Book Review: Inked

Author: Eric Smith
Pages: e-book
Published: (Expected January 20, 2015)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic
Rating: 4/5

Caenum is on the run. He will be turning 18 in a few days and as a result will receive his Ink. Most people are excited to receive their Ink, but not Caenum. He is afraid the Ink will be wrong and his life will be ruined.

After confronting one of the Scribes that has come to town to provide Ink for all those coming of age, everything turns upside down. His family, friends, and hometown will never be the same and it all ties back to Caenum.

Somehow Caenum is now in charge of escorting the Scribe who he punched to a safe land before the guards from the Citadel get ahold of them both. Join Caenum, his best friend Dreya, and Kenzi the Scribe as they uncover the magic within themselves and fight to save everything they live for.

This is the new YA fantasy novel from the awesome Eric Smith from Quirk Books. I received an e-ARC for review from NetGalley and devoured this book in less than two days.

I rated this novel a 4/5 for a few reasons. One being that the story was awesome. Also I really enjoyed the world building, was easily engaged in the story, and felt connected to the characters.

However, I did have some minor (albeit nit-picky) problems with the story. For one, one of the main plot points was somewhat cliche. I predicted it would happen from the get-go and unfortunately it did. Also, some of the dialogue seemed more like a Disney movie than anything else.

BUT! I loved it regardless. Even though it was predictable and the dialogue seemed cheesy at times, I needed to know what would happen next and could easily see this becoming a kickass YA fantasy series.

Eric Smith’s world building was incredibly enjoyable and he developed one of my favorite characters that I’ve read about so far in 2014, Tabor. I highly recommend that anyone that is a fan of fantasy novels or magic should pick this up. This book will be released in January of 2015 and I’m absolutely putting in on my To-Buy list 🙂

Book Review: Copyright

Author: Lori Lesko
Pages: 276
Published: April 4, 2014
Genre: Adult, Fiction, LGBT, Thriller
Rating: 5/5

This book. Guys. This. Freakin. Book. I have so many thoughts on this book that I’m not even sure if I can accurately type them all out.

Amber Tyler is a 39 year old mother of two currently working on what she hopes will be her next big novel. But her plans change drastically after she has a “widow maker” heart attack and relapses into her old drug habits. To top it all off, her work is stolen and published under a different name.

This novel had so many insane twists and turns that I had no idea where it was going next. There was so much about this novel, even down to the cover design, that I absolutely loved. This quickly jumped up to the top of my favorite reads of 2014 list and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

I immediately connected with the story as soon as the author began describing the “widow maker” heart attack. I’m all too familiar with that as my father had one in 1994 and thankfully survived. The odds are never great when someone has this particular heart attack, as can be guessed from the name. My grandfather and great grandfather both died from that so when my dad had one no one was sure what would happen.

The realities of addiction and even the court system were explored beautifully in this novel. I enjoyed every second of this story and loved the ending. The author did a fantastic job of keeping me engaged while not providing a “perfect” ending that wouldn’t have fit the main character. Absolutely deserves a 5/5.

Book Review: Witch in the Woods (Book 1)

Author: Taylor Ann Bunker
Pages: 204
Published: December 11, 2013
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 4/5

Victor is a witch hunter that has been drafted to Beth’s Hollow to determine who this witch is that has been harassing the townspeople for years. After more and more people reportedly go missing once they enter the woods, Victor takes the task upon himself to bring this witch down. Little did he know that he would begin to develop feelings for those he would meet in the woods or that he would develop a new found respect for his deceased father in the process.

A solid 4/5, Witch in the Woods was a really fun start to another witch trilogy that I can’t wait to continue! A debut novel from this author, you can tell how much she enjoyed writing the characters as the storyline progressed. Victor is one of my favorite characters that I read in 2014. I need to get books 2 and 3 ASAP!

Book Review: Destroyed (Soul Keeper Series #2)

Author: L.A. Starkey
Pages: 437
Published: November 15, 2014
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5/5

Book 2 in the Soul Keeper Series was freakin’ fantastic. I can’t say much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anyone. But book 2 continues the story of Sam as she navigates her relationship with Nick and Marcus.

More mythological elements are added to this novel and the author tied in more detailed storylines beautifully. I enjoyed book 2 more than book 1 and can’t wait for book 3 to come out!

These covers keep getting more and more gorgeous and LA Starkey is just a fantastic person. If you are looking for a fun, quirky, but pretty intense series to pick up then I would highly recommend the Soul Keeper Series.

I cannot say enough good things about these books!

Book Review: Becoming Beauty

Author: Sarah E. Boucher
Pages: 256
Published: November 11, 2014
Genre: YA, Retelling, Fairy Tale, Clean Romance
Rating: 5/5

Becoming Beauty is a debut novel from Sarah E Boucher and kept me captivated from page one. I read the entire book in one sitting because I had to know where the author was going with this modern retelling of Beauty & The Beast.

Bella is anything but grateful. Stubborn, entitled, and a pain to be around she constantly feels overshadowed by her sister. After coercing her father into risking his life for a rare ruby necklace, Bella’s siblings decide that she needs to take responsibility for her actions.

Forced into the service of the “Beast,” Bella is confronted with her worst nightmare; manual labor. But there turns out to be more to the “Beast” than she ever thought possible.

This story kept me guessing from page one. I absolutely loved this novel and especially loved the angle that the author took when describing the origins of the Beast. Incredibly lighthearted while talking about some pretty dark stuff, Becoming Beauty was an awesome debut novel from this author and I will absolutely be following her writing for years to come! 5/5

Book Review: The Shadow Rises

Author: K.S. Marsden
Pages: 208
Published: January 7, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Witches
Rating: 4/5

Hunter Astley is a seventh generation witch hunter. As far as anyone knows, he’s the only seventh gen in existence. If fifth generation witch hunters have insane powers, what are Hunter’s possibilities?

When the first Shadow Witch in decades appears, it is up to Hunter to track her down and kill her before she can kill anyone else he loves. As part of the Malleus Maleficarum Council (MMC), it is Hunter’s job to keep all witch hunters around the world informed and create a plan of attack. But how is he going to do that when the Shadow Witch continues to slip through his grasp?

This was an awesome start to a witch trilogy by K.S. Marsden. I blew through this book in two days while finishing up finals because I had to know what would happen next to Hunter! I currently have books 2 and 3 and I cannot wait to find out what will happen next. Incredibly strong writing style and very entertaining, The Shadow Rises is a solid start to a witch trilogy that mixes fighting witches (which is all Hunter has ever known) with love in a way that will keep you begging for more. 4/5.

Book Review: The Farm (The Farm #1)

Author: Emily McKay
Pages: 420
Published: December 4, 2012
Genre: YA, Horror, Vampire
Rating: 4/5

The Farm (#1) begins the story of Lily and her twin sister Mel as they navigate life trapped on The Farm. No one is really sure how it got out of control so fast, but somehow a genetically modified animal species has multiplied and taken over. Parents were informed that they could send their teenagers to The Farm which would act as a safe haven until this problem could be contained. Unfortunately that was a ruse to get fresh meat.

Now girls are willingly becoming “breeders” to make their blood less appealing to the Ticks that surround the farm at night. Lily’s story has been different since day one. As a twin she feels a very strong connection to her sister Mel. But even more so since Mel was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.

It’s up to Lily to keep her and Mel safe from the Ticks until an old friend shows up. Carter has been missing and now out of nowhere he has injected himself into Lily’s life and has taken control of her escape plans. With his appearance came so many questions and even stranger answers that Lily never expected.

This book was really entertaining and I have book 2 (The Lair) ready to read soon! Book 3 in this trilogy is called The Vault and I will definitely be picking that up as well. I gave this book a 4/5 because I did have some issues with the wording at different points in this novel. At one point Carter mentions to Lily that she “almost got herself raped” which to me is reflective of victim blaming and took me out of the moment. Other than a few parts where something like this occurred, I thought the story was great and definitely a fun new twist on the traditional vampire story.

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