Review: Spelled (Kingdom Chronicles #2) by Camille Peters

Review: Spelled (Kingdom Chronicles #2) by Camille Peters

Title: Spelled
Author: Camille Peters
Pub Date: April 18th 2019
Pages: 330
Format: Kindle

Rosie is fairly certain that there’s nothing wrong with putting a love spell on a foreign prince. At least she hopes there’s not, because such a drastic measure is necessary in order for her to ensure that the perfect fairy tale romance she’s dreamt about her entire life includes her own prince charming. As the heroine in her story, she won’t be deterred by well-meaning friends, royal betrothals, hungry dragons, or the intriguing guard who stands in her way. 

Luckily, Rosie has access to an enchanted bakery and a recipe book of spells, one of which will ensure she’ll win the royal heart she desires. Unfortunately, no story is complete without a few obstacles, and Rosie’s comes in the form of a most formidable foe—a stoic guard whom Rosie may or may not be developing feelings for, one who is committed to thwarting her at every turn. But nothing will stand in the way of Rosie’s happily ever after. After all, what harm can a simple love spell do? 

3.5 stars

I liked this one a lot more than Pathways. 

Rosie is a delightfully fun but incredibly silly and immature girl seeking her happily ever after..even if she has to force it. That meant for a entertaining read. The chemistry in this book was soo soo good compared to book one. 

My only gripe is that I saw a certain plot twist coming and while it taught her a valuable lesson, it still feels a little bit..deceptive, even though what she was doing was wrong anyway. It worked out for the better but talk about embarrassing. Haha. 

I can’t wait for the next book.

Review: Pathways (Kingdom Chronicles #1) by Camille Peters

Review: Pathways (Kingdom Chronicles #1) by Camille Peters

Title: Pathways
Author: Camille Peters
Pub Date: February 4th 2019 
Pages: 312
Format: Kindle
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Eileen has never been interested in love. Ever since her father’s abandonment, she’s vowed to never experience such pain again. But the enchanted forest has different ideas. When the continuously shifting pathways lead her to a mysterious stranger, Eileen finds her promise to fiercely guard her heart increasingly difficult to keep. 

One night when she becomes lost in a storm, the enchanted forest’s pathways lead her to the castle, home to the kingdom’s Dark Prince, where Eileen finds herself entangled in what many consider an opportunity but which Eileen believes to be a curse: competing for the Dark Prince’s hand through a series of tests that judge one’s royal worth. Eileen is neither royal nor interested in becoming a princess. But the mysterious stranger she met in the woods has his own reasons for helping her succeed, although the cost of his assistance may be too high: that of Eileen’s heart, the one thing she’s vowed never to give. 

3.5 Stars

A good solid start to a new fairy tale retelling series. Unlike a lot of retellings, this one took inspiration from them instead of focusing on being controlled by the original or familiar narratives we’ve all heard/read/watched a thousand times over. A unique spin is a must

Pathways offered that. 

There were some things that I didn’t like or wished had been addressed differently. It took almost half the book for Eileen to arrive at the castle, so the first half of the book was slower compared to the second half. Also, Eileen refused to even see that maybe the situation with her father was out of his control and maybe he didn’t just up and abandon his family like she assumed the entire book. (It got old really fast). And when the truth comes to light, she doesn’t even feel guilty about her misguided grudge. Lastly, I felt the chemistry between her and the “mysterious stranger” was a little bit..not completely there. 

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Kingdom of Sand & Wishes

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Kingdom of Sand & Wishes

Kingdom of Sand & Wishes: A Limited Edition Collection of Aladdin Retellings
Publication date: May 24th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

Aladdin, but not as you remember it….

On the dusty streets, around the bustling bazaars, being overlooked by a Sultan’s Palace was a land. A land of magic, secrets and treasures buried deep beneath the desert.

Through Arabian nights, dark forces are at work. Dark forces that can threaten the peace of everyone in the Kingdom. Watch our authors as they answer the question, can three wishes save the day?

Join our award winning and USA Today best selling authors for nine action packed fantasy and contemporary retellings with Sultans, sorcerers, romance and more magic than a genie’s lamp can hold.

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Three Wishes by J.A.Armitage

Her future was mapped out…

She would one day be queen…

When a curse was cast, trapping Jini in an old lamp, her life ended along with everyone she had ever known and loved. Centuries of darkness passed and then a young man made a wish.

He wanted to be the Sultan.
So did she.
The only problem? There already was a Sultan and his mysterious son had already laid claim to the throne

Read this powerful new rendition of the age old classic, Aladdin, where things are not as they seem and magic might not be enough to save them all.

The Djinn Curse By Margo Ryerkerk

How far will you go to reclaim your freedom?
My name is Roxelana, and my human life was stolen from me.
Turned by force into a djinn, I’ve waited for 100 years for a shot at freedom.
My current assignment in Istanbul presents an opportunity to break the connection to my lamp and escape my eternal slavery. There’s just one problem. Doing so means sacrificing the sultan prince to the king of djinns. I shouldn’t care about the prince, but I can’t stop myself. He has a pull on me I can’t explain. Coupled with his kindness and the care he shows his people, I’m in deep trouble.
When push comes to shove, who will I choose? Him or myself?
Filled with adventure, love, magic, and a strong heroine, this clean YA Fairy Tale is the perfect read!
If you like K.M Shea, Melanie Cellier, and Kiera Cass, you’ll love this!

Granting Wishes (A Once Upon a Curse Prequel) by Kaitlyn Davis

She’s about to discover a whole new world…

“His words come back to me—magic is the law. I guess I’m making my own set of rules.”

Alanna thought rock climbing in Yosemite National Park would be the trip of a lifetime. Until an earthquake strikes and she finds herself plummeting to her death. But instead of slamming into the forest floor, Alanna drops into a secret underground cave where she’s confronted by the impossible—magic.

A mysterious man named Erick uses incredible powers to save her life, then tells her that his magical world has collided with earth, merging the two together. Alanna writes it off as crazy, until he shows her a vision of her brother being dragged down a sandy cobblestone street in chains. Crazy or not, she’ll do anything to save him.

As Alanna and Erick team up to rescue her brother from the clutches of a decrepit sorcerer king, fate intervenes in the form of a handsome prince. Alanna doesn’t know who to trust, but in this foreign land, flying solo just might get her killed…

Don’t miss GRANTING WISHES, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Aladdin.

Sultana of Amethyst Sands by Emma Savant

A beautiful genie craves her freedom. A handsome prince longs to heal his kingdom. And a con artist named Aladdah has big plans for them all.

Between theft, sleight of hand, and her indentured servitude to a powerful magician, Aladdah has always managed to survive the brutal streets of Citron. But survival isn’t enough for a woman of Aladdah’s ambition. She craves more—more food, more power, and more magic than her master has seen fit to teach her.

When she demands a greater challenge, her master sends her on a mission into an enchanted cavern beneath the desert sands. There, in an abandoned garden glittering with the lights of precious jewels, Aladdah discovers a genie whose power and beauty are matched only by her determination to escape the bonds of her servitude.

But the genie is bound by her magic lamp, subject to Aladdah’s every wish, and it’s an opportunity no self-respecting street rat could resist. Aladdah forms a plan to use the genie to destroy the sultan and establish herself as a new ruler who will turn the savage inequality of Citron on its head.

But the sultan has many protectors, from his court magicians to the beautiful, idealistic son who infuriates and enchants Aladdah in equal measure. Her genie fights her at every turn. And her old master will not be dismissed so easily, not when he has a plan to gain power the likes of which the kingdoms have never seen.

Sultana of Amethyst Sands is a romantic, fast-paced adventure through the sands of a faraway kingdom of magic, genies, and wishes come true.

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Review: The Beast and the Beauty (Reverse Retellings #2) by Aya Ling

Review: The Beast and the Beauty (Reverse Retellings #2) by Aya Ling

Title: The Beast and the Beauty
Author: Aya Ling
Pub Date: March 30th 2019
Pages: 282
Format: Kindle
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How can a woman cursed to look like a beast make a handsome prince propose marriage? 

Sybil de la Roche was once the belle of the court. Now she is more hideous than any woman in the kingdom. To restore her beauty, she must receive a marriage proposal. Forty years and twenty-eight rejections later, she decides to break the curse on her own. But when a personable young man arrives, she is torn between hope and dread. 

Prince Gerald is widely renowned as the best-looking man in Savony. On a quest to find a mage who has disappeared for years, he is stranded at a remote manor in a snowstorm. His interest is piqued by the mysterious woman in the manor, but his desire to get to know her is foiled by her determination to avoid him. 


This is the best book in the series so far. The things I had issues with in Till Midnight were much improved in this one. The writing was stronger. Everything was smoother (and more interesting) in general. I didn’t struggle or force myself to keep reading like I did with Till Midnight.

There are so many B&B retellings out there, but I can say that Aya Ling has the most unique version (from what I’ve read so far). I really enjoyed it. I felt good chemistry between Sybil and Gerald. 

I can’t wait for the next book from Aya Ling. From what I gather, it seems to be a Sleeping Beauty retelling and I’m all for that (c’mon, pretty sleeping princes). 
Review: Till Midnight (Reversed Retellings #1) by Aya Ling

Review: Till Midnight (Reversed Retellings #1) by Aya Ling

Title: Till Midnight (Reversed Retellings #1)
Author: Aya Ling
Pub Date: December 27th 2018
Pages: 306
Format: Kindle
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Can a poor shoe cobbler save twelve princes from a terrible curse? 

The twelve princes of Savony are a mystery. They rarely go out, refuse to marry, and disappear every fortnight, only to reappear with bruises and cuts. When Alix, a poor shoe cobbler, is enlisted to help mend the princes’ boots, she is asked to investigate the princes’ mystery in exchange for extra coin. Soon, she finds that the greatest danger isn’t getting caught by the handsome eldest prince, Theo, but the unspeakable terror that will threaten the safety of the entire kingdom.

3 stars – ✯ ✯ ✯

Till Midnight is by no means a bad book, but this is currently my least favorite by Aya Ling. I adore her imagination and writing style. Though her writing in this book needed a little more…something. I felt like a spark was missing. Despite being about three hundred something pages, I felt like a lot was just being told to me and brushed over quickly.

I thought the retelling was unique. I liked that aspect. I can’t say much of the princes except for a few of them (one is tooo pretty and one is a grump, etc..) One nit picky thing was way too much repetition of so-and-so’s pretty face or eye color and what-not. I don’t need these things repeated to me like I’m five.

There is gay rep (but it feels too much like the gay best friend who loves fashion trope–nevertheless, he’s a lovable character). I like Prince Theo, the crown prince. I just love ice cold princes who melt for that right person. At the same time though, I wasn’t really feeling the romance between Theo and Alix. There wasn’t enough one on one interaction for me to get that ‘I ship them’ feeling. I like them together but..like I said..no spark.

I am immediately jumping into book two and I hope it will be better.

Review: A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti #1) by Josie Jaffrey

Review: A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti #1) by Josie Jaffrey

Title: A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti #1)
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Pub Date: July 12th 2017
Pages: 359
Format: Kindle
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If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life? 

A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London. 

A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur. 

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom. 

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race. 

As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

2.5 Stars – It was okay

This had potential but I feel like the majority of the book was spent with Drew and Sol fighting over Emmy and her kinda hating/kinda liking both of them. 

What I liked about this book:
Unique view of vampires and zombies.
Solomon (Sol). He was the best character in this book. His worldview made sense. He seemed to be the most levelheaded of them all. I want Emmy to end up with him (but honestly he deserves better imo). 

What I didn’t care for:
Drew. He was over-the-top controlling and possessive from the beginning (silvering is not a valid excuse to act this way–being in instalove with someone does not take precedence over their own wishes and comfort). He also could have saved the trouble of Emmy being upset over her friends by telling the truth.

I don’t like the ‘silvering’ concept because that takes the choice out of falling in love with someone. 

The messy, complicated love triangle (most of the book is her changing her mind/feelings over the men). Cool plot but not much happened aside from thinking about them pretty vamps. 

I’m hesitant to read the rest of the series because I’m worried what the other books might do with the best character (Sol). I’m not too trusting that his character will be treated well later on but I guess I’ll see.