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: 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: Sons of Fire- Tracy Auerbach

Title: Sons of Fire

Author: Tracy Auerbach

Publisher: The Parliament House

Pages: N/A

Rating: 5/5

We meet two brothers…Keegan and Aidan.
Keegan is the black sheep of the two. He is the one with the good heart and everyone knows it. His father could care less for him however. Aidan on the other hand is daddy’s prized son and why? He’s just as evil and power hungry as his father….completely heartless as well. 
The two have been asked to do a task that they both failed horribly at and are forced to go to the real world and work together, but that becomes a problem. One still has demon tendencies within himself and the other has human. This is great in a way because they both start to realize things about themselves. Even Aidan realizes there’s more to himself than being evil and terrorizing people. 
This book was so amazing and very well written. It kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. Kudos to Auerbach for creating a masterpieces that kept me on my toes. 

Thank you to the Parliament House for providing me with a copy in a exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: The Infernal Machine- C.W. Snyder

Title: The infernal Machine

Author: C.W. Snyder

Publisher: The Parliament House

Pages: n/a

Rating: 4/5

There was so much that was good with this book. A steampunk tale with some supernatural vibes (and some gore too!), philosophical situations, flashbacks that don’t overwhelm you like some other authors do when they write them. 
Arthur White, Mr. Black, and Ava take you on a dark and promising adventure. Arthur meets Mr. Black while he was working as a cemetery caretaker. Mr. Black gifts him an a immortal clockwork heart so Mr. White could do all of Mr. Black’s dirty work. We follow Arthur’s journey with his rather questionable behavior. After they find out a mutual friend has passed away, they both find that Lucifer’s heart is out there and they need to find it. 
The Flashbacks and dreams give you a gist of what happened in their lives prior to get to where they did; take you through the dark times. The infernal machine is an amazing work of art. Making you think about all the “what ifs”. You’ll find demons, devils, and some nazi’s. 

Thank you to Parliament Press for providing me with a copy in a exchange for an honest review and thank you for allowing me to participate in this blog tour.

ARC Review: The Deep- Rivers Solomon

Title: The Deep

Author: Rivers Solomon

Publisher: Gallery/Saga Press

Pages: 176

Rating: 5/5

We meet Yetu. Everyone is obsessed with her. Why? Because Yetu holds the memoirs of what happened to her people…the drowning of pregnant African women by white male slave traders. Of course, now they’re part of the deep. Their traumatic past is too much to be remembered , that’s why everyone is counting on Yetu to help them. She carries all the memories whether they’re good or bad…and she just doesn’t want to remember. She decides to runaway and not take part in the “festivities”. Once she leaves she’s discovers a whole new world. I’m not going to lie, some of the prose used in the book was difficult for me because I’m used to other type of books. But, I made it through and enjoyed the book. What’s really cool about this book is that it’s inspired by the hit song by a band named:”Clipping”. 

ARC Review: The Shrike and The Shadows- Chantal Gadoury & A.M Wright

Title: The Shrike and The Shadows

Authors: Chantal Cadoury & A.M. Wright

Publisher: Parliament House Press

Pages: 365

Rating: 5/5

“No Man has ever escaped her with his life”
-Barin

In the village of Krume lurks something dark, evil, and gruesome in the shadows. There’s constant talk about this evil force. Rightfully so, The Shrike is something to fear. Everyone talks about her but, no-one has yet to see how she really looks like. Men have gone missing before, and now it’s happening again. The shrike is at it again. Killing the men and boys and ripping out their hearts and leaving them on doorsteps. We meet Hans and Greta whom are orphaned. The village of Krum think that they’re prating witchcraft and want to burn them. Hans and Greta have to choose between staying in their village and fighting or leave the village forever; they choose to leave. Now venturing through the dangerous and scary forest, they encounter weird creatures, frightening mishaps, and……THE SHRIKE!
First of all, I want to gloat about how beautiful written this book is. If you haven’t guessed by now, this novel is inspired by Hansel and Gretel (one of my fave tales)…just more adult themes. I loved the atmosphere of the book as well as the horror elements incorporated into the story. Often times I found myself hating Hans because he behaved like your usual male (thinking with his penis). He was possessive and controlling. Greta was a bit naive but, she was strong willed and overly protective of her brother. Their bond is admirable. The Shrike is everything everyone imagined. She knew how to manipulate the men and boys to seduce them and get into their heads. She did a few times to Hans when him and Greta were in the woods. Throughout all this Hans and Greta meet a stranger who wants to help…someone who knows The Shrike personally and who could possibly help them defeat her.
I want to thank the authors for providing me with a ARC in exchange for an honest review. Honestly I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait until I get a physical copy. The cover itself is absolutely stunning. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.

Review: Girls of Paper and Fire- Natasha Ngan

Title: Girls of Paper and Fire

Author: Natasha Ngan

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books

Pages: 385

Rating: 5/5

TW: Multiple rape attempts and brief animal abuse

Girls of paper and fire is a amazing fantasy tale that at times makes you cringe because of the strong content it has, however there’s moments that bring a little bright light to make us feel better. Especially with a beautiful f/f romance that commenced in the most beautiful of ways. Ngan has a way of describing things which in turn makes you think you’re witnessing it in front of you. 

Each year the demon king selects eight paper caste girls (lowest class and all human form) to become his concubines. The families of these girls prepare them all year for the “event”. Then there’s other girls who are taken against their will for selection. The families of the chosen girls are showered with gifts and wealth. But, this year there’s an exception…instead of eight girls, there will a ninth one…one that’s unique…the girl with the golden eyes. 

Lei was stolen from her family’s herbal shop because word has it that she’s had something intriguing about her….her golden eyes. Lei is taken to the kingdom and immediately gets aquatinted with the other paper girls. Preparations begin for the girls. They’re taught how to act, dress, and seduce through lessons given to them. Every night the girls wonder whose turn it will be to get into the king’s bed. Ngan does a great job showing the cattiness and competition amongst the girls. Every girl doing her best to make the king happy. When it’s lei’s turn to accompany the king….she instantly regrets it. Her defenses go up. She quickly realizes she doesn’t care for the king, another man, or men period. Her heart belonged to only one person….Wren. The relationship that develops between these two beautiful women tests the bond between two friends and together they form an alliance to set the paper girls fee from slavery and take revenge on the king. 

I want to thank my book amazing book club Pages and Prose for this June read. I really enjoyed it.