Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: Hatshepsut: The Pharaoh-Queen of Egypt

TITLE: Hatshepsut: The Pharaoh-Queen of Egypt
AUTHOR: in60Learning
RELEASE DATE:  February 3rd 2018
PUBLISHER: in60Learning
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

When Pharaoh Thutmose II died, he left an heir far too young to rule Egypt. His widow Hatshepsut stepped up to take his place. For at least the next 20 years, Hatshepsut ruled as Pharaoh King of Egypt in an era of prosperous growth and peace. When she died, her nephew Thutmose III attempted to smear her good name and wipe her memory from history. However, despite his efforts, his aunt Hatshepsut holds the title of most famous native Egyptian woman to ever rule as pharaoh; she also retains a legacy as one of the most successful female leaders in early history.

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Originally, I wanted to read another book but I read "Hatshepsut: The Pharaoh-Queen of Egypt" and I fully enjoyed it. I knew nothing about Hatshepsut and the book presented enough knowledge to get to know a woman with a big role in the Egyptian History.

The writing is easy to understand. Sometimes biographical books feel heavy or are full of facts we really don't care. Here the idea is to be able to read it in a short time and learn something, and the objective is achieved with short chapters that gattered the necessary information to understand the subject with simple language.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: Primogénito: The Fuentes Legacy @GretaCribbs

TITLE: Primogénito: The Fuentes Legacy
AUTHOR: Greta Cribbs
RELEASE DATE: October 29th 2016
PUBLISHER: Greta Cribbs
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


“I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes and see him standing at the foot of the bed, staring at me. Some nights I don’t think he sleeps at all.”
Ashley Preston has a problem. Her husband Nick has fallen victim to a mysterious illness, alternating between bizarre physical symptoms for which doctors cannot determine a cause and alarming personality changes which have Ashley fearing not just for Nick’s health but for her own safety as well. Desperate to save her husband, she turns to the only person she believes can help her: Damian Fuentes.
Ashley knows Damian’s family has dabbled in some kind of dark magic over the years. She also knows that when Nick was ten years old, Damian’s grandfather performed a strange ritual on him. Convinced that this ritual is at the root of her husband’s problem, Ashley begs Damian to delve into the Fuentes family’s darkest secrets in search of a cure. But Damian has spent the past five years trying to distance himself from his family and his traumatic past. Helping Ashley will mean resurrecting the long-dead ghosts of his most disturbing memories. If he saves Nick he may very well lose himself.

When Ashley appears on her doorstep, Jenn knows the past has come to hunt her again. Ashley needs Damian's help to save her husband Nick. The four of them share a tragic past and apparently, the consequences of it keep messing with their lives.

This one is a magnificent story that traps you and doesn't let you go until the end. You keep waiting to discover more about the Fuentes family and the magic they supposedly have. The characters move on with the story and nobody stops to tells us what happened all those years ago, we have to complete the puzzle as they go and with the information that little by little they provide.

All the characters are amazing, each one has a defined personality and we want to save them all. I loved the author's writing and how she described scenes and dialogues. I really got lost in the reading.

There is no low point in the story and it there are scenes with a just degree of tension and violence necessary to create a good atmosphere. The Fuentes Legacy is such a rich and solid story, each detail is taking care of and you want more and more.

I absolutely loved this book, I wasn't expecting such suspense and action and it was refreshing to read a different kind of book that hooked me up from the beginning.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Review: A Precarious Beginning

TITLE: A Precarious Beginning
SERIES: Chronicles of Castlemount Book 1
AUTHOR: Siena Rollins & Fritz Rollins
RELEASE DATE: April 15th 2017 
PUBLISHER: Harpalin Press
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


“There are only two powers in the universe that determine what a person will become in life — luck and willpower.”
Orphaned at a young age and forced to become a pickpocket to survive, a chance meeting with the King’s Assassin is the lucky break Hyla needs. At the massive fortress city of Castlemount, Hyla discovers she is destined to become a Dragonrider! Training every day to understand her new role and the magical dragon bond, Hyla learns that mingling with the rich and powerful has its own dangers. Will her street smarts keep her alive? Join Hyla in the precarious beginning to her incredible adventure!

“A Precarious Beginning” is a classic tale of insurmountable odds, high adventure, and the power of friendship. It is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

Siena Rollins
Siena Rollins 

Hi everyone! My name is Siena, and I’m going to tell you a little bit about myself. First of all, I’m a very active person. I love to do ballet, martial arts, and horseback riding. All those activities require a lot of energy, so I also love to eat! Some of my favorite foods are sushi, ice cream, and ribs. Although I’m now a published author, I would like to someday be a professional ballerina.

Fritz RollinsFritz Rollins

As a fan of science fiction and fantasy stories my whole life, I never planned to write a book. But, when my daughter Siena was born, I found myself making up fantastic tales to keep her entertained. When she told me she wanted to write a book based on one of the stories, what was an over indulgent father supposed to do? So, here I am, an unexpected author. My stories are family friendly. They are designed to be read by both kids and adults, or even better, by parents reading to their children. Don't be fooled, though. These stories are complex, with lots of twists and turns! Adults will be enthralled, and children will be enchanted.


Hyla is an orphan little girl who has been surviving in the streets until one day her path crosses with her savior. She is taken to Castlemount and her life changes forever. Suddenly she is training to be a dragon rider and has not one but two beautiful and lovely baby dragons.

The story moves fast into her new world and how she deals with all of it. Being from a poor background she has to learn how to behave in this new place and tries to hide where she comes from. With dreams and flashes, we learn a bit more about her past. 

Hyla is a really sweet character, given her rough upbringing she doesn't trust in people but deep down she wants to be accepted and belong to somewhere.

This one has all the fantasy elements needed for a great story: knights, dragons, fights, people plotting behind others' backs and more. I really loved the dragons!!! the descriptions were AMAZING. We have some good chapters at the end, full of the tension and fights needed to close up a great fantasy book.

My only minor issue was that I forgot that she is supposed to be a kid, Hyla sounded like a teenager and not a six-seven year old. It's nothing so bad but I just mention it so you know.

And of course, I have to mention that I think it's amazing that the authors are father and daughter, imagine creating something so beautiful and magical with the people you love. You can feel the passion they share for fantasy worlds and telling stories.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty @stacyjuba

Do you love sweet romance novels that make you laugh? Then you'll want to check out Stacy Juba's brand new chick lit novel, Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty, the second book in the Storybook Valley series.  The book was released March 5, and while it's a follow-up to the popular Fooling Around With Cinderella, both novels can also be read as stand-alones. Come discover Storybook Valley, a fictional theme park in the Catskills of New York. If you love small town romance with humorous characters, theme parks, fairy tale fun, and amazing love stories, then Storybook Valley will be your new favorite series.

TITLE: Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty
SERIES: Storybook Valley #2
AUTHOR: Stacy Juba
RELEASE DATE: March 5th 2018
SOURCE: Complimentary copy


This Sleeping Beauty isn’t sure she wants to wake up…Dance instructor Rory Callahan likes to play it safe. When she meets Kyle, he’s impulsive, persistent, and her exact opposite. He’s pushing her to tango way past her comfort zone and keeping Rory on her toes more than twenty years of dance teachers ever had.Unfortunately, he’s the grandson of her family’s archrival and she doesn’t want to disappoint them. After all, her parents imagine her as a proper princess - hence her namesake Aurora, AKA Sleeping Beauty. Complicating matters, Rory’s also dealing with a surgeon boyfriend who’s perfect for her (sort of), an obnoxious boss, and desperate dance moms. Kyle wants to change her whole life, but Rory doesn’t like the stakes. After all, princesses are the ones who get the happy endings. . .aren’t they?

Author of fairy tale chick lit, theme park romance, suspenseful cozy mysteries, YA and children's books. Stop by Stacy's website to get your FREE Storybook Valley Welcome Kit. Stacy is also an affordable freelance editor and lover of happy endings.


Check out the Storybook Valley series at these retailers:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble  iBookstore   Kobo

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Rory, who has been named after Princess Aurora, has made out of dancing her life. Her only dream is to have her own place but she is too good for her own good. With a boyfriend that has no time for her and a boss that squish her passion, she finds hard to take life by the horns. Until she meets a sweet, impulsive and free young man, the only problem? He is from the family’s archrival.

As you can imagine their situation brings lots of fun pages about how he tries to convince her about giving him a chance, to then how they avoid being seen together given that their families are kind of like the Montagues and the Capulets. And then how she avoids telling her family about him.

Kyle is the perfect companion for our leading lady. He comes to push her in the right direction, he makes her take a stand and helps her to really discover what she wants.

Inspired by fairytale characters and following the chick-lit line you can expect the Happily Ever After ending and lots of sweet and simple moments. The writing is very good and the rhythm is steady.

If you like clean romance, sweet characters, and fun reading I totally recommend it to you.

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