Book Review: Secrets of Moldara

Review:

• Paperback: 349 pages
• Publisher: Myth Machine (June 19, 2018)

 

This book combines the feel of a contemporary given it’s modern day setting with elements of fantasy mixed in. It’s done so well! I absolutely love the way the fantasy and magic elements a are worked in. It’s done gradually and over the length of the story. The magic and mystery is also slowly explained with such wonderful pacing!
The cast of characters are absolutely wonderful as well. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I can say that Lotty is absolutely amazing! I love her spunk, her loyalty to her grandfather’s memory, and her strength of self. She can certainly hold her own and the mystery her Grandpa leaves her after his passing proves to be right up her alley. Enter from stage right, a trio of trouble-making, gorgeous, foreign exchange students.

Lotty cannot escape the pull of magic that slowly winds its way around her life and into her world. The dangers that come from finding out the truth of her Grandpa’s disappearance and his unfinished tale her are catching up and it’s all Lotty can do to stay ahead of it.

I really enjoyed all of Secrets! The sneak peak into the other realm and what is to come are absolutely amazing. Lotty is so strong willed and I am so anxious to see what happens next. This story is unlike anything I’ve read and I absolutely love that the setting and characters truly feel like their own.

I highly recommend this if you love adventure, magic and knights on horseback!

 

Synopsis:

CIRCLE THE MOON AND CROSS THE TIDE
BEYOND THE WATERFALLS, PROTECTORS HIDE
LEAVE THE LAST SECRET AT THEIR DOOR
AND THEY WILL DEFEND YOU EVERMORE

The woods around Lotty’s childhood home are filling up with dangerous people. Her grandmother’s death has brought the family back from Chicago and triggered a secret Lotty was never meant to face alone. Guided by a desire to finally solve her Grandpa’s disappearance, Lotty has enlisted the help of farm hands that are keeping their own deadly secrets. Together they will have to learn to trust again, relying on each other’s will to fight, if they are going to survive the truth that waits for them all in Moldara.

 

Purchase Links

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Peculiar Incident Blog Tour & Review

It’s finally time! WELCOME to my stop on The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street Blog Tour! Pull up a chair because you are in for a real treat. If you have been following my instagram then you know my love of Autumn and especially the month of October knows no bounds. I have been indulging in all my favourite seasonal reads and this particular book holds a special place in my heart. When the Peculiar Street Team reached and asked me to read this beautiful book I simply could not resist!

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Book Review: The Daughter of the Pirate King

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller 5/5 stars 

Daughter of the Pirate King is a MUST READ for 2017. I was so excited when I received this ARC for review. I love a good pirate adventure and one with a female lead is even better. Stand aside Elizabeth Swan! Debut author Tricia Levenseller weaves a magical tale with swash-buckling pirates, the search for a map and one very kick ass heroine. I could not put this book. This is a stay-up-late, just-one-more-chapter, read-until-the-other-side-of-midnight book.

As any parent to young children knows, sleep as is a precious commodity. Those sacrificed hours  of sleep were absolutely worth it.

It is not your average ya novel staring yet another fiesty heroine. Captain Alosa Kalligan wields her own brand of sass like a weapon while looking like an angel in disguise. She is every bit brave, smart and capable as I would expect from a Captain of her own ship. I absolutely love that even when in distress, this damsel does not need saving. Add in her loyal and kick ass crew with hints of magic and you have a pirate tale sure to set your imagination ablaze! 

Each part of this tale is woven through so beautifully. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. Thank you so much NetGalley and Feiwel & Friends for a copy of this ARC. I am eagerly awaiting February 28 so I can finally have a copy of this book in my hands. I implore you my lovely readers, place your pre-orders now! You do not want to miss out on this amazing adventure. 

 

SYNOPSIS: If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

 

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Book Review: Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts) by Vic James 5/5 stars (Available Feb 14 2017)

This is not your cozy winter read. It is dark, brooding and at times down right chilling. This is a futuristic tale filled with as much magic as science. Gilded Cage takes place in an alternate version of our current world. We have regular humans who make up most of the population. Then there are the skilled, who preside over all and rule England, called The Equals.  All non-skilled are required to spend ten years of their lives as slaves. We follow the fate of the Hadley family as they are sent to serve one of England’s oldest aristocratic families, The Jardines.

This story is filled with political intruigue. There is no limit to what the ruling families will go through to achieve what they want. Political alliances are arranged through marriage, death and chaos. The ruling families are playing a dangerous game and it’s only a matter of time before resistance changes the rules.  

I love that each part of the tale is told from multiple character’s view points. I really love the adventure in the slave quarter’s where Luke is sent. He changes so much from being a regular boy to someone so much more. I honestly wasn’t as thrilled with Abi, for all her knowledge and ideals, she really struggles to accept the truth what comes later on in the story. I really hope to see Abi find her inner fire and strength that I know she has in the next book. Of course, of all the Equals I encounter in this book, I am most intrigued with Silyen and his ultimate master plan. I cannot, for the life of me, figure him out or what his end goal might be. Bring on Tarnished City!

 

Until then I leave you with this synopsis and links to the book and author! Happy reading!

 

 

SYNOPSIS: Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

 

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Book Review: The Serpent King

 

The Serpent King by Jeff Zetner (5 out of 5 Stars)

People live quiet lives and that’s okay. There’s dignity in that, no matter what you may think.

This book is both beautiful and haunting. It was part of the March Writer’s Block Box from OwlCrate. I honestly cannot believe it took me so long to read it. I stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish this since I simply could not stop reading.

It is hard to believe this is a debut novel. The writing is powerful and the characters are so real it hurts. This coming of age story is set in small town Forrestville, Tennessee, population 4,237. It alternates views among three main characters. We have sassmaster Lydia, a blogger and “internet-famous” girl who is set on leaving behind Forrestville after graduation. Travis, the gentle giant with a love of Bloodfall (a high fantasy book series) who wears black and his dragon pendant all day, everyday. Then there is Dill, Dillard Early Jr., the son of a signs preacher who has been in jail for the past 3 years after getting caught with child pornography. An unlikely group of friends bonded in their outcast status.

I, personally have been through a lot this year (I live in Orlando, FL and we have seen some horrendous things this summer), and the timing of this book is perfection. It deals with so many issues, and handles them well. Dill’s struggle with faith and his family’s expectations for him resonate with me so much. I choose to walk a different path than what my parents set for me and the fall out was hard to come to terms with for awhile. I simply adore Travis’s fierce loyalty to his friends and his completely amazing sense of self. He finally learns to not be afraid of who he is and embraces that fully. Lydia’s drive and ambition is beautiful, her love and desire to see her friends happy and have only the best is what I wish for my daughter.

I fell in love with these kids. Their personal struggles with depression, school, family and faith made them all the more tangible. I couldn’t help but hope they escaped Forrestville and the small town oppression. It was amazing to see them learn from each other and celebrate each other’s strengths in a place that offered nothing but people who are there to tear you down. It was a nice change to read about friends who believe in you even when you do not believe in yourself.

This book also broke my heart. I was moved to tears. I never expected to love these characters as I do. It reminds me to be brave in the face of adversity, to have hope and believe in the strength of my friendships, as Lydia would quote “If you do not like the road you’re walking, pave another one.” 

Overall a beautiful debut book. This is one of my favourite reads for 2016 and I highly recommend it! I cannot wait to dig into his next novel Goodbye Days, set for release in Spring 2017.

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