Review: Return Once More

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

returnoncemoreTitle: Return Once More

Author: Trisha Leigh

Series: The Historians #1

Published: October 20, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Pages: 289

Source: eARC

If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

Wow! I did not expect to read such an amazing and page turning story! This was one of the best books I’ve read in a while too! We follow Kaia as she is training to become an historian-a person who observes and records the past but never steps in and changes it. That right there is pretty awesome!!! To be able to go back in time to see historical events that changed the future!

Though as Kaia learns who her One True Love is and that person lived thousands of years ago she wants to get to know the person and so defies the rules and goes back to the past to meet him and actually get to know him. But as she does this she finds out more than she bargains for. One of her classmates is hiding a secret and it will mean that she will lose the one person she truly loved and a friend who she relied on.

The storytelling is amazing and I felt like I was transported back in time to the places Kaia visited. Though Kaia is a typical 16 year old and makes silly mistakes it wasn’t too annoying like other YA novels where you just want to bash that character in the head for being REALLY stupid. Kaia was naive and yet tried to make the best of the situations she was put in. All the characters even the supporting ones were really thought out and actually played a part in the story overall. They weren’t just background characters where you meet them and they are gone. They all were pretty fleshed out.

I look forward to reading the next installment of the series and to find out more about Kaia and the whole secret!



Review: Wendy Darling

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

wendydarlingTitle: Wendy Darling

Author: Colleen Oakes

Series: Volume One: Stars

Published: October 13, 2015 by SparksPress

Pages: 256

Source: eARC

Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller’s son. But while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nursery and—dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers—they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning, to Neverland, a intoxicating island of feral freedom.

As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy’s paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter’s grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from—and begins to suspect that this island of dreams, and the boy who desires her—have the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare.

I haven’t read a lot of retellings of Peter Pan-I’ve only seen the Disney movie as well as the musical on TV and so I was excited to pick this one up! Wow…what a DARK DARK DARK book!

We follow Wendy’s POV as she lives in London with Mr. and Mrs. Darling, Michael and John. Wendy is a romantic and soon falls in love with the bookshops son who is a lower class than her. John is mean-spirited and wants to only impress Mr. Darling and Michael is too young for anything. One night a boy shows up at their window asking if they want to fly away to a world called NeverLand. They all agree and go with Peter where they are welcomed with open arms to The Lost Boys and a world filled with magic, mermaids, and pirates. Peter is amazing and has stories to tell and is protective of Wendy around the other boys. She is separated from John and Michael-John gets promoted to one of Peters elite generals and Michael makes friends with other boys his age. Peter though is on the hunt to take down the infamous Captain Hook and he doesn’t care who gets hurt as long as he bests him in the end. Here is where Wendy starts questioning who exactly Peter Pan really is and who she really is.

Wendy is young and naive and her loyalty to her brothers is admirable and she tries her best to fit in a world of only boys. She does do silly things but it makes sense because she is so young and inexperience in the world. Peter though is dark! You don’t really see that side of him until the last half of the book but it’s shocking how dark he really gets. The writing is awesome and the descriptions of NeverLand are breathtaking. It feels like you are flying alongside Wendy and Peter. But be prepared for some psychological stuff, blood and gore and some dark material!

I would really recommend reading this if you are interested in a twisted dark story of Peter Pan where Wendy just might be the hero! But prepare yourself for a HUGE cliffhanger!!!


Review: A Thousand Nights

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

thousand nightsTitle: A Thousand Nights

Author: E.K Johnston

Series: Standalone

Published: October 6, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 336

Source: eARC

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

I was so excited to have received this book and to review it! I feel like the story of “A Thousand and One Nights” have not been portrayed in literature as well as other tales. Though the hype has been surrounding “The Wrath and the Dawn” lately and I look forward to reading that story soon.

We follow No-name girl as she takes her sisters place as the next bride of Lo-Melkhiin. She is then taken to the palace to live among him and the servants in the castle. She prepares herself to die that night of their wedding but she talks to Lo-Melkhiin and he decides to let her live another day. This goes on for many nights as well as lots of confusion on my side of the story.

No-name girl apparently has some magic which prevents Lo-Melkhiin from killing her but not a lot is explained and even the part about what exactly Lo-Melkhiin actually is, is confusing at best. There are random characters as well that I feel play no part in the story line. I don’t know what would have made the story better but I did like the unique take on the tale though it was not executed as well as I would have hoped it to be.