Review: Spellbound in Sleepy Hollow by Rosalie Lario, Boone Brux, and Patricia E

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Goodreads Summary:

The Von Tassel sisters are in deep. With a new inn opening up to non-magic guests, these three witches have enough to worry about, but after a deal with the Headless Horseman, all three Von Tassel sisters must find their true loves by All Hallow’s Eve or forever be trapped as ghosts in Sleepy Hollow like their ill-fated aunties.

Will Stephanie be able to forgive her playboy ex? Will Bri be able to win back her childhood cruch-turned-ghost hunter? Will Lexi be able to sway her supernatural employee? And will they all be able to fall in love by the week’s end?

My Review

Spellbound in Sleepy Hollow put its own fun twist on witchcraft and the supernatural. Three sisters and their three dead now ghost Aunties are the main residents at their Inn in Sleepy Hollow. All of them just so happen to have rocky romantic pasts which leads to some nasty deals with the dead and a curse that forces them to find love within 5 days! 5 days!! Fortunately, fate steps in and makes finding love a cinch!

Though the magical elements and basic plot of each of the three mini stories in this book were pretty different from your average book, I couldn’t help but feel that everything was just too easy! Each girl happened to find the man of their dreams (all of themhad had formal relations with each guy) right away, had some reservations, got over them, made love, and fell in love all in that order! Each story had a pretty redundant pattern overall. The Aunties’ pasts were each a little more different, quite honestly, I think their history/stories would have been more fun to read about than their nieces. Each Auntie had a scandalous life and terrible death, filled with love turned to deceit and horror. However, each one of them also, naturally, got over their grudges from when they were alive and reunited with their true loves right in the knick of time.

Don’t get me wrong, each romance was cute, steamy, though a little cheesy, in it’s own way. However, since each sister/Aunties’ story was so short, I didn’t really get enough time to fall in love or form an attachment to a select one. I liked each story well enough, but I just felt like I needed something more from each too.

Overall, Spellbound in Sleepy Hollow was a cute anthology of witchy and ghostly tales, though a little too cliche and a little too happily ever after for me, it wasn’t a terrible read by any means.

You can buy Spellbound in Sleepy Hollow on Amazon here.

 

WWW Wednesday 11/19/14

This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.

WWW Wednesdays (Nov. 19)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m Currently Reading:

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What I Recently Finished Reading:

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What I Think I’ll Read Next: Can’t wait to read this ARC!!!

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Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Goodreads Summary:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway–a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

My Review

Welcome to the world of The Night Circus, where nothing is as it seems and two young magicians compete in a competition unlike any other. This strange circus has a life of its own and binds the lives of its performers to it. Everyone is connected, but only few truly know the real purpose of the events within.

This book was unlike any I have ever read before. The entire concept was new and different and pulled me in from the very start. The story follows multiple POV’s and jumps back in forth in time throughout. Some chapters were in the distant future, some in the past, few of them were actually in order, and few chapters ever had the same POV for more than one chapter at a time. It most certainly had a style all its own. Of course that’s what made it all the more intriguing going in to it.

The story’s main focus is centered around Celia and Marco (the two competitors). Since the book covered such a huge time span, I was able to experience the two magicians develop as enchanters and as adults. They both had significant ways of performing magic, and reading about the ways in which they used their magic to meld the circus was gripping . The circus had this mystery that made me wish I could be there and see it’s wonder. Morgenstern definitely did a wonderful job of creating the setting of the circus and making me visualize each tent and act.

Though the book description makes it appear as if The Night Circus has romance, it really doesn’t have much of it at all, which is something I was more disappointed in. Celia and Marco’s relationship is pretty abrupt and almost a little out of context. I didn’t feel like I got to actually see it develop. Sure there were a few cute moments between them, but that was about it. And as their competition grew deeper, I was expecting more of an exciting climax, but I didn’t receive one in the slightest. There was just sort of a pleasant ending, but not one to leave me on the edge of my seat. In fact, there wasn’t much plot movement to get me going at all. Some parts of the story seemed drag, and not much happened in the way of significant events to have me glued to the pages. Not to mention, there were a few parts that were never made clear and that was aggravating.

Overall, the mystery and charm of the Night Circus allowed me to see the story through to the end. The context of the book was super different, and the magical elements were riveting, but I would have liked a faster paced plot and a more substantial relationship formed between the two main characters.

You can buy The Night Circus anywhere that sells books or on Amazon here.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want to Reread

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:Top Ten Books I Want to Reread. This topic makes me super excited and kinda depressed at the same time because I’ve been dying to reread all of these books but just haven’t had the time or some amazing book pops up and fills the spot of rereading a certain book. A lot of these books I would love to simply reread so that I can finally do a review for them on my blog! I’m counting a series as one, because I can’t just reread the first book and then not reread the rest of the series, I mean what kinda reader would that make me? So here they are, and maybe some day (preferably within the next year) I can reread at least some of these books! Fingers crossed!

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1. The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter (book 1 and 2): I’ve been wanting to reread the first two books now that the third finally came out, and I don’t want to read the last one until I fully refresh myself. It’s only fair to do the third book justice! My goal is to actually own all three books, unfortunately these are a little more pricey on Amazon than I would prefer. So for now I have the first one and am waiting until Christmas to see what “Santa” might bring me. ;)

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2. Under Different Stars by Amy Bartol: I absolutely loved this book, but I feel like I don’t remember all of it nearly as well as I should especially if I want to read the sequel.

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3.Angelfire series by Courtney Allison Moulton: I loved this series so much!! I read it right before I made this blog, so I never had the chance to review them. I am determined to reread the series and make the best posts ever for them!

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4. Gone Series (or most of the series) by Michael Grant: I read the first books in this series so many years ago, I would love to read at least the first 4 over again and experience the ride!

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5. The Premonition series by Amy Bartol: This series is one of my absolute favorites ever!! I’ve been meaning to reread them for 2 years now and still haven’t gotten the chance to do so. This is another series I read before my blog, so I would really like to share it on my blog, book-by-book! Some day this WILL happen! Preferably before the next book comes out!

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6. Scarlet Series by A.C. Vaughn: I loved these two books so much and would love to reread them and do an official review for book one!

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7. The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole: Another beloved series that I MUST reread before the next book releases or at least before I read the next book! I never got to review book one on my blog either, so that will happen too…eventually. Le sigh.

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8. Halo Series by Alexxandra Adornetto: I started this series years ago, so obviously before I had my blog, I was recently gifted this book so it’s probably time I reread all of these and get some reviews going.

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9. The Princess Bride by William Goldman: The first time I read this, it was with a copy from the library, and I have since been looking for it for a cheap price. Well I actually found it at a Bookman’s last week and fangirled all over the place! So naturally I can’t wait to read it and do a whole dedication to this book/movie on my blog!

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10. Guardian of Angels Series by Anyta Sunday: This is one of the first series I ever read on my Kindle, and it is fantastic!! I would love to reread and review them, no idea when the next book comes out, but hopefully soon!

 

 

Review: Stone Cold Touch (Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

My Review

Well Stone Cold Touch had everything a Jennifer Armentrout book has! The romantic struggle, the witty banter, the jaw dropping plot twists. Stone Cold Touch had me completely hooked!

After a TERRIBLE cliff hanger at the end of White Hot Kiss, I was more than ready to read this book, and Stone Cold Touch most certainly did not disappoint! However, it delivered in quite the unexpected way that had my heart feeling all sorts of unanticipated emotions. Obviously from the description we know that Roth comes back of course, he HAD to!! However, things are not the way they were before, much to my extreme aggravation!!

With Roth “changed” and a new mysterious enemy on the rise, Layla finds herself growing ever closer to Zayne, and feelings are brought to the surface. Soon, things become pretty heated between the two of them, which had me feeling all kinds of confused. I mean I’m Team Roth all the way, but there were some scenes in this book that had me doubting how I felt about a relationship between Zayne and Layla. Don’t get me wrong Zayne is definitely steamy and brings his own awesome to the table, but I still just had to remind myself that he isn’t right for Layla. Of course by the ending, I was more than reaffirmed in my beliefs for Roth’s true feelings toward Layla and it made my heart soar!

Speaking of the ending….WHAT AN ENDING?! Holy crap it was crazy!! So much was thrown at me, I didn’t know how to react! There was action, plot twists,  heart break, and “heart make” (make of that what you will). All I can tell you is that it was intense and beautiful all at the same time, and right when I thought everything was going to be made known, BAM! a HUGE cliffhanger was thrown at me once again!!! The ending was so abrupt, I had to do a double take when I swiped my Kindle and saw that the next page was the Acknowledgments! The ending was just flat out mean, and now I NEED more, like ASAP!

Stone Cold Touch was thrilling in every way, and though I would have liked a little less Zayne time, and a little more full on Roth time, I still really enjoyed this book, and cannot wait to read the next installment! Don’t miss out on this series, especially if you are a Jennifer Armentrout fan, these books are most definitely worth reading!

Buy Stone Cold Touch on Amazon here!