Book Review for A Crown of Coral and Pearl

BOOK REVIEW

Big thank you to @netgalley and @inkyardpress for an ARC of this amazing book in exchange for my honest review. #partner

Description(from Amazon)

For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen…and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.

My Thoughts

Mara Rutherford definitely shines with her debut novel Crown of Coral and Pearl. I loved absolutely everything about this book! The story line was everything I look for in a book. There was love, adventure, surprises, and heartbreak. The character development was thorough and allowed for me to become invested in the characters. I loved the relationship between twins, Zadie and Nor. The surprising turn of events towards the end of the book were perfect and made me want to read more about these characters. All in all a fabulous book. This gets an easy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me and I’m definitely grabbing a copy of this one.

Thirteen by Steve Cavanaugh

I was gifted this copy by Flat Iron Books for my honest review.

Description (amazon)

It’s the murder trial of the century. And Joshua Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house – and to be sure the wrong man goes down for the crime. Because this time, the killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.

But there’s someone on his tail. Former-conman-turned-criminal-defense-attorney Eddie Flynn doesn’t believe that his movie-star client killed two people. He suspects that the real killer is closer than they think – but who would guess just how close?

REVIEW

I absolutely loved this book! It definitely appealed to the true crime lover in me. I did not know this was part of a series until I had already started, but it was great as a standalone. There was enough background information in the beginning of the book, so I didn’t feel lost while I was reading it. I loved the storyline and how most of the story was courtroom proceedings. That fascinates me and I really enjoyed it. This one definitely had some twists that I honestly did not see coming. This book definitely gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me.

Sorcery of Thorns

Book Review

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.

Synopsis

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

My Thoughts

Okay, first of all can I just say how much I loved reading this book?! From the dedication page I was hooked! “For all the girls who found themselves in books.” I was just ready for the story once I read that line. It spoke to me on such a personal level! Reading has been such an important part of my life and brings forth so many wonderful memories from throughout my life. I have always loved how books transport you to so many different worlds and introduce you to so many different people. Some people you can relate to while others you cannot. When Margaret Rogerson opened the book with that line, it was like she wrote this book for me! The story completely delivered on everything I expected from this book. Elisabeth was such a fun character to follow. She was a well-developed character without having all her secrets revealed and I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery surrounding her. Nathaniel and Silas were perfect supporting characters and their roles in Elisabeth’s story warmed my heart. This book has become a stand-out in 2019 for me and I am sure to re-read this one in the future. Sorcery of Thorns receives ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

The Whisper Man by Alex North

“If you leave the door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken.”

Book Stats:

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Author: Alex North
  • Publisher: Celadon Books
  • Publication Date: August 20,2019
  • Page Count: 368

Book Description

In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

My Review

The Whisper Man is a gripping thriller about missing boys and “The Whisper Man” who takes them. The story involves many characters and Alex North does a wonderful job with developing them all. The point of view changes throughout the story which to me was essential in building the connections to the characters. The storyline was beyond perfect to me and always kept me guessing. There were some things I figured out early on, but that only made me love the book more. One thing Alex North did in this book that really “wowed” me was how the underlying theme of grief was so exceptionally presented. “…grief is a stew with a thousand ingredients and not all of them are palatable.” That sentence right there spoke to me in so many ways. Losing a loved one is one of the most world upending things and there is no way to know how to navigate it. I absolutely fell in love with Jake’s way of dealing with losing his mom by collecting things of hers that made him remember her and putting them in his “Packet of Special Things”. I do something similar to this with my mom’s things and for me it made the book that more special. Towards the end of the book there were a few things that brought me to tears, but I don’t want to give any details away in this review so feel free to message me about them and we can discuss! This book will forever be one of my favorites and largely because it spoke to my love of thriller novels and my dealings with grief. Thank you Alex North for writing such an amazing book! This read gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️X ♾/5 from me

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

BOOK REVIEW

Wilder Girls by Rory Powers

Description

A feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. This fresh, new debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you’ve read before.

Synopsis

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

My Thoughts

Okay so this book was definitely difficult for me to get into at first. I was reading other books at the same time and sometimes this makes me lose my focus sometimes so I’m sure part of that is to blame. Once I finally got into the book, I began to enjoy the story! The storyline was interesting to me and appealed to my love for sci-fi. The characters weren’t as developed as I normally like and I wasn’t able to be as invested in their story as I normally am in books that I typically enjoy, but still enjoyed the story. I absolutely did not like the ending and was left with so many questions I felt needed to be answered. All-in-all it was an okay read and I don’t regret reading it, but for me it gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 stars. If the ending would have been more conclusive, I would have definitely given this 4 stars. Have you read Wilder Girls yet? What were your thoughts on it?

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Synopsis:

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all

Review:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me and only because A Court of Mist and Fury was my absolute favorite from this series. I was able to tackle this big read in just a few days by switching between the audiobook and the actual book. This book did a nice job of finishing up the storyline and was action packed. I was sad to see the series end and will be reading A Court of Frost and Starlight soon. There were parts of the book that made me a little tearful, but I don’t want to give away any of the story!

Book Review-The Chain

It’s Friday eve 😍😍🎉🎉🤗🤗 I just finished listening to this audiobook yesterday and had to share the review with y’all!

Book Review

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

•••Synopsis from Goodreads••

VICTIM.

SURVIVOR.

ABDUCTOR.

CRIMINAL.

YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:

YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN “YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST. AND YOU WILL CERTAINLY NOT BE THE LAST

Wow wow wow! This book had a bit of everything I love in it! There was suspense, thrills, mystery, and yes even a little romance. This is my first Adrian McKinty book and it did not disappoint! I was quickly ensnared in this tale from the very beginning and stayed up many nights to read. The story is about a mom named Rachel who’s daughter unfortunately is kidnapped and they both become victims to “The Chain”. Rachel must pay a ransom and kidnap someone else’s child but there are rules she must abide by. What would you do if you were a victim of the chain? Would you kidnap a child to free your child? I don’t have children, but this book makes you think about the things you would do for the people you love. This book gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me!! Do yourself a favor and check this book out!!

Review-A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni delivers again in his seventh installment of the Tracy Crosswhite series. A Cold Trail continues the story of Tracy Crosswhite and her life as a homicide detective. In this book, Tracy and her husband Dan are figuring out life with their new baby Daniella. They have temporarily moved back to their hometown of Cedar Grove while their home is being renovated. The story of course includes a new investigation that Tracy becomes involved with, but this time Dan plays a very important role. As with all the books in this series, I tried to figure out who committed the crime, and fell short. Robert Dugoni does a great job with weaving a story that you think you have all figured out, but leaves you pleasantly surprised by the ending. I could not stop reading this book once I started and now I am ready for more from this series! I can’t wait for others to experience it once it is released.