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Map of Shadows: A Mapwalker Novel by J.F. Penn Book Review

I when I first so the book review request in my inbox, I knew that this book was super interesting. I also felt like the idea was fresh and just something I needed to get out of a reading slump. If you like books that take you on an adventure or someone who loves maps, this book review post will be for you. Today I will be talking about Map of Shadows: A Mapwalker Novel by J.F. Penn.

  • Title: Map of Shadows: A Map Walker Novel
  • Author: J.F. Penn
  • Year Published: 2017
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SYNOPSIS:

The Map of Shadows starts off with a man who gets murdered by a mysterious man along with his pack of wolves one night. Then fast forward to the chapter one, we focus on the main character Sienna Farren. She is dealing the loss of her estranged grandfather and has to go to his map store to help close shop. Once there she get’s inherited the shop and a lot more than she thought. Sienna finds out her family is part of a secret agency called the Ministry of Maps. The Ministry of Maps is in charge of the protecting the borders of the world and the otherworld.

During the book, Sienna also gets tangled up in the mystery of her grandfather’s death and also the knowledge that her long-lost father may still be alive. Sienna soon joins of a group of mapwalkers in order to the solved mystery but also to help protect the borders from those that want to wreck havoc on the world.

REVIEW:

This book sucked me in once I read the book but once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. It was fascinating and just addicting. Throughout the book, I was thrown into the world of maps and also got to explore a world where people can change the landscape of the world. But also people who can travel with just using a map. It was really cool. I also like how each of the characters has cool unique abilities but also exploring an alternate universe. I also enjoyed the main character Sienna and seeing her need to save her father but also the struggle she has with having way too much power. I can’t wait to see if there is a follow to the book and see where the story leads.

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Token Huntress by Kia Carrington-Russell Book Review

In the near distant future where humanity is at its end. The world has been taken over by a war between Vampires and the Hunters. In Token Huntress, there is a combination of action, vampires, and romance that will keep the story movie as you read it.

  • Title: Token Huntress
  • Author: Kia Carrington-Russell
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Page Count: 222
  • Author Site: Here
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SYNOPSIS:

The Token Huntress takes in the future where humans are scare and the world is taken over but three races of vampires. The Council which is made up of civilized Vampires, vampires that do what they please, and Sabers. Sabers who are beyond saving. In order to protect humans, there are THe Hunters. A race that is part human part Vampire with strong abilities and evenly matches to vampires. They fight to protect humanity from them and vow to fight vampires.

In the book, the story focuses on Esmore who is known as the Token Huntress. Her duty is to lead her guild and to fight all vampire and protect humans and the world. But unlike her hunters, she is born without a gift and has dark eyes. Despite not having a gift. She is a force to reckon because she is the strongest fighter and can outwit vampires. Things take a turn, Esmore meets a mysterious vampire that wakes a darkness within her. Throughout the book, she must discover the reason behind this darkness if she wants to save her kind of vampires. But will the mysterious vampire be a step in the way?

REVIEW:

This book is exciting. When I was reading it I couldn’t put it down. I read it like in two days and just want more from it because it was so good. There is action, a strong female characters, a hot romance and just lots of fighting scenes that held my attention. At first, when I learned that it was a vampire book I expected a typical urban fantasy vampire book but this was totally fresh. I think the end of humanity idea where humans are close to extinction, a world taken over by vampires and hunters at war with them gave it a fresh interesting take on this world. I also like the way the author built the world and history and lets you know why the world is this way and helped paint the picture. As for the main character Esmore, I think she is a strong bad ass. She can fight and doesn’t rely on special abilities except for her skills when it comes to a bow and sword. I actually can’t wait to see what comes next and see how the story continues.

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Paradox Bound by Peter Clines Book Review

Dive into the world of Paradox Bound, and go on the action-packed road through history on the search for the American Dream. This book has a time-travel, a mixture of American history and fast-paced car chase scenes that leave you wanting more. This is a book by Peter Clines and I can’t wait to talk about it.

  • Title: Paradox Bound
  • Author: Peter Clines
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 384
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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SYNOPSIS:

Paradox Bound focuses on a boy named Eli, who meets a woman with car trouble. Next thing, you know she vanishes. Years later Eli, is working at a bank and then runs into the woman again. She has a secret. Then she is gone again. Things take a wrong turn when men without faces are looking for her and anyone associated with her are in danger. Eli takes it upon himself to travel across America to find the mysterious woman in the car and finds himself on road trip adventure he never thought possible. Eli and the woman who goes back Harry travel through history in search of the American Dream and also try to avoid falling into the grasps of the faceless men who would stop at nothing to keep them away from the Dream. Throughout the book, Eli learns about the history of America and what makes it great and learns to find the power within himself if he wants to survive in one piece.

REVIEW:

I wasn’t sure how the book was going to turn out when I first put a request on it. At first, I really like the premise and the cover but was afraid that it would disappoint me. But, as it turns out I was wrong. I really enjoyed the book and couldn’t get enough of it. There was time travel or should I say traveling through history, there was a bad ass female character drives an awesome car and there was action at every turn. I really like the story how it brings in the American Dream and how the author came put it in this fresh story. My only issue was that there were some parts that left me a little confused and had a hard time wrapping my mind around but overall I enjoyed the book.

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The Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather Book Review

One of my favorite kind of stories where magic is involved. And recently a book was brought to my attention that has a combination of magic, evil government and tons of action. I was sent a book called The Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather this week and was excited to start it because I thought this story was something I knew I would be into.

  • Title: The Traitor’s Crux
  • Author: Jessica Prather Lu
  • Series: The Dark Powers
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 332
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

In The Traitors’ Crux, we meet a girl named Kanadee who lives in a world where those with magic are seen as the enemy. They targeted and then arrested and sent away. And Kenadee’s brother has arrested years ago prior to the book and never seen from again. Years later Kenadee gets arrested and then recruited by the President. Kenadee must work for the president and infiltrate a secret camp where those with magic are and bring them in. If she doesn’t, her family will get killed. Kenadee agrees and then goes deep undercover. Soon, Kenadee learns about the world of magic and discovers that this world is more than it seems. And Kenadee also must learn to use the magic within her and make hard choices that can send a ripple effect on those that are in the way.

BOOK REVIEW:

This book was enjoyable and was fun to read. I actually couldn’t put it down because all I wanted to do was keep reading. The book was fast-paced and brought me into this world of magic and the idea of making hard choices. I also liked the writing style how the author made a book that feels relevant to today’s climate and a book that makes you think.

As for the characters, I really liked Kenadee and felt sympathetic to her situation. She is forced into a situation and must choose between saving her family and hurting people who are part of a war that they didn’t choose to be in. Other than this Kenadee also must learn to believe in herself and her strength and deal with finding who she is.

Overall, I liked The Traitor’s Crux and enjoyed the action and the magic system in the book. I also really liked Kenadee and I would like to see how she grows throughout the series. And so until my next book review keeps on reading.

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Blood Rose by Danielle Rose

It’s been a really long time since I got to read a vampire book. Now and again I would read a book that has vampires in it but I wouldn’t really consider it a vampire book. Last time I read a vampire book was Ghost Town by Rachel Caine which is from The Morganville Vampires series. So, recently I was in the mood and was sent Blood Rose to review and had a feeling that this would catch my interest. Blood Rose is the first in the trilogy by Danielle Rose.

  • Title: Blood Rose
  • Author: Danielle Rose
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 334
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

There is a war going on. A war against witches and vampires. Witches risk their lives protecting the world from vampires who they were believed to want to destroy. At least that is what Avah has been told for most of her life. Avah has devoted her life to a witch to fighting vampires and she spent most of it preparing the day that would change everything. It was grained in her being that she was the chosen one for the prophecy that was said to lead the war against vampires and to destroy all of them. Avah was ready until the night of her ceremony.

BOOK REVIEW:

I actually saw the book on Booktube and thought it would be a really interesting book and I also didn’t know it was about vampires. I thought it was mostly going to be about witches. But that said I actually really enjoyed this book. I like all the action fighting scenes and enjoyed that this was a book mostly focused on both witches and vampires. I mean when was the last time I read a book about a witch part vampire? A vampire that can fight and use magic isn’t something I really a lot. I also liked the writing style and the pace of the story which was fast, ongoing and didn’t me want to slow down.

As for the characters themselves, I liked Avah. I thought she was a total bad ass and I liked reading about a strong female who can fight and kick butt. Makes me think of Buffy who also can fight vampires. But with the added magic in the mix to go with it. I also enjoyed her dedication to her coven but also the vampires she meets through the story.

I really like the story, but there were some things I wished could’ve been developed a bit more. Mostly, one the supporting characters in the book. I feel like they disappear a lot and somethings don’t get explained like the way the characters act around Avah. Something displays a dislike but you don’t really get a full explanation on why or where they are going with it. I also would’ve to see more fighting scenes with all the supporting characters together.

Overall, I really like the book. I had a lot of fun read Blood Rose and can’t wait to continue on this story because of the enjoyment. I also like how the idea of a witch turned vampire was fresh and new. I totally recommend this to anyone who likes witches or vampires or just urban fantasy altogether. So until my next book review keep on reading.

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Boss Bitch by Nicole Lapin

After reading Boss Bitch, I was feeling inspired and feeling like this book was a great addition to my motivational bookshelf. It was funny, witty and something that should be read if you are looking to take charge of your life and your career. There so much to talk about in the book so I decided to just jump into it.

  • Title: Boss Bitch
  • Author: Nicole Lapin
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 272
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career is written by Nicole Lapin brings you a step-by-step guide to helping you take charge of your life and your career. If you are an entrepreneurial or just want to get ahead the book cover many different areas. Starting off the first part of the book mostly focuses on yourself. From how to take charge of your personal life to gaining confidence. In the second of part of the book helps you take charge of your work life and how to achieve your goals and move in the company. In the final section is all focused on starting a business and how to run it.

BOOK REVIEW:

I found Boss Bitch very inspiring and motivating. I like how the book is broken off into many parts where it first talks about your personal life. Think taking care of your personal life and yourself helps build the other parts of your life. I like who the book also gives you specifics and steps to go from so you do get lost. I also like the writing style and way that the book is very securely but more a conversation. The author herself is funny and concise throughout and leaves you to feel like you can do anything. Overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who needs a book to help you feel empowered and motivated.

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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer Book Review

Can true love save the one you love or break the spell? Well, hope so because recently I got the chance to dive into this YA Fantasy book called Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer. This book combines fantasy, adventure and shows the true bond of two sisters that are trying to find their way together. To learn more continue on.

  • Title: Spindle Fire
  • Author: Lexa Hillyer
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 368
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The book Spindle Fire focuses on the two sisters who are both princesses that share a bond but are different. Due to the tithes that were taken place when they were little, they were gifted and also had things taken away from them. Aurora who is the kingdom’s main daughter, and favored by all lack the sense of touch and can’t speak. Aurora’s half-sister Isabelle who is known as the bastard daughter lacks the sight. Despite their differences, they are close and willing to do anything to protect each other.

On the night that Aurora is about to be wed her sister decides to run away to escape her fate of being sent to a faraway convent. At the same time, Aurora who goes after her ends up being cursed by the evil fairy queen Malfeour. Aurora trapped in her sleep and her half-sister must find a way to save her and also the sleeping sickness that engulfs the lands as part of the curse.

In order to save Aurora, Isabelle must find her true love and find her sister. But doing so is no easy task. There danger in this world and there is a war coming. In order to find her sister, she must navigate this world without sight and along with the help of Aurora’s true love. Will Isabelle save her sister and break the curse? At the same time stuck in dreamland, Aurora must find a way to get back to the real world in order to prevent a war and a world she happened to get to know.

BOOK REVIEW:

When I saw the premise of the book I was really fascinated. And the book actually reminds me of Sleeping Beauty and even the name of the one of the princess is Aurora. I was really excited and not too much I am a big fan of anything fae or fairies. The book itself does paint the magical world of the Kingdom that two princesses live and also the world that is created within Aurora’s dreamworld.Though do wish the book did go in further with the world building and showed more magical elements.

I also felt like the characters as well. I think the bond between the two sisters despite their differences was relatable since I also have a sister. So that made it intriguing to me. I also like the character Isabelle for the fact she willing to go to wide lengths to get to her sister despite not being able to see. But I will admit there were times where she did irritate me and at times she can be a bit naive especially when it comes to how to break the curse. As for her other sister Aurora I wasn’t really a fan and feel like she could have been developed more throughout the story and felt like she didn’t explain many things.

There was also some other flaws in the story from the fact that I felt lost at certain times. I also had more questions and book had some plot holes that made me confused on how many stories this book had. This doesn’t mean I hope in the next book more question will be answered and there would be more development.

Overall, I think the book had an interesting concept and I liked the authors take on this world. I also think the book has potential to go from an ok book to a more better story as it goes on. I do think some of the characters could be more worked on and be a little more relatable. So that is it for my review. Stay tuned for more book reviews and until next time keep on reading.

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