Artwork and Book Reviews!

This is a very short collection of art by artist Laura Kitching featuring captions for each piece as well.
Being an artist myself, I can easily appreciate the work of art collected in this booklet. The artwork is very unique and all give a very mysterious and naturey feeling being blotted black and white and featuring mountains/mushrooms/ect. My favorite piece out of this booklet is number Three: The repositioning of geological structures.

I am very happy to have another collection of art by an awesome artist. It’s a great way to look upon and gather inspiration from.

To find more of Laura’s work, visit elkandowl.com

4 out of 5 stars

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Odette is a beautiful young maiden who is the niece of a respectable merchant but she has a secret that needs to be kept hidden for the sake of the poor and starving residents of Thornbeck. She is poaching deer at night.

Unfortunately for her, someone is catching on. That someone is Jorgen, the local forester, who’s job it is to catch poachers and punish them.

These two are joined together when Odette is searching for a wealthy man to take her hand in marriage.

I have been eyeing this book on my shelf for so long now. Melanie Dickersons book covers are so beautiful and super intriguing!

With that said, the book starts pretty slow and not a whole lot happens so it’s very uneventful. It just really lacks a hook unless you consider the two main characters going back and forth for 200 pages about this poaching secret. It was very difficult to care about where this weakly-plotted novel was heading. There is no action, and the characters don’t have much personality. They all talk the same, they all react the same.. It’s a VERY laid back book but I do love the authors eye for detail when it comes to setting up the scenes. The dances and balls sounded beautiful, as well as anytime clothing was described.

I feel like I may have hyped this book too much in my head that when I finally picked it up to read, I was really disappointed.

2.5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Melanie for sending me a copy to review.

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A brand new book to add to my slowly building Contemporary shelf! This book sounds super cute and full of fun and adventure. This book releases on April 12.

Synopsis:

A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and ever herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

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Synopsis:

Red Little has a bone to pick with the big, bad wolf for stealing her mechanical heart. When she storms to his cabin and demands he returns it, she soon realizes he’s after more than just her heart.

Axel Wolfe wants answers only Red can provide. She was there when half of his pack perished at sea. The one that can shed light on why his surviving men recall nothing, yet Axel remembers every detail of that nightmarish day. He suspects the truth has to do with the sea nymph’s miraculous ability to walk on land.

When Axel shows her a different side of him that she likes too much, Red begins to question whether her freedom came at too high of a price for the wolf—banishment from his pack. As the passion between them heats up, Red must make a decision. Return to the ocean, or remain on land and get the answer to the question that’s crossed her mind since Axel stole her heart.

Can an ill-tempered and sexy Alpha wolf fall hard for a fish out of water?

My Review:

I requested this book to review because a Little Red Riding Hood retelling sounded like something I was in the mood for but unfortunately it’s not what I got.

Firstly, there is no world-building. Occasionally, I can forgive this when the scope of the novel is small which this book is but I couldn’t get over the fact that this book mostly just takes place in the woods with a horny wolf man and a girl getting it on.

This book kind of reads like a fanfic. So the whole half of this book is Axel (the wolf) I guess ‘punishing’ Red by sexually pleasuring her while she’s practically dying because he stole her mechanical heart.. wait.. What?!

“Instinct told him she neared her descent into unconsciousness. Axel nipped then sucked on her bottom lip

WTF?! Call the police!! The wolf police? Okay, I don’t know. Just get this Axel guy away, please. All of this sexual punishment is happening also while she’s telling him about a pack of wolves that defiled her.. Yup.

“Is there a reason we’re not going forward?” She asked, surprised at how annoyed she was that the big, bad wolf wasn’t good on his word of punishing her with his body.

In all honestly, this book was just a really bad porno, called Wolf’s Red.. Rocket..

What kills me the most is that this author has such great potential! When the sex scenes were finished, the book was great! The words read well together and the writing was pretty but then the characters would make sexual remarks even around children and things got weird. I didn’t hate this book but I wouldn’t rush to recommend it either.

2 out of 5 stars

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Book Mail!

Today’s book mail I received The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden and it even came with these lovely element cards! I am super excited to read this novel. The art on the cover is so eye catching and even the little cards have super cool artwork! Thank you Alys for sending me your lovely book!

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The beauty that is this bookshelf. I can never take my eyes off it.

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This beautiful ARC of A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry was sent to me for review and I am super excited to read it! It doesn’t come out until April 12 of this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t preorder it! It’s premise sounds so cool!

Synopsis:

In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

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