Review | Dark Shores by Danielle Jensen

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Title: Dark Shores

Author: Danielle Jensen

Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy

Series: Dark Shores #1

Synopsis: “In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.


Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.


Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.


When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

My thoughts (1)Dark Shores follows the point of view of the two main characters, Teriana and Marcus. Teriana is the fierce Maarin pirate whose people hold an ancient secret of Gods and the whereabouts of the obscure lands known as the Dark Shores. The Maarin travel between the two worlds, the Celendor Empire and the Dark Shores, and guard the secret of each land with their life for if East meets West, war will be inevitable. But all that changes when Teriana spills the beans to her trusted friend. Word gets out to the senator of the Empire and the Maarin people soon finds themselves prisoners.  In order to save her people, Teriana comes to an agreement to help the Empire with the conquest of the Dark Shores.

In comes Marcus, the clever commander of the Thirty-Seventh legion and man of many secrets himself. When the secrets of his own are threatened to be revealed by the senator of Celendor, Marcus finds himself leading the journey to the Dark Shores with Teriana as his prisoner/informant.

‘”Its time for you to let go of the lies Mother Empire has whispered in your ears and start seeing the world for what it really is.”
“And what is that?”
“Inexplicable. Limitless.” Her gaze went back to the ocean. “Divine.”‘

Dark Shores was a fun, fast read that I found myself quickly engrossed in. The two worlds we get to explore were so different and yet the same in many respects. I enjoyed the spicy, slow-burn romance between our two main characters and getting to watch each of their character developments. My only complaint was the story gets quite a bit rushed as it comes to the end and I felt that it should’ve been, like, a hundred pages longer to work its way through the events that were happening. However, I am looking forward to book two and seeing where Teriana and Marcus’s journey leads AND hopefully getting to see some more cool Gods action.

4 out of 5 stars

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

Review: The Pageant by Leigh Walker


The Pageant by Leigh Walker is YA, Paranormal, Romance and the first in The Vampire Royal series.

After the wars, the world as Gwyn knows it has completely flipped. Once rich and well-off, Gwyn and her family are now barely getting by and find themselves selling their more expensive items to afford the basics. A mysterious family is now ruling over the lands. Rumored to be vampires, Gwyn doesn’t know what to believe just that she must do whatever it takes to care for her family. When a pageant is announced and Gwyn is amongst the handpicked to be a contestant, she has no choice but to participate. The prize? A marriage to the handsome, mysterious prince of the royal family. Thrust into a competition she’s not even sure she even wants to win, Gwyn must learn how to survive this new world and how to survive her fellow competitors.

My thoughts

The Pageant was a quick, easy read that I finished in one sitting. Some characters I liked (hello, Dallas) and unfortunately some I did not like as much (Gwyn, honey, please, please, please stop with your impulsive nonsense). While I found the plot to be exciting, I feel like the author could have done a lot more with this. It felt a bit rushed in parts and I wish we could have gotten a bit more details. I rated this 3 stars because I didn’t love it nor hate it. I will be reading the next book in the series because with that ending, how could I not?

3 stasr

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

Review: Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi


Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi is a Teen/YA novel and the first book in the series.

Wow! I loved this! Hope Diaz is a hardworking teenager who is juggling schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and caring for her sick mother. One morning she receives a strange invitation in the mail with words appearing on it that only she can see and a challenge that should she accept and win would allow her one wish. Hope doesn’t quite know if she should believe this mysterious invite but is intrigued as this one wish could be the answer to curing her mother. Unintentionally, Hope passes the first challenge presented on the invite and gets whisked away to Mount Olympus where she discovers that Greek Gods and all the myths she’s heard of are in fact real and she is now a contestant, along with a bunch of other kids her age, in a competition put on by the Gods. Hope and the other teens must face terrible trials and challenges to reveal the one winner.

My thoughts

Full of action, twists, toooons of mythology(Love it!), and a bit of romance, I enjoyed watching Hopes growth throughout the book and her budding friendships with fellow contestants. I would definitely recommend this book to my fellow lovers of YA and mythology and I can’t wait for the second book to come out!!

5 out of 5 stars


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