Book Review: The Blazing Star

the-blazing-starSixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.


Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

Pros – Egypt! Sikara and Alex’s bickering, not insta-love just add teen lust

Cons – Alex’s general attitude, lack of context at times in regards to people, vague undefined time frame

Note – Isn’t that cover beautiful? You should also check out the book trailer, also gorgeous!

Spoiler – my historical note at the end contains spoilers for the Egyptian/Ancient Personages that appear in the book as well as documented history. Please refer to my GR Review if you’d like to avoid all of that.

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2017 Anticipated Titles: Romance Edition

Ben Wyatt is literally my patronus

Friends, readers, laymen…lend me your eyeballs. As we approach 2017 let’s look at some awesome cool books coming out shall we? From the gloriously expected from authors we know will please us to newcomers, 2017 has some whoopers of titles being released.

Leading up to 2017 there shall be 5 posts about books I’m looking forward to in:

  • SFF (Science Fiction & Fantasy) (link)
  • Romance
  • Anthology (link)
  • Whatever I Want (link)
  • Young Adult Contemporary (link)

Some books may cross over in terms of category, but I tried to list them on the list I consider them first to be.

Today’s edition is all about Romance books – paranormals, suspense, a sequel/companion to one of my all time favorites, m/m mystery, diversity and oh hey Lizzie…

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Book Review: Dealing in Deception

29073457In this companion to Samantha Joyce’s Flirting with Fame, Veronica Wilde finds that playing make-believe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be—especially when it’s keeping her from pursuing the one man who makes her heart go wild.

As an actress-for-hire, Veronica Wilde has made a living out of pretending to be other people. It’s the one thing at which she’s always excelled: taking on someone else’s personality and running with it. So after Elise Jameson, author of the bestselling Viking Moon series, decides she no longer requires Veronica’s services, she needs to find a new gig—and fast.

But when her newest client hires Veronica to help him make his small business look more successful than it actually is, the sparks that fly between them are definitely not part of the act. Suddenly, Veronica finds she’s tired of playing pretend for a living. She’s been acting for so long, she’s blindsided by the one man who sees her for who she really is. And the most terrifying part? She might actually like it.

Pros – Veronica, Veronica, Bax, Veronica

Cons – I literally can think of no cons except I ran out of tissues (for happy tears)

Spoiler – Trigger Warnings for the book are a spoiler <spoiler> there’s a scene of sexual assault, and a discussion of mental illness (in particular disassociative personality disorder) </spoiler> My review will discuss both, in context of the story. If you would prefer to read my review without the discussion please see my GR review.

Note – This is the companion to FLIRTING WITH FAME (review here), while this is set two years later, it does give away some spoiler details for that book. Also please note I

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Month of Boxes: September 2016


For the month of September I decided to treat myself and get a whole bunch of subscription boxes because they all had themes I was interested in. I subscribed to Ever After (romance books), Loot Anime (Anime goodies), DC Legion of Collectors (DC Collectibles), and of course I received my OTSP Secret Sister package.

So how did the month go? Let’s look!

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(Bookish) News: Red Rising, Buffy, and Coloring Books.

Here are some of the things that made my fangirl heart skip a beat today:

  • “Dynamite Entertainment continues the tradition of bringing the biggest names in literature to comics with the announcement of a new original comic series entitled Sons of Ares, a prequel to the bestselling Red Rising science fiction trilogy from Pierce Brown.” —Source

    Oh hell yes! I knew Pierce Brown was doing a sequel series (Iron Gold, get here now!) but now this just seems like the cherry on top of a pile of delicious ice cream. Only I hate cherries, but you know what I mean. Praise Dynamite Entertainment for their right decisions (they did publish Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand recently and Lexie seems to like it). Seems like it will not be releasing until 2017, same year Iron Gold is coming out… Pierce Brown is totally spoiling me.

  • Speaking of being completely spoiled…

    I don’t know if I just like to collect these, or if I plan to actually color them at some point. But alas! They keep coming out with amazing adult coloring books (that still have a touch of whimsy and are not just a bunch of shapes coming together). Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the best damn series out there, going strong since the 90s, and only getting stronger with each new comic released. The images for this coloring book are actually a collaboration from the various comic book artists that have helped with the Buffy series, including: Karl Moline, Rebekah Isaacs (my fave! <3), Georges Jeanty, Yishan Li, Steve Morris, and Newsha Ghasemi.

    This is how Buffy and Willow look through Rebekah Isaac’s art:


    They look like badasses, adult yet trying to figure shit out. And they call to mind the actresses while still being their own character. I LOVE IT. Which is why Rebekah is my favorite.

    And since I am mentioning strong female characters…

    Yeah, you are welcome. Though I am a little worried about how some of the characters may be portrayed, it is rather exciting to see how they appeared in someone else’s mind. Can’t wait!

    Here are other coloring books available to those of us with pop culture tendencies:



There are, of course, the Harry Potter coloring books as well. Of which I currently only have one, but soon I shall collect them all!

PS; Buffy counts as (Bookish) news because did you know it continued in comic book format after season 7? Yeap, and currently is better than ever on Season 10. I love literature.


Author Chat: #AskCTP Twitter Chat

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Last night was the Clean Teen Publishing #AskCTP author chat and it was fun (well I had fun, hopefully everyone else did as well). The following authors took part:

Amanda Strong (@aewstrong)
Shannon A. Thompson (@AuthorSAT)
Jennifer Derrick (@BluEyedReindeer)
Sherry D. Ficklin (@AuthorSherry)
Jon Messenger (@JonMessenger)
Kristin Smith (@SwordsStilettos)
Kasi Blake (@KasiBlake)
June S. Westerfield (@damselwriter)
Sandy Goldsworthy (@sgoldsworthy)
Kendra L. Saunders (@kendrybird)
Susan Harris (@SuzHarrisWrites)
Julie Wetzel (@JulieKWetzel)
Tamara Grantham (@TamaraGrantham)

And readers a plenty! Want to see some of the highlights from my questions? Let’s get cracking!

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Book Review: A Study of Charlotte

a study in charlotte

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Pros – A good mystery, interesting dynamic between “Watson” and “Holmes”, engaging quick read

Cons – Charlotte is too…well Holmes like, wavers between being a straight up “re-imagining” and “inspired by”, possibly the adults in this book (with ONE exception) are just on drugs the entire time

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YA Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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Crimson Bound
Stand Alone  448 PAGES  YOUNG ADULT
PUBLISHED: May 5TH, 2015

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.


“I am Rachelle Brinon. I didn’t listen to my aunt when she told me to stay on the path and save my own life. Damned if I’ll listen to the Forest now.”


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