Friday, July 6, 2018

Book Review: Deviation

fantasy book reviewDeviation
By Christine Manzari
The Sophisticates Series #1
Paperback: 427 pages
August 9, 2013
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ |5/5|
Categories: Dystopian, YA, Superhero
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Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

line I fell in love with this wonderful adventure. The world is a dystopian style, post 911, terror-ravaged Baltimore, MD. Terrorists have attacked America and killed millions by poisoning water supplies in major cities across the country. The government has responded by genetically altering an army of teenagers to save the world from these enemies, called Sophisticates. There are universities and military academies catering specifically to this elite group whose lives are not their own. There are no choices when you are a Sophisticate. You are property of a government experiment, and the idea of that life is terrifying!

"You have no friends. You have no family. You have no choices. The sooner you accept that, the easier things will be for you. You exist because the Program says it is so."

Our main character, Cleo quickly realizes what happens when you have no control over your own fate. Once a University student studying languages and computer programming, she is extracted from the only life she has ever known and thrown into a military academy. Her strange powers are growing but is she really meant to be a killer? I fell in love with our protagonist throughout the story. Her strength in the face of the horrors she faces is inspiring, not to mention snark is my favorite character trait. Ever.

“The girl may have been tiny, but everything about her said, I'm not scared of you, so piss off.”

The secondary characters are all well-written and lovable in their own ways. Ozzy, our male protagonist is frustrating, arrogant and of course, sexy as hell. Arabella is fun, funky, and full of snark. Sterling is super nerdy and sarcastic.

“SQUATS, Clementine! And don't stop until class is over. Your legs look like they'd snap under the weight of a sack of flour. How do you walk around on those things?" "I don't know, Professor. One foot in front of the other, I guess.”

I enjoyed adventuring with this rag-tag group of super-powered teenagers! The 80's influence was an added bonus as well! This story is full of roller derby and bad 80's music-- and I couldn't be happier. I have already purchased the final two books in the trilogy, and I can't recommend checking this series out more! Give Christine Manzari a follow on Instagram and be sure to show her some love for this wonderfully written YA dystopian series!

<3 Morrighan

Monday, July 2, 2018

Book Review: The Secrets of Moldara

fantasy book reviewThe Secrets of Moldara
By Brianne Earhart
Paperback: 346 pages
Published by Myth Machine
January 3, 2018
Series: Secrets of Moldara #1
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ | 4.5 / 5 |
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The woods around Lotty’s childhood home are filling up with dangerous people. Her grandmother’s death has brought the family back from Chicago and triggered a secret Lotty was never meant to face alone. Guided by a desire to finally solve her Grandpa’s disappearance, Lotty has enlisted the help of farm hands that are keeping their own deadly secrets. Together they will have to learn to trust again, relying on each other’s will to fight, if they are going to survive the truth that waits for them all in Moldara.

line I ended up staying up all night to finish this book after I started it. I really enjoyed the story, I think I needed something quick and fast and fun to read after going through the whole Harry Potter series! And this book was a quick read; the plot kept me interested and I really enjoyed the characters. I liked the mystery of it all. It felt almost like a treasure hunt, sans Dan Brown or even The Raven Cycle. The world building was done well— I loved the idea of a hidden realm beyond ours. One that is unknown to humans but quite similar to our own. The main location is a rural Virginia farm and I felt a connection to our main character having grown up on a farm myself!

Lotty is a hard working, intelligent female lead, although some of her decisions were questionable. I guess that’s what it’s like to be a hormone-filled 17 year old girl; common sense goes out the window when dealing with the opposite sex. Especially ones as sexy and mysterious as Roah, our male lead. His mysterious nature only deepens throughout the story and I found myself falling for him as well! The romance was written well, although there were a few cheesy parts. Don’t judge — we all need a little cheese in our lives every now and again!

All in all, I loved this story! It was fast-paced and kept my interest from the first page. The ending is awful though. The cliff hanger broke my heart a bit! No worries though— the second book JUST released on June 30th and I will be getting my hands on it ASAP!
line If you are interested in purchasing a copy, which I highly recommend, check the links below! Thank you to Myth Machine and Brianne Earhart for sending me a copy of Secrets of Moldara to review!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Flickerwix Candles Inaugural Harry Potter Box

Flickerwix Candle Company is introducing its first ever box, based on none other than the Harry Potter fandom! Katie at Flickerwix is one of the sweetest ladies that I have met on #bookstagram and her candles are amazing! I am the proud owner of 6 of them and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the labels, the glitter, and the scents. **SPOILER WARNINGS FOR FLICKERWIX CANDLE BOX BELOW**

Flickerwix 9 and 3/4 Harry Potter July Box
**What's Included**

► 6 candles from @Flickerwix- 2-4oz and 4-2oz, all exclusive to the box!
► 2 items (one cozy, one for daily use) from @Enchanted_Fandoms_!
► 1 XXL item from the amazing crafters at @OrchardWorks
► 2 items from the amazing @BibliophilePrints!
*You can check all of these shops out on Instagram-- I included their respective links!

The box has $85 worth of merch for the low price of $45+ shipping. If you use my code, ROSE10, it saves you another $4! Sales end 6/15 at 11:59pm, quantities are limited so be sure to reserve yours soon!

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Flickerwix Candles

fantasy book review Flickerwix Candles is one of the best bookish candle companies that I have found anywhere. Katie is the owner and she is a total sweetheart, send her a message and say hi!

I received my first package with 3-4oz candles and I was blown away with the quality. First off, the beautifully colored wax is FULL of glitter and you all know how much I am in love with glitter! The labels are bright, colorful, and extremely detailed. Especially the lettering, which is the main reason we all buy bookish candles! Now, for the scents. OMG I am obsessed with the scents! Of the 3 that I was able to get, they are strong and burn wonderfully, with a perfect balance of combinations I wouldn't even think of. I highly recommend her candles and her shop is well worth checking out. fantasy book review

Monthly Boxes

Platform 9 3/4 Candle Box - July
((Pre-order available until 6/15))

• Two 4 oz. Glass Jar Candles
• Four 2 oz. Glass Jar Candles
• 2 Large Merch Items - 1 I consider XXL for this month!
• 2-3 Additional Smaller Merch items
• Custom Box

Certain items will be specific to your house, so be sure to let her know when ordering!

Last, but certainly not least, you can save yourself 10% off any purchase with the code, ROSE10 at checkout! I HIGHLY recommend giving her candle shop your likes and follow!

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Harry Potter?!

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I have wonderful news book dragons! I FINALLY received my Hogwarts letter. After 20 years, I figured that my stubborn ass needs to enter the Wizarding World and read these damn books already!

I just started the second book, and if I'm being completely honest with myself, I LOVE them. Sigh. This is what I was worried about. I really don't need another fandom to become obsessed with, especially this late in the game folks. My wallet is already judging me as I have been scouring Etsy for merch. A candle company that I rep for on #bookstagram called @flickerwix is releasing a 20th anniversary special house edition box, full of amazing candles and other items (more info coming about the box tomorrow!) and it's already mine. Not to mention the fact that now, I need a new bookshelf to feature this series! Oh, first-world problems.

I am preparing myself physically and mentally for the sorting hat ceremony, which I plan to conduct this evening. I am leaning towards Hufflepuff because of my love for books and learning, but damn, do I dislike yellow. Not to mention the fact that a little ways into the 2nd book, I haven't met one cool Hufflepuff yet. Where you at Hufflepuffs?! fantasy book review

In all seriousness, I am falling in love with the Wizarding World the more that I read, and I am planning to fully immerse myself over the weekend. I will keep everyone updated with my ramblings and whatnot as I delve deeper into this series. I have never watched the movies, and I have tried to avoid spoilers for 20 years, 20 YEARS. It. Is. Time. Wish me luck as I take this roller coaster ride that quite possibly could be the end of life as I know it. Let me know your houses and your favorite merch companies in the comments!

<3 Morrighan

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

SpideyScents Candles

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Amy from @spideyscents is one of the best candle makers that I have found floating around on Instagram. Her labels are bright and photogenic; descriptions can be read well in photos. The wax colors are always a beautiful hue, and she coats the tops in different shades of glitter. The scents are magnificent; wonderful combinations of florals and fruits, herbs and spices, musks and outdoors! Combos that I would never think of, she comes up with and they. Are. Amazing. I highly recommend giving her shop a follow on Instagram, as well as browsing her large collection of candles on Etsy. She also offers monthly boxes, consisting of 4-2oz candles, 2-4oz candles, 2 prints, and 2 bookmarks. Each item is centered around the 'theme of the month' and can be purchased for $32. Items are exclusive to the boxes, which means you can only get them if you purchase the box; they will not be for sale in the shop for purchase after the box has released. fantasy book review June's monthly box theme is--

An Ember in the Ashes

Reaper at the Gates, Sabaa Tahir's third book in her Ember Quartet drops June 12, and this box celebrates everything that is Laia of Serra and Elias Veturius. Masks versus Scholars. I am so ridiculously excited for the release of this box AND book! I've already purchased mine, have you?!

New candles will be released Friday, June 1st and I will try to make a post when they are announced! I do know that a few of them may or may not be Percy Jackson related!

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<3 Morrighan