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Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen


Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.

When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive.

Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

My Review:

“The people who should have loved her hadn’t; her enemies wore smiles, her family, snarls.”

This book was actually kind of hard to get into the first 50 pages and it still took me forever to read. It’s such a tiny book. I picked it up thinking I would fly through it in a day or two. 1 week went by, then I realized I just wasn’t attached. I went into it not knowing almost anything about the story. The writing was very beautiful and I liked that it had a brutally honest view on love and fairy tale endings but the grasp on the curse throughout the whole story was just a little hard to keep hold on and the ending felt super rushed right at the end especially since the world building in the beginning was really slow.

3 out of 5 stars


My Tethered Soul #2 by Dorothy Dreyer

Dorothy Dreyer does it again.

This is what a second book in a series is supposed to be like. Dorothy has created beautiful character development we didn’t get to see in the first book. We finally get to see Mara’s true character after being released from her Reaper in the first book. I loved reading the relationships intertwined in this gang of friends. It was like the glue that kept this book together and the characters dialogue made me laugh out loud and it’s rare for a book to do that.

It was funny because at times I was like, oh something bad is going to happen right now. Then it didn’t, only to happen when I least expected it. It made me on edge and nervous when I needed to be.

Even though I gave this book 5 stars, there is one thing that constantly bothered me throughout the book. That is why do they keep leaving Zadie alone when they know the reaper is after her! GAHH!! I know the author does this to create action and suspense but geez, keep an eye on that girl!

I also found it funny that Chase trained Zadie and Mara with throwing daggers and shooting crossbows but it looked to me that Chase needed the training..

After trying my best to nit-pick these small things, this was a fantastic read! I am happy to own this series so I can go back and relive these best friends fight to overcome death itself.

5 out of 5 Stars

Thank you Dorothy for sending me a copy to review.



Bound to the Abyss by James R. Vernon


Ven Khilada is a land of magic and gods. Settlements abound, both large and small, each with a life of their own and hidden secrets.

Except Rottwealth. A backwater village, surrounded by mountains and ignored by most, nothing of merit ever leaves the valley. Aside, of course, from the mystical plant which shares its name. A plant that can heal even the most dire wounds in a matter of moments, and flourishes within the swamp that takes up part of the valley.

Ean Sangrave, a disgruntled Healer’s apprentice barely in his twenties, wants to escape and start a new life outside of the village that hates him. If the village ever discovered Ean’s ability to summon creatures from the Abyss – like his closest friend, Zin the imp – judgment would be swift and punishment final.

When an unconquerable monster takes residence in the new mine, the mayor’s oldest son, Bran Erikson, is given the task of traveling to the capital city Lurthalan to seek help. To the surprise of the entire village, he chooses Ean to accompany him. But with a connection to a taboo god and a power he barely understands, can Ean fit into the world outside of his secluded village, or will the stigma that has been placed on him since birth follow him the rest of his life.

My Review:

Ean, a young boy, lives in a small village called Rottwealth. He is the village Healers apprentice and is hated by almost everyone in town. He holds a secret which is engraved on his hand. He has a connection to the abyss which allows him to summon terrifying creatures. Unexpectedly, a group of people beaten and bleeding stumble into the village from there local mine speak of a foul creature that has taken residence there. Oh boy, what shall they do?

While I think this is a good read, it fell short of me falling in love with it. There were typeos every now and then and it seemed to have a lot of repetitive sentences where the characters would repeat themselves constantly. Okay, we get it!

Also this book had a certain element that I can’t stand to read anymore. Every character is SO FREAKING RUDE! (Even the creatures!) So rude that it got really annoying. I understand everyone is supposed to hate the main character but can’t we all just get along?

It did hold my attention the whole way through. It had a ton of adventure and the plot was very original and interesting. I found all the monsters our protagonist pulled from the abyss super creepy and had me at the edge of my seat.

I recommend this to any fantasy readers.

3.7 out of 5 Stars

Thank you James for sending me a copy to review.


The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman


Death hasn’t visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders’ bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal.

Rowan’s village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan’s door once again.

Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.

My Review:

What an awesome book! I don’t quite understand why this books rating is where it’s at but it definitely deserves a 5 star from me. It’s gorgeously written and is a dark tale that stabs you in the heart and constantly throws all new levels of craziness into the mix.

It was one of those rare books that literally glued my eyes to the page, had me devouring each sentence in a mad need to find out what the hell was going on and what would happen.

5 out of 5 Stars


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