Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) By Rachel L. Demeter [Review]

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)RELEASE DATE:  March 15th 2017
AUTHORS: Rachel L. Demeter
GENRE: Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Dark, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Rachel L. Demeter 
SUMMARY: 

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

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Hunted By Meagan Spooner [Review]

HuntedRELEASE DATE:  March 14, 2017
AUTHOR: Meagan Spooner
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy,  Retelling.
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
SUMMARY:
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast. Continue reading

Heartstone By Elle Katharine White [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  January 17, 2017
AUTHOR: Elle Katharine White
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Harper Voyager
SUMMARY: They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, Continue reading

RoseBlood By A.G. Howard [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  January 10, 2017
AUTHOR: A.G. Howard
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Amulet Books
SUMMARY: Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.

Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Continue reading

A Royal Pain (The Royals Trilogy #1) By Tara Brown [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  November 1, 2016
AUTHOR: Tara Brown
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
SUMMARY: When a severely drunk, and slightly drugged, Finley Roze slipped into a hospital bed, she never imagined it would start her on a path to meeting the man of her dreams.
Mostly because she didn’t believe in the man of her dreams. What seventeen-year-old even thinks of that?
But when Aiden Sorenson turns out to be Mr. Right, everything else ends up being wrong, including Finley’s family history.
Finley is exactly what she appears to be: callous, selfish, shallow, and completely friggen’ unlucky.
But everything changes when she meets him.
Even if Aiden isn’t what he seems.
When Finley discovers just WHAT he is, she is not as impressed as she should be. Continue reading

The Cold King/The Fire King By Amber Jaeger [Dual Review]

  The Cold King & The Fire King By Amber Jaeger
GENRE:    Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance.


RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2013 PAGES: 188

SUMMARY: 

… Not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every Beauty is a maiden just waiting for love…

Calia Thorn has lived her entire life in a small town sheltered by the Cold King’s mountain. Working day and night to care for her younger siblings, complete her unending chores and please her selfish, lazy mother has left her with few dreams for her own future.
But then even those meager hopes are taken from her when the Cold King comes down from his mountain to demand a new servant. Ungraceful, unladylike, undesired and unwanted by even her own family, Calia is chosen to be sent to the palace.

The Cold King has lived for three hundred years under a curse imposed by his own father. With no hope of ever breaking it, he settles for keeping his heart frozen against any pain— or hope.

When his new servant arrives, she challenges him in ways no one ever has and sparks fly. But not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every beauty is a maiden just waiting for love. Continue reading

The Scarecrow King By Jill Myles [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  September 22, 2013
AUTHOR: Jill Myles
GENRE:    Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Jill Myles
SUMMARY: Princess Rinda of Balinore knows of only one way to get her cold father’s attention – to be an obnoxious, spoiled princess. When she finds out that the king plan to marrying her off to a far-flung nobleman, she puts on her best bratty show in front of the entire court. But Rinda’s plan backfires, and she soon finds herself married to the most ineligible man ever. Her new husband is monastery raised, poor as dirt, and a traveling minstrel.

A very, very bad traveling minstrel. Continue reading

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) By Roshani Chokshi [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  April 26, 2016
AUTHOR: Roshani Chokshi
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic Romance.
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin

SUMMARY: Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.
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The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) By Renee Ahdieh [Review]


RELEASE DATE:
 
 April 26, 2016

AUTHOR: Renee Ahdieh
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
PUBLISHER:
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
SUMMARY: I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan. Continue reading

Cinder & Ella By Kelly Oram [Review]


RELEASE DATE:
 
August 15, 2014

AUTHOR: Kelly Oram
GENRE:Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Bluefields

SUMMARY: It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. Continue reading