Book Review

Book Review | VEILED IN MOONLIGHT, by C. J. Archer

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Veiled in Moonlight (The Ministry of Curiosities #8), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: June 20, 2017
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 335 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When a young gentleman is murdered by a shape shifter, Charlie and Lincoln interrogate their contacts and uncover a plot with links to the royal family—and links to more than one member of the ministry’s committee. At the heart of the mystery is a sinister love triangle, corruption, lies, and treason.

As they close in on their suspects, the dangers close in on them, and Lincoln’s protective instincts come to the fore, setting Charlie on edge. The last time he worried this much, he sent her away from her home and the people she loved…


My Review: 

Sadly this was another one in this series where it just feels like the characters are running in circles around the overlying mystery of the plot. Continue reading “Book Review | VEILED IN MOONLIGHT, by C. J. Archer”

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Book Review | STARFLIGHT, by Melissa Landers

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Starflight (Starflight #1), by Melissa Landers

Publish Date: February 2, 2016 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Length: 362 pages
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…


My Review: 

I really enjoyed the characters and overall plotline in this, despite some plot holes here and there. It was an extremely fun read, with a slow-burn enemies-to-lovers there-is-only-one-bed romance that had me grinning madly Continue reading “Book Review | STARFLIGHT, by Melissa Landers”

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Book Review | DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, by Tricia Levenseller

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Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1), by Tricia Levenseller

Publish Date: February 28, 2017 (audiobook published July 18, 2017)
Published by: Feiwel Friends/Macmillan Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 7 hrs 25 min (311 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King


My Review: 

I really enjoyed listening to this book! I’ve had the physical copy on my shelf for a while, but when I realized the audiobook narrator was the same person who narrated the Ruby Red trilogy, which I adored, I knew I had to switch gears. Continue reading “Book Review | DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, by Tricia Levenseller”

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Book Review | THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Publish Date: July 10, 2008 (audiobook published September 2, 2008)
Published by: The Dial Press/Random House Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Juliet Mills
Length: 8 hrs 6 min (389 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.


My Review: 

I listened to this as an audiobook and absolutely loved it. The multiple narrators made it such an enjoyable listen, with all the different character voices being so distinct. Continue reading “Book Review | THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows”

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Book Review | OF FATE AND PHANTOMS, by C. J. Archer

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Of Fate and Phantoms (The Ministry of Curiosities #7), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: January 24, 2017
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 266 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

As Charlie and Lincoln’s lives settle into a harmonious pattern, a new threat arises that could have far reaching effects for the royal family and Lincoln’s parents.

When a seer warns the Prince of Wales that his life is in danger, only Charlie and Lincoln take her seriously. After all, what sensible person would believe a gypsy who claims the danger will come in the form of the prince’s dead father?

A meeting at the palace sets them on a path that takes Charlie back to her old haunts in the London slums, on the hunt for a man who can change his appearance. The new threat is their most dangerous yet, but for Lincoln, the biggest concern isn’t confronting the shape-changer or meeting his parents for the first time, it’s whether Charlie will put his engagement ring on her finger.


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Book Review | SPELLCASTER, by Claudia Gray

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Spellcaster (Spellcaster #1), by Claudia Gray

Publish Date: March 1, 2013 (audiobook published March 5, 2013)
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 11 hrs 8 min (389 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town—a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she’s come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away.

Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family’s tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia’s family, her newfound friends, and her own life. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets, and star-crossed romance.


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