January 11, 2017

Little Heaven By: Nick Cutter Review

Thank you to Gallery Books for providing a free copy of Little Heaven in exchange for an honest review!

Let me start off this review by saying that Little Heaven was my most anticipated release of 2017. I absolutely LOVE The Troop and The Deep by this author. So that is why I am sad to say that I liked this one, but I didn't LOVE it. I can't help but feel a tad bit of disappointment. Little Heaven is so close to being a spectacular and epic book, but it was just missing something.

Part of my issue with Little Heaven is the beginning. The book started off a little slow and I had a hard time getting into it. It finally started to pick up around 100-150 pages in, but then there were some slow parts again. The last half of the book or so was pretty strong and fast-paced though. I'm glad I did push forward and get to that point because things did get a lot better.

I liked the concept of this book and the story is very interesting, but like I mentioned before there is just a disconnect somewhere. The characters are okay, but I didn't like or dislike anybody enough. I was almost a bit apathetic about all of the characters. I am glad that the book had a few parts that were pretty creepy. I think that's what saved the book from being terrible for me.

Overall I liked Little Heaven, but I feel like it had so much potential to be great and it just wasn't. There are some very good and CREEPY parts in the book that made it worth the read. If you can get past the beginning. I just really wish that I had loved this one more like I was expecting to. 

I do recommend this one if you are a Cutter fan, however if you haven't read anything by him before then I suggest reading The Troop or The Deep first. 

Gilded Cage By: Vic James ARC Review

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of Gilded Cage By: Vic James in exchange for an honest review. 

At first I had a hard time getting into Gilded Cage because there are so many POVs.  I also struggled a little in the beginning trying to figure out the world. Once I understood the world and got into it, I really enjoyed it. It's a pretty unique book and there is just something different about it that intrigued me.

I am surprised at how dark this book got a couple times. I expected it to be kind of fluffy and more about the romance based off the blurb. To be honest, the summary doesn't do the book justice. However, it's actually a pretty thought provoking story. The idea of the slave days is very fascinating and the whole concept is just spot on! Even though the book is unique, I do like how there are a few tropes I love as well. Such as rebellion and a little bit of forbidden romance. 

I also really liked some of the characters, especially Abi and Luke. The Jardines (aristocrat family with powers) are also very fascinating to me. I'm excited to see in the next book how the character development goes with Abi, Luke, and The Jardines. In this book I feel like I didn't get enough of that because there are too many POVs. 

Overall I loved Gilded Cage! The ending is terrific and I am extremely curious to see what happens next. I can't wait for more of the political intrigue too! By the end of the book I wanted to rate it 5 stars based on enjoyment, but I had to take one star off because of the POV issue and the smaller issue of world building early on. I just think the book needed to be smoother in the beginning. Other than that, it was pretty perfect. 

I recommend Gilded Cage for anyone who likes a good mix of fantasy, political intrigue, and dystopian. 

January 10, 2017

Psycho Analysis By: V.R. Stone and The Shadow Land By: Elizabeth Kostova DNF Mini Reviews

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of Psycho Analysis By: V.R. Stone in exchange for an honest review. 

I was really looking forward to reading Psycho Analysis. The blurb sounds 100% right up my alley, but sadly it just wasn't for me like I thought it would be. As far as the writing goes it was good, but I just could NOT get into the story. There wasn't anything going on that really grabbed me and I got very bored. A part of me wanted to give it longer (I DNF'd at 15%), but I couldn't do it. 

Overall I didn't care for Psycho Analysis and I think this is a case of it's just not my cup of tea. It sounded like it would be, but it just didn't intrigue me. Granted I didn't get too far so take my review with a grain of salt if the summary sounds interesting to you. 

I can't personally recommend this one, but if it sounds good to you then give it a shot. 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of The Shadow Land By: Elizabeth Kostova in exchange for an honest review. 

I was very excited to read The Shadow Land since I loved The Historian by this author so much. The Historian is one of my favorite novels, but this one did not do it for me. The writing in this one killed me from about page two. I feel like unimportant things are described in too much detail. The writing droned on and on. I felt like I had been reading forever and I wasn't very far in. To be honest, I only made it to 5% and I had to quit. Wow.

Overall The Shadow Land is a pretty disappointing read for me and I'm sad I had to DNF so early on. This book to me did not feel like the same writing that I loved in The Historian. Not everyone can be Tolkien and not every book needs that level of description. I couldn't get into this one at all so I figure why keep going if I already really dislike it?  

I can't personally recommend this one, but if the blurb sounds good and you can handle long winded descriptions then maybe you'll like this one more than I did. 

January 4, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday- The Crown's Fate By: Evelyn Skye

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted here at Breaking the Spine. The idea behind it is to share upcoming releases that we can't wait to get our hands on! 

My pick for this week is The Crown's Fate By: Evelyn Skye. I read The Crown's Game last year and I absolutely loved it so I can't wait for The Crown's Fate! It sounds amazing and I am so excited to get back to these characters and the Russian setting. 

Expected Publication Date: May 16, 2017

Have you read The Crown's Game yet? Are you waiting on The Crown's Fate as well? I know I say this a lot, but I just love the cover. There have been so many fantastic covers as of late. What are you waiting on this Wednesday? 

January 3, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten 2017 Debuts I'm Excited For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted here at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten 2017 Debuts I'm Excited For. 

There are so many 2017 reads that I'm excited for!! I don't know how I will choose which ones to buy because a lot of the 2017 releases sound SO GOOD. Also, it seems that most of the books I'm most excited for are YA. The YA genre is still poppin'! I need the horror genre to step it up. It seems like there's never very many books to look forward to in my favorite genre. :( Anyway, here's the top ten debuts that I can't wait for!!

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1. Caraval By; Stephanie Garber 

2. Frostblood By: Elly Blake 

3. Blood Rose Rebellion By: Rosalyn Eves 

4. Final Girls By: Riley Sager 

5. Empress of a Thousand Skies By: Rhoda Belleza

6. Wintersong By: S. Jae-Jones 

7. Poison's Kiss By: Breeana Shields 

8. The Black Witch By:  Laurie Forest 

9. Follow Me Back By: A.V. Geiger 

10. Gilded Cage By: Vic James 

That's it for Top Ten 2017 Debuts I'm Excited For! Are you looking forward to any of these as well? What debut are you most looking forward to in 2017?