Review Bites

The Lady and The Wish – J.M. Stengl

 This book is yet another win for Mrs. Stengl! It’s probably one of the best fairytales I have read yet this year.
Lady Gillian was…not what I’d expected. She didn’t have as much of a mean streak as she simply was oblivious and self absorbed. I had assumed that she would be the easy-to-hate type at the beginning of the book. In reality, though, I just pitied her, especially after her rotten parents decide to make her pay for all their mistakes. After everything she went through for them, she deserved a happy ending.
The real Gillian is actually a pretty capable girl, who is a surprisingly solid judge of character after she gets past the surface. I have to say that I really admire that girl’s tenacity. I wouldn’t have lasted the week in that insane manor. And it was also sweet how much she cared about that old lady. Though as cruel as that woman was to her, I was beginning to question her sanity in staying.
My only real qualm with this book is that the villain didn’t get what he so richly deserved. I’m hoping that might be resolved in a future book’s plot. In the meantime, I’m just going to go back to staring at the calendar and counting the days until book five: The Mirror and the Curse releases.

*** I received an advanced reader copy of this book free from the author. I was not in any way required to leave a positive review.***


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Flight of the Raven – Morgan L. Busse 

Great sequel to Mark of the Raven! It’s a bit of a slower paced book, focusing more on the romance than any action, but it it brimming with suspense and lovable but flawed characters that i’m dying to see more of. Busse has a beautiful style and strong description that make the dark, airy hallways of Ravenwood or the bright lights and oceanic scenery of house Maris both easy and breathtaking to picture. The ending was a touch of a cliffhanger, so I really hope that book 3 is not too far down the road, because I’m about to go crazy wanting to know what happens next.




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Her Oklahoma Rancher – Brenda Minton

I have read and enjoyed several of Minton’s books. This one…Well, it was a fairly enjoyable way to pass some time, but it felt rather lacking in both depth and feeling.

I liked Ethan well enough, he was a genuinely sweet guy and tried so hard for everybody – even when he did go a touch overboard. My only qualm with him is that he would so easily abandon a baby for a few days with a woman who knew nothing of caring for infants – without even telling her. He just walked out the door.

As for Eve, I can’t say I ever really liked her. I understand that her character was dealing with a number of serious physical and emotional wounds, and I tried to like her, I really did. But I just never really felt much for her character beyond a bit of annoyance. She reacted badly or overreacted to everything, even though she was quick to apologize later. There was really nothing there that endeared her to me. She was a lackluster character and I never really felt much in the romance between her and Ethan.

Overall, it was a relatively enjoyable escape read, but not one i’ll be re-reading.

*** I received an advanced reader copy of this book free from Netgalley. I was not in any way required to leave a positive review.***


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Heart of the Curiosity Cover Reveal!

Hey, y’all! I’m sorry it’s been so long since i’ve posted anything. Life’s gotten mighty busy and i’m afraid that it has been my blogging and writing that have taken the hit. I’ll try to blog more often when I can find the time, but the reviews may not be as in-depth as they used to be.

But in the meantime, I have a cover reveal from the wonderfully fun fantasy/steampunk author H.L. Burke for you today! I greatly enjoyed her Nyssa Glass series and I can’t wait to see what this story shall be like!






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Isn’t it just so adorably whimsical?



The secret lies with the Heart.

Born with a magical knack for manipulating emotions, Leodora’s only dream is to ensure her talented little sister dances on the biggest, brightest stage in the Republic: The Curiosity, a grand old theater of tradition and innovation. After escaping a cruel carnival, Leo secures her sister a place in the Curiosity’s chorus line, and herself a job as a professional audience member, swaying the crowd’s mood with her magic. The girls have a home for the first time in their lives.

Then a tragic accident darkens the theater. A greedy businessman begins blackmailing Leo, and financial woes threaten to close the show forever. The Curiosity’s sole hope lies in a mythical power source hidden beneath the maze-like passages and trapdoors of the theater—the Heart. And Leo’s only friend Paxton, nephew of the theater’s stagemistress, is the key to finding it.

While Leo and Paxton hunt for the Heart, the blackmailer’s threats loom larger. Mysterious figures, cryptic clues, and deadly traps hinder the search at every turn. If the friends cannot recover the Heart in time, Leo and her sister will be cast out of the only home they’ve ever known, and the final curtain will fall on The Curiosity.

Enter a world reminiscent of The Greatest Showman, with a puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes and National Treasure, in this new Steampunk Fantasy from H. L. Burke.

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Author Bio:

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Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic. 

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture. 

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

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