Book Review: Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle

A round of applause to the cover designer!

Sci-Fi Fantasy/Teens &YA/278 pages

Get a copy: $2.99 Amazon

About the book:

Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart? One must fall.


My take on it: Now, let’s talk about the story: young princess forced to marry a young prince to save her kingdom from an impending war, and in her push and pull, war arrives at their gates, and they’ve got to flee and suddenly she learns that the war is all about who wins and gets to stay in power longer, but what of her life? What of the lives of those she loves?

So, it’s got a myriad of feelings and with a fast pace, you can’t help but get from one sword fight to another to another conspiracy to another and so on.

It’s entertaining, that’s for sure.

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Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

Visit the author’s website: here

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Hurry Up We’re Dreaming by Sara Crawford (Book 2 The Muse Chronicles)

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I loved reading “We Own the Sky”, the first book in this series and could not shy away from getting the second book because, first, Sylvia and Vincent’s story was was far from over and second, I wanted everyone around her to believe that she was not crazy.

Although, a part of me was hoping that the second reason for reading this book would involve Sylvia punching Travis for being an awful, selfish and self-centered friend…yes, he’s the one character that I did not like in this story and truth be told, I’d have preferred if Clio stabbed him with a dagger instead. [Okay, I’ll stop hating now.]

To find her Muse, she must first find herself.

The pace quickens in this second installment and you can tell the difference in Sylvia for whereas in the first book, she was cheerful and outgoing, here she’s pale, aloof and has no time for what she’s always loved- Music. It’s eating her up and those around her, but like any situation, she’s got to work her way through and out of it and it’s a thrill watching her live her life.

However, I don’t know if there’s a third book because this ended on a high- with the potential of an impending disaster and if there’s a third book, I hope I get to read it, to finally see everything resolved.

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You can get the book on: Amazon

Reading ‘Life’ by Lu Yao

Life by [Yao, Lu]

I am seated on the floor of my small apartment contemplating how best to share my views on this book. It is a quarter to eleven and the temperature is soaring towards a steady 28 degrees Celcius.

I am drinking my first cup of tea and probably the last if the temperatures spike.

Reading, Life, is getting an intimate/ personal account of Gao Jialin’s life from his struggles with belonging, earning societal approval, working and most of all pursuing his dreams without the interference of any corrupt people. He exhibits bouts of anger just as he does those of joy and it makes this quite an interesting read.

I love how the story begins with precision “On the tenth day of the sixth month of the lunar calendar…”

There were instances where I felt that the author dwelled too much on what was going on inside Gao’s head and wished that we’d have more on those around him, to better understand his frustration and their expectations of him.

However, this story will be memorable because we all struggle with fulfilling our desires and ambitions and when you read about someone who isn’t willing to back down then it leaves a mark, albeit a good one.

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I got to read this book courtesy of Netgalley. You can pre-order a copy of this on: Amazon $4.99

About the Author: The Chinese novelist Lu Yao (路遥) was born Wang Weiguo (王卫国) in 1949 in Shaanxi Province. He grew up in a very poor family, together with six siblings, and began writing novels when he was a college student at Yan’an University. In 1982, Lu Yao published his novella Life, which won the National Excellent Novella Award and was then adapted into a film of the same name, which won the Hundred Flowers Award (the Chinese equivalent of the Academy Awards) for Best Feature Film in 1984. His writing was closely related to his own experiences, and it focused mostly on young people striving to change their lives. He died in 1992 at the age of forty-two, having published only two works, both considered masterpieces. Despite how well known Lu Yao is within China, he has remained untranslated until now. Life is the first translation of Lu Yao’s work to appear in English.Lu Yao

Unopened by Doug Hoekstra: Book Review

I’m no poet, but here’s the thing, I like words and if they sway me or make me feel some type of way then I’m all in.

Doug’s book, Unopened, comes in three parts. If you like a three course meal, or love your experiences in threes, then you’ll love this.

These parts: On the Page, Off the Canvas, and Between the Notes take you on a journey starting from what’s dearest to most people(family, home, loved ones) and then takes you through a bit of adventure as you set out on your own and finally making sense or finding your way out in the world.

I really enjoyed the third part of the book mainly because I guess I’m at the point in my life where I’m Between the Notes plus, the poem Buk on Bukwoski was a delicious treat.heart

I started by telling you how simple I am, but here’s the deal with this collection; you’ll definitely love one or two poems. You might even love a whole section or even better all three of them.

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A huge thank you to Jackie for reaching out to me and I’m honored I got to read a copy of this book, It took me a while to get down to it (life on the road stuff) but once I started reading ‘Memories’ I was hooked.

Visit Doug’s blog: https://doughoekstra.wordpress.com/ and get a copy of Unopened on: Amazon

 

 

If My Body Could Speak by Blythe Baird

“There are days I forget we had to invent nail polish to change color in drugged drinks

and apps to virtually walk us home and lipstick shaped mace and underwear designed to prevent rape.”

Whatever juice Button Poetry is sipping, they’d better sign me up for more of it because every time I come across their books I know I am in for an awakening.

So, Blythe Baird, ever heard of her? Well, this was my first encounter and I don’t know how I am feeling and that’s the truth of it. For, “Read Pocket Sized Feminism,” is a reminder of the effect of choosing to either stand up or stay silent in the presence of injustice. “To Live in the body of a Survivor” tore me to shreds while “Smoke” reminded me of the things we give up, “Lipstick” of the privileges we are taught and “Skirt Steak Girls” tabled my biases. If you are to read any poem in this book I’d recommend “The Aesthetic of Rape Culture”-because when someone’s version of truth closely hits home, you cannot pretend to not see it for what it is.

Now, I have to reel in the credits: thank you Netgalley and Button Poetry for the eARC, and Blythe– it was a pleasure meeting you.

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Pre-order the book: For $16.00 on Amazon

Visit: Button Poetry & Blythe’s Website

The Executive Floor by Belinda Wright: A Review

There is no such thing as enough romance.

Romance/Troubador Publishing Limited/ Format: Ebook

Chantelle’s internship is coming to an end and she really needs to secure a job and the fact that she works at Granger Finance is not only a good look on her resume, it’s also the one thing that she hopes would propel her to an Analyst position.

The boss, Mr. Granger Carmont is handsome, but his playboy persona and aloofness makes him quite an interesting character, well, at least to Chantelle and her colleague Patsy. So, when Chantelle stays up late in the office and Granger needs help working on his next presentation- the two find themselves working together.

The plot is pretty simple and direct and from the beginning as a Reader I had an idea of how things would end up between the two.

I was taken in by the cover too and I’m glad to have read this courtesy of Netgalley.

The suspense is not fulfilling and I do love me some drama which makes me wonder just how entangled this relationship would be if Patsy did make a move on Granger and started spreading a vile rumor about Chantelle at the office. (Yes, I know, cliche of the very jealous friend, but somehow, that would have given me some kind of intensity that I feel this book needed.)

My final take on this book is that it is a short read and sometimes you need that burst of romance in a busy work day to lighten up your spirits.

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Get the book on: Amazon UK

Change for You by Crystal Lacy

Change for You (Oahu Lovers Book 2) by [Lacy, Crystal]

321 pages/Amazon Digital Services/Gay Fiction

Get the book for $3.99 on Amazon

Silver fox Stephen Webb doesn’t mean to start a workplace fling with the cute new intern. 

This is the second book in the Oahu Lovers series and I happened upon it because it was one of those titles that pop up as a recommendation following your browsing history.

We are introduced to Stephen as the guy who is unreachable in the first chapter and Max cannot deny being drawn to him-so much so that just by glancing at him, he labels him the “Silver Fox.” Everyone in the firm knows that Stephen has eyes for one thing only- his career.

So, I liked how he too was drawn to Max, especially his smile and dimples. It seemed harmless at first, but as the story developed, the two found themselves spending more time together at the office and consequently out of office.

What I did not really enjoy was the fact that there’s a lot of talk on food and eating and most of the dialogues or meaningful character engagements that advanced the plot took place over food. It was very distracting.

I loved how both had conflicting issues to resolve and was surprised that the one conflict  I thought was evident turned out not to be such a big deal. The writing is simple and it’s got diverse characters.

This is my first gay fiction read of 2019 and I’ll say that my favorite character in the book was Max’s Grandma, Keiko. She was sassy, blunt, salty, sweet, grit and just a blend of rough and tender. For example when she laughs so much that she goes quiet, Stephen asks her:

“Are you dying?” he asked gruffly

“Yes. You killed me with your stupid,” she deadpanned.

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