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Review: A Love Letter From the Girls Who Feel Everything by Brittainy C. Cherry & Kandi Steiner

Posted September 13th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review: A Love Letter From the Girls Who Feel Everything by Brittainy C. Cherry & Kandi Steiner

The Faerie Queen’s review As a girl who feels everything, and deeply, I was both scared and excited to read this collection of poetry. I don’t read a lot of poetry, so I can’t say how it compares to other volumes. That being said, I believe poetry, more than other types of writing, is a very subjective experience. That’s not to say other writing isn’t subjective, just that poetry is so completely about feelings and experiences, and is so succinct in expressing these, that it targets your own feelings, and you’ll get the most out of poetry if there’s a connection between what you’re reading and what you’re experiencing. For me, this was very much the case. Like I said, I am very emotional. I’ll own that. I hate that being emotional – and therefore vulnerable – is thrown around like an insult, like you’re weak and out of control […]

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Review & Excerpt: You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy

Posted August 30th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy

The Faerie Queen’s review This… did not work for me. And it was only after I finished the book that I understood why. And yes, I did finish it; it was like that urge to watch a car crash in slow motion, and I couldn’t look away. I had to know how it ended. But here’s why. You see, a lot of people have rated this book highly on Goodreads, and I noticed a trend with the reviews I read. A lot of these reviewers had read the author’s books before, notably her YA romance, More Than Friends. Well, dear readers, it turns out that You Promised Me Forever is a revisiting of the relationship that develops in that book. But nowhere does it say that in the blurb. Maybe the author was banking on this second-chance story standing on its own? Well, it didn’t, and that’s for a few […]

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Review & Excerpt: Break My Fall by M. Mabie

Posted August 29th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Break My Fall by M. Mabie

The Faerie Queen’s review WHAT IS THIS SLOW-BURN, CLIFFHANGER BUSINESS?! Ok, strong reaction to that ending… But I mean, that’s a good thing, right? Because I was soooooo into this story, and then it all went up in flames in the last few pages. Now I can’t get into anything new because all I can think about is what’s going to happen next. I need the next two books immediately. Let’s back it up, shall we? This is a story about Abraham and Myra. Both come from a town called Lancaster, where Abraham’s father is the pastor in a weird, pseudo-Christian cult. Twisting the words of the Bible, men are given enormous power over women, making all decisions for them; meanwhile, women are raised to be subservient and domestic, and to give birth to as many new souls for “God’s army” as possible. Abraham knew something was up from a young age […]

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Review & Excerpt: Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper

Posted August 9th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper

The Faerie Queen’s review Here were my reasons for taking an interest in a book about an adult woman falling for the boy next door…who is in high school: It’s so wrong, but that only made me more curious, and books are a safe place to explore ideas like this. I’ve already done the older man thing with Wanting Mr. Cane by Shanora Williams, but the older woman thing seemed even more out there. (Thanks, patriarchy, for making the weird factor uneven on this…) If it did all work without being completely skeevy…how did Leddy manage to pull it off? I needed to know! I’m a sucker for a good boy-next-door trope. I think we should start off with one very important point: when they meet, Kristy is 32, and Ash is 17. BUT!!!!! Nothing happens between them until Ash is 18. And when Kristy guesses Ash’s age as 22ish, he […]

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DNF Review: Condemned by Marianne Morea

Posted July 26th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
DNF Review: Condemned by Marianne Morea

The Faerie Queen’s review I was meant to publish this review on release day, but it’s always painful when you’re hopeful about a book and then discover it does not suit you. I was eager to read about vampires who lived through extraordinary historical events, and I liked the idea of an academic struggling to come to terms with the existence of creatures she’s considered legends. The biggest stumbling block from the beginning was how Dominic came across. Instead of a dark, sexy hero, he came across like a wise, old man. Yes, he is wise, and he is old, but when writing vampire heroes, you need to portray them as experienced but still as youthful as the day they “died”. At best, I could see Dominic being like Ned Stark. Instead of a hot vampire romance, Dominic initially came across as creepy old man lusting over a much younger woman. […]

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Review & Excerpt: The Billionaire’s Wake-up-call Girl by Annika Martin

Posted July 12th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: The Billionaire’s Wake-up-call Girl by Annika Martin

The Faerie Queen’s review I read this whilst in a car with my boyfriend, driving down the winding roads of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (aka the west coast). And boy, did I have fun! This one is (obviously) for those of you who like your billionaire fantasies. In one corner, we’ve got scientist CEO Theo for a hero, consumed with efficiency and scientific breakthroughs, believing there’s no room for fun and personality in the workplace lest they decrease productivity. In the other corner, we have Lizzie, creative bakery owner turned social media coordinator, desperate for an income to help her recover from the financial blow that was dating a conman. Both are stubborn, and both have personal issues in their pasts. My ultimate favourite parts of the book were Lizzie and Theo’s early morning conversations before he discovered her identity. They were sexy, bizarre at times, and laugh-out-loud funny. So funny! My […]

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Review & Excerpt: Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren

Posted June 15th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren

The Faerie Queen’s review I hadn’t yet read a book by Skye Warren, but I’d heard of her, aware that she had written a number of series (some connected). When the opportunity arose to read the first book in a new series, I grabbed it. Especially with that blurb! What shone in this book for me were the characters and their complicated relationships that went far past the typical friend/enemy/lover labels. Harper surprised me the most with how she broke the typical “rich girl” mould. Because she wasn’t just a rich girl with an attitude. She was an artist with a complicated family who loved and hated each other all at the same time, a difficult but painfully real dynamic to understand. Money was such a toxic influence in her life. Her views on relationships and power and women in history and mythology made me think and want to learn […]

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Review & Excerpt: Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn

Posted June 14th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn

The Faerie Queen’s review Yesss that was glorious and I loved it. Not only was it emotionally satisfying, Knocked Up was also HOT. Cara – an artist from a rich family – and Braxton – a tattoo business owner from the wrong side of town – have a great weekend together at their best friends’ wedding. Weeks later, Cara finds out she’s pregnant and seeks Braxton out to let him know. She’s mortified, he thinks she’s disgusted by him, but both are insanely attracted to each other – and both want to keep and raise the baby. Fighting pride, prejudice (I couldn’t help it), hormones, and terrible parents, these two must find a way to deal with each other for the sake of their unborn child. But honestly, they’re meant to be! I thought Cara was very admirable. Yes, she was only 24 and wasn’t financially or logistically prepared for […]

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