Betrayed: Ruby’s Story Review (Destined #4)

Betrayed: Ruby's Story (Destined, #4)

The Destined series takes a turn from Ella’s family and friends and tells the story of Ruby, a local news reporter. She was determined to figure out who was dealing the drugs that were killing the people in her city one by one. Someone was choosing to prey on the poor and those who had lost everything in the plague by giving them a drug that would “take their problems away.” Ruby wanted to save those in her city, and to do so, she would have to travel outside of the city and do an interview with a member of the Wolf Clan, and finally figure out who has been bringing the drugs into the city.

This story started a bit slowly than the other books in this series, but it sped up around halfway through. Ruby spends the first part of the story lost in the woods as she tries to find her way to the Wolf Clan, and she meets a mysterious figure there who gives her help along her journey. This Wolf refuses to trust her, but he also won’t leave her outside the city limits to die on her own. Once Ruby reaches the city, she learned more and more about the Clan, the drug dealing, and the truth behind her city.

This was the only story in this series where I didn’t quite agree with the pairing. I did not think that the Wolf and Ruby were a good match for one another, even though it was painfully clear from the beginning of the story that they were supposed to be. I wanted Ruby to be with someone as passionate about their craft as she was passionate about her journalism, and although Wolf was passionate about his Clan, it did not seem equal. I just didn’t connect with Wolf much, but it could be just me!

Overall, this was unfortunately probably my least favorite book so far in the series, but that doesn’t mean much because I have given every other book a perfect rating! I still quite enjoyed this one, even if I didn’t love it as much as the others. I can’t wait to see how Ruby, this unique and ambitious character, will be included in the future books of this series.

I would recommend this book series to anyone looking for a unique fairy-tale retelling series full of action, adventure, and romance.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books.

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Venator’s Ultimate Tour + Review

Magic Unleashed (Venators, #1)

Six years ago, Grey Malteer was attacked by creatures he thought couldn’t possibly exist. They repeated a word, calling him a name he’d never heard before…Venator. Since then, his life has been a hellhole of secrecy—hiding old pain alongside strange new abilities.

Rune Jenkins has an itch, as she calls it, but it’s more than that. It’s an anger that builds up like the inside of a boiler whenever she’s around anything remotely supernatural. The pressure is growing steadily worse and she can’t understand why. All she knows is—her control is slipping.

By order of an unknown council Grey and Rune are pulled through a portal in the St. Louis arch, landing them in an alternate dimension where creatures of myth and legend exist. A realm that calls them, Venators.

Made up of centuries old fae, vampires, werewolves, elves and succubi the council’s corrupt nature becomes obvious as they seek to wield the newly returned Venators as weapons. Wedged in an impossible position, Grey and Rune must decide their fate—do they go against the council’s wishes and help the innocents of this unforgiving land, or face the possibility of execution by the council.


Rune and Ryker are twins that go to the same college. Although Ryker is the oldest twin, he is definitely the least responsible. Rune is left trying to clean up after his messes, and is constantly dragging her brother back to his dorm after he passes out drinking at parties. Her life is miserable as she is basically a babysitter for her brother, and she never gets to enjoy her own college experience. But her parents won’t understand and continue to expect her to watch over her brother. She also has started to have strange reactions to seeing certain things, such as an unexplicable desire to kill someone who looked slightly like a vampire in a picture.

Grey is Ryker’s roommate, and his college experience is awful because Ryker seems to hate him for no particular reason. Ryker recently posted a video that is making Grey’s life a living hell, but he has to keep pushing through to get through school. Grey’s only escape is when he runs, but he knows that he runs faster than regular people. He is also feeling the same rage that Rune is feeling, but he doesn’t know if he can talk to her about it without her brother getting in the way. When the two are swept away through a portal, now they can finally deal with these strange happenings.

This book throws you into the lives of these characters full-force. I immediately connected with all the characters trying to make their way through college, but these characters had a bit more on their plates. I feel like I wasn’t sure exactly where the story was going at the start because the characters were reacting to all supernatural creatures, but then I understood that this was a mixed world.

Once the pair went through the portal, the story slowed down a bit and I felt disconnected from the characters somewhat. Then, a short while later, I got into the characters that lived in the new world, and everything came together again. If people are struggling with the very middle of the book, I would suggest that they keep pushing through as they will fall in love with the characters and their new teammates in the new world quickly!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new YA/NA fantasy book.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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Webtoon Wednesdays: BOO! It’s Sex Review

This comic was a collaboration between Monica Gallagher and Danielle Corsetto to create a proper sex ed comic for girls. I didn’t know what to expect when I started it, I just came across it while scrolling through the Webtoon app at midnight. By the time I forced myself to stop reading, I was 40 episodes in and had learned sooo much that I would have never found out any other way.

In this story, 4 girls move into a house near their college for their freshman year. It is an abandoned old sorority house, and they find some remnants of the girls who used to live there when they move in. One was an old tequila bottle that they open, and a ghost named Tara pops out! She was a sorority girl when she died, was happily sexually active, and is determined to help these four girls live their best SAFE lives in college.

I didn’t even know that this comic was supposed to be a sort of Sex Ed until I actually got into the series. I just thought that it had a unique title and wanted to see what it was about. Then, I started learning things that I had never known before, stuff that I wanted to send to my other friends who are in college. This comic should honestly be required reading for high schools and colleges, it teaches so much important information. Sex should not be a taboo topic as teens are likely to have sex with or without proper education, so it is more important that they are given the tools to make educated decisions. That is what this comic/proper sex education does, helps you make educated decisions about your body and your life.

This comic also has a unique and compelling story about the love lives of the individual girls. The girls all have different sexual orientations and levels of sexual activity, so Tara has to tailor her lessons to each of them individually. Their stories grow as the comic goes on, and Tara just keeps popping in as the helpful and friendly ghost.

I would definitely recommend this comic to anyone looking for good sex ed materials, or to anyone looking for a good story with amazing art. I hope that these authors get together to create another comic, whether educational or purely for entertainment.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 paintbrushes.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Recent Additions To My Bookshelf

I have added quite a few books to my temporary/permanent bookshelf lately, temporary being Kindle Unlimited Shelf. Here are my Top Ten Books that have been added to my bookshelf and that I plan to read or have read recently!

1 Nissa: A Contemporary Fairy Tale

Nissa: A Contemporary Fairy Tale

I have finished this book already, and I absolutely loved it. My full review is coming soon, I was just lucky enough to get it when I saw that it was free from someone on Instagram I think. Great book!

2: Pathways (Kingdom Chronicles Book 1)

Pathways (The Kingdom Chronicles Book 1) by [Peters, Camille]

I don’t know anything about this book besides the fact that it is a Princess and the Pea retelling and it was free on Kindle Unlimited. I can’t wait to check it out!

3: Beauty and the Beast (Timeless Fairy Tales Book 1)

Beauty and the Beast (Timeless Fairy Tales Book 1) by [Shea, K. M.]

Another book that I don’t know much about besides the fact that it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and that it is free on Kindle Unlimited. Can’t wait to get started!

4: A Dance of Silver and Shadow: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Beyond The Four Kingdoms Book 1)

A Dance of Silver and Shadow: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Beyond the Four Kingdoms Book 1) by [Cellier, Melanie]

And yet another classic fairy tale retelling on Kindle Unlimited! I wanted to give all these new authors a chance, and I cannot wait to dig into these stories. I can already tell that they are going to be good.

5: Hunted: Alba’s Story (Destined #5)

Hunted: Alba's Story (Destined Book 5) by [Lee, Kaylin]

I’ve already finished and loved this book, so I can’t wait to write my review for you all. This was the last book currently published in the Destined serries, so I am looking forward to the sixth book which is probably coming out fairly soon.

6: Odriel’s Heirs

Odriel's Heirs (Odriel's Heirs, #1)

An author recently emailed this book to me, so I am interested in checking out this YA fantasy novel!

7: Death Warden

Death Warden

Another YA fantasy novel sent to me by an author that I absolutely NEED to get around to reading. It sounds amazing!

8: The Fight for Magicallus

The Fight for Magicallus

I don’t read children’s/middle grade fantasy books much, but this was another book sent to me by an author that I have been enjoying so far. Can’t wait to write my full review of it.

9: Awakening the Vampire

Awakening the Vampire

I received this book a while back and never got the chance to actually read it, so I am looking forward to finally finishing this book in the Shadow-Walkers series. Hopefully I will have thi sreview finished for you all before the end of next month.

10: Once Tales, Myths, and Legends of Faerie

Once... Tales, Myths  and Legends of Faerie

Another book sent to me by an author. I’m determined to stay on top of these rquests in 2020, so I can’t wait to get to this book either.

I hope you all enjoiyed my list, and thanks for reading!

Twisted: Belle’s Story Review (Destined #3)

Twisted: Belle's Story (Destined, #3)

Belle was in Ella’s story as one of the privileged students at the Royal Academy. She was also hurt in the attacks, but her family had the money to actually fully heal her. At least, that is the story told in Fated, Ella’s story.

The truth is that Belle was only pretending to act like a stuck-up privileged student to try to bring down her abusive father. She hates her father and was looking into his finances at the bank to see why her family stayed rich during the plague when all the other families took a financial hit. She thinks that she is onto something when the attack happens, and, and the brain damage she gets from the blast causes her to lose part of her memory. Her father refuses to let a healer heal her fully, and chooses to threaten her into submission. Without complete memory of what she was trying to achieve and who she was close to, Belle also has to deal with the prince trying to hit on her. He seems rather close to her, but she can’t even remember why.

I didn’t like Belle in Fated very much, but she only showed up for a brief moment. I wasn’t sure what to expect in a book that would be completely about her, but I knew that I wanted to finish the series. This book was a pleasant surprise.

Belle wasn’t as stuck up as I originally thought she was. She was only acting rude to Ella in order to make her father believe that she was on his side. Everything she did was an act to keep her father on her side, even though she was working against him. I was so sad when she lost her memories, she had been doing so well and was so close to her goal and then everything disappeared before her eyes because of the memory loss. She was one of the strongest “rich girl” characters that I have ever read in a story before, so I hope to see more of her in the books to come.

The only small complaint I had about this story was how much time Belle spent confused. It was kind of annoying after a while as a reader from Belle’s POV to know what she was supposed to be doing, and still see her wandering around, confused and in pain from her unhealed injury. I was only frustrated for a small amount of the book, but it was worth mentioning.

Another thing worth mentioning was that I couldn’t see much of the chemistry between the prince and Belle. They were an okay couple, but I didn’t love them as much as the couples in the previous two books. Overall, I think that this book would rank at the bottom of the books in this series, but because the series is so good, I think it is still a 4 star read.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new Beauty and the Beast retelling.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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Webtoon Wednesdays: Ghost Wife First Impressions

For the most part, I have only used Webtoon Wednesdays to review comics that I actually enjoy. I tend not to even pay attention to those that I don’t like, I just drop it and go to the next one. Ghost Wife is special. I haven’t liked ghost wife since I saw the art for the story, but I decided to give it a try for the heck of it. It kept getting recommended to me on the Featured page and I saw that a lot of people were reading it, so I assumed that it was going to be good. I assumed wrong.

So far I am 17 episodes in, and I don’t think I am going to go much further than that with this story. Let me start off by discussing the art style. I think that the art style could work for the creepy horror vibe, but this story is categorized as romance, as you can see in the banner. I was expecting at least some sweet art to sort of break up the horrific demons and monsters in the world, but the cutest thing that I have so far is a weird crocodile man thing. The MOUTHS on these characters are so gross. No one looks like they have any teeth except a few of the ghosts.

Look at this!! Like wtf. The mouths on all the human characters and then just THAT thing. I don’t think I can forgive the art style, I just can’t.

Then, there’s the story. The main character Liz is just sleeping in her room when she sees Damon eating cats?? And then he comes up to her room and is like “should I kill you or make you my wife”. Like what kind of question is that. Then, she starts seeing the Ghosts everywhere, so she just becomes his wife, and everyone around them simply accepts the fact that they are engaged and are in high school.

The story has the whole Frankenstein thing going but in a bad way. Damon doesn’t know how to be human, like at all, and so Liz is always trying to teach him things that he doesn’t know. There are even other ghosts that appear in the first 17 chapters that are able to express themselves more than our buddy Damon over here. I don’t know how the romance is supposed to happen if Damon doesn’t even seem to think in any sort of romantic terms.

At this point, 17 chapters in, there is nothing that is drawing me back to read more. I wouldn’t recommend this webtoon to anyone looking for a romance or a horror story, just read a different one.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 paintbrushes

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