Review #237

I rated Kristen Circcarelli’s “Edgewood” a 4.9/5 stars. The only reason this new adult fantasy lost .1 was because of the italicized internal thoughts that jumped tenses and were confusing when compared to “other” voices also being in italics. I believe this is a standalone but would definitely read more of her work since theContinue reading “Review #237”

Review #231

I gave Stolen by the Shadow King by Alisha Klapheke a 4.3/5 stars. This fabulous enemies to lovers was the first of a fantasy romance series. I’m unsure if it’ll be a duology or longer. The next is called Rise of the Fire Queen, available for preorder. There are other books related to this oneContinue reading “Review #231”

Review #230

So Wake County Public Library purchased Touch of Malice at my request. I’m the first one to read a fresh copy! Unfortunately, at the end I rated this steamy contemporary fantasy as a 3.3/5 stars and here’s my thoughts as reading. Chapter one is all about Persephone’s lingering response from her trauma in the climaxContinue reading “Review #230”

Review #227

Unfortunately, this contemporary trajectory was a 2.9/5 star rating for me. I loved the LGBTQ representation and the bravery of addressing the difficult theme of death. The first chapter felt pretty choppy, vague, staccato and the prose were a little awkward. In the first section of “Death-Cast” I was a little confused on the rulesContinue reading “Review #227”

Review #224

I gave this romance a 3.9/5 star rating and it could technically fit into a few subcategories like historical fiction or fantasy romance. In the first chapter we learned of Charlotte, a troublemaker and thief who dislikes pirates & idolizes Jane Austen and of course arrogant her nemesis, Irish pirate, Captain O’Riley who was alreadyContinue reading “Review #224”

Review #221

I rated The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang a 4.6/5 star. There are two others in this contemporary romance series, but it could also be a standalone since it ended tied up in a neat little bow. I loved that the two points of view switched between the main characters, Stella and Michael (however IContinue reading “Review #221”

Review #218

Title- Once Upon a Broken Heart Author- Stephanie Garber Series- the sequel is The Ballad of Never After releasing Fall 2022 Rating– 4.3/5 Genre- YA fantasy POV- third person, one POV Trope- unsure due to questions needing answered in sequel Steam level- clean Cover– a little vague, but pretty Comps– The Ten Thousand Doors ofContinue reading “Review #218”

Review #200

Title- Under the Whispering Door Author- TJ Klune Series- standalone Rating– 4.3/5 Genre- contemporary literary fiction, or MM romance POV- third person, past tense Trope- philosophical, stages of grief Cover– matches the author’s other book, giving him a trademark symbol Comps– the TV show “The Good Place,” but books- The Midnight Library , Timekeeper, aContinue reading “Review #200”

Review #197

Title- A Touch of Ruin Author- Scarlett St. Clair Series- This is the sequel to “A Touch of Darkness” Rating– 3.9/5 Genre- Adult steamy dark fantasy romance POV- third person, past tense Trope- forbidden love Cover– pretty, matches the series well Plot/Blurb- Persephone’s relationship with Hades has gone public and the resulting media storm disruptsContinue reading “Review #197”

Review #182

Title- The Paris Key Author- Juliet Blackwell Series- standalone Rating– 4.5/5 Genre- Adult contemporary POV- third person past tense for most of it and third person present tense for Angela’s portion in 1983 Trope- life transitions, healing Steam level- 0/5 Cover– I thought it would be more upbeat because of the cover Comps– Much AdoContinue reading “Review #182”