Before Tomorrow


“Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.”

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Before Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn! The Forget Tomorrow series belongs in the dystopian genre, but also contains a touch of romance. Before Tomorrow dives into Logan’s life and is told from his point of view, while the other books in this series, so far, are from female points of view. The story is enjoyable and it’s definitely nice to see Logan’s perspective in this world! 4 stars!

Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter


Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter is the final book in the Shadow Falls series, which I have thoroughly enjoyed because of the clever wit, dynamic characters, in-depth world building and the suspense that each book carries along with its own story.  I am sad that this series is ending and I hope to see more works from C.C. Hunter.  I give Midnight Hour a 5 star rating!

“Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.”

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter! The instant I began reading Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter, I was drawn back into the supernatural world of Shadow Falls. I am sad that this book marks the end of the Shadow Falls series, but I am glad the author chose to write about Miranda as the main character. Miranda and her half-sister, Tabitha, visit an old witch that can supposedly tell anyone their future love story. As soon as she gets started with Miranda and her love story, things become chaotic.

C.C. Hunter is a wonderful storyteller and brings the reader up to speed flawlessly. Miranda and Tabitha are witches and are struggling to come to grips with the fact of their father having two families because he chose to cheat on his first wife (Tabitha’s mother). Miranda and Tabitha unwittingly discover an age-old cult that uses young witches to reproduce their progeny, so they can rule the world with witchcraft.

Midnight Hour fits perfectly in the supernatural genre and has mystery, suspense, romance and conflict added into the mix. I give it 5 stars for an indulging read!

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The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror


The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates receives 3.5 stars from me. This young adult collection of horror short stories ranged from macabre to sinister to subtle. The Doll-Master is the first of six psychological thrillers in this book and I think it’s my favorite of the six because of it’s creepiness. The Doll-Master is like Stephen King for young adults and is Criminal Minds worthy!

How to Hang a Witch


The instant I began reading How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, I felt pulled into the story. What’s not to love? The history of the Salem Witch Trials, clever characters and an interesting synopsis immediately piqued my curiosity! Told in Sam Mather’s point of view as she moves to Salem, Massachusetts with her stepmother. The two of them reside in Sam’s grandmother’s house while Sam’s father suffers in a coma that has lasted over three months already. Sam is a descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men who hanged witches during the Salem Witch Trials. A group of students, known as the Descendants, because they are actual descendants of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials hangings, immediately dislike Sam because of her last name. Her neighbors, Jaxon and his mother, are friendly and they knew Sam’s grandmother well and took care of her and her home when she couldn’t anymore. Jaxon seems to be the only friendly person in the entire school, including the teachers. The relationship and banter between Jaxon and Sam makes me smile and when they find a hidden room in her house, the mystery begins.

The author’s beautiful descriptions bring the historical homes to life and portray the magnificence of a Massachusetts autumn. The mystery, suspense and the curse all grow in intensity and I am never quite sure who Sam can trust. Wonderful and creative writing, dynamic and complex characters and a plot that everyone can relate to make this an amazing book. The author’s notes share what is historically accurate and what’s fiction and her personal genealogy makes me think that she needs to write more historical fiction! 5 stars – perfect from beginning to end!


All Laced Up


Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher! This cute romantic story starts on a Saturday when Lia is helping Mr. Kozlov at the skating rink by teaching young skaters. Her co-teacher is Pierce Miller, local young hockey hero. Lia is immediately annoyed by Pierce because he seems distracted by his fame and all of the attention he receives. Little does Lia know that Pierce helps his parents with his younger brother, Carson, who has sensory issues. Lia and Pierce begin to have two relationships – one online and one offline. Lia uses a pseudonym to talk to Pierce online on the hockey chat room forum and they develop a friendship that way. Since teaching skaters together, they get to know each other face to face also. They both have struggles to overcome and friendships to keep. This clean-read romance involves family dynamics and character development that makes the characters realistic. 5 stars!

Shonna Slayton Interview

spindle-for-twitterShonna Slayton was kind enough to answer a question about her new book, Spindle.  Here goes:

Me: I would like to know what made you decide to do a retelling of Sleeping Beauty?  The retelling sounds interesting and I am wondering what gave you the idea and also what helped you build up the story to be more complex than the original fairy tale?


To tell how I got to Sleeping Beauty, I have to talk about Cinderella.
My debut novel, Cinderella’s Dress, was inspired by two ideas mixing around in my head. The first was a picture book of the same name which showed a young girl sliding down a modern-looking banister with a fancy dress on. I immediately thought: Cool! Cinderella kept her dress and passed it down to her daughter. But that wasn’t what that picture book was about. I still liked the idea, though, that the dress became a family heirloom.
The second idea that mixed into the story was a line I read in a department store history book that mentioned women were not hired as window dressers in the big department stores until the 1940s when so many of the men went off to war and new opportunities opened up for women. This intrigued me because in high school I worked retail and had the opportunity to design several display windows. Why didn’t women have this job until the 1940s?
Somehow, those two ideas clicked in my mind, and I wanted to write a story set in the 1940s involving Cinderella’s heirloom dress and a fancy New York Department Store.
Back to Sleeping Beauty.
I enjoyed writing a mash up of history and fairy tale so much, I wanted to try it with another fairy tale. Which one to try next? I thought of several fairy tales that have an object that I could put into another time period. But when I thought about the spindle from Sleeping Beauty I knew I had the right one. Whereas Cinderella’s dress would be an heirloom any girl would love to have…a cursed spindle? Not so much.
Next, I had to choose a time period. What time would best display a spindle? It didn’t take too much poking around to find the spinning machines in the cotton mills in the 1800s. They were filled with spindles.
To help round out the story, I created several bubble charts listing the elements of the fairy tale in the center, for example, the spindle. From there I drew spokes listing things I knew about the spindle from the original fairy tale. Then I asked how, what, when, where, why, what if? questions until a new story started to form.
For the historical details I delved into the world of the spinning girls–their work, their living conditions, and created characters based on those I read about.
From there, it was a matter of trusting my instincts and following the new path the story was on.
SHONNA SLAYTON writes historical fairy tales for Entangled TEEN. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.
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In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger
Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?
When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.
If Briar wants to save the girls―and herself―she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.
Thank you Shonna!  This is my favorite fairy tale retelling to date!