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Review: Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins (Spoiler Free)

Title: Soul in Darkness

Author: Wendy Higgins

Genre: Adult Historical Fantasy

Publication Date: February 12, 2019

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thoughts are my own.

People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. 

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts. 

Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely. 

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.

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Review: The Au Pair by Emma Rous (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Au Pair

Author: Emma Rous

Genre: Adult Mystery/Thriller

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

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Review: Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Analiese Rising

Author: Brenda Drake

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

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Internet Catastrophe Hiatus

Hey everyone!

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been MIA. My internet went out almost two weeks ago, and I haven’t been able to get it fixed yet, leaving me more or less unable to post properly formatted reviews. If it looks like this is gonna stretch much longer, I’ll make arrangements to use WiFi elsewhere and schedule ahead as best as I can. In the meantime, please know I haven’t abandoned you guys! I’m chomping at the bit to be back.

Thank you for being so understanding!

Review: The Nutcracker Curse by Margo Ryerkerk (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Nutcracker Curse (Cursed Fairy Tale #1)

Author: Margo Ryerkerk

Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling

Publication Date: December 1, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

12 days.
4 realms.
Break the curse.
Or turn into a nutcracker.

Princess Clara thought she knew the main threat to her freedom.

She was wrong.

At seventeen years old, Clara isn’t ready to marry, and yet that’s what she must do as the crown princess of Austria.

However, getting to know the foreign princes visiting her kingdom becomes the least of Clara’s worries when she picks up a bespelled nutcracker and unleashes a deadly curse. She has twelve days to find and feed the nutcracker the magical nut Crackatook. If she fails, her soul will be trapped inside the toy for all eternity and her body will turn to wood.

Instead of relying on her suitors or the king’s men to find the cure, Clara saddles her unicorn and sneaks out of the palace. Her childhood friend Philip notices her leaving and makes her choose between returning to the castle or allowing him to come along.

Reluctantly, Clara agrees to him joining her, and soon, they are off to lands filled with mythical creatures.

Will they survive all trials and find the Crackatook in time? Or will Clara’s soul become trapped in the nutcracker and her body turn to wood?

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Review: Pulp by Robin Talley (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Pulp

Author: Robin Talley

Genre: YA LGBT Historical Fiction/Contemporary

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.

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Blog Tour/Review: Toxic by Lydia Kang (Spoiler Free)

Hey everyone!

I’m here today to help kick off the blog tour for Toxic by Lydia Kang, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. You can find the schedule here. Be sure to check out the content that the other awesome blogs are sharing. I’m sharing my review, and there’s a giveaway at the end of this post if you stick around. Let’s jump in.

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Review: Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Illusions

Author: Madeline J. Reynolds

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

Thomas Pendelton was born into wealth and prestige. He has a sensitive heart and wants nothing more than to write poetry. Instead, he is apprenticing for Neville Wighton the Great, an aging magician who has become somewhat crazed over the years in his pursuit of fame. With Thomas’ help, Wighton is about to premiere the greatest illusion seen by man, for Thomas possesses something no other illusionist has: real magic. Many in the theatrical world are desperate to learn Wighton’s big secret. One such magician is Paolo il Magnifico. His apprentice, Saverio Moretti, is also seeking the answer. He has a scheme to get close to Wighton by seducing Thomas but seduction turns to real feelings. Now the young men must struggle to keep the secret of their romance, as well as the secret of Thomas’ magic, as both of these things could cost Thomas his life. Through journal entries, posters, letters, and other documents, ILLUSIONS is a story of love, betrayal, and of course, magic.

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