Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tricked by Jen Calonita



  • Series: Fairy Tale Reform School (Book 3)
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
  • ISBN-10: 1492637955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492637950
  • Grade Level: 5 - 8

Release Date ~ March 7, 2017!


Synopsis
{Amazon}

Things are changing at Fairy Tale Reform School.
At least, that's what Gilly's heard through the Enchantasia rumor mill. Word is, notorious trickster Rumpelstiltskin has taken over management from Headmistress Flora, and he's locked down the school tighter than the Pied Piper's pants. Not that this news concerns Gilly. She's been released from FTRS and is now suffering through attending Jack of All Trades School, where she gets to learn about different kinds of shoe leather and ways to measure feet. Truly riveting stuff.
But when Gilly's little sister Anna gets whisked off to FTRS thanks to her troublemaking new friends, Hansel and Gretel, Gilly knows she's got to get Anna out of there. There's only one thing to do; make some serious trouble and get thrown back into FTRS.
It's time to out-trick a trickster!


Tricked by Jen  Calonita is  the third book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series.  Every once in awhile I come across a middle grade series that I enjoy and this is  definitely one of them! 
Tricked is a mix-mash of fairy tale characters. plot twists and turns that will keep you on your toes. Ms. Calonita writes with a good dose of humor yet addresses more subtly the challenges surrounding growing up and coming of age.  All in all, this is a delightful book! 

4.5 Stars!

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Rise and Fire by Sophie Jordan



  • ISBN-10: 0062377671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062377678
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (February 7, 2017)
  • Series: Reign of Shadow Series


Synopsis
{Amazon}


Luna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever.
Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the King discovers both Fowler and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne.
Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler but the power she was destined to inherit.







Rise and Fire by Sophie Jordan is the second book in the Reign of Shadow Series.  While this book can be read as a stand alone, I recommend it be read as a part of the whole series. Why? You truly won't want to miss a thing of this fantastic series! 

Rise and Fire begins exactly where Reign of Shadows left off. This story is chock full of action, adventure, suspense and mystery. There are twists and turns in the plot that are amazing and secrets abound around every corner. It also has romance, friendship and so, so much more!

I truly enjoyed reading Rise of Fire and found it to be a well written, wonderful book in it's own right. How often can you say that the second book in a series is as good as the first?   

My hat goes off to Ms. Jordan for the superb job she has done with Rise and Fire. I encourage you all to read this delightfully addicting series.

5 Stars!

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Young Wives Club by Julie Pennell



  • ISBN-10: 1501136461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501136467
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books/Alloy Entertainment 
  • Release Date ~ February 14, 2017


Synopsis
{Amazon}

In Toulouse, Louisiana finding your one true love happens sometime around high school. If you’re lucky, he might be the man you thought he was. But as four friends are about to find out, not every girl has luck on her side in this charming debut novel perfect for fans of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Desperate Housewives. 

Laura Landry’s quarterback husband was her ticket out of Toulouse. But when a devastating football injury sidelines him, they’re forced to move back to the small town she was so desperate to leave. As Brian starts drinking instead of rehabbing his knee, Laura must reevaluate what her future looks like…and if it includes her husband.

For years, Madison Blanchette has been waiting for bad-boy musician Cash Romero to commit to her. When wealthy George Dubois asks her out, she figures she may as well wait in style. Life with George means weekend trips to New Orleans, gourmet meals, and expensive gifts. At first she loves how George’s affection sparks Cash’s jealousy, but when George proposes to Madison, she finds herself torn between two men…

All Claire Thibodeaux wants is to be the perfect wife and mother. If she can do everything right she won’t end up like her mom, a divorced, single parent trying to make ends meet. But when Claire’s husband Gavin, a well-respected local pastor, starts spending late nights at work and less time in their bed, she can’t help but fear that history is about to repeat itself…

Gabrielle Vaughn never thought she’d end up with someone like her fiancé. The son of a prominent congressman, Tony Ford is completely out of her league—which is why she lied to him about everything from having a college degree to the dark truth about her family. She knows she has to come clean, but how do you tell the love of your life that your entire relationship is a lie?

As these young wives come together to help each other through life, love, and heartbreak, they discover that there are no easy answers when it comes to matters of the heart.






The Young Wives Club by Julie Pennell is funny, enjoyable and a truly delightful read!

Ms. Pennell really did a wonderful job in writing this heart warming  story. It's engaging, creative, funny and sad all at the same time. The characters are realistic, resilient and lovable. I laughed, cried, cheered and smiled my way through this delightful book.   

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading The Young Wives Club. If you like reading Women's Fiction ~ this book will definitely hit the mark! 

4.5 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.  Thank you to Atria/Emily Bestler Books/Alloy Entertainment and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

Isn't this cover just gorgeous?! 




  • ISBN-10: 0062418688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062418685
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (February 21, 2017)



Synopsis
{Amazon}

Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of the court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
She may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councilors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, she knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom—and her life.
Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisers. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her but also wanted more power for himself.
As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.







I fell in love with this book's gorgeous cover but after reading  Long May She Reign  by Rhiannon Thomas, I can honestly say this book is even better than it's cover!

Ms. Thomas created a uniquely intriguing, suspenseful fantasy that had me engaged from start to finish. While Freya was my favorite heroine, this story is filled with believable characters and a wonderful story-line filled with action, adventure, fantasy and romance. 

The twists and turns of the plot were stimulating. At times I was so caught up with the story and Freya's struggles that I was a bit shocked when the true villain was revealed.  

All in all, Long May She Reign is a great story, a great read and I highly recommend it!


5 Stars!


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Dressmaker's Dowry: A Novel by Meredith Jaeger



  • ISBN-10: 0062469835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062469830
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 7, 2017)


Synopsis
{Amazon}


An exquisite ring, passed down through generations, connects two women who learn that love is a choice, and forgiveness is the key to freedom...
San Francisco: 1876
Immigrant dressmakers Hannelore Schaeffer and Margaret O'Brien struggle to provide food for their siblings, while mending delicate clothing for the city's most affluent ladies. When wealthy Lucas Havensworth enters the shop, Hanna's future is altered forever. With Margaret's encouragement and the power of a borrowed green dress, Hanna dares to see herself as worthy of him. Then Margaret disappears, and Hanna turns to Lucas. Braving the gritty streets of the Barbary Coast and daring to enter the mansions of Nob Hill, Hanna stumbles upon Margaret’s fate, forcing her to make a devastating decision...one that will echo through the generations.
San Francisco: Present Day
In her elegant Marina apartment overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Sarah Havensworth struggles to complete the novel she quit her job for. Afraid to tell her husband of her writer’s block, Sarah is also hiding a darker secret—one that has haunted her for 14 years. Then a news headline from 1876 sparks inspiration: Missing Dressmakers Believed to be Murdered. Compelled to discover what happened to Hannelore and Margaret, Sarah returns to her roots as a journalist. Will her beautiful heirloom engagement ring uncover a connection to Hanna Schaeffer? 






The Dressmaker's Dowry is a really good debut novel  by Meredith Jaeger and is set in San Francisco.  It's a very moving fictional story that alternates between current day and the past that brings generations together to solve an age old mystery. 

Ms. Jaeger did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life with a great setting, engaging characters and a well written plot that really pulled me in.  The story's twists and turns were well done and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

I definitely recommend The Dressmaker's Dowry and award it 4.5 stars. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Jaeger's work!

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to William Morrow Paperbacks and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech



  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (January 31, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0062459880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062459886


Synopsis
{Amazon}

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?
But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.









Reading Wait for Me by Caroline Leech  was the perfect way to spend a relaxing weekend afternoon! 

I found the book to be well written with a storyline that flowed well. The characters were engaging and the challenges they  faced realistic and intriguing. 
I really enjoyed reading this book.

4 stars!

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for the opportunity to review this novel. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes


  • Series: Queen of Hearts (Book 2)
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (January 31, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 006240976X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062409768


Synopsis:
{Amazon}

Revolution is rising in Wonderland. Dinah’s battle has begun.
Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her.
Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice—to leave Wonderland forever, or stay and fight her father for the throne.
When a chance encounter with one of her father’s long-lost enemies brings Dinah more allies than she ever could have imagined, war starts to feel inevitable. But before Dinah can lead her people into combat, she must confront certain truths about her heart and her destiny—no matter how dark those truths may be.







I found Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes to be well written with characters that are exciting and dynamic. The plot was interesting and full of twists and turns that really surprised me. It was really interesting to delve into Wonderland's history (fable though it is) and begin to understand how Dinah became the  "Queen of Hearts" we know so well in the original story. 

Overall, I feel this book has merit and is worth reading. Still, I have to share that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had the first one. The reason is purely personal ... it ended up being a bit too dark and violent for my taste. 

I've rated this book a 3.5 Stars because it really is my personal preferences that affected how I responded to book.  I encourage you all to read Blood of Wonderland and find out if it's a winner for you! 😊   

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for the opportunity to review this novel.