Review: Lilith’s Garden of Madness (Unforeseen Beings Book 1) – N.L. Johnson

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I received a free copy of the first book in this novella series, in exchange for a honest review of this novella.

I’m having trouble describing what this first novella in this series is about, because that is what my main problem with this book is and why I have rated it 3 out of 5 stars. Maybe because its a novella or maybe its because its set up that way in order to intrigue you into reading the rest of the series so you get the answers thst you desperatly want. Or maybe it went over my head and I missed it. But just so that you can get a description, Goodreads description is:
“Hidden away behind the doors of Kelton Mental Institution is a power unlike any the world has ever experienced. It has been locked away for so long that many no longer believe it exist. That was until Hannah finds it down the South Hall of Kelton. But should it have been found or forgotten along with the remainder of the “untreatables”. What Kelton kept locked away is only a taste of what is to come as a completely unknown world of angels, demons and the unforeseen beings, opens up or rather wakes up with the release of Room 102.”

The book starts with a little girl named Sarah, playing and having a sensitive conversation with her dolls, until she discovers a girl in her room, and they then decide to play together, until she is discovered and serious consequences are hinted at. The story then jumps ahead years to a mental hospital/institution, Kelton Mental Institution, which has the worst and most selfish reputation and we discover a female patient who has been treated the worst of the worst of all the patients, in Room 102. Her name is never told, which is why it’s hinted that it may be the girl removed from the beginning, but I have a theory that it’s not that simple, having re read this to try and understand the book some more.

There are so many questions that are left unanswered and that’s something I don’t like with a book. I think its because this is the first book it the series and I’m hoping that it is done this way to get people to carry on reading, so that the more you read the more you’ll understand, kind of like how a TV show entices you to watch the next episode or movie with cliff hangers or questions at the end.

The reason that it annoyed me so much, was because I was enjoying it thoroughly and then when I came to the end, I was still confused and didn’t have my questions answered. What was so special? Why did he freak out so badly in the beginning? Why this and that.. The writing was great. But my absolute favourite aspect was the parts that were written from the point of view from the patient in Room 102. I love her. Even with everything that she has been put through and everything that they had done to her, she had still managed to keep her personality. There was one point where I physically laughed out loud when she had been describing the leisure and exercise activities at Kelton through her point of view, which instantly made me love this character, even thinking of it now bring a smile to my face. It’s little things like that, that makes this book awesome. Another point I thought was amazing, was the title. I wouldn’t have guessed what this book was about from the title, but now after reading the book, I really LOVE it and think that it’s really clever, but who’s Lilith?

I really do want to read the rest of the series, hopefully understanding it better because even though I did only rate it a 3 out of 5 stars, I did enjoy it, I just wanted to understand the idea behind it a lot better so I could enjoy it more. Therefore, if I do read the rest of the series and it is how I think it is, I will then have a better understanding of this book and will then have to come back and edit this review.

I do recommend this novella and maybe you will have a better understanding than me because other than that, this is a good book. So much so, that I am actually going to go back and have another read of this to see if there’s something important that I’ve missed that I didn’t quite grasp the first time around, that’s how much I want to understand everything in this novella. But at the moment, I’m sadly going to have to give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Review: Char – Kristina Wojtaszek

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I received a free copy of this book from World Weaver Press publications on behalf of the author, in exchange of a honest review of the book.

Quite simply put, this is a fantasy book, loosely based around the Witch from the fairy-tale of Hansel and Gretel, but believe me when I say, it’s not what you’re expecting. The books description from the publisher is…

“Fire is never tame—least of all the flames of our own kindling.

Raised in isolation by the secretive Circle of Seven, Luna is one of the few powerful beings left in a world dominated by man. Versed in ancient fairy tales and the language of plants, Luna struggles to control her powers over fire. When her mentor dies in Luna’s arms, she is forced into a centuries-long struggle against the gravest enemy of all Fae-kind—the very enemy that left her orphaned. In order to save her people, Luna must rewrite their history by entering a door in the mountain and passing back through time. But when the lives of those she loves come under threat, her rage destroys a forest, and everything in it. Now called The Char Witch, she is cursed to live alone, her name and the name of her people forgotten.
Until she hears a knock upon her long-sealed door.

Interwoven with elements of Hansel and Gretel and The Seven Ravens, Char is the stand alone sequel to Opal, and second in the Fae of Fire and Stone trilogy.”

This is my first ever fairy-tale retelling book that I have ever read, so I went into reading this book with high expectations, not knowing how these retellings go, intrigued at how they were going to do this with the Witch, Luna, from Hansel and Gretel. You don’t really hear much from the fairy-tale, a few pages at the most, the rest is about Lunas back round and how she got to where she was. You see her with a new set of eyes and the tale eyes differently, which it would do, being a retelling, with even Hansel and Gretel having slightly different names.

This is the second book in the Fae of Fire and Stone Trilogy, but it can be read as a stand alone book, as that is how I read it and I was able to read this book no problem and I don’t think that I missed out on anything. I would’ve liked to have read the first on Opal first, for obvious reasons, especially because we meet the character Opal in this book and it did make me wonder whether I would’ve had a better understanding. I really wish that I did read the first book Opal first, even though this is said to be a stand alone, I still believe that it may have given me a better understanding to the world that this book was set in, plus I hate reading books out of order, especially now that I want to read this book.

It did end kind of suddenly and abruptly for my liking as I wanted to find out more and left me with questions, just like Luna had herself. Questions like, why now after all this time? Which never got answered and as each book is based on a new character, I’m not expecting it to be answered. This book starts at the end, which means that you know how part of it is going to end and you are waiting for that to happen.

If you’re into fantasy and fairy-tale retellings, then you are going to enjoy this book. I would suggest reading this trilogy in order because even though this can be read as a stand alone, you do meet the character Opal, which is the name of the first book, and if you then want to read the rest of the trilogy, things may get spoiled. It may also help you to get into the world in which this tale is told a lot more easier. Like a fairy-tale, inside a fairy-tale. I’m giving it a 4 out of 5 stars because I do want to read the rest of the books in the trilogy, hopefully understand the world these books are set in a little better.

Have you read this book, or any of this trilogy? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below your thoughts 😀

Review: Sparks – Michele Wesley

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I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for a honest unbiased review of this prequel novella.

This is a prequel novella of The Smoke & Fire Series, explaining the beginning of the two characters, Mycale and Sori in their younger years. This novelette allows you to take a sneak peek into the tragedies that occurred in their younger lives, sparking Sori’s “Smoke” and Mycale’s “Fire”.

I chose and downloaded this book because the description instantly screamed out to me, intriguing me, making me want to know what this story was about. Even this cover intrigued me. I wanted to try a new author and even wanted to try a new genre of book, that isnt necessarily what im used to. I am so glad that I did!!

Even those this is part of a book series, this is a prequel, so you won’t miss out of anything and it made me want to start reading the rest of the series. I have even done some research into the rest of the series, which I found out, can be read as stand alone books. The characters and their pasts are instantly compelling and as a reader I want, or need, to find out where they are going to go from where they’ve left off. How their past makes they develop and defies them.

It is a short prequel, being around 34 pages (my copy was) so it was a quick read and I was able to discover a new author, a new series and a new type of book. So if you are looking for something new why not try this book. It isn’t that long so it won’t take long to read, plus it’s free to download at https://storycartel.com/ so win, win!

I definitely give this a 5 out of 5 because of how much I loved it and how much it’s made me want to continued on with the series. Have you read this book, or any of this series? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below 🙂

Review: The Art of Going Home (The Art of Living Book 1) – Nicole Sorrell

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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review of the book and as part of Goodreads Bookclub.

When Maddie Chandler was ten years old, her twin sister, Angeline, was murdered. Her mother then goes insane, being placed in an institution and with her father being who he is, Maddie is placed into the care of Aunt Ceci, who raises and treats Maddie as though she is her own daughter. Maddie goes through high school being blamed for her sisters death, also for being the wrong sister to have died, leaving town as soon as she leaves for college. It takes her ten years before she comes back to her home town, but sadly, she only come back to attend the funeral of the beloved Aunt Ceci. But as soon as she is back, she is forced to face her troubled past that she has hidden even from herself. There is some happiness, in the form of her old high school crush Zac, her friends and her home made family. Will she find the truth behind the murder of her sister? Is she going insane or is she really seeing her sisters ghost?

I was genuinely shocked that I enjoyed this book as much as i did and it was because I thought that I wasn’t going to enjoy this book, I have been putting it off until the last minute until it had to be read for the bookclub on Goodreads. There are so many topics in this book, which is surprising as it isn’t that big of a book, such as; Mystery, Erotica, Romance, Crime, Death, Paranormal, that I wasn’t sure which was the main theme of the book. There is another topic/theme, but I didn’t want to include it abovw, as it will give away one of the main surprises to the plot of this book.

The characters did have some strong developments, and I did like the relationship between Maddie and Zac. I even liked the relationship, or lack there of, between Maddie and her father. Even the writing was good and easy to follow and once I started reading it, it took me less than 2 days to finish it.

I did want to give this book 4 stars out of 5 because I did enjoy this book and it was good, but there were so many questions left unanswered and even though I know that there is going to be another book, I wouldn’t rush out to buy it. So for that reason, I had to give it 3 stars out of 5.

Now if you like mysteries you may like this one. It keeps you guessing right up until the last page, with constant twists and turns. If you’ve read this book, let me know what you thought of this book. Do you agree or disagree with my rating?