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The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse Review

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NeverlandWarsCoverThe Neverland Wars
Audrey Greathouse

Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairytale Retelling

Release Date: May 9, 2016
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

ISBN: 978-1634221719
ASIN: B01BPVZPB6

Pages: 302
Goodreads Rating: 3.48
My Rating: 4.5

Book Description:

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids,  help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

 

However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

 

She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30120253-the-neverland-wars

 

My Take on the Book:

 

When it comes to my sister and I, we couldn’t be more different. The same could be said about Rosemary and Gwen, the 2 sisters in this book. My sister is “dead inside” – her words not mine lol – and I am a bleeding heart. But even with our differences,there are some similarities and a connection you can only find with siblings. We annoyingly finish each other’s sentences or blurt out the same sarcastic thoughts. It’s a bond that comes for a lifetime of each other’s influence.
 
So being the bleeding heart that I am, I am not ashamed to admit that I did my fair share of sniffling in this book. It’s not a sad tale at all. At least not as far as I  can tell but there are some inevitable moments where adulthood and reality rush in and damage the beauty and innocence of being a child. To me that was the most profound message in this book. But like many would say… no one in the world reads the same book, so it is likely that no one else will see what I see when I’m taken on this marvelous journey.
 
It was an extremely well written book and the beginning of what I can only assume is a new and unique series. I loved every minute of this book; and let me be clear, I devoured this book in what felt like minutes. There was strong character development, imagery, scenery.laughter and sadness and even a bit of envy while reading this book… in my opinion all the things that make a book more than just good, but great.
 
My only real complaint was the open ended final chapter. If this is indeed the beginning of a series, it’s a good way to gather more readers since you are literally left thinking ‘what the heck just happened’.

 

 
4.5 Quills

 

It’s interesting because other than some internal conflict and the mention of a war and a few moments that reflect that war, there was really no conflict. No clear “villain”and no clear “resolution” and yet I love this book. It’s odd because that’s nothing at all like me. I usually need a clear beginning, middle and end with all the fixings, and while the story itself was easy to follow it almost came off as a steady stream of information. With the book being called the Neverland Wars, I kind of expected a bit more conflict. But regardless it was an enjoyable read that likes to poke at emotions.

 

About The Author

 

Audrey Greathouse is a Seattle-based author of science-fiction and fantasy. Raised in the suburbs, she became a writer after being introduced to NaNoWriMo during her sophomore year of high school. Since then, she has drafted more than a dozen books, 100 sonnets, and 800 other poems, and a handful of short stories and one-act plays. 

After dropping out of her university and beginning training as a circus performer on the aerial silks, she returned to school to study at Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education to earn her B.A. in English Language and Literature, with a minor in Computer Information Technologies. 

Audrey Greathouse is a die-hard punk cabaret fan, and pianist of fourteen years. She’s usually somewhere along the west coast, and she is always writing.

https://audreygreathouse.com/ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6545831.Audrey_Greathouse https://twitter.com/missaudreyjoy

 

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Blackheath Review + #Giveaway

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Blackheath
Gabriella Lepore

 
Genre: Young Adults Paranormal
Release Date: December 21, 2015
Publisher: Of Tomes Publishing
 
ISBN: 978-1522836254
ASIN: B019PQPVGW
 
Pages: 284
Goodreads Rating: 4.24
My Rating: 5.0
 

Book Description:

 

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Ellmes is dogged by a case of chronic bad luck. She figures that’s just her lot in life—that is, until the psychic at Blackheath’s annual carnival reveals that Maggie’s problems are caused by more than just ordinary misfortune; she’s actually been cursed.

 

Desperate to shake the hex, Maggie has no choice but to seek out the help of Joel Tomlins, a rebellious classmate who’s descended from Blackheath’s most powerful line of witches. After breaking all of his coven’s conventions to help her, Joel discovers that the curse isn’t as bad as Maggie fears. In fact, it’s much, much worse.

 

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28218066-blackheath

 

My Take on the Book:

 

Eepp! I love this!!!

 

Having read/reviewed a previous novel from this author I knew I’d like this book but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. This was a super quick read for me and I greedily took in every page and scene.

 

In this book you are introduced to some great characters that are easy to like and grow fond of. Another good note is that you do get to have alternating POVs so there aren’t very many gaps in this story in terms of story progression.

 

I can’t say enough about this book and yet I’m fearful of saying too much and ruining the experience for all of you! But I will say that not everything is at it appears and you should read this book with an open mind because chances are, if you’ve guessed how something is going to go, that you are wrong.

 

5 Quills

 

Here’s to hoping that there is a sequel to this book in the works, so I can read more about these characters! There were a lot of unanswered questions and it did finish off as open ended so that’s another reason to hope for a follow up.

 

It’s a solid read that is sure to enthrall and entice you. Kudos to Ms. Lepore for creating such a vivid world with such interesting characters.

 

 

About The Author

 

Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural —especially witches!

 

She currently has six (6) Young Adult books in print: Evanescent, The Blackheath Witches, How I Found You, Secrets In Phoenix, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.

 

 
 

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Heart in a Box Review + #Giveaway

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Heart in a Box
Catherine Stine

 

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 20, 2015
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
ISBN: 978-1939590633
ASIN: B017VM7250
eBook Pages: 207
Paperback Pages: 270
Goodreads Rating: 4.71
My Rating: 5.0

 

Book Description:

 

Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.

Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.

 

My Take on the Book:

 

That was so stinking cute, I don’t even know what to do with myself right now!

 

This was a lovely coming of age story that completely exceeded my expectations. It is nothing at all what one expects and the author almost seems to go out of her way to make things go differently than the expected norm.

 

Joss is a great lead, stumbling through life trying to find out who she is all while managing her first real relationship and a new school. Will is also a great smolder-y lead male that perfectly complements Joss and always seems to have the right words to help her make her own way.

 

The dynamics in this story are a lot more complex than they first appear and I find that really refreshing. Honestly none of the characters acted the way I expected and everything I thought would happen didn’t. That alone made this a fresh new read for me because it was literally an unexpected journey.

 

5 Quills

 

I really enjoyed this book and I think it’s a great read for everyone, but I do plan on purchasing 2 copies in the near future. One copy will be for myself and the other for my niece who is just starting to find her place in the world.

 

Give this one a try, I’m almost positive its time well spent and I’ pretty darn sure that you’ll love it as much as I did.

 

 
About The Author

 

               
Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.

 

 
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Forbidden Forest Review + #Giveaway (Interview Coming Soon)

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Forbidden Forest

The Legends of Regia

Tenaya Jayne


Genre: Young Adults Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: December 29, 2012
Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing LLC

ISBN: 978-0988275716
ASIN: B009JVTLA6

Pages: 264
Word Count: 77,000
Cover Artist: Erika Doucesse

Goodreads Rating: 3.97
My Rating: 4.0

Book Description:


Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.


Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia’s laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.

Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he’s ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn’t matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25915131-forbidden-forest

 Book Trailer

My Take on The Book:

 

Wow
That was awesome . At first I was 100 percent sure how that story has characters very strong from the beginning and the story seems to thrust you into a world that already has so much going on . Luckily, the story finds a seamless way to introduce you to past events and what makes all these characters tick.

 

I really enjoyed the new world and all the inner workings of their ‘hierarchy’. The characters are not the kind you can ignore and I couldn’t help but love them. I do admit though that there were plenty of times that said characters pissed me off… they were extremely stubborn after all but for the most part I found them to be really enjoyable and I liked the unconventional romance. I also really liked how different the supernatural beings are in this book.

4 Quills

 

I look forward to reading book 2 ‘Forest Fire’ because this definitely ended with a cliff hanger! But I think this is a solid read that most of you are going to enjoy 🙂
 

About The Author

                     
Nationally Bestselling author Tenaya Jayne has always walked a shaky line between reality and fantasy. A nomad by nature, she’s lived all over the US, and now resides happily in the Midwest, with her husband and sons. She’s an advocate for Autism awareness and women trapped in abusive relationships, and feels everyone has too much pain to not enjoy an escape into a fictional fantasy world.

 

Her passions include reading, independent and foreign films, cooking, and moody music. For more about Tenaya and her books, visit her website.

 

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The Howling Heart Review + #Giveaway

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The Howling Heart
April Bostic

 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2013
Publisher: Eternal Press
 
ISBN: 978-1629290195
ASIN: B00EDTXEXY
 
eBook Pages: 262
Paperback Pages: 234
 
Goodreads Rating:3.82
My Rating: 4.0
 
Book Description:
 
Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River. 

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18191033-the-howling-heart?from_search=true&search_version=service
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My Take:
 

Hmmmm

I’m kinda at a loss for words. While i did fully enjoy this book there was a lot that I didn’t.

I like the originality of the shifter werewolf thing going on in this book, end I like the different route of this romance book but I can’t say I was fully a fan of the main character Paige. There were even a couple of moments where I didn’t even like Riley. Walt they worked well together and made for really nice storybook romance, they both had this naivety to them the made it difficult for me to like them on their own.

I also wasn’t a fan of all the predictability that took place in the story but I did enjoy the refreshing themes. The whole take on this story’s werewolves is a pretty cool one and not something I can honestly say I have ever heard of or read in another book.

4 Quills
 
I think the positives, outnumber the negatives so I definitely recommend this book to somebody who enjoys shifter romances. And while I did have some problems with the story and the flow, I was more interested in seeing how the story played out.

About The Author

 

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen”.

Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now”, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love”, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction”.

After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.

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Mystique Review + #Giveaway

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Mystique

Shari Arnold
 
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: November 17, 2015
 
ISBN: 978-1518757952
ASIN: B016PMLECE
 
Ebook Pages: 279
Paperback Pages: 332
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.67
My Rating: 5.0
 
Book Description:

Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her.

And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events.

But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?

 

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15015612-mystique

 

My Take:

 Wow. Just wow.

 
I was initially intrigued by the synopsis of this book, but I wasn’t sure how everything will pan out. It could have been a great book, or something that’s been to the category of notoriously bad reads. Luckily, this turned out to be a great read.
 
From page 1, the first sentence, I was hooked. It didn’t take long for me
to be invested in Presley or to become way too curious. There were a lot of moments where the characters annoyed me, but it was to be expected. What they had to go through, is not something someone deals with on a day to day basis so their reactions were warranted; I just happened to be a very impatient woman.
 
The progression of these characters relationships was also something very
spot on. It was very realistic and none of this instantaneous I love you nonsense, that while I occasionally adore in a book with a supernatural quality, I was happy to find that the author took note that this was not that kind of story.

 

And while this story, this book did have a legitimate ending, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a little bit sad is that this journey has come to an end.

 

 

5 Quills
 
All good things must come to an end, and this was definitely go so it’s not surprising that it did indeed finish, but I am a little disappointed that there will be no more Presley, no more Sam and no more Bauer. I really grew to love these characters and I admit that I would really like to know more about them and where the story could possibly go. Kudos to the author for writing such a unique and riveting tale.


About The Author
 
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it’s her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.

 

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HCF – Happy Calm Focused® Supplement Review

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Hello Loves!

 

Going back to my roots, reviewing roots that is, was always a plan of mine but with all the health shenanigans my body was putting me through I can’t say I had much time to do anything except read. I LOVE reading so that wasn’t too much of a hit to take but I missed doing other things.

Reading, is one of the most amazing things for relaxation but it didn’t leave me much in terms of inspiration for my own writing. Sure, creatively I was at an all time high, able to write out lyrics and poems like it was nobody’s business but my books were a completely different story. Every time I brought pen to paper, because yes I’m just that old school and I can’t just sit in front of my pc and type out a best seller, I blanked. I couldn’t for the life of me hear my characters or what they wanted to do. So when I was contacted by a rep for HCF Happy Calm Focused® I was ecstatic. I used to work in South Beach at the Art Deco Welcome Center for The Miami Design Preservation League, long name I know, and they would send me on these amazing tours just so that I could write about them. Till this day the Wynwood Tour and the SoBe Food Tour are some of my favorites. 

Now, though I was excited about doing something other than a book review or the occasional movie review I used to post on my author site, I’ve always been hesitant about new supplements and the gimmicky side of things, so naturally, I did my research and looked into the company. There were reviews on both sides of the spectrum and the site looked legit if not a bit bland but to each their own. So, I talked it over with a close friend and my father and they both agreed that I should give it a go.

I received the product within a week of my response with  a little brochure and paper insert. The first thing I noticed was how full the bottle was. There was a tiny piece of cotton, literally a cotton ball so when I say this thing was packed I mean it was PACKED.

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The pills are normal sized, no bigger than the pad of my index finger and I have pretty small hands.  The recommend dosage is three (3) capsules daily, 30 minutes before breakfast.You are supposed to take them on an empty stomach with an 8oz glass of water.

The site states “To accommodate body weight, activity level, stress level and/or inadequate diet, you may increase up to a maximum of six (6) capsules per day and/or take at different intervals throughout the day.” they also recommend that if swallowing is a challenge, that you open the capsule into an 1 oz glass of water, drink it, and then follow it up with an 8 oz. glass of water.

With  that said, I started with  the recommended 3 pills in the morning, right after waking up before I started to get ready. The first 2 days were great, but I started noticing that by the 3rd or 4th day I was feeling really weird. My stomach also wasn’t super happy with the pill. I got nauseous and if I burped (a woman burping, the horror! :rolls eyes:) I could taste the pill. It was making me queasy and I really was not for that. Like I said earlier, I have some health issues so I jumped right onto the website to see what I could possibly be doing wrong.

Turns out that the proper dosage can vary depending on the person. I immediately dropped my dosage to 1 capsule a day and the affect was almost immediate.

My second week was more enjoyable and I was able to feel some of benefits. It wasn’t a huge difference but it was something and my stomach was not angry at me anymore. I was able to get to 4pm without feeling like a walking corpse so that was a definite plus, and I didn’t need to reach for coffee. I was also able to focus on a project without feeling the need to do something else.

I decided to up my dosage but only slightly. Every other day I would take 2 capsules and I noticed I was feeling refreshed and fully rested all day. *I did attempt to take 2 daily but the negative affects returned.*

As a whole, I think the product is great an innovative. It did do what it claimed and the all natural ingredients are a good selling point but I do wish they would be more thorough with the dosage advice ON the pill bottle. There was 1 negative affect I couldn’t shake no matter the dosage and it didn’t go away till the last week and that was a loss of appetite. Though I was no longer feeling nauseous or sick, I wasn’t really hungry… at all. I had 1 particularly busy day with lots of deadlines, I woke up at 7am and got straight to work. It wasn’t till about 8:pm when I realized I hadn’t eaten and I hadn’t felt hungry. I made sure after that incident and a stern reprimand from my best friend that I set a reminder on my phone to grab a quick meal even if it was only some fruit at regular intervals.

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4 Quills

Bottom line is, I would recommend this product but with my own disclaimer. Make sure you start off with one (1) capsule daily and work your way up to your perfect dosage. Also, make sure that you are eating regularly even if you don’t feel hungry. I’m aware that not everyone reacts to pills the same way and some people might not feel any of the negative affects but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Side affects include:

    sleeplessness | diarrhea | headache

loss of appetite | irritability | bright lights

sadness | libido | tired

If you are interested in trying this product they offer a 14 Day supply for free. You only pay $5.95 for shipping (so I guess that’s not really free).

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