In Another Life | BLOG TOUR | ARC Review


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In Another Life

Author: C.C. Hunter

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 352

Publication: March 26th, 2019

Age Group: 13+

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Jacket Copy Synopsis:

What would you do if your whole life was a lie and learning the truth could cost you your life? 

From New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series comes C. C. Hunter’s new YA thriller about a girl who learns that she may have been kidnapped as a child, and must race to uncover the truth about her past before she winds up a victim.

Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her. 

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth. 

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?

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I’d like to thank Wednesday Books for letting me be a part of the blog tour. My review is completely honest.

You guys know I’m a sucker for the cheesy romance with tension – both sexual and angst, some kissing, typical good looks, etc. The summary drew me in because of the concept between these two characters. I’ll say that it didn’t disappoint, but it did in some parts. 

This book is about a girl named Chloe who moves to Joyful, Texas. I wonder if this place really exists, though. Anyway, she lives with her mom who is a cancer survivor and is extremely bitter over her illness and the fact that her husband (Chloe’s dad) cheated with a much younger woman. When Chloe attends her first day at a new school, she starts to interact with Cash, who believes she is a con woman trying to get money from his foster parents, who have had their child missing for fifteen years. But, here is the twist while these two team up to solve this mystery: is Chloe the missing child?

Let’s start off with the characters. I think they fit the typical gushy teen romance main characters. The girl has boobs, which is unfortunately mentioned quite a lot for some reason. She is pretty, there is a hard life going on, she is new. The guy, Cash, is a hard ass. He throws punches when he is pushed far enough, he is handsome and he has issues, too. These kind of characters, though, don’t turn me off. I love it because it’s always a different story as to how they get together and I eat up that tension. It just makes me swoon and root for the couple. 

So, their relationship. I’ll admit that this is a total insta-love thing. Well,  maybe more of an insta-attraction, if that exists. Chloe and Cash have a spark and some readers might think it’s only because Cash believes Chloe is the missing child and that is all they have in common. No, they learn a lot more about each other along the way. They have little arguments, they push each other mentally and logically, but the connection is just there. It’s angsty, romantic, sexy and I loved it. The insta-whatever wasn’t the best because I can’t really agree with that. Maybe that’s a personal thing, I don’t know. 

Let’s get down to the stuff that turned me off and disappointed me. The storyline is great. I had my world tipped while reading certain parts. I read one scene in class and my mouth dropped open in shock. Thankfully, nobody saw me. But, I applaud C.C. Hunter for letting that happen. You gotta have some shock factor with these romances. What really disappointed me was the detailing and the flow of certain chapters. The detailing was off. Once a paragraph started or a scene started or even dialogue started, it would be cut abruptly and go to something else. It caused the flow to give me whiplash. Sometimes, it was too fast. I might be a hypocrite in saying this, considering my history with writing, but sometimes, it read like Fanfiction. Like, if you are still kind of new with Fanfiction but you are getting some of the skills together to not make it all happen in one chapter. Does that make sense? I mean, when I started Fanfiction years ago, my writing was crap. I grew and I look back at those stories and cringe, but I’m proud of how I have grown. But, this isn’t about me.

I loved the story all together, but sometimes, it just went too fast and too jumpy. The ending was really abrupt, too. If you were to see it on screen, it might last all of five minutes, give or take a few. This is why I gave it 3.5 stars, but this doesn’t mean I did not love the story. The story, I suppose, is more important. If you still feel some sort of connection or feeling with the story, I think you’ve accomplished plenty as an author and you’ve made a reader happy. I know I was with the outcome either way.

3.5 stars



“Hunter deftly delivers a complicated back-and-forth point of view between Chloe and Cash, building suspense along with a steamy sense of attraction between the two teens.” – Kirkus

About the Author:

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C.C. HUNTER is a pseudonym for award-winning romance author Christie Craig. She is lives in Tomball, Texas, where she’s at work on her next novel.

Christie’s books include The Mortician’s Daughter series, Shadow Fall Novels and This Heart of Mine.






Events, slacking and inspiration

Hello fellow readers, bloggers and writers!


I realize that I have been very quiet (again) and it has nothing to do with my personal health, thank God. I have been kind of busy these past two weeks. One week, I traveled to Virginia to (finally!) see my friend Sarah Glenn Marsh and to celebrate the release of her novel Song of the Dead. By the way, if you haven’t picked up her series yet, please do. It was a lot of fun visiting One More Page bookstore for the first time and getting to meet new people and eat wonderful food! It was my first even of 2019 so I had a great time and it brought back my inspiration for reading and writing. Naturally, though, I worried that feeling would go away like it always does.

The next week, I went to see Leigh Bardugo in Atlanta. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to go because it was Super Bowl and I couldn’t find a place to stay. Luckily, my uncle let me stay in his apartment in Atlanta. I met up with my friend Brenn and we waited outside of the library for a little over an hour. The weather wasn’t too bad, but my feet were killing me. I had a party after the event and I was wearing heels. Bad idea…

My inspiration for writing was fueled heavily by Brenn. I had shown her a snippet of my KOD draft and her reaction was one that every author loves: utter betrayal. She urged me to write more and offered to look at my work if I ever needed feedback. To be honest, I haven’t touched KOD in a few months. I was actually going to shelve it because I had found an old manuscript with completed dialogue. But, now I think I might work on both. I don’t know. My inspiration for writing is still with me right now, so at least it’s not gone. Maybe it’s still with me because I’m so much happier lately. Other times, it will go away because I will be terribly depressed.

I’ve been slacking with reading lately and I can’t figure out why, exactly. I’ve been stuck reading The Gilded Wolves. You guys know how much I love Roshani’s work. But, I’ve been reading this one book for over a month. I will take breaks and, when I pick it back up, I will have no idea what is happening because I forget. I have heard on and off things about this book, but I don’t want to DNF it. I’ve been craving romance more than fantasy lately. Maybe that’s what I need to fuel my goal again. I picked up I Wish You All the Best again after putting it down for a while. I’ve got some free time today before my night class, so I’ll read as much as I can.

I’m not feeling stressed or sad anymore. I guess I just feel stuck on where to begin with some things. I’m itching to write down some words and turn some pages. I wish I had more blog tours, but the month of February is completely free. I have two blog tours in late March that I’m excited about. It’s strange, though, to not have a lot on my plate. For once, I actually want a busy schedule. But, maybe it’s a good thing that I’m slowing down with reviews and scheduling tours. I don’t like that my bookstagram is quiet. I’d like to post more, but it’s becoming hard lately to find the time or right place to photograph my books. I’ve been taking photos of the same books for too long and I need variety. What I need to do is tackle my TBR, which is filled with old ARCs and hardcovers. As springtime rolls around, too, I’ll have more opportunities for locations since I love to use flowers and warm weather for my pictures.

Anyway, I’m happy. I’m discovering myself lately, who I am in this world. 2019 has definitely been a journey so far and I’m holding on tight.


Only a Breath Apart Blog Tour | Exclusive Excerpt

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Hello, readers! I’m happy to give you an exclusive excerpt to Katie McGarry’s new book, Only a Breath Apart, as a part of the official blog tour for the new book which is on shelves now!

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Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people’s opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), ONLY A BREATH APART is now available!


They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.

The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.

A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she’s psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

You can purchase the book TODAY at these retailers: Amazon Kobo Google Play BAM Barnes & Noble Apple Books

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Want more? Check out this exclusive excerpt from Scarlett’s POV!


A scraping of a chair, a tray full of food and I glance over with my practiced smile in welcome. It’s not Camila, Evangeline, or anyone else from the group. It’s green eyes, red hair, a familiar mischievous smile that used to be reserved only for me, and my blood pounds with excitement as if someone lit a sparkler in my chest. Then I frown because I’m not supposed to feel this way. Not with him. Not with anyone.

Jesse Lachlin winks at me as he sits across from me like no time has passed from when we climbed trees together. “What’s up, Tink?”

Another thrill runs through me but then my muscles tighten. Stupid, antiquated reaction belonging to a dead past. “What are you doing here?”

Jesse pops a fry into his mouth, chews, then picks up another as if he has no intention of answering. I scan the cafeteria. Several people are watching us, curious as to why Jesse Lachlin is sitting with me, or is event at lunch, or even at school.

From the lunch line, Camila’s and Evangeline’s eyes are bugging out of their heads.

What is going on? Camila mouths.

I raise my eyebrows to inform her I have no idea. Jesse digs into his corn with his fork and that’s crossing a line. “Maybe you didn’t hear me, but I asked what you’re doing here.”

He lifts his eyes to meet mine and there’s a glimmer in them that causes my lips to flatten. Fantastic. He’s here to make my life a living hell.

“It seems obvious,” he says.

If he remembers anything about me, he should recall I was never known for my patience and that he should be speaking, and speaking soon. “Just answer the question.”

“I’m eating lunch.”

I honest to God groan in frustration. “There’s no room at the inn.”

He surveys the table, takes in the empty seats, my books, and then gives me a good look. A slow look. As if he’s trying to memorize every inch he’s drinking in. My cheeks redden because that somehow feels a little too intimate for lunch. Feels a little too intimate for someone I’m no longer friends with. It feels too intimate if we were friends.

I glance away, but I sense him still staring at me. God help me, I want to stare back.

Oh my God. Katie’s books are notorious for making me swoon and that chapter is enough to give me familiar butterflies. I can’t wait to dive in! 

BONUS: Want a $50 Amazon gift card so you can buy the book for yourself among other bookish pleasures? Follow this link to the giveaway and enter!

Make sure to check out the other participating blogs for reviews and more excerpts!

January 21st

@booksniffer7 – Review

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January 22nd

A Book Lovers Playlist – Excerpt

Beware Of The Reader – Excerpt

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January 23rd

A Novel Glimpse – Review

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January 24th

A Court of Coffee and Books – Review & Excerpt

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The Start of Something New – Review & Excerpt

January 25th

A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt

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Book Bite Reviews – Review & Excerpt

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Confessions of a Wordaholic – Review & Excerpt

Fandomly Bookish – Excerpt

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Kaidans Seduction – Excerpt

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January 26th

Ali’s Bookshelf – Review & Excerpt

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January 27th

3 degrees of fiction – Excerpt

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

As the Book Ends – Excerpt

Book Bitches Blog – Review

Books 4 Girls – Review & Excerpt

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Review & Excerpt

Chasing Faerytales – Review

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review

K&M Sultry Reads – Excerpt

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My Fangirl Chronicles – Excerpt

Poetry law and something more – Review & Excerpt

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January 28th

Aaly and The Books – Review

A Book Fanatic Obsession – Review & Excerpt

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Midnight Book Girl – Excerpt

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January 29th

A Gingerly Review – Review & Excerpt

A Lovely Book Affair – Excerpt

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Margay Leah Justice – Excerpt

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The Library of Belle – Excerpt

January 30th

Actin’ Up with Books – Review

Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt

Bookistry_by_Ashleigh – Excerpt

Buttermybooks – Review

Ficwishes – Review & Excerpt

Geeky Reading – Excerpt

Little Bookworm Reviews – Review & Excerpt

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Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt

Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Review

The Butterfly Reads – Excerpt

The Writing Finch – Excerpt

YA Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

January 31st

Adventures in Writing – Review

Becca’s Bookish Life – Review

BookCrushin – Review & Excerpt

Here’s to Happy Endings – Excerpt

Little Lovely Books – Review & Excerpt

Margaux – Excerpt

Ms. Me28 – Excerpt

Nerdy Soul – Review & Excerpt

Readers Live A Thousand Lives – Review

TBR Book Blog – Excerpt

The Bookish Introvert – Review & Excerpt

True Story Book Blog – Excerpt

February 1st

Alotabooks13 – Review & Excerpt

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Caitlin’s World – Review & Excerpt

CJR The Brit – Review

Court of Binge Reading – Excerpt

Hedwig Reads – Excerpt

Literary misfit – Excerpt

Moonlight Rendezvous – Excerpt

Readers Retreats – Excerpt

The Reading Faery – Review

Total Book Geek – Excerpt

Twirling Book Princess – Review & Excerpt

Vera is Reading – Excerpt

Whoo Gives A Hoot – Excerpt

YA/NA Book Divas – Excerpt


Katie McGarry Bio:

Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.




Twitter: @katiemcgarry








The Whispers | Blog Tour | Book Review




The Whispers

Author: Greg Howard

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Pages: 256

Age Group: 11+

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A middle grade debut that’s a heartrending coming-of-age tale, perfect for fans of Bridge to Terabithia and Counting By 7s .

Eleven-year-old Riley believes in the whispers, magical fairies that will grant you wishes if you leave them tributes. Riley has a lot of wishes. He wishes bullies at school would stop picking on him. He wishes Dylan, his 8th grade crush, liked him, and Riley wishes he would stop wetting the bed. But most of all, Riley wishes for his mom to come back home. She disappeared a few months ago, and Riley is determined to crack the case. He even meets with a detective, Frank, to go over his witness statement time and time again.

Frustrated with the lack of progress in the investigation, Riley decides to take matters into his own hands. So he goes on a camping trip with his friend Gary to find the whispers and ask them to bring his mom back home. But Riley doesn’t realize the trip will shake the foundation of everything that he believes in forever.

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I’d like to thank Penguin Random House for including me in the blog tour for Greg’s new release. My review is completely honest.

Riley is a little boy that believes in magic, especially the Whispers. They are fairies that will grant wishes, just as long as you leave tributes. Naturally, as a young boy, he has a lot of wishes. What he wants is his mom back. She’s been gone for too long and he believes they are the only ones that can help him.

The one thing that shocked me about this book is that Riley is a gay character, especially at his young age. In my opinion, there is not enough of that in children’s literature, so it was nice and refreshing to see Riley’s character like this. He is an exceptional child and I absolutely loved his character growth and his imagination.

Riley lives in a religious town in South Carolina and he is still trying to figure himself out. He is surrounded by homophobic comments, bullying and lack of inclusion. This is that typical town you might read about way back when that prefers a certain type of person. Riley stands above that in his own way. He has his own point of view and I just loved his mind.

His adventure is from the viewpoint of his mind and it’s fascinating watching the adventure in this way. I had fun and I felt somewhat emotional reading this story. I don’t think it’s easy to find children’s literature like this nowadays. Especially back when I was growing up. What’s really a relief is that we are seeing a new evolution of children’s literature and I do feel like Greg’s new work will help bring children’s literature into a new light.

As for young readers alone with this story, it might take some urging to get them interested in the story. However, from personal experience, young readers are getting smarter and The Whispers is a book that I’m sure they’ll pick up instantly.

5 stars


About the Author

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Greg Howard grew up near the coast of South Carolina. His hometown of Georgetown is known as the “Ghost Capital of the South” (seriously…there’s a sign), and was always a great source of material for his overactive imagination. Raised in a staunchly religious home, Greg escaped into the arts: singing, playing piano, acting, writing songs, and making up stories. Currently, Greg resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his husband, Steve, and their three rescued fur babies Molly, Toby, and Riley.

For Every One | Book Review

For Every One

Author: Jason Reynolds

Publisher: Atheneum 

Pages: 112

Age Group: any

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith.

A pitch perfect graduation, baby, or love my kid gift.

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I am so glad I finally got the chance to read this lovely book. I’m taking a children’s literature class this semester and, last night, I got the chance to read it since it is on our reading list. Technically, I read it early. The teacher wanted us to analyze some work on the first day and she allowed us to choose some of the books from the reading list. Naturally, I chose For Every One because I have been really eager to read it since it got announced.

It’s basically in the form of a letter and verse. The letter(s) have been compiled throughout nearly the entirety of Jason Reynolds’s life. He talks about how he has dreams and how struggles in life sometimes prevent him from reaching that dream. He has doubts and wonders if he will ever reach that dream. 

The number one thing that grabbed at my attention was the emotion behind his words. It honestly broke my heart. As readers, we consider Jason Reynolds incredibly successful. He is a beloved author. Reading his words and visualizing how hard it must have been for him to want his dream will break your heart, but will make you feel proud that he succeeded. 

There’s a favorite metaphor of mine. He compares that doubt to a growing flame. The doubt that your dream won’t come true is like a flame and the more you doubt, the more it will grow until it completely envelops you in fire. However, even if you don’t really have doubt, that flame will always be there next to you. It’s frightening, but true. 

This book is not for a certain age group. It can be for anybody that has a dream. As Jason emphasizes in his letter, dreams can come true at any age. He makes sure that the reader knows that. Jason is incredibly insightful and speaks to the heart and from the heart. Honestly, he is one of my favorite authors.

Side note, we also get to read Long Way Down in class this semester and you don’t know how excited I am for that. I’ve already read it, but we debate a lot in class already so I’m excited to put in my two cents when the time comes.

5 stars


Happy New Year!

It’s 2019, y’all!


I hope you guys are as excited as I am for the new year. I always tell myself that I’ll do this or do that and it never really happens. At the end of 2018, things have definitely changed and you know I explained all that in a previous post. This new year, I definitely have goals for myself. 

I’ve set a reading goal for exactly 100 books, nothing too crazy like I keep trying to do. I’ve already finished one book for this new year, being White Stag, so I’m off to a great start! That blog tour is linked with the title, by the way, for your convenience!

I’ve also set goals personally for myself. I always push myself too hard and I don’t want to do that anymore because it’s just not healthy. So, I want to focus on just loving myself and being happy on my own. I always try to depend on others to make me happy when that’s definitely something I shouldn’t do. I’ve already started following this mantra late last year and I’ve never felt better about myself. I don’t feel alone anymore, I don’t feel sad, I don’t feel unnecessarily stressed. I just feel good.

If anyone else is struggling with resolutions for the new year, my advice would be to just focus on yourself. Focus on your own happiness. 

I’m very excited to get this new year started off right! I’ve got many books under my belt right now, so I can’t say exactly what book I’ll be reviewing next. There’s Gilded Wolves, Lady Smoke, Grave Mercy, Wicked Saints


White Stag (Permafrost, #1) | Blog Tour | ARC Review

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White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

Author: Kara Barbieri

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 368

Age Group: 14+

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

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I’d like to thank Wednesday Books and Fierce Reads for allowing me to be a part of the White Stag blog tour. My review is spoiler free. Early copy provided by the publisher!

I think what hooked me first with this book was the cover. It’s incredibly stunning and I love seeing new debuts and authors reaching that long-awaited goal of having their own book out in the world. So, I was very excited to get the offer to be a part of the blog tour for this one.

The story is about Janneke. She may be a teenager, but she really isn’t. For the past 100 years, she has been living in the goblin world after her entire family had been destroyed. She doesn’t age physically, but it doesn’t mean she is safe in this world. She has a “friend” in Soren, a goblin. When a new goblin king needs to be chosen, Soren believes this is the moment for Janneke to take advantage of her destiny with the Permafrost and to go deeper into his world.

First of all, a major trigger warning for rape. It’s pretty much implied early on, which definitely did surprise me. It was kind of like a slap in the face that had me like: oh, ok? It’s not a bad element to have, but it might have been a bit too much for my initial taste. Just because I didn’t really expect it to be mentioned more often than I wanted it to.

Janneke’s character was kind of hard to get into. She has her likable moments, but at times, she was kind of weakly written. At the end of it all, it feels like I don’t know much about her as much as I had hoped to. I’m glad this is a series, though, so I hope that her character development and background can grow more. It’s the same with Soren. It just felt like something was missing. There is definitely a hint of romance between the two of them, but the way it builds up is something strange. They have been “friends” for a hundred years and, according to Janneke, nothing has ever really happened. So, it just happens now? It felt like it was out of the blue, but at the end, the potential is there and I’m all for it. I would have liked some more back story with their relationship. Not too much, but just enough details about the previous years.

The storyline itself has great potential. I love dark fantasy just because I find it very beautiful in my mind. I thought the world itself was well created and, I won’t lie. I thought the gruesome scenes were pretty well written, too. Some details were confusing or just a bit too much, like they weren’t really necessary. However, I think the overall best part about this book is the storyline itself.

I understand what Kara is trying to create here and the last time I read a good goblin story was the Wintersong duology. Instantly, when I saw the word Erlking, I got excited. Kara has a unique voice and I do have high hopes for the rest of the series. I’ll definitely be picking up book two when it releases.

3.5 stars


About the Author

Kara Barbieri

Kara Barbieri is a writer living in the tiny town of Hayward, Wisconsin. An avid   fantasy fan, she began writing White Stag at eighteen and posting it to Wattpad soon after under the name of ‘Pandean’. When she’s not writing, you can find her marathoning Buffy the Vampire Slayer, reviving gothic fashion, and jamming to synthpop.