The Marriage Pact, by Michelle Richmond…✧ ✧ ✧/5

Title: The Marriage Pact
Author: Michelle Richmond
Start date: July 9, 2017
Finish date: July 12, 2017
Note: I won a copy of The Marriage Pact from a Goodreads giveaway.

✧ ✧ ✧/ 5

What a wild ride. I quite enjoyed this one up until the tragically plotted ending. There were many good things about The Marriage Pact though, so let’s focus on that first.

In Michelle Richmond’s new psychological suspense, we meet newlyweds Jake and Alice who are offered to join a mysterious and exclusive group. The only catch? They must follow the rules of The Pact or face the consequences. Much like their fresh marriage it’s all very new and exciting, however the enthralment can only last so long until the oddities of the secretive organization become more apparent.

I was on board with this story the minute I started it. I loved how quickly I was sucked in, and how invested I became in Jake and Alice’s relationship. I believed them as the picture perfect couple who were made for each other, and who made one another so damn happy it would make others puke. This opinion wouldn’t last long as the story continues and that’s perfectly okay because it is what Richmond wants you to feel. It was an actual roller coaster ride of emotions and backtrack of initial thoughts.

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Fierce Kingdom, by Gin Phillips…✧ ✧ /5

Title: Fierce Kingdom
Author: Gin Phillips
Start date: July 4, 2017
Finish date: July 8, 2017
Note: I won a copy of Fierce Kingdom from a Goodreads giveaway.

✧ ✧ / 5

What an interesting concept that ultimately fell flat not even halfway through. There could have been so much more to the story, but I was left yawning and disappointed.

Fierce Kingdom is about “the unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.” A mother and son find themselves trapped in a near empty zoo with a couple of trigger happy gunmen. The only thing is we rarely encounter these gunmen and much of the action occurs near the end. If you’re looking for a “thrill ride,” this is not the book. Instead, it really is about the relationship between mother and son and that in itself was written wonderfully.

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Magonia, by Maria Dahvana Headley…✧ /5

Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Start Date: Aug 13, 2015
Finished: Aug 19, 2015

✧ /5

I know people are going to come after me with torches and pitchforks, but I did not like this book at all. Here’s to another gorgeous cover and interesting premise that ultimately falls shorts and ended up being a disappointing read. I gave this a 1.5/5. I just don’t have a way to represent the half point.

Let me just say that I really, really, really enjoyed it at first (when I had somewhat of an idea what was going on and the world building was stable and coherent). I loved how sassy Aza was and how each family member was portrayed, especially her sister for not giving a rat’s ass and treating Aza like a regular human being. I had so much hope for this book before she was inevitably beamed up to the Amina Pennarum and readers were sent in whirlwind of “Wtf is happening?!” and “Can I stop reading this now?”

With the way the story started out, I feel like this would have been much more successful as a contemporary YA novel. The whole fantasy aspect just fell apart when she boarded the ship. It was like a different author took over the writing and didn’t know what she was doing, so all she could do was slap on description after description of what could be fascinating aspects of the story but never actually lingers to tell us more. I was bombarded by so much information and I hate that. I couldn’t savour each detail properly because Headley was already moving onto the next piece of information. The way the second half of the book was written is exactly like what you would get if you opened up a pop-up book; everything is presented to you all at once, and don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly pretty, but so overwhelming at the same time.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!
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