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Book Review: A Broken Winter

General Auryn Tyrus is tired of serving an emperor who turns political dissidents into expensive steak and claims to have swallowed Ankari’s sun. He is fed up with pretending not to know Emperor Haken is buying biological weapons and collecting taxes for a war that doesn’t exist. Auryn’s role in the entire mirage leads him to drastic choices, but unexpected news halts his plans. Seven-year-old Keita Kaneko, the son of a former lover, is captured by the emperor’s special forces. Auryn secretly intervenes and spares Keita from execution.
Keita changes everything. Instead of feeling helpless and oppressed by a self-proclaimed living god, Auryn works to expose the emperor as a fraud. But he knows exactly will happen if he’s discovered, and the extent of Emperor Haken’s lies is worse than anticipated. If Auryn expects anyone to believe the truth, he’s going to need proof. And a lot of help.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Okay.. So when does book two come out? I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I wouldn’t even call this a book, it is more like an experience. This book had such an amazing storyline and a great set of compelling and complex characters. I just could not put it down. 

I felt this was written in the perfect way for a follow up novel. It left me with tons of questions and I was instantly ready to read the next book. I love how LGBTQ friendly these books are. I really loved how multidimensional the characters were. They didn’t fall flat at all and just had soooo much depth. 

The author has created such an interesting universe. The story itself is full of intrigue and suspense. The interactions between the character felt so natural and fluid. I genuinely love this authors writing style. 

Thank you so much to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title.
Cover art and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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Book Review: Out with the Ex, In with the New

Gemma didn’t expect her life to look like this. She’s still living with her mother, who steals her leggings and tells her off for leaving crumbs in the butter. After twenty failed interviews she thought she’d bagged her dream job as a journalist – except it turns out to be writing articles about cats that look like George Clooney. Luckily she has her wonderful boyfriend, Jack, to help her forget just how rubbish things are.
Then Jack dumps her out of the blue. With nothing but her childhood teddy bear, Stanley, and a whole heap of heartbreak, Gemma resolves to turn things around. She throws herself into her new job and soon she’s hanging out with cheeky, golden-haired hunk Charlie, eating in swanky restaurants and sipping trendy cocktails – and her old life seems like a distant memory.
But it’s not long until her shiny new world starts to lose its sparkle – and Gemma misses the days of wearing battered pink converse and eating peanut butter on toast in bed. Then Jack turns up, backpack in tow, and things starts to go wrong with Charlie. ‘Out with the old, in with the new’, the saying goes. But what happens if neither one is quite right?

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

So, it took me several chapters to get invested into this story. It was a good story, but I just couldn’t connect with it as deeply as I originally thought I would have. Towards the middle, I got really into it and couldn’t put it down. 

This was quite a funny read. I found myself laughing out loud through a lot of it. I enjoyed Gemma’s character a lot and it was fun taking this journey with her. She started out so naive but quickly grew into such an awesome strong character. 

I love how this book was inspired by the “youtube” culture we have in our world today. It was fun seeing this through a first person perspective. I feel it was honest in Gemma’s mistakes and missteps and really showed how hard she worked to get to where she is. 

Overall, this was a cute and easy book to get lost in for an afternoon. Thank you kindly to Sophie Ranald, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title. 
Cover art and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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Book Review: The Wolf and the Sparrow

Derek never wished to inherit his title as a result of a bloody battle. With the old count dead and the truce dependent on his marriage to the rival duke’s son, Derek has no choice but to agree to the victor’s terms in order to bring peace to his homeland. When he learns of the sinister rumors surrounding his intended groom, Derek begins to have doubts—but there can be no turning back from saying I do.
After the death of his wife, Callan of Mulberny never expected to be forced into another political marriage—especially not to someone like the new Count of Camria. Seemingly soft and meek, it’s only fitting that Derek’s family crest is a flighty sparrow, worthy of nothing but contempt.
Another war with the seafaring people of the Outer Isles looms on the horizon, and the reluctant newlyweds must team together to protect those caught in the circle of violence. Derek and Callan slowly learn to let go of their prejudices, but as they find themselves enmeshed in intrigue fueled by dark secrets and revenge, their tentative bond is all that keeps their world—and their lives—from plunging into chaos.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is a brilliant story. Isabelle Adler is a fantastic story teller and I really enjoyed this. It was very fast paced and I really think that added to the story line. 

The magical part of this book was super interesting but I wish I had gotten a little more explanation and it had been explored a bit more. I wish the book itself had been longer. I could have kept reading!

I am a HUGE fan of the enemies to lovers trope and I really enjoyed Adler’s take on it as a whole. I LOVED that the marriage dynamic was not determined by gender. I love when LGBTQIA+ relationships are seen as a normal part of the story and not broadcasted as a coming out tale. We need more stories that normalizes gay culture. 

Overall, this was a super fun and easy read. I blew threw the story and almost read it a second time. I love anything fantasy and magic but this brought politics into it and made it even more interesting. 

I enjoyed the overall writing style and the dual perspectives. I loved how complex the fantasy world is and how deep the history and conflict goes. Thank you so much to Isabelle Adler, the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title.
Cover art and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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Book Review: Kit and Elizabeth

Lady Elizabeth Spaulding’s world has fallen apart. Despite living her entire life to please her demanding parents, the Duke and Duchess of Marwood, she has little to show for it. After Elizabeth’s second failed betrothal, her father’s debts and appalling acts of retaliation force him to flee the country, consigning Elizabeth and her bitter mother to a life of poverty and exile. But Elizabeth’s fortunes change one day when an elderly acquaintance makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Lady Walmsley, widowed and childless, is in need of a lady’s companion—and who better than the lovely Lady Elizabeth? Determined to rescue Elizabeth from her dreary life in the country, Lady Walmsley secures the help of Kit, the dashing Earl of Cantwell, in her quest. But the young woman they find is a ghost of the charming girl they once knew. Taken in by Lady Walmsley, and with Kit’s enthusiastic encouragement, Elizabeth finds herself pushed further and further from her empty solitude as she discovers the joy of truly living. Now, for the first time in her life, she must decide for herself who she is and if she deserves to be loved. 

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This was such a well written story. It drew me in from the start. I love the beautiful imagery portrayed by the author. Karen Tuft is such a talented writer. She captivates her audience and creates such interesting and vivid characters. 

My favorite part of this character driven story was how much the characters developed through the pages. Tuft put Elizabeth in such heartbreaking circumstances that just felt very real. I loved seeing Elizabeth grow in both her self confidence and her self worth. 

I love a good historical romance, and this has to be one of my favorites. There were so many ups and downs that it keeps you guessing! I love how I just couldn’t wait to see what would happen. 

Thank you so much to Karen Tuft, Covenant Communications, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title.
Cover art and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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Book Review: Brimstone

Sariel, a fugitive slave, is running from the desert mines, and from an Empire that is hungry for a new and mysterious metal that the alchemists call brimstone.
In a moment of mercy and lust, Ava Sandrino, herself a knight fallen from grace, shelters Sariel from his pursuers, and in the light of the moon, he speaks to her of a door. It is a gate that opens into a world that lies beyond the Northern Dark, over the edge of their farthest horizon. There, paupers rub shoulders with princes, and there are riches to be had by those with the will to seize them.
Swayed by Sariel’s tales of strange oceans and distant stars, and tired of a past that holds her down, Ava joins him on the trek to the kingdom where souls are remade. Together, they must cross a borderland that is the domain of magicians, the humans that serve them, and the One O’clock King: a faceless despot who guards the crossroads of worlds.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I really wanted to love this book. I love diving deep into duologies, trilogies, and series but this one was just okay for me. The story almost felt a little flat. 

It really lacked depth for me. It felt like the story started instantly and we really didn’t get much of a backstory. I really wish there had been a bit more character development. 

I did enjoy the main character. I am a fan of strong female protagonists. I really liked that this story shied away from the female lost princess warrior. The main character of this story is just a normal girl trying to survive. 

I did not hate this story, but there is a lot of room for improvement. I hope that the next book in this trilogy. I will say that for a debut novel this was good. Coming out with your debut novel is a terrifying thing, but I think overall it was an okay start. I hope to read the rest of this story in the future. 

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title.

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Happy Holidays from Feathered Fables!

We here at Feathered Fables wish you a Safe and Happy Holidays!

I wanted to pop on here and let you know how thankful I am for everyone who follows this blog! It has always been a dream of mine to write things that people will actually read and knowing that you all come here and check out my posts makes me so thankful for each and every one of you.

You probably have noticed that I have not posted much this month…. I wanted to apologize quickly for that. The holiday season is especially busy for me and I have been working on some BIG changes for Feathered Fables. We also had a big mishap with one of our precious little birdies. For those of you who do not know, I rescue and rehabilitate birds in my spare time and one of my sweet feathered friends got severely injured by another bird and had a slew of vet of appointments and an emergency surgery. He is doing well now, but it is just a waiting game to see if he heals completely.. It has had me an absolutely nervous wreck. If you want to see more of my feathered freeloaders, you can check out their instagram (yes … they have their own) at the handle NerdyBirds_ !

I am super excited to start the New Year with so many exciting things to come and I cannot wait to share all of these things with each and every one of you! Have the safest and happiest of holidays! I hope you get all the books you asked for!!!

XoXo Sari B of Feathered Fables

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Book Review: Reverie

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.
As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was such an interesting book. It wasn’t written in the usual young adult format. It almost was written more as an adult sci-fi novel. It was a truly unique story that pulls you in. This is one of those plot heavy books, it is not driven by its characters but it is made up for it by story substance. It was very fun to read. 

My one real complaint is the magic system was very confusing, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was happening and how it was happening rather than enjoying my time. I reread a lot of the book just to figure out what was going on. I feel like we could have had the magic system explained a lot earlier and it would have saved a lot of headaches. 

I absolutely adored that there was a solid LGBTQIA presence in this book. We need more books with a strong queer representation, and we get that with Reverie. Kane was by far my favorite character. Even though this wasn’t a character driven story.. Kane’s story was very compelling and had me very interested. I love that he was forced to battle his past even though he could not remember it. 

Reverie kept me very excited through every page turn, and I found myself contemplating what was going to happen even when I wasn’t glued to my kindle. I really enjoyed Ryan La Sala’s writing style. He is incredibly honest and assertive in his writing and it is almost refreshing to the YA universe. 

I really enjoyed Reverie and really hope we see this turned into a series. This is one of those stories that could easily have multiple books to follow and in my honest opinion.. It would make a stellar movie! 

Thank you kindly to Ryan La Sala, NetGalley, and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to review this book.
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Blog Tour: The Woman With Wings

Alison Spedding is a loner; no real friends, no boyfriend and a job in which she goes unnoticed.
At 32, her only passion is birdwatching. That is until one afternoon, high on a Scottish mountain, Alison experiences something that causes her grip on reality to slip. As her mind begins to spiral towards breaking point, her infatuated colleague, Jed, is concerned. Can he intervene before Alison finally loses control?
The Woman with Wings explores one woman’s identity whilst posing universal questions: Who is she? Where does she belong? And must she accept her lot, or can she spread her wings and be free at last?

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This was such a well written book. I really love MacManus’ writing style. It is so very clean and descriptive. I loved that this was a story about a woman finding herself and where she belongs. I really just couldn’t put this book down. 

I really felt like I resonated with Alison. I am also a single woman in her thirties who enjoys her own company and loves birds. This part of the book made me chuckle and feel like this was the book for me as I have 14 birds of my own!

My only real complaint with this book is the why. Why was a story like this written? I enjoyed it a lot but I felt it did not have a direction as to why it was written.  I will say it is a very character driven novel. 

The cover of this book is absolutely stunning. It was what drew me into this book. Overall, this was a great read. Thank you to the publisher, the author, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title.  Click here to order your copy today!

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Book Review: No Experience Required

Izzy Treadway has a reputation as a love guru. She knows exactly what ignites the spark for others, but she has no desire to find love herself. You see, Izzy’s bipolar and not only fears being seen as damaged goods but is terrified that if anything goes wrong, it might just send her back to the hospital. Nevertheless, her best friend decides Izzy’s the perfect person to write The Idiot’s Guide to Love.

While researching and writing the book, Izzy finds herself falling for Jane Mendoza, the new intern at work. Everything’s perfect until Izzy tells her she’s bipolar and Jane leaves her, claiming the dreaded “It’s not you, it’s me.”

Izzy’s devastated, but heartbreak teaches her she’s stronger than she gives herself credit for. As Izzy and Jane learn their pasts don’t define their future, they’ll need to get out of their own way to discover love can overcome any obstacle.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am absolutely obsessed with female on female romantic contemporary books. Being bisexual, I feel we do not get enough of these stories nor are they advertised as being female on female romance. I loved this story though.

I loved Jane and Izzy, you can see how they have grown from their past circumstances and how it has shaped their views of themselves and the world.  This book is heavy on the romance but I didn’t seem to mind it. 

I felt Izzy was so relatable. I am terrible at reading signs too so that really struck a chord for me. I did feel a bit confused by the cover art of this book. I am guessing the girl on the cover is meant to be Izzy. If that is Izzy, then man she ages well. The cover to me looks like a YA novel rather than being a lesbian rom com about a woman in her forties. 

I did love the overall pacing of this story. It was well written and a good read. Thank you so much to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this novel. 

Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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Book Review: The Patient

Danielle Rycroft suspects someone close to her has a dark secret. In the confidential setting of therapy, her patients share their anxieties and fears. Now, with a string of murders in town putting her on edge, Danielle’s own worries come close to eclipsing her patients’. In each case, the pattern is the same: parents killed while their children sleep blissfully unaware in their beds. Her best friend, Detective Tami Sloan, is the only person she has confided in.
Danielle believes that there’s still a secret one patient has yet to share. But which one? Behind a familiar face is a stranger who’ll do anything to hide their worst compulsions. The anxiety brings Danielle to her own therapist’s office, seeking counsel and comfort. But what is she willing to risk, and how much closer must she get, to stop them?

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those books that really keeps you guessing. I kept thinking I had the story figured out and it would immediately change directions. It ended so differently than I had anticipated. This story will really mess with your head. 

I found it very hard to put this book down. The story stays with you even after you finish it. I kept thinking about it for days once I had finished. I was halfway through another story and I was still coming back to this book. 

I love the different viewpoints, it took me for a ride. It took me so long to figure this story out. I usually play a good detective in what I am reading but not with The Patient. This is a super bingey read. I finished it in a couple of hours and honestly, I wasn’t ready for it to be over. 

I really loved this author’s writing style and I cannot wait to read more of her work. She really could write anything and make it compelling. There was a real alice in wonderland feel to this story. 

It was a very fast paced read. I felt immediately drawn into the story as soon as I started reading. The author has a very unique way of weaving an unbelievable plot and making it completely believable. 

Thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title. 

Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.