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Book Review: Pixieland Diaries by Christina Bauer

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Title: Pixieland Diaries
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: YA, Fairy Tales, Fantasy
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

Pixieland Diaries is so adorably cute. In my reading notes, I wrote: imagine if in the old movie Clueless Cher were a Pixie.

That is Calla. She is kind-hearted, if not a bit selfish. But she is just a fifteen–almost sixteen-year-old, five-foot-tall, pink hair, violet-eyed prankster, who isn’t good at being as evil as she is supposed to be. Her heart is a little too troubled by unfairness and iniquity of the old council buggers, determining so much of her life for her when she is so young and wise.

Written in the unique format of diary format entries for chapters, it changes the reader/narrator relationship, and a more intimate exchange occurs as the reader becomes a party to the secrets Calla is penning into her diaries.

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Book Review: The Experiment by Lexi C. Foss

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Title: The Experiment (X-Clan #2)
Author: Lexi C. Foss
Genre: Omegaverse, Paranormal
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

My WILF!
Sigh, Lexi C. Foss wrote my WILF’s story!

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Elias is second-in-command to the head of the X-Clan and is about to get rewarded for his loyal service. The Ash Wolves Alpha, Dušan, has agreed to an arrangement with Ander Cain, the X-Clan Alpha, a trade: Omegas for technology. Daciana will be the first Omega sent to the X-Clan: an experiment to see if the two wolf breeds can mate and breed successfully.

I couldn’t wait for this novella, and I wasn’t disappointed!

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Book Review: The Sea of Lost Girls by Carol Goodman

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Title: The Sea of Lost Girls
Author: Carol Goodman
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

So many red herrings we must be swimming in The Sea of Lost Girls.

This fantastic book addresses entitlement breeding misbehavior, allowance, and acceptance, making it favorable. At Haywood Academy, generations of young women and girls have been upsetting the norm, causing shifts and fits, leaving them to meet or disappear from the local, and haunting Maiden Stone.

‘We make our allegories by choosing what part of the story to remember.’

The Sea of Lost Girls – Carol Goodman
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Book Review: In Fury Lies Mischief by Amo Jones

In Fury Lies Mischief by Amo Jones
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Title: In Fury Lies Mischief (Midnight Mayhem #2)
Author: Amo Jones
Genre: Dark Romance
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

Filthy, dirty book-nookie is the best foursome you can have with two book characters, and an author in a room full of other people while wearing your clothes. –You can quote me on that. Hell, I’m going to quote me on that.

Amo Jones and I book-nookied again. Midnight Mayhem is upon me, and I love the hell out of it.

Killian is back to his old trickery. His brand of mischief focused on Perse’s girl Saskia Royal. Despite her many self-lectures regarding making better choices about putting her lips where other skanky lips have been, Sass can’t quit the man-slut. There is something about the naughty Cornelii that she is angrily fascinated with, it pisses her off.

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Book Review: Sting by Cindy R. Wilson

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Title: Sting
Author: Cindy R. Wilson
Genre: Teen & YA, Dystopian
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

Inventory: One thoroughly enjoyable futuristic tale, a them-against-us struggle of haves and have-nots fighting a battle of dark and light, where the only two things that matter are hope and revenge.

Tessa has set close boundaries. Cass, someone Tessa saved from the streets, is her only family. The only one on the inside. While many know Tessa’s alter ego, Scorpion not many know who she is, and her closest friends don’t know her well enough to be trusted to see her scars.

Her closest friends are kept at arm’s length because Tessa knows that resistance fighting is dangerous, and the more people you have, the more people you have to lose. While she has feelings for her friend River, Cass is the only one she trusts one-hundred percent. Because the thing about being a darksider is you have to keep your eyes wide open.

The heroine in this book has some incredible development as the plot evolves, and the struggles Cindy R. Wilson gives Tessa to face internally and externally provides the reader with a juxtaposition in the world she has created. The idealism and hope Tessa has for a better life for her people in the outer rings are at war with experience of imprisonment and the weight of consequence.

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Book Review: All The Lies by Rina Kent

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Title: All The Lies (Lies and Truth #1)
Author: Rina Kent
Genre: Dark, New Adult, Bully Romance
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am so confused. This is not the Rina Kent I was looking for. 

Many years ago, I was playing pretentious and read tons of Albert Camus. Somewhere amongst his books, there was a quote, and I’m paraphrasing here, but it was that a writer only has one story, and they tell it over and over again. Keep in mind Camus was an anarchistic existentialist philosopher who was deeply obsessed with absurdism. 

But he has a point. Fiction writers are subconsciously motivated to resolve their psychological issues cathartically. They often do it through repeating themes or recreating situations that leave their characters to face similar deep-rooted trials. 

So, what I like about All The Lies is what I enjoyed about Royal Elite School because it is a reused thematic derivative of the earlier series.

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Book Review: The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler

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Title: The Killing Fog (The Grave Kingdom #1)
Author: Jeff Wheeler
Genre: Fantasy
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

Bingmei is every girl’s inner warrior.

The Killing Fog is an Asian inspired Mystic-Action-Fantasy and the first book in Jeff Wheeler Grave Kingdom Series. Bingmei is the sole survivor of a series of attacks that took first her parents and then her grandfather. The tragedies left her with little more than mystic abilities and a need to avenge her family; she certainly does not have a family beyond the band of mercenaries and assassins with whom she travels. She can count the Killing Fog somewhat of an ally, though it is a rather unforgiving and unrepentant one.

What I love most about Bingmei is that she can be a heroine to every female. She can sniff out the situation and trusts her intuition. She’s strong even when she doubts herself, she turns her negative emotions against one another instead of against herself. She listens to learn. This woman gets up more times than she falls. Ironically Bingmei translates as ‘little sister,’ but the diminutive distracts from the mettle of what forged the woman.

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Book Review: Midnight Fae Academy by Lexi C. Foss

Midnight Fae Academy by Lexi C. Foss
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Title: Midnight Fae Academy (Midnight Fae Academy #1)
Author: Lexi C. Foss
Genre: Reverse Harem, Dark Fantasy Romance
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

Welcome to Lexi C. Foss’ Midnight Fae Academy, where all the sexy Midnight Fae come out to play.

Trayton Nacht? Book boyfriend material. Check
Kolstov Nacht? Book boyfriend material. Check
Headmaster Zephyrus? I’m not kicking him out of my bunk for cracker crumbs. Check, check.
Shade? 92% into Midnight Fae Academy, I fall completely and totally in love with Shadow. Team Shade 2020.

I’m unchecking boxes; I’m kicking Zeph out of my bunk for crumbs. I’m carving ‘Ali loves Shade 4eva’ in the drywall of my reading room (Don’t tell my husband. He just built me the reading room for Valentine’s Day).

Shadow doesn’t get a POV throughout, so it’s one of only a few peeks into his head. I honestly love the rogue. And he is a rogue. God, I do love rogues.

But wait, What is the Midnight Fae Academy, and who cares?

Midnight Fae Academy is where the Blood Fae go to learn to use their powers. At the same age that humans go to college, Midnight Fae start attending the academy. The Blood Lines, all Midnight Fae, King Nacht, and the Elite Blood, and the Council all live within the kingdom.

Aflora is the last heir to the Earth Fae Monarchy. She maintains the source of Earth magic; she’s royalty, and essential to the realm. She’s not a Blood Fae in any way.

Not only is it forbidden for Shadow to mate Aflora without the sanction of the Council, but it’s also a violation to bite someone against their will, and its a death sentence to mate with another fae species. 

After Shade breaks all these rules, the only thing keeping her alive is her royal blood. And she is stuck in the Midnight Fae realm mainly because his bite is changing her magic, and she isn’t weilding only elemental magic anymore. 

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Book Review: Creeping Beautiful by J.A. Huss

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Title: Creeping Beautiful (Creeping Beautiful #1)
Author: J.A. Huss
Genre: Psychological Fiction, Reverse Harem
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first J.A. Huss book I read was Come from the Dirty, Dark, and Deadly series. 

That was it. It hooked me, here I was a shiny new J.A. Huss fan.

Harper is one of my all-time favorite FC, and James elite level dirty talker. Come, Come Back, Coming For You are books I’ve read multiple times. I followed them up with Rook and Ronin. The world she writes in is all tangled up. Many of her stories have cameos of past characters or reference past events. 

Indie Anna Accorsi’s heart is pulling her in four directions. She’s broken into a million pieces, so it’s easy for her heart to spread around willy-nilly. Each of her men serves a unique need: McKay is the nurturer/soul heal, Adam the ‘daddy’/soul guide, Donovan is the confidant/soulmate, and Nate is the BFF/soul share. 

The men she yearns for are very aware of who she is. They know what built her that way. In this world, looking out for number one is essential. Indie’s protectors would do anything to free her of one more moment of the hell that bore her.

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Book Review: Prick by Londyn Quinn

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Title: Prick (Ridgeview Prep Prequel)
Author: Londyn Quinn
Genre: Dark Romance
My rating: 3 of 3 stars

Prick is a prequel in preparation for the upcoming first full-length book, Puppet by author Londyn Quinn. This novelette is the back story of the characters Xander and Charlotte.

It’s challenging to review a snapshot story which this is — I estimate that the prequel might cover all of three or so hours of story events and it is easy to find issues when the characters have no time to develop. I was WTFing Xander and then talked myself off the ledge because I was judging him after reading no more than maybe twenty pages of his pre-story.

Safe to say that this is something that fans of Amo Jones’ Elite Kings, Tijan’s Carter Reed, or Shantel Tessier’s Dare series might want to check out. Prick is short, don’t expect more than a nibble–the meal will be the next book, Puppet.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.

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