Source: Purchased

The Vine Witch [Review]

Posted March 2, 2020 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

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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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. Of course, every so often I will give a full review. But I don’t want to get discouraged from my blog for *having* to write reviews.

What I’ve Been Reading Lately…

What I’ve Been Reading… [1]Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #4
Published by Razorbill on December 15th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 413
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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I didn’t include the synopsis for this because it’s book 4 and well, spoilers. But I loved this book. Lucia bothered me. But I think she bothered most people.

What I’ve Been Reading… [1]Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #5
Published by Razorbill on December 13th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 379
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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I also didn’t include the synopsis for this because it’s book 5 and spoilers, darling. This was probably my least favorite of the books… but for it being my least favorite.. I still gave it a solid 4 stars.. So, what does that tell you about this series?!

What I’ve Been Reading… [1]Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #6
Published by Razorbill on February 6th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 391
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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Again, no synopsis. Spoilers. However, if you haven’t read this series yet.. what are you waiting for?! This is one of my favorite series of all time and has solidified Morgan Rhodes as a auto buy author for me! I enjoyed every word of this series! And just want to have discussions with all of you about them!!

five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Stephanie
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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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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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By Your Side [Review]

By Your Side [Review]

Posted July 18, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

My Thoughts This book was adorable! Kasie West has definitely climbed up to an author I autobuy. I am absolutely in love with her writing and her stories. Every book of hers that I read is always a quick and fun read for me and they help me get out of some reading slumps! This […]

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When It’s Real [Review]

When It’s Real [Review]

Posted June 8, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

My Thoughts I loved this book. As much as I loved their previous series, The Royals (see Paper Princess review and Broken Prince review), WHEN IT’S REAL solidified the bestselling duo as autobuy for me! That’s how much I loved this book! And it was exactly what I needed! We all know that I’ve been […]

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