ARC REVIEW: Ella, The Slayer by A.W. Exley

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Ella, The Slayer

A.W. Exley

Published June 30th 2015

YA > Horror | Zombies | Retellings

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3 ★★★

 

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The flu pandemic of 1918 took millions of souls within a few short weeks.
Except it wasn’t flu and death gave them back.

Seventeen-year-old Ella copes the best she can; caring for her war-injured father, scrubbing the floors, and slaying the undead that attack the locals. ‘Vermin’ they’re called, like rats they spread pestilence with their bite. Ella’s world collides with another when she nearly decapitates a handsome stranger, who is very much alive.

Seth deMage, the new Duke of Leithfield, has returned to his ancestral home with a mission from the War Office — to control the plague of vermin in rural Somerset. He needs help; he just didn’t expect to find it in a katana-wielding scullery maid.

Working alongside Seth blurs the line between their positions, and Ella glimpses a future she never dreamed was possible. But in overstepping society’s boundaries, Ella could lose everything – home, head and her heart…

 

 

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“To escape from reality, I dream of a time when there was only one type of death.”

Well, that’s something you don’t read everyday. Imagine Cinderella, but more badass, like killing-zombies-kind-of-badass and living in a Downton Abbey world. Can’t visualize it? Well then you have to read this novel because surprisingly, Zombie killer Cinderella and Historical Fiction are a fit. And A.W Exley made it work.

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Ella, The Slayer is made of lovely writing, a slow burn romance and a well thought plot. I admit that I found it’s pacing slow at the beginning but it picks up right at the middle and I found myself lost at Ella’s world and I enjoyed her everyday adventures. Whether she’s slaying zombies or just bringing tea to her wicked step mom. I was such a big fan of Exley’s flawless writing.

I really like how appropriate the romance was. I mean, this is YA and Ella wasn’t even 18. I enjoyed the slow burn romance between her and Seth. Although Seth have his own POV, I feel like there’s still a lot to learn about him. I know that some readers are looking for a sequel and I’m one of those readers. I think that there’s still a lot of loose ends that needs to be tackled.

Overall, I enjoyed this new take of Cinderella and like I mentioned above, I’m a big fan of the writing!

 

 

 

 

 

AUTHOR:

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Books and writing have always been an enormous part of my life. I survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, I overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.

From my home in rural New Zealand, I write fantasy historical novels with a steampunk twist. I share my life with an assortment of weird and wonderful horses, cats, a mad boxer and chickens who think they are mini Velociraptors.

I send out a newsletter a maximum of 6 times a year. You can sign up at: http://eepurl.com/N5z5z

 

 
   

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ARC REVIEW: Into The Dark by Caroline Patti + Giveaway!!

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Into the Dark
Caroline Patti
Expected publication: August 18th 2015 by Month9Books
YA > Paranormal | Romance | Mystery
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4 ★★★★

 
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A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.
Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.
But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.
 
 
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This book is jam packed! I cant even put into words how this book surprised in so many levels and how it made me invested through out the whole story. Seriously, I’m having a hard time right now. This happens to me when I love the book so much.

Breachers. They are people who can transfer from one body to another. Hunters. They are the ones who’s in charge of Breachers. How? By killing them. Because that’s what The Assembled‘s orders. But when Mercy, a Breacher, came into Gage’s life, she changes everything that The Assembled told Gage to believe. And not only that, she even change Gage’s heart.

Oh god the feels.

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Into the Dark is a fast paced and feels filled novel that is full of colorful characters and a sizzling love triangle that will keep you on your toes! My favorite from this book is really how fast paced it was. Into the Dark didn’t let me sleep! And let me tell you, the best books usually do that to you. I was also surprised by how accepting I was with the love triangle. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I avoid love triangles furiously and I instantly DNF a book when I encounter one. Surprisingly it didn’t bother me that much. I was even anticipating what happens next. Although Nathaniel Black appeals to me so so much, I’m still on #TeamGage and nobody can change my mind about that!

I did lose a 1 star and its all because of Mercy’s insanely fast infatuation. I just don’t buy it and I hope the author has some explanation about this on the upcoming books. The ending made me ache for more. A lot of things happened and I’m impressed by how Caroline Patti weaved the ending. It leaves the readers satisfied but also asking for more.

Caroline Patti have amazing books in store for us, I’m sure of it! And I cannot wait to gobble them up like I did with Into the Dark. A story that will keep you at the edge of your seat, an engaging writing and a romance that perfectly blends sweetness and hotness. What’s not to like? Into the Dark will appeal to fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Vampire Diaries!

 

 

 

 

 

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Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan. You can chat with her on Twitter:@carepatti or find her onFacebook.

 

 

 

 


 
   

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: How To Say I Love You Out Loud by Karolle Cozzo + Giveaway!!

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How to Say I Love You Out Loud
Karole Cozzo
Published August 4th 2015 by Swoon Reads
YA > Romance | Realistic fiction
240pages (paperback)

 

 

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Words are strong. Love is stronger.
When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they’re related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can’t shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.
Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?
 

 

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ARC REVIEW: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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This Is Where It Ends
Marieke Nijkamp
Expected publication: January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
YA | Contemporary
292 pageskindle edition
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3 ★★★1/2

 

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10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.
10:05
Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

 

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I am extremely sad to say I was not the biggest fan of This is Where it Ends. The cover, the title and the description enthralled me. I expected a haunting, heartbreaking, terrifying, book about a school shooting but I didn’t feel that way at all.

I wasn’t sucked in. I wasn’t scared. I didn’t care for the characters or relate to them. My heart was not broken and I surely wasn’t deeply affected.

Also, I didn’t really feel for and love the characters. The book is told in present tense at the time of the shooting with flashbacks to the characters pasts. I disliked this, as I never felt like I really got to know the characters. Therefore, I didn’t end up caring for them. I wasn’t frightened for their safety and frankly I didn’t care who lived or died.

Moreover, I thought This is Where it Ends was very predictable. I already guessed the characters backstories and who would get shot early in the book. And throughout the book there were scattered tweets and blog posts that were very unnecessary to the story. At points the dialogue from Tyler felt awkward and forced, which took even more away from the story.

Now, what I did enjoy was the connection of all of the characters to each other and the shooter. The different POVS were integral to the story and the changes in POV were very fluid. I also enjoyed the diversity of the characters. We have POC, lesbians, and disabled characters!

Overall, I did not find This is Where it Ends realistic or captivating. I seem to have the unpopular opinion here, as many reviewers are absolutely loving this book, so I urge you to pick it up when it comes out and try it for yourself if it seems like something you would enjoy. Just because I didn’t enjoy it doesn’t mean you wont!

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ARC REVIEW: Before and After by Nazarea Andrews

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Before and After

Nazarea Andews

Published July 30th 2015 by A&A Literary

A > Contemporary | Romance | Mystery

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3 ★★★

 

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Rike and Peyton fell in love in college.

A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with a art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant.

They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it wouldn’t work–and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was supposed to live happily ever after.
They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn’t go according to plan.

Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a guitar, and a poet’s heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a perfect fucking fairy tale.

But what happens when the fairy tale doesn’t fall apart–but is forgotten?

 

 
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Before and After slowly sneaked its way inside my heart. I was caught off guard because I didn’t expect that Nazarea Andrews can play my emotions just like that! The moment I saw the cover of Before and After, I KNOW I have to read it. The blurb sounds like an outstanding drama and I’ve read a book by Andrews before and I was impressed. So why not? I’m glad that I wasn’t disappointed. Swoon, drama and happy endings… I absolutely loved it.

I don’t think you can read a book by Nazarea Andrews and NOT fall in love with her male leads. Rike wasn’t an exception. He’s the perfect mixture of sweet and hotness and yep, as expected, I can’t get enough of him. I did have a love-hate relationship with him for a while though but most of the time, I was just fanning myself. Rike has that affect on you. Peyton surprised me because the blurb made me expect a meek girl but that was not what I met. But surprisingly, I adore her because of that.

The plot of Before and After is what I loved the most about this book. I found it unique, emotional and edgy. The whole book might have some flaws but the little things make up for it. The poems before Peyton’s POV at NOW was really sweet. I recommend Before and After to every romance readers! It will surely be a favorite.

 

 

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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

 

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