Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trilogy Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd


The Madman's Daughter Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. MoreauThe Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).



Her Dark Curiosity Synopsis:
To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).



A Cold Legacy Synopsis:
After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.
 

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
I've had The Madman's Daughter trilogy on my tbr (to be read pile) for quite a long time. A few months ago, it was Halloween, and I thought it sounded like the perfect creepy read. Therefore, I read the whole trilogy during a Halloween readathon. I am a little disappointed in myself for waiting so long to pick up the trilogy. It was so good. The trilogy spent all of this time sitting on my Kindle, being neglected when I could have been reading it and enjoying it.

The trilogy as a whole was phenomenal. It was a creepy heart stopping ride from The Madman's Daughter, to Her Dark Curiosity, to A Cold Legacy. There was never one time where I got bored with the trilogy, and wanted to quit. It had me laughing, crying, and everything in between. When the ending of book one, The Madman's Daughter, happened I wanted to chuck my Kindle at the wall. I kept yelling "No! No! This cannot be happening!". It's far and few in-between that a series makes me get that emotionally involved.

The characters were wonderfully written. I like how each character evolved over the course of the trilogy. Sometimes authors write entire series where there is no character growth, or maturity, and that drives me insane. These characters were almost completely different human beings by the end of A Cold Legacy, especially Lucy. Without a doubt, she was my favorite character. At the beginning, I completely hated her. She was stuck up, selfish, and shallow. However, by the end of the trilogy, she had turned into a badass, responsible woman. I ended up loving her, and respecting her a lot.

The Madman's Daughter trilogy (which consists of The Madman's Daughter, Her Dark Curiosity, and A Cold Legacy) was one of my favorite trilogies that I've read recently. It had the perfect amount of creepiness, suspense, and intrigue. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great, creepy, read.


I give The Madman's Daughter trilogy: 4/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://meganshepherd.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meganshepherdauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/megan_shepherd
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meganshepherdauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5108399.Megan_Shepherd

I received this trilogy from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Immortal Ties by Jennifer Malone Wright


Synopsis:
Some bonds reach beyond the realms. 

Molly McMillan has lived in Saint’s Grove her entire life and aside from the normal gossip and disputes that make up life in a small town, nothing exciting ever happened. 

Until one day, a cosmic event occurs and not only is Saint’s Grove suddenly overrun with beings only heard of in stories, Molly is attacked by one of the same creatures that have haunted her nightmares for years. Luckily, evil creatures aren’t the only beings that appeared in Saint’s Grove that night. 

Aero doesn’t know why he’s been pulled out of his realm, but the moment his feet planted on the ground in Saint’s Grove, he found himself surrounded by chaos and creatures that shouldn’t be roaming Earth. Nearby, he hears the fearful screams of a woman, and hurries to the rescue. 

Little did he know that by saving her, his life will be changed forever. 

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
Jennifer Malone Wright has always been one of my favorite authors. She is on my list of authors that I will automatically buy her books as soon as they are released. When she asked me if I would review her new book, Immortal Ties, I fangirled for bit. Of course, I said yes. I loved Immortal Ties. It reminded me of all the reasons why she is an automatic one-click author.

I have always been obsessed with Greek Mythology. Jennifer Malone Wright perfectly blends mythology with suspense, romance, and intrigue to create a story line that had me captivated from beginning to end. It was absolutely perfect. I kept flipping pages, dying to know what happens next. I finished the book in one sitting, in a total of about two hours. I just needed to know how Molly was going to overcome everything that happened to her.

I loved all of the characters. The author wrote all of the characters in a way that made them relatable to the reader, even with the fantasy setting. I was able to picture myself as Molly while she was going through her situation. I also loved everything about Aero. He was the perfect book boyfriend. He was caring, and attentive to Molly. His parents cracked me up. I do wish that there would have been a little bit more of them in the story, especially Psyche.


I loved Immortal Ties. By the time I finished it, I was twitching to read the next book in the series, and learn more about the other citizens of Saint's Grove. I can't wait to see if the Greek Mythology plays into anyone else's story. I'm hoping that Jennifer Malone Wright will write a prequel at some point about Psyche's journey that led her to the Underworld. I recommend Immortal Ties to anyone wanting a new spin on Greek mythology.

I give Immortal Ties: 5/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: https://www.jennifermalonewright.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjennifermalonewright/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jennichad217
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JenniferWrightAuthor
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jenniferwrightauthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4824985.Jennifer_Malone_Wright

I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

ARC Review: The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey


Synopsis:
Eddie, a passionate reader and a shiny green bug, saves the school library in this funny, heartwarming tale that fans of Flora & Ulysses and Charlotte's Web will love. 
Eddie is a tiny green bug who loves to read and who lives behind the chalkboard in Mr. Wang's fourth-grade classroom with his parents, his 53 brothers and sisters, and his Aunt Min. But when Aunt Min goes to the school library and never returns, Eddie leaves the comfort of his home for the first time and begins the dangerous trek through the elementary school. After dodging running sneakers, falling books, and terrifying spiders, Eddie reaches the library, where he finds Aunt Min stuck on a desk with two broken legs! To top it all off, there's a substitute librarian who has terrible plans to close the library and turn it into a local testing center. No more books at all! Encouraged by the brave deeds done by small creatures like Stuart Little and Charlotte from Charlotte's Web, Eddie comes up with a plan to save the library--a plan that requires all the courage one little bug can muster. Perfect for fans of Chris Grabenstein's Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and Lynne Rae Perkins' Nuts to You. Featuring extensive black and white art from Newbery Honor Medalist and New York Times bestseller Victoria Jamieson as well as references to classic children's literature sprinkled throughout."

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
I used to love middle grade books when I was a kid. Unfortunately, as an adult, I find them hard to get into. They don't hold the same magic and wonder that they previously held for me. I find myself getting bored after a few chapters. However, every now and then there will be an exception to that rule. The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library was definitely one of those exceptions.

I loved everything about this story. It captivated me from beginning to end. I felt the magic and wonder in this book, which a middle grade book hadn't made me feel in a long time. I kept wondering how Eddie was going to survive his various adventures, from going to the library, to his showdown with the mouse, and everything in between.

For me, the best part of the book, besides all of Eddie's crazy adventures, was all of the different literary references. It made me feel like I was being transported back to my childhood. I loved when Eddie started reading the librarian's copy of Stuart Little. It was my favorite book when I was a child, and brought back a lot of memories. Not only did it make me nostalgic, but it filled me with a lot of happiness.


I loved The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library. The book proves that no matter what size you are, you can do astounding things if you set your mind to it. I recommend this book to children and adults both. I will gladly pick up the next middle grade book that this author writes. 

I give The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library: 4/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://www.lindabaileybooks.com/home.html
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/186774.Linda_Bailey

I received this eARC from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.