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
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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***

The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole book review

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Synopsis

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.
Review
So when Robin Hobb puts a blurb on the cover I know I’ll be hooked! The second I saw this I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy of it. This short novel had me hooked from page one! This book does not let up….. From the beginning you get to know all these characters and then BOOM all the hell happens to them. The world building was done well in a short span without being too informative or without enough detail. This story to me was very character driven. Heloise is my new favorite character! I absolutely loved reading her. She always manages to work through any difficulty and keeps fighting. I am now a big fan of Myke Cole and am on to read book two as I write this!
5/5 Stars
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published February 20th 2018
***I received this copy from TOR.com in exchange for an honest review***