Book Review: “The Forest Queen” by Betsy Cornwell

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.”

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While reading this book I LOVED all the original Robin Hood references like instead of Little John it was Little Jane, and even Mariam showed up in one of the scenes. Sylvie’s brother was the sheriff and was abusing the commoners just like in Robin Hood. There was even a robbery scene, even if it was only one.

Probably the best part of this book was the GIRL POWER! With Sylvie being the ultimate girl boss. She helped so many people and was the ultimate supporter. She had so many moments where I felt proud of her, whether it was her sticking up for self against her brother or comforting her new friend Little Jane, there was always some girl power that needed some proud recognition.

Thorny Features     

I’ve noticed that throughout my years of reading, I’m not the biggest fan of books with slow plots, and the plot in this book was slow. I was bored for most of the book because there wasn’t an exact direction where this book was going in. It just kind of flowed. Even when the plot did pick up, it wasn’t that exciting.

There were a few ‘gory’ scenes like Sylvie and Little Jane splitting and eating a heart together, and I’ll be honest, those scenes are just not for me. Even the first chapter is pretty descriptive when it talks about Sylvie hunting and killing a deer. Just a little warning, this book does contain mention of rape, suicide, and assault.

If you’ve been following my blog for long, you know I love romance, well not in this book. I feel like Sylvie and Bird just kind of ended up together at the end, there was no build to their relationship. I would have preferred if, throughout the book, it showed their relationship developing, even a few short scenes would have made a difference.

Final Thoughts     

Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. I loved the idea of this book, but this book just wasn’t for me. There were too many little things that just ruined the book for me. I liked the darker twist to Robin Hood as well as the women empowerment, but I don’t know if I would read this book again. I would recommend that you at least try reading this book because there were some nice qualities to this book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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Book Review: “Stolen Songbird” by Danielle L. Jensen

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…”

Rose-Worthy Features

Despite not really liking Cécile, the main character, I LOVED Tristan! He was so entertaining. His sarcastic remarks had me dying laughing. Even though he seemed very carefree and funny, Tristan was very caring and dedicated.

Now I’ll be honest, the plot took me a while to get into, which is a little strange considering I’ve read so many other books with similar plot lines. However, once the plot took its shape, I found the storyline to be much more entertaining and unique. Involving different aspects, I wouldn’t have even thought about. More plot twist took place, and I loved all the different twist and turns! Once the storyline took off, I couldn’t get this book out of my hands. So much so that when my book fell asleep my lofted bed when I was sleep tried using different things to get out. Hangers, tongs, but I just ended up squeezing my way in-between the window and the bed, lol.

Fun fact: I’m a sucker for a good family drama (Check out my blog post about some books with family drama), and this book had some difficult family dynamics between Tristan’s family. With the wicked king, strange queen, and insane brother, Tristan’s family was a handful. I enjoyed reading about their entertaining family.

Thorny Features

            I didn’t hate Cécile but, I didn’t love her either. Sure, there were moments where she was selfless and brave, but there were also moments where acted like a brat. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cécile, she was kind of irritating. Just the way her personality was in some of the dangerous scenes annoyed me. I felt like I was watching a scary movie and was yelling at the main character not to go into the basement.

The relationship between Cécile and Tristan had me conflicted. Sure, they had cute moments but, in my opinion, the whole relationship went by to fast. First there married and don’t talk, then they have one meaningful conversation and now it’s at the ‘I love you’ stage. I just didn’t get how fast it went by.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. The plot became a lot more enjoyable towards the end. With the different twist in turns, I finished this book in two days. Now even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cécile, I loved Tristan and the different layers to his character. The drama in this book reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl, but with trolls, haha. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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✰  ‘Stolen Songbird’ by Danielle L. Jensen

Book Review: “The Treachery of Beautiful Things” by Ruth Frances Long

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.”

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I love a good fae book! Something about reading about these mischievous little creatures, I find to be interesting. One thing that I’ve always found fascinating is the fae world. I think Ruth Frances Long captured the fae world beautifully. Capturing the beauty but also the treachery (haha see what I did there) that is the fae world.

The plot of this book was highly entertaining. With all the different challenges that Jenny faced, whether it was deceiving monsters, crazy people trying to feed her to monsters and worst of all Mab, the fae queen, but Jenny doesn’t give up easily. I think the book being in the third person set the tone of this book. I liked being able to see all the betrayal and meddling going on, behind Jenny’s back. It defined what the fae are like perfectly.

Uhhh the drama! The betrayal! This book has it all! Especially betrayal. With all the different sides, there is a ton of deception and lying. There is literally no one who Jenny can trust. Take any drama tv show, and add fae, there you have this book.

The relationship between Jenny and Jack was like the fantasy version of Romeo and Juliet. They want to be together but there are so many factors that are stopping them. One is that Jack is not human. Their moments together have so much chemistry and passion, I loved their relationship!

One thing that I can guarantee is that the ending of this book was perfect! It was something I didn’t expect or see coming but made me smile ear to ear. The ending was like a full course meal, and I was completely satisfied.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. Honestly, this book is just gorgeous. Even if you decide to read this book just because of the cover, you won’t be disappointed. The magical fae world was beautifully written about, and I highly recommend reading this book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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‘The Treachery of Beautiful Things’ by Ruth Frances Long

Book Review: “Wintersong” by S. Jae-Jones

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D E S C R I P T I O N

The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride….

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds–and the mysterious man who rules it–she soon faces an impossible decision. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Dark, romantic, and powerful, Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.”

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This book left me in awe. Everything, the characters, the plot, the setting, completely set a dark and mystical tone. The gorgeous writing had me staying up until midnight, enjoying this beautiful fantasy.

The main character Liesel is probably one of my favorite female protagonist I’ve read about in a while. She was brave and selfless, but she also had many flaws. I loved seeing her character grow! There were moments where Liesel seemed so calm and badass, but there were just as many moments where I thought she was slowly losing her sanity. There were so many different sides to her, and I loved reading about all of them.

The plot is AMAZING! I started reading thinking I would only read 50 pages, but as soon as I read the opening I was hooked. I finished this book in 24 hours, which surprised because I haven’t done that for a book in a while. The book is split it up in different sections, and each section got better and better. There were moments where I was anxious, where I was bawling my eyes out, where I was smiling like an idiot and dying from laughter. The plot gave me a little taste of every emotion. The plot was engaging and full of mystical adventure!

Ooooffff, now I’m a sucker for romance and this book had me good. I love romance books, but when the couple starts young and meets later on now those are my favorite type of romance books. Young love is adorable! Liesel and the Goblin King had so much chemistry. From there little flirty remarks, they’re passion for music, they’re relationship was gorgeous. They were like star-crossed lovers, but underground and add goblins into the mix.

Now that I’ve covered other parts of the book I need to talk one important aspect, the Goblin King. He was a mystery. I don’t even know how to describe him, he was so mysterious. I will say though, I loved reading about him! I saw so many different sides to him I don’t think I can talk about only one. He was flirty, mischievous, scary, gushy, depressing and all and all the perfect Goblin King.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I highly recommend that you read this book. The whole reason I read this book was because, I saw it all over bookstagram, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s engaging, vivid, and beautifully written. As I said earlier this book is definitely Labyrinth meets Beauty and the Beast. The characters are interesting and have many different layers to them. This book is difficult to put down so I recommend reading it on a day you don’t have to do anything. “Wintersong” is AMAZING! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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✰ ‘Wintersong’ by S. Jae-Jones

Book Review: ‘On The Fence’ by Kasie West

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.”

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I actually enjoyed the characters in this book, surprised gasp. I feel like the for the past couple blog post I haven’t really liked the characters in books. Charlie was charming. She was nice (most of the time), she had a fun personality. Even though Charlie’s life seems well-made, Charlie has a problem expressing her emotions. At the end that comes and bites her in the butt.

Charlie’s brothers were hilarious, especially Gage. They were friendly, but also protective over their little sister. I loved reading scenes with them in it because the brothers always made me smile. 🙂

The story was engaging. I liked reading about Charlies ‘double life’. While she was at home, she’s this crazy tomboy, and at work, she’s this girly model. Charlie starts to do more of the girly activities and slowly starts to change herself from who she really is to what a boy might like. Which becomes one of the conflicts as the book goes on.

Something that I loved was the connection between Charlie and Gage. They have these calm talks by the fence (hence the title of the book), and their feelings start to grow. Their relationship doesn’t start for a while, but it was definitely worth the wait. In my opinion, a slow and steady romance beats a fast and instant relationship. Charlie and Gage are both different when they are with other people, but when they are with each other you see a different side of both of them.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you know I LOVE plot twist! Well no spoilers from me, but just know that this book has one and it was a twist I didn’t expect that’s for sure.

Thorny Features

Even though I liked Charlie, sometimes she was annoying. Like I said earlier, Charlie had her own issues. She lied SO many times! It just got so annoying to the point where I was shaking the book. Ahhh

Maybe this is just my inner feminist, but I didn’t really like the way that some girls were portrayed in this book. I mean I get it, it’s just a book, but the book made it sound like there were only two types of girls either tomboys and girly girls. It was just annoying because I didn’t like reading about that type of stereotype.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. I liked this book, but I will say I had higher expectations going into this book. This book is short, so it’s super easy to read. Lots of entertaining moments. I would recommend this book just because it was fun to read. It’s the perfect sit by the pool and read a book type of book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

Book Review: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.⁣

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?⁣

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.⁣

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?⁣

Kiss a stranger? Um… ⁣

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?⁣

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?”⁣

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            Long story short…. I LOVED this book! Oh my god it was good! I’ll admit I had low expectations for this book and there isn’t a specific reasons why, but I just assumed that it would be like any other summer themed YA book, boy was I wrong.

When I first met Emily I’ll admit my first thought was “wow she seems a little clingy”, but after putting myself in her shoes I can see why she was so shocked when her best friend Salone is missing. Throughout the book Emily changes a lot. From the begginging you can see that Emily relies a lot on her and Salone’s friendship. She even defines herself as ‘Salones best friend’, but as the book continues Emily becomes a lot more independent and open to other people around her. While her growth as a character was beneficial for herself, there were also bumps along the way.

I thought the relationship between Emily and Frank was PERFECT! It was the perfect mix of friendship but also romantic chemistry. Don’t get me wrong there were issues along the way, one being Franks girlfriend (yikes) but everything sorts itself out in the end.

The plot follow Emily and her new friends, Dawn, Collins and Frank, as they accomplish all the different activities left on Salones bucket list that she left Emily. I found the plot to be entertaining. Each chapter was the gang completing a task and I found them all to be really entertaining. There was a little bit of drama, especially towards the end of the book, it got to the point where I couldn’t put the book down because I was so invested into what was happening!

Something random that loved reading about was Emily’s family. Her mom and dad are play writers and I found that to be really unique. Most of the book Emily’s parent are off writing there play, leaving Emily and Beckett to fend for themselves over the summer.

Thorny Features

Honestly, there wasn’t one thing that I didn’t like about this book. I liked it all: the plot, the characters, the romance, everything!

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I loved this book! I definitely recommend this book, in fact this is one book I really suggest that you read this summer. This book even inspired me to write my own bucket list (3 out of 30 done, if you were wondering). I can’t believe I had low expectations of this book, especially with all the positivity surrounding this book! As I’ve probably mentioned before, I loved everything about this book, the summer bucket list to Emily’s crazy family, I loved everything! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

 

Book Review: “Pledge” by Christina Garner

 

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“Pledge” by Christina Garner

D E S C R I P T I O N 

“Three new witches. Two dangerous secrets. One demon on the prowl.

Haunted by her past, Eden sees college as her chance at a fresh start. With a new school, new friends, and the recent discovery she’s a witch, life should be getting easier, right?

Except she’s tormented by nightmares and lighting fires in her sleep.

When things turn deadly, it looks like the monster stalking Eden’s dreams might just be real after all. Will she face the truth in time, or will her sisters pay with their lives?”

Four girls, a college sorority and house full of witches, yup that’s “Pledge” for you.  

Rose-Worthy Features

            In the synopsis, it states “three new witches”, but it should really be FOUR new witches. There’s four Hannah, Eden, Sarah, AND Jules. The book mostly follows Eden and the night terrors that she faces. There were parts in the book where it followed Hannah, Sarah, and Jules but not as much as it followed Eden. There was a clear preference on which character the author liked the best, lol. All four girls had two things in common they all seemed friendly, and they all held some sort of troubling past. I didn’t mind all the girls, but they wasn’t any special quality that one of the girls had that made that perfect character. They all had something missing and if they each had just one unique quality that made them different I probably would have liked them a little better.

There were some relationships like Eden and Quinn were the most prominent. I thought they were cute together, but it wasn’t crazy for this relationship. Sarah has her own relationship struggles with Kai and Hannah’s love life will definitely be the end of her.

Thorny Features

The plot was eh. There were moments where I couldn’t put the book down, specifically the initiation ceremony, but there were also a lot of parts that I could have gone without. There were also A LOT of random things happening, I couldn’t tell if they were supposed to be a plot twist or if they were just random events. I couldn’t tell the actual problem of the book until later on. I think that’s why I had such a hard time, trying to connect with this book. The random moments in this book kind of screwed up the book for me. There was a casual death, and then people were dropping the coven, and everything just felt all over the place.

The end of the book was probably my least favorite part. There were twist and turns, and usually I love plot twist, but in this case, I wasn’t a big fan. I was kind of confused about what was happening, and I wish everything was a little clearer.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. This book was ok. I liked the whole coven of sorority witches, it was interesting and reminded me a lot of Scream Queens. The plot wasn’t my favorite and the characters were ok. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book but maybe you will be. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

Book Review:”House of Darken” by Jaymin Eve

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“House of Darken” by Jaymin Eve

D E S C R I P T I O N

“When Emma moves to Astoria, Oregon, she is given two rules:

#1 – Don’t cross to “their” side of the street.

#2 – Don’t mess with the elites, especially Lexen Darken, top elite and resident bad boy.

While she finds this both weird and insulting, Emma has no actual intention of breaking these rules – until her guardians go missing. Now all bets are off. Only a single line separates her side of the street from the elites’, and she’s crossing it.

Captured and held by Lexen and his brothers, she learns the rules are in place for a very good reason. There’s a secret world hidden in this small town which goes far beyond the one she knows and understands.

A world not for humans.”

Rose-Worthy Features

            I’ll admit, when deciding which book to read this week this book immediately caught my eye because of the pretty cover but once I read the description I was intrigued. I was curious about what supernatural being the Darken brothers were so I read the book and found out!

            One thing that I really loved about this book were the characters. Emma’s personality was hilarious and I loved how complete opposites her and Lexen were. Lexen was a major snob when I first read about him but as I continued reading I began to like him more. The Darken brothers were all different and unique, plus who doesn’t love that overprotective brother moment. This book definitely had a few of those.

            Who doesn’t love aliens? I am definitely an alien romance book lover ever since I read ‘Obsidian’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book there were aliens but with a little fantasy twist. It was interesting and I think because it had that fantasy twist it made this book a little bit different from other alien romance books.

            The romance in this book was great! It started out as a love hate relationship but developed into something more. There were lots of sweet moments that made me happy and I found it really entertaining When Emma and Lexen fought.

            The storyline was engaging. It kept me interested and was interesting to read the whole time. There was never a dull moment while reading this book.

            Be prepared for LOTS of twist. I’m an absolute sucker for plot twist so enjoyed each and every twist that the author threw at me!

Thorny Features

            The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of were that the action scenes weren’t that long and engaging. I feel like I would start the action scene and as soon as it started it would end. I feel like I could put this book on pause and then go back because it just wasn’t that interesting.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this a 4 out of 5. This book is definitely not a bad. It was interesting and engaging to read. I liked reading about the Darken family and how they were all so different. This book was fun and I definitely recommend reading it because it was a nice light hearted read. It had that Gossip Girl prep school vibe, with family drama like The Originals but just add aliens and boom that’s “House of Darken” for ya. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

Book Review: ‘Burn For Burn’ by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

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Description

“Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.

LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.

MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.

None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.

With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.”

Hello everyone and welcome back to The Book Bachelor! If you were looking for a book where a group of teenagers comes together in order to defeat the bullies, then this might be the book for you. RIght up front, I did not like this book. Yeah, a group of girls ends up standing up against the bullies but in return, they end up becoming bullies themselves.

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            If I had to pick a favorite character, it would be Lilia. I found the chapters from her point of view to be the most entertaining. Yeah, she had her moments where I didn’t like her but compared to everyone else she was my favorite.

            The ending I have mixed feelings about. I think it ended well and it took me by surprise but I think there could have been so much more. When it ended I still had questions unanswered and things I wanted to see.

Thorny Features

            Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of all the character. Yes, I did kind of like Lilia but if I didn’t have to pick a favorite character I wouldn’t. I thought Kat was a little weird and bit overdramatic. She had some funny moments, but I just wasn’t a big fan of hers. Now Mary was nice and all, but I just couldn’t see how she connected into the story. I felt like she was just kind of there, she had some relations with other characters but not as much as Kat and Lilia did.

            Now the plot, I feel like this could have been so much better. The book starts off slowly and you get to know all the characters a little better, but once the girls come up with their plan I found it less interesting. Overall I found myself getting annoyed. The girls knew what they were doing what wrong but they didn’t stop with all their intense pranks.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. Even though I got annoyed with the characters, I will admit this blot was SO entertaining. I can probably say I’m going to read the second book just because I’m really curious to know what happens next. I still recommend that you read this book because it was interesting. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.