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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.


Daughter of Dusk #2 by Livia Blackburne


I am not displaying the Synopsis for the second book for spoilery reasons but I will put one for the first book!

Book 1:

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.


5 out of 5 stars

My mini review for Daughter of Dusk book 2:

This series holds a special place in my heart. I went into this book having read and loved the first one with high hopes and I was not disappointed. The story zips along at a wonderful pace. The chapters have that really addictive habit of finishing on a cliffhanger, so you find yourself forced into the next chapter in order to discover what happens.

If you love young adult fantasy, please oh please pick this series up in beautiful hardcover. You won’t regret it.

5 out of 5 stars


Fool Moon by C.K. Brooke


Where blessings and curses collide, even the moon holds secrets of its own…

Seventeen-year-old Lorileen Masters is cursed. To undo the damage, she must travel all the way to the vindictive witch Rhiannyn’s lair and bargain for a reversal, even as demon shades stalk her. That is, until she’s rescued by a highwayman hunter on a golden horse. Archer Cross seems to possess a remarkable…if not mysterious…shielding effect against Lori’s shades, so much that she insists he chaperone her to the witch’s woods.

Neither expected the love of a lifetime; yet, that is exactly what Lori and Archer find in each other. But if Lori succeeds in reversing her curse, then she’ll retain no memory since its casting – including every moment with Archer. Will she abandon her quest to vanquish the darkness that haunts her, or can the heart’s true love prevail even apart from the mind’s memory?

My Review:

What I think I loved most about this book was how vivid the world was that C.K. Brooke created. With the actual descriptions of the world, and the likable characters. The author has an amazing way of writing that makes you feel like you are apart of the story.

The plot is very simple. A young girl with a curse travels to faraway lands with a male companion to confront the witch so she can negotiate with her to get her normal life back. The characters had a lot of personality and really wished the book was longer so we could learn more about them.

Overall it was an interesting page turner! A great simple story, sometimes a little creepy.

4 out of 5 stars

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


Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff

“I’d never thought a game could be so complicated”

Alex, a young girl in high school, is frustrated like you wouldn’t believe! Her parents are moving and she does NOT want to. Luckily (I think so anyways) while playing her childhood video game, Dreamscape, she is suddenly swept into the world and is now in the middle of a huge rebellion and everyone claims her as the Golden Hero, the main character in Dreamscape.

I absolutely loved this book. It got straight to the point and had a ton of action and adventure in between the pages and so many twists and turns. This book surprised me in so many ways. This author knows how to weave an action pact story with flawlessly created characters. The characters were endearing, and I rooted for Alex as she struggled through this realm and gain confidence.

There was a point in the book as I was reading where I didn’t want the book to end and that’s when I knew I had to give it 5 stars. I wanted to stay in this fantastical world with Alex and Arrow.

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Kirstin for sending me a copy to review.


The Order of the Trees by Katy Farber

Cedar is a young girl who is living a very strange life. She was discovered as a baby in a forest under a tree and has grown to have the same characters as a fawn. Unfortunately in the middle of Math class, she becomes weak and feels abnormal pain throughout her body and becomes aware that the loving forest she was born in may be in danger.

The book had a cute story and likable main characters but I had some serious problems with other characters in this short book. Why is it that every book that involves other school children have to be so mean? Not just the other children but even Cedar’s teacher, she was probably the biggest bully of them all. I cringed every time these other characters spoke. Other than that, the book had a beautiful message to tell by the end and I loved the backdrop on the cover as well.

3 out of 5 stars

Thank you Katy for sending me a copy to review.

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