Moss Forest Orchid by Shari L. Tapscott book review

Moss Forest Orchid by Shari L. Tapscott book review

“Tell me,” I say, laughing as I rein in my disappointment. “What’s the difference between tracking a wild beast and securing a husband?” -Moss Forest Orchid

Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5/5

My review: 

I don’t take giving a book five stars lightly. Five stars for me means I will no doubt re-read this book again and again, I will buy a physical copy if I don’t have one, and recommend it to everyone I know. So, naturally, Moss Forest Orchid is a five-star book I will forever treasure. Where do I even start? Gahhh!

I just want to tell everyone its amazing and you should buy it, period. But for the sake of those who aren’t already sold by my enthusiasm, I will display all the reasons why you need this book in your life.

The first one, the characters are AMAZING. The chemistry, bonds, interaction, etc, was perfection. This book set my relationship expectations high lol (In a good way:). I think that’s one of Shari’s strong points, her characters have such a unique voice and personality, you can distinguish them so quickly, it’s refreshing. I love the MC, Lucia. She’s not perfect and has a bit of an attitude, but she doesn’t feel snobby or ”too much”. And all the side characters compliment her personality, and she theirs, very very well. The plot was a little lacking, and that when I realized for the 100th time, the plot does make a good book, great characters do. Because it came to a point when I didn’t even care about the plot at all, I just wanted the characters to start talking and talking and see the interactions between them.

I’m so glad Sahri decided to do three more books in this series because I certainly don’t have enough of Lucia, Sebastian, Captain Avery, and Adeline. I seriously wish we could be friends and travel the world treasure hunting forever. The romance in the book is sweet and fairly clean, though it may be a little too much for tweens or younger kids, I really liked how it always stayed clean. This book will make you feel butterflies all over and swoon so bad! Trust me, its worth it. Did I mention I read it in 24 hours? No? Ok, well I did. Just saying 😌

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Book Blurb

What happens when a feisty adventuress, a lord looking to make his own way in the world, and a handsome sea captain set out to find Kalae’s rarest and most valuable flower?

Trouble—and lots of it.

Lucia needs a job, and she needs one fast. Looting dragon caves hasn’t proven profitable lately, and she’s tired of waiting tables. Her business partner usually finds the work, but Sebastian isn’t speaking with her, and Lucia’s getting desperate.

Luckily, Lucia finds a simple request posted on a community board. All the man wants is an orchid. Nothing to it.

Except the flower only grows in a montane cloud forest in Grenalda… And Lucia must take a ship through sea serpent-infested waters to get there… And her new helpful friend—the one and only, dashing Captain Avery Greybrow—just might be a pirate.

At this rate, Lucia’s not sure if she’ll ever reach the orchid. But she’s determined to try.

Author’s note: Moss Forest Orchid is a slow-burn romantic fantasy full of humor and adventure. It’s perfect for readers who enjoy love triangles, steamy-clean romance, and baby dragons.

 

Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5/5

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️3/5

Violence: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4/5 (Almost none)

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The Changeling’s Fortune (Winter’s Blight #1) by M.C. Aquila book review

The Changeling’s Fortune (Winter’s Blight #1) by M.C. Aquila book review

Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 /5

Book blurb:
When Deirdre’s destructive faery magic is unlocked, she must learn the truth of her parentage if she ever hopes to control it.

Seventeen-year-old orphan Deirdre moves to Neo-London, a city created after an attack by Unseelie faeries, and becomes caught in the tension between the city faeries and the human military.

After having her fortune told, Deirdre develops uncontrollable magical abilities—making her the target of Alan Callaghan, an extreme anti-faery general.

His sons, Iain and James, cross paths with Deirdre and are pushed towards the opposite sides of the conflict between humans and Fae. Iain is a rookie soldier in the Iron Guard trying to atone for past mistakes and keep his family together. James is a fourteen-year-old aspiring scholar fascinated by faeries and eager to leave his life in the city behind.

As Alan conspires to control the city, Deirdre and James plot to leave, seeking answers about her magic and James’s disappeared mother. However, when Deirdre is framed for a treasonous crime, their quest for answers becomes a desperate quest for freedom.

The Changeling’s Fortune is the first installment in the six-book YA Urban Fantasy series, Winter’s Blight

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My Review:

First of all, thank you so much to the author for allowing me to review her book. A million things happened, but here we are:)

Well, anyway, back to the review *rubs hands*. The Changelings Fortune was so so so out of my normal reads, I naturally had to read it lol. This book gives you contemp/steampunk/fantasy vibes that are so entertaining! From the beginning of the story, the author grips your attention and doesn’t let go. First of all, the characters were so good! I absolutely loved the brotherly relationship between James and Iain *cries*. All the character’s arc/growth was very well done, too. I love how descriptive everything was. That’s the way to my heart guys, descriptions are everything. There’s action, suspense, magic, ahhhh…amazing. Every aspect was perfectly balanced and it showed great detail from the author. Also, I know someone is reading this and saying, ughhhh descriptionsssss. NO NO NO!! The descriptions are so well balanced it doesn’t feel too much at all! It gives depth and feeling to everything, I really enjoyed that. *throws glitter* So, go grab your copy and submerge into the world of Deidre and her neo-London adventures and beyond:) You won’t regret it.

 

 

Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne book review

Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne book review

“I learned a long time ago that you have to be able to laugh no matter what. Otherwise you start weeping and never stop.” – Breakwater

Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 4.5/5

My review:

I bought this book a while back and had it stored in the depths of the endless memory of my good old kindle. If it wasn’t for the quarantine we are going through (Thank you COVID19) heavens knows when I would have read it. But I’m so thankful I did. Because Breakwater got me out of the horrible reading slump my brain wanted to get into.

I love mermaid stories, but the majority of them are dark, or not clean…and the mermaids are creepy human-eating creatures that are completely wacko (hehe). Breakwater was the perfect balance of what a good CLEAN mermaid book should be. Beautiful and colorful descriptions of an underwater city with an amazing political theme I absolutely adored. The main character, Jade, is a high society mermaid that has been raised to fulfill her family’s expectations; marry well and uphold her family’s social status. But when she witnesses her fiance kill a naiad in the courtyard of his home, her world comes crumbling down. Everything she knew, everything she thought was real, was not. Jade is now torn to chose between peace or duty, and whichever she chooses will come at a high cost. All the other characters, Anna, Benjamin, Xander, etc. were great supporting characters that added to the story very nicely. I find Catherine’s writing super engaging and entertaining. This book is an explosion of magic, political turmoil, love, and duty. I wholeheartedly recommend it and can’t wait to read book two of this amazing trilogy 🙂

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Book blurb:

Mermaids. Murder. Mayhem.

A red tide is rising.

As the daughter of one of the mer-king’s trusted advisors, seventeen-year-old Jade has great responsibilities. When her fiancé murders a naiad, plunging the underwater city of Thessalonike into uproar, tensions surge between the mer and the naiads. Jade learns too late that the choices she makes ripple further than she’d ever imagined. And as she fights against the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers danger lurking in every canal, imperiling her family and shattering the ocean’s fragile peace.

Can the city’s divisions be mended before the upwelling of hate rips apart everything Jade loves?

 

Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5.5 (some non-descriptive kisses)

Violence: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (There’s a scene where there’s a turmoil and some end up dead. There’s also some deaths and violence because of the political turmoil. Non-descriptive)

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5/5

The Selection 5-book set by Kiera Cass book review

The Selection 5-book set by Kiera Cass book review

Overall rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ 2/5

Book Blurb:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The chance to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

In The Heir and The Crown, Princess Eadlyn becomes the first ever princess to hold a Selection of her own—but she doesn’t believe that any of her thirty-five suitors will capture her heart…

This gorgeous box set includes all five books in this #1 New York Times bestselling series, which has sold millions of copies and captured the hearts of readers around the world.

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My Review:

I’m so disappointed on these five books. I read the first two on 2018, and the last three last year. How can these books be allowed at schools or read by young (or any age) readers in beyond me. But let’s start with what I did like about the book, because yes, in my opinion, these books could have been great if it were not for some issues.

Plot wise, love it. At least for the first two books. They are interesting and the characters keep you invested in the story. America Singer, the MC, has a very realistic and emotional personality, the author does an incredible job portraying it. The setting of the books is at a place called Angels and it’s a sci-fi ish kingdom that keeps some things old-style. Love it.

Now the not so good stuff. The Prince, Mason, is the flattest character ever. He seems like a robot without any type of personality. We see an “innocent” boy in the first few chapters and then abruptly it changes into the complete opposite without any time in between for “growth”. The relationships in these books were completely unhealthy. It’s one thing to have a competition we’re you have to choose a bride between thirty five girls, and another thing is developing a romantic relationship with each one of them just to be on the “safe side”. In one of the books there is also a completely unnecessary “friends with benefits” relationship that made me cringe so bad. As I write this, I truly realize how  bad these books are. No moral story, no message, no anything. Why people like these books, I’ll never know. As always, I respect your opinions about them, but for me, it’s a big no. Would I recommend them? Absolutely not. These books should be targeted to adults not teens.

Cleanness: ⭐️ 1/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5

Fairest Son by H.S.J. Williams book review

Fairest Son by H.S.J. Williams book review

Overall rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5/5

Book Synopsis:

The Fair and Foul courts of the fey folk have long yearned for one to bring them together in peace, but hopes are dashed when the fairest prince and the prophecy concerning him are laid to ruin. Burdened with shame and sorrow, the prince flees to the cold mountains far above the forests and lochs with nothing but animals and goblins for company.

When a human huntress stumbles upon him in her search for a legendary predator, their fates are intertwined. But she hides deadly secrets, and if he dares to trust her, he may risk the doom of both courts to an ancient evil…

A Novella Retelling of Snow White

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My Review:

“In the month that the whitethorn tree bloomed, the Queen of the Seelie gave birth to a son most fair…”

 

“Fairest one, Fairest son, 

Altogether under one

Kingdoms Twain, now together,

A crown to last, for now, forever”

 

.Well, well, well, what can I say….

I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK! 

.I was so intrigued by the premise of this book, I HAD to get it on Black Friday! A gender-swap retelling of Snowwhite!? Sign me up! When I told my brother about this book he was like, how the heck is this going to work!? Well, let me tell you it exceeded my expectations. @h.s.j._williams does a fantastic job with her characters, and her plot is super original but at the same time gives you all the Snow white vibes. And, no, it’s not about a conceited guy who looks handsome and goes talking to animals while he dances 😂 It’s a world where faeries, changelings, humans, and even the mysterious world of Fuath come together to fight for the prophecy of a prince that would unite kingdoms together. But something happens that threatens that prophecy, and three locks must never be discovered if there is a any chance to fulfill it.😏 

Also, plot wise and character wise, loved it! 

It wraps up very nicely and leaves you with a good satisfying ending (of course, who doesn’t want more, am I right!?😆) .

Ps. It’s a clean book!🥳 .

 

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/4

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4.5/5

Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

 

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Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes book review (A Time to Die, A Time to Speak, A Time to Rise)

Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes book review (A Time to Die, A Time to Speak, A Time to Rise)

Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Book Blurb:

Book 1: A Time to Die

How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?

Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system.

But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her clock is running out.


Book 2: A Time to Speak

What happens when you live longer than you wanted to? 

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.

The Council uses Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes.

Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?


Book 3: A Time to Rise

What more can you sacrifice than your life? 

Parvin Blackwater is dead.

At least that’s what the Council—and the world—thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.

Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?

 

Out of Time: The Complete Trilogy by [Brandes, Nadine]

My Review:

Well. I don’t have words. These books will make you feel things you never thought you could feel. I, for one, can say that this book has made my faith stronger. It has reminded me of what a great God we have, of His plan for my life, of Shalom. As young adults, we have this fame among older folks for always saying we feel misunderstood, alone, etc. (You know what I’m talking about). It can be tough being a Christian kid in these chaotic times we live. Sometimes God feels so far we don’t even try anymore. How can God care when we have lost friends, family, and things? Well, you are not alone.

The MC of this book, Parvin, is the perfect example of today’s teen. She goes through a series of trials that help her discover her purpose and God’s will for her life in a society where you can’t escape the nightmare of having a clock beside you, ticking… counting how many days you have left to live. I know what you are thinking. ”But, Breny, I don’t like reading books with Christian elements because they are so preachy”. Even though I’m not against preachy books, they are not my favorite types of books, either. But, The Out of Time series, doesn’t feel that way, AT ALL. It has the perfect proportions of adventure, suspense, love, and faith, that creates this masterpiece. Character-wise, love them all, even the baddies are well developed. The pace was terrific, though, in the second book, it felt a little to slow for my taste. I wish Nadine had never ended this series !!! I hope she writes some future novellas or prequels! If you know a teen or young adult, please grab a copy of The Out of Time series for them! You won’t regret it.

cleanness:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 (non-descriptive kisses)

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5/5

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About the Author

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NADINE BRANDES once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of FAWKES, ROMANOV, and the award-winning Out of Time Series. Her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. Nadine, her Auror husband, and their Halfling son are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.

The Telegraph Proposal (A Montana Brides Romance Book 3) book review

The Telegraph Proposal (A Montana Brides Romance Book 3) book review

Book blurb

 

n the rough and rugged Montana Territory, the journey to true love is filled with unexpected twists—and sweet rewards—for daring frontier women who faithfully believe every heart has a home . . .

With the help of the Archer Matrimonial Company, Yancey Palmer has finally put Hale Adams, the man she’s loved for ten years—sometimes not wisely or well—behind her. Yancey is so sure of her love for the man the agency matched her with, she readily promises a friend that she’ll help Hale with his mayoral campaign without chasing him.

Hale has also engaged the services of the matrimonial agency. He’s so pleased with one lady, he requests that she join him in Helena to commence a sixty-day courtship. But instead, the Archer ladies arrive in town to reveal the true identities of both Hale’s and Yancey’s matches: each other.  Can they look past their misunderstandings and hurt to see that they are still a perfect match?

 

The Telegraph Proposal (A Montana Brides Romance Book 3) by [Whitham, Becca, Welborn, Gina]

My review:

I love stories about convenience or arranged marriages, so when I saw this book available for review, I just had to read it! This story did surprise me a lot! I wasn’t expecting a lot of what happened, and that is something I genuinely enjoy in these types of books. The story pace and character development were good, and It kept my interest in the story until the very end. I also liked the message of forgiveness and second chances that the book has. The romance was funny and exciting, and I liked the fact that it wasn’t loved at first sight but instead a process for them to end where they did.
A very sweet and clean book! I highly recommend it.
** I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the above-mentioned thoughts are my own and weren’t influenced by the author or publisher. **