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Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Let me first start by saying, I wanted to be sort of vague with my review. As I thought about it, it would be very hard to. So I decided I would just write everything I thought and felt while reading.

***********HEADS UP, THERES SPOILERS AHEAD***************

 

Gwendolyn is pretty much stuck taking care of her crazy mother, and just moved into a new apartment with her. Her friend Olivia helps her best friend by offering to help her family move. The mother has a freak out in one of the rooms because of a mural on the wall, so the girls end up taking the room while the mom stays in the living room. They go for a run, and that’s when Gwen starts hearing and seeing weird things happening, and she rushes to get home. Theres a lantern in the room thats always remains on, but as Gwen goes to turn the light down, she ends up turning the light off and gets attacked by dark creatures. So begins our story, Peter Pan with a twist.

Rowan, the captain, is extremely transparent, with a dark past. He really does care for his lost boys. I think I may be a reaching a bit when I say that he reminded me of another devilishly handsome pirate from Once Upon A Time. So naturally I was drawn into the Captain’s charm. He does not in fact have a hook, which im glad, makes the story a bit different.

Olivia’s character made me angry, I didn’t like her at all. I understand Neverland does something to your memories, but still. She seemed into herself even before going to Neverland. We all know a girl like Olivia, and I bet she’s no ones favorite.

“Peter Pan” is such a great character, he’s such a trickster. I honestly thought that he was the bad character, almost (sorry to reference) like OUAT’s peter pan. He seems so interesting and caring at first. I favored the Captain though, so it made me a bit upset when Gwen was falling for Pan.

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The overall book was really good, I couldn”t put it down, I think I finished it in 3 hours. I fell for the Captain, and was really hoping throughout the book he was who he said he is. I didn’t like the way the book ended though, I was hoping for Gwen to stay in Neverland. Rowan was not happy coming back, although I don’t really understand why. I know he was upset about his past, his crew and his ship, but why be upset by coming to a world where you can get a fresh start. A fresh start with the girl you care about.

It felt like it ended too fast, like maybe there should have been another book so that the reader can understand more of the history of the fey and know who Gwen’s dad really was. Like I said, its a really good book, I highly recommend it, if you haven’t already, go buy it and read it!

 

Thank you so much for reading!

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Ashabreek Author Interview

So i had the wonderful opportunity to interview Kathleen Farquhar, author of the book Ashabreek. I will be posting the review tomorrow, so stay tuned for that post!

Q: Can you tell me a short summary about your book? 
A: Sure…    
What would you do to save those you love?
   Would you lie, cheat, steal… even kill? 
What if the line between good and evil became so blurred in your pursuit to do what was right? 
What if in the process of following your heart, you became the monster? 
   How far would you be willing to go? 

Viron is under attack. The man on the other side of the sword is a man that King Promicees and his family had long presumed dead… a man who is as lethal as he is determined to take over Viron completely. His name? Ashabreek. Now the royal family of Cahya must run, taking with them a powerful medallion that is the key to Ashabreek’s success. Promicees and his sisters Genova and Babette have to find a way to kill Ashabreek before he can succeed in taking the throne and killing them all.

Q: What is the insight on the main character? 
A: The title character Ashabreek has one goal to take down the royal families of Viron and take their place so that he can reform it to his own specifications. Ashabreek sees the current monarchy as unfit and knows that deep down words will do nothing. He must bring them a war. Ashabreek is one of those characters written and designed to get you thinking. He will make you question everything you thought you knew at the beginning of this book.

Q: Which character do you relate to the most? 
A: Zezic! Zezic is snarky, sassy, tough and oddly likeable. She’s got this vulnerability deep down that she tries to hide in order to keep herself safe from the ultimate hurt… a broken heart. She was definitely the most fun to write next to Ashabreek.

Q: What genre is your book? 
A: Young Adult (YA) Fiction/Fantasy. Leans more towards dark fantasy… Definitely not a children’s book.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration? 
A: Everywhere! The books I read, the movies I watch, art, long drives, Pinterest (Yes, even Pinterest)… To be more specific the biggest inspirations for Ashabreek were the Harry Potter books and the Lord of the Rings movies. In terms of finding inspiration for a Fantasy series, those are some of the greatest resources.

Q: Are there any authors that inspire you, or you look up to? 
A: JK Rowling. Reading Harry Potter was what inspired me to write in the first place. After reading Harry Potter I couldn’t help but put pen to paper and Ashabreek was the first thing that came pouring out of me. It’s like he was trying to escape all along.

Q: I know we talked about your favorite authors, but what do you like to read in your free time? 
A: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy and Science fiction are my typical favorites. Things like Inkheart, The Bartimaus Trilogy, Dorothy Must Die… Anything thought provoking and entertaining. Though my favorite book right now is Hamlet.

Q: Where did your love of writing and books come from? 
A: my mom used to work a lot of book fairs when I was in elementary school and she would bring books home hoping that it would help me with my reading (as I struggled with it as a kid). It worked. I began with the Dear America Diaries, which led to Lily’s Crossing which finally led to Harry Potter. Though Harry Potter definitely expanded my reading horizons.

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I wrote a few small poems in third grade but I really started writing in middle school (fan fiction), and high school where I began Ashabreek.

Q: What music helps you write?
A: if I had to choose I would say Hans Zimmer. Instrumentals are best because lyrics distract and throw me off. Ironically I can’t write in silence so I watch a lot of tv and movies when I write. Nothing new because that can distract too. I watch things that I’ve seen before and can use as background noise. Things like Sherlock, Clue, Coraline, Tim Burton movies and anything Disney. 

Q: What is or was the hardest part of writing? 
A: editing! It’s a long, tedious and repetitive process that just seems to suck the life right out of you. But it is so important and so it must be done over and over and over again.

Q: What do you do when you get the bad case of writers block? 
A: Oh man! I’m still figuring that one out. In general I simply change gears. I don’t force myself to keep writing because what comes out is typically ‘bad writing’ and that is something I strive to avoid. I work on multiple projects at a time so I will move on to the next or scribble out some Fan Fictions… however if the block is bad and across the board I will typically take a break from writing all together. That’s when I turn to reading a lot and run to Disneyland…

Q: What are your current projects? 
A: currently I am working on a few projects. Book Two of the Tales of Viron series (in which Ashabreek is the first installment) currently titled Renegade. The other is unrelated to the Viron series and it is called The Center.

Q: What can we, as readers, look forward to seeing as your writing career progresses? 
A: the Tales of Viron will continue beyond book two, and there are several more novels in the drafting and plotting stages unrelated to the Viron series. I also apply for the ABC writing program every year so I am hoping to make that a reality.

Q: Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers? 
A: thank you for your interest in Ashabreek. I spent a great deal of time and poured every scrap of love I possess into it. I hope you love Ashabreek every bit as much as I do.
Also, if you run a book club and decide to read Ashabreek, let me know when you finish and I would love to talk about making an appearance either in person, or for those who live further away via Skype or FaceTime for a Q and A.

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Mist & Whispers, The Weavers Riddle Review! 

So I like to start off by saying, this book was nothing what I was expecting. I absolutely love it! I read it in one day because I could just not put it down! Mist & Whispers by C.M. Lucas is captivating and puzzling. This book has twists and turns, and leaves you wanting more. 

Anya and lorcan are my absolute favorite characters, along with King Theone. Michael is annoying and I honestly can’t stand him. (Although, I think Anya over-reacted a little bit)  

I really want to put spoilers in this review, but I don’t think I should because you need to experience this book. So with that being said, go buy this book! 

I give it 5/5 stars, and honestly can not wait for the next book! 

The Guide Review!

I would love to thank Justin Chandler for allowing me to read and review this amazing book!

From the start, I could not put it down.

The characters were very developed and I think I feel really strongly towards Garron. He’s captivating and mysterious and really cares about Nick. Nick reminds me of when I was in high school, so he was extremely relatable to me. He didn’t care much for school, or about staying out of trouble, and that was me all the way.

The idea of having a guide through your first year of high school would’ve been amazing. Someone to help you realize the potential you really have and how important it is to know yourself.

Garron is definately my favorite character from the start.

Mr. Chandler definitely has a way with words, there was never a dull moment. (At least for me) The whole book I was sitting at the edge of my seat, so eager to find out what happens next.

I recommend this book, it’s a really good read!

You can buy the book on amazon : amazon.com/…Justin-Chandler/dp/1522791566