The Flame and The Arrow (Annika Brisby: Book 1) by Emigh Cannaday


Publisher: Black Feather Publishing

Date of publication: November 11, 2010

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Fae, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Magic, New Adult, Fairies

Series: The Annika Brisby Series

The Flame and The Arrow—Book 1

The Silver Thread—Book 2 (review here)

The Scarlet Tanager—Book 3 (review here)

The Darkest of Dreams—Book 4 (review here)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Audible | Abebooks

Goodreads synopsis:

“Don’t do it, Annika,” he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home, she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

My Review:

I can’t say this enough…I love fantasy of all types. When I was approached with the opportunity to review The Flame and The Arrow, I jumped at this chance.

I wasn’t let down.

This book takes you through a journey through a parallel universe where you meet ogres, fairies, elves, vampires, wood nymphs, and druids. Annika herself finds out some very interesting information about herself during this journey.

I loved the love story between herself and Talvi. At some points very sexual and at some points sweet, I thought it was interesting to see their relationship evolve to where it did.

The other storylines were very fun to read also and added to the plot, instead of taking away. Plus there’s the matter of Talvi’s secrets. The author didn’t reveal them all at once. Instead, she dragged them all out over the course of the book, which made it very, very, very interesting to read.

The ending was very bittersweet and it was written exactly how I imagined it to be. I won’t say that I wasn’t surprised by it, though.

Jesse & The Thinkers by Kenan John



Date of publication: August 11th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Purchase Links: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Jesse Winkler is one of the few who dare to stand out. A ‘weirdo’, the children at the adventure playground call him, and not because of his red bow tie. Strange things always seem to happen when Jesse is around.

No one can quite figure out what ‘Brave Jake’, who happens to be the most popular kid in the playground, sees in ‘Weirdo Jesse’. But Jake always knew. He could just tell. One person’s weirdo is another person’s hero.

Jesse and Jake’s journey turns into a deadly situation when an enemy from another world unleashes a weapon designed to destroy the minds of The Thinkers and anybody who comes across it. They find themselves caught up in a battle that was not meant for them. Or was it?

Jesse and The Thinkers is an action-packed, compulsively readable adventure story, leaving you emotionally involved in the extraordinary characters we meet along the way.

My review:

Let me start off by saying that a book that captures Miss B’s attention, holds it, and then makes her want to see what else happens is a book that stands out to me. I did something that I normally don’t do, I had her read it first.

She loved it. She loved that she could relate to Jesse and Jake. She got invested in the plot. At some points, she would come up to me and ask “Why, Mom, why did this happen?” She hates cliffhangers as much as I do. But she asked me to find out when book 2 will be published because she wants to see what happens next.

When I read the book, I could see why she liked Jesse and Jake’s characters so well. Like her, Jesse refuses to bend to society’s expectations of him. Which is fantastic.

I can’t get too much into the book without giving away the ending but I will say this, the storyline all ties together. Every single sub-story gets tied in at the end of the book. Which is great.

The only thing I had an issue with is that there was a cliffhanger. I detest cliffhangers. But (and there is always a but) in a way, cliffhangers are great. They get you to buy the 2nd book and guess what, I will be buying that as soon as it is out.

Now Miss B had a review of the book also. It is one word: “COOL“. So there you go. The tween wonder’s first book review.

Dawn of Procyon (Distant Suns: Book 1) by Mark R. Healy


Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of publication: April 14th, 2016

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Aliens, Space

Series: Distant Suns

Dawn of Procyon—Book 1

Eclipse of Procyon—Book 2

Purchase Links: Amazon | Audible |WorldCat

Goodreads synopsis:

In the midst of an interstellar conflict, mechanic Landry Stanton is shipwrecked on a remote outpost planet, stranded along with a hostile alien that wants him dead.

All Landry wants is to forget the woman he left back on Earth, but now he finds that much bigger issues are at stake: the creature, belonging to a species known as the Argoni, may hold the key to turning the tide in the entire war, assuming Landry can live long enough to tell anyone about it.

Pitched into a life and death struggle against the brutal environment and the Argoni itself, Landry is forced to challenge everything he thought he knew about the war, the aliens, and even himself.

My review:

What would you do if you were stranded on a distant planet, running out of air and water and you are being followed/watched by an alien?

Would you be able to survive? Or would you give up?

I enjoyed reading this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. I didn’t think that Landry would make it during some points in the story. It was definitely a nail-biter!!!

The two subplots were compelling too and the author did a wonderful job of tying them all together at the end.

I didn’t like that it ended in a cliffhanger. I hate them with a passion. But the cliffhanger did get me wondering what is going to happen in the next book (if there is going to be a next book). And that means I need to read it to find out. Sigh.

Fallen (Crowns of Twelve: Book 3) by Ann Hunter


Publisher: Afterglow Productions

Date of publication: October 3, 2014

Genre: Retellings, Romance, Fairy Tales

Series: Crowns of Twelve

The Subtle Beauty—Book 1 (review here)

Moonlight—Book 2 (review here)

Fallen—Book 3

A Piece of Sky—Book 4 (review here)

The Rose in the Briar—Book 5

Ashes—Book 6

In The Mean While—Book 7

Purchase Links: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

One prince. One mistake. One… chicken?

A twisted retelling of The Frog Prince, featuring your favorite villain from The Subtle Beauty & Moonlight, Sylas Mortas.

What would YOU do for love?

17-year-old Prince Sylas of Killeagh wants what everyone else wants: control over his own life. When he tries to run away from home and escape an arranged marriage, the last thing he expects is to fall in love with a robber in the woods. Hiding behind a mask, the robber girl seems to lead a life of freedom Sylas has only dreamed of. Their adventure comes to an end when the Castle Killeagh guards hunt Sylas down and he’s forced to return home. He convinces his parents to allow him to find the girl again and consider her as a candidate for marriage, but he only has until the next full moon to find her, or all bets are off.

Death has a name, and it is Crwys. As a ban sidhe, her job is to visit the great houses of The Summer Isle and keen out the living to prepare them for death. King Sionnach has far outlived his days and it is time he crosses the Unliving World. When she arrives, a young prince named Sylas intervenes and offers to go in his grandfather’s stead. This break with tradition, and selfless sacrifice, move Crwys into loving Sylas, who looks so much like a shadow from her past. But when he crosses her to be with his true love, he invokes the wrath of a woman scorned.

Rós is just a little, aura-seeing, red hen whose master believes she is chosen by the gods. Her arrival at King Sionnach’s court is insignificant to Sylas at the time, but their destinies are interwoven. Can she help Sylas save himself from the curse Crwys has planned for him? Or will he become a fallen frog prince?

My review:

As stated in the synopsis, this book is a fantastic retelling of The Frog Prince and what a retelling it is. The author did something that I have rarely seen while reading books. She took a villain and told HIS side of the story. And guess what, he really wasn’t as bad as he was made out to be in the other books!!!

I loved Sylas Mortas’s story and what made me love it is that it had Ros in it. Ros had her own story in A Piece of Sky, where she carried a magical acorn to safety. When I saw that she made a reappearance (and was a major factor) in this book, I was excited. I loved her character in that book and her character didn’t disappoint in this book either.

The story was awesome too. The story is told of a prince who made the ultimate sacrifice, three times, for the people he loves.

I did feel bad for Crwys at points in the book. All she wanted was to be loved and by trying to force Sylas to love her, she made an enemy.

The Hunger (The Hunger: Book 1) by Michael D. Young


Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of publication: April 7th, 2016

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Magic

Series: The Hunger

The Hunger—Book 1

Crude Magic—Book 2

Purchase Links: Amazon | WorldCat

Goodreads synopsis:

Feed your Hunger.

In a distant, war-torn land, every man, woman, and child must either consume the magical substance known as Sustenance or succumb to the Hunger. Those who succumb develop deformities and face exile — or even death.

The scholar Azil wants nothing more than to lead a tranquil life and beat back the Hunger. But when a mysterious assassin tries to kill Azil, and a stranger shows up at his door challenging him to join her on a quest, he embarks on a dangerous journey to steal the sacred gems of Sustenance guarded in a forbidden fortress. To get there, Azil must venture through a land of floating cities, ravenous mage wraiths, ax-wielding warriors, and bloodthirsty bandits.

But with the sacred gems of Sustenance come volatile magic — magic so strange and dangerous, that the prophecies foretell it could usher in a golden age, or turn its wielder into the darkest of villains.

My review:

I love fantasy and I know that I have mentioned it in past reviews. So when I was approached to review this book and I read the synopsis, I was excited to read The Hunger.

And this book didn’t let me down!!!

From the very beginning, where I met Azil, Evelet, Kaval, Sarhah, and Jamith…the story sucked me in. I couldn’t put the book down, that’s how engrossing the story is.

There was a twist at the end of the book that took me by surprise. Not giving anything away here but it is a huge twist that went with the book.

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith


Publisher: David Meredith

Date of publication: October 2nd, 2013

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Adult, Retellings, Fairy Tale, Fairy Tale Retellings, Magic, Adventure, High Fantasy

Purchase Links: Amazon | Audible

Goodreads synopsis:

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished, and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

My review:

I have always wondered what happened to the fairy tale characters after the end of the tale. What was their life like after the words “Happily Ever After” were written? I know I am not the only one who has thought this. I mean, it’s hard not to think about it.

If you are like me and have wondered about “Happily Ever After“, then you should read this book.

It was a wonderfully written, very descriptive book about Snow White and the aftermath of Prince Charming’s death. It also tells how she finds the Magic Mirror and uses it to see her true self. The flashback scenes are all heartbreaking. The author, for the most part, stayed very true to the fairytale.

The ending was not what I expected and it did delight me.

In His Corner by Vina Arno


Publisher: Kensington

Date of publication: April 14, 2015

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Fighters

Purchase Links: Amazon |B&N |Kobo |Google Play

Goodreads synopsis:


No sex for almost a year could kill a guy, but when you’re the boxer known as the Juggernaut, it’s the price you pay for turning pro. Tommy’s fully dedicated to his craft until he meets the incredibly gorgeous Dr. Siena Carr. Now he’s looking forward to taking on this prim and proper lady in a wet and wild workout…


Siena has seen many patients come through the ER, but none as sexy as Tommy Raines. With a nasty cut over his eye, she knows he needs stitches, but after he takes off his shirt, she needs some air. With rock-hard abs and taut biceps, it’s clear this man takes care of his body. And all Siena can think about is letting him take care of hers…

My review:

This book was a knockout!!!

From the first chapter when Siena meets Tommy, you could feel the attraction coming off the page. The author kept it going for the entire book. There were some parts where I had to put the book down and get a cold bottle of water (my version of a cold shower). It was that good.

I didn’t like how Siena was portrayed at first. She was very snobby and standoffish to Tommy, even though she was attracted to him. It turned me off to her character until a crucial scene in the middle of the book and then she redeemed herself.

I get what the author was going for: opposites attract. But these opposites were almost too much and it almost, stress almost, derailed the story.

The other lesson that was imparted here was that you can’t change people, no matter how hard you try. Because love isn’t like that and unfortunately, Siena had to learn that the very, very, very hard way.

I would love to know if there will be more to this series? Because I want to see where Tommy goes with his career and I want to know where they end up. Marriage, kids????

A Mayfair Conundrum (Vasa and Ypres: Book 1) by J.B.Chisholm



Date of Publication: March 31st, 2016

Genre: Humor, British

Series: Vasa and Ypres

Mayfair Conundrum—Book 1

Park Avenue or Bust—Book 2

Purchase Links: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:

Forever stylish Vanessa E. Vasa was honing her observation skills when she bumped into Lanky Ella Lanesbury. Or rather Ella bumped into her, twice. When Ella reveals a conundrum, Vanessa is enlisted to help with the aid of her stoic lady’s assistant, Mildred Ypres. Follow Vasa and Ypres as they humorously navigate London’s Mayfair in their first, but hopefully not last, adventure.

My review:

Do you like British humor?

Do you like short stories that are extremely funny??

Then follow the link at the end of this review to buy Vasa and Ypres: A Mayfair Conundrum.

This book was hilarious. From the beginning scene where Vasa announces to an airplane full of people (through talking to her assistant Vpres) that her boobs are not even to investigating her frenemy Ella’s conundrum to the hilarious ending, it was nonstop with the laughs.

It is written with a very dry British humor, so you do need to be familiar with that type of humor or have that sense of humor yourself. I, for one, greatly enjoy that type of humor so this book was great.

At 78 pages, this book will be perfect for the beach or sitting by the pool!!!

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