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The Black Witch Book Review

Hi, guys. Welcome back to another edition of Where Stephanie Reads. I also can’t help but say that the year is going super fast. And now the summer is finally in motion. Well, to start the beginning of summer with a new book review I will be discussing the book The Black Witch. This is a book that recently came this month and has the combination of magic and is character driven.

  • Title: The Black Witch
  • Series: The Black Witch Chronicles
  • Author: Laurie Forest
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 601 pages
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

The Black Witch focuses on the granddaughter of a famous legendary Black Witch who saved the Gardnerian people. Unlike her well-known grandmother, the character Elloren doesn’t have her powers. In fact, she pretty is shy and was raised in a small town sheltered by the on-goings of the world. During the story, Elloren and her two brothers get to go to the famous Verpax University to study apothecary. The school that is known to be diverse and made up of students from different regions and different ethnic groups. Soon, Elloren must face the ugly truth that the school is way more divided and the ugly truth of her grandmother’s legacy.

My Thoughts

The Black Witch was so good. I started it on Sunday and finished it this morning. To be honest I didn’t know what it was about but saw thumbnails of the book cover on Booktube and decided to pick it up. I also really liked the cover and it gave me chills. Chills in a good way. The book has a mixture of fantasy world building, magical elements and a female character that was easy to relate to.I like how regardless of Elloren’s struggles with fitting into the world she knew nothing about she kept true to herself. I also like the fact that the book touches topics of prejudice and discrimination.

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Your One Word Book Review

Two years I ago I remember started out on this small blog with no plan except to share my progress of a reading challenge from Goodreads. But over the course of the first year, I grew to love reading more than I did and move towards taking my passion to the whole level. I also knew deep down that it was just loving to read but someone that I needed. But despite loving to blog I always wanted to start a booktube channel. But sadly, when I was starting I didn’t have the courage to do so until I recently discovered a YouTube called Evan Carmichael. After watching his videos I got so inspired that decided to pick up one of his books. After reading the book and learning from it I knew that I must start a BookTube. I had a pocket full of excuses on why I didn’t start before but I decided to just do it. The book I am talking about Your One Word.

  • Title: Your One Word
  • Author: Evan Carmichael
  • Year Published: 2016
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Author’s Site: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

Your One Word is not just any business book that just gives that tells you how to start a business but does more. It talks about defining that one word that represents you and your business. Which actually I think my main word is Discover because I am always discovering something new. More books and things to learn. The book also helps you find that one word with questions and showing you how you find it. That one personal word that help you build the business and yourself as an entrepreneur.

My Thoughts

I got to say it became on of my favorite business books. And this fell on my lap in a time when I needed it the most. If you are feeling stuck and not sure whether to take that one idea and going for it this book is going help. This book isn’t like step 1, step 2 and gives pages of false dreams but actually, gives you real guidance. I also like reading about famous well-known entrepreneurs that made it but also what their one word was. I also like how Evan used #believe in his business.I also recommend checking out Evan Carmichael’s YouTube channel if you want to learn more as well. Until my next time keep on reading.

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Freya Book Review

Hi guys, welcome to another post of Where Stephanie Reads. This week I recently read a great book that combines adventure, female power, and Norse Mythology. The book I am talking is Freya by Matthew Laurence. This is the first book in the series of Freya.

  • Title: Freya
  • Author: Matthew Laurence
  • Series: Freya
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 239 pages
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

The book Freya centers around the Norse Goddess Freya who is known to be the goddess of love, beauty, war, and death. During the centuries her power fade and she grows weaker due to the fact her believers forgot about her. In the future, she goes by the name of Sarah and hides out in a mental hospital. There she sulks and hides her real identity. Suddenly, she meets Garen who tries to recruit help to find a goddess that roams the world in exchange for followers. Sarah doesn’t want this and turns down his deal. Sadly Garen doesn’t come with an optional bargain so Sarah chooses to flee. With the help of a new friend named Nathan, she goes on the lamb and tries to hide. But lately, she finds out that there are dark secret forces that are lurking in the shadows.

My Thoughts

I thought the book was fun and loved the mixture of different kinds of mythologies. The book took me on a great adventure and surrounded me with Greek gods and kick ass Hawaiian Goddesses. The book also has a villain with twisted secrets that leave you in awe as well. I can’t wait til the next book to come so I can indulge on that. Until my next review keep on reading.


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#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso Book Review

Hi, guys welcome back to Where Stephanie Reads. In this book review, I will be discussing a book I recently read called #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso. I was really excited to read this book because I recently watched the Netflix show Girlboss based on Sophia’s life and how she started her business. For those who have heard of Sophia Amoruso, she is well-known for her online business Nasty Gal which is online clothing store where she sells vintage.

  • Title: #GirlBoss
  • Author: Sophia Amoruso
  • Year Published: 2014
  • Page Count: 239 pages
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

In this book, Sophia talks about how she started her business and also shares her experiences. Sophia started out with not a lot of money or should I say broke and then started an eBay store back in the day when Myspace was popular. She named the store Nasty Gal and became a success. But after she got kicked off Ebay and then moved to her own site where she turned her store into a successful clothing store. Sophia becomes the CEO in under 8 years since starting her journey.

My Thoughts

The book was so good that I read it in two days. The is a combination of a business book, and a memoir with humor as well. I enjoyed reading about how Sophia started out at the bottom and then built herself up with just an idea. I also think she got to be one of the smartest people and I liked how regardless of what challenges came her way she kept on going. The book had a ton of advice and I recommend it for anyone who wants to take the plunge to start a business but need the inspiration. My favorite part of the book is that it’s kind of a business book but it more of what Sophia learned on the journey. If you are totally interested in checking it out click on the affiliate links above and until my next post, keep on reading.

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Ever the Hunted By Erin Summerill Book Review

  • Title: Ever the Hunted
  • Author: Erin Summerill
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 392 pages
  • Series Name: Clash of Kingdoms
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

The story is about a girl who has lost everything. Her best and only friend that she had feelings for up and left without a notice. Then her father who is a legendary bounty hunter was a murdered. All only the girl named Britta is left alone and shunned by the Kingdom of Malam. This leads to Britta trying to do whatever it takes to survive including poaching illegal on the king’s lands. One day Britta is caught poaching and gets arrested. Soon, the king hands Britta a bargain. In order to keep her life, she must find and bring in the man who killed her father. Simple task except when Britta find out it was his apprentice and best friend who disappeared months before. Britta must go on a journey and must deal with how to bring a person she once loved. Can she do this?

My Thoughts

I actually wasn’t sure about this book. I saw this a few times on YouTube and around social media and fell in love with the book cover. I know not to judge a book by it’s cover…but I am a big sucker for books with hand lettering for the design. I also love fantasy and stories where characters go on a quest. I really enjoyed this book; in fact it was so good that I read it in three days. It was fast paced and had tons of great action. I also appreciated a main female character who was strong and clever. She knew who to get out of horrible situations and never let anyone tear her down. I also enjoyed her interaction with the other character Cohen who is her friend and who was accused of the murder. I thought he was a really interesting character and the opposite of Britta who tends to be on the rational side. Lastly, I enjoyed getting a quick glance at the world building. The world that has medieval elements along with magic. I totally recommend this book to anyone. If you are interested click on the links to check it out. Until my next book review keep on reading.

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Windwitch by Susan Dennard

  • Title: Windwitch
  • Author: Susan Dennard
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Series Name: The Witchlands
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

On this week’s review I was thrown back into the world of the Truthwitch with the sequel Windwitch. This book brings you back to wonderful world of magic, adventure and powerful female characters. At the start of the book we find Merik after he survives an explosion that destroys his ship and the kills his crew. Merik must fend for himself and find out he was behind the destruction. Luckily he has the help of his first mate Cam who helps guide him through rumble. Searching for answers in his own kingdom leads him to a world of secrets.

The story also brings to Iseult who was left on her own after Safi left. Iseult embarks on a quest to rescue Safi but gets help from an unlikely ally in the Bloodwitch. Iseult finds out that the Bloodwitch has a hidden agenda of his own that could be put Iseult at risk. Could she trust him?

Somewhere on the seas Safi is trusted to work with the Empress of Morstoki. ALl of the sudden their ship explosives and leaves them on their own to fend themselves. Soon they find themselves in danger and must rely on the their smarts to get them through.

My Thoughts

The book was amazing. The book had action, adventure, pirates and a great dose of strong female characters. I had so much fun reading and after waiting a whole year I was not disappointed. Starting off with the world of the Witchlands got bigger and throughout the book it took me to other parts o f the world. I also enjoyed the action fighting scenes from the last book and Windwitch brought more action. From the mix of magic to the sword fighting it was fun. The interactions of the characters were enjoyable. I like the way that Iseult’s relationship with the Bloodwitch development and changed throughout the story. Lastly I enjoyed being introduced to the news characters to book especially the female characters. I am hoping for a movie for the series or a show that can be on CW or HBO or something. Until my next review keep on reading.

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

  • Title: Wayfarer
  • Author: Alexandra Bracken
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 467 pages
  • Series Name: Passenger
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

In the second book Wayfarer we continue where we left off. Etta who becomes orphan from time after the events of the last book and ends up meeting a man who claims to be her father. Should she trust him or does he have a hidden agenda? Back to Nicolas who must team up with Sophia after her betrayal and find Etta but also learns more secrets about the Astrolabe. All of the characters are forced to decide the fate of the time travel families and must find a way to save the world from the Ironwoods before its too late.

My Thoughts

I was thrilled what I read and was sad to learn it was just a duology. Why? I want the fun to continue. Hopefully, there would be a spin-off or some short stories. The book was different from the first book which had more romance built into the story but in Wayfarer it was more about the adventure and action. This is something I liked about this book. As much as I enjoyed the love story because the first book got too steamy for me and I wanted more fast paced action. In Wayfarer I got what I wanted. There was time travel to different time periods and there was fighting. I also enjoyed seeing my favorite characters including some new faces as well. Overall the book was fun and I can’t wait to read more from Bracken.

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