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Monday, February 26, 2018

An Unnatural Beanstalk (Entwined Tales - Vol. 2) by Brittany Fichter - Book Review

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Publication Date: February 12, 2018
Genre: Fairy Tale, Fiction, Adventure, Romance

Summary:
Eva has always been the quietest of her sisters. She tries to go unnoticed, but her height makes that impossible. She shies away from love and life, except in her music. She has a love for the harp specifically. All of her dreams revolve around her music. Just when her dreams are beginning to come true, a good deed sends her spiraling out of control. As the old saying goes, "No good deed goes unnoticed." 

The next thing Eva knows, her music is a curse to her and everyone around her, and she's been kidnapped and betrothed to an utterly despicable man. 

Will she be able to bring her music back to life and find the man of her dreams? Or will life become a dreary, submissive place for Eva?

Rating: 5 stars

My Thoughts:
I must admit, my initial thoughts when I started this book were not great. My opinions were not based on the author, or even the cover (the cover is amazing btw!). My thoughts were purely based on my lack of interest in the original tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. I can't really say why, it has just never been a fave of mine. 

Back to An Unnatural Beanstalk, it was awesome! I genuinely enjoyed reading this novel. I love the main character, Eva. She is feminine and self-conscious yet also strong and determined, a beautiful combination.  I enjoyed each new plot twist as they came and it kept me yearning to read more. 

This was another quick read for me. I love that, but I also miss the characters once I'm done. This is one of the joys of the Entwined Tales series. The characters make appearances in each novel, so I don't feel like they are completely gone just yet. I am reading them completely out of order, but it does not take away from the tales at all. Each can be stand alone, but it is recommended to read them in order. What can I say? I guess I'm a rule breaker.  Check out my thoughts on A Bear'sA Bear's Bride (Entwined Tales - Vol. 2)

I would love to hear your opinion of this book in the comments below. 

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Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book digitally in return for my honest review. All statements and opinions are my own. 




Here are the rest of the Entwined Tales novels for your pleasure!


Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Bear's Bride (Entwined Tales - Vol. 3) by Shari L. Tapscott - Book Review

A Bear's Bride: A Retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Entwined Tales Book 3) by [Tapscott, Shari L.]
Publication Date: February 19, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tale Retelling, Romance, Fantasy

Summary:

Sophia is the feisty middle child of a farmer. She longs for excitement and adventure, but her father wants her to settle down and marry. She is determined to rebel against him. 

When her original plan to marry her friend, and her father's foe, goes awry she decides to run away. With no further plans, she soon realizes that she will need help. 

Sophia calls upon her family's fairy godfather, Mortimer. The problem with Mortimer is that he doesn't care for Sophia. She asks him for help, but Mortimer has a plan of his own. 

Sophia is swiftly transported from her home in Astoria to the land of Briadell where she is introduced to Henri. Mortimer tells her that Henri will solve both of their problems. 

Sophia finds herself placed right in the middle of a decades old curse, a bear and scheming trolls, but there is something so irresistible about Henri. Will fate give them the blessing of happily ever after? Or will Sophia remain lost and longing for more?

Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy a good fairy tale retelling. I have enjoyed many and this one is now added to my list of faves. To be quite honest, I have never heard of the Norwegian fairy tale East of the Sun West of the Moon. I think this made it even more fun for me! I love to learn!

This novella was a great quick read. It was light and airy. I like Sophia's strong willed character. She reminded me of a younger version of me. 

The plot kept me interested and was well written with a good mix of adventure and romance.  

This book is part of a series, however, I read this novella first. They can be read as stand alone, but there is a recommended order. I'll let you know my thoughts on the order a bit more once I've read another. 

I highly recommend this book! I look forward to reading more in the Entwined Tales series. 

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Disclaimer:

I was given an advanced digital copy of this book in return for my honest review. All opinions and statements above are my own. 




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Friday, February 16, 2018

Hearts of Resistance by Soraya M. Lane - Book Review


Publisher: Lake Union Publishing 
Date: January 10, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction


Summary:

Rose, Hazel, and Sophia are three very different women who living in a man's world during WWI. They are about to take action and change the entire war.


Rose has recently lost her husband, Peter, to the war. She learns of his secret life just before his death.  Sophia is in love with a Jewish man. In order to keep him safe, she must risk her own life. Hazel is engaged to John. John has enlisted to fight the war with the Germans and she must wave goodbye to him again.

Each woman wants to help the war. Each have encountered their own version of heartbreak. They refuse to let this war batter them. Instead, each turns their tears into motivation. Now, how to get started. The resistance needs women like them. Women aren't expected to be spies. With the Germans on high alert, the women are only given a 50-50 chance of making it back home. 

It isn't long before their stories intertwine. They're cell smuggles weapons in and people out of France. Hazel is one of the best radio operators around. Sophia is nick named "The Fox" for being undetectable, and Rose is one awesome and dedicated spy. Each has been trained to say nothing to the enemy and all have the ability to end their life, if the need arises. 

Their country needs their help. They have to do whatever it takes to stop this senseless war. France will never be the same. They will be the women everyone whispers about. Three women willing to do whatever it takes, but will it be enough? Will all they've sacrificed be worth it?

My rating: 
5 Stars

My Thoughts:

What an amazing book!!

At first glance, I was drawn in by the beautiful cover art. It is absolutely stunning! 

I began reading and quickly fell in love with Rose, Hazel, and Sophia. Each character so different and beautifully developed. I love the empowering movement they each take. Each is heartbroken, but refuses to give the Germans the satisfaction of winning. They take the term "boss babe" to the next level!

As each woman risked her life for others, they also have their own emotions they are battling. The romance in the midst of the war is an emotion many still know today. I myself was in the military. We were a dual military couple, meaning we were both enlisted at the same time. I had to be a sailor and a single parent when my husband was on deployment. It is so hard to be the one at home, but it is even harder to be the one in battle. These women were dreaming of their loved ones, unsure of their fate, wishing it would all be over so they could go home. 

The novel had a great mix of romance, history and suspense. I loved it! I never felt there was a lull in the reading. I would have read the whole book in one sitting if I didn't have to adult every day. Adulting is hard, reading is better.

I did not even know that women like this truly existed. I have already begun research of my own on the topic. I am learning that there were so many secrets to the war.

I highly recommend this book! It won't let you down. 

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Happy weekend everyone!

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book for my honest review. The statements above are my own. 





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