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Netgalley Arc: Lying Beneath the Oaks

lying beneath the oaks

Title: Lying Beneath the Oaks
Author: Kristin Wright
Series: Standalone/Debut
Genre: Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Bella Rosa Books
Page Count: 300
Review Word Count: 600
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 4.5/5 stars
Notes: Read for the Buzz-Word-a-Thon! Really liked this one!

This book was beautifully crafted, well written, with strong characters, and definitely well researched material. Molly’s character was fascinating, and I loved her story though it definitely had some trigger warnings for child abuse. So, here are the warnings first before I dive into the full review:

Warnings: child abuse, suggested child sexual abuse, suggested child trafficking, attempted murder of both child and adults, suggested rape of adults and child, some swearing, steamy romance bedroom scenes, sexism, light racism (only one character), talks about fires, talks about hurricanes, a few chapters regarding religion/going to church, other

This book, though certainly dark and twisted at times, made me almost long for a trip back to Louisiana or any of the places down south for its rich atmosphere. Of course, having been to the south, those emotions were few and far between. There were also plenty of triggers in the book that made me want to flinch away and hide, but the book tells such a good story that I was mostly able to ignore it.

Molly is a complex, blunt, and strong female character. She’s served time for possibly accidentally killing her mother, and has paid for it for years. There’s lots of interesting (and depressing) history there, but the focus of the story is her waking up married to a complete (handsome) stranger named Cooper, who happens to belong to a wealthy southern family.

It’s a fascinating story, completely with twisted plots that I didn’t see coming, though a lot of it I did notice right off. I loved Aurelia, the town eccentric, who is one of my favorite characters. I loved Mia and the golden retriever and just all of this book shown with creative clever schemes and strong characters so that I couldn’t turn away from it. I read through it in most of a day, and wish that there was more available, and that I could have seen the bad guy getting his due, aside from the tiny snippet of it at the end of the book-that’s my only real complaint, really, is that we didn’t see him getting published enough.

I really liked reading this book, and highly recommend it-especially if you love gothic, southern crime/romance fiction. It’s rich in detail, and you won’t regret reading it, unless you absolutely loathe reading about the south. 4.5/5 stars!
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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ARC Review: Evenfall

Evenfall Book 1

Title: Evenfall
Author: Gaja J. Kos & Boris Ros
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Where: Requested on Booksprout
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Hey, Throne of Glass fans, this will be your new favorite series!

I found a new app called Booksprout that let you pick ARCs, and you could read and review it in exchange for the book. Similar to Netgalley, though I liked Booksprout’s design better though most of what was available seemed to be romance novels, mixed with fantasy and science fiction. Nothing wrong with that at all, but I like strong fantasy not just mere romance, in my books. So I selected this one.

“It’s not hurt that weakens. It is never hurt. ”

This was a powerful read, with strong characters and even stronger writing. There are plenty of beautiful quotes to choose from in this book, and the storyline is fascinating with its unique magical system; complete with Illusionists, Magicians, and Mages. There’s power that craves darkness, and a prophesied girl who will come and save everyone from its hateful, strangling grasp…the One, the Savior…

Warnings: attempted assault, lgbt characters, monsters, the end of the world, lies, manipulations, pawns, magic, women being looked down upon by men, the weak vs. the powerful, and you will need a box of tissues at least once.

But Ember doesn’t believe herself to be the savior. She doesn’t believe she has magical abilities. She doesn’t know what’s going on, and why she has to avoid the Crescent Prince Mordecai. All she knows is that she’s lost, she’s alone, and she has no idea how to find her way back home.

This was a truly wild ride of a fantastical fantasy story, complete with villains and heroes, dogs and even the stars in the sky played a part. I really enjoyed reading this book, and sincerely hope that there will be a follow up. This has definitely made one of my top favorites of 2018.
I’m giving this a 5/5 star rating, because that ending was breathless, and I am seriously wanting book two now, please, I must learn what happens. I hope to buy my own copy of it soon, and have it sit on my favorites shelf. I can’t wait until I can read the physical copy version, and I definitely look forward to reading more from these fabulous authors!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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ARC Review: Murder Feels Bad

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Title: Murder Feels Bad
Author: Bill Alive
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Page Count:
Publisher:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Rated: 5/5 stars

As much as I liked the first book, I think I liked this one slightly more. There was a bit more character depth going on, we learned more about the main characters, and we also got a darker type of mystery to delve into. Murder Feels Bad was a bit of a religious mystery, with spiritualism, religion, and lots of guidance about romance and abilities going on. Pete’s relationship with the police, with Mark, and with his friends seemed to intensify with each case. Not only do his relationships intensify, but his money problems do too, with no food in the fridge and no money to pay for it.

The gang is all there; Gwen, Mark, and even the car Thunder makes a pleasant return. Mark and Gwen both seem to still argue with one another, but they aren’t nearly as destructive as in the first book. In fact towards the end of the book, they both seem to get along quite well…but no spoilers in this review, I promise.

Pete makes several references to writing the ebook of the first case, which I found amusing. There was also the case itself which was a good one-I guessed who killed the victim, and got it wildly wrong for once. The ending was a bit of a surprise, but I didn’t mind. It turned out okay in the end, aside from one character who was very nearly killed.

The gang solves the crime, but it also leaves a strong opening for the third book of which of course I must have now. *grabby hands* The writing progresses at a decent pace, and the plot was well done. I couldn’t have done better myself, though I tend to write fantasy more than mystery to be honest.

What else? Oh yes. If you are deeply religious, then you might not appreciate this book. I, thankfully, am not, however I did find issues with how the matter was resolved. While it all made sense, the timing of it was just a bit suspicious, even with Mark’s abilities.

I definitely look forward to book three. I also really want to know who this Numb person is, and what his history is. I’m hoping more information about that will appear in book three, most of all.

All in all, Murder Feels Bad is an excellent way to pass the time for a few hours.

Until Next Time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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ARC Review: The Hawkman

The Hawkman

Title: The Hawkman
Author: Jane LaForge
Genre: Historical, Magical Realism, Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Page Count: 318
Series: Don’t Think So
Publisher: Amberjack
Type of Book: Netgalley, Kindle Ebook, ARC
Rated: 5/5 stars!

The Hawkman is a retelling of a mix of Beauty and the Beast meets Grimm’s Fairy Tales (look up certain title). It’s a fascinating, bewitching tale of a man that’s a beggar on the streets; abused by children and adults alike because of how ugly he is perceived to be, as well as how dangerous. He doesn’t talk, only screams at people-much like a hawk-which is where the name originates from.

It is described as a “fairy tale of the great war”, and it certainly doesn’t flinch from telling the dark stories of how men survived while fighting enemies, and deserting, and struggling just to get by. It’s a harsh look at the war, and at how some soldiers were treated during these times of strife. It wasn’t my favorite part of the book, but it was still lyrical in its own, unique way.

My favorite part of the book is the bit with the swan king and his lake. It was beautiful, yet tremendously sad at the end of it as well, well written, and yet strange. It definitely spoke volumes to me, and this will be one of my favorite books of the year, because of its originality. I don’t recall it being a part of the Brothers Grimm or not (clearly, I need to re-read those stories), but I still loved it regardless.

Miss Williams was easily my favorite character in the whole of the story, though the Hawkman was curiously interesting, she was kind and considerate, and acted like a real human being in taking him in when everyone else just wanted to treat him as some kind of terrible disease that needed to be gotten rid of. He was a strange individual, but as Miss Williams pointed out, he was still human and therefore deserved care and respect as much as anyone else.

There are several more things to talk and think about in regards to this book. While only sixteen chapters, it was a huge story and a well-told one at that. I will likely do a re-read of it in the future, when I’ve the time to do so, because I read this far too quickly, despite trying not too. I just had to know what would happen to poor Miss Williams and her Hawkman.

In this Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children meets All the Light We Cannot See, I’m sure fans will adore the beautifully written prose and stories that are told within this gorgeous edition.

Five out of five stars for a splendid job well done!

Now,
-Pass Me That Book.

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Hardback Book Review: Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway

Title: Every Heart a Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: Book 1
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Tom Dohurty Assosiates, LLC
Page Count: 175
Rated: 5/5 Stars

Type of Book: Library

Every Heart a Doorway was a fantastical book. I loved all the characters, and it was one of those rare books that included a girl turned guy, an asexual female character, and twins! It starts off with a woman named Eleanor who persuades parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and other such relatives to send their children who weren’t ‘quite right’ after having vanished to her Home for Wayward Children. These are children who have opened doorways into other realms, other universes…and been sent back after a long period of time and now have to adjust to their lives once more. This is a place where Eleanor teaches them to adjust, or helps them to have a place to stay until they can figure out how to find the doorway back again.
Nancy is one such girl, and she arrives with her suitcase full of clothes and unease. She had been pretending she hadn’t left for so long, that when Eleanor asks her where she’d gone, she still lied through her teeth. But slowly, ever so slowly, she begins to realize that these people, these children, are just like her. While they haven’t gone to the universe she had, they still had gone to their own respective universes through various kinds of doorways.
Then a murder happens, and another. And soon they begin to realize that its not safe in the home. Someone is killing them, and they think it’s Nancy, or Jack-the girl who trained as a doctor in her world. Jack and Jill, her identical twin sister, are both struggling to keep together, while Nancy finds friendship with Jack, Kade, Sumi, and others.
The entirety of the book made me think of a darker version of Miss Peregrin’s Home For Peculiar Children, which I also loved.
While this review is short, the book was short as well at only 175 pages, I managed to finish it in one sitting in under two hours, trying to prolong this book because I loved it so. This is another book that I’ll treasure, and hopefully one day be able to go out and buy a copy of it.
At any rate, that’s this book review done, and now-
-Pass Me That Book!