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A Different Sort of Mermaid Book – Flipping the Scales {Review}

Posted July 14, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

A Different Sort of Mermaid Book – Flipping the Scales {Review}Flipping the Scales by Pete Tarsi
Series: Flipping the Scales #1
Publisher: CreateSpace (2014)
eARC (250 pages)
Via: Young Adult Insider
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Reading Challenges: 2016 Backlist Books, Read 2016

Synopsis

Meredith and Marina’s lives have been flipped upside down.
When the translucent skirt that straight-A-student Meredith finds hidden on the beach gets wet, it transforms her legs into a mermaid tail. Despite the evidence in front of her, she insists that becoming a mythical creature isn’t scientifically possible.
Marina is allowed to experience one day per moon cycle among the humans. After hiding her tail on the beach that morning, she takes her first timid steps on land. When she returns at sunset to find it missing, she is left stranded and alone.
For the first time in her life, Meredith doesn’t have all the answers. As she searches for a way to return to normal before the next full moon, she makes waves among the school of mermaids. Meanwhile, Marina uncovers information about her past, and for the first time in her life, she must stand on her own two feet and take the lead on her own adventure.
As Meredith senses her human side slipping away, a forbidden way to change back entices her. But it comes with a consequence: Marina wouldn’t be able to return to the ocean.

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A Jane Austen Mystery? – Secrets in the Snow {Review}

Posted July 11, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

A Jane Austen Mystery? – Secrets in the Snow {Review}Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl
Publisher: Chronicle Books (2016 - October 4th)
eARC (288 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2016 Retelling Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

The young Jane Austen is not particularly interested in getting married, although she does find the mysterious Mr. Lefroy an intriguing possibility--but first she has to deal with the accusation that her cousin Eliza is a French spy, and solve a murder.

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Historical Retelling of Vlad Dracula as a Girl – And I Darken {Review}

Posted June 27, 2016 in Reading, Review / 4 Comments

Historical Retelling of Vlad Dracula as a Girl – And I Darken {Review}And I Darken by Kiersten White
Series: The Conquerors Saga #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press (2016 - June 28)
eARC (496 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2016 Retelling Challenge, 2016 Royal Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.
And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
From
New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.

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Retelling the Biblical Story – Delilah {Review}

Posted June 9, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Retelling the Biblical Story – Delilah {Review}Delilah by Angela Hunt
Series: Dangerous Beauty #3
Publisher: Bethany House (2016)
eARC (352 pages)
Via: NetGalley
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Also by this author: Esther: Royal Beauty
Also in this series: Esther: Royal Beauty
Reading Challenges: 2016 Retelling Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible's Baddest Girls
Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself.
When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.

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An Amazing Start to a New Series – Risuko {Review & Blog Tour}

Posted June 6, 2016 in Reading, Review / 4 Comments

An Amazing Start to a New Series – Risuko {Review & Blog Tour}Risuko by David Kudler
Series: Seasons of the Sword #1
Publisher: Stillpoint Digital Press (2016 - June 15)
eARC (230 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Rating:
Reading Challenges: Read 2016

Synopsis

Can one girl win a war?
My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.
I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.
My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be a very special kind of woman.
All I want to do is climb.
My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.
Risuko.
Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan -- or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.
Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.
Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn't possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?
Historical adventure fiction appropriate for young adult and middle-grade readers.

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