Book Review: Chasing Midnight (Once Upon a Curse #3)

Hey Everyone!

Finally, the moment I’ve been waiting for is here!I’ve been dying to share with you my thoughts on “Chasing Midnight”, book 3 in the Once Upon a Curse series by the amazing author Kaitlyn Davis! You already know how crazy I fell in love with the series and with its author, so without further prolonging the moment, here goes my review 🙂

About the book:Chasing Midnight

 

Title: Chasing Midnight (Once Upon a Curse #3)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Published: August 26th 2019

Source: ARC received from the author

Format: eBook

Blurb:

This faerie godmother has an agenda of her own… Don’t miss CHASING MIDNIGHT, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.

“I could redeem myself if I wanted to. I could help them. But I won’t. I’m the villain of their story, because it’s the only way to be the hero of mine.”

Hundreds of years ago, humans learned the secret to sealing magic beneath their skin and stole it from the world. Faeries reverted back to flowers. Shifters remained trapped in their animal forms. Mermaids turned to foam. And the magical creatures who survived vowed revenge.

Nymia is one of those survivors, a faerie brought back to life by the return of her magic. When she finds a human girl named Ella with her sister’s power trapped beneath her skin, she’ll do anything to get her back, including kill.

There’s only one problem.

This isn’t the world she remembers. Humans here have a power all their own — technology. And when a human prince sees her using magic, he’ll use every invention at his disposal to track her down. The countdown is on, and time is running out. Nymia needs to find Ella, take back her sister’s magic, and escape the determined prince before the clock strikes twelve, or she might not make it out of his city alive…

*This is the third book in Once Upon a Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads

My Review

This book was completely unexpected. This really blew my mind! We see all the worlds from the previous books coming together under the same story. Nymia is a faery, 100% born and raised in the magic world, before everything collapsed. She has spent her entire life revenging her sister’s naivety in falling for a human king that stole her magic. Now that she found it, she has no intention of letting it go, especially since killing Ella, Omrose’s sister, can bring back her own.

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Yes, we have a faery whose soul is now blackened, filled by revenge. Can love and innocence bring back the light? Somehow, Nymia reminds me of Jade, from Gathering Frost, but also Omrose, in her love for her sister. Indeed, this story somehow connects, Snow White, Prince Charming, Beauty and the Beast with Cinderella. The link is actually the Fairy Godmother.

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Another beautiful and smart story, Chasing Midnight has two powerful messages that cannot be ignored. The first one is how we must reinforce our connection with Nature, because all that we have comes from this Planet. We need to cherish and protect it, to remember that our roots lie deep in its core. The second message is that we fight too much, we argue too much, instead of working together and finding the balance.

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After three books, I do have many more things to say. To be completely honest, looking back, I did find things that may have been left unexplored, but I honestly do not care. Because this series is so close to my heart and I do not wish it to be over.  Please read it, please read any book by Kaitlyn Davis and come back with your thoughts. I do have some spoilers I’d like to discuss about! Happy reading!

Oh, by the way, any Kaitlyn Daivs fans out there? I would really really like to start a fan page!

 

About the AuthorKaitlyn Davis

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family.

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Book Review: Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2)

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Title: Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Published: May 17th 2016

Source: Scribd

Format: eBook

Blurb:

What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don’t miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.

“As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name–a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.”

Omorose Bouchene has a secret–magic. There’s only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn’t supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she’s desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time–every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

*This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads

My Review

 

Beauty And The Beast is by far my favorite story of them all. While most girls want a ball gown and a prince, I would feel safer with a kind hearted beast and its library J So what do you think? Did I like this book? No, of course not! I adored it!

Our Bella is called Omrose and her magic is beautiful. She can give life to nature, she can bloom flowers and make grass grow. She is a life giver. But with every enchantment she makes, her curse spares no moment. Her life will run out, same as her magic. While these stories can be read as standalones, I would not advise it, since the universe just gets bigger and bigger.

From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.

Omrose has lived under her father’s protection, with little contact with the outside world. But once she realizes she cannot escape her fate, she dares venture out of his protection, to a land they know is under the rule of a beast. Omrose wants to learn about her magic, to see how she can escape her curse, while the beast only wants to be safe, to stay away from humans and their weapons.

This is again another intelligent story. We have two characters that may appear as being from the same world, since both come from the same universe. Yet their magic is so different. One has lived under the guidance of family, the other has had to learn to rule his kind. We have shape shifters, we have magic, we have the characters from book 1 and a love that builds slowly, but surely.

“Jade!” Asher rolls his eyes and throws a sidelong glance at the girl, whi is suddenly looking up at the ceiling as though it’s the most interesting thing she’s ever seen. “I thought we talked about this.” he teases. “Speak first, shoot second. Or, you know, shoot never.”

Another thing that makes me appreciate Kaitlyn Davis as a writer is the way she keeps consistency with her characters. We get to see Asher and Jade again and their way of communicating, their personalities are same as in book 1. Again, the reinterpretation of a classic story is done incredibly well!

So, The moral of the story is, don’t give up. Not yet. Because there’s an answer somewhere – we just need to find it.

So I was charmed again. 5 stars over and over again and you have no idea what Book 3 has in store. It blew my mind! Come back tomorrow for more of this series, more of this amazing universe and more Kaitlyn Davis. Until then, Happy Reading!

 

About the AuthorKaitlyn Davis

 

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family.

Sign up for Kaitlyn’s newsletter to stay up-to-date with all of her new releases and more!

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Book Review: Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1)

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Title: Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Published: February 17th 2015

Source: Scribd

Format: eBook

Blurb:

Will the prince’s kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart? Don’t miss GATHERING FROST, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

“I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister. A rebel. Someone who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childhood–my mother, my life, my very world. But I’m not. I’m not the good guy. I’m the one who puts the good guys in their graves.”

Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.

Ten years later and Jade has forgotten what it is to feel, to care…even to love. Working as a member of the queen’s guard, she spends most of her time on the city wall staring at the crumbling skyscrapers of old New York. But everything changes when the queen’s runaway son, Prince Asher, returns. Under his relentless taunts, her blood begins to boil. Under his piercing gaze, her heart begins to flutter. And the more her icy soul begins to thaw, the more Jade comes to question everything she’s ever known–and, more importantly, whose side she’s really on.

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads

My Review

Ok, there is no secret that I am a huge Kaitlyn Davis fan. Ever since I read the Midnight Ice series I fell in love with her writing and I truly believe she is amazing! You definitely have to check her books and she should be a “must read” author.

It was high time I read “Once Upon a Curse”. I saw Book 1 on Scribd, I waited for the Fairytaleathon, I read it and here I am with my thoughts. I am really sorry if this will be a long and boring review for you guys but I have so many thoughts and emotions and I need to let them loose.

The series is a retelling of the most significant stories of our childhood and “Gathering Frost” is a Snow White reinterpretation. One can see the influences, but the story is so beautifully  rearranged and so full of angst!

Hope can be a beautiful thing. It can guie you through the Dark. It can make you feel safe even in the most dangerous of times. But in the wrong hands, in my hands, hope is a weapon, bait to dangle before believing eyes.

Everything is well in the magical kingdom, until an earthquake struck. This world and ours overlapped and lives turned upside down. A queen without a heart starts ruling over New York and Jade is one of the many people from our Earth enticed by her magic. Jade grows up under the Queen’s rule. She becomes the best fighter out there. The price she pays, unwillingly, or unknowingly, is her heart. Because the Queen fuels her magic with the emotions of her people.

Things change when she meets Prince Asher. But he is a rebel now. Why and how did this happen, I have no intention of revealing. What I can tell you is that together, they learn how to feel again. He is determined to bring back the warmth in her heart.

A bomb explodes in my head, but hte debris isn’t chaotic – it’s organized. it falls like puzzle pieces finally coming together to form a picture that grows ever clearer.

This was such an amazing retelling. It has so many elements from the original book that have been reinterpreted. The cold in Snow White is pictured in Kaitlyn Davis’ book as a heart without emotions and the way the author portrayed this really gives you the shivers. Because this is how she writes: so close to the heart, so close to the real thing. I will give you two argument here. There is one paragraph in which the author describes the effects of love. She goes through every detail and analyzes it thoutoughly. Througout the book there are several passages in which feelings are very well analyzed and this adds to how real a character feels. Kaitlyn Davis explores these feelings together with her characters, everything, every new sensation, every heartbeat!

Jade is strong, determined, smart, a great soldier. Asher has tried to bring back the love in his mother but without success. Fear of becoming like her pushed him to take extreme measures. Yes, I must admit she is better developed, but together they are amazing!

I’m stoic, controlled and hard. I’m not hte girl who creates music. I’m the one who silences it.

I feel I am repeating myself here, but that’s fine. I do warn you that in the next two days I will have my reviews for Books 2 and 3 from the series and I hope until Sunday to convince you to give them a try!

Until then, please let me know if you have read this series or any book by Kaitlyn Davis and let’s exchange impressions. Happy Reading!

Oh, sorry! Do I still need to rate this? 5 stars! (I’m sure you didn’t see this coming – rolling eyes)

 

About the AuthorKaitlyn Davis

 

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family.

Sign up for Kaitlyn’s newsletter to stay up-to-date with all of her new releases and more!

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Bookish Weekend List

Finally weekend! Today I was literary counting the hours until my day at the office ended.  Now the real fun for this week can start! I have so many plans and I have so many things to do, bookish and non-bookish.

Main items on my To Do list for 2 days and one Friday night:

  • Read
  • Write my pending reviews
  • Define a schedule for next week
  • Prepare my September TBRs
  • Crochet as much as possible
  • Play a bit of AOE 3 (Age of Empires 3 – sorry, but I’m a sucker for AOE!)
  • And then read some more!

I have 5 books I need to finish as soon as possible. Since August was a mood killer in terms of reading (office stuff…) so I have a lot to catch up. Here is what I hope to finish:

  1. How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne
  2. The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose
  3. WaterColor Wishes by Melissa Chambers
  4. This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman
  5. The Smuggler’s Escape by Barbara Monajem

I do have a couple books to add, but I am not confident I can finish these 5, let alone 7!  The important thing is that I have 2 days of reading and relaxing J

How do you plan on spending these days?  Any books in your radar? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, enjoy your Friday!

 

Book Review: Knowing Nichelle

 Hey Everyone!

Today I am happy to be part of the blog tour promoting “Knowing Nichelle” by Tinsley Sellers. Here are some details about the story and you will also find my thoughts on the story below.

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Author: Tinsley Sellers

Published: August 16th 2019 by Tinsley Sellers (first published August 16th 2018)

Received From: Xpresso Book Tours

Blurb:

She’s just met the man of her dreams…but he’s not who he said he was. Neither is she. Until they get a second chance to make a first impression.

Is he a sophisticated big-city lawyer, or an easygoing small-town woodworker? And if she’s not a career-driven high-powered attorney, then who is she? Can Buck and Nichelle find trust enough to discard their masks and discover just how alike—and in love—they really are?

He’s only got one rule: no lawyers. She’s a lawyer.

Burned by experience, Buck’s got a rule for a reason. After walking away from a lucrative legal position, he found his peace in Beckley. Life on the farm is simple, and his woodworking business is thriving. He’s not interested in trading his work boots for wingtips and rejoining the rat race. He’s ready to settle down, and she’s the most compelling woman he’s ever met. Even if she is a lawyer.

She’s only got one requirement: no a✿✿holes. He’s an a✿✿hole.

After a disastrous encounter in a trendy bar, Nichelle is convinced that he’s a bulky mass of beard and bad attitude. She’s got a sleek car, luxurious condo, and elegant designer clothes. Family comes first, and her legal career is on the fastest track. She’s never met a problem she needed help solving, but he sees the painful truth beneath her polished façade. Even if he is an a✿✿hole.

They’re perfect together. They just don’t know it yet.

Welcome back to Beckley, Michigan! Autumn is in the air and as the days get shorter, the air gets cooler and the calm lakes reflect the blue skies and red-gold trees for a double-dose of fall color. The people are just as warm, friendly, smart, funny, and real as you remember. When you need a place to call home, Beckley welcomes you—and sometimes the family you choose is as strong as the bonds you’re born with.

If you like small-town romance, you’ll like Beckley. If you like smart heroines who balance demanding professional careers with a commitment to family, friends, and finding love, then you’ll definitely like it here. If you like strong, sexy, hard-working heroes who have not-so-secret soft spots for kids, dogs, and classic cars, you may find that you never want to leave!

Knowing Nichelle is the third in the Beckley’s Daughters Romance series. It can be read as a stand-alone story, but continuing readers will recognize many of the characters and locations. This series is recommended for adult readers and contains explicit language and intimate situations.

My Review

This book is more like a universe, than a simple story. Every character has a message to deliver, or a purpose in our main characters’ lives. There are many things I likes and few I wanted to be different, but still, it was a great read.

Buck and Nichelle are nothing alike and they want nothing to do with each other. They both have certain expectations that they know for sure the other cannot reach. But there is still something there, something that pulls them together. Many obstacles, some important, some not. But the most significant one is their personality – different, yet so compatible.

The romance is great and I like that is not just a romance. There is much more happening there. We have a warm atmosphere created by the family and friends and we have important topics, like racism. Another interesting aspect is how this story overlaps with the other books in the series. Taking into account this is the first I read for the series, it was not difficult to understand what was going on, but I admit I would have felt more comfortable, had I read the previous ones.

As I was mentioning, I do have some small things I would have wanted to be different. I would have liked to see the racism more developed, or more insisted upon. While I would like to believe there is no longer racism in our time, things keep happening. This I would have liked to be better developed. Also, at times I felt the reasons behind our characters being away simple and easy to fix. So the story was becoming more complicated without such a strong base.

None of these reasons diminished my overall enjoyment of the book, but I feel compelled to give 4 stars only. As a reader, I loved it, but as a reviewer, I have to keep one star for myself. Now, please excuse me while I increase my TBR with the other books in this series. Happy Reading !

 

Weekley Quote #2

Hey Guys,

Admitting that last week was not the best when it comes to reading or sewing/crocheting would be a major understatement/ Still, the weekend came and thing started falling back into place. Not all, but …it’s going in the right direction. Honestly, I was missing a weekend focused on myself and my closed ones, with as little work (for my job) as possible. As a consequence, I am starting a new week with a little more enthusiasm.

I managed to finish “Withering Rose” by Kaitlyn Davis on Saturday. I absolutely devoured the last 80 pages! My quote for this Monday is precisely from this book:

Joy. Just pure, unadulterated bliss. The sort I know he won’t be able to contain because he’s a beast, and that’s my favorite thing about him. He’s wild and untamed and free. He’s powerful and fierce, filled with raw, untapped energy. When he feels, he does it with everything he has. He doesn’t know when to hold back.

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What I liked about it is how the author the essence of our main character. “Withering Rose” is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it’s part of a series of retellings by the same author, being book #2 of the “Once Upon a Curse” series. One of the many great things this series has is how the stories are linked. Book 1 was a Snow White retelling and somehow Snow White’s prince is related to our princess from Beauty and the Beast. The said princess is somehow related to Ella, from Cinderella (which is book 3) and so on. I don’t want to tell you much as I will have dedicated articles about each book.

Well, this is my quote for today. I wish you all a great week. Remember to smile, read something great and forget your troubles for at list a short while. Until next time, Happy Reading!

Fairytaleathon Wrap Up

Another round of the Fairytaleathon has gone by. Again, I had a lot of fun, even if my participation was not to the level I would have wanted. Things at the office kept me (far) away from achieving my reading target of 7 books. In my defense, I started 4, out of which I managed to finish during the readathon, one (as in 1, a single book, not more, just one… yup…).

From all the books listed on my initial TBR (find out more about it here),  I finished only “Gathering Frost” by Kaitlyn Davis, but I also started:

  • Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis – finished it this weekend
  • The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – 48 pages in, according to my reading app
  • The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh – 84 pages in, according my physical copy

I have managed to complete two challenges:

  • If the shoe fits: read a fairytale retelling from your TBR
  • Try the grey stuff (it’s delicious): read with a yummy treat (in my case, a big bowl of watermelon)

As it happened last time, I don’t know what it is about this readathon that gives me this enthusiasm to remember the things I enjoy. I assume it’s because of the magic in the books J Even if my reading was less than expected, I still feel good. I discovered great stories that I plan to save for the next round. If you guys want to participate, follow @aFairytaleathon on Twitter. All the fun happen over there. Round 4 is scheduled for 2020 and I cannot wait!

Until then I’m looking to join a new readathon in September. If you happen to know any – Romance or YA related – shoot me a comment. Happy Reading!