Untamed by A.G. Howard

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A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

This collection expands upon Ensnared‘s epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters.


 

Genres: supernatural, fantasy, young adult, romance, retellings

Pages: 288

Series: Book 3.5 of the Splintered series

Published by Amulet Books

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There are multiple stories inside of this book as it’s a compilation of shorts or moments that elaborate on particular important events that perhaps had you wondering “What happened between…”

A.G. Howard has become one of my favorite authors mostly because she created such a vivid world out of Wonderland that was just as quirky as Carroll’s if not more so. I’m a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland and this take on the descendant of Alice Liddell really intrigued me, plus Alyssa Gardner and her childhood friend Morpheus just really hit me.

Really, it hits all the key moments in Alyssa’s life that you had questions about. It was a sad read for me because when I read the last page I thought “this is the end.” I really did enjoy the series and I’m glad I own it because it’ll be one of those that I read over and over, just to have the *clutch to the chest and squee* moment.

It’s terribly girly of me, but it really gave me those moments – especially with Morpheus. The dark, mysterious and questionable solitary fae. You never know until the end just who’s side he is working on… and in this book in the shorts you just sigh and wonder… How did you wonder in the first place?

I give it 3 stars, only because some of the shorts weren’t my favorite. I could have done without them – but it is a good info drop on the world. The ending stories were my favorite and if they were ALL like that it’d be an easy 4.


★★★☆☆


 

Thicker than water by Brigid Kemmerer

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On his own
Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…


Genres: Mystery, young-adult, suspense-thriller, supernatural, contemporary

Pages: 322

Published by Kensington Books

Released: December 29th, 2015

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Thomas Bellweather is a world of trouble. A newcomer to a small town with his mom who married rather quickly and just as quickly was found murdered inside the house. Everything is pointing to Thomas and at his mother’s funeral, he sees her Charlotte Rooker, a cop’s daughter and sister of three cops. She is the only one who believes he’s innocent…

This is one of those books that I can’t really summarize much of it because to summarize would be to give away the twists and turns that occur in it. The story for me went rather smoothly and while there was some filler in there to occupy some pages it did its job by keeping me engaged.

I wasn’t a fan of Charlotte Rooker, Thomas Bellweather continues to say how strong she is and I think she’s the opposite. If someone is suspected of murder and your cop family tells you to stay away, you do that. On the same note her entire family is overprotective so maybe it’s a justifiable rebellion in the most stupid way – hanging out with a murder suspect?!

At times Charlotte is filled with fear and doubt, she’s constantly finding herself alone with Thomas Bellweather – the suspected murderer, in case anyone has forgotten. Not on this – she seems to always put him in a really bad position.

In the middle of the book, it takes a really odd twist and turn, one that I think could have been smoothed over better to make it blend because it almost seems like it’s an entirely different book halfway in. The first half was decent and the second half was also decent, but together they sort of …. well it was kind of odd for me. Like the supernatural aspect was an afterthought.

All in all, it was a pretty good read. Those 322 pages zoomed by quickly. For those Teens looking for a not-so-dull murder mystery with a spice of supernatural, this is definitely a read for you.


★★★☆☆


 

Netherworld by Lisa Morton

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In nineteenth-century Victorian England, a young widow finds that she has inherited more than her late husband’s property: The Furnavals serve as the ancestral keepers of supernatural portals scattered around the globe. When demonic entities begin crossing over from the Netherworld, Lady Diana realizes that a war is brewing, and she must be the one to confront it.

Accompanied by a young Chinese sailor named Yi-kin, her feline guardian Mina, and a mysterious scholar, Stephen, Diana will begin a journey to solve the mystery of her husband’s death and prevent the apocalypse.


 

Genres: Steampunk, Paranormal, fantasy, supernatural

Pages: 282

Published by JournalStone

Released: January 10th, 2014

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I tried, I really tried with this book and no I did not finish but I went beyond 100 pages to only find I still was not really interested in the goings on.

The main character is Diana and though she’s a strong leading lady she is also forgettable, a newly made widow who though a lady often wears men’s attire – slacks. In 1879, it isn’t exactly something women do or is applauded for doing.

Lady Diana is akin to a Shadowhunter, for those who are intrigued by demon hunters who close their gateways or portals. And who also battle them.

The actual story wasn’t terrible at all, it’s a steampunk era which I adore. It was the flat conversations and the way it was written. It was poor writing I just want to clarify that… It was a lack of enthusiasm in the writing. There is a way and it is an art to keeping your readers thoroughly engaged and entertained.

2 stars, the idea saved it from being a 1.


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Snap Snap Thursday’s

Snap Snap Thursday’s is a weekly meme hosted by Rebeca @ Books and Messy Buns. Anyone can join all you have to do is the following:
~Pick up the book you’re currently reading (or read last)
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Lord Savage by Mia Gabriel

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I’d never felt so vulnerable, at once both lost and found, as I now did sprawled across Savage in this foolish throne-chair. His strength was my solace, my comfort, and there was nothing better than hearing the beating of his heart beneath my ear.

Once trapped in a loveless, pleasure-less marriage, Evelyn Hard leaves her home in New York for the glittering ballrooms of London. However, when she arrives she meets the Earl of Savage, a dark, powerful man who seems to live up to his name, despite his noble trappings, a man who possesses her with just one look. Soon Evelyn finds herself pulled into Savage’s world—a world of passion unlike any she has ever experienced. Evelyn’s heart is captured with no hope of escape. But can they overcome the tortures of the past together?

Savage never imagined someone like Evelyn walking into his life. As soon as he sees her he knows he must have her, no matter the cost.


Genres: historical fiction, erotica, bdsm, 

Pages:  320

Series: book 1 of the Savage Trilogy

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

Release date: September 9th, 2014

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Let me begin by saying that this book held no actual storyline or depth,however, considering the genre most who read it won’t exactly be reading it for a deep plot, will they?

We begin with Mrs. Evelyn Hart, a newly made widow from New York travels to England. There she meets Lady Carleigh at a party and when Mrs. Evelyn Hart feels a touch overwhelmed finds herself escaping to the gardens. What she sees there will change the course of her immediate life –

In the Garden “rutting like a stallion” in the open is Lord Savage, an Earl. He’s renowned for his sinful ways and prowess. While he’s partaking in a rather open coupling Evelyn Hart spies on him, watches him and is intrigued.

What happens after that thrusts [har, har!] Evelyn into a curious week of curiosities and pleasure.

The characters in this story lack depth and there really isn’t much story play. There wasn’t much substance to this book at all and that includes the sex. Yes, there are scenes and a multitude of them at that, but for me, they seem to lack quality. The quantity is certainly there!

However, what saves it is the fact that this is a fluff book while it is a sex-laden story it is still fluff. For that, I will give its due rating of 2.8 stars which comes out to be 3.


★★★☆☆


Emma and The Banderwigh by Matthew S. Cox

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Ten-year-old Emma doesn’t believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night–until she meets one.
She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents, her Nan, and her little brother, Tam. Ready to abandon the whimsy of childhood, she finds the boredom of chores comforting and Nan’s fanciful bedtime stories silly.

One morning, a wan and weary older girl staggers out of the woods and sets the entire town aflutter with whispers of a child-stealing monster lurking in the forest. Nan tells her of the Banderwigh: a dark soul who feeds on sorrow and drains the life from children’s tears.

Darkness comes calling on Emma’s happy home, threatening the reality to which she desperately clings. The impossible becomes more and more real, forcing Emma to reach inside herself for the ability to believe. Her family depends on it.


 

Genres: children’s fiction, supernatural-paranormal

Pages:  150

Series: Single

Published by Curiosity Quills Press

Release dateOctober 12th, 2015

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★★★☆☆


 

This was an easy, quick read and decidedly dark in content without being over the top for a youthful mind. While many may consider this a Young Adult, I would say that it is aimed more toward the Children’s section. That being said I’m thankful that it wasn’t as dark as it could have been.

We begin our story with Emma, a little girl who is stubborn in her mindset that fairytales aren’t real, that goblins and faeries do not exist, magick doesn’t exist either. Understandable, because practicality says otherwise! However, as the story progresses it seems that perhaps she was wrong after all.

As the book takes twists and turns we learn more about Emma, as well as her family, there is a strong eerie quality to it all and yes more darkness in it as well.

Some of the characters, for instance, Emma’s father, prove to be a little more than stubborn and a touch annoying when it comes to their disbelief even when the proof is staring them in the face. However, it was overall a quick, easy read and moved along quickly.

The eerie quality was intriguing to my adult mind and something I enjoyed. I just wish there was more depth to it, more background in general and more. Just MORE!

Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

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★★★☆☆

 

Genres: children’s fiction, supernatural-paranormal, historical fiction

Pages:  178

Series: Single

Published by Curiosity Quills Press

Release dateOctober 29th, 2014

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t know where to begin with this book. The events were such a whirlwind that I still feel like I’m reeling from them. In this’ll you learn the story of three individuals and it hops back and forth from the three of them. Each one has a differing time period.

It can become confusing as it bounces are in story and tries to connect past, present and future lines together. I know the purpose to this was to branch out to family, however it just boggles the mind for me and introduces too much information rather than delving into the actual story.

For me this book was shallow in that it didn’t have much substance to it, a grand story and interesting to say the least but it wasn’t as deep as I would care for it to be. The characters themselves offered no depth and no growth.

This WAS an interesting story though, more pegged for a youthful audience, 10-13 years.

The ending I didn’t see coming but it left me feeling hollow and not satisfied.

2.8 would be a more suitable rating.