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Title: Black Dawn
Author: Mallory McCartney
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Source: Blog Tour
Age Group: Young Adult
The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen. Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory's arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King. Some things are better left in the shadows.
I just have to say that this cover is what sold me on the book. I am that person who is always saying to never judge a book by its cover and here I am selling myself to this book before even reading it. I do think covers are important because that is what mostly, in my opinion, draws a reader into the books pages and the story inside.
The story follow Emory Fae who thinks she has a normal life but when someone from her dreams shows up and becomes a reality, her life is turned upside down. She discovers world she was hidden from and realizes that only she has the power of saving it.
The overall story was okay with me but the one thing that kind of fell through was that I thought everything felt rushed and then at the end I wanted more. I do not know if this is just a ploy to get me to continue but it worked. I want to know more about Emory and her past. I would love to get some more information on her parents. And of course the awkward romance that follows suit in every chapter.
Mallory McCartney writes a compelling story that will get you, the reader, hooked and only want more. In a world full of adventure, action, magic, and emotion packed scenes Black Dawn is more than a book that has an drop dead cover. It is a story that gives the reader a feeling of fighting for what you truly believe in, even though the best decisions are sometimes the hardest.
Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.
Title: Because of the Sun
Author: Jenny Torres Sanchez
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 3rd, 2017
Format: Paperback ARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From the backyards of suburban Florida to the parched desert of New Mexico, Because of the Sun explores the complexity of family, the saving grace of friendship, and the healing that can begin when the truth is brought to light.
Dani Falls learned to tolerate her existence in suburban Florida with her brash and seemingly unloving mother by embracing the philosophy Why care? It will only hurt. So when her mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner, Dani goes into an even deeper protection mode, total numbness. It’s the only way she can go on.
But when Dani chooses The Stranger by Albert Camus as summer reading for school, it feels like fate. The main character’s alienation after his mother’s death mirrors her own.
Dani’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had. The awkwardness between them is palpable. To escape, Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat. One day, she meets Paulo, who understands how much Dani is hurting. Although she is hesitant at first, a mutual trust and affection develop between Dani and Paulo, and Dani begins to heal. And as she and her aunt begin to connect, Dani learns about her mother’s past. Forgiving isn’t easy, but maybe it’s the only way to move forward.
Dani was a character that we can all relate to. We have all felt grief. We have all felt hopeless when we lose someone and don't know what to do with our lives anymore. We have all felt like it's better not to care because the thought of letting anyone else in will destroy us in the end.
Because of the Sun touches on all those emotions we have and Jenny Torres Sanchez did such an incredible job with this story.
Dani struggles with her grief, as we all do. She woke up one day and her mother was mauled by a bear and a few days after the funeral she is sent to live with an aunt she had no idea existed. At first Dani and her aunt hardly said a word to each other but as time went on they both realized they needed each other and I'm so happy the were able to connect as family.
As Dani grieves, I grieved. As Dani cried, I cried. As Dani healed, I healed. The journey to healing and forgiving is a hard road, the grief never fades but slowly our hearts start to heal and we try to make each day count when our love ones aren't here anymore.
Because of the Sun is a book that will always have a special place in my heart because it's a story that hit close to home and it's a story that I needed.
Title: The Good Daughter
Author: Alexandra Burt
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Format: Paperback ARC
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Drama
From the author of Remember Mia comes the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden...
What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?
Dahlia Waller's childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.
In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she ll learn that in her mother s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered...
This is one helluva story! I’ve never really been confronted with a book, so far, that was hard to not only review, but to rate. Because did I love it? Not really. Did I hate it? No way. Was it okay? It was better than that and I was deeply fascinated by this very eerie and psychologically-twisted story.
The story begins from the point of view of Dahlia Waller. She’s just returned to Aurora, Texas after being gone for a couple of years, intending to distance herself from her mother and an extremely conflicting childhood. Her mother, Memphis Waller, is a woman with deep-rooted secrets and the unfolding of them all is what keeps you turning the pages in this one. In fact, the story unfolds through various points of views.
The story is told in a non-linear fashion which makes it interesting because the pieces start to fall together like a jigsaw puzzle. And the closer you get to unraveling the truth behind this very twisted mother/daughter relationship, the more you get sucked into the mystery of it all.
Disclaimer: if you are faint of heart and not very patient when it comes to slower-paced stories, this one is definitely not for you. Because it takes a while. Dahlia, on a walk through the woods, comes across a woman who is on the brink of death. And this story line, including how the woman ended up there, provides the thread and background that pulls together confusing apparitions, such as shadowy ghosts, three grave-looking mounds on her mother’s farm, including her mother's obsession with guarding secrets from the past (including why up until sometime during her adolescence, her mother stopped calling her “Pet” and started calling her Dahlia.)
Alexandra Burt’s writing is vivid and honestly, I can see this working perfectly as a movie because I could picture all the world-building details perfectly, including some particularly gruesome and disturbing moments. If you’re into psychological dramas, especially ones as unique and as peculiar as this one, I do recommend it. But again, be forewarned, this contains some graphic sexual content (of the assault kind) and psyche-twisting material. I'm of the opinion that this one should only be read if you're in a positive mental state because this is dark and dwells in the depths of the most ugliest of human motivations.