Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Book Review: The Jinni Key by Bethany Atazadeh


SYNOPSIS:
She holds the key to his heart, and he wants it back.

When Arie reveals her Gift, she thinks the worst is over. But she couldn’t be more wrong. The only one who can save her now is a mermaid named Rena.

Rena is the youngest daughter of the Sea King, and she’s dreamed of the surface for years. But her first visit on her 16th birthday isn’t what she expects. She watches a Jinni fall from the sky—and chooses to save him, despite her mother’s warnings that all Jinn are evil.

Once she meets Gideon, she can’t get him out of her mind. And maybe, with a little help from Arie and some magic of her own, she doesn’t have to...

The Jinni Key is a loose “Little Mermaid” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with mermaids, dragons, and the elusive Jinn, this is not the fairytale you remember…

LINKS:

AMAZON: http://bit.ly/thejinnikey
GOODREADS: https://bit.ly/thejinnikeygoodreads
BETHANY’S WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdom


SPOILER FREE

I was excited to read this Little Mermaid retelling! I've always enjoyed the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but Bethany's "loose" retelling is roughly akin to the original fairy tale which is a little darker and the end isn't as happy (Bethany's version is a HEA for the most part ^_~). While Rena probably looks more like Ariel with the red hair, her personality is more developed than Ariel's.

Rena can be tough to love at first but I didn't have a problem with her because I understood why she said and did the things she did. Although, it's funny because I thought she'd be more empathetic as The Jinni Key holder and the youngest sister of that royal family. Let's just say they aren't the kindest people. lol

I enjoyed the way Bethany gave us a flashback to give us a little backstory about Rena and her family. From there, it launches to how Rena came to land and then we start where the first book left off. The author seamlessly wove the beginning chapters and executed it flawlessly. I had wondered how and where we'd start off after reading the first chapter from the first book.

We don't get as much extended world building as I thought we would get after the first book. Other than the underwater kingdom, which I wish we got to see more of or at least again after the first time. I enjoyed seeing how the sea magic worked although very little is explained which is fine. I don't feel like we traveled around as much in this book as the first book which is fine but I wished we did because I enjoy Bethany's world development.

We don't get to see as much romance in this book, I feel like it's more like pining than romantic interaction which was well written so you won't get any mutual instant love here. I had hoped to see more character development in all the characters but I think Rena is the one who develops the most even though we get POV from Kadin and Arie. I liked Kadin and Arie's POV but struggled through them a bit. I do see them as necessary for the development of the book but weren't always gratifying to read, probably because of their stuck situations.

FYI, we don't get to see Kadin's full motley crew in the book so don't expect to see them. I did miss Naveed but glad Bosh was still around. Gideon was around but I didn't enjoy him as much because he seemed so surly in this book.

The pacing of the book read quickly but I did feel like it was rushed more towards the end, the climax wasn't as climatic as the first book in my opinion. While it wasn't quite what I wanted or expected, I appreciated that the author tied up the important loose ends.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this "loose" fairy tale retelling but the similarities between this book will be vastly different from the versions you know. It had less recognizable similarities than the previous book, which is fine but wanted to share that. I loved Rena's overall character development arc and Bethany's underwater world building. If you enjoyed The Stolen Kingdom, I think you'll like this book too and you'll get to learn what happened to the previous main characters!


3.5 out of 5 rating for me!


(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

Friday, August 16, 2019

Book Review: How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks



SYNOPSIS:
Lawyer Rochelle Ransom isn't looking for love. That ship had sailed--and sunk. Now all of her time is spent working and supporting her charity. But when an opportunity to win a large amount of prize money opens up, she's willing to sacrifice a little pride to raise some funds for a good cause.

Grant Duke has never forgotten Rochelle. And now he finally has a chance to get even with her for how she destroyed his heart. But when his plan for revenge takes a series of wrong turns, things head down a hilarious path of rediscovering love.



MINOR SPOILERS

I owe the author a huge apology, I've been given this book as an ARC 4 years ago. 4 YEARS! I've been meaning to pick it up to read but I had gotten busy and I forgot. My ARC TBR is longer than I care to admit and I have another book I need to read from this author. I plan to pick it up soon, especially after how much I enjoyed this book.

Ok, I'm not a reality show watcher so shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette aren't things I care to watch. However, I picked this book up and I wish I had picked it up sooner! I regret that I waited so long to start this book!

Right off the bat we are introduced to Rochelle who is a contestant for a good cause. I liked her and feel like she thought fairly logically except when emotions were involved (but that would be any person scorned). She's intelligent and independent so she's relatable in my humble opinion.

Grant is an enjoyable character too, I like how he is strong in his own right without being an "alpha male" that so many other romance authors write. He's kind and considerate. I liked how he wasn't all over the other contestants too and knew what he wanted and went after it.

I LOVED the crazy things Rochelle and Grant were willing to do. Rochelle to get voted off and Grant to keep her in. I found myself cackling at Rochelle's hijinks or embarrassed on her behalf. I could not do the things she did with that confidence. It makes for good entertainment material for sure!

I liked how the author sped past the boring parts of the reality TV but would have liked to see a bit more contestant interaction but it wasn't really necessary for the plot so I see why it was omitted.

Overall, a highly entertaining book that will have you laughing or cringing with second-hand embarrassment. Pick this book up if you want a fast and fluffy read that leaves you relaxed and feeling good.



4 out of 5 rating for me!


(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)



Saturday, August 10, 2019

Book Review: The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh


SYNOPSIS:
How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?

Arie eagerly anticipates becoming Queen of her humble kingdom. Even when a Jinni’s Gift manifests before her 18th birthday, she fights to hide the forbidden ability.

But when a neighboring king attempts to marry her and steal her kingdom, discovery feels imminent. Just one slip could cost her throne. And her life.

A Jinni hunter and his crew of thieves are her only hope for removing this Gift. And she must remove it before it’s exposed. Or die trying.

The Stolen Kingdom is a loose “Aladdin” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with Mermaids, Dragons, and the elusive Jinni, this isn’t the fairytale you remember…

LINKS:

PREORDER: https://bit.ly/orderthestolenkingdom
GOODREADS: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdomgoodreads
SIGN UP FOR EMAIL ALERT ON RELEASE DAY: https://bit.ly/stolenkingdomrelease
BETHANY’S WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdom
THE STOLEN KINGDOM BOOK TRAILER: http://bit.ly/tskbooktrailer

SPOILER FREE (with one exception)


I've been excited to read The Stolen Kingdom as soon as I heard about it. I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings and I wasn't disappointed. I do agree this is a "loose" retelling but I enjoyed how the author wove the story together. In my humble opinion, it's a tale all its own.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Book Review: Book Sales That Multiply by Mandi Lynn and Bethany Atazadeh




Book Synopsis:
The key to book marketing is not trying to sell your book to everyone, but selling it to your ideal reader.

The third book in Marketing for Authors is about more than just using paid advertising to sell your book. It’s also about learning where to find an audience for your book and making your story an impulse buy.

Learn how to write sales copy and create graphics that help sell your book, whether in paid ads or on social media. You’ll get helpful tips and techniques to successfully promote your book through advertisements on Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads Giveaways, and even email advertisements. You'll also learn about many free ways to promote your book, such as newsletter swaps and ebook promotion websites.

Book marketing doesn't have to cost hundreds of dollars or require years of experience.

With an entire resources section at the end of the book, you’ll walk away feeling empowered to start promoting your book and ready to discover new readers. By the end of this book, you’ll know where to invest your time and money to multiply book sales.

SPOILER FREE


If you've ever been mystified by purchasing ads for your book, Mandi and Bethany do a great job on breaking it down in one book.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Cover Reveal: The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh

Woot! Haven't done a cover reveal in a bit! I've been following Bethany's author journey for awhile and she has been inspiring and helpful to other writers with her writing and indie publishing advice! Be sure to check her out in the links below!

I have to admit, I love fairytale retellings so when Bethany mentioned she was doing a loose retelling of Aladdin, I was instantly on board! Who did not have a crush on Aladdin?! Also it's funny timing that it also happens that today is the release date of the Disney live action movie of Aladdin. Sneaky sneaky but clever! lol

Anyways, what I'm trying to say is to read the synopsis then check out the beautiful cover below! Let us know what you think!

-A


How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?

Arie eagerly anticipates becoming Queen of her humble kingdom. Even when a Jinni’s Gift manifests before her 18th birthday, she fights to hide the forbidden ability.

But when a neighboring king attempts to marry her and steal her kingdom, discovery feels imminent. Just one slip could cost her throne. And her life.


A Jinni hunter and his crew of thieves are her only hope for removing this Gift. And she must remove it before it’s exposed. Or die trying.

The Stolen Kingdom is a loose “Aladdin” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with Mermaids, Dragons, and the elusive Jinni, this isn’t the fairytale you remember…


LINKS:

PREORDER: https://bit.ly/orderthestolenkingdom
GOODREADS: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdomgoodreads
SIGN UP FOR EMAIL ALERT ON RELEASE DAY: https://bit.ly/stolenkingdomrelease
BETHANY’S WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdom
THE STOLEN KINGDOM BOOK TRAILER: http://bit.ly/tskbooktrailer



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