First thing I need to do is apologise. This post is late due to another power cut to hit my area. That would make two in roughly a month. Everything from our kitchen utilities to the living room entertainment equipment. Off. Gone. Which interrupted my time scale and meant that I had no lights to continue finishing the book I was reading. But I have officially finished it today, and have already started a new one.
Lore Olympus Volume One by Rachel Smythe.
This was a surprise for me. I didn’t know anything about it. It was given to me by a really good friend. She gave me two other books as well which I will eventually get to. However, for now this… This gorgeous book, comic, whatever you want to call it, was a magnificent read. I didn’t actually intend on reading it when I did. I had just picked it up from my friends home. I stepped into the house and I opened it. It was not a mistake. Actually, I loved it. It was brilliant. It was beautiful. And when it got its claws into me that was it. It sunk deeper and deeper into me that after I had promised myself to stop reading it after the first chapter, after the second, and third. I ignored myself until I finished this beautiful first volume and screamed for more.
I do have a warning for anyone that might be interested in reading this. It does have sensitive topics and themes in it. If you are someone that might be triggered, or particularly vulnerable to this kind of topic then just be careful or aware when you read it. I don’t think you shouldn’t read it. I think it would be a tragic shame. It is an exquisite piece of art. I won’t divulge the nature of the sensitive topics I am warning you all about because it would spoil the book. But please try and read passed it as it is a beautiful book the characters are all amazing. Except for one which you will all discover who I mean if you read this. Which you most definitely should because it is amazing. I am not even going to go into the blurb because it is just amazing. Go read it! I finished it in an hour. Go! Go now! Put the blog down and go buy it off amazon, read it!
Once upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber.
This led me down a wonderful rabbit hole of self doubt and many cases of speculation. Stephanie Garber is the author of the well established series Caravel. I have read the first book but I haven’t finished the whole series yet. But like all authors Stephanie Garber has a pattern. A writing pattern. Her last series was designed to redirect you. To make you believe the same illusion as the main character. It is a technique she is very successful at.
For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in happily ever after. Until she learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, and her dreams are shattered.
Desperate to stop the wedding, and heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.
But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game – and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy . . .
My main aim is to keep this post as spoiler free as possible. So, I will be careful with what I say. This literally made me think a little bit like Alice in Wonderland. There were moments I felt as naïve as the main character. I was also craving a romance which I still think is there but I will have to wait until second book for that I think… I hope! There was a moment of sexiness which gives me the impression that there is still a chance. But as Stephanie Garber is so skilled at doing and proving… I could be wrong. The sneaking suspicion is still there though and I hope I’m right. I’m waiting with a bated breath for the second book.
Midnight in Everwood by M. A. Kuzniar.
This is a beautiful book. I believe it is based on the Nutcracker story. A good story to have read for Christmas time and also to be the first finished book of the year. I didn’t know anything about this book when I came to it. I had heard that it was a nice book to read for Christmas so I got it from my partner as a Christmas present.
Marietta Stelle longs to be a ballerina but, as Christmas draws nearer, her dancing days are numbered – she must marry and take up her place in society in the New Year. But, when a mysterious toymaker, Dr Drosselmeier, purchases a neighbouring townhouse, it heralds the arrival of magic and wonder in Marietta’s life.
After Drosselmeier constructs an elaborate theatrical set for her final ballet performance on Christmas Eve, Marietta discovers it carries a magic all of its own – a magic darker than anyone could imagine. As the clock chimes midnight, Marietta finds herself transported from her family’s ballroom to a frozen sugar palace, silent with secrets, in a forest of snow-topped fir trees. She must find a way to return home before she’s trapped in Everwood’s enchanting grip forever.
It took me a little while to get to grips with this book. If I’m honest as well I am not overly sure about the ending either. It felt a little… empty for me. But I have an odd suspicion as to why. I won’t go into in depth detail because once again I am trying to not spill any spoilers. There were a lot of words in this book that threw me off because I had never seen them before and had no idea how to pronounce them or what they even meant so my brain spent an awful lot of time stopping and starting. Stalling at another word I was trying to work my brain around. Deeper into the story my brain got into the flow of just jumping an attempt at understanding what the fuck had just been said and moved on hoping the rest of the story would just help it roughly make sense. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story, there was romance with a character I fell in love with. (He was cute). I would have preferred a different ending to the story but that is just my opinion. The story was very good. Very enjoyable. A little difficult. But get passed that and it was a very good story.
After finishing these books I have been feeling really good about myself. I have been enjoying my books more. And my to be read list is growing shorter. Thank goodness for that. Now, I have selected a book that is sort of making me quake in my boots at how huge it is. It is the Bargainer series in one. Four books in one. By Laura Thalassa. I worked it out as over a hundred chapters. If I have even the smallest hope in finishing this, I would need to get in as many chapters tonight as I possibly can.
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