Illusions of Fate: A Historical Fantasy

Illusions of FateI found this book, and was excited because I thought it was just a fantasy book. Then after reading about a page, I realized it was a historical fantasy book. Mind = blown.

Jessamin, our heroine, moves to the country of Albion to attend college. She works at a hotel while she struggles to survive and assure her mother that she’s doing just fine on her own. One night, she runs into our hero, Finn, and things only get awesome from there. Finn’s a magician, but can use real magic to transport, heal, and fight against evil. Jessamin’s been marked though by the mysterious and dangerous Lord Downpike, and is in real danger that not even Finn can save her from. Continue reading “Illusions of Fate: A Historical Fantasy”


Star Wars: Moving Target A Princess Leia Adventure

Moving TargetYou know, I’m starting to think that the fate of Star Wars books really lies in the YA and middle grade books. This one was fantastic, and part of a series of three, focusing on Han Solo, Princess Leia and of course, Luke Skywalker.

In this book, Princess Leia still struggles with her own desires and the fate of the Rebel Alliance after the events of Episode V. Luke Skywalker makes a brief appearance, but this is really about Leia. Since she is such a well-known member of the Rebel Alliance, she’s forced to constantly move and hide from the Imperials. She comes up with a plan for a decoy mission to draw the Empire’s attention so the Rebel Fleet can target the second Death Star.

Meanwhile, Leia is struggling with her own desires to go after Han and rescue him. She’s torn because of her duty to the Rebel Alliance, and can’t exactly abandon them to go save him. Ultimately, we realize what a force Mon Mothma has been in her life to help her understand her duty.

The book is meant for Middle Graders, but I think it has enough to hold the attention of Adults as well. The book was short, and was mostly character driven. I really enjoyed Leia’s team. I knew that she would make it through their trials, but there were some nail biting moments for the rest of them.


I don’t think I’ll be returning to the ‘adult side’ of the Star Wars publishing world any time soon. I like it here with the YA and MG books where characters are genuine, stories are filled with adventure and suspense, and I never feel like the story is forced.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cecil Castellucci. Small Girl. Big Party. Author of the novels Stone in the Sky, Tin Star, Odd Duck, The Year of the Beasts, First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Grandma’s Gloves, Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool, Beige and The Plain Janes/Janes in Love. Former indie rocker known as Nerdy Girl and Cecil Seaskull. DIY filmmaker. enfant terrible. modern 21st century flapper.

The Seeker Must Awaken – A Fast Pace Fantasy Novel

I was given this book for free in exchange for my honest review. (NOTE: This book has gone out of print recently. It might return…)

The Seeker Must Awaken is an interesting book. It wasn’t as long as I expected. The PDF was only 126 pages. It tells the story of Alexa as she discovers secrets about her past, and about people she’s been seeing in her dreams. Turns out it’s all true, and Alexa discovers her heritage, her destiny and joins a group called the Seekers. Continue reading “The Seeker Must Awaken – A Fast Pace Fantasy Novel”

The Grimm Legacy – A Middle Grade Warehouse 13 Meets Grimms Fairytales

I had such high hopes for this book! I’m a fan of Warehouse 13, and the Librarian movies (if you haven’t watched them, you should!). I was expecting some of this to come into the book, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Elizabeth gets a job at an object lending library. Some of the objects are ordinary, like musical instruments you can borrow to see if you actually enjoy playing the tuba, but some are a little more fantastical and some are even magical.

The Grimm Collection is in the basement. Here, objects such as Cinderella’s shoes, the twelve dancing princess’ slippers, the seven league boots (the Grimm’s sure had a thing for shoes!) and the magic mirror from Snow White reside. But someone’s been stealing the objects and replacing them with identical but non-magical fakes! Continue reading “The Grimm Legacy – A Middle Grade Warehouse 13 Meets Grimms Fairytales”

The Stone Gate

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

The Stone GateWhen I read the description of this book, I was expecting a dry and preachy book about recycling and saving the environment. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and was pleasantly surprised.

Jack and Kaya are siblings who are transported into a few different/alternate worlds. Not to put too many spoilers in, but their adventures in these worlds are based around the environment and it’s impact on the people living there. There’s also a magic portal ‘the stone gate’ that they must travel through to visit these worlds. Continue reading “The Stone Gate”

Ruby Red – Traveling through Time to fulfill an Ancient Prophesy

In a world where Time Travel is totally possible, a mysterious gene prophesied by such legends as Albert Einstein is supposed to be inherited by Charlotte. Only it’s Gwynneth that’s gotten the mysterious gene, and can zap through time to fulfill a mysterious ancient prophesy no one really wants to talk about.

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Originally a German book, Ruby Red is an international best-seller, and has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a really long time (Okay, since the beginning of the year… but that’s a long time!) I got it on Audio book to begin, then switched to reading the physical book. Both were very well done!

In a series of adventures mostly aimed at getting Gwyneth familiar and capable in the time traveling department, they travel back to the early 18th century and the 1900s. During both escapades, they dally in mystery solving, a bit of espionage, the odd sword fight, and Gwyneth realizes she has to be careful about who she trusts. Her own family has secrets they aren’t sharing! Continue reading “Ruby Red – Traveling through Time to fulfill an Ancient Prophesy”

Rites of Passage – An adventure novel set in a military academy with a spunky and strong female lead character

Rites of PassageThis has to have been one of my favorite books this year! Such a fast-paced, well written novel set in a military academy. It had so many heartwarming moments, surprises and adventure, and Sam’s spunky attitude and perseverance made her such a strong leading character.

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty… no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust… and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

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