The Rise of Ersyla by J.M. Sullivan

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Short Summary via Goodreads: Before she was the sea witch, Ersyla was a simple girl with an unfortunate secret.

It wasn’t her fault magick was a part of her, or that the King’s heartache turned the world against her. Struggling to understand how she could be put to death just for living, Ersyla must learn who to trust before her dark secret turns her heart even darker.

My Review: This gripping, emotional short is a new spin on a classic favorite. It gives a glimpse into Ersyla’s past, the beginning of her magic, and the unfortunate events leading up to her turn from witchling to the dark sea-witch we know her to be.

Sullivan stuck true to the underlying darkness in the heart of Ersyla’s character, which is what drew and hooked me in. There are moments of childish wickedness, defiance, jealousy, and envy Ersyla feels toward her friend, Bryony, and her familiy. These relatable emotions helped build to the inevitable hate, distrust, and revenge Ersyla feels by the end of the story. It also encourages the reader to sympathize with Ersyla as she struggles to overcome the poor, unfortunate outcome of her actions.

As always, Sullivan’s writing style, pace, tone, and the tension throughout the story kept me glued to my kindle screen. I’m so glad she’s decided to continue writing re-tellings. After reading Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles, I was anxious to get my hands on more of her work. I wasn’t disappointed!

I read and reviewed this book for my own enjoyment.

 

 

The Phantom of Faerie Mountain by E.M. McIntyre

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Audio Version

Summary via Amazon: A telepathic dog. An ancient prophecy. Two devious faeries. 14 yr old Abby Fletcher must unravel their connection when she is thrown into a world of unknowns after receiving a mysterious message from a frightening beast: The Red King must set me free. Determined to discover the meaning of this puzzling phrase, Abby sets off to explore a nearby Scottish mountainside in search of clues…

My Review: 

Someone posted that this was the YA version of Outlander, and I kind of have to agree with this statement. Fun, magical tale set in the Scottish mountainside, which I love. Great pace to it, and the narrator of the audio version is fantastic. There was never a dull moment.

I admit, I don’t read YA often, if ever, but this was fun. I requested a copy of this from the author on a Facebook author’s group since I’m always looking for audios to review. Thanks for your suggestion, and thanks for the exciting story!

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1) by Chanda Hahn

13402447My Rating: 5/5 Stars

“Not every tale has a happy ending. In fact, many of them are grim.”

Short Summary: Mina Grimes inherits the curse of the Brothers Grimm, in which she has to survive and complete dangerous fairy tale stories in order to save her family from impending doom.

My Review: This book was actually pretty enchanting, and sucked me in from the beginning. I really enjoyed the pace of of it. The book was easy for me to quickly read it in a day. And, I especially like the idea that the plot revolves around the “unfortunate” side of fairy tales, instead of always ending with “happily ever after.”

Lately I’ve been avoiding YA books because I don’t feel like I’m able to relate to the characters much anymore. Most often than not, the setting is in a high-school, with the same types of story plots and types of characters. However, I was pretty impressed with how this book is organized and laid out, as it twisted the norms of a fairy tale story. The build up from a normal high-school life to the extraordinary was steadily paced, with just enough details and information to give me a full picture of what was happening without giving away too much.

I really loved the ending of this story; such a bummer, and then SURPRISE! Something else happens to ease your heartbreak, but also leave you wanting more.

I will be continuing this series soon!
This was free on Amazon

Note to author: I swear, I thought that I was contacted to do a book review for this one, but for some reason I can’t find the request in my email. So, if I didn’t respond to a certain email about this one, I’m sorry! ♥  Thanks for your request. I will be posting my review on Amazon and Goodreads, as well as sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

Elemental Enmity (Books 1-4) by Christie Rich


My Rating: 5/5

First book in the Elemental Enmity series

Short Summary: When Rayla learns of her destiny and involvement in the Fae world, she must survive the unexpected arrival of the Fae warriors who are after her, on top of her aunt’s overprotective reaction to her running off to the college of her choice. Her world is about to be turned upside down as she uncovers her families secrets.

My Review: This was another free read that I picked up on amazon, and wasn’t sure how I would like it. I was instantly hooked, enjoying the normality of the beginning of the story and it’s quick, but smooth transition into the fantasy world.

Rayla can’t get a break. She goes from disobeying and fighting her aunt’s judgement of college, to disobeying and physically fighting to keep the Fae warriors away from her. This becomes increasingly difficult since the Fae are sexy men, trying to win her over with their charm and compulsion. I love the fact that some of the Fae men want to take Rayla by force, but others want to win her affections and honor her free will.

Rayla is another strong character that I like, and easy to relate to as a human who is completely shocked by the major changes in her environment. She holds her own against the men, but like any other woman, she can’t resist a handsome face and honorable charm.


My Rating: 5/5 stars

Second book in the Elemental Enmity series.

Short Summary: Forced into the world of the Fae, Rayla is forced to choose one of many sexy warriors to bond with in order to save the human world and lead the Fae world.

My Review: You can’t pry me away from these books.  This one of my new favorite series and author. Christie Rich is amazing with her descriptive world of the Fae and the sex gods that live in it.

The suspense of who Rayla will pick is intolerable at this point. I went on the emotion journey with her character as she went from hating the Fae lords, to falling for them one at a time, to her final crushing realization that she can only pick one. I couldn’t decide who I wanted her to end up with until the end of the third book, which had me on the edge of my seat.

(oops… Book 3 is missing! Stay Tuned for an update!)


My Rating: 5/5

Fourth book in the Elemental Enmity

Short Summary: Ever since she found out she is an Elemental, Rayla has been stalked by the sexy men of the Fae. However, she refuses to fall for any of their charms and enchantments until she is certain her powers will be honored by someone who will actually love and respect her as a bond mate. She is determined to do what is right for the people around her, while she maintains her individuality from the traditions of their world.

My Review: Obsession doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this series. Christie Rich is an author I randomly discovered on Amazon, and I’m so glad I did.

I was skeptical of the Fae men and their desire for the human in this series. The fact that they are all fighting over her, attempting to win her over, and their lust that follows didn’t win me over at first. However, after I was introduced to each male character, as Rayla spends time with them, her emotions and feelings toward them became my own.

These books are written in Rayla’s perspective for the most part, which makes it really easy to follow her thoughts and emotions as she struggles to make the decision to pick only one of these handsome men to bond with. And if I may say so, I do believe she made the right decision. Rayla’s independent attitude makes her a bad-ass character, who plays really hard to get. You all know I love a strong female character!

I hated that this book had to end, and I’m secretly hoping that it’s not the end of Rayla’s adventures. This is a series that I haven’t been able to put down.

I bought this book for my own enjoyment, and I believe the first one is free on Amazon.

Grimm Diaries Prequels 1-10 by Cameron Jace


My Rating Overall: 5/5

The first 6 prequels to the Grimm Diaries

Short Summary: These short diary entries are written by individual characters from The Brother’s Grimm fairy-tale stories. These characters tell their background stories, claiming that the Grimm Brothers never revealed the truth behind their fairy-tales.

My Review: Overall, I really enjoyed this series. The prequels as a whole fit pretty well together because each of the characters have a common goal in mind. There were a few details, characters, and grammatical errors that frustrated me a little bit, but I would still recommend this series, especially to fans of the Ever After tv show. I’ve read the original Brothers Grimm tales and enjoyed them, but this is a whole new way of looking at the character roles. Cameron Jace takes the fairy-tales that end in “happily ever after” and flip them around in chaos and tragedy. You never are quiet sure who the villain is and who the hero is, which is what I like. I enjoy an author who can make you sympathize with the bad guy once in a while.

#1 Snow White Blood Red:

I gave this one 4/5 stars only because I liked that the Queen is telling the truth about why she has to kill Snow White. Once I found out the real reason, I wasn’t too impressed. I’ll have to keep reading to see if the rest of the stories change my mind about Snow White’s character.

#2 Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder

Alice, who may turn out to be one of my favorite characters, is on the search for Cinderella. I gave this one 3/5 as well because I was intrigued, but honestly I got bored halfway through. I might even have to go back and read this one because I have already forgotten what it was about. It still fits well with the overall series, though, so I still enjoyed how it connected to the other stories.

#3 Beauty Never Dies

Told by Peter Pan, I gave this story a 3/5 because some of it was just ridiculous to me. I like how the author kept Peter young by making his tone playful and childish, but I did not like anything about this story except who Peter ends up being in love with. This is another one that fits really well into the overall series.

#4 Ladle Rotten Rat Hut

5/5. My absolute favorite story so far. Red hoods, wolves, and death. Great combination. I loved everything about this story, and would love to see how the characters fit into the rest of the books.

#5 Mary Mary Quiet Contrary

I rated it 2/5. It was not my favorite. I did not like anything about it. It was inappropriately tragic. I read through it quickly just to get on with the next story.

#6 Blood Apples

I rated this story 4/5. I really loved how Jack and Prince Charming team up to attempt a rescue. I was not expecting it to end the way it did, and I’m not even sure I like the Shakespeare reference (since I’m such a Shakespeare nut). I was a little disappointed how this one ended. Jack acts too much like Peter Pan in this story too, which is something I wasn’t fond of.


My Rating: 5/5

The Grimm Diaries Prequels 7-10

Short Summary: The second group of prequels of the Grimm Diaries, which follow Beauty and the Beast, a Mermaid, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rumpelstiltskin, and Jacob Grimm.

My Review: So much better than the first few prequels. It is clear that the there is a solid direction in which the books will eventually lead to, which I also thought was lacking in the first ones. I enjoyed the characters a lot more in these stories. Secrets are still unfolding as the characters tell the truth that the Grimm brothers covered up with their fairy-tale stories.

The main reason I am really starting to take a disliking to this series is because they are just prequels…that’s it. Honestly, this could have been the end of the prequels, even if there are other characters coming later. I’m bored of the prequels and ready to read the actual book series.

*Note: I did not finish reading all the prequels, and the books could have been released since this was originally written and posted*