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Tesoro: Secrets of the Hidden Treasure: A Review

Daphne is not a risk taker. She was a responsible student, and when her job as a journalist starts after the summer, she will be a responsible worker. Heading off on adventures is not really her style. But when Daphne’s flighty, daredevil cousin calls her for a ride, Daphne gets much more than she bargained for. Quickly, the hunt is afoot for a treasure that has been hidden for hundreds of years. Can Daphne, her cousin, and their team find the Tesoro treasure before their unscrupulous competitors get to it? Or will Daphne’s attempt at risk taking end in disaster?

Note: I received an ebook copy of Tesoro: Secrets of the Hidden Treasure in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fun, light read. It made me nostalgic, because the 39 clues series was one of my favorites as a kid, and Tesoro reminded me a lot of those books. Although this is a book about treasure hunting and adventure, it wasn’t too intense or stressful. There were definitely action-packed moments, but overall Tesoro was a relaxing book to read. Of course, the hunting for and deciphering of clues was really fun, and I thought Hintz did a good job leading us on the trail.

I also enjoyed the characters. Daphne is a little uptight at times, but she gradually relaxed and gained a sense of adventure. The supporting characters were also likable and easy to read about; I sense a coming romance between Daphne and one of her teammates, and their interactions were really cute.

There were a few things I didn’t like so much. First, I should mention that Tesoro is a self-published novel, which of course means that the author didn’t have the same resources available to her as someone working with a publishing company. Overall, the writing was good (thank goodness I had no grammar issues this time), but there were some scenes with stilted dialogue or a lack of descriptive detail. It wasn’t continuous or horrible, but just be aware. I also thought the writing shifted between a narrating style and Daphne’s point of view, which was a little confusing. It wasn’t glaringly obvious, but there were a few instances when Daphne was thinking things that sounded more like observations about herself than natural thoughts, if that makes sense. Like what an author wants you to think about the character, rather than what you would learn from reading her POV.

My last issue was a little lack in authenticity in historical scenes. There are flashbacks about the person who hid the treasure which are set in the late 1600s. But his speech patterns sounded really modern, which was strange. There were also maps that Daphne and her team would get which had distance measured in feet, which didn’t make sense. The book was set in Italy; plus, I doubt the measuring standards from the 1600s have carried on until today.

Following Good

Tesoro was super clean! No language, no sexual material, no religious material, no LGBT content.

Rating

Although there were a few unpolished aspects in Tesoro, I enjoyed it overall. If adventure/treasure hunting books are your jam, you may want to check this series out (there are three of them, I believe). I am giving Tesoro three stars.

I enjoyed Tesoro a whole lot more than Crowned a Traitor. It is completely coincidental that I ended up reading two self-published novels in September, but I’m glad I did. I really haven’t read many self-published books before; I should look into them more. Do you have a favorite self-published novel?

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9/16/20 WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words. In it, we get to talk about what we just finished, what we’re reading, and what we want to read next.

What I Just Finished

Most recently, I finished Crowned a Traitor by Kate Callaghan and Tesoro: Secrets of the Hidden Treasure by Andrea Hintz. Both are self-published, which I didn’t realize until after reading them. My review of Crowned a Traitor was posted Monday, and I should be reviewing Tesoro Friday.

What I’m Currently Reading

I had a big long list last time I participated in WWW Wednesday, and I’m really trying to pair it down. My focuses this week are The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh and Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee, which I’m listening to via Hoopla. I’m still slowly going through Dracula, which is getting very interesting. It’s just hard to make time for the classics. I’m taking a break from Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly. It got really dark really fast and kind of freaked me out… I’m reading so much dark fantasy that I decided to re-read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon for some light-hearted romance. My alternate audiobook is also light-hearted: Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman. Sooo…my list is still pretty long. But improvement, right?

What I Want to Read Next

I’m really trying to finish some of what I’m in the middle of. However, I did get Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria and The Bookweaver’s Daughter by Malavika Kannan this week, so they are probably next on my list. I keep checking out beautiful books from my library, but somehow they are always displaced by ebooks. It’s very sad.

Hope you guys are having a great Wednesday! What are you reading?

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9/15/20 Top Ten Tuesday: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was a cover freebie, and I decided to talk about books I chose because I liked the covers. I mean, I always tell myself I’m choosing books because of their descriptions, but somehow I know I’m being distracted by pretty things….

  1. Dust by Kara Swanson

Those of you who read my review know that this one didn’t end up working for me. But we can all agree that the cover is gorgeous, right?

2. Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano

I liked the description of this one also, but ultimately, how was I supposed to resist that cover? Thankfully, Seasons of the Storm lived up to its pretty cover. See my review here.

3. Crowned a Traitor by Kate Callaghan

This one isn’t the prettiest cover on the list, but there is something simple and spooky about it that appeals to me. I just reviewed it yesterday, and sadly, it is definitely my least favorite book on the list. Do not judge this one by its cover!

4. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

I listed to the audiobook version of this one last year, before I started blogging, so I haven’t reviewed it on here. I really liked it though, enough that I bought my own hardback copy (and it is even more beautiful in person).

5. Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan

Again, this one is prettier in person (that yellow is actually a pretty gold), and it is definitely the cover that sucked me in. I picked it up at a thrift store, but on looking into it online, I quickly lost interest. I probably should always look books up if the description isn’t on the cover. But sometimes the immediate temptation of a pretty book is too much for me.

6. The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

I was drawn to this one first because of the cover, but also because I recognized the author and was curious. I still think the cover is pretty and kind of mysterious…can covers be mysterious? Anyway, I liked this one, although it was a little sad. See my review here.

7. Eight Will Fall by Sara Harian

This cover is super cool, isn’t it? I love how the girl’s profile contains the climbers and torches. Unfortunately, this one was a total let down. Way too creepy for my taste, and I like things a little creepy. If that sounds appealing to you, check out my full review.

8. Crave by Tracy Wolff

It is hard for me to resist vampire romances in general, and this cover totally reeled me in. But am I the only one reminded of the Twilight Saga covers…? Anyway, I was kind of meh with this one. It was alright, but maybe didn’t quite measure up to the beautiful cover. See my review here.

9. Crystal Heart by Whitney Morris

This reminds me of Crowned a Traitor’s cover, and I guess it appeals to me for the same reasons. I tend to like things with trees on them. Anyway, this one was so-so for me. I enjoyed it, but I’m hoping the sequel improves on the ideas here. My review is here.

9. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Isn’t this one Beautiful? Sorry, lol, I couldn’t help myself. Anyway, I’m currently reading this one under the pretense of it being a vampire novel, but really, I’ve been eyeing it for a while solely because it’s pretty. Hopefully I end up enjoying the book as much as the cover!

Well, this was fun. I haven’t done a TTT freebie before. What cover topic did you guys choose?

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Crowned A Traitor: A Review

Klara is Heiress to Hell and the dark kingdom of Malum. But between her father, the King, and her guardians, the Queens, all Klara wants is to escape to the Fae kingdom of Kalos. She has a plan, but unfortunately, nothing goes quite as smoothly as she would hope….

Note: I received an ebook copy of Crowned a Traitor via NetGalley in order to review it.

I was interested in Crowned a Traitor initially because I thought the description was intriguing and I was drawn to the cover (it is cool, isn’t it?). I somehow missed the bit about heir to Hell when I was reading the description (it focused more on Malum), which was my bad. I liked the idea of a girl destined for royalty who wanted to escape. Unfortunately, Crowned a Traitor was a major disappointment.

Let’s talk about the things I did like. To be clear, there were some interesting ideas here. Malum is a kingdom created for the Fae undesirables, and I thought that was a unique concept. Klara also has some unique abilities; for one, she is able to disperse glamours. Lastly, I must admit I like the cover art.

Unfortunately, the unique ideas were about all I liked in Crowned a Traitor. First, the fantasy and world development. There were demons and fae and leprechauns and hobbits and ogres and trolls and ghouls and…shall I go on? There was waaay too much involved here. There were so many magical creatures that there was very little time or opportunity for their development. I also didn’t think that spiritual fantasy (angels, demons, etc) worked very well with fairy tales (fae, leprechauns, etc). I don’t know what to think about the huge number of vaguely villainous creatures like ogres. It was all a bit much.

The same went for Klara’s (and other’s) magical abilities. She kept pulling new powers out of her hat and none of her abilities were fully explained. Sometimes she was incredibly weak, and other times she was unstoppable. It was very confusing, and the same power fluctuation existed for the villains. Or are they villains? Because the majority of the characters were constantly flipping between good and bad. Even Klara can’t seem to make up her mind. Will she be cruel or kind? Selfish or selfless? She waffles constantly. I guess I’m supposed to root for her anyway, but I honestly didn’t care. She couldn’t seem to decide if she was going to Kalos (the Fae kingdom) or not, so why should I care?

I never ended up caring about Klara’s relationships either. In some ways, starting Crowned a Traitor was like starting a movie that had been on for a while. There was very little development or explanation for any of Klara’s attachments. Am I supposed to feel sad her childhood best friend was tortured when I literally just discovered his existence? With no emotional buildup, none of Klara’s relationships felt genuine or important.

Lastly, there were some issues that may have been pet peeves on my part. The grammar was really bad. I understand that self-published authors don’t have the same resources as authors working with a publisher, but I would think there would be software to improve some grammatical errors. Not a big deal, but it was distracting. I also find it kind of offensive when biblical material (Eve, Garden of Eden, fall of Lucifer) is taken out of context and distorted for a fantasy novel. This may not bother everyone, but it bothered me. Having demons and hell would have been enough to get her point across without specifically referencing biblical content. Lastly, there were a lot of twists at the end that didn’t make sense. I think they were added for dramatic effect rather than actually improving the plot.

Following Good

I have already mentioned that biblical information was changed and used for fantasy purposes. God was mentioned, but only briefly. There was not a lot of language. There was LGBT content in a supporting character. There was no sexual content beyond kissing.

Rating

If it wasn’t already clear, Crowned a Traitor did not work for me. I should mention, however, that this is a self-published debut novel, which could account for some quality issues. Unfortunately, I still found the overall holes in the plot, world-building/fantasy, and characters to be too large for me so I am giving Crowned a Traitor one star.

I feel like I’m posting a lot of so-so and negative reviews lately. I swear I’m not the type that doesn’t like anything. Hopefully my next read will be better, lol. Did anyone else have better luck with this one?

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Stacking the Shelves Saturday: 9/12/20

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. In it, we can discuss books we have bought, borrowed, or been sent.

Borrowed

These are the books I got from my local library this week:

Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Bought

None. I’m on a budget, and thankfully I resisted temptation.

Sent for Review

The Bookweaver’s Daughter by Malavika Kannan

Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria

I still have a bunch of books from last week on my actual and virtual shelves to read, so four is plenty this week, lol. Not sure I will get to Sky Without Stars, but somehow I ended up bringing it home….lol, I have no self control at the library. What books did you get this week?

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Given: A Review

Yenni Aja-Nifemi ka Yirba is the daughter of a chieftain of the Moonrise Islands. When her father develops a mysterious illness, Yenni travels north to Cresh, where she hopes to learn their foreign magic in order to heal her father. But there is much more to Cresh than she anticipated, including a headstrong dragon shifter named Weysh, who claims that Yenni is his Given, or soul mate. Yenni doesn’t appreciate his claim. But as Yenni learns about Creshan magic and culture, she and Weysh slowly grow closer. But with her responsibilities as princess of her tribe and the mysterious foes rising up against them, will Yenni and Weysh ever be together?

  • Title: Given
  • Author: Nandi Taylor
  • Publisher: Wattpad Books
  • Published: January 21, 2020

Note: I was given an ebook copy of Given by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

Ok, just to be clear, Given is already out in hardback form, so this isn’t really an ARC. The paperback version is coming out next January, which is why it was on Edelweiss+. Regardless, I am really happy I got to read this one! Given is a very intricate, romantic, and diverse fantasy novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I think my favorite part of Given was the incredibly detailed cultures. Yenni’s culture from the Moonrise Islands and Weysh’s culture (both because of his race, dragonkind, and his heritage, mixed) were described in great detail, but not in an overpowering kind of way. Their gestures (ex. handshakes), speaking styles (formal vs. casual), religions, magical practices and more were described and incorporated into the story. I especially appreciated the detail with magic use, because it is a pet peeve of mine when authors use magic liberally in their stories and NEVER EXPLAIN IT. I mean, magic users must understand magic in order to use it. Right??

Anyway, all this detail sounds overwhelming, but I think it was integrated very smoothly. I really felt like I was in Yenni and Weysh’s world, and I gradually understood enough about both of their upbringings and cultures to truly understand the cultural clash between them. I think in a fantasy novel, with original countries and cultures, this is pretty difficult to do. Nandi Taylor did a fantastic job creating a diverse fantasy world.

But it wasn’t just the masterly portrayed diversity that hooked me on Given. Yenni and Weysh are both likable characters, and their interactions are (at times) so sweet and amusing that you really root for them as a couple. At other times, you want to strangle one (or both) of them. But again, their relationship always feels so real, and it is definitely not insta-love.

So, now to the things I didn’t like. Weysh was my favorite character by far. Although he is impetuous and stubborn, especially at the beginning, he is truly a sweetheart. I thought he was portrayed as an insensitive, arrogant male a bit too much. I understand that Yenni is a strong heroine, but it is important to be empathetic as well as stand up for yourself. It took a very long time for Yenni to even try and put herself in Weysh’s shoes. As a big Weysh fan, this made me resent her a little. I think the feminism in having such a strong heroine may have been taken just a little far. I was glad when she finally came around.

The other issues I had are more minor. Firstly, I would have liked some of Yenni’s friends to have been more developed. Particularly Zui, who seems pretty awesome. Secondly, the direction of the story was a little…..confused? I mean, in Yenni’s mind, her goal was to learn how to heal her father. But I think her relationship with Weysh was the better developed plot line. And the problem with her father’s health was very personal. With Given described as an epic, I kept expecting some end-of-the-world issue to come up. I was ok that it didn’t, just a little surprised. It maybe would have given the book a little more direction. Which brings me to my last point. The ending was so-so. I am not aware of any plans for a sequel, but I assume the ending was left slightly unresolved in order to leave room for one. It’s not a cliffhanger, but it definitely wasn’t full resolution, which is a little disappointing. I am really hoping for a sequel to Given!

Following Good

Because Taylor created her own religions in Given‘s world, all the curse words were made up, which was kind of humorous. The only religious content was fictional polytheism (Yenni and Weysh worship multiple gods). Although there wasn’t explicit sexual content, there was inexplicit sexual content. One of the supporting characters was LGBT.

Rating

I really enjoyed Given, and I would recommend for lovers of fantasy romances and/or diverse fiction. I am very interested in any sequels. So, I’m giving Given four stars.

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9/8/20 Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self

#TopTenTuesday #classicbooks

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly book meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Some of these I would have liked more when I was younger, and some I just wish I had read earlier. What are your younger self books?

1. Jane Eyre

I just read this early this year, and I can’t believe it took me so long. Jane Eyre is the kind of heroine people should grow up with, so I wish I had gotten to it sooner! It’s really not as creepy or dark as I thought it would be.

2. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

For someone who loves fantasy as much as I do, it’s amazing that I didn’t read this until my teens. I think this could have been an all time childhood favorite if I’d read it earlier, but as it is, I’m just a fan of the Harry Potter world and the movies.

3. The Lord of the Rings

This is another of those I wish I had read sooner. I didn’t read this until high school, which isn’t that late, but I just think of how many times I could have re-read it if I’d started earlier….LOTR is incredibly re-readable.

4. Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

I’ve started this series several times, and somehow I never finish it. It’s a pity, because this would have been right up my childhood self’s alley. It is a really neat time travel series (middle grade).

5. Matilda by Roald Dahl

I grew up watching the movie (which is adorable), but somehow I never read this book….it is currently sitting sadly on my shelf.

6. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Reading Dust, a Peter Pan spin-off, has made me aware that I really should have read this as a child. Another classic that has somehow slipped me by. Sigh. It is definitely on my TBR. (Fyi: My review on Dust is coming Friday)

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

My family and I listed to this one as an audiobook when I was a kid. Somehow, a family audiobook experience is not the same as reading a book on your own. I wish I had re-read it at some point in middle or high school. Unfortunately, this is also sitting on my shelf, unread.

8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Obviously, I’ve read this one. But I didn’t read it until well after the craze, so I never got to fangirl over it (until this year with the publication of Midnight Sun).

9. Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull

This beautiful book has been sitting on my shelf for the past two or three years, and it is STILL unread. I get so distracted by the YA books coming out that juvenile/middle grade fiction tends to pass me by. It looks like something I would have loved as a kid, so someday I am definitely going to read it.

10. The Girl With The Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti

I just discovered this one this summer, and I reviewed it a couple of weeks ago. It is an awesome YA fantasy romance, and I wish I had found it years ago!

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Crystal Heart: an ARC Review

#YAbooks #YAfantasy #arcreview

Mellissa is a normal girl with a normal life. Or so she thinks until a talking rabbit, sorry, leprechaun changeling, tells her that she is in fact heir to the Elves’ throne and chosen keeper of the Heart Crystal, a powerful magical artifact. If all this wasn’t enough, Mellissa’s role as keeper of the Heart Crystal makes her responsible for keeping the evil, dark leprechaun, Kadon, in his magical prison before he escapes and ends the world. Can Mellissa handle the pressure of her newfound abilities and stop Kadon? Or is the human world about to be invaded by magic?

Note: I was provided a ebook copy of Crystal Heart through LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.

Crystal Heart had a lot of things going for it. First of all, I love the fantasy universe created. Crystal Heart has everything: fairies, leprechauns (yes, some of them are evil, which is sad), nymphs, elves, mermaids, warlocks, and witches. Morris definitely has plenty to work with in any sequels. Obviously, being in this fairy universe was super fun. It is the kind of light, traditional fantasy that not many YA books have anymore, and I enjoyed it a lot. I thought the magic/powers used by the characters were pretty well developed, and I enjoyed watching Mellissa become more confident with her abilities.

I also liked a lot of the characters and their interactions. Mellissa’s relationships with her friends, Matt and Victoria, were cute and engaging. The changeling (read: shapeshifter, not evil fairy baby-stealer) Gregory is Mellissa’s love interest, and their squabbles were adorable. They go from being reluctant acquaintances to friends and maybe something more, and I loved watching this progression. Their relationship felt very real, and was one of the highlights for me.

So, now some of the things I didn’t like as well. Although Mellissa was relatively likable and I enjoyed watching her interact with the other characters, she isn’t a very deep character herself. One of the problems with Crystal Heart is there is a lot of telling rather than showing, and this made Mellissa pretty shallow as a character. The only thoughts I got to hear from her were fairly simplistic and almost childlike. For instance, ‘this is all my fault’ or ‘I’m scared of losing anyone’. In the scenes that should have been fraught with emotion, all I got to see was what was happening, not how Mellissa felt about it. She would have been a much more three-dimensional character if I had known more about what she was thinking, feeling, and seeing, rather than just what she was doing. In some ways, reading Crystal Heart felt more like watching a movie than reading a book. I felt like an observer, not like I was really there.

I think some of this is probably due to Crystal Heart being a debut novel. Similarly, sometimes the speech patterns or conversations came off a little stilted. I hope that in future books, Morris’s work will become more and more engaging. Crystal Heart has a lot of good points and potential, but it is a little unpolished. Aside from that, I wish there had been a little more romance between Greg and Mellissa, but I am hoping it will be developed further in the next book(s). I was also a little disappointed that Crystal Heart was the first in a series (don’t know the name of it) instead of being a standalone. I think it would have made a nice standalone, and I tend to prefer them, personally.

Following Good

Language was minimal. Other than some humorous references (ex. Mellissa’s friend buying her a contraceptive potion), there wasn’t much sexual content. One of the non-human species was described as gender-fluid until they chose a gender for reproductive purposes. Other than that, no LGBT content. No religious content.

Rating

I am giving Crystal Heart three stars. I really liked the fantasy, the humor, and aspects of the characters. I thought the plot was fairly solid, if predictable at times. I just wish there had been a lot more sensory detail in the writing and character depth in the heroine. I am interested if some of this is corrected in any sequels, and I would still recommend for someone looking for a cute, light YA fantasy.

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Dust: An Audiobook Review

Claire Kenton has spent years searching for her missing twin brother, Connor. He was the one who believed the dust that inexplicably formed on her hands was magic, just like in his favorite fairy tale, Peter Pan. But since Connor’s disappearance, Claire doesn’t see any magic in the world, especially in herself. Her dust is just a curse. At least until Claire gets a lead on Connor’s whereabouts that lead her to London. There, she meets a boy who sees magic in her and is determined to get her to see it too.

Peter Pan is having a rough time. He is stranded in London, and his only way back to his home is through a broken and distrustful girl named Claire. He is willing to do whatever it takes to teach Claire how to unleash her magic so that he can return and save Neverland. Whatever it takes.

I really wanted to like this one, but there was a lot going on. Firstly, Claire is kind of a confusing heroine for me. At times, she is unusually mature, wise, and a little cynical; at other times, she is shockingly naive and willingly blind to truths she doesn’t want to see. Sometimes she is brave and confident, other times she is wracked in terror. I think she is supposed to come off broken and traumatized, but it really just feels inconsistent. Is she a strong heroine or not? I couldn’t really tell.

This can be kind of frustrating, especially in relation to her magic. At one point, she is losing control of her powers, and she says, “This is the end.” (I was like, WHAT? GET AHOLD OF YOURSELF, WOMAN!) Anyway, a minute later, she was miraculously in full control. She was very hot and cold, and it very confusing and frustrating for me. Claire isn’t an unlikable heroine, but personally, I found it hard to relate to her thought processes. I never connected fully with her.

Peter is worse. He’s pretty unlikable, like a really annoying little boy. Granted, I’m pretty sure this is on purpose. The boy who never grew up and all that. I am not a huge Peter Pan expert, and I haven’t read any other Peter Pan retellings/spin-offs that I can think of, so I am not sure if he is normally portrayed like that or not. I assume the purpose is so we can see his growth in the series. But it was pretty annoying.

A few things I did like: The magic was pretty neat. Claire’s dust wasn’t typical pixie dust, which was a cool twist. Also, having a human sized girl with pixie powers is an intriguing idea. Tiger Lily was awesome. Hands down my favorite character (the only one with consistent good sense). I also liked that Swanson didn’t beat me over the head with the romance between Peter and Claire. It was there, but definitely not the focus of the book.

Ultimately, even though the characters weren’t my favorite, I could have dealt with them if the plot had been really good. It was not. I kept wondering, what is happening here? What is the purpose of this scene? Are we EVER getting to Neverland? Because that is what I am here for. However, Claire spends weeks being unable to fly, and then she is miraculously a pro in the nick of time. The actual flying you see on the cover? Did not happen until near the end. A big chunk of the book was her (mainly unsuccessfully) trying to fly.

Lastly, the ending was a dud for me. Claire spends the entire book blind to a glaringly obvious truth.In the end, she is finally convinced, and her reaction doesn’t make any sense (in my opinion). Plus, all the extremely vague hints about what was going on in Neverland and with Connor were explained very unsatisfactorily in the end. We weren’t given any details, and what we were told was very anticlimactic. Like, that’s all? I’ve been waiting for THIS pathetic reveal? Very. Frustrating.

Note: I wouldn’t recommend the audiobook version of Dust. Personally, I didn’t care for the narrator’s style and having one narrator for both an American girl and a British boy did not work well, although Soudek did try with Peter’s accent. I would read Dust rather than listening to it.

Following Good: Dust was very clean. No language, no sexual content (very mild kiss scenes), no LGBT content. No religious content.

Rating: As you can probably tell, Dust was not one of my favorites. I really wanted to like it, but I couldn’t. The characters were confusing and frustrating, the plot didn’t go anywhere, the ending was anticlimactic (despite being a cliffhanger). I don’t think I’ll be waiting for the sequel, personally. So I am giving Dust two stars. If you are a die hard Peter Pan fan, you may enjoy it, but otherwise I would skip.

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TBR Thursday: Chime

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads where we can feature books on our TBR, especially ones that aren’t super recent.

Before Briony’s stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family’s hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it’s become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He’s as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she’s extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn’t know. (from Goodreads)

I have wanted to read this one for years! I started the audiobook version a year or so ago, but somehow I got distracted and didn’t finish it (or even get very far into it). I got a used copy a couple of months ago, and it has been staring accusingly at me from my shelf. And it looks so good! Magic and secrets and sunny heroes? Yes.
Have any of you guys read this? Is it any good??

Happy Thursday! One more day until the weekend. Hang in there!