BOOK REVIEW: THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US BY TRICIA LEVENSELLER

BOOK REVIEW: THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US BY TRICIA LEVENSELLER

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woso the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

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The Shadows Between Us was a book I set high expectations for, unfairly so, now that I’ve read this book. The premise of a girl wooing some kind of dark King, only to kill him and take his kingdom for herself, had me itching to read this book immediately. But this books lack of innovation quickly dissipated any excitement I had to read it, and left me fairly disappointed upon finishing it.

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BOOK REVIEW: INTO THE DROWNING DEEP BY MIRA GRANT

BOOK REVIEW: INTO THE DROWNING DEEP BY MIRA GRANT

“The seas did not forgive, and they did not welcome their wayward children home.”

Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

 

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Rating: 5 stars

Into the Drowning Deep is one of the most intricately told horror stories I’ve ever read. It can be aptly described as Jurassic Park, but with Mermaids. Just substitute the fictional Isla Nublar for the Mariana Trench, mountainous lush rainforests for the vast depths of our oceans, and cloned dinosaurs for an intelligent race of killer mermaids – and Voilà, you have my new favourite slow burn horror story.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE UNHONEYMOONERS BY CHRISTINA LAUREN

BOOK REVIEW: THE UNHONEYMOONERS BY CHRISTINA LAUREN

‘I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical island.
Yes, its with my nemesis, but still, Ill take it.’

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Unhoneymooners nearly missed my radar, until recent events had me seeking out contemporary romance stories for comfort. The idea of any contemporary romance with the enemies to lovers and fake dating trope has never failed to excite me – so I didn’t hesitate in picking this up. This book obviously left a big impression on me, even though I can completely see the faults in it that others have mentioned, but it’s just the book I needed for right now.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE FINE ART OF LOSING CONTROL BY ASHLEY SHEPHERD

BOOK REVIEW: THE FINE ART OF LOSING CONTROL BY ASHLEY SHEPHERD

‘I have the worst luck ever. I failed my Foundations of Western Art class. My roommate hates me. My ex-boyfriend sent a naked picture of me to his entire debate team. My mom’s having a baby. I’m in New Zealand. And I’m going to find my father. Holy shit.’

Willa Loveridge likes to be in control of everything and everyone. But when things start to spin out of her control, she only knows how to do one thing: panic. When Willa’s estranged father appears after nineteen years of radio silence for the sole purpose of paying her college tuition, without even seeing her or introducing himself, Willa boards a plane to New Zealand in an effort to regain some control of her rapidly spiralling life. She’s done with the absent father act, and wants to find the man that thinks he can just throw eighty-five grand at her and then disappear again.

But after an unexpected emergency landing and a brief encounter with a cult, Willa somehow finds herself in a caravan with a YouTuber, the star of a million Korean Dramas, and a Scottish kid with an unhealthy attachment to his guitar. Together, they navigate the backroads of New Zealand one wrong turn at a time. Which is basically her worst nightmare. Between some unnecessary hand-holding and a swift shove out of her comfort zone, Willa soon finds herself learning the fine art of losing control.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I, Carly, full-heartedly acknowledge that this review is absolutely biased. Because Ashley Shepherd’s writing is like a warm blanket on my soul that I can’t get enough of. The Fine Art of Losing Control is no exception to that. It’s the kind of book I stayed indoors all day reading on a Sunday, unable to leave the comfort of my bed until I knew how this book ended.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE BRIDGE KINGDOM BY DANIELLE L. JENSEN

BOOK REVIEW: THE BRIDGE KINGDOM BY DANIELLE L. JENSEN

‘One kingdom to save. One kingdom to destroy.’

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil – and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Kingdom of Maridina is the homeland of 11 of the most fiercest, and unsuspecting spies, the daughters of the Maridian King. These princesses have been trained since childhood to be lethal spies, as one will be sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace. Their real motive? Bringing the legendary Bridge Kingdom to its knees.

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