The Royal Cleaner #6: Exiled Review

Exiled (The Royal Cleaner, #6)

Seph, Gregor, and Caroline have been exiled from the Demon World. Persephone or Seph has to get used to life in the human world, where she doesn’t have the position of queen that she has prepared for since she was born. This gives her time to deal with feelings that she has been pushing away for years, and face the fact that she might have a crush on someone. Gregor and Caroline no longer have to be fake married, which gives Mina and Caroline the chance to marry one another. Gregor is also free to pursue his own romantic interests, and he might have his eyes on a certain man on Earth.

I am interested in the new couples that were introduced in this installment of the series. I knew that Mina and Caroline would always be together, but I was worried that Gregor would never get the chance to be happy as he didn’t have a secret boyfriend on the side of his political marriage to Caroline, but he had his chance in this book! I also thought that Seph would be important, but I just didn’t see how she fit into the Royal Cleaner series until this book. Without spoiling anything, I am happy with how her story turned out as well.

Honestly, this felt like the shortest Royal Cleaner book I have read so far. I loved it so much that I finished it all in one morning on my way to work and then switched directly to the next book in the series. I think that it was the lack of action that truly drew me into this book. I feel like I never got the chance to get close to the characters in the Royal Cleaner series in this way because the books were so packed with action. This slower-paced story focused more on the domestic side of the characters as Mina and Caroline are still spending time with their children including the young twins while Gregor and Seph have to get used to living like humans rather than Demon royalty.

I can’t wait to review the next book in this series to discuss more spoilers about these characters! Just know that things really start to heat up towards the end of this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an adult fantasy novel with LGBT+ and neurodiverse characters.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books.

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Royal Cleaner #5: Family Review

Family (The Royal Cleaner, #5)

Mina and Caroline have just given birth to their twins, and they are dealing with having new magical babies. While they are just starting to take time off, Demons get through the wards of their house. Mina also has to deal with her ex-husband Arjen coming back into the picture, claiming that Caroline’s presence has made Mina an unfit mother for Diya. Mina is trying to work with Caroline on her powers, but Caroline still hasn’t gotten over the death of her twin many years ago. In order to move forward, Caroline and Mina are going to have to face and reconcile with their pasts.

I was happy to see Caroline and Mina get somewhat of a break in this novel. I was so excited that they got to have twins, and they are such good parents. The Demons did come eventually, but you got to see the two also focus on rebuilding their family life after the crazy events of the past few books. I am also happy that Arjen is back into the picture even though he wasn’t there before, just so that Diya doesn’t feel abandoned. It also allowed Mina to see that she didn’t handle everything perfectly, which was an interesting twist on the way I thought the “deadbeat dad” route I thought the story would take.

The story moved smoothly and I immediately remembered who the characters were even though I haven’t read a book from this series since April. It was a little on the shorter side but that made it perfect to read while commuting. I was able to put the book down and pick it back up again at any time without feeling confused.

I can’t say much more about the story without spoiling anything, but I was absolutely hooked again by the time I finished reading this novel and immediately went to pick up the next book in this series. I honestly think that the Royal Cleaner arc might be my favorite Freya Snow spinoff. I can’t wait to talk about the next two in this series!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new adult fantasy/romance novel with LGBT+ main characters.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

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Planet Earth Is Blue Blog Tour Plus Review

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Title: PLANET EARTH IS BLUE

Author: Nicole Panteleakos

Pub. Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 240

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“Tender and illuminating. A beautiful debut.” –Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me 

A heartrending and hopeful debut novel about a nonverbal girl and her passion for space exploration, for fans of See You in the CosmosMockingbird, and The Thing About Jellyfish.

Twelve-year-old Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger–it’s the first time a teacher is going into space, and kids across America will watch the event on live TV in their classrooms. Nova and her big sister, Bridget, share a love of astronomy and the space program. They planned to watch the launch together. But Bridget has disappeared, and Nova is in a new foster home.

While foster families and teachers dismiss Nova as severely autistic and nonverbal, Bridget understands how intelligent and special Nova is, and all that she can’t express. As the liftoff draws closer, Nova’s new foster family and teachers begin to see her potential, and for the first time, she is making friends without Bridget. But every day, she’s counting down to the launch, and to the moment when she’ll see Bridget again. Because Bridget said, “No matter what, I’ll be there. I promise.”

Planet Earth is Blue is a book about a twelve-year-old girl named Nova. She is autistic and nonverbal, but her sister Bridget always described her as “a thinker not a talker.” She loves her older sister, her sister always protected her in all of the foster homes that they had been in over the years. Her sister made sure that Nova knew that they would always have each other, even if they weren’t able to find a permanent home to stay in. Bridget would always talk to Nova about space, and she even took Nova into space a few times! They were both looking forward to the Challenger launch. Even though Bridget has been temporarily separated from Nova, she promised Nova that they would be reunited in time for the launch. Now, Nova has to spend time in a new foster home by herself, and she is counting down the days to the launch when she will see her sister again.

This book places the reader into the shoes of a severely autistic girl. She is not “retarded,” even though characters in this book may call her that. This is the 80s, they don’t understand her, so they just placed her into a box. Her new foster mother is starting to understand this. She’s starting to understand that her new daughter is more capable than her social workers and former teachers believed her to be. Bridget knew that her sister was more capable, but no one paid attention to a young girl in foster care. Nova doesn’t know who truly has her best interests at heart anymore. Her sister has left, and her new mother seems nice. But other new mothers have seemed nice before and still sent them on their way.

My favorite part of this book was hearing about Nova going to school. It wasn’t my favorite because it was the happiest part of the book, but it was my favorite because it was the most realistic and relatable, even though this book took place in the 1980s. I had never truly thought about how public school must be for someone who has autism until I personally met someone who was autistic and in a Special Education program. Although she attended one of the best schools in our state, the Special Ed program was a mess of teachers who didn’t want to teach and students who were just trying their best to learn. Even though some teachers think that the kids are able to actually take classes, others believe that the students should just play games all day. Nova wants to be able to have chapter books read to her, like her sister used to do. When she is in school, sometimes her time is just wasted when teachers want her to point out colors or play little games. She seems like she isn’t getting the answers right, but she knows the answers. Sometimes the noise of the room and the building are just too much and she mishears the question. I was rooting for Nova to succeed in school the entire time, and I love how the author shows that the kids would befriend one another and protect one another in the school.

Usually for books I also have a least favorite part of the novel, but I literally have nothing to complain about with this book. Nicole weaves Nova’s past and present to give you a complete look at this little girl’s life. You may go from a scene where Nova is struggling in school to learning about her birth mother to learning about her former foster homes. I read this book all in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down. I had to know more about this girl’s life, and I had to know if she would succeed.

This entire story just truly touched me. I even cried at the end, and I very rarely cry when I read novels! This book is perfect for YA readers and adult readers alike. I wish that there was a sequel to this novel, to see what happens as Nova grows up. For now, I am so glad that I got the chance to meet her.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books

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About Nicole

Nicole Panteleakos is an author, playwright, thespian, and Ravenclaw. Her debut novel PLANET EARTH IS BLUE (Wendy Lamb Books, Penguin Random House) will be out in bookstores nationwide on May 14, 2019, with a second middle grade novel to follow in 2020. She is represented by agent Katie Grimm at Don Congdon Associates and belongs to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: Metro NY. She is also a Lifetime Member of the VFW Auxiliary and National Home for Children, a godmother of three, and a regular contributor to Nanny Magazine. When not writing, she can usually be found reading fanfiction, playing board games, doing community theatre, or adding to her Alice in Wonderland coffee cup collection.

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5/6/2019- Lifestyle Of Me– Review

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Healing Review (Royal Cleaner #4)

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Healing (The Royal Cleaner #4)The Underworld may be the best place for Caroline to heal, but it is torture without her wife…
After being kidnapped and tortured by genetically engineered humans for days, Caroline knows that her fellow demons are the ones best equipped to heal her, but her human wife and step-daughter aren’t welcome in the Underworld.

Mina isn’t exactly happy to lose her wife, either, but with her sister who had a hand in Caroline’s kidnapping now asking for her help, she has more than enough to keep her busy on Earth.

Mina and Caroline’s lives are only getting more complicated, but they have a dream for their future that they are ready to fight for…

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This story picks up where Separated left off. Caroline is no longer captured, and Mina’s sister Isha is no longer coming after her, but the damage has been done. Caroline has to return to the Underworld in order to heal, and she has to get back to her fake dating in order to maintain her Royal status. She continues to connect with her wife with their dream connection, but she can’t go to see her face to face. Mina isn’t happy with these arrangments, but she has to put on a brave face both for her daughter Diya and for Caroline.

I didn’t realize how much I missed Caroline and Mina’s relationship until I read this novel! They maintained their deep emotional connection even though they were both dealing with trauma from the previous events. Mina had to deal with Isha coming back in her life. Even though Isha seemed apologetic, Mina was still on edge after hearing that she was working for the Enhanced that hated Caroline. Caroline has to face the Demon court day after day, knowing that most of those people only tolerated her, and deal with PTSD from her imprisonment. They support each other in their dreams, even when their dreams are sometimes infiltrated by thoughts of trauma, and then go back to their respective lives every single day. Diya also has to learn how to live without her mom, the one who was supposed to always be around to protect them. Everyone is hurting, but they try to support each other through the pain.

Caroline’s PTSD tends to manifest itself in her powers. She is struggling to control them, and the stressful environment of Demon Court is not helping her case. Her new friend Seph helps her through this, and makes her feel less isolated in this new and unfriendly environment. I think that some things could definitely be brewing in that friendship, but I HOPE that things will straighten themselves out. Seph is such a nice person, and I don’t want her to have to go back to having no friends. Caroline didn’t pick up on anything because of her being Litcorde/autistic, but I definitely picked up on PLENTY of things. I just…..I need Seph to be happy! She is so sweet, she deserves happiness too.

Mina’s storyline continues as she returns to the police department. More things are revealed as she works with her sister to try to stop Isha’s higher-ups from working with the Enhanced. This reveals that Mina’s police team is the “throw-away” team full of disabled, LGBT+, female, and minority policepeople. They are a family and they do their jobs well, but they aren’t taken seriously by the other squads. This was a truly realistic and interesting plot point, as it delved into how discrimination can be in a place that disguises itself as being more open.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book! I am already working on book 5, and then I will just be waiting for the next release in the series.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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Separated Book Review (The Royal Cleaner #3)

Separated: A Snowverse Novel (The Royal Cleaner #3)Finding out her wife had to marry someone else wasn’t the best start to Mina’s week.
Finding out her sister works for a group of Humans who want to see her wife dead meant that it was only going downhill…

With enemies on both sides, Caroline and Mina will need each other more than ever.

Too bad those enemies have other plans.

This may have been one of my favorite books in the entire Royal Cleaners series, even though it was one of the saddest.

The fact that even in the magical world Caroline might still have to go through a marriage of convenience is upsetting, but the fact that she would have to pull Mina and Diya through all of this is even sadder. She wants to be able to be normal, marry the girl she loves, and have happy lives until they grow old together. Nevertheless, this is impossible as she has to produce a magical heir for the House that never liked or appreciated her. This is approached in the nicest way possible though, as the entire family is introduced to Caroline’s “husband-to-be” and they are starting to get close before the main conflict of this story occurs.

Diya is growing as this series progresses, so we are finally getting to see a little bit of preteen Diya in this one! She is equally involved in Gregor marrying Caroline, as Caroline will still care for her as her own daughter. She is also starting to get more involved with Caroline’s magical side in this story, as she is told the truth about where Caroline came from. Or, at least some of the truth about it.

There was quite a bit of character development in this story as Mina and Caroline think about having to function without each other as Caroline kept up appearances in the Demon world while Mina worked her job and took care of Diya. This will be a tough hurdle for them to jump, but with the plot twist, it might be put out for a little bit of time.

I won’t spoil anything because it isn’t in the Goodreads summary, but the plot twist does make up most of the story. It is action-packed, it is suspenseful, and it is even a little scary. The book even ends at a bit of a cliffhanger so I will have to read the next book in the series if I want to spoil anything important.

The plot moved smoothly yet quickly in this novel, and I loved every minute of reading it! I would recommend the entire Royal Cleaner series to those who have read the Freya Snow series already and who want to learn more about the character Lady Caroline.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Redeemed (The Almosts #3)

The Redeemed: A Snowverse Novella (The Almosts, #3)Fiona has returned from the dead, just as Kara had finally been able to find peace with herself for killing her. Kara has to complete a mission for Moira, but most of the team is planning on retiring. This is going to be their toughest mission yet, but Kara can’t even focus due to Fiona’s return.

I have had my ups and downs with this series, but I definitely liked this ending. Kara is finally able to talk to Fiona about what happened in Book 1. She is able to truly get over that event, and lose at least some of the guilt. She doesn’t feel like a murderer since Fiona survived, but now she has to learn how to work with a woman that she already tried to kill.

This was also my favorite book in the series because it relates more to the rest of Snowverse. Finally, I was able to see how the characters and stories truly lined up, as these events are almost parallel to some of those in the main Freya Snow series and the Lady Caroline series. I was happy to see some old faces, and I was also glad to see how the new faces in the other series made their way onto the team.

This also felt like one of the shortest books in the trilogy, even though it wasn’t, which was sad because I actually wanted to learn more about these characters. I had struggled through the first few books, but just as the characters started to become likable to me, the series was over. I hope to see some of them in future books!

I won’t spoil too much, but this was definitely a good trilogy that I would recommend to Snowverse fanatics like me. If you are new, I suggest that you read the Freya Snow series up to the current novel and then get started on these novellas, just so that you don’t spoil anything for yourself.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars