ARC Review: The Book Knights- J.G. McKenney

Title: The Book Knights

Author: J.G. McKenney

Publisher: N/A

Pages: 280

Rating: 4/5

I went into this book blindfolded, But I definitely could tell that it was a Arthurian novel. The language and descriptive writing from the writer gave it away and I was really engrossed in the novel. I’ve become really attached to Fantasy novels in the last couple of years.
Arti is the main character of the story. Her poor parent shave been locked up for reading, loving, and having books (the horror!)Art meets another girl…street smart if you will…and they form an alliance with other valuable characters to make things right, an avoid bigger more awful things from happening.

I love how imaginative J.G. Mckenney writing was. It was descriptive and just plain amazing! I really enjoyed this book and I loved the diversity included in it. I’m hoping theres a second book because that ending was just ufff! Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

ARC Review: Tweet Cute- Emma Lord

Title: Tweet Cute

Author: Emma Lord

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 368

Rating: 5/5

Big League Burger was a family owned restaurant that somehow blew up overnight in success. They quickly became popular and they started to open many more locations. Pepper is a normal kid. She goes to school, she’s on the swimming team, and is on social media…but not how some people make think or know about. She’s actually the mastermind behind her parents’s twitter account for their restaurant.

We meet Jack and his brother. Everyone praises Jack’s brother and Jack always seems to be in his brother’s shadow. He just wants to feel special too. He still however helps out his family in their deli. When he discovers that a family recipe for grilled cheese has been stolen by Big League Burger, he gets upset and begins a twitter war with BLB. But, what no-one knows is that Jack has invented an app where he talks to Pepper on and pretty soon….sparks start to fly between them.

It’s a cute read with lots of social media referencing and yummy treats mentioned. I am a total sucker for a good book with yummy treats. It’s pretty cool seeing a book with two restaurants going at it, when realistically you see it in today’s society as well.
Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Harlequin Blog Tour- ARC Review: Tigers, Not Daughters- Samantha Mabry

Title: Tigers, Not Daughters

Author: Samantha Mabry

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Pages: 288

Rating: 5/5

We Start off with all four Torres sisters trying to escape their hellhole home…away from their awful father. The Torres sisters consist of Anna, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa. With no direction taking them anywhere, the Torres sisters decide to escape in the middle of the night and thanks to their nosey neighbors they were caught. A couple of months later Ana falls to her death from her window.

The family falls completely apart. Everyone stricken with grief…dealing with Ana’s death in their own destructive ways. Jessica is the only one whose really providing for the family, while at the same time dealing with her own grief issues and a abusive boyfriend. Iridian loves to write and just be alone with her thoughts, and Rosa is focusing on the more spiritual side of things…including a loose Hyena in town who she thinks could be Ana reincarnated. But, there’s something no-one was counting on..strange supernatural things have been happening in the Torres home since Ana’s death. Mysterious writings on the wall, mysterious shadows, and mysterious laughter. The Torres sisters think that it’s Ana trying to communicate with them. Even possibly try to run them out of the home they’ve known so they can finally be free of their fathers tyrannical behavior. 

Tigers, not daughters was so beautifully written. Amazing prose. Mary makes you feel the words with every sentence written. The book makes you really realize how much grief changes a person. To what extents they go through to fight the demons. I’ve been seeing ‘Tigers, Not Daughters’ to ‘Little Women’. I’ve never read ‘Little Women’ but, I will definitely put it on my TBR list. Thank You to NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for providing me with a physical copy of an ARC in a exchange for a honest review. 

Tigers, Not Daughters comes out March 24, 2020.

ARC Review: Disenchanted- Brianna Sugalski

Title: Disenchanted

Author: Brianna Sugalski

Publisher: The Parliament House

Pages: N/A

Rating: 5/5

When I first heard about ‘Disenchanted’ I was super intrigued. Ive really gotten into fantasy these last couple of years. Let’s just say with Sugalski’s amazing descriptive form of writing, I felt like I was transported into the magical celtic tale. *Hint hint* The story is based in a actual historical town! The story begins in the forest with a vampire and the duchess discussing a rather urgent manner. One that has to do with Princess lilac.
Lilac a 19 year old princess has been cooped up in that ever so boring tower. With two dunces as parents, She’s decided she’s had enough. After receiving a questionable letter, she starts on her journey through the forest of Broceliande. She has to be careful while trying to escape the tower of doom, so of course she’s solo in this mission. She encounters a lot during this journey including weird creatures. She thinks back to her tower when she encounters a human in animal form. She just wanted some food for her family..and then…her pig-headed parents did the unthinkable and of course the obvious.

She ends up a pitstop where she meets the ever so violent, sassy, sarcastic, yet charming and handsome Garin. I mean he gave you that aura of a pompous jackass but, also make you melt into a puddle of nothingness and made you a little hit and bothered. I really like how much growing up Lilac did. She showed a lot of improvement from when she was naive and hardheaded one. She decided to go out there and see things for herself instead of believing just what she read about or what was fed to her. There was obvious romance, but that’s never been an issue for me. I enjoy a little romance. I’m really looking forward to the second book…THAT’S RIGHT….this series is a duology. I’m looking forward to reading more into the story of the forest. I really am excited. HUGE THANKS to The Parliament House and Brianna for a copy of this book in a exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: The Nightshade Cabal- Chris Patrick Carolan

Title: The Nightshade Cabal

Author: Chris Patrick Carolan

Publisher: The Parliament House

Pages: N/A

Rating: 5/5

TW/CW: Abduction, Death and Murder and Gore

“The inspector always says there are two main motivations for money, love, or money”

We are taken on this brilliant steampunk adventure in 1880 Halifax, Novia Scotia. Issac Barrow is one of the last technomacers (magical abilities that affect technology or magical powers that are gained through the use of technology).Issac gives us some major Sherlock Holmes vibes. In a era where magic is a bit of taboo, its also very good and real in this story.

Dealing with Necromancy (the supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future), Issac Barrow goes on a adventure looking for Emily Skye. I find that if you enjoy magic and steampunk adventures this novel is for you. Especially with the chatter about different advanced gadgets. I’m looking forward to reading more from Carolan. He definitely has a way with descriptive words and telling a story. Thank you to the Parliament Press House for giving me a copy of the book for a honest review.

ARC Review: Blood and Brume- Maki Morris

Title: Blood and Brume

Author: Maki Morris

Publisher: The Parliament House

Pages: N/A

Rating: 5/5

CW/TW: Assault on a minor, domestic violence, emotional abuse, suicide talk, bullying

Blood and Brume starts off pretty heavy, so you’re warned. We meet Ellie Porter whose 16 years old. Ellie has never had the privilege of having a normal life. She often goes hungry, doesn’t have good clothing, and constantly has to watch her back because of her mother’s bf. Ellie’s mother is a major alcoholic with a sleaze ball of a boyfriend named Stan. Stan likes to take advantage of Ellie when her mother is passed out and drunk. After this last episode and Ellie punching the daylights out of Stan, she makes a run for it. Her best friend Sam comes into the picture and takes her into his home for the night. However, Ellie’s mom has people looking for her so Sam decides to help her hide at a house by the sea. Same tells her he’ll be back later on that night. Ellie doesn’t want to be a burden to Sam and she definitely doesn’t want his dad to find out about her situation at home. Mr. Hart being a police officer would mean involving CPS and Ellie doesn’t want to be another statistic in the system.
Broken and bruised in the face, Ellie stays at the house they call “The Twilight Zone” house. After all, if Ellie goes to school with her face like that all the teenagers at school will have a field day with her. She soon realizes that the twilight house isn’t as lonely and abandoned as everyone thinks. She comes across two handsome yet cordial gentlemen that occupy the house, and they go by the names Giles and William. The weird events that accompany these gentlemen rattles Ellie a bit. But, she doesn’t stay to find out. Sam and herself flee the house. Ellie soon realizes that her mother puts a report of her missing and saying she stole from her. Sam has no choice but to tell the truth to his father, Mr. Hart. Luckily Sam’s understands and let’s Ellie move in with them. Ellie is so grateful and she finally has a calming feeling over her. She finally has a place where she can comfortably stay and sleep in without having to worry about Stan molesting her. We soon learn how Ellie’s past comes back to haunt her, certain events shape her life…including William and Giles.

I really have to say that I LOVED this book. Maki Morris did such an amazing job writing this story. Her writing is amazing and even though this story has adult themes, she can write great from a teenagers point of view. I often found myself wanting to strangle Jessica (you’ll find out about her in the book). Let’s just talk about that cliff hanger..HOLY SHI*T! I’m looking forward to part 2…well played Maki…well played.

Thank you to The Parliament House for a copy of this book in a exchange for an honest review.