The Corner Store Witch, H. D. Lynn – Book Review

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31550666The Chronicles of Narnia but with more swearing, more katanas, and less allegory. It’s nerdy, anime inspired fun for the whole family.

Leone owns Pulp Magic (Comics, Books, Games, & More). Angry customers are her biggest concern-until a man from another world literally drops into her shop. And oni have followed him. Leone defends herself with a magical staff, which marks her with powerful runes. Her supernatural tattoo sleeves make her desperately thirsty, yet practically allergic to water-and oh, they foretell the fate of the realms of demons, gods, and men.

With her four friends and inter-dimensional guide, Leone travels to the realm of the gods, searching for magical cosmetic surgery. She doesn’t want to carry the fate of the world literally on her arms. But the truth she finds-of a war raging between worlds-changes her, challenges her.

What’s a nerd to do with the fate of all worlds at stake? Ah yes, kick some demon ass.

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*Review copy provided via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. The views are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

The Corner Store Witch is a must read if you’re into fantasy. This book has a huge element of Dungeons & Dragons and cosplaying and nerdcons and the like, so you should also pick it up if you’re into that sort of thing.

I like that the book is so diverse. There are all these different kinds of characters. Black, disabled. They’re there. It’s something that I hugely appreciate. It’s not always we get to read about all these characters together in one novel. It’s a little different and that makes it so much better.

The story is fascinating and fast paced. It also pretty action packed. So, there’s twists and turns and anticipation of what is going to happen next throughout the entire story. There is no point in the story where you’ll get bored because the other shoe is always waiting to drop, so to say. Which is nice.

I don’t know if this is a good thing or bad thing, but the romance in this story is absolutely zero. Going into a book where the main characters are around 23 – 25 years of age, one would expect a romantic angle, even if it doesn’t form the main crux of the story. But, here, Leone and Abinar only shared an easy friendship and nothing more. Maybe that’ll change in the coming books, but it hasn’t happened yet, so I don’t know. I mean, I was definitely expecting some sort of romance, but was surprised that there wasn’t any. Still haven’t decided whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

The characters are great. Though, I think that there’s room for development because there’s glimpses of these characters which tells that they have so much more to say than what has been conveyed till now, but we have more books coming, so I’m not that worried about it. The wroldbuilding is also great!

So, all in all, this story is definitely worth your time. If you like fantasy with lots of plot and action, and little romance, please go read this!

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The Book of Shade, K. C. Finn – Book Review

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24749811Lily Coltrane’s to-do list for starting university life is pretty simple:
1. Make friends
2. Meet a cute guy
3. Survive her first year in Modern History
In the little English town of Piketon this seems more than achievable, so much so that Lily even joins The Illustrious Minds Literary Society, an extra-curricular club that promises a truly unique social experience. What Lily doesn’t bank on are the Society’s monthly visits to the mysterious Theatre Imaginique at the edge of town, a dark venue that houses the most obscure cavalcade of carnival performers she has ever laid eyes on.
Stranger still is the emergence of the theatre’s enigmatic proprietor Lemarick Novel, a stupendous showman with a frosty wit who never seems to smile, and who raises a plethora of questions in Lily’s fearful mind. How does he levitate with no sign of wires or mirrors? How do the lightning bolts that shoot from his hands look so real? And why, of all the people in the theatre, do his pale eyes keep locking on hers?
The answers to this and more lie buried in heritage and blood. The Book of Shade is opening, and Lily Coltrane will read it, whether she wants to or not.

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This story! Oh! I love it! This is such an amazing book! Oh my God! I LOVE IT!

The characters, the plot, the dialogue and just about everything in this book is phenomenal. I’m just so happy that I got to read this book because it is just so very, very amazing.

I am pretty sure, I am just so in love with Lemarick Novel. Not only is his name Novel, but also his personality. He’s dark and broody and mysterious. And just so amazing, you can’t help fall for him through the course of the book! Because that’s just what I did! I fell for him through the book. Each and every scene made me like him even more, slowly and slowly till found myself so in love with him as a person and as a character. He’s so complex and deep and broody. Really. But, beneath all the mystery, is a man with a heart of gold and I just adore him so much. I really, really do.

The other characters are just as deep and amazing. There’s just so much to know and unearth and find out about each person and that is amazing. The aura of mystery that surrounds people is such a plus point. I liked discovering new things about the different characters in the book so much. It was an amazing experience.

All in all, this is one awesomesauce book that you HAFTA READ! Like, seriously. Go read this. Now!

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K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing.

As an author for Clean Teen Publishing and Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press, Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found studying for her MA in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic.

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Mayan Blood, Theresa DaLayne – Book Review

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27777361Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…

Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm.

With the only home she’s ever known being the isolated institution—where breakfast is a handful of medications, the psychiatry sessions are mandatory, and her every move is watched—the only relief is her red-haired roommate named Tara, who’s more like a little sister than her best friend.

Free will is strong, but destiny is stronger.

When Zanya is kidnapped, she meets a group of gifted Mayan descendants, each with a unique ability. Gone from a nameless castaway to the only hope of mankind, Zanya is forced to make a grueling decision: bond with an enchanted stone and save humanity from rising underworld forces, or watch helplessly as Earth falls victim to a familiar dark deity from her dreams. This time, he’s playing for keeps.

A wicked secret hides behind a handsome face…

When Arwan, a dark-eyed timebender, takes interest in Zanya’s mission, it’s unclear if his intention is to help, or if he’s on a hell-bent mission for revenge. Wary of falling for another guy with major secrets and a tainted past, Zanya fights to keep her distance. If only her heart gave her a choice.

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This book? Well, this book is awesome! I really like it. It’s greatly written, has a lot of facets, the characters are great and the plot is good!

Again, this is one of those stories which do not fit in one genre. There’s action, fantasy, paranormal and romance. So, yeah, a little bit of everything for everybody. Which, I like. I like books that cater to a large variety of people. Books that cannot be restricted to one genre and which have so much to offer to their readers.

And this story is one of those. I like the story and the pace and the way it flows. The best thing is that there is no waiting around and the plot just moves and moves and moves. It certainly keeps things a whole lot interesting, but at times, it can get a little too much because stuff keeps happening and you don’t have a breather. But, hey, other than a few times when I felt that, I liked that the plot was fast paced. Nothing seems to be forced or stiff. It flows beautifully.

The characters are interesting and grow on you. They’re likable and just grow so much through the course of the story. It is great to read. Like, nobody is the same after the story and everyone has something to take away from the experience. And that is just done greatly.

All in all, this is a great, great read and I would definitely recommend this to others!

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Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

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Call Me, Maybe, Ellie Cahill – Book Review

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25894369Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almostgot caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go that easy. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

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Okay, so this one was a tough call. I mean, this book is really full of mixed feelings for me, because on the one hand, there’s stuff which is absolutely awesome! But, at the same time, the story isn’t all that appealing and falls into a rut midway through.

Like, I love how Clementine is a book blogger! (Go her! I especially love that part!) And I love the whole falling – in – love – on – the – phone thing. It just gives you the cutesy, adorkable, fuzzy, happily ever after feeling. So badly. The romance is super cute and absolutely adorable. That is the only good thing about this book.

Other than that, the only conflict in the book is how Clementine is insecure, how she is not ready, how she doesn’t know what to do… blah blah blah. The ‘me’ conflict in the book is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo dragged out and so huge and boring! Clemetine comes off as a whiny ass more often than not and all her problems seem to be in her head or self inflicted.

Like, take out her insecurities from the equation, and there is nothing that is stopping her from doing anything. I understand that insecurity and self doubt is ingrained in the human brain so deeply that there is no escaping it, but it seems to be overdone here, which I hate. Most of the things seem illogical and you just get so frustrated at her for being the way she is at times.

Like, girl, you would benefit so much if you just got out of your head!

But, like I said, the romance is so cute! And like a – dorable! Just squishy and fuzzy and huggy!

All in all, this was a pretty decent read and yeah. That’s it. It was a decent read. 🙂

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Ellie Cahill is the author of When Joss Met Matt, Call Me Maybe (2016), and Just a Girl (2016). Ellie is also the not-at-all secret pen name of Young Adult author Liz Czukas(Ask Again Later, and Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless). Liz’s books are often compared to John Hughes movies, while Ellie usually gets compared to Nora Ephron. Either way, if you like a good 80s rom-com, you’ve found the right place. When they’re not writing fun, funny romances full of shenanigans and awkward kisses, Liz and Ellie are at home with their family and a golden retriever with different ideas about the definition of “dog bed.”

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Happily Ever After, A Fairytale Anthology – Book Review

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 From princesses and princes, to witches, ice queens, imaginary friends, and dorks, Happily Ever After: The Write More Publications Fractured Fairy Tale Anthology has it all! Seven unforgettable stories by seven talented authors! Some stories are fractured takes on classics, while others are originals that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page!

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This book gives you warm fuzzies. Seriously, if you’re looking for fuzzzies and warmth and cuddling and feeling good, this is what you should read. Set in a fairy tale – esque background with humor, fantasy and romance, this anthology is perfect for an afternoon read snuggled in your bed as you dream about your Prince Charming.

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The stories are short and crisp, not taking too much of your time. So, yeah. That’s an added advantage. But, the stories are all sweet and cute and lovely and beautiful and made me swoon in parts and laugh in others and then cry in some.

Yes, this book is like the perfect package!

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I adore all the stories. They’re so cute and funny and adorkable! For real. There’s princesses and princes and warriors and knights and unicorns and evil queens and magic and ghosts and it is all so amazing! For real! 😀

It is the best thing ever! This compilation is something you should definitely read if you’re into fairy tales because this is made just for you. 😀

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