Category: Review

The Vine Witch [Review]

Posted March 2, 2020 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

The Vine Witch [Review]The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
on October 1, 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 263
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars
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A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.

For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.

Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.

My Thoughts

I was thoroughly surprised about this book. I’m not going to lie, I initially picked this up because the cover is gorgeous and the title intrigued me. And then I read the first sentence in the synopsis and I was like, okay sounds good! So, by the time that I ended this book, which is refreshingly short within the fantasy genre, I was pleasantly pleased with how much I enjoyed this one. I’m not sure if it was the magic or the fact that it took place in a vineyard and I do love my wines. 😉

I’m still somewhat new to the fantasy genre, at least in the Adult Fantasy that is, but this was so well-written and it’s such a unique setting for a fantasy. The atmosphere that Luanne G. Smith creates within this novel is just spectacular. I wanted to savor every drop of this story like I would my glass of Malbec. I simply adored this this book and by the time it was over, I just wanted more. I actually wished that this book was one of the longer fantasy novels. I wanted more of the atmosphere, more of the characterization, more development within the romance between Elena and Jean-Paul.

I was a little surprised at the ending with who ended up being the one who cursed Elena. But only a little surprised. And, the pacing of the book from the climax to the ending, seemed a little rushed, but all-in-all, I am really happy with this book. I think it’s a great cozy read.

I am really looking forward to the second book The Glamourist which is coming out this upcoming June. If you’re a big wine-o, love magic and witches, and books with a great atmosphere, you should really give this one a try!

four-stars
Stephanie
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Blog Tour: Sadie [Review]

Posted September 6, 2018 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: Sadie [Review]

Blog Tour: Sadie [Review]Sadie by Courtney Summers
Published by Wednesday Books on September 4th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Pages: 311
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
Goodreads
four-half-stars
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Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

My Thoughts

Holy crap, this book. This was a definite difficult read, but it was so amazing as well. I loved the writing style of this book. It was written half in podcast form with the voice of West McCray, who has his own serial true crime podcast. And then the other half was told in Sadie’s narrative. I really loved how this book captured the story that was being told. It was amazing and it was heartbreaking.

I really loved the fact that this story was basically a mystery within a mystery. And it was just so different from so many YA books that I’m craving more books written like this. It really fascinates me when books are told in mixed media. And it honestly made me love the book even more.

I do have to mention that there are some tough subjects within this book that can be very triggering. It’s a sad story, I’m not going to lie. But it’s a story that is so worth reading. If you can handle the triggering subject matter, I highly recommend that you read this book!

About the Author

COURTNEY SUMMERS lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of What Goes AroundThis is Not a TestFall for AnythingSome Girls AreCracked Up to BePlease Remain Calm, and All the Rage.

Let’s talk about it!

four-half-stars

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What I’ve Been Reading… [1]

What I’ve Been Reading… [1]

Posted June 21, 2018 by Stephanie in Review, Wrap Up / 1 Comment

What I’ve Been Reading… will be a segment here on In Wonderland a few times a month. Or really, whenever I have a plethora of books that I want to share that I’ve read and give a quick review of. This is my way of doing a review without feeling the daunting/boring feel of it. […]

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Blog Tour: Gathering Darkness [Review]

Blog Tour: Gathering Darkness [Review]

Posted January 17, 2018 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

My Thoughts OMG, there really isn’t a whole lot that I can say about this one without any spoilers, but I will try my best! But, guys… every book in this series just keeps getting better and better. With each book I love the characters even more. The plot gets more intense. I’m literally on […]

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Rebel Spring [Review]

Rebel Spring [Review]

Posted January 16, 2018 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

My Thoughts Holy crap, my friends. This was even better than the first one! It was so intense. Rebel Spring kept me on the edge of my seat from page 1. And by the time that I reached the ending, I understand why so many people dreaded the waiting game for the next book to […]

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Falling Kingdoms [Review]

Falling Kingdoms [Review]

Posted January 10, 2018 by Stephanie in Review / 3 Comments

My Thoughts Oh my dear lord, I loved this book! It was fast paced and well written and damn, I am now a huge fan of Morgan Rhodes! I have had this on my TBR for what seems like forever now. And I kept pushing it because, well, I’m not sure. I’m just stupid really. […]

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Stalking Jack the Ripper [Review]

Stalking Jack the Ripper [Review]

Posted December 30, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

My Thoughts Oh my, why did I wait so long to read this?! I was lucky to have gotten an ARC of this at BEA16 when it was in Chicago and I cannot believe that I not only waited to read this after it published but after its sequel published! I loved it so much […]

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Geekerella [Review]

Geekerella [Review]

Posted December 29, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts You guys… this book was super cute! And it totally made me rewatch A Cinderella Story (with Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murray)! Cinderella isn’t usually my favorite retelling only because there are so many Cinderella retellings, but I get why. It’s a great plot line and easy to change up and make […]

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The Fill-In Boyfriend [Review]

The Fill-In Boyfriend [Review]

Posted July 27, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

My Thoughts Oh my goodness, I loved this book! I’m slowly getting through all of Kasie West’s books and I am loving them! So far I’ve read: The Distance Between Us, By Your Side, and now The Fill-In Boyfriend. I have On The Fence on my TBR pile for this month and then I have […]

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A Court of Wings and Ruin [Review]

A Court of Wings and Ruin [Review]

Posted July 25, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts Okay so this is going to be a pretty short review for a couple of reasons: It’s the third installment in a series I read half of it and then skimmed through the last half… Yea, you read that right. I think I am at the point that I have totally just given […]

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