Faerie Moon by Matt Mark & Francesca Tedesco

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Eighteen-year-old private investigator Veronica Dye is only trying to make some quick cash when she agrees to take on a seemingly routine missing person case. But when her client turns out to be a fugitive from the kingdom of the faerie, Veronica must use all of her wits to survive the night of the faerie moon.
After a bungled investigation leaves her desperate to recover lost wages, Veronica believes her prayers have been answered when a handsome young man dressed in outlandish, outdated clothing and seemingly unacquainted with contemporary customs appears in the offices of Dye Investigations seeking help. Sebastian Avery, though, is an enigma. A human being reared in the realm of the faerie, he is a man without an identity. Stolen from his crib as a baby, he has lived eighteen years as a servant in the faerie realm, a minstrel satisfying the faeries’ craving for human emotions with melancholy songs that express a longing for his lost life. When he takes the daring leap through the mystical barrier that separates the faerie realm from Earth, Sebastian arrives a stranger in a home he has never known. To retrieve his lost life, he must locate his double, the evil changeling that was left in his crib in his place. Yet he has only hours to accomplish his mission for at midnight, beneath the intense glow of the unnaturally large faerie moon, the faeries will be able to cross the enchanted barrier and will come to take him back.

When Sebastian is recaptured following an unsuccessful skirmish with the changeling, Veronica must make the perilous journey across the faerie realm to rescue him. Yet even if she can overcome the beast that plagues that enchanted land and outwit the diabolical faerie queen, she must still defeat the changeling if she is to save Sebastian’s life.

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**Thank you to the publisher/author for sending me an ARC copy for review**

Ok. So I will start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. However, the cover is just horrendous. I don’t know who’s idea it was to put this story to this cover but they should be fired. I very much judge a book by the cover when I am looking for my next read and had I not been sent this book then I would have never picked it up…because of the cover. Delving into the story line, it was OK, I read it pretty quick, but it was a little over 230 pages. I think that the author’s are on the right path, but I think that they could have written a lot more. There was a lot in the book that wasn’t explained, and there was a lot of detail that was left out and could have been put into the book. I would recommend this book if you life fantasy and faerie themed stories. But don’t expect too much from Faerie Moon, I hate too say that but it’s true. 2 out of 5 stars from me.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Publisher Synopsis

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war. As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

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Let me start off by saying I cried like a baby throughout this book. Talk about a through back to the Boy in the Stripped Pajamas and all the feels! I wasn’t sure going into this book, because I have never read a historical fiction novel, but I am in love *heart face emoji*. Ruta Sepetys’ writing is so easy to read, it just flows through, creating the perfect image of her story in your head. The story that Ruta creates with break your heart, give you hope and make you realize what’s important in life, all in one chapter. There were a few parts of this amazing book, towards the end, that tore at my heart until it was raw.

“Floating in the sea of black, we were forced to witness the massive and grotesque deaths of thousands of people. I clutched the baby tight and closed my eyes. But the scenes continued to play in my mind: The severely angled deck. A woman throwing her baby down to a sailor. He reached. He missed. The child hit the steel raft and then rolled off into the sea. Thousands of desperate people jumping, kicking, gulping. Seawater  filling mouths and nostrils, collapsing lungs”.

This scene made me feel so SICK to my stomach. Just imagining and mother trusting another person with their babies life and doing something as drastic as throwing a baby over board only to watch their horrible death. I can’t even imagine the devastation. Another scene in Salt to the Sea that really got me was:

Would she have to learn the grotesque details of our suffering? Would news make it to my hometown of Birzai, to the dark bunker in the woods where my brother and father were thought to be hiding?

Joana Vilkas, your daughter, your sister. She is salt to the sea. 

We floated in blackness, bobbing along the waves. A woman in the boat announced the time every thirty minutes. There was no more splashing in the water, only the quiet echoes of crying. We sat, snow falling from an infinite sky.

We Waited.

We drifted”.

Ughhhhh this book was amazing!!! I went out and got Between Shades of Gray by Ruta to read next! Read this book, you wont regret it! Five out of five stars from me!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

The Rose Society & The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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Publisher Synopsis-The Rose Society

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Publisher Synopsis-The Midnight Star

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.
When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

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Well. I am going to do a double feature for this review! I read both of these books so close together that I didn’t get the chance to write individual reviews for each. I LOVED this serious. I had read the first book quite awhile ago and was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to pick the series back up again when I started The Rose Society  but I was wrong! The change in character that Adelina goes through is shocking and a little heart breaking. I started to really…hate her. I was not on her side/team for almost the entire book! And I mean BOTH books! One it comes to the ending of the third book, The Midnight Star, I was not sure, and am still not sure, how I feel about the ending. I wont spoiling anything! But I am a sucker for a happy ending and that wasn’t exactly what we readers got at the end of book three. I would definitely recommend this series! Also Marie Lu’s other series, Legend.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah