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The Carriage by Jena Baxter

Siblings don’t normally get along, right? Well that’s the case for Alexis and Brooke. Except there relationship goes a little more extreme. While annoyingly arguing in the first 5 pages, Alexis and Brooke enter a carriage in the middle of modern day Central Park. Suddenly Brooke gets so angry at her sister that she disappears while sending the carriage and Alexis through time to Victorian England, 1870. I guess bickering leads to sending your sister through time these days..

So let me start by saying how annoying and just plain rude our main character Alexis is. She’s making fun of old ladies, being very bitchy to strangers who are kindly offering help.

“May I help you with something, Miss?”

“Who are you? Some kind of freak?”

He just asked if you needed help, god damn. Thankfully, this character goes through major character development. She becomes mature and less mean and definitely much more likable.

Now our second character, Ezra, is a dream. His perspective gives life to this story. Yes, I see the irony in that statement but it’s true. His whole side of the story is interesting and very satisfying to read. I always looked forward to his perspective.

I’m giving this book 3 stars because there was really nothing to the story. In fact the long, detailed synopsis gives away everything. The synopsis might as well be called a full summary wrap up because I knew exactly what was going to happen. I guess that was my fault for reading it. Also the book was mostly about Alexis and Ezra’s relationship problems. They’re fighting, then apologizing, fighting again, apologizing again. Not talking for two weeks, then finally talking. Over and over again but I found myself reading the last 50 pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen. That says something, right?

I will say the writing is very beautiful and the words flow very nicely together which made it a fast read. I definitely appreciated that. I see a lot of great potential for this author.

3 out of 5 stars

Thank you Jena for sending me a copy to review.


The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

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.


Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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.


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.


Wolf’s Red by Ashlyn Mathews


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


Silverlight by S.L. Jesberger

“The truth was excruciatingly painful. I was a pale imitation of my former self, and I wanted Magnus to know just how bad it truly was.”

Magnus Tryx has been lovesick for the past 10 years. His beloved woman Kymber Oryx, one of the most fiercest warriors known throughout the land, died in the battle of Marilian, buried in a mass grave. Or so he thought..

While traveling the roads outside Jalarath, he stumbles upon a pack of thieves hurting a bruised and beaten young woman who had taken home in one of the nearby caves. On closer inspection, he comes to realize it is Kymber. Her head almost shaven, her body skeletal, and white scars infesting her whole body.

This is a story about love, triumph, and revenge.

This novels strength is its powerful story about overcoming ones demons, having the strength to move forward no matter how unforgettably painful your past is. This is where our character Kymber comes in. We learn her struggle throughout most of the book. Fighting her depression to be the warrior she once was. There are many points in the story when you truly root for Kymber for her perseverance.

In terms of pacing, the book was a bit slow to start which is both a strength and a weakness. It allows for a slow, cleverly-painted picture to build up this relationship and it’s many secrets but I really just wanted more action to come into play so badly and the dialogue can be a bit cheesy at times.

Magnus… My god..
I did not understand his tactics AT ALL. His character made me angry far too many times. Thankfully his character becomes more likeable towards the end of the book but thinking on it now, I truly must have cared for Kymber to feel this way toward Magnus. Kymber made this book enjoyable. She made the story and that is why you should pick this book up.

“If nothing else, I’d learned an inescapable truth: we all carried darkness inside us. Some of us harbored monsters.”

3.5 out of 5 stars

Thank you S.L. Jesberger for sending me a copy to review.


Secrets of Artemis by C.K. Brooke


Not even the god of gods could command my heart not to love…

In Ancient Greece, the goddess Artemis was venerated as a maiden huntress, swift with her bow and arrows, and eternally chaste. But could there be more to her story? Perhaps Lady Artemis had envisioned quite a different destiny than the one her father, Zeus, had chosen for her. What if she hadn’t merely pined after the giant huntsman, Orion, but had secretly partaken of a forbidden romance with him?

From prolific fantasy writer C.K. Brooke comes an original divine novel, in which Artemis’s classic myths are retold as never before, in her own voice, as the young goddess sets the record straight and reveals the true account of her immortal life – and love.

My Review:

“Much that is believed about me is only partially true, or twisted in some way”

I have always enjoyed reading Greek mythology and reading about the Gods and Goddesses who inhabit those myths and this is a story about Artemis, Goddess of the hunt. The story of Artemis is familiar to most readers who have sampled the Greek myths. She is usually portrayed as the goddess who is chastised. Unable to be joined with a man, to be pure for all ages. But this story has a different direction for us to explore. 😉

The story is written all the way from when she was born with her twin brother Apollo and we begin to learn how she acquires her power, her independence but what makes this book different than just a regular mythology book is that it’s told through Artemis’s voice herself and I love that!

I think this is a really well crafted tale for the book-ish reader who likes Greek mythology and it’s tales. A fun and charming story with a very strong female protagonist that you instantly fall inlove with. The writing is absolutely beautiful and you cannot put it down. C.K. Brooke is definitely a top author of mine that I think deserves way more credit.

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you C.K. Brooke for sending me a copy to review


The Breaking Dawn by Jayne Castel

“None of us know what lies ahead. A blessing can end up a curse, and a tragedy can open doors you never knew existed.”

There’s something about reading a historical fiction book that just makes you feel so homey and cozy while reading it. Especially when it’s a good book. Like this one.

The Breaking Dawn is set in the 7th century during the Anglo-Saxon period. It’s about a young woman living in a small village who is in her prime. But when her betrothed goes to war and does not return, she takes it upon herself to search for him. Unfortunately the news isn’t good but when her path intertwines with the Prince of Powys, maybe things are not as bad as they seem.

The story was pretty straightforward and with its very short chapters, you can pile through this book very quickly. The romance kept me interested and the world kept me intrigued especially learning that this book is based on actual historical figures and events. I loved Cynddylans character and learning about the time when he ruled.

The only thing that bothered me was how flip floppy the characters could be. One moment Merwenna is stubborn, and Dylan is kind, wants to be around her and protect her. Then the next moment, Merwenna is wanting to be around Dylan and Dylan wants nothing to do with her and is none of his business… *sighs*

4 out of 5 Stars

Thank you Jayne for sending me a review copy.


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