible, but I think we all know the story of Anastasia. Or at least we think we do. I was worried this story was going to have a happy, 20th Century Fox ending. The point of this novel is to let us “decide” but at this point in time, it is hard to argue with DNA evidence and the author did not disappoint. At least not for me anyway.

The way the novel is written may throw some off. Anastasia’s POV is written is in chronological order, while Anna’s is written in reverse chronological. I will admit that makes it hard to find a stopping point because you can feel a little backwards and lost. It is definitely unique, and I am not sure that I have ever read a book written in this way before now.

For me, this was a very depressing novel.. No matter what way you look at this story, it is emotionally exhausting. I am so happy that the author chose to write this, and to write it the way she did. I actually read the author’s note (I know, I know, I don’t usually) and it was absolutely impressive the amount of detail and historically accurate information she included. She researched, and researched, and researched. She said she actually read Anna’s biographies in reverse chronological order to help her write.

This novel definitely lit a spark in me. I want to learn everything I can about the Romanov’s. I actually told my fiance I want to travel to Russia. I am super impressed with Lawhon and would recommend this novel to anyone with an interest in the story of Anastasia Romanov.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Seducing Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #4) by Amelia Hutchins

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278 Pages

Published: January 19, 2015

Author: Amelia Hutchins

Synopsis: Less than six months ago my life was twisted and flipped on its side. Things have changed so much I barely recognize myself anymore.

I am no longer an Enforcer.

I am no longer a Witch.

I no longer hate the Fae. (For the most part)

And the sex-on-a-stick-gorgeous-Fae? He isn’t really the Dark Prince.

No, he is the father of my children and with the babies on the way, the land dying and the Mages closing in; alliances will have to be formed if we are all to make it through the war that is coming to our front door.

Between warring Gods and Goddesses, how are any of us supposed to win?

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Opinion: The only problem I had with this book was that it felt rushed. There really isn’t the element of surprise anymore with Syn or what happens to Syn along the way. It didn’t feel shocking when something happened, it felt expected.

In my opinion, there wasn’t as much romance in this one, and what was there was very Dom/Sub type stuff. Kind of a change of pace there, but like I said, not unexpected really with the evolution of Ryder and Syn.

Ryder and Syn are still my favorite OTP. I really enjoyed the growth in their relationship in this novel and I finally got what I wanted from both of them. I can’t say too much without spoiling everything but Ryder comes around. That’s all I am going to say.

This isn’t going to be a long review because I just didn’t feel as much with this novel as I have the previous ones in the series. I am looking forward to finishing the series and continuing on with the branch off to the brother’s story line.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★

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