Book Review: The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis tells the story of Clementine, a Good Luck Girl, who has to go on the run with her sister and friends, after accidentally murdering a man.

This was a very grim, albeit timely book dealing with the topics of slavery and sex trafficking. While I did appreciate the narrative of women taking their lives and control over their bodies into their own hands, I found the amount of misogyny and sexism in the novel deeply disturbing. While I understand that Davis wants to make the reader uncomfortable, I do think that the sex trafficking in the novel should be explicitly stated on the back of the book instead of being implied in vague terms as a warning to potential readers who could be triggered by reading the book.

I also thought the characters were underdeveloped and I didn’t like the Western setting, however, that is a personal preference.

Unfortunately, I could not recommend this book.

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis will be available from Tor Teen on October 1st 2019.

Book Review: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett tells the story of Theodora “Theo” Fox, whose father has gone missing in the search for Vlad Dracula’s ring, which is said to hold power which makes the wearer murderous. Teaming up with her former crush, Huxley “Huck” Gallagher to find him, they are thrust into a dangerous adventure full of magic, mystery and an Occult society known as The Order of the Dragon.

This book was absolutely magnificent and I loved every second of it. It’s full of magic, mystery, suspense, great characters and even quite a bit of humour.

The plot was so compelling and kept me intrigued and fascinated throughout. There were two plot twists near the end that I didn’t see coming and absolutely loved the element of surprise. I loved all of the magic, mythology and suspense in the novel.

I also loved the historical descriptions and details which were included in this. It was incredibly well-researched and the art history student in me definitely appreciated the beautifully detailed descriptions of the architecture in Romania.

Bennett’s writing style is the perfect combination of enthralling yet conversational. I love how she has woven humour so well into her novel. It definitely reminded me of Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, which is another book I loved.

I also loved the characters. Theo is such a strong-willed, stubborn character who is very independent and fully capable of getting things done on her own. Huck is such a lovable yet sarcastic character who gets pulled along with Theo in her mission to find her father. I loved their blossoming romance and thought they were adorable; I would love to see more of their relationship in a future book.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a novel full of mystery which keeps you on your toes with wonderful characters, a sweet romance and great humour.

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett will be released by Simon and Schuster on September 3rd 2019.

Blog Tour Review: The Fire of Winter by D.K. Marley

The Fire of Winter by D.K. Marley is a re-telling of Macbeth told from Lady Macbeth’s perspective.

I loved this book and found it incredibly compelling. I’m a huge fan of Shakespeare and am always interested in seeing how authors adapt his works. I think D.K. Marley’s adaptation was excellent. She has managed to incorporate the main elements of the story while adding her own spin to the story of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. I also particularly enjoyed how she seamlessly interwove quotes from the original play into her own writing, it worked so well in the novel.

I really enjoyed Marley’s writing style and thought it really built up the suspense in the plot. Even though I knew how the story was going to end, I thought the intriguing flow of Marley’s writing really kept me fascinated to see her own take on the plot.

I also thought her characterization of Lady Macbeth was magnificent. She really delves into her personality and who she is more so than the original play. As a result, it makes her descent from an independent, confident woman into a power hungry individual who can’t see reason even more distinct. I thought it was a very interesting character study,

Finally, I also thought that Marley’s depictions of the scenery in Scotland and England were really evocative and beautifully described.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a unique take on the story of Macbeth told from a female perspective.

The Fire of Winter by D.K. Marley is available now.

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away copies of The Fire of Winter + a surprise gift to three lucky winners! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 19th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

– Giveaway is open to the US only.

– Only one entry per household.

– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.

– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

https://gleam.io/2IeSS/the-fire-of-winter

Blog Tour Review: A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb

A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb is a historical murder mystery novel. When people start turning up brutally murdered and the townspeople start blaming wolves, (which haven’t been in the area for centuries), it’s up to Owen Archer to get to the bottom of the mystery. Are people being killed by wolves or is there a more sinister and complicated culprit and what is their motive?

I really enjoyed this book. I love stories about wolves and find them to be fascinating creatures. While this is not a traditional take on the legends surrounding wolves, it definitely held my interest until the very last page. Robb has crafted an intricate and complicated plot line which kept me on my toes, trying to keep track of everything and everyone while reading. I was never really sure who could be trusted throughout the book. This is a testament to Robb’s excellent skill as a writer due to her ability to force the reader to second guess their assumptions regarding the plot laid out before them. I particularly enjoyed this aspect of the novel and was completely taken by surprise at the resolution of the mystery as I had never considered how deeply intertwined the murders were between multiple characters.

I really liked how dialogue heavy the book was and felt that it added interesting insight into how the characters interacted with each other. I also feel that it allowed me to notice small little hints and nuances within the interactions which added to the thickening of the plot and the mystery.

Finally, I also enjoyed how well-researched and historically accurate the novel was in relation to architectural description as well as clothing and settings.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a historical fiction novel steeped in suspense and mystery.

A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb is available now.

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a Hardcover copy of A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

– Giveaway is open to the US only.

– Only one entry per household.

– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.

– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

https://gleam.io/competitions/YTTc3-conspiracy-of-wolves

Book Review: Since We Were Friends by Zoe Haslie

Since We Were Friends by Zoe Haslie tells the story of Reagan and Harper, who have been in love with each other since they were children but have grown apart due to a misunderstanding. However, when Reagan’s parents become Harper’s legal guardians, they are forced to live together and their feelings for each other ignite again.

I really could not get into this book. It is a cute story so if you’re looking for a sweet, slow-burn romance go ahead and read it but there was no depth to it. It was really cliched and felt like it was written as a stereotypical Wattpad story.

I didn’t connect with any of the characters and I felt it was poorly written. It was very disappointing because I wanted to like it more.

Since We Were Friends by Zoe Haslie is available to read for free on SwoonReads until September.

Book Review: The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Bone Houses by Emily-Lloyd Jones tells the story of Ryn, a gravedigger whose small town is overtaken by Bone Houses, corpses who have risen from the dead. When Ellis, a mapmaker, gets attacked by a Bone House, after getting lost, he and Ryn become tangled in a quest to end the curse which created the Bone Houses and to find Ellis’ true family.

I loved everything about this book. It was so gripping, suspenseful and magical. It was definitely a page-turner and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Emily Lloyd-Jones has crafted an intricate plot with so many twists and turns. Every page held my attention and had so many unexpected plot twists. She also has expertly crafted humour into her book; there are multiple parts of the book which had me laughing out loud. I love bone goat!

I love Emily Lloyd-Jones’ writing style. It is lyrical, poetic and beautifully descriptive. It was so compelling and definitely drew me in to the story.

The characterization in the novel is excellent as well. I love how self-assured Ryn is and how strong and no-nonsense she is both in relation to her profession of grave digging and her quest with Ellis to stop the curse on the Bone Houses. Ellis also is such a sweet, gentle character with a tragic past of his own and I love his character as well.

Finally, considering how the book revolves around stopping a curse which causes corpses to rise from the dead, I love how much time was spent on the nature of humanity and what it means to be alive and the importance of living while you still can.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique take on the living dead, full of legends and mythology with great characterization.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones will be available from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 24th 2019.

Blog Tour Review: In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clarke

In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark tells the story of a Van Gogh forgery scandal which rocked the art world in Germany during the Nazi’s rise to power. It is based on a true story.

This novel was so compelling and interesting. I loved how descriptive, poetic and lyrical Clark’s writing style was.

The plot of this book is honestly so fascinating and I couldn’t put the novel down once I started. I’m an art history major and I hadn’t heard of the Van Gogh forgery scandal prior to reading this book. I’ll definitely be researching more into it now and enjoyed learning about it through Clark’s novel.

Van Gogh is one of my favourite artists and so I was very much looking forward to reading a novel which focused on his works in some aspect. However, when I started the novel, I was delighted to discover how the book is full of interesting references and facts about numerous artists and paintings. It truly is a love letter to art history. Additionally, some of the scenes in Emmeline Eberhardt’s section of the book reminded me of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s “Street, Berlin”. I have no idea if that was intentional or not but I loved it.

I appreciated how character driven and focused the novel was. Clark delves into the lives and personalities of her characters and it allows you to understand them and connect with them in a way that seems unique compared to other novels, which I really enjoyed.

I also really appreciated how two of the main characters which the book focuses on (Julius and Emmeline) are queer. In Julius’ case, it is more implied but it is noticeable, while Emmeline is openly attracted to women in the novel.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a character driven, beautifully written novel about a lesser known but very intriguing art scandal.

In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark is available now.