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The Siren by Kiera Cass – An Urban Fantasy Novel with Fairytale Underpinnings

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Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2015 (Republished)
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review | Exotic travel, a closest full of exquisite ball gowns and her sisters is enough for Kahlen. Or at it was. This was before she met Akinli. Kahlen is exactly human, and her relationship will threaten everything she’s promised to do. To start with, she is at the will of the Ocean for one hundred years. She owes a debt meaning her life is not her own. Instead, Kahlen (and her sisters!) are Sirens. Otherworldly creatures who though human in appearance are anything but. As Kahlen struggles with her the human part of her soul resurfacing, she must decide how best to protect Akinli. From the Ocean… and from her.

Novels that resemble – no matter the concept the classic fable, The Little Mermaid are a rarity. This is especially true in comparison to the re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella, which are abundant. Pitching this as a Little Mermaid reimagining isn’t really fair because it is different, but the idea lingers in the readers mind. The premise is unique and I found the characterizations particularly heart-tugging.

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Unblemished by Sara Ella – A Mark That Signifies Power. A Girl Caught in the Middle.

About the Book: Unblemished Sara Ella

Author: Sara Ella

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Author Provided (thanks, Sara!)

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Unblemished, Book 1

Genre: Fiction; Fairy Tale, Contemporary Young Adult

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: Eliyana isn’t like the other girls. Her normal is hiding in the shadows. Just getting through the day is an everyday accomplishment. The mysterious blemish covering her face puts El in the “freaks” crowd at her school. But everything shifts when El loses her mother. This is when her entire life falls apart. To begin with, El discovers the next door neighbor (the boy she’s been crushing on), Joshua is anything but ordinary. Following this up, she learns there is an alternate world hidden within the New York she knows. Suddenly, El is thrust into a world of trolls, fierce warriors and a dangerous new romance. Continue reading “Unblemished by Sara Ella – A Mark That Signifies Power. A Girl Caught in the Middle.”

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Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon – The Final Journey to Doon

About the Book:Forever Doon

Author(s): Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Blink

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Doon, book 4

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen, Time Travel, Fantasy

Rating:  5 out of 5

REVIEW: The Scottish adventures of best friends Vee and Mackenna draw to a close in Forever Doon, the final novel of the series. As the story opens, things pick up immediately where Shades of Doon (book three) left off. Vee is in Doon while Mackenna is stuck in contemporary Scotland without means of returning to the place she now thinks of as home. Vee believes her beloved Jamie is dead and gone leaving Doon’s queen solely responsible for the safety of their people. With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed (a feat orchestrated to protect their people), Mackenna and Duncan strive to keep those who managed to cross the bridge safe. But with an evil soul on the throne of Doon, their greatest battle is yet to come. Continue reading “Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon – The Final Journey to Doon”

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith – Darcy and Lizzy Fight Zombies

About the Book:Book - Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Tie In Edition

Author: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Publisher: Quirk Books

Source: Bought

Publication Date: 2009 (Reprint 2016)

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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

REVIEW: A kind of “literary mash-up” and retelling, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (of a sort) is sassy, creative fiction. Ironically, I found it as relevant to today’s society (is there anything that cannot be cured by a dose of infected zombies? *sarcasm*), as it might appeal to those who admire the old literary language that Austen wrote with such class and grace.

The story is, at its heart, the same as Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. We meet the feisty Lizzy Bennet only instead of being snubbed for lacking graces, she’s skilled in the arts of weaponry. Mr. Darcy is still as proud as ever with an arrogance Lizzy cannot tolerate. Only in this scenario, they are equally matched in their skill with the sword as trained zombie slayers. With every meeting, the tension crackles as Lizzy’s disgust of the arrogant man rises and his attraction to Lizzy grows. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat Review ➔

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Siren’s Song by Mary Weber

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Author: Mary Weber

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)

Source: Author/Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Storm Siren Trilogy, 3

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Fantasy

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: One of the most anticipated YA reads of 2016, Siren’s Song, has finally hit store shelves and with it, closes out a grand adventure. As with any series ender there are bound to be some bittersweet feelings for anyone who has been a fanigirl of the series. Mary Weber’s fantasy series caused more than a little stir in the bookish world and because of this, it was next to impossible not to be caught up in the exhilarating world.   Continue reading “Siren’s Song by Mary Weber”

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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen (HarperTeen)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Rating: 4 out of 5

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During my teen years, my reading habits would have been coined as being “safe” up until a handful of years ago. The genres I read were primarily those I’d enjoyed as a young teen and I fell into a pattern of normalcy, and while I did enjoy the feeling of “comfort,” if you will, looking for something different meant I’d need to look outside of that. In expanding my reading into the popular and growing young adult genre, Jodi Meadows’ name was among the list of authors I’d been most curious to read. Her books sounded crazy unique and exciting, which was my primary reason (not to mention her covers are epic) though I was also interested in expanding beyond my “safe” reads, which didn’t include fantasy stories. Book one of Jodi’s most recent works, the first in a duology (plus novellas), The Orphan Queen is as lovely on the inside as its dust jacket suggests. Read review in full on Silver Petticoat Review ➔

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Siren’s Fury, by Mary Weber

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Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Author (Publisher) Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Storm Siren, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: One of the most highly anticipated young adult novels of 2015 (or that’s been my experience), the “Siren” is back on store shelves and the wait finally over. Mary Weber’s follow up novel is here. With the heart-stopping ending to Storm Siren and more questions than we could handle left hanging, there was a lot to discover in book two. Now the adventure was about to continue inside the pages of this visually pretty novel. The opening picks up just where book one left off with Nym realizing that her mentor and the only person she’d truly come to love, Eogan was being used to house Draewulf for his own evil purposes. This is where the story begins and evolves from. Aided by Princess Rasha, Nym has to figure out how to defeat Draewulf, but holding her back is the man she sees each time she confronts Draewuld: Eogan. This leads to Nym and Rasha becoming stowaways; it’s this that gets our sequel in motion. Continue reading “Siren’s Fury, by Mary Weber”

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Snow Like Ashes, by Sara Raasch

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Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Baltzer + Bray
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Snow Like Ashes, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Sara Raasch’s debut novel, Snow Like Ashes, made a splash last fall when it debuted and though it’s been on my shelf for a few months, I am only know getting around to discovering it. It was worth the dust it gathered.

This story is an interesting one. It takes a unique approach to creating kingdoms and the world in which it’s set is an eye-popping visual feast indeed. The world is separated by four kingdoms, all of which are inspired by the seasons. We are primarily among the Winterians whose appearance mirrors their season – pale, white skin and snow-white hair. Then there are the kingdoms or realms that surrounded the four seasons. These are either allies of Winter (and the seasons) or are a realm who seeks to destroy them. Read the Review on Silver Petticoat ➔

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Rebel Belle, by Rachel Hawkins

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Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: 2014
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural/Fantasy
Series: Rebel Belle, book one
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

Rebel Belle Review:

Regardless of a story’s unique quirks, a book can typically be put into a “box” of some sort. There are usually similarities a reader can grasp with familiarity – either it incites a nostalgic feeling or is perhaps reminiscent of a favorite film. Rebel Belle didn’t read anything like that for me. There are hints of familiar concepts and storyboards, but mostly it’s a unique story in its own world of ingenuity. The story wastes no time in kicking things off in an exciting, grand fashion. It opens with two casualties and a Southern Belle given powers she didn’t ask for. Sounds exciting, right? Well… sort of. Read my review in its Entirty over on Silver Petticoat Review →

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The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

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Author: Melanie Dickinson
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: November 2013
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Series: Fairy Tales – book 4
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen, Fantasy
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

Review: There’s something comforting in experiencing a retelling of a beloved piece of literature, no matter the form. Dozens of writer’s have been tasked with doing this very thing. No one in the Christian author world is more widely known than Melanie Dickerson, and having already respun Snow White and Beauty & the Beast, she has taken on Cinderella. This version introduces us to the kind-hearted but ill-treated Gisela. Ridiculed by her stepsisters and stepmother since her father’s death Gisela is treated as little more than a servant and she lives to do her stepmothers bidding. This hasn’t kept her from dreaming or wondering about the boy who once bought her father’s prized horse, Valten, the duke’s son. With many years between their first meeting and now, Gisela and Valten again meet but will fate again intervene to keep them strangers? Continue reading “The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson”