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Weekly Wrap Up: September 9th through September 15th

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

In the Mood Fur Love

Drawn to the Marquess (Imperfect Lords, #2)

The Ancient Nine

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Drawn to the Marquess—review here

Drawn to the Marquess (Imperfect Lords, #2)

 

The Ancient Nine—review coming September 24th

The Ancient Nine

Worldwielder—review here

Worldwielder

I Do Not Trust You—review here

I Do Not Trust You

 

Lies—review here

Lies

Dead Girl’s Don’t Love—review here

Dead Girls Don't Love

Carbon Replacements—review here

Carbon Replacements (The McAllister Justice Series #4)

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Rend (Riven, #2)

Perfectly Inappropriate

Christmas on Mistletoe Lane

 

The Girls at 17 Swann Street

The Christmas Star (Christmas Hope #9)

The Perfect Liar

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Spirit of Prophecy: Paranormal and Sci-Fi Crime

Pandemonium

The Wizard's Gift

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Musical Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Aeternal Books · book review · Non ARC

Worldwielder by J.M. Vaughan

Worldwielder

4 Stars

Publisher: Aeternal Books

Date of publication: July 30th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Where you can find Worldwielder: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Melissa Mabrey isn’t like other sixteen-year-olds. From the time she was four, she’s been able to see the colors of people’s minds, colors that reveal to her their true feelings, desires, and fears. She’s only met one other person who’s like her—her best friend Kyle. But two years ago, Kyle mysteriously disappeared, and she hasn’t heard a word from him since. 

Until today. In a book carried by a stranger, Melissa finds a desperate plea for help from Kyle. Following his clues, she’s hurtled from our world into the Gallery, a gateway to millions of worlds. Each world is entered through a painting, and each has a different “pull” on the minds of its occupants. There are pulls that make people grow calm in the face of peril, or flee from shadows in terror or kill each other or forget things forever. 

But for Melissa, there’s nothing scarier than the unknown, and now she must traverse countless perilous worlds to find Kyle, fending off ruthless barbarians, the Gallery Guard, and her friend’s captors. Along the way, she’ll discover the truth about what she and Kyle are—a truth so terrifying her life will never be the same.

My review:

If you have read this blog for any amount of time, then you know how much I love fantasy and Young Adult. As much as I love those genre’s, I have found myself wanting when trying to find a combination of the two. Don’t get me wrong, I have read some awesome fantasy/YA books. But they are few and far between. So when the author approached me with a request to review Worldwielder, I almost declined. Then I read the blurb and my interest was caught. I thought to myself “Hmmm, this book could good.” And guess what, it was!!

Worldwielder is the story of Melissa. Melissa is different from other girls (and boys) her age. She has a special talent. From the age of 4, she has been able to see the colors of people’s minds. Through that, she is able to see their true feelings/desires/fears. When she was younger, she told her parents what she saw. That lead to years of doctors and therapy. But it eventually ended with her parents treating her like she was making everything up. The only bright thing in her life was her friend, Kyle, who shared the same abilities that she did. But Kyle disappeared 2 years ago. His disappearance and her actions afterward furthered the divide between herself and her parents. Things change when Melissa reads a message in a book from Kyle. A message that is pleading for her help. Melissa must overcome her self-doubts and rescue Kyle. She will also find out that her talent is not what she thought it was. That it was the tip of the iceberg. Can Melissa rescue Kyle?

I felt awful for Melissa. She had it tough at home and at school. She couldn’t get over Kyle leaving. She was so depressed at the beginning of the book that I wanted to reach through the book and hug her. Reading about her home life made me sad. No child should feel like that. I did think that she was obsessive about Kyle, though. But, if I were in her shoes, I probably have done the same thing at 14. I loved seeing her character blossom in this book. In the beginning, she was antisocial and tried to drive people (mainly Brock) away. But, towards the end of the book, she was able to rely on people for help and learned to accept the help offered. She also learned that sometimes her best friends were the ones that were sitting right under her nose the entire time.

I didn’t feel as connected to Kyle as I did to Melissa. But, I did think that it was a smart move on the author’s part that he slowly leaked information about Kyle. It was Melissa’s memories of Kyle that painted the picture of a boy who was kind and gentle. Which was the complete opposite of what I read later in the book.

Brock annoyed me as much as he annoyed Melissa in the first few chapters of the book. He didn’t know when to stop. He was too laid back too. I can’t believe I said that about a secondary character…lol. But, after she met up with him in the last half of the book, he grew on me. He showed that he was a true friend to Melissa by his actions.

The fantasy angle of the book was excellent. I loved the world building that went into the book. Each world had layers to it, which I enjoyed. I do wish that more time had spent on a couple of worlds. Other than that, I loved it. I also enjoyed how Melissa was able to get from world to world. Accessing them through a painting was a great idea.

Melissa’s talent was interesting too. I liked how she was able to tell the moods/feelings/desires from the color of people’s minds. But what I liked the most was that was only the tip of the iceberg with her. What she was able to do after meeting up with Ringo and getting that book was amazing. I also like that her power was connected to the “pull” of the planet. It made for some interesting scenes in the book.

The young adult angle of the book was great too. Melissa acted her age, which was refreshing. I have read books where there the main characters were supposed to be 16 and they acted 20. So to have a teenage character actually act like a teenager was refreshing to read.

The end of Worldwielder was good. I wasn’t expecting Kyle to be how he was. It was a bit of a letdown for me to read that. I also didn’t think that his mother would give up so easily. The storylines were all wrapped up and ended in a way that satisfied me as a reader. I do wonder if a book 2 is going to be in the works. Because there is so much that I need to know. Mainly about the Worldwielders. I also want to know about the other worlds that Melissa could sense.

What I liked about Worldwielder:

A. The plotline. It was original

B. The fantasy angle

C. Melissa

What I disliked about Worldwielder:

A. Melissa’s parents

B. I didn’t feel as connected to Kyle as I should have felt

C. How Kyle was in the last half of the book.

I gave Worldwielder a 4-star rating. This is a solid Young Adult/fantasy book. The storyline was interesting and engaging. The characters, I felt connected too (except for Kyle). This is a book that would be right for teenagers 16 and older.

I would give Worldwielder an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There is violence. There is no language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I would reread Worldwielder. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review Worldwielder.

All opinions stated in this review of Worldwielder are mine.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

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Weekly Wrap Up: September 2nd through September 8th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Worldwielder

Dead Girls Don't Love

Sadie

The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

 

Cowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas, #2)

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Sadie—review here

Sadie

The Breakup—review here

The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)

Dagger’s Edge—review here

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

Cowboy, Cross My Heart—review here

Cowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas Book 2) by [Grant, Donna]

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen—review here

Sold on a Monday—review here

Sold on a Monday

Second Chance At Two Love Lanereview here

Second Chance At Two Love Lane

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

What About Us (Panic, #4)

A Spark of Light

An Anonymous Girl

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

 

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WWW Wednesday: September 5th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

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


What’s going on with me this past week:

What has been going on with me this past week? Two words: Sick kids. Which is horrible. But, on the flip side, I was able to catch up on my reading and blog posts. Miss R ran a fever Saturday and was feeling yucky Sunday and Monday. Miss B came home from school on Tuesday, complaining she wasn’t feeling well. Whelp, she was up at 1am, throwing up. So no school for her today and possibly tomorrow. Mr. Z has been complaining of a headache and a sore throat. Not running a fever, so off to school with him. And me? Well, I have a sore throat and a slight headache. But, I am blaming allergies for it. So yeah. Fun times here.


What I am currently reading:

Sadie

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Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. 

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

I came <this close> to finishing Sadie last night. I went to bed with the book at 91% and I will be finishing it up today. This was a fantastic book to read. I enjoyed reading it and I cannot wait for the ending!!! Sadie is currently available now. Be on the lookout for my review within the next couple of days.


What I finished reading:

The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)

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Can two wrongs feel oh-so-right? This bride is about to find out—with the bad boy who makes an epic breakup worth her while.

Bella: I know I’m a princess. I’m used to getting what I want. But all I ever really wanted was a husband and a family. Unlike my sister, Sophie, I’ll never have a brilliant career to fall back on. So what’s a bride to do when she learns that Prince Charming is a cheating snake just a few days before her fairy-tale wedding? With my fiancé begging for another chance, the only way to save the wedding is to even things out with a little revenge sex—and local bartender Christian Jordan seems like the right man for the job.

Christian: If gorgeous Bella Bigelow thinks sleeping with me will somehow lead to happily ever after, I’m not going to turn her down. The guy she wants to marry is a jerk, and her sister is fooling around with my estranged twin brother, Cain. So what’s the problem? Besides falling for a woman who doesn’t know what she wants out of life? All I want to do is whisk her away from that church, take her to a cabin in the woods, and act out all our naughtiest fantasies. And I may just get the chance. . . .

This was a sweet book. Bella and Christian were introduced in The Hookup and I was happy to see that they got a love story. I needed a book where it wasn’t heavy on plot or characters. I was able to read this book and enjoy it. The Breakup is available now to buy. Be on the lookout for my review today (yes today!!!)


What I am reading next (click on the pictures for Amazon links):

Dead Girls Don't LoveWorldwielderDrawn to the Marquess (Imperfect Lords, #2)In the Mood Fur Love

Dead Girls Don’t Love: I normally don’t review anthologies. But since I like reviewing indie authors, I decided to give this book a chance. I will be starting this book today (after I finish Sadie). Dead Girls Don’t Love is available now for purchase. Be on the lookout for my review within the next couple of days.

Worldwielder: I was intrigued by the blurb on Goodreads. As with the book above, it is also written by an indie author. So I accepted and I am hoping that it is good. Worldwielder is available now for purchase. Be on the lookout for my review at some point next week.

Drawn to the Marquess: I am a big fan of historical romances. I also am a big fan of Bronwen Evans. When I saw this on NetGalley, I was like “Gimme“. Drawn to the Marquess is available now for purchase. Be on the lookout for my review at some point next week.

In the Mood Fur Love: When the publisher sent me the request, I accepted. I thought it was a single novel, not an anthology. After I accepted, I noticed that it was an anthology. Oh well. I do like PNR but shifter romances have grown old. Here’s to hoping that this book will change my mind!! In the Mood Fur Love is expected to be published October 2nd, 2018. Be on the lookout for my review on that date.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

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Weekly Wrap Up (July 8th through July 14th)

Books I’ve Read:

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

Snow (The Black Ice Trilogy, #1)

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, #3)

The Remnant

Hot & Heavy (Lightning, #2)

Deep Cover (Love Over Duty, #3)

Books I’ve Reviewed:

Rough Ride (review coming July 24th, 2018)

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Inconclusive Evidence—review here

Inconclusive Evidence (McAllister Justice Series #3)

 

Jilliand—review here

Jilliand

Set the Night on Fire (review coming July 31st, 2018)

Set the Night on Fire (Cottonbloom, #6)

I Think I Love You—review here

I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)

The Dream Daughter (review coming October 2nd, 2018)

The Dream Daughter

The Subway Girls—review here

The Subway Girls

Moon Blood (Book 2) by Carol McKibben—review here

Moon Blood (Book 2)

 

Lies by T.M. Logan (review coming September 11th, 2018)

Lies

NetGalley Haul:

I Do Not Trust You

The Ancient Nine

Limits

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

I Hate You, I Love You

Swagger (Milwaukee Dragons, #2)

The Hangman's Secret

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

Drawn to the Marquess (Imperfect Lords, #2)

Email Request:

Worldwielder

Strange Circumstances

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up