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Review of Love Tink

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Blurb:

Enchanted meets Peter Pan in LOVE, TINK

This is a novella– the first of six episodes.

Tink is hopelessly smitten with Peter, the leader of the Lost Boys who’d mysteriously arrived at Neverland two years ago. Unfortunately, Peter is tired of the adventure and especially tired of dodging Captain Hook who is after his head. He just wants to go back to New York City and live his life as a normal fifteen year old

Tink is the only one who can help Peter return, but it breaks her heart to do it. She just wants to make him happy, so she does the unthinkable and betrays the fairy king. Now her heart is filled with remorse. Should she go after Peter? Should she follow him to his New York?

My Review:

Five Stars

Love Tink was a wonderful retelling of Peter Pan that really made you think. It is always hinted that in Peter Pan that Tink has feelings for Peter, but Tink never acts upon those feelings. However, in this retelling, Tink tries to react upon her feelings. She tries to tell Peter that she loves him, but ends up finding out that he is unhappy in Neverland. Though Tink doesn’t understand why Peter is unhappy in Neverland and doesn’t want to help him leave she eventually succumbs to doing the right thing. Which is what love really boils down to in the end, sacrificing things for the person that you love.
As in the original telling of Peter Pan, Hook is the bad guy. And he’s out for Peter Pan as always. But he doesn’t appear to be as menacing as in the original telling of Peter Pan, which I suspect might change as the story progresses.
Elle Strauss creates such a magical picture of Neverland that makes you wish the green lights would whisk you into Neverland so you could frolic with Tink and the other Neverland fairies. And I can’t wait to read the next episode to see what happens, because I’m rather curious what Tink’s mischief gets her into.

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Review of Spectral Tales

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Blurb:

Whether they are spirits of the departed or figments of an overactive imagination, ghosts are a staple in fiction. Storytellers have portrayed ghosts as scary, friendly, or annoying across many genres. Now, eight authors offer their own interpretations of ghosts through a collection of short stories that will appeal to fans of horror, fantasy, or young adult fiction.

My Review:

Five Stars

Spectral Tales featured a lot of enticing stories that left you craving the next ghostly tale. And each tale was different than the next, and left you not knowing what to really expect. Actually, I didn’t know what to expect at all from most of the stories because I went in thinking most of the stories would revolve solely around ghosts, and though most had elements of ghosts the stories didn’t solely focus on that. And even than the stories didn’t deal solely on the dead haunting the living either. Some stories dealt with the dead being trapped in their own bodies, trying to figure out what happened, some stories featured those trying to find lost parents.
But I’d have to say out of all seven stories in this collection my favorite was Farwell Ohana. This tale was just so different and put a spin on the supernatural that I’d never thought of before. Without giving too much of this amazing story away, I’ll just say that the characters in this tale, have powers that outcast them from society. They break free from their bonds and one of them wishes to speak to her deceased parents by speaking with the Night Marchers. And this is where the part that I never thought of occurs, the Night Marchers are awesome supernatural beings that I don’t want to say what they actually do because I don’t want to give away too much of the story- so I highly recommend everyone going to read it to find out what I’m talking about.
I’m a big supernatural buff and quite enjoy reading books that revolve around the supernatural realm, and oftentimes a lot of the stories seem so farfetched that you can’t get wrapped up in them. I didn’t have that issue with any of the stories in this collection. I was swopped into them quickly and they all held some actual realism as to what happens with paranormal activity. And rather than this realism feeling fake and pushed it felt wholesome, and for the goosebumps I’m grateful. And I look forward to reading more tantalizing tales from these brilliant writers in the future, because they all have such a way with words.

Review of Death in Neverland

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Blurb:

In the Neverland, people don’t grow up. Because they’re dead.

Remy Cutler dies, and somehow escapes certain death. She returns to the land of the living with nothing but a ripped gown and a fear of heights.

Two years later, she plans to escape her arranged marriage by stowing away onto a ship in hopes to leave her home with no one knowing. However, she is found out, and the sailors aren’t happy. Before any damage can be done, she is yanked from her predicament back to The Neverland, a place where death resides – the very place she escaped from years ago. Souls are ferried by her savior. To her, he’s known as Nick, but to The Neverland, he’s the slippery Nicholas Grey.

The more time Remy spends with Nick and his crew, however, the more she realizes he’s shockingly misunderstood. Pirates aren’t all bad the way gentlemen aren’t all good. One such gentleman goes by the name of Peter, and he has nothing but power on his mind and revenge against Grey in his heart. And then there are those that are completely indiscernible, like James Hook, a Viking and ruler of The Other World, whose sole ambition is attaining more souls to rule over, no matter what the cost.

This dark retelling of Peter Pan infuses familiar characters created by J. M. Barrie with new characters and Greek mythology. It is the first in a trilogy.

My Review:

Five Stars

Death in Neverland by Heather Myers follows Remy as her world turns upside down. One minute she’s a respectable lady the next she’s on a pirate ship in Neverland. One minute she’s betrothed to marry a man she does not love, the next she’s on a ship washing dishes as her whole outlook on life slowly changes. But things are not as they appear to be.
At first you assume the ship’s captain to be either Hook or Peter Pan, after all it’s a book about Neverland. And one would also think that Remy would be Wendy, but she isn’t. But that isn’t the case at all because the ship Remy finds herself on is captained by Nick.
As the story unfolds we find out that Remy has been there before, as she’s faced death and escaped. She’s the only one to escape deaths clutches and this has act has caught the eye of Nick and the magistrate and Nick is told to keep an eye on Remy. He does so and ends up saving her, which is how she ends up on the ship in the first place. Here you meet his crew, which at first seem like your average pirate crew, but then you learn more about them and grow to love each character and actually wish they weren’t in the situation that they are in.
Then there’s Hook. Now one of my favorite characters in the original tellings of Peter Pan is Hook. I don’t know why but I really like Hook, and that goes the same for Death in Neverland. He’s created to be a handsome, yet deadly character and he knows it. He’ll do what he can to get what he wants. And he just makes you quake at the knees when you read him. He really fits the original Hook persona and I think that is amazing. Pan on the other hand doesn’t really fit his persona in this tale. In the original Pan was a good guy, here Pan is far from good. And he’s not adventurous and fun-loving, he’s power hungry.
But as the story progresses you see that something slowly builds between Remy and Nick. Though I can’t say for certain what that is. Could just be a captain and crew bond, or it could be more than that. But what Remy does in the end makes me think it’s so much more because she makes a sacrifice that most wouldn’t do for someone they consider to be their boss.
And I’ll say I’m not satisfied with how it ended. I wanted it to end with Remy running into the arms of Nick and kissing him, but that doesn’t happen. I wanted them to confess a love for one another and sail away in the end to find Pan and end his reign of terror.
But there’s still more to the trilogy so it could still happen and I have hope that Remy and Nick will have their happily Neverland after.

Review of Musings from Wunderland

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Blurb:

Like a leaf on the wind
My words fly from my heart
Spiraling
Twisting
Landing
Melting upon page
Creating miniature works
of art

My Review:

Five Stars

E.H. Demeter has such a way with words and painting breathtaking pictures. Each poem and short left me yearning for the next emotion packed piece, which is truly amazing. Demeter is such a talented author and I love everything I’ve read of hers, and can’t wait to read more of her brilliant works.

Twisted Review

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Blurb:

Who could’ve known one pair of shoes could cause so much trouble.

Dee’s lost the sparkly red heels, and when she befriends a witch to help her find a way home, she finds herself down the rabbit hole. With the veil between Wonderland and Oz torn wide open, things go awry.

The flying monkeys are loose in the Kingdom, Hatter is lost on the sun-colored brick road, and betwixt a battle of the worlds, the Red Queen seeks power, but all Dee wants is to go home.

My Review:
Five Stars

I’ll be honest, I bought this book based on how killer the cover is. I’m not one to judge a book based on it’s cover, but this cover really captivated me that I bought it on the spot before even reading the blurb, so I went in reading it rather blind. And I’m glad that I did because I didn’t expect any of the story at all.

In the beginning we meet Dee, or Dorothy as she’s walking through Oz trying to find someone to help her get home. She meets some allies along the way that help her, even though they don’t help her get home to Kansas. We meet Samuel, Jasper, and Aeries, which are all amazing characters that you really can’t help but love. Especially when you find out the star-crossed lovers plot behind two of the characters, more so the full story at the end- which I didn’t see coming at all.

And the name Twisted fits this novel perfectly, because it is Twisted. You don’t see any of the twists and turns that happen, which in most novels you eventually begin to piece it together. That didn’t happen with this novel. I could never formulate what I thought was going to happen next because there was nothing that I could think it could lead up to, especially since it was so different from the original Wizard of Oz.

I definitely look forward to reading more from Elizabeth Montgomery and hope to see more of Dee in Oz. Or even more twisted tellings of other stories, because she has such an imagination that she could come up with some brilliant twists that no one has done before. Because she did it here. I have high expectations for this amazing author.

Dragon Born Review

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Blurb:

Dragons have returned to the lowlands of the Dar Desert, and plague spreads in their wake.

Most people have died in the fever of the dragon plague, those that don’t come out changed. Forever to be of two spirits, one human and one dragon. They are the wyverns, an impure breed of human shifter who can take on the scales and powers of a dragon.

When Wylan Atwater was born, people thought her dragon eyes marked her as a monster. The fact that dragons returned the very eve of her birth, marked her as an outcast. Adopted by loving farmers, she dreams of adventure beyond her home and the natural springs she farms. She longs to travel to the imperial city of Darubai to become a soldier in the dragon guard and protect the lands from dragon fire. But when her adventure comes, it comes with a price she’d never have gambled.

My Review:
Five Stars

Dragon Born by Travis Simmons was absolutely amazing, and I was quite sad when I realized the next one hasn’t been released yet. I enjoyed that much that I wanted to continue on to the next, only to realize a next didn’t exist. I found myself on the edge of my seat as I turned every page yearning for more of the story. The world created by Simmons here is amazing and so vivid that it’s hard not to get lost in what he portrays.

One minute your a young girl running for your life as dragons pillage your town. The next you watch as your friend goes up in smoke, literally. Then you transform into a dragon- which is beyond awesome. I’d never thought the way he has them transform from people to dragons as a possibility, and I definitely didn’t see the twist coming until the friend went up in smoke and it all started to make sense. And for the young girl it all happened so fast because for her dragons didn’t exist one minute, the next they destroyed her town, then she turns into one.

I have a lot of unanswered questions at this point, so I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next installment of this series. Because I want to know if they find the rainbow-haired girl, and what happens to the baby that is born at the beginning of the novel?

I highly recommend this novel and this author because he has quite a way with words and paints a vivid picture that pulls you quickly into the story.

Forgotten Girl: Season One – Episode 1 (Steampunk OZ) Review

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Blurb:

There is no yellow brick road here. No emerald city. No lollipop guild. This is the Australis Penal Colony, a continent sized prison referred to the world over as the Outcast Zone. Built to contain the world’s most dangerous criminals, OZ ended up the dumping ground for everything polite society deemed undesirable.

Season One – Episode 1

From inside OZ a garbled message proves Dorothy’s father is still alive, trapped in a prison with only one way in and no way out. Into this place 17-year-old Dorothy must go if she wants to find her father and keep the promise she made to her dying mother.

My Review:
Five Stars

 

I love the Wizard of Oz and I love steampunk, so imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the two mixed together. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to read it, and now I can’t wait to read the next ones because it left me hanging- and I must know what happens.

In Forgotten One you meet Dorothy, her father, and her mother. You also get briefly introduced to what Oz actually is in this world. And it isn’t the magical land that one would hope it is. In fact it’s quite the opposite. But you watch as Dorothy’s father meets with people about a new plan he has, yet they don’t want to speak with him at all, and it seems his journey was for nothing. From there it all comes unglued as Dorothy’s father is taken captive and Dorothy is left to fend for herself and find her father, because she promised her dying mother that she would.

So we follow her to Aunt Em’s farm, which is like an orphanage. And Dorothy tries to escape on several occasions we learn as we read, and we witness two of these escapes as the story progresses. And during these escapes you see that Dorothy is extremely resourceful and that she can handle her own.

You watch as Dorothy grows from a small child into a teen still with the same desire to find her father. She never loses hope, and I think that’s something everyone can take from this novel. Never lose hope.

I can’t wait to read the next in this series and look forward to more from this amazing author.