Review: Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) by Juliet Marillier

13929Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: January 23rd 2007
Publisher: Knopf
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retellings, Twelve Dancing Princesses, True Love, Magical Creatures, Hidden World, Sisterhood

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High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It’s an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle’s hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.

But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he’s there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena’s sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom–an impossible union it’s up to Jena to stop. Continue reading

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Review: Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

25897851Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Family, Secrets, True Love, Destiny, Drama

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“Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.

Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth? Continue reading

Review of Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: NetGalley
Publication date: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genres & Themes: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance, Secrets, True Love, Responsibilities.

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Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans. […]

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Review of Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Stacy King, Po Tse and Jane Austen

Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Stacy King

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: NetGalley
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Publication date: August 11th, 2014
Genres & Themes: YA, Manga, Historical Romance, Classics, Family, True Love.

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Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold, new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen’s original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.

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Review of Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Books #4) by Marie Sexton

Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton

My rating: 4.5 can’t get enough of 5 stars

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(I couldn’t resist.)

Strawberries for dessert was…

Sweet…
Riveting…
Charming…
Captivating…
An unforgettable story…

See, I didn’t read the other books in the Coda Books series before picking this one up, so I can’t compare this novel from Marie Sexton to others she wrote. I know a lot of reviewers said it’s not as good as the previous ones in the series, but I thought this novel was fantastic! A MUST read for all fans of M/M romance and contemporary. The characters were very realistic and had something that’ll make you like them automatically. The story was entertaining and just so beautiful…

Second chances…
letting go…
true love…

The perfect combination.

A wonderful read to completely escape from life and witness some swoon and sigh-worthy moments. Since, as I said earlier, I didn’t read the other books in the Coda Books series, so I don’t think you need either if you don’t feel like to. Maybe you’ll be a bit of confused, at the beginning of the story, but just keep reading and it won’t be a bother anymore.

The only thing that I found as a weakness was the fact that the story pretty much was axed on the dialogues when the author clearly could’ve explored much more the world building because of how many country/places they ”visited.”

Overall, it was an excellent, excellent contemporary M/M romance story.

I repeat,
A must read. ♥

PS. Cole, you stole my heart…

The sequel:

Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding (Coda Books, #6; Strawberries for Dessert, #2) by Marie Sexton

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