Review Roundup

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Wolf Prince of Kstovo: Midwinter Nights by Mark Jonathan Runte

His court was the open winter fields and the dancing green blue lights overhead. The place where he could lift his head and sing to the winter stars.

This short wintry tale follows a family’s encounters with the ‘wolf prince’ who comes to them one winter’s night and extracts a bargain from a woman longing for a child. I thought the premise was very intriguing, but I do wish it had been a little longer and that we saw a bit more of the wolf pack dynamics, as well the relationship between Diana and the prince and how that developed in the aftermath of her leaving home and joining him.

To Catch A Feather (Found in Fife, #1) by R.A. Hutchins

This book has such a tragic opening that really took me by surprise. I totally thought the first romance was the main one, but it’s not (this isn’t really a spoiler, though, as all this happens in the prologue). At the start, the main character Kate is close to losing her fiancé due to spiralling into depression and they’re about to break up when her fiancé suggests they take a holiday rather than break up. She switches meds, feels better, they head to their holiday. And then he dies!! They’re in a car crash that kills him and leaves her with injuries.

The story then jumps ahead five years and Kate’s taking a holiday in the same place she and her fiancé were headed when he died. She’s struggling with taking too many painkillers and relying on them too much and wants to use the holiday as a chance to take a breath. She’s still grieving for her late fiancé and isn’t doing well. Her turmoil and troubles catch the attention of a kind (if a bit intrusive and meddling) elderly lady and a local café owner. Worried about her after finding her passed out from taking too many pills, the pair decide to keep an eye on Kate while she’s in town, and she and Cal (Cameron) quickly grow closer.

Everything moves very quickly between Kate and Cal, and I did wonder about his judgement when him took her home to stay with him when he has a child in the house and has only known Kate for about an hour at that point, but the author shows a lot of empathy and grace towards the characters, who all offer to help and support each other and use their shared experiences and their faith to heal from their traumas.

Thank you to the author for a review copy.

Serge the Snail Without A Shell by Harriet Alida Lye and Rosa Rankin-Gee

Ooooooooooh this was just absolutely precious! The artwork is absolutely adorable and the message is wholesome. I also quite liked the rhymes! Overall a sweet and fun little book!

Thank you to Netgalley for a review copy.

Treasure Chest of Kisses: I Am Made of Love by Sky Eiko

Love refills on its own, so you’ll always have plenty.

This is absolutely precious and wholesome. The artwork is great and the rhymes are well done, with a lovely message!

Thank you to Netgalley for a review copy.

The Only Poetry I Will Ever Write by Tonya Moore

I was wanting
something harder;
than that which lies within
the primitive dark

I really enjoyed this collection of poetry!!

The Blue Muse by S.J. Lomas

Who write poems about the convulsing glory of the nation, shaking their heads in dismay, but can’t think up a way to save it.

A collection of poetry filled with imagery, observation and commentary. I particularly liked the last section. It reminded me a lot of the style of Howl.

The Sparkly Bun by Keith Stoeckeler 

I thought this was pretty cute overall, although I’m not sure I totally got the message. I didn’t really understand why they were wearing sparkly buns or why she was wearing the same one over and over. Like, at first I thought they *were* hamburgers, but then they’re just wearing them? But they also wear bathrobes? So why wear a hamburger? I just didn’t understand the backstory, lmao. I did like the message of individuality and doing your own thing, but it also just felt a little incomplete/unexplained.

Thank you to Netgalley for a review copy.

Milk & Mocha: Our Little Happiness by Melani Sie

An absolutely adorable, wholesome, cute, feel-good collection of Milk and Mocha’s domestic adventures and the joy found in the little moments.

Thank you to Netgalley for a review copy.

Blood Oath #1 by Rob Hart, Alex Segura, Heather Antos, Joe Eisma, Hilary Jenkins

Oooh 1920s and vampires! A very intense opener. Curious where it leads.

The Panic #2: Grave by Neil Kleid, Mariah McCourt, Andrea Mutti

I was a little confused by the narrative in this one, but overall I’m intrigued enough to find out where it’s headed. I want to know what happens to the group of strangers and the siblings, for sure! So onto #3.

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