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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

As of March 19,2018 ,this review has 100 likes on goodreads! That’s the most likes have on any of my reviews. Who knew a book i didn’t like would get so many likes? lol

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WintersongSummary :All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand…

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Erotica · Fairy Tale Retellings · Five Stars · Four Stars · Uncategorized

Once Upon a Happy Ever After Series By Jewel Killian

Once Upon a Happy Ever After Series is  four part Erotic fairy tale retellings by Jewel Killian.

You have four stories ( Click on the links to see the each GR review .)

1.Cinderella
2. Beauty and Beast
3.Snow White 
4.Rose Red 

They are inter-connected with some recurring characters showing up in all four stories  but can be read as a stand-alone. The story is set in modern-day and all center around a debutante ball for the upper side of New York. So pretty much everything happens in one night with the exception with the of some of the couples knowing each other from the past. So it’s pretty much insta-love with a little sparkle of insta-love but didn’t feel that way at all.

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Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte by Joe Benítez , M. M. Chen, Martin Montiel, Peter Steigerwald

Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la MuerteAfter suffering a tragic loss, Lady Mechanika takes a trip to a small Mexican village just in time for their Día de los Muertos celebration. But the festivities turn truly deadly after the arrival of the Jinetes del Infierno, the mythical Hell Riders!

 

 

 

 

 

Review

Received from Netgalley  and Edelweiss in exchange of honest review.

Five Stars!

This is my first Lady Mechanika novel and it didn’t disappoint. The artwork in this book was beyond anything I seen before and the story was pretty good. Even tho I haven’t read the other LM books, I understood what was going on with the Lady M and how she become to be. So all over  it was pretty good and wouldn’t mind reading some more novels dealing with her..

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The “Who I Am” Tag

So I was on Destiny (howlinglibraries ) blog and I saw this interesting post. I honestly need more content on my blog besides book reviews so lets do this!

What is the meaning behind my name?

My name is Tanya which an Russian diminutive of Tatiana according to behindthename.com

It means ” Fiery Queen” in Russian

It’s also Slavic and Hebrew according to wikipedia which says

Tanya is the Slavic hypocoristic of Tatiana. It is now quite commonly used as an independent given name in the English-speaking world.Tanya is also of Hebrew origin derived from the Aramaic term meaning ‘it was taught in Baraita’ which is Biblical teaching. Within Hasidic Judaism this refers to the Oral Torah. It is the first word used within the Tanya.

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A Beast’s Belle by J. Gambardella

A Beast’s Belle

Summary: The novel offers a twist on a classic story; Isabel is the daughter of a widowed inventor and tinkerer, but leaves home to join the indentured staff of a manor. Upon arriving, she explores the rigid structure of domestic servitude and discipline in the manor, and eventually grows fascinated with the Master of the house, a feral man with curious proclivities and voracious appetites. Isabel tries to find her way in a new life at the manor, but quickly finds herself bound up with the Master of the house and engrossed in the lifestyle and ritual the manor’s occupants share.

 

My Review

I received this book from the author/publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

. 5 Stars!

What the hell I just read??? This was so damn boring and I didn’t relate to no of the characters.I was bored to tears with the Belle character. This was so loosely based off of BATB that only two things resemble it was the fact it had a character who was named Gaston aka potential rapist and the Beast was deformed. That’s it.

Two notes for the author

1. Learn what all of BDSM inclined before trying to pin your novel as one. It’s more to it than having a couple scenes of people being resistant and getting whipped with a cane until welts come up. This felt like if E.L James decided to do a novel version of Eyes Wide Shut.. Like 50 Shades of grey wasn’t good enough for her… It doesn’t hurt to do research on a subject matter regardless if it’s deemed taboo.

2. Giving someone a backstory when 90% of the book is over is not a good way to go. Especially when that character was like at least 50% of the book. That just shows how lazy the writing is. It was also very repetitive. Like they just copy and paste the same paragraph and put it on a different page.

Do I recommend?

No I do not. If you want to read a BATB retelling with a little BDSM favor, read Petals and Thorns by Jennifer Paris instead. You actually can tell that writer did her research.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

Summary:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

My Review

1 Star

Serious subject matter but the way it was handled in this book was not good at all.

If you wanted me to feel sympathy for Hannah, you fail miserably because I didn’t at all.. I felt like she was a petty bitch in the beginning of book. Not how it felt like the reason why she committed suicide was to get revenge on people who made her life shitty. Bout time I felt some kind of sympathy for her the book was like 70% over.

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Beauty and the Beast Novelization by Elizabeth Rudnick

Beauty and the Beast Novelization

Summary:

Belle has dreamt of adventures like the ones she reads in her books, of traveling the world outside her small town. When Belle’s father is captured, she takes his place as a prisoner of a fearsome Beast. But life in the enchanted castle isn’t as terrible as Belle imagines, and she ultimately finds friendship and love. Enjoy this tale as old as time about adventure and love, about looking past first appearances, and about the inner Beauty and Beast in all of us in this beautiful novelization of the upcoming star-studded film!

Review:

Five Stars!

*cries hard on how perfect this was*

I can’t believe I’m saying this but this better than the original animation version story wise . They fleshed certain things out they couldn’t do in the original. (Belle and Adam backstory especially and their relationship) They also made Gaston more of a murderous asshole in this one which was surprising.. His death was kind of on the same lines as the original. Also one character does get redeemed which I’m actually happy about because he deserved it in this version.

I have two small gripes tho.
1. Some of the dialogue was taken straight from the original movie which felt lazy. I guess they did it for nostalgic value.

2. Why the hell they didn’t go ahead and make Adam the official canon name for the Prince instead of continuing to call him the prince? It’s kind of official since it’s in the wiki and the fandom calls him that but they could have made it truly official.

Other than that I can wait to see the movie!

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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

Summary:

Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.

Review:

4.5 Stars!

Oh goodness! This book was so good!

Everything from the plot, to seeing Belle, the Beast, and the gang back in action and more fleshed out than their animated movie counterparts.

This is pretty much a tie-in for the upcoming live action movie that can placed when the Beast show and give Belle the library. So it takes place a little after their initial meeting,her going to the west wing thus leaving and him saving her from the wolves. Just think of Belle’s Enchanted Christmas which was a tie in for the animated version but a whole lot better. Belle’s realtionship with everyone is way more fleshed out and her character as well. ( Her relationship with the Beast with her trying to figure him out and trying figure out does she want to be friends with him.. .. Oh my heart) You can feel her sadness and loneliness about her situation and understand why she got “lost in a book” where she can forget about her troubles and be happy. But sometimes escapism can be more trouble than dealing with real life and your problems which Belle figured out. The Original Characters to story was delight as well. It honestly gave me Caroline vibes on how Lady Death acted towards Belle. It was almost like how the Caroline fake mother acted towards her. ( So Terri Hatcher for Lady Death if they ever do a movie.)

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