Mini Review Monday: 10/09

Happy Monday friends! As you can see, it’s been fairly quiet here on the site. Aside from a few reviews, I’ve lost my blogging mojo for the moment. I’ve been trying to read more books for fun to see if that can shake up my schedule and bring back my motivation, but for now my schedule is filled with house hunting and family things. ❤ I’m so thankful that my desire to read hasn’t taken a hiatus though, so I thought as a nice compromise I would bring you a couple of mini reviews (courtesy of NetGalley) today!

Book Title: The Goblins of Bellwater
Author: Molly Ringle
Series: None
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pub Date: 10/01/17

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and I think if I had fit into the target audience then maybe my star rating would have been a little higher. I truly love the concept behind the story, where it originated from, and how weird and quirky it was. The writing was beautiful and the setting was a dreamy type of atmospheric that was both fantasy fueled and modern meshed into one. I think my main hesitations came within some of the plot features themselves; maybe I’m just being nit-picky, but it felt as if these characters in their early to mid twenties had at least a decade on me in maturity and wisdom. Hey now…. Again, my issues were more “cosmetic” than anything else, and I feel like those who lean toward more romantic stories (again, not my go to) will eat this up. Recommended with caution as many people seem to think this is YA, but it is very much in the NA realm, and there is a good bit of graphic, erotic material. Again, not a problem, just hoping the disclaimer helps place this little novel in the right hands.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley.

Book Title: Last Star Burning
Author: Caitlin Sangster
Series: Last Star Burning #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian
Pub Date: 10/10/17

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

This novel was pure young adult perfection! While it’s being marketed as a fantasy, I (like many other reviewers) felt this fell more under the realm of a science fiction/dystopian world with fairy tale elements, and it was absolutely brilliant. I had a hard time putting this book down; it had non-stop action, bigger than life characters, and a setting that was so unique and exquisite it was to die for. As the first in a new series, there was a good bit of world building, but it wasn’t the typical info dump that causes most debuts to slow down and lose readers along the way. I’m not sure what else to say other than I loved, loved, LOVED IT! Between the gorgeous cover and the perfect balance of all the elements I look for in an epic saga, this one was an excellent introduction to the new series and my greedy little hands are already doing the gimmie shimmie. Please do yourself the favor of picking Last Star Burning up if it’s your type of story; you’ll be wowed and thrilled to bits.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley.

9 thoughts on “Mini Review Monday: 10/09”

  1. I’m feeling the blogging mojo loss too! I’ve taken to trying the same technique and fluffing up my reading with some “just for fun” books with the hopes of shaking loose some motivation. Fingers-crossed it works for both of us!!

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  2. Sorry to hear about you’re blogging motivation Chelsea. I’m having a hard time blogging as well because I haven’t read a book in almost 2 weeks😱 House hunting along with young kids at home would be so busy…I hope your house hunting is successful and your blogging motivation returns:)

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