Genre: Fantasy

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
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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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My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]

Posted March 1, 2020 by Stephanie in TBR / 1 Comment

So, Dana and I had this brilliant idea to choose books each other’s TBR’s. We each chose 8 books for each other to attempt to read for the month of March and I am super excited about this! At the end of the month I’ll make a post on how many I got through and whether or not I liked them or agreed with Dana. Usually, if Dana enjoys a story there’s a 90-95% chance that I’ll enjoy the story just as much as she did. There have been a few here and there that we disagree on. But more often than not, our likes and dislikes for books are pretty similar. So, without further adieu here are the choices Dana chose for me!

Dana: I’ve got four romances, three SFF reads, and a literary fiction for you. I think a few of these might be great audiobook reads since I know you love listening on your rides to work. Definitely some of my favorite books from the past few years, but also books I think you would connect with too.

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) by Seanan McGuire
Published by Tor.com on April 5, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 173
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Dana: Since you love Alice in Wonderland and fairytales, I think you would adore this book about the kids who come back from magical quests and have to learn to live normal lives. Some miss what they experienced and some are forever changed. It’s a novella and should be a fast read for you.

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 22, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 501
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Dana: One of my favorite fantasy reads of recent years. I think from a writer stand point you’ll be amazed at the interwoven plots that Claire has. The world is really unique and so developed. The stakes are high and the female characters are badass.

 

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Published by Avon on February 27, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 360
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Dana: OBSESSED with Alyssa Cole and her Reluctant Royals series. I think I like the second two more but this companion series needs to be read in order. We both love a royal romance with a fake country ala hallmark and this one features amazing diversity.

 

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]Pestilence by Laura Thalassa
Published by Amazon.com Services LLC on March 20, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 381
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Dana: Probably the most bonkers book on the list for you. You may love or hate this one. I binge read it in one night and just couldn’t put it down. This series follows the four horsemen of the apocalypse as they come to earth and then fall in love with women. It’s got some unhealthy romantic things going on, but it hooked me in and I kind of just want your thoughts on it.

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Atria Books on June 13, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
Pages: 391
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Dana: This was a more recent read for me and I really loved it. You need to listen to it via audiobook, because the interviewing style just lends itself to it. I know this is on your TBR and I think you should get to it sooner rather than later.

 

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Published by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) on June 11, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 372
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Dana: One of my favorite books of 2019, this romance novel is going to make you cry so prepare yourself with tissues and lots of chocolate. The main character deals with uterine fibroids and I think that aspect of seeing a woman dealing with this makes this romance really unique and powerful. Plus, the best friend relationship is fantastic.

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury YA on January 29, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Pages: 484
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Dana: This is the second YA fantasy of the list so you don’t have to read both, but I know how much of a sucker we both are for a beauty and the beast retelling and this one is great. I loved that it features disabled representation. There’s a lot of twists and turn that made this one a super fun read.

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
Published by Avon on July 25, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 371
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Dana: GURLLLLLL!! Alisha Rai is my queen and this book is *chef kiss* perfection. This is a second chance romance with a twist. Two childhood sweethearts broke up and went their separate ways after something dramatic happened with their families business, but every year on the heroine’s birthday they have hot hot sex. But this birthday she doesn’t call him….and then they see each other again and SPARKS FUCKING FLYYYY

Let’s Talk About It

Have ya’ll read any of these and do you agree with Dana? Which ones should I put at the very top of my list?

xo

Stephanie
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What I’ve Been Reading… [1]

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

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Posted January 17, 2018 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

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

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Falling Kingdoms [Review]

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

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Posted January 10, 2018 by Stephanie in Meme / 1 Comment

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Posted January 3, 2018 by Stephanie in Meme / 1 Comment

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Posted December 20, 2017 by Stephanie in Meme / 1 Comment

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