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Book Review | EMERALD GREEN, by Kerstin Gier

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Emerald Green (Ruby Red Trilogy #3), by Kerstin Gier

Publish Date: December 8, 2010 (audiobook recorded in October 8, 2013)
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Translated to English by: Anthea Bell
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Pages: 451 (approx. 12 3/4 hrs)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along. Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.


My Review:

I had my fears that not everything was going to be able to be wrapped up in this book, because the first two had so much mystery that left me with so many questions, but thankfully it did. I wouldn’t have minded a fourth book, to be sure, but this one was just as fun to listent to as the others (and let me just say, the narrator Marisa Calin, is amazing with all of the different nuances she puts into the character voices). It was a very good conclusion to the trilogy, with intrigue that continued to keep me on the edge of my seat, and answers that were both expected and unknown. Continue reading “Book Review | EMERALD GREEN, by Kerstin Gier”

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Book Review | ROYALS, by Rachel Hawkins

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Royals (Royals #1), by Rachel Hawkins

Publish Date: May 1, 2018 
Published by: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 296 
Genre: YA Romance
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. 

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.


My Review:

This book caught my eye (I mean, look at that cover) and the premise sounded interesting so I decided to pick it up. I was in the mood for a good, fun romance, and while this book had it’s ups, there were some downs too. It was fast-paced and funny, with some really interesting characters that had a lot more to them than what they were showing, but there were times when the pacing felt too fast and almost jumpy and the romance was a little lackluster in the long run. Continue reading “Book Review | ROYALS, by Rachel Hawkins”

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Book Review | SAPPHIRE BLUE, by Kerstin Gier

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Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy #2), by Kerstin Gier

Publish Date: January 5, 2010 (audiobook recorded in October 30, 2012)
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Translated to English by: Anthea Bell
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Pages: 357 (approx. 9 hrs.)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.


My Review:

This one was just as fun and exciting to listen to as the first one! I absolutely love Gwen’s narrative voice, the mysteries are starting to make sense, and the intrigue is still enticing me along. Continue reading “Book Review | SAPPHIRE BLUE, by Kerstin Gier”

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Book Review | A BLADE SO BLACK, by L. L. McKinney

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A Blade So Black, by L. L. McKinney

Publish Date: September 25, 2018
Published by: Imprint
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.


My Review:

When I first started this book I really enjoyed it. It pulled me in quickly and held my interest throughout the story. The writing is excellent, the storytelling very well done, and the characters were very lifelike and distinct. It had a bit of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe which I digged a lot, and the action and intrigue kept me captivated throughout. My only issue, though, was that by the end it started to feel like things were getting dragged out, and with so many new issues occurring and adding up on top of each other, it felt like the plot would never end.  Continue reading “Book Review | A BLADE SO BLACK, by L. L. McKinney”

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Book Review | TWICE DEAD, by Caitlin Seal

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Twice Dead (The Necromancer’s Song #1), by Caitlin Seal

Publish Date: September 18, 2018
Published by: Charlesbridge Teen
Pages: 336
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through NetGalley and as an ARC at BookCon 2018, in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She’s struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she’s become an abomination–a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse. She’s been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue. 

She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder. Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray.


My Review:

I really wanted to like this book. From the minute I saw the title, the cover, and read the synopsis, I was eager to read it. A book about necromancy told by the perspective of one who has been brought back from the dead? I thought it sounded interesting and unique. And while it was both of those, the world-building unfortunately was so confusing at times that it sadly ruined the whole story for me. Continue reading “Book Review | TWICE DEAD, by Caitlin Seal”

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Book Review | RUBY RED, by Kerstin Gier

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Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy #1), by Kerstin Gier

Publish Date: January 6, 2009 (audiobook recorded in November 1, 2011)
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Translated to English by: Anthea Bell
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Pages: 324 (approx. 8 hrs 50 min.)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.


My Review:

This book has been on my TBR for so long, and yet somehow I never got around to buying it. But since I’ve recently started listening to audiobooks, I discovered it on Hoopla and excitedly started listening to it. Not only is the narrator superb (the way she captures Gwyneth’s voice both in dialogue and in her narration of events), but the story captivated me immediately from the start. This book was full of great characters, lots of mystery and intrigue, fun and harrowing time travel incidents, and it kept me captivated the entire time I was listening to it. Continue reading “Book Review | RUBY RED, by Kerstin Gier”