Review: Marry The Doctor – By Beverly Farr

 

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Title: Marry the Doctor (Love and Chocolate, #2)

Author: Beverly Farr

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Sweet Romance /143

Summary: Since the death of his wife, Frank Brannigan has focused on raising his two daughters and furthering his medical practice, but he’s lonely. Maybe it’s time to get married again, but how?

Marry the Doctor is book two in the Love and Chocolate Series. Each book is a stand-alone sweet romance without cliff hangers.

Cover Review: Okay, this cover may be kinda cute, but it’s super misleading. The characters portrayed on the cover actually like 40ish. Not 18. So the pic is just kinda awkward, tbh.

My Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Every time I read a Beverly Farr book, it hits me how much I love her writing. I always forget just how beautiful it is. Every time I open one of her books, I get re-immersed not just in her worlds and her characters, but her masterful writing. It pulls me in immediately.

I thought the premise of this one was very intriguing and refreshingly different. The characters were middle-aged, quirky, and realistic. Frank was dealing with the passing of his wife, being the single parent of two daughters, and when he finally ventures back into the dating world, he deals with countless people who are just after his fortune, and don’t actually care about him.

As I read the book, I became quickly invested in the characters and their lives. In addition to the stars of this book, there were some cameo appearances from the main characters of the first book, and the main character of the third book was introduced. It adds to the realism of the world, and Beverly weaves all of these storylines together effortlessly.

I highly recommend this book! I read it in one sitting — it was impossible to put down. I loved Marry The Doctor! It was the perfect way to spend a relaxing summer day.

Content Advisory: It’s a sweet romance novel. The author puts it this way:

“Very little swearing. There may be an occasional hell or damn, maybe even a b*tch, but there will be no Lord’s name in vain and no f-bombs. No explicit sex scenes. Characters might discuss sex, but any love scenes are off screen (Think AFRICAN QUEEN).”

To Sum It Up: Another fantastic novel from Beverly Farr! Looking for a light, fun, sweet romance? The best part is, though this is technically part of a series, it IS a standalone novel in it’s own right. I highly recommend the first book, but you don’t have to read it first! You’ll love this one, too. :)

I would recommend this book to anyone over 16+.

Review: The Quilt Fairy – By Beverly Farr

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Title: The Quilt Fairy

Author: Beverly Farr

Rating★★☆ (3.5 / 5)

Genre/Pages: Fairytale / 48

Summary: “If a fairy falls in love, it’s going to be bad for the fairy.”

Her mother warned her, but Margaret doesn’t worry. She’s never found a human attractive . . . until now.

When her elderly landlady dies, Margaret, a house fairy and quilt expert, moves in with her landlady’s single grandson Jonathan. As long as she stays small, this tall, handsome human will never notice her. Or will he?

The Quilt Fairy is a sweet romance — a modern-day fairy tale. It is 12,000 words, technically a long short story or novelette. It was previously published as “If a Fairy Falls in Love.”

My Review: If you’ve read my previous reviews of Beverly Farr’s books, you’ll know that I love her voice. Her romances are sweet, quirky, and always a fun read. This particular short story was no exception.

Hero/Heroine: Margaret and Jonathan. They were well developed characters, and their relationship intrigued me greatly. In a very short period of time I was invested not only in their relationship, but in their individual characters. Margaret was quirky and had a Luna Lovegood-esque feel to her, whereas Jonathan was an open minded and passionate young banker who thought he may never have a second chance at love… Until he met Margaret. (Yup, definitely the cheesiest line I have ever written in the history of this blog. I am truly sorry …But not sorry enough to delete it.  I promise, this novellette is nowhere near as cheesy as that line). Anyway, Jonathan and Margaret have a cute and quirky relationship, and it was very fun to watch them grow.

Plot: I thought I knew what was going to happen, but I suppose I should stop assuming things like that when it comes to Beverly’s books. ;) Her fresh and original storytelling was unpredictable and fun. I do wish there had been a bit more world building, but it is a short story, so… The fairy tale world she created was absolutely wonderful, and the story arc was perfectly formed. An absolutely lovely fairy tale.

Content AdvisoryMentions of sex, but only a grand total of like three sentences, and nothing ever happened. A character dies. 

To Sum It Up: Short and sweet, just like this review, you won’t regret spending an hour or two reading this fun, original, sweet romance. I recommend it for ages 13+.

Book Release! Wednesday Riders (Island Trilogy, #2) – By Tudor Robins

You may recall back in August when I was gushing about Appaloosa Summer in my review. Tudor Robins truly restored my faith in equestrian fiction and contemporary romance in one fell swoop — and I fell madly in love with Appaloosa Summer, hardly able to wait for the sequel. Well, today, I am INSANELY EXCITED to announce that the sequel is available for purchase on Amazon.com. Do you love horses? Romance? A fun, light, novel? Appaloosa Summer became my “Happy book”. I just started Wednesday Riders, and I expect it to be the same. I am SO SO EXCITED. I’m sure this book is going to be just as (if not more) amazing than Appaloosa Summer! And if ALL of that isn’t enough… check out the GORGEOUS cover! It’s to die for!

Cover image from author, summary from goodreads.com. Image links to Goodreads book page.
Cover image from author, summary from goodreads.com. Image links to Goodreads book page.

Summary: The island.
Meg can’t wait to get back. She’s excited to see her new mare kick up her heels in Salem’s old paddock. She’s impatient to run on country roads between breeze-blown hayfields.
Mostly, Meg longs to be back with Jared again.
It’s going to be the perfect summer.
But can real life live up to Meg’s huge expectations?

When Jared makes a heart-wrenching confession, Meg has to re-evaluate everything. If perfection’s not possible, can Meg find a way to build happiness for herself?
Fans of Appaloosa Summer will welcome the return to familiar places and characters, with the chance to be captivated by more of the beauty, romance, and dreaminess of Meg’s summer island life.

In addition to that, Tudor has an announcement to make:

“To show how much I appreciate my readers’ feedback, any reviews of Wednesday Riders posted on Amazon or Goodreads until March 15, 2015 will make the review-writer eligible to win print copies of Appaloosa Summer and Wednesday Riders, as well as my first book, Objects in Mirror.”

Now that’s an offer too great to pass up!

Make sure to buy your copy here! You won’t regret it!

Review: Chances Are — By Traci Hunter Abramson

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

Title: Chances Are

Author: Traci Hunter Abramson

Summary: Maya Gupta is a survivor. After escaping an impending arranged marriage in India as a teenager, she has thrived in America. But now she faces her greatest challenge yet—cancer has invaded her life, and unless she finds a way to participate in a clinical trial in Washington, DC, this may be one battle she loses. When Maya’s best friend Kari offers Maya the lifeline of a place to stay—her brother’s currently vacant DC apartment—the young woman eagerly accepts and goes to meet her fate . . .
Ben Evans’s plans have changed, and he’s heading home for some much-needed rest and relaxation during his off-season in the major leagues. Upon arriving at his DC apartment, however, Ben is shocked to find Maya—his sister’s friend, who he hardly knows—in residence. He soon finds himself trapped between protecting his above-reproach reputation and searching for a way to help a woman he is coming to admire. When Maya’s fight to survive her disease becomes more complicated than ever, she and Ben scheme an extreme solution to her predicament that tests to what lengths they’re willing to go together to save Maya’s life.

Genre/Pages: Sweet Romance/245

Rating: ★★★★ (5 of 5)

My Review:  It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve read a standalone book that I found nearly impossible to put down. Chances Are was that book. With a touching story, realistic and relatable characters, and a battle for life and love, this is a book that you’ll treasure forever. Just, be warned, you’ll need a box of tissues to read it! I planned on reading this over the course of a couple weeks — on again, off again, amidst other books — I sat down and opened the book. 4 or 5 hours later, I read the final page, and gently closed the book and put it down.Book

Plot: Okay, I’ll be honest, 5 chapters in, and I was sure I knew exactly what was going to happen for the entire book. And sure, a few small guesses of mine may have been correct, but, overall… Not just the final destination of the story, but especially the journey of the characters and plot, HOW they got to the destination, was not only largely unpredictable, but enjoyable and exhilarating. It had me on the edge of my seat, it made me cry, grin, squeal, “awwww”, *facepalm*, talk to characters, and basically it just reaffirmed to my family that I am completely crazy. But it was worth it. Sure, it may have had some minor predictable aspects, but overall, it was completely fresh and original. I loved every single second of it. It reminded me of Jack Weyland’s Charly. But, to be completely honest, I think I liked Chances Are even more.

Hero/Heroine: Maya and Ben. I ship it. Hardcore. Within a few pages of meeting her, you grow to love Maya, and feel incredible empathy for her. You find yourself cheering her on. This is no whiny teenage girl. Maya is a fighter.  Ben. He’s not your average fictional romantic counterpart. He’s different, and special. He’s a Major League Baseball player, star on the rise, and not only was he super sweet, lovable, and swoon-worthy, but he was a real person. With real thoughts, problems, and conflicts. I loved it. For me, the most important thing in any book is the character development and relations. I adored all of the characters, and couldn’t get enough of their interactions. Nothing was rushed, surprisingly enough, and nothing ever lagged. Perfectly paced, with plenty of laughs, smiles, and tears. This is probably one of my favorite romance novels ever now. I hope it gets made into a movie.

Content Advisory: It deals very directly with the struggles of cancer and the reality of death. Some kissing.

To Sum it Up: Traci tackled some major issues in this novel, and she came out on top. If you want a nice, heartwarming, novel you’ll treasure for ever, buy your copy of Chances Are today! There’s not a lot I can say without giving anything away, but I promise you, you WILL love this book. Books

Stayed Tuned! Coming Soon: Q&A with the amazing Traci Hunter Abramson!


Something new I’m starting: Using Reenin from Deviantart’s sketch Reading Zone, as a guide, I will determine which Reading Posture I was using during this book. :)

Chances Are Reading Posture: Enthralled Reading — Lost to Reality Reading, depending on the scene, with Tears Streaming Down Face.

Click here to see Reenin's sketch on Deviantart!
Click here to see Reenin’s sketch on Deviantart!

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Review: Appaloosa Summer – by Tudor Robins

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

Title: Appaloosa Summer (Island Trilogy, #1)

Author: Tudor Robins

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Meg Traherne has never known loss. Until the beautiful, talented horse she trained herself, drops dead underneath her in the show ring.

Jared Strickland has been living with loss ever since his father died in a tragic farming accident.

Meg escapes from her grief by changing everything about her life; moving away from home to spend her summer living on an island in the St. Lawrence River, scrubbing toilets and waiting on guests at a B&B.

Once there, she meets Jared; doing his best to keep anything else in his life from changing.

When Jared offers Meg a scruffy appaloosa mare out of a friend’s back field, it’s the beginning of a journey that will change both of them by the end of the summer.

Genre/Pages: Fiction/246

Rating: ★★★★ (5 of 5)

My Review:  Don’t judge a book by it’s synopsis. This book was engaging. I would just sit down and read page after page after page, and it would take all my willpower to close the book and be productive. Definitely not your typical horse book, either. Growing up as a horse-crazy girl who was determined to read every book her local library had to offer, a girl who also frequented Half-Price Books… I ended up reading (and owning) a LOT horse books. My reaction to horse literature by now? YAWN. It’s always the exact same plot, same shallow not-well-developed characters, same never-ending series, same Suspense and Mystery (SARCASM). Don’t get me wrong, I loved those books! But after a while, they all bled together…

So, when I saw this book on NetGalley… Well, first off, the cover was gorgeous. Seriously, I would buy this book JUST for the cover. But I had low expectations. Very low. This book blew them away! I LOVED it! I’ve been a bit (okay, a lot) down lately, and this book was perfect. It was a wonderful world and story to escape into for brief snatches of time, and it leaves you feeling satisfied. This may well be my new Happy Book. The only real complaint I have about this book is that it wasn’t longer.

Every once in a while, I would just get lost for a few sentences. Nothing would make sense. Unsure about what day it is, how much time has elapsed, who’s talking to whom, etc. It didn’t happen often, but when it did, it was disconcerting. A brief trip back to the real world as I tried to discover what had just happened. I wish that the book could’ve been longer, that we could’ve spent more time following Meg around at her job, and just… being in her head during the slow, boring, moments of her life.

 

Thank you to Netgalley, for supplying me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! 

Hero/Heroine: The romance was excellently written. It started as a friendship, but nothing was rushed, nothing was pushed, and they were still best friends by the end of the book. The relationship didn’t change that.

❤ Meg: I was terrified that she would be your sterotypical whiny teenage girl. Who, yes, went through something horrible, but then refuses to do anything the entire book except for whine about how horrible her life was. But Meg was different. Her pain was real, but so were her interactions with her friends and her family. She was REAL. She wasn’t a whiny teenager girl, but she still acted like a girl. She knew her horses, she had a job, she’d gone through some awful events, lost those very close to her, and lived in her family’s cabin, but she also knew what it felt like to have a crush on a guy. But it wasn’t unrealistic. The character development was superb.   

❤ Jared: I was dubious, I’ll admit. In my experience with books like this, the guy is often thrown in solely as a love interest, with no character, backstory or development to go with him. But Jared was different. He was complex, and deep, and REAL. (Noticing a theme here? Tudor Robins writes wonderful characters!). He was country through and through. Country charm, country courtesy, country loveable! He was quite the gentleman, and even though he wasn’t a horse person, he loved watching Meg work with horses, and helped make that possible. He had been griefstricken, and he carried that with him, but he was just a wonderful guy. And, in his own words, he knew that “Grief isn’t a competitive sport.” ❤ ❤ ❤

Plot: I knew by the first page that I was in love with this story. Tudor Robins has such a way with words — frankly, it’s unbelievable how believable her writing is. I’ve been riding horses for about 8 years, and I was drawn in and enthralled by Robins’ descriptions and writing, especially while characters were riding. It was all so accurate, so real, I knew exactly what it felt like. It was breathtaking.

The plot itself was fairly simple. The spotlight of this book wasn’t on the plot, it was on the characters, their development, and the writing. This is the kind of book I want to buy, just so I can keep it on my physical bookshelf, and pick it up whenever I’m down. I loved this book more than I can possibly describe. Tudor Robins deserves my highest praise.

Content Advisory: Maybe a FEW minor cuss words (5, max). But I honestly don’t remember any. Some kissing. Some traumatic events.

To Sum it Up: This was an amazing book. I wholeheartedly enjoyed it. Ms. Robins knows her horses, creates fantastic characters, a unique and enthralling plot that made it nearly impossible to put down, a sweet romance, and a happy ending.

Something new I’m starting: Using Reenin from Deviantart’s sketch Reading Zone, as a guide, I will determine which Reading Posture I was using during this book. :)

Appaloosa Summer’s Reading Posture: Enthralled Reading. 

Click here to see Reenin's sketch on Deviantart!
Click here to see Reenin’s sketch on Deviantart!

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Review: Her Ex Next Door – by Beverly Farr

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to Goodreads book page.

Title: Her Ex Next Door

Author: Beverly Farr

Summary: Ginny hasn’t told anyone about her brief marriage nine years ago — not even her new fiancé. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

Ginny is planning to get married in six weeks, but then her ex-husband Derek shows up. Derek has always been trouble — too smart, too sexy, too unreliable. Ginny wants nothing to do with him, but now he’s rich, and he has mischief on his mind. Ginny does not want to trade her dreams of happily-ever-after for a guaranteed heartache.

Author’s Note: in this book you will find a late night rendezvous, a wedding, a financial crisis, a sexy millionaire, and brownies.

Her Ex Next Door is a sweet, quirky, clean romance.

Genre/Pages: Sweet Romance/146

Rating: ★★ (4.5 of 5)

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: This was the first romance novel I ever read.  Honestly, the plot synopsis made it sound like the type of super cliche book that I would totally hate. But it wasn’t! I was SO HAPPY! Plus, the cover is totally adorable! I read this book during finals week, and it made my life so much easier. Great stress reliever. It was a fun book.

Hero/Heroine: I should’ve hated these characters. They had the making of characters I would hate. Cuz, you see, Lynette Dalley does not like romance novels. And yet… I loved these characters, and this book. Beverly Farr is an amazing author.

Ginny: She was a great character. With an amazing name! She seems very uptight at first, kind of out of her element. Her mother is an wealthy upper class elite who goes through husbands like shoes. As her mother tries to control the preparations for Ginny’s upcoming, you can tell that this isn’t who Ginny is. She feels very out of place, and not altogether happy with the wedding. She has an amazing job, and loves her work. She’s not stupid, and she doesn’t try to lead anyone on. It’s a nice change. 

Derek: Well, well, well… What have we here? When the word “sexy” is used as one of the main descriptors of a male love interest, I usually hate the character, cuz it’s usually just an “eye candy” stupid character who has no actually depth, complexity, or story. Dylan was different. He was real. Yeah, he was super smooth and attractive, but he had an actual story, an actual background. He hides behind his smooth talking, but when you get to know him… he’s a real person.

Plot: This basic story could’ve ended up being very bitter, cliche, predictable, and boring. However, Beverly Farr expanded upon the premise, she created deep, realistic, and lovable characters. As their background and story begins to be revealed piece by piece, you begin to understand everything that’s going on. 

The Ending. I think a lesser author wouldn’t have been able to pull it off. You kind of guess at it from the beginning, but I wasn’t sure how it could be pulled off. Beverly Farr was fantastic. She pulled it off with such style. It just made sense… it was a very satisfying and happy ending.

Content Advisory: As the author herself says: “What you will find in my stories:
1. Sweet quirky romance.
2. Very little swearing. There may be an occasional h*ll or d*mn, maybe even a b***h, but there will be no Lord’s name in vain and no f-bombs.
3. No explicit sex scenes. Characters might discuss sex, but any love scenes are off screen (Think AFRICAN QUEEN).
4. No vampires. At least, not yet.”

To Sum it Up: I LOVED THIS BOOK. It was so fun, and good, and enjoyable. It was what one might even call a “guilty pleasure” book. I’m really liking this new sweet romance genre! I read it in a day, hardly put it down, and yet I didn’t feel like I’d wasted any of my time! It was well worth the hours of happiness this book brought. It was just a genuinely GOOD book. I highly recommend it to 16+.

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Review: Corporate Husband – by Beverly Farr

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to Goodreads book page.

Title: Corporate Husband

Author: Beverly Farr

Summary: To inherit her grandfather’s chocolate company, Louisa Brannigan needs a loyal employee to marry her and keep his mouth shut. Justin Reilly seems like the ideal candidate, until he starts changing the rules. Corporate Husband is book one in the Love and Chocolate Series. Each book is a stand-alone sweet romance without cliff-hangers.

Genre/Pages: Sweet Romance/238

Rating: ★★ (5 of 5)

My Review:  

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Hero/Heroine: Obviously, this is fiction. Sweet romance, to be exact. So I wasn’t really expecting a hero/heroine. HowEVER, the two main characters (and love interests — Go figure!) were absolutely amazing characters. They were very detailed, and REAL. Their struggles and dialogue felt so real. It was wonderful. They were real, complex, people with their own problems and fears. It made for a wonderful romance.

Louisa Brannigan: In the beginning, you think you’ve got Louisa Brannigan all figured out. For whatever reasons she has, she is getting married so that she can keep her multi-billionaire company alive. Wow. Seriously? The author does a fantastic job of helping you to jump to conclusions about the characters about a million different times, only  to slowly unravel their story and background. As you came to understand Louisa and where she’s coming from, you come to love her. She was a fantastic character. She was very independent, but she was able to let her guard down, too.

Justin Reilly: Where to start? I wasn’t sold on him from the start. But I did end up loving him. It was the same as with Louisa. You learn not to judge people from first impressions, and you learn to love them from their experiences and actions. He was gentle, understanding, and yet always liked to push the limits, just a little bit. He was wonderful. He was brave. He was flawed. 

Plot: This is the second romance novel I have ever read. I read it during finals week, and it was a welcome stress reliever. It wasn’t a high intensity plot, nor did it require constant focus and thought (i.e. it wasn’t a mystery or crime novel), it was just a wonderful world to go into. To be able to focus on someone else’s life, and not think about finals. So, no, action-wise there isn’t a LOT that happens… but what did happen was perfect. There was just a touch of action, danger, and drama that slowly unraveled until it reached the breaking point. The romance was completely clean, and yet highly enjoyable. It was complex, it was real. There was no insta-love. There was no forbidden love. There was no love triangle. It was a REAL RELATIONSHIP, one that was grown over time. One that slowly progressed. It was beautiful and realistic.

And the plot twist and ending?!?!??! Just when you think it’s just another romance novel… Well, you’ll never see it coming, but you’ll love every second of it. It wasn’t unrealistic, but it was fantastic.

Content Advisory: As the author herself says: “What you will find in my stories:
1. Sweet quirky romance.
2. Very little swearing. There may be an occasional hell or damn, maybe even a b***h, but there will be no Lord’s name in vain and no f-bombs.
3. No explicit sex scenes. Characters might discuss sex, but any love scenes are off screen (Think AFRICAN QUEEN).
4. No vampires. At least, not yet.”

To Sum it Up: This book was GREAT fun. I enjoyed every second of it, and it’s a book that I could definitely see myself re-reading later — probably during finals week again. The characters and dialogue are just so engaging that you can’t put it down. It makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you smile, and is quite near impossible to put down. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I can’t WAIT to read the next in the series! I love happy endings! Real life fairytales! THIS BOOK.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone over 16+.

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I received a free copy of this AMAZING book, Appaloosa Summer, from Netgalley. I’m almost finished, and I CANNOT get enough! I absolutely adore it! And now, you too, can pick up YOUR free copy from Amazon now! Today only, the author is offering it FREE. You won’t regret it! This is an amazing YA horsey sweet romance novel that is the PERFECT summer read!

 

Sixteen-year-old Meg Traherne has never known loss. Until the beautiful, talented horse she trained herself, drops dead underneath her in the show ring.

Jared Strickland has been living with loss ever since his father died in a tragic farming accident.

Meg escapes from her grief by changing everything about her life; moving away from home to spend her summer living on an island in the St. Lawrence River, scrubbing toilets and waiting on guests at a B&B.

Once there, she meets Jared; doing his best to keep anything else in his life from changing.

When Jared offers Meg a scruffy appaloosa mare out of a friend’s back field, it’s the beginning of a journey that will change both of them by summer’s end.

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Review: The Iron Queen – by Kaitlin Bevis

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to Goodreads book page.

Title: The Iron Queen (Daughters of Zeus, #3)

Author: Kaitlin Bevis

Summary: Life is hell for Persephone. Zeus will stop at nothing to gain access to the living realm and the Underworld, and as the only living god with a right to both, Persephone’s in trouble. Captured and tortured beyond the limits of her resolve, Persephone must find the power to stand against Zeus. But will she be strong enough?

Meanwhile, Hades contemplates desperate measures to rescue his queen. Persephone never thought of herself as dangerous, but there’s a reason gods never marry for love. A being with the power to destroy all of creation shouldn’t place more value in one individual than the rest of the planet. But Hades…Hades would break the world for her.

To save the world and stop both Hades and Zeus, Persephone must make a difficult choice. One that may cost her everything.

Genre/Pages: Mythology/Sweet Romance/228

Rating: ★★ (5 of 5)

WARNING: Brace yourself! My inner fangirl side may come through overwhelmingly heavy, potentially rambling, and undoubtebly long. You have been warned. It may also be grammatically incorrect at times.


My Review: I was given a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

First Paragraph: “Watching my wife chase after a human boy was hell. The heavy rain drenched the thin fabric of her clothes in seconds, plastering them to her body in a way that would be appealing…if he wasn’t going to see her, too. I clenched my jaw. She just doesn’t want him to get hurt. It wasn’t as though I wanted any mortals caught in the crossfire when we faced Zeus either. Persephone was just going to charm the boy into leaving the park.”

So, if you remember, a LONG time ago, Kaitlin Bevis contacted me and sent me a copy of her first book, Persephone, which I promptly, read, fell in love with, and REVIEWED. A few weeks ago, I read Daughter of the Earth and Sky, fell in love with it, REVIEWED it, and promptly started The Iron Queen. I read both books in under 24 hours. I don’t know what I would have done if I had had to wait more than 2 minutes to start the final book. That was one KILLER cliffhanger!

Hero/Heroine: This book is narrated by 3 people, with your typical multiple POV approach to keeping track of three different subplots and courses of action promoting the overall story plot. It is narrated by the following:

Persephone: Well, this was kinda obvious, I suppose. Persephone’s character (as in the personality trait) grew tremendously over the course of this novel, not to mention her actual character. Being in her head was hard – and even empathically physically and emotionally painfully – at times, but it was incredible to see her character growth. In the last book she was only just starting her “coming of age,” her transition from teenage girl to goddess, but it wasn’t until The Iron Queen that that transformation is fully completed and Persephone becomes the QUEEN she was always destined to be. And what a queen she is! I was afraid, what with all the torture she is going through (both mental AND physical) that one of two things would happen. Either A) she would pull a Katniss, go completely crazy with PTSD and be completely useless for the rest of forever… or, B) She would have NO PTSD, and thus make the whole thing a completely unrealistic story. I know, I know, Catch 22. I’m impossible to please.

…But I was pleased. Quite pleased, in fact, with how this wonderful character reacts to her situations and circumstances. She is the PERFECT representation of a strong female lead. She has strength, integrity, resourcefulleness, yet she’s not afraid to lean on others for support – men and women alike. She has a strong and healthy relationship, and despite all her circumstances, retains the grace and compassion that make her such a wonderful woman and queen.

Hades: I was absolutely overjoyed at the news that Hades would be narrating a third of this story! Getting to be IN his head, getting to know his character on that level…! Let’s just say, I was psyched. About Hades. Let me put it this way: People say that

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… Well, you know what else is a myth? HADES! Therefore, HADES IS PERFECTION! (Teenager fangirl logic. Don’t you just love it?)

I love him. So much. He is the perfect fictional boyfriend. He’s a little bit of everything. He’s got a dark side (Hello! Lord of the Underworld here!), but he never lets the dark overtake the light. In fact, he’s been known to spout psycho-babble to anyone who’ll listen about the 7 stages of grief, and how to help souls transition to their new life as deadmen. (Sorry, uneccessary fangirl fact. Where was I? Oh, yeah)… He doesn’t hide anything from her, and he doesn’t try to push her away “for her safety” (yawn! That plot gets old fast!). And, honestly, I could go on for HOURS about how he is the best boyfriend EVER, but…

Get this! He’s also a STUNNING (and gorgeous) character OUTSIDE OF HIS RELATIONSHIP. Go figure! He’s an excellent example of a strong male character. He’s flawed, but almost endearingly so. He can be a little headstrong, stubborn, and he likes to be in charge, tends to think he’s right (well, he is, generally), but he has a sweet side, too. A soft side. It may be hard to enter his inner circle, but once you do, he will do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to protect his loved ones. He is a perfect gentleman, with a great sense of humor, and a terrific personality.

Aphrodite: When I saw HER name at the top of the chapter heading. I was shocked. I couldn’t quite understand why Aphrodite had been chosen as our third narrator. I couldn’t see how being in her head would add to the plot at all. I was wrong. She was a confusing character. When you first discover her betrayal, that’s all you see to her. I can’t say anything else, except for: “BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!” Aphrodite is the kind of character I love. A bit naive, a bit helpless, and you can never truly be sure she’s working for your best interests. She’s quite the wild ride of a character, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her story slowly unfold.

Long story short: Kaitlin Bevis’ characters? SPOT ON.

The Romantic Relationship: I’ve gotta say, their relationship just makes me think of the song Amazed – by Lonestar. Especially the whole “I can hear your thoughts, I can see your dreams” line. I think the whole song kinda sums up their relationship, in a way. I can’t say much, except that it is healthy. Perfect equality. Equilibrium. Two halves of a whole. Partners. Lovers. Best Friends. Trust.

Plot: I didn’t love this book quite as much as I did the previous two books, but I think that partially was because SO MUCH happened in book two! Bevis completely destroyed the Second Book Syndrome! A LOT happened, and it covered a long period of time. A few months, maybe longer. And then this book came along – just as stunning as the other’s in most every other way, but it covered such a brief period of time that it FELT like less happened, when in fact, it was the climax of the entire trilogy. After the heart pounding, edge of your seat events of book two, it seemed like book three had suddenly slowed down. Because of the brief time span and the large number of new characters, and regardless of the heart pounding suspense of the events, everything seemed to move slower. The character’s actions were more planned. More precise.  Which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something I noticed. It was a drastic change.

WOW. This plot. I can’t say much without spoiling, so I’ll try to be brief. The gods all have to come together to meet their goals, but CAN they work together? Will they be in time to save Persephone and the entire mortal world? It was fantastic getting to dive into each of the gods and their specific stories, backgrounds, and getting to see what each of them contributed to the small army. Throughout this book you have the distinct sense of despair. That their is honestly no way to get out, no way to accomplish the mission, and even if they do find a way  that MANY will die in the process. You were feeling what the characters were feeling. For just a moment, you dropped the constant critique and analyzation of how the story was going to end, how it was going to resolve, and just were engrossed in the moment. Dragged along with the characters, unsure of what future laid ahead. You never saw anything coming. Until it hit you.

Content Advisory: A handful of minor cuss words (B-, D-, S-, and H- words). One F-bomb (completely unecessary). There is a lot of intense torture performed on a young woman. Mostly just hit by lightning a few thousand times. It was a disturbing few scenes. You were in her head, experiencing the – detailed – agony of a lightning strike on the human body. There is an implied threat of sexual violence, but it never pans out. It’s all VERY realistic and disturbing. Sort of an Elizabeth Smart type of experience. It’s horrifying, but strictly PG-13. Mentions of, and a few scenes of, making out. Just kissing. Mentions of a cult of surfer girls and guys, the girls in “various stages of undress” throughout the whole thing.

To Sum it Up: I LOVED THIS BOOK. THIS SERIES. Kaitlin Bevis created a masterpiece, a stunning finish to a spectacular series. The one thing that I adore the most about this book is definitely the characters. Bevis creates real people. Everything about the character’s, their emotions, and their story is just SO REAL. You cannot help but fall in love. The world is masterfully crafted, and once you have entered it, you will find yourself constantly wishing to go back.

Oh, and did I mention that l desperately want one of these?: a living, air plant, necklace. :D

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I HIGHLY recommend The Iron Queen to readers ages 16+.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

Review: Daughter of the Earth and Sky – by Kaitlin Bevis

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Title: Daughter of the Earth and Sky (Daughters of Zeus, #2)

Author: Kaitlin Bevis

Summary: Some vows can never be broken. Persephone thought she could go back to her normal life after returning from the Underworld. She was wrong. The goddess Aphrodite is born among the waves with more charm than she can control. Zeus is stalking Persephone and her loved ones, and Thanatos is no longer content with Persephone’s silence. He wants her soul.

Persephone can’t tell anyone about Thanatos’ betrayal, and it drives a wedge between her and Hades. Her mother is still keeping secrets, and Melissa’s jealousy of Aphrodite threatens to tear their friendship apart. Alone, Persephone turns to a human boy for comfort. But will their relationship put him in danger? Sacrifices must be made, and Persephone must choose between her human life and her responsibilities as a goddess. If she doesn’t, she could lose them both. But will either life be worth choosing once Zeus is through with her?

Genre/Pages: Mythology/Sweet Romance/228

Rating: ★★★ (6 of 5)

WARNING: Brace yourself! My inner fangirl side may come through overwhelmingly heavy, potentially rambling, and undoubtebly long. You have been warned.


My Review: I was given a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

First Paragraph: “I’d been here before. My bare feet glided over the leaf-strewn path, unharmed by the rocks and twigs crunching beneath me. Massive live oaks draped with Spanish moss created a canopy above me, transforming the forest path into a tunnel of speckled sunlight. The air was heavy with humidity. The moist heat pressed against my skin and stole the breath from my lungs. By the time I reached the path’s end, my Eeyore nightshirt clung to my skin.”

Me at this point in the book: “***EEEEEEE!*** OHMYGOODNESS, I missed this world so much! I’m so happy! I  love these characters!” <<< And that basically sums up my feelings/sounds throughout the entire book. Heavy emphasis on the squealing. :P But, seriously, let’s get down to business. THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING! So, if you remember, a LONG time ago, Kaitlin Bevis contacted me and sent me a copy of her first book, Persephone, which I promptly, read, fell in love with, and REVIEWED.

After raving about how much I adored her books, she sent me the final two books in the trilogy, and I just hadn’t had TIME to read them until a few days ago. It was 10 PM, and I just thought: “I want a book that makes me happy.” So, I decided to pick up Daughter of the Earth and Sky, and read a few chapters before going to bed. 4 hours later, at 2 am, I endured a horrendous and paining inner struggle. It went something like this:
Rational me: Lynette! You have to be RIDING A HORSE in 7 hours! You need to be rested and alert or else you’ll die!

Fangirl me: Just one more page???  PLEASE???

Rational: NO. SLEEP. SLEEP NOW.

Fangirl: But– but… Hades! He’s so perfect! I love him so much!

Rational: ,’:l

Fangirl: Oh, no you didn’!

Rational: GO TO SLEEP.

Fangirl: I WILL NOT SLEEP UNTIL I READ THE LAST 100 PAGES OF THIS FANTABULOUS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! If I stop now my life will be OVER!!!

(Everything gets more dramatic and emotional at 2 am.)

Eventually, rational me won out, and I heart wrenchingly put the book down. Throughout the following 20 hours, every second I wasn’t reading either this book, or The Iron Queen (book 3 in the trilogy), I was thinking about them. Non-stop. Obsessively. Kaitlin Bevis is a spectacular author, and there are no words of praise I could offer that would come close to describing how much I loved this book. It’s not like Harry Potter, or Percy Jackson, or Divergent, a book that you can recommend to EVERYONE, because not EVERYONE would love Daughter of the Earth and Sky. It’s an interesting genre, one that many authors have been attempting to fulfill, but I wholeheartedly consider Kaitlin Bevis the reigning champion of  YA Mythological Sweet Romance. And mythology. And romance. And just non-HP YA in general. Kaitlin is the QUEEN! Okay, sorry, the aftermath of such an incredible book is still deluding my rational, professional, review process. #Sorrynotsorry

Hero/Heroine: Hades and Persephone. Don’t even get me started. TOO LATE! There are two parts to this section (again, If you’re still reading this far, thank you!), the characters, and the romance. Let me go over the characters themselves first:

Persephone: Let me preface this by saying that I am an actress, first and foremost. I’ve been in amateur productions my whole life, and often times will find myself critiquing a character based on how well they could be brought to life  on a stage or a screen. In this case, however, I fell in love with Persephone’s character, because she had EVERYTHING I’d always wanted in a character I dreamt of playing. She was REAL. She wasn’t unnaturally intelligent and 5 steps ahead of everyone else, but she wasn’t stupid. She made mistakes. She was a goddess (y’know, little details). Even when she made mistakes, you still didn’t hate her. She had laspses in judgement. She could kick some serious butt if needed. She commanded authority. She was broken. She had a secret that she physically couldn’t disclose. She wasn’t some stupid teenage girl.  She logically considered her actions. But sometimes she blew up at people. She struggled. She thought people could never love her again. But she was strong, she was confident, she was the single most AMAZING female character I have ever read. She inspired me.

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Point at You by Justin Moore

Hades: The reason this novel didn’t need to stoop to the level of a love triangle is because Hades is BOTH male POINTS OF THE TRIANGLE. Hades had the dark, greater-good, responsible, side. He also had the sweet, caring, sacrificing, understanding, side. He’s the dark lord of the Underworld, and he’s also the world’s greatest male protagonist. He’s someone that you instantly fall in love with.

Long story short: The character development was perfect. Though each of these characters were great love interests, they were also characters OUTSIDE of their relationship. They actually taught you good morals.

Their Relationship: It was a healthy relationship. They weren’t dependent on eachother, they were equals. I think far to many novels these days are written surrounding “relationships of convenience”. i.e. They’re both in the same situation, they are friends, they are physically attracted to each other, and desperately want a relationship. So they decide to make out. That is not AT ALL how Persephone and Hades’ relationship was handled. It was beautiful. They have a HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP. What a concept in YA novel!

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Plot: This is where it gets real. Though I have classified it as a romance, that’s not how this really is. Yes, there is a romance. Yes, it is incredible, and you adore the characters. But, wait! THERE’S MORE! There was a fantastic plot outside of that romance! The story was so REAL. Everything that these characters went through, everything that happened, was stunning. You never had a Shannon Hale-type of problem where you’re bored and frustrated because you can see the outcome, and don’t want to wait 100 pages for it to get around to FINALLY resolving. (Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE Shannon’s work, but that’s another story.) Even though you KNEW it would resolve, you didn’t see how. You were on the edge of your seat (quite literally), completely engrossed in the story. It wasn’t a predictable story, and Kaitlin Bevis puts a completely new twist on the old mythology. YOU WILL LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT.

Content Advisory: A handful of D-words, S-words, a few B- words, a fair amount of H-words. THREE F-BOMBS. (Not used lightly, though. In context, I wasn’t TOO upset, because that’s just what the characters would have said in such an extreme situation.) Talk of “second base”, clubbing, making out with random guys, and doing “more than kissing.” (Under a mystical influence). There are two bedroom scenes, one gets to shirts having been taken off (Again, mystical influence), and then they stop. The other is implied as sex, but it’s never talked about or described in anyway. My big thing with these books, and these amazing characters can be summed up like this:

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And that’s how the (non-mystical influence) relationships were handled. It wasn’t taken lightly, it wasn’t cliche, they were equals (no crazy age difference…not one that mattered, anyway), and it was beautiful, and, GET THIS, a HEALTHY relationship!!! However, it’s still for mature readers. They need to be able to understand. 

To Sum it Up: In case you haven’t gotten the drift yet, I ADORED THIS BOOK AND IT’S CHARACTERS. If you love Mythology, read this book! If you love YA, read this book! If you love sweet, clean, romance, read this book! If you want a book that will make you genuinely happy, READ. THIS. BOOK. It has a great romance, great characters, a great world, and an even greater plot! It’s a heartwarming, laugh-out-loud, edge of your seat, GOOD book.

Oh, and by the end of the book, you will desperately want one of these: a living, air plant, necklace. I know I do! :D

Buy one from the Etsy seller, by clicking here!
Buy one from the Etsy seller, by clicking here!

I highly recommend Daughter of the Earth and Sky to readers ages 16+.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it?