Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Review: Pistol Daisy by Natalia Leigh

                                                         What's it about?

The year is 1880, and outlaw gangs roam the West.
When Daisy Allen’s family is brutally murdered by the infamous Hopkins gang, she’s left with two options: drown in a bottle of whiskey and grief, or saddle up and hunt the killers down. Accompanied by strangers in pursuit of the same outlaws, Daisy takes to the Colorado plains with an old revolver and a hunger for revenge. But the Hopkins gang isn’t easily found, and as their pockets run dry and the trail goes cold, Daisy and her companions may be at the end of the road. She must learn how to survive in this dangerous world of outlaws and gunslingers, or her only chance at avenging her family may be lost.

Don’t miss Whiskey City, the next book in Daisy’s cutthroat quest for revenge.

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC copy of Pistol Daisy in exchange of an honest review. 

Review: I’ve been wanting to read the work of Natalia Leigh for sometime now. I’ve had her previous novel Song of The Dryad on my wish list for a while but when the request for review was made I jumped at the chance to see if Natalia’s work was everything I had built it up to be in my mind. I’m delighted to say I wasn’t disappointed. 
I received my E-copy of Pistol Daisy in mid-May. When I saw it was on my kindle, I opened it up (like I do with most books I receive) to read the first couple of pages to get a feel of the story and how it’s written. I had every intention to just read the first chapter, maybe the second. The next time I looked up from the pages, it was 45% through the novel. I took a couple of days off to finish the book I was currently reading. When I picked Pistol Daisy up, I finished it just a few hours later.
Pistol Daisy is an extremely captivating novel. I felt deep sorry for Daisy as she endured the events thrust upon her through out this journey. I came to admire her for fighting through the travesties put in front of her to at each turn she took and becoming a strong willed character that can stand up to the gnarliest men. 
Natalia Leigh’s writing is seamless. You can tell that a lot of research, thought and time has gone in to sewing together such a fine piece of art. 
I thoroughly enjoyed Pistol Daisy. Since reading I have managed to get my hands on Song of The Dryad and will be reading that as soon as I can in hope it will be able to tied me over until I can read more in Daisy’s journey in the upcoming sequel, Whiskey City.  

Interested? Check Pistol Daisy out on Goodreads for all the places to purchase it from. 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Review: Kissing Coffins by Ellen Shreiber

11393208What's it about?
Not far from Dullsville, someone's lurking in the dark. . . .
After meeting the handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, goth-girl Raven's dark world has a bright, new glow. But as in her favourite movie, "Kissing Coffins," Raven knows that love always has its complications, especially when Alexander has a big secret to guard.
When Alexander suddenly disappears, Raven leaves Dullsville to begin a dangerous search to find him. Can she stay safe, no matter who--or what--she encounters on the way?
My Review: 

I enjoy vampire books but have not read one in a long time. Kissing Coffins was a good book to pick up to rekindle my obsession.
I read Vampire Kisses a long time ago, so when I jumped into Kissing Coffins I was jumping relatively blind and by blind I mean I couldn’t even remember the main characters name. Never the less, Kissing Coffins follows Raven Maddison’s heartbreak as her vampire boyfriend Alexander skips town leaving no reason and no clue behind. That is until she gets a clue to travel to a neighbouring city where we meet Jagger who is a vampire on a mission of his own.
This was a very short quick read for me, I don’t know if that was the style of the writing or the new pills the Dr put me on two days ago. 
The novel lacks a lot of the gore and manipulation that I enjoy in my vampire reads but with the near-perfect way the cliches were written it made up a little for the lack of blood spilt.
I did enjoy Kissing Coffins but I wouldn’t really call it ‘Young Adult” maybe more middle grade? That’s nothing on the author’s writing. Ellen Schreiber wrote a captivating story and I will most likely continue the series once I get my hands on the next books. I just think it would have been better marketed towards a younger audience.
Kissing Coffins was a nice read for a lazy Saturday evening and an even lazier Sunday morning, I gave it three stars on Goodreads, would have given a three and a half if I could have. I recommend it for people who like vampire teenage romance.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Review: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

7962733What's it about?
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff—the designated ugly fat friend—of her crew.
But things aren't so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

My Review: 
I had been hearing about The DUFF for a long time. It was the hit book when I first started reviewing and it eventually became a movie. When I found out what DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) meant I was appalled. I thought that it was going to be pure bullying of fat people and I wasn’t here for it.
However, when I joined Scrib’d (its the Spotify for unlimited audio and ebooks, click here for a one month trial) The DUFF was an audiobook that had a quick read time, so I gave it ago.
Bianca Piper and Wesley Rush are any two high school kids you could randomly imagine sitting at your school. Bianca turned bitter by every shoe that had walked over her previously.
Wesley, that guy who got all the pretty girls but really, he’s got a few skeletons in his closet just like the rest of us. Wesley’s approach on the women he womanizes is to treat their DUFF friends nicely, he assumes this does people a favour and they will do him one back. All was well and good for Mr Rush until he called the fierce Bianca a Duff. Little to his knowledge Wesley started a fire that he didn’t know he wanted or needed.
As the story grows in the book my fondness grew for both the main characters s the story was crafted into the style of an amazing heartwarming message, I’m going to leave that for you to read and find out.
I also enjoyed the friendships that Bianca had with her friends prior to the beginning of the novel. It showed how friends really act, like fights and arguments and eventually calling each other dick and moving on in some way.
The audio-book was fast-paced and read extremely well. The narrator, Ellen Grafton had a well-spoken character-driven voice that was easy was easy to relax too. Although I did not see the words on the page, Ellen would not have been able to express such a the novel as impressive as it was if it was not written well for her to read.
I am happy that I ended up giving The Duff a read and ended up giving it a four-star rating on Goodreads, I recommend you keep an eye out for a copy and give it a read. I’ll be watching the movie at some point which I hope is just as pleasant as the book was.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Book Review: The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh

The Stolen Kingdom: An Aladdin Retelling
Title: The Stolen Kingdom: An Aladdin Retelling
Author Bethany Atazadeh
Medium: Advanced Readers Copy. 
Blurb: How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?

Arie eagerly anticipates becoming Queen of her humble kingdom. Even when a Jinni’s Gift manifests before her 18th birthday, she fights to hide the forbidden ability.

But when a neighbouring king attempts to marry her and steal her kingdom, discovery feels imminent. Just one slip could cost her throne. And her life. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Review: Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

35068534Title: Monday's Not Coming
Author: Tiffany D Jackson
Medium: Audiobook
Narrator: Imani Parks
Blurb: Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day or the second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumours and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda

Author: Anna Shinoda
Blurb: Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.

There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year-old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favourite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Book Review: The Memory Thief by Bryce Moore

The Memory Thief
The Memory Thief by Bryce Moore

The Book:

Twin brother and sister Benji and Kelly wander off at the local county fair after witnessing their parents argue. When Benji runs into a group of bullies, he escapes into a tent called The Memory Emporium, where he meets a strange old man inside named Louis. The old man shows him a magically vivid memory of a fighter pilot, in the hopes of getting Benji to pay to see other memories Louis has collected from people over the years.

My Review:

I accepted this book for review thinking it would be a quick easy read that would entertain me on a rainy day, and it did exactly that, only the day wasnt rainy it was just extremely over cast, but it was cold, so i could accept that as a happy medium.
This novel had such a thought out way of explaining a core part of human life in a way that will have it's middle grade readers taking away a deep and personal message from this.
The Memory Thief I'm not too familiar with reading books with male protagonist in it but this novel was a good introduction to that.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning about memories and the effects they have on who we are and our lives, Bryce Moore weaved an epic journey of positive and negative consequence that can be a lesson for all of us, especially the middle grade readers this novel is aimed at.
The Memory Thief is a story everybody can get on board with and still enjoy, and get something out of.
I will be giving this four stars on Goodreads.