Friday, June 19, 2020

review: the neast within by serena valentino

The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince (Villains, #2)The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince by Serena Valentino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Again one of the only reasons I read this series is because of the cover and my love for Disney.

This is the story about the beast before he became the beast and met bell.

Prince (who is never given a name) was, in fact, once friends with Gaston. Also, the enchantress that the Prince rejected prior to becoming the Beast was actually his beautiful secretly-a-witch girlfriend, Circe, who had three wicked witch sisters. Circe's curse didn't immediately take effect, but rather gave the Prince time to meet and court another young lady, Princess Tulip Morningstar. Although lots of familiar characters make appearances, the story fans of the movie are familiar with doesn't really start until the last quarter of the book, and even then there are some changes.


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Review: The Frights of Fiji




The Frights of Fiji by Sunayna Prasad
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

the author asked me if I would like to read and review her book in an exchange for an honest review

Alyssa lives with her Uncle and cousin. When magical things start happening, no one believes her.

One day, while washing dishes, she noticed that the raindrops on the kitchen window were spelling out a message for her letting her know her life was about to change. It turns out magic would somehow enter her life. An evil wizard kidnaps her and the adventure starts there.

The book has a harry potter feel to it.
    

Review: Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea WitchPoor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch by Serena Valentino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I really expected this book to be about Ursula, it wasn't. She was only mentioned from time to time.

this book which is really about continuing the story of princess Tulip, her nanny, her telepathic cat and the enchantress Circe (from book 2) and the9 Odd Sisters (from books 1 and 2). Ursula is definitely a presence in the story, but much more of a plot-driving device than an actual character. Like in "Beast Within", the climax is done through the far-off eyes of the Odd Sisters, but by that point, the story is really about them and not Ursula anyway, so it doesn't feel quite as anticlimactic as the last time around

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Review: Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea WitchPoor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch by Serena Valentino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I really expected this book to be about Ursula, it wasn't. She was only mentioned from time to time.

this book which is really about continuing the story of princess Tulip, her nanny, her telepathic cat and the enchantress Circe (from book 2) and the9 Odd Sisters (from books 1 and 2). Ursula is definitely a presence in the story, but much more of a plot-driving device than an actual character. Like in "Beast Within", the climax is done through the far-off eyes of the Odd Sisters, but by that point, the story is really about them and not Ursula anyway, so it doesn't feel quite as anticlimactic as the last time around

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Review: Ubiety

UbietyUbiety by Grzegorz Kunowski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was asked by the author to review this book and provided a copy for an honest review

We follow Adam on his journey that may seem like we are traveling with a mad man. It is hard to explain without reading the book yourself

I was honestly confused to what was happening and even to what the general plot was at times

Sorry but that's all I can give. I was confused and mildly bored.

Hats off to the author for writing a book at 16 years old.




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Review: Under Currents

Under CurrentsUnder Currents by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zane and Britt Bigelow seemed to have the best childhood with the perfect home and parents, but appearances are often deceiving. Their parents, the esteemed Dr. Graham Bigelow and Mrs. Eliza Bigelow, had what can only be perceived as a toxic relationship. Superficially they were perfect and doting parents, but Dr. Bigelow often belittled and demeaned his children in public and private as well as physically abused them along with his wife. He never hit them anywhere where it might show, until one particularly bad beating that ends up with Zane suffering multiple broken bones and being arrested and charged with beating up his sister and assaulting his mother. Fortunately for both Zane and Britt, Britt escapes the hospital, contacts her aunt, gets law enforcement outside of the city of Lakeview involved and Zane is not only exonerated but his parents are arrested for assault, child abuse, and a host of other charges. Zane and Britt are adopted by their loving aunt, change their last name from Bigelow to Walker and move on from their sordid childhood with their father imprisoned for the next 18 years.

Lets fast forward 18 years where we meet Darby McCray is a divorcee who has recently lost her mother. Without any familial ties to hold her down, she sells her landscaping business and home and decides to relocate down South. She ends up in Lakeview, North Carolina, immediately feels at home in this small town, establishes her business credentials by landscaping one of the vacation cottages owned by Emily Walker Keller (Zane and Britt's adoptive aunt/mother) and makes this town her new home. Darby is new to Lakeview, but Zane is newly returned to his hometown and the two meet and sparks fly. Zane is a retired prosecutor and new small-town lawyer and Darby is his first client. Turn about seems fair play, so Darby takes on Zane as a client and provides him with plants and landscaping ideas for his new office. Before he knows what hit him, she's talked him into buying the house he's been thinking about and even has him agreeing to all of her landscaping ideas. Just when things where going good and great, Darby is attacked, then Zane's house and law offices are targets of vandalism.

this is where the story gets good and great and intense!

Great ending with lots of suspense





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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Review: Joe's Odyssey

Joe's Odyssey Joe's Odyssey by Nick LaTorre
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

More like 3.5

I Stop correcting "received" a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I was super excited to read this book. Stealing from a mob boss can never be good and of course makes for a great story.

Joe lives a boring life with a boring job and he is tired of it. When asked to go met a new client at a marina he tells his boss no. Of course he bows down and goes. Joe is shocked to find out that this new client is a mob boss on a huge boat with suit cases full of cash...

So what does one do in this situation. Push the boss off the boat and steal his money and boat right?!

This is where I thought the book was going to get really good. Sadly Joe goes to different places on the boat with a group of delinquent kids where they do a bunch of drugs and have sex with women. this is repeated over and over through out the book. I almost Did not finish but was to invested and wanted to know what was going to happen. I was looking for more excitement, or something really thrilling..... you stole a mobsters boat and cash....like something really exciting was bound to happen right?!

Even though the book was boring, it was VERY funny and had enough twist that i wanted to know how the book ended and just couldn't give up on it.

Solid 3.5 for pure entertainment value!



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