Review| A Pack Of Blood and Lies

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Title: A Pack of Blood and Lies

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Teen and YA

Release Date: April 30th, 2019

Publisher: Twig Publishing

Series: The Boulder Wolves #1


Synopsis: “The primal rule of winning: don’t fall in love with the contender.

Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.

Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?

When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares challenge him.

Except Ness.

Thus begins a treacherous game.

The rules: winner takes all…including loser’s life.”


My thoughts

“I lost both my parents and was forced to come back to this hellhole where people look down on me because I wasn’t born with the right blend of chromosomes. What exactly do you think you can do that will hurt me, huh?”

When Ness is forced to return to the pack that turned their backs on her and her mom years prior, she is not happy at all. Forced out of the pack for simply being a girl, she never wanted to see these people again. But news of her moms death reaches her long forgotten family and Ness reluctantly agrees to return with them to Boulder, Colorado. Eagerly counting down the days until she can once again leave, an unexpected opportunity falls in her lap.

“My mother had raised me to go after what I wanted. And what I wanted was to stop another Kolane from being in a position of power. I held on to that as I readied to fight for my beliefs.”

With the Boulders pack leaders dead, a new pack leader must be chosen. But no one is going to go for it except Liam Kolane, son of the previous leader. The thought of another Kolane as leader makes Ness furious.  Not one to back down from a challenge, Ness leaps at the chance to prove to those Boulder boys that she’s got what it takes, even being a girl.

“My heart hardened to steel. My resolve too.”

This was a pretty good werewolf shifter book that made me realize just how much I missed werewolf shifter books. Ness was a tough as nails main character who was sick of being told she was less of a person for simply being born a girl. This book had moments where the flow was so smooth and seamless and then other parts where I was like um, ok let’s get this moving along. I enjoyed the chemistry between Ness and Liam(can you say ENEMIES TO LOVERS YEEHAW) however, like previously mentioned, the will they, won’t they, just lasted too dang long. JUST KISS ALREADY GEEZ.

Besides the middle finger to toxic masculinity, this book was also full of mystery and some crazy twists that will leave you going whaaaaaaaaaat (as well as twist that I guessed miles away) I give this 3.75 out of 5 stars. Soooo close to being 4 stars for me but just didn’t quite make it. That being said I do still want to continue Ness’s story, especially with that ending! I sense a possible love triangle coming up?!

3.75

*I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: Toil & Trouble

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Title: Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Author: Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe(Editors)

Genre: Young Adult

Release Date: August 28th, 2018


Synopsis: “A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.”

My thoughts (1)

I don’t read many anthologies so I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this. I found some of these stories to be a bit rushed and short and some to drag on and some I adored and didn’t want to end! I did end up enjoying this collection overall and loved all the witchy girls in this. This collection was full of diverse characters and awesome themes that showcase the badassness (that’s definitely a word OK) of females.

You go girls.

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Starsong by Tehlor Kay Mejia: ⭐⭐⭐/5


Afterbirth by Andrea Cremer: ⭐⭐⭐/5


The Heart In Her Hands by Tess Sharpe: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


Death In The Sawtooths by Lindsay Smith: ⭐⭐⭐/5


The Truth About Queenie by Brandy Colbert: ⭐⭐⭐/5


The Moonapple Menagerie by Shveta Thakrar: ⭐⭐⭐/5


The Legend of Stone Mary by Robin Talley: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


The One Who Stayed by Nova Ren Suma: ⭐⭐⭐/5


Divine Are The Stars by Zoraida Córdova: ⭐⭐⭐/5


Daughters Of Baba Yaga by Brenna Yovanoff: ⭐⭐⭐/5


The Well Witch by Kate Hart: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


Beware Of Girls With Crooked Mouths by Jessica Spotswood: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


Love Spell by Anna-Marie McLemore: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


The Gherin Girls by Emery Lord: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

This was my absolute favorite out of all the short-stories!

Why They Watch Us Burn by Elizabeth May: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

3.75

*I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*