The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Clara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: marry the handsome pianist, Johann Kahler (ah!), and settle down to a life full of music. But all that changes on Christmas Eve, when Clara receives a mysterious and magical nutcracker.

Whisked away to his world–an enchanted empire of beautiful palaces, fickle fairies, enormous rats, and a prince–Clara must face a magician who uses music as spells…and the future she thought she wanted.

“The Enchanted Sonata,” a retelling of The Nutcracker Ballet with a dash of The Pied Piper, will captivate readers of all ages.

Review

I’m an avid reader of fairy-tale retellings and this book has blown me away! This is the first Heather Wallwork book I’ve read, but now i’m putting all her books on my tbr!!! Since I read the synopsis to the book I knew I had to have it and boy let me tell you that this was no disappointment.

This book was marvelously written and was chocked full of magic and wonder! The main character was so beautifully written and i loved watching her grow as a person to see what she wants versus living to fill an obligation. You see her get swept away and learn to make choices for herself and learn what it is to truly grown up stand up in the face of adversity and how one can save themselves.

The way Heather wrote about music is this novel was absolutely captivating. Never before has someone written about music with such magic and realism that it could take my breath away and floor me.

The Pied Piper and The Nutcracker retelling tied so well together. Heather was elegant and how she melded two beloved classics together. I absolutely loved the characters in this novel. Even our main villain is one I loved to hate but ended up loving when I got this backstory! And of course our dashing hero had me swooning! Sure there is a little instalove but what YA isn’t these days? I mean this book was perfect and made for the best Christmas read!!!!

5/5 Stars

Thank you NetGalley and to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Hardcover, 375 pages
Published October 23rd 2018
Shelved: Fantasy, Retelling, YA

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks , Sarah Pekkanen book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

 

Review

Greer and Sarah’s latest book has beyond blown me away! I loved their book The Wife Between Us and this one has really shown how much dedication these two gals put into their writing to make it perfect.

I loved all the twists and turns in this book. There were so many that I did not see coming! The entire time I was biting my nails, turning each page quicker than the last, desperate to know what would happen next! Each twist will slam you into the next with utter shock.

The characters had me so enveloped in this story. My heart hammered reading Jessica’s pov. You see this girl so desperate to satisfy Dr. Shields and make sure she is perfect and honest. Then you read Dr. Shields pov and really began to see everything you think you know is true crumble as you question who in this book really is crazy and emotionally disturbed vs who is the person holding it all together. The characters were so diverse and so well written. Both pov’s were expertly written.

The book overall was excellent and deeply thought provoking. You will question your own morality reading this. The question we must ask ourselves is how far are we willing to go? You will press on reading this novel in search of answers and perhaps even see a bit of our own inner turmoils in some of the characters. 5 stars from me!

 

NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!

Shelved: Thriller, Fiction, Mystery

Hardcover, 384 pages

Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

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I Think Therefore I Eat: The World’s Greatest Minds Tackle the Food Question by Martin Cohen book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

“The worst thing about food science, the elephant in the room, is that it’s not just the opinions that are changing–but the ‘facts’ themselves shift too.” 

Did you know that the great philosophers were the original foodies? To eat or not to eat? That’s an easy question to answer. But what to eat? That’s a deep and profoundly difficult one. Doctors and nutritionists often disagree with each other, while celebrities and scientists keep pitching us new recipes and special diets. No one thought to ask the philosophers–those rational souls devoted to truth, ethics, and reason–what they think. Until now.

Review

This book tackles one of the hardest topics out there: food. it looks at food in a new and innovative way. Granted there’s books out there that do this philosophically as well, but this book really digs its heels in and gets down to it.

This book takes a look at age old philosophers and deals with 3 key principles.

  1. Detail Matters
  2. Everything Connects
  3. Don’t Mess with the crystal vase

By examining some of the principles closer we can see what we eat vs why we eat. I feel like after reading this novel it helps me look at WHY in a bigger picture.By asking ourselves key questions we can perhaps eat to live vs living to eat.

This book also covers other topics as well. I don’t want to give away spoilers but some of them include salt, protein eating etc. I think this novel (in my opinion) isn’t there to tell us what to eat like a diet does but rather how we can reexamine food in a different way to do whats best for our own individuals bodies vs eating they way one person did and found it worked, thereby selling their formula as a MLM company or as pills and shakes etc.

*I recieved an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

Overall I give this book 5/5 stars(10/10 stars)

Shelved: Food/ Drink, Nonfiction
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Turner

Salt by Hannah Moskowitz review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters–but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents’ journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late.

Review

So the best blurb i saw for this was Supernatual: Sea edition. ….

Okay that grabbed me hook, line, and sinker….(i am slightly obsessed with that show.)…This fun short little novel was everything it promised to be. You see the older siblings stepping up and caring for the younger siblings in light of the of the parents absence. You see family dynamics play out as each sibling learns to step up into their own role, fighting, making up, protecting, sacrifice, etc. Overall i give this short novel 4 stars.

I received an e-Arc from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.

Hardcover, 280 pages
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Chronicle Books

A Woman’s Lot (The Meonbridge Chronicles #2) by Carolyn Hughes book review

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Synopsis

How can mere women resist the misogyny of men?

A resentful peasant rages against a woman’s efforts to build up her flock of sheep… A husband, grown melancholy and ill-tempered, succumbs to idle talk that his wife’s a scold… A priest, fearful of women’s “unnatural” power, determines to keep them in their place.

The devastation wrought two years ago by the Black Death changed the balance of society: more women saw their chance to build a business, learn a trade, to play a greater part. But many men still hold fast to the teachings of the Church and fear the havoc the daughters of Eve might wreak if they’re allowed to usurp men’s roles and gain control over their own lives.

Not all men resist women’s desire for change – indeed, they want it for themselves. Yet it takes only one or two to unleash the hounds of hostility and hatred…

Review

I’ve been a fan of Carolyn Hughes since Fortune’s Wheel and now this book just makes me lover her as a writer even more! This is the second novel in the Meonbridge Chronicles. In this novel you see that as always times are changing. This time you see husbands who have lost their wives, wives who have lost husbands. The sheer grasp of mortality that hangs in the balance. Women are finally coming into their own and desiring that so yearned for independence. This novel focuses on four different women and gives us internal look into their daily lives, thoughts, and emotions, all set among this backdrop. I highly recommend this novel! 

Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2018 by SilverWood Books Limited
Shelved: Historical Fiction

The Dark Lands (Angelbound Origins #5) by Christina Bauer book review

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Synopsis

Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life–she’s now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn’t suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens.

Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace.

Now it’s up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker’s disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that a criminal named the Viper took Walker in order to somehow release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels who’s a bloodthirsty maniac.

Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have just twenty-four hours to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Myla’s own father allows his past friendship with Lucifer to threaten Walker’s future.

Review

Myla kicks butt again! In this new installment, we see her go off on adventure in search of her brother Walker. Myla and her tail (yes her tail who seems to have a mind of its own) both rise up to the challenge. Meanwhile, she also has to worry about the ghouls setting Lucifer free, on top of still being a mom, and wife….. (whew a demon woman’s work is never done)

I think that Myla had become my favorite quasi demon to read and I absolutely am smitten over Lincoln, well all the characters in these novels really. Lincoln and Myla make a great couple and are hilarious with their banter.

The writing in these novels, truly blow me away. The wonderful descriptions of Angels, Demons, Ghouls, Purgatory, Antrum, Dark Lands will have you pulled in so far that you will want the story to never end. The tone of this book overall, was well honed in to the perfect amount of suspense, and lightheartedness all executed at the right moment.

I also loved that now even though Myla is a mother, she still has all her spunk. I was thrilled to see that she wasn’t written down to someone who is dull. I loved the originality here. These books are super amazing and continues to grow on me. I love that in an over saturated market these books rise up and shine all on their own. A definite one click read from me!

 

Shelved: YA, paranormal, Fantasy
ebook, 218 pages
Published September 2018 by Monster House Books LLC

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******* “Publisher’s Note: Christina Bauer is a non-linear thinker who came up with ARMAGEDDON and then went back and wrote some earlier books. This is why you’ll see ARMAGEDDON (Book 7) and the Offspring series available before THE BRUTAL TIME (Book 6). We’ve told her to stop this practice, but she keeps giving us lewd hand gestures in response. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience.”  ********

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The Queen of Crows (The Sacred Throne #2) by Myke Cole book review

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Synopsis

In this epic fantasy sequel, Heloise stands tall against overwhelming odds–crippling injuries, religious tyrants–and continues her journey from obscurity to greateness with the help of alchemically-empowered armor and an unbreakable spirit.

No longer just a shell-shocked girl, she is now a figure of revolution whose cause grows ever stronger. But the time for hiding underground is over. Heloise must face the tyrannical Order and lay siege to the Imperial Palace itself.

 

Review

This has been my new favorite Fantasy book of 2018! Book two picks up right from where book one leaves off. (So I highly recommend reading this series in order) I feel like in this book its where we see Heloise finally come to grips with who she is. You see her struggling to find her voice and figure out how to command those beneath her rank. I feel like in this book you really see many changes and commands come from her, both good and bad. But this is war and sometimes the best choice isnt the one most would like and it can be very dark. I think you also see just how heavily each decision weighs her down. In this novel everything is questioned and nothing is left out in the open. Decisions must be made and Heloise will have to fight the biggest battle against herself and her emotions.

5/5 Stars

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Tor Books
**** I recieved this book from TOR.com in exchange for an honest review***