Book Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

23308087Title: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: 368 pages
Format: eARC through Penguin First to Read
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Rating – 5 stars!!

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

I received a free copy of the Flame in the Mist ARC from Penguin’s First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.

Flame in the Mist is set in feudal japan and follows a young girl Mariko who has been betrothed to one of the emperor’s sons. On her way to meet her betrothed, her litter is attacked and she is presumed dead. Survival instinct kicking in, she escapes and due to the climate of the time, dresses as a boy in order to move around freely and embarks on a quest for revenge.

Prior to being approved an ARC, I had heard about this book and that it was a Mulan retelling. I definitely saw the Mulan similarities but this story is definitely it’s very own. I loved this book. I thought it was so unique and done very well. I loved the theme of female empowerment that is woven throughout the entire book – we see this in Mariko’s making her own decisions and taking her life into her own hands during a time when women were treated like property and not allowed to make their own decisions.

The romance element was simply breathtaking. In connection with that I am SUPER happy that Mariko was not the squeaky clean, pure main character that we see in a lot of stories. She was very real. She was a badass that had no problem standing up for herself and did not succumb to what anyone wanted her to be, but she also had moments where she doubted herself and her strength. Through that she always found strength within herself, which was amazing.

The writing was absolutely beautiful, this was undoubtedly one of my favorite reads of this year so far.  It does end rather abruptly but I was okay with that since I know there is going to be a second book. I felt like a lot happened in this one and the stage was set for some really big things to happen. I cannot wait for the second one and my only complaint is that I will have to wait awhile since this book won’t even release until May. I definitely have a lot of questions like the magical elements we see and where this comes from and what happens with Mariko, plus a few more that I won’t mention because of spoilers.

This was my first Renee Ahdieh book and now I am very interested in reading her other novels. Flame in the Mist is published on May 16th so definitely check it out!

Cover Reveal: Once Upon A Time University by Savannah Ostler D’Alo

Good morning everyone! This morning I am excited to share with you the cover reveal for Once Upon a Time University by Savannah Ostler D’Alo. I read and reviewed the first book in this series and thought it was a super cute, fun story…you can see that review here: Happily Ever After High School Review. Without further ado, here is the cover for the second book in this series!!!

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Okay guys, seriously! Isn’t this cover gorgeous?!! I’m in love with it, so in love with it and I can’t wait to read it!


The enchanting sequel to “Happily Ever After High School” 

After graduating Happily Ever High, eighteen year old Albany French was living the perfect fairy tale. She had her very own fairy godmother, a delightfully eccentric grandmother, and her boyfriend was her dream knight in shining armor. 

At first, it seemed like a flawless freshman year for her at Once Upon A Time University. The campus was magical and enchanted, her classes were extraordinary, and she made surprising new friends. 

A chain of unsettling events followed by a twist of fate sends Albany spinning. She is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life- one that could potentially break her heart. The perfect happily ever after was still within Albany’s grasp… or so she thought. 


About the Author

IMG_3846Savannah Ostler was born in Alpine, Utah. Since childhood, she has enjoyed many forms of the arts. It was from her love of performing that she decided to attend East Hollywood High, a school in Salt Lake City dedicated to film, television, and writing.

In addition to acting for both stage and film, Savannah is also a singer, having released several original pop singles, and performing at well known venues in Hollywood such as The House Of Blues, and the Roxy theater.

Although Savannah is incredibly diverse with her talents, her first love is, and has always been writing. She has been writing ever since she learned how to read and write. She enjoys many different forms of writing: poetry, lyrics, fiction, and screenplays. To date, Miss Ostler has written hundreds of original poems, six original songs produced and performed by Savannah herself, hundreds of lyrics not yet produced, over a dozen produced short films, five feature film screenplays, two television pilots, and of course, her first novel Happily Ever After High School.

Savannah has always been a day dreamer and a true kid at heart. When she is not buried in her writing projects, she can be found at Disneyland, living out all of her fairy tale dreams.

She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Steve and their two mixed Chihuahua pups.

Blog Tour Book Review: Delano in Hollyhook by Cameron Glenn


DIHKINDLETitle:  Delano in Hollyhook by Cameron Glenn
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publisher: Howling Wolf (Ravenswood Publishing)
Length: 366 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date:  August 10, 2015
Rating – 4/5

Delano Farnsworth is one of the few ‘lucky unfortunates’ chosen to receive an invitation to the magical Camp Hollyhook. After he arrives, however, he quickly discovers that not is all as it seems. With his new camp friends the ‘quirky’ Jackie, the ‘dour’ Lenore and the ‘lonely’ Wheeze, Delano seeks to uncover the sinister true purpose of the camp, as well as learn about his missing parents who abandoned him when he was three, his kidnapped uncle as well as his own self and destiny.


Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Delano in Hollyhook. I’d like to send a big thank you to both the author and publisher Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Delano in Hollyhook is about a young high school student who is an orphan and sort of a misfit. He lives with his uncle and has never really known what happened to his parents. One day he notices strange things, sort of magical things happening. He wins a sort of lottery for unfortunate kids and is whisked off to summer camp at Camp Hollyhook which the “infomercial” presents as being a sort of paradise for kids where they can do whatever the want, eat junk food and see magical creatures. It’s in Delano’s nature to question things and he soon finds himself on a quest, along with a few other campers, to figure out what exactly is really going on behind closed doors at Camp Hollyhook while also uncovering the secrets of his past and his family.

I gave Delano in Hollyhook a 4 out of 5 star rating. I really enjoyed reading this book, I thought it was really fun. At the beginning it sort of reminded me a little of a Harry Potterish type story. I liked that the story was really fast paced all throughout the book, I never really got bored with this story because it seemed like something was always happening which is good because it kept my interest throughout. It was a pretty short read filled with adventure and suspense. It is definitely a great summer read for kids, I’m recommending it to my niece who is just starting to really get into reading alot more.

One thing I got confused on was that a couple of times a character was referenced by a different name but that name is never introduced to us so I’m wondering if maybe that was the characters name originally and maybe it changed. That was a small hiccup in the narrative for me but not big enough to destroy my reading vibe, it literally happened only twice that I remember so it wasn’t a big deal. Delano is also in high school, but for most of the book I got the sense that everyone was younger than they actually were. I was a little saddened by the ending but also a little hopeful as it was a pretty open ending so maybe there will be a second book (hopefully). I would love to read more about these characters!

Overall though, I really liked this book, I liked the setting and journey it took me on. I think it’s a good middle grade or early YA book. I enjoyed reading it as an adult just as much as I would have as a teenager and also, the cover is also absolutely gorgeous!

Happy reading everyone!


About the Author

GCCameron Glenn grew up the third of seven children in Oregon. As a child he dedicated hours to the pursuits of basketball and cartooning, as well as waking up way too early for his paper route in order to earn money to buy toys, candy and comic books. He also loved to read and write, which he continues to do voraciously. He currently lives in Salt Lake City after having earned a BA in literature from Boise State.




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Book Review: Scrap (The Grimmic Chronicles #1) by Emory Sharplin

17790521Title: Scrap (The Grimmic Chronicles #1) by Emory Sharplin
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publisher: River Grove Books
Page count: 343 pages
Format: Ebook ARC
Rating – 5/5!!

On the brutal streets of Hellip, a village in the vast empire of the cruel King Ibis, you either become good at running from the king’s Blackcoats or you die. This is the lesson that twelve-year-old Tucker Scrap, abandoned as an infant among the orphans of Hellip, learned early. Along with her friends Ash and Kally, Tucker spends her time keeping one step ahead of the unjust laws, stealing what she needs to survive, and pondering her own unknown origins—and those of the enchanted bracelet with which she was found.

Now, both Ash and Kally have vanished from the orphanage, perhaps headed for the faraway city where Ibis still rules. When a mysterious girl named Vivian arrives in Hellip with a strange invitation to Tucker, the leader of the orphans decides that this may be her opportunity to find her missing friends. But more than this: it may become an opportunity to recover her hidden inheritance, and to change the fate of an entire kingdom.

The introduction to a fantasy world rich with ancient magic, enigmatic gypsies, palace labyrinths, and deep woods haunted by strange and forbidding creatures, Emory Sharplin’s debut novel tells the story of Tucker Scrap: a bold, memorable heroine at the center of a centuries-old mystery, stepping into her destiny at last.


Full disclosure, I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am really happy that I decided to request this galley because it was awesome, I loved it. It has been awhile since I stayed up with a book as late as I did with this one. I’m talking 4 am guys. I did not want to put this book down and I just had to see where the story was going and what was going to happen with the characters. This is book one of a series so after having read this book, I’m itching to read the next one. When, when when are we getting another book?!

There was a very interesting cast of characters that I can’t wait to learn more about and I am mostly looking forward to just seeing their interactions with each other. Especially with Napier, Colt, Kally and Tucker. I feel like there is going to be alot of drama there in book two, not to mention the drama with Tucker, Vivian, the rebellion and the King. When I started the book I thought it was going to be a much darker story than it turned out to be and I think I would have liked that but I still really loved the story and enjoyed it so much. It was very entertaining and fun to read. I definitely lost myself in this story and loved the writing style. I loved Tucker as our main character, she’s definitely tough and scrappy but also surprisingly feminine, I loved that balance. One of my most favorite aspects of the story are the gypsies and I am hoping that they play a larger role in book two, which I’m assuming they will because of what happened at end.

This was a great YA fantasy read and I cannot wait to continue this story. I give this story five stars and a recommend!

Blog Tour Book Review: Happily Ever After High School by Savannah Ostler

HEAHS1Title: Happily Ever After High School by Savannah Ostler
Genre:  YA – Fantasy/Clean Teen
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 355
Format: EPUB
Publication Date: January 16, 2015
Rating – 4/5 – I really liked it!

Seventeen year old Albany French wants nothing more than to find her very own happily ever after. She dreams of finding her fairy godmother, going to the ball, and being swept away by a Prince. Much to her dismay, her life is no fairy tale. Albany is just a typical, all American girl who attends an overly crowded public high school.

An untimely tragedy leaves Albany desperate for a new life.

She seeks comfort in her eccentric grandmother, Greta. Not only does Greta welcome Albany into her home with open arms, but she transfers Albany to a new school.

But… this new school is not your average high school. This is… Happily Ever After High, the enchanting high school that hosts hundreds of magical, fairytale students.

Albany is about to begin the journey of a lifetime… as she discovers who she really is, where her family came from, falls in love for the first time, and embarks on a quest to fulfill a prophecy that has been passed on for ages.

Welcome to Happily Ever After High.


Hello and welcome to stop on the tour for Happily Ever After High School. Thank you to Savannah Ostler and Ravenswood Publishing for letting me participate and read this book for an honest review!

Happily Ever After High School was a really cute, fun story about a girl named Albany who is fed up with her life both at home and at school and prefers to lose herself in the world of fairy tales. When her father dies suddenly, she is sent to live with her grandmother and begins her senior year at a new schol HEAHS which she soon finds out stands for Happily Ever After High School. Right when she enters the school she knows that this is where she is supposed to be. It is a place where fairy tales come alive and where Albany finds herself not only in true love but she also finds herself thrust into the shoes of a heroine.

Happily Ever After High School was a super cute story and a fun light read. I really like the play on words there with the title, the school and the ending of the book. I ended up giving the book a 4 star review which means that I really liked it. I found it an enjoyable story, I think the plot was a good one but I just couldn’t get past my problems with Albany. To me she seems alot younger than seventeen by the way she talks and acts, I would guess fifteen at least. I started getting into the book about midway, I feel like at that point the writing takes a different turn. At the beginning there were alot of clipped sentences but I love that in some books and in others it’s hard to get past. I also didn’t really get into the narrative flow at first, it seems more like Albany’s journal which makes sense to me at the end of the book when we find that she is definitely telling us a story but even then it feels like a story that’s rather than being written for us, is being told to us in person. I think this is due to the asides that come every once in awhile. I really did like how her wanting to write came to fruition at the end of the book when we realize that the book we have in our hands is the fruit of the conversation between her and Ben. That was really cool.

I also loved that Albany wasn’t a typical fit-in-with-the-princesses main character and that she didn’t fall for the stereotypical handsome prince. I liked that the princesses were snobs which when you think about it they probably would be if we knew them in real life (maybe). Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale and I really wanted to punch her descendant in the face for literally, all of this book which was interesting!

This book also had elements that I think should be in most fantasies like dragons, swords, magic, intrigue, romance, and all manner of fantastical creatures like centaurs and unicorns. One thing I can definitely say that I liked alot is that it wasn’t ever predictable which was really great. I really wished though that the fight scene between Albany, Ben and the Dragon had been longer, that it taken Albany and Ben just a little bit longer to fall in love and that the book was longer! I think that would have kicked it up to my loving it even more. Overall this book was a good read…a cute and quirky YA Fantasy title that may serve as a really good introduction to fantasy romance for a teen interested in the genre. If there is a second one, I would read it.


Savannah_Ostler-picSavannah Ostler was born in a small town in the state of Utah. She has always enjoyed many different forms of the arts. It was from her love of the stage that she decided to attend East Hollywood High, a film school in Salt Lake City.

In addition to acting, Savannah is also a singer, having produced and released three original pop singles, as well as performing at the world famous House of Blues in West Hollywood.

Although Savannah has a passion for performing, her first love is, and has always been writing. She has been writing ever since she learned how to read and write. She enjoys many different forms of writing; poetry, lyrics,fiction, and screenplays. Savannah finds inspiration for her stories from many different outlets, including her own personal life experiences.

Miss Ostler can be classified as a determined day dreamer. When she is not buried in her laptop writing, Savannah can be found at Disneyland, living out all of her fairytale dreams



Blog Tour Book Review – Sapphire: The Shielded Realms by Elayne Griffith

NEWSAPPHIRETitle: Sapphire: The Shielded Realms written by Elayne Griffith
Genre: Epic Fantasy Saga
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page Count: 275 pages
Format: Ebook
Rating: 5/5

There was a flash of light, the ground quaked, and suddenly a large silhouetted shape lifted itself from swirling white flames.”

Shawna’s ordinary life is forever changed when monstrous creatures come scratching at her door, and a black unicorn mysteriously comes to her aid. She then finds herself at the mercy of a sassy old witch, a quirky fairy who’s allergic to her own fairy dust, and a world of magic and nightmares. A world, she discovers, that is not only her own, but is unraveling from an ancient curse. The truth of its origins, and of the shattered sapphires, will take Shawna and her companions on a fantastical adventure through the hidden secrets of the shielded realms.

~ When there is darkness in our lives, and the path is not always clear, all we need to do is believe. ~



Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sapphire: The Shattered Realms. I would like to give a very warm thank you to the author Elayne Griffith and Mythos Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

Sapphire: The Shattered Realms is a YA fantasy title about a teenage girl Ava, who on the eve of her sixteenth birthday discovers that her parents have been keeping a terrible secret from her. Not only are they not her real parents but she is from an entirely different world…a world in which fairies, unicorns and enchanted crystals are a reality. Faced with a doomsday prophecy and pretty scary enemies, Shawna embarks on a quest (along with unlikely friends) to claim her birthright and save her world.

I loooooved this book. I have never read a book (that I can remember) that had a unicorn in it and when I was presented with the opportunity to read this book I jumped at the chance, because really who doesn’t love unicorns? I think though that I had the impression that it might be a super cheesy fantasy story but that was a totally wrong impression. It was awesome. It definitely wasn’t cheesy but was super fun and interesting. I absolutely loved all the characters that we meet throughout the story from the ones we meet for only a few seconds like the super cute lor-lor to Shawna, or shall I say, Ava herself.  I really liked her character journey from Shawna to Ava. I found her a little annoying at first but what teenage girl isn’t at that age, I know I was but as her character develops throughout the story I just grew to love her…she turns into a pretty strong, badass girl. I really loved that the romance line of this story was kept pretty light because I think a lot of emphasis in YA novels IS put on the romance lines but this book kept the emphasis on Shawna’s quest and her story which was really cool.

I actually can’t sing enough praises about this book, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up loving it. I was fully engrossed in this world from page one and I just loved every minute of it. What a great, fun, pleasurable read. I am so glad I read this. If you are looking for a fun, YA fantasy to read, I highly recommend reading this book. The writing was awesome and the characters were great. Loved it!


About the Author PIC1

Elayne Griffith grew up writing, drawing, climbing trees, and riding unicorns…er, horses as a young girl. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and many years of job-bouncing, she suddenly had an epiphany: life is short, do what you love to do. She quit her job in the city and moved back to nature. Many bags of rice and beans later, she has written her first novel. She currently lives in the mountains, happy as a caffeinated squirrel, while continuing to pursue her writing and artistic career. “Follow your passion, for it is your greatest love.”




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Blog Tour Book Review – Forbidden Forest: The Dragon Holder by Wilson Feliz



Title: Forbidden Forests: The Dragon Holder written Wilson Feliz
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 128
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

The Forbidden Forest Series: Book One, The Dragon Holder is a young-adult fantasy novel set in the magical land of Sindergan. Once protected by the now-extinct dragons and their holders, Sindergan is under attack. The evil Decent Brotherhood and their shadow warriors will stop at nothing to destroy the kingdom and all the light within it. Hope for survival lies in the hands of twin witches, Hope and Destiny; a mage warrior, Anaya; an elf, Danche; an ogre; and Liam, the last dragon holder.


Thanks for stopping by my blog and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Forbidden Forest: The Dragon Holder. I am extremely grateful to both Mythos Press and the author, Wilson Feliz for giving me the opportunity to read and review this amazing book!

The Dragon Holder is the first book in the Forbidden Forest series which promises to be a spectacular series judging from this first book. I had so much fun getting lost in the world of The Dragon Holder and I can’t wait for the series to continue. If you hadn’t gleaned from the cover and the synopsis above, this book is a work of fantasy complete with magic, dragons and warriors…all things that I love to encounter in a fantasy story. My most favorite thing about this story was the way in which the author delivered it to us. The story is delivered from the perspective of multiple characters which I loved and made the story feel very well rounded. Wilson Feliz is a superb storyteller, the language was descriptive, the pacing just right and the world building was done perfectly. All of this created a very enchanting, magical and interesting story that I could not help but find myself completely lost in. I loved all of the mystery, the magic and the peril that the characters face as they each find themselves in the middle of prophecy. I really enjoyed seeing a strong female character like Anaya in this book and I love that she’s this completely badass master magician character. I also love Liam’s character and the bond that he and Shade develop as well as seeing Liam grow into his own on this journey.

I think if you know someone who struggles with the fantasy genre or who is just getting into reading fantasy this would be one of the books that should be required reading but longtime fans of the genre will find it just as enjoyable. At 128 pages this book is a super light, super fast read that delivers a great story and fantasy experience. I cannot wait to read more and I expect to read some fantastic works from this author! At this point, I’m a fangirl and I’m not afraid to say it.

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Wilson Feliz is a new Young Adult and Adult fictional

writer based out of the United States. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Feliz

is currently serving his country as a member of the US Army.

While his day job keeps him grounded on whatever post

he’s stationed at, Feliz’s work as an author allows him to whisk his readers

away to different worlds at the turn of a page. According to Feliz, writing has

always been an outlet. “Even when I was a kid, I’d write poems and short

stories as a way to get out of my head and focus on something other than everyday

life. My imagination was always a little strange and out there.”

It was his “out there” imagination that led Feliz to

craft the world of Sindergan in his first full-length novel, The Forbidden

Forest Series: Book One, The Dragon Holder.

“The Dragon Holder literally came out of nowhere,”

Feliz stated. “I had read stories about dragons and fantasy worlds, but Liam’s

story was something that came from my heart.”

It was Feliz’s strong family bonds and sense of

loyalty that played heavily on the creation of his characters. “What you’ll see

in all my books is that there is no bond like love…All of my characters have a

strong sense of loyalty and a deep need to protect their own. The Dragon Holder

was my first attempt to express that part of myself. Yes, the book is a fantasy

novel about a different land — full of magic and mystery — but at its

heart, The Dragon Holder is about a young man stepping into his role as a

protector, taking everything he learned as a boy and using it to take care of


In his own life, Feliz takes his theme of family

loyalty to heart. When he’s not writing, Feliz is a homebody who loves spending

time with his family.

Feliz is currently working on The Dragon Holder

sequel, as well as a non-fantasy fictional novel, Mason Cartel.