Category: Reviews

Dec 15
{Review+Giveaway} Grudging by Michelle Hauck @Michelle4Laughs @HarperVoyagerUS

{Review+Giveaway} Grudging by Michelle Hauck @Michelle4Laughs @HarperVoyagerUS

Today the Steadfast blog tour takes a stop at Book Briefs. Steadfast is the third book in the birth of saints trilogy. Because I am new to the trilogy, I decided to start at the beginning, which I thought would be a good place to start. And it was a really good idea, because author Michelle Hauck has created a very rich and detailed world, and now that all of the books in the trilogy are out, this series is the perfect binge read when you are looking for some adventure steeped in magic and witchcraft. Grudging felt like magic meets the crusades. It was really interesting and unlike anything I have read lately. I’m not sure how I missed this book when it came out in 2015, but boy am I glad I found it now. Grudging is the first book in the birth of saints trilogy. This is a trilogy that must be read in order. Grudging follows seventeen year old Ramiro and Claire. The atmosphere that Grudging… Read more »

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Dec 08
{Review} Ever the Brave by @ErinSummerill @HMHKids

{Review} Ever the Brave by @ErinSummerill @HMHKids

*Note: This is the second book in a series that needs to be read in order. If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of book one, Ever the Hunted HERE* Ever the Brave is the second book in the young adult fantasy series, Clash of Kingdoms by Erin Summerill. I loved the first book in the series, ever the hunted, and I have to say I really enjoyed Ever the Brave as well! I found the story to be an excellent follow up novel to the first book. It was just as strong of a story. ever The Brave picks up shortly thereafter the events of the first book, so you do need to read this series in order.  There are lots of interesting aspects to touch on in Ever the Hunted- there is magic, romance, political intrigue and action and suspense. Plenty for any fan of fantasy. One of the things I loved about Ever The Hunted was the interesting magic abilities found… Read more »

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Dec 06
{Review} The Fist Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski @fiction_chris @EntangledTeen

{Review} The Fist Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski @fiction_chris @EntangledTeen

The Fist Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski is a young adult standalone romance. I have started and stopped several young adult contemporary romances lately. I just haven’t been able to click with the characters or the plot…or something (I think because I have been on such a fantasy kick) but all of that changed the moment I picked up The Fist Kiss Hypothesis. I LOVED this novel. Like, really loved it. I loved the characters, I loved the romance, I loved the plot. All of it just worked for me. I could not stop smiling while reading The Fist Kiss Hypothesis, which is always a good sign. The Fist Kiss Hypothesis is the story of next door neighbors, and best friends, Nora and Eli. They have both had a crush on each other for a while, but Nora has totally written Eli off because he failed her The Fist Kiss Hypothesis. You see, Nora is a scientist and because her grandma said she knew right from the moment she met her grandpa… Read more »

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Dec 04
{Re-Read Review+Kindle Fire Giveaway} The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

{Re-Read Review+Kindle Fire Giveaway} The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

To celebrate the release of the Fourth Element trilogy boxed set, Kat Ross has stopped by Book Briefs with an awesome giveaway and sale! Right now, you can get the entire trilogy for only 99 cents! I am celebrating with a re-read of the first book, so I can jump in and read books two and three shortly thereafter. Re-Read note: I liked this book even more the second time. I am glad that I took the time to read the first book again, because it helped get me familiar with the characters and the world. Even though, I knew what the surprises and plot twists would be, I still really enjoyed the story. Even more than the first time, which is a sign of excellent things to come in the series. Nazafareen feels like an old friend by now, and I can’t wait to jump into the second book. Here are my original thoughts on The Midnight Sea.  The Midnight Sea is the first in the young adult fantasy… Read more »

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Dec 01
{Excerpt+Giveaway} THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang @BerkleyRomance #BerkleyBookmas @HHoangWrites

{Excerpt+Giveaway} THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang @BerkleyRomance #BerkleyBookmas @HHoangWrites

    Book Briefs is so excited to participate in Berkley Bookmas and we’re hosting THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang today! Berkley Bookmas is chock full of exclusive content from authors like exclusive excerpts, deleted scenes, author recipes and more! Oh yea, and a FANTASTIC giveaway, which includes a $100 Visa gift card, and a book/galley/bound manuscript by each of the authors participating!!!!! Check out the calendar of events below: And now onto The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang! This book looks so fabulous! I can’t wait to read it! For tomorrow’s fun, head to one of the following blogs: Delighted Reader BJ’s Book Blog Kindle Crack Always YA at Heart EBookObsessed Wit & Wonder Books BookSmacked 2OCC Reviews Schmexy Girl Book Blog Once Upon a Twilight Fiction Fare Readers Live A Thousand Lives   To enter, visit the link below to win a $100 Visa gift card, and a book/galley/bound manuscript by each of the authors participating!!!!! ENTER HERE Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the… Read more »

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Nov 30
{Review} The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas @SJMaas @bloomsburykids

{Review} The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas @SJMaas @bloomsburykids

Hey guys! It’s me, the girl that took forever to start the Throne of Glass Series. I wrote my super late to the party review of the first book, Throne of Glass HERE so you can check that out of if you are late to the party like I am. But I totally loved the first book, and I decided that the next book I would read would be The Assassin’s Blade, which is a bind up of all the prequel novellas. I should start off by saying I am kind of Leary of a book of novellas, but it was recommended to me to read them either first or near the start of the series, and boy am I glad that I did. I completely agree. I think The Assassin’s Blade would be best enjoyed if you read it either before or right after the first book. I loved The Assassin’s Blade. It helped me get to know Celaena so much better! Plus, we got to see and fall in… Read more »

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Nov 27
{Review} The Booke of the Hidden by @JeriWesterson @DiversionBooks

{Review} The Booke of the Hidden by @JeriWesterson @DiversionBooks

The Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new series by the same name, by Jeri Westerson. I really, really enjoyed this supernatural/urban fantasy read. It follows our main character Kylie, as she moves across the country to a town in Maine, where she opens up her own Herb & Tea shop. There she finds a book hidden in the wall, called the Booke of the Hidden. From there, she is swept up in a crazy whirlwind demon hunting adventure that reminded me of part Buffy the Vampire Slayer and part Supernatural. I cannot wait to read more about this series. Kylie is a feisty main heroine. She has no problem standing up for herself, which I loved about her. Even when she first meets the mysterious Mr. Dark, she doesn’t mind putting him in his place. I loved that Kylie was immediately embraced into this quirky small town. It is already a spiritual town. Kind of like in Buffy, where the town seemed to be the… Read more »

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Nov 25
{Review+Giveaway} Exposure by Sylvie Parizeau

{Review+Giveaway} Exposure by Sylvie Parizeau

Exposure is the third book in the Incandescent series by author Sylvie Parizeau. Each of the books in the Incandescent series can be read as standalones, but they are all set in the same world and there is some character overlap, so you would probably be best served if you read the books in order. I am going to be completely honest with you. I had every intention of reading the books in order, but the end of the year (and Thanksgiving totally snuck up on me, and I didn’t have a chance to read either books one or two.) But, the silver lining here is that I wasn’t lost or confused while reading Exposure. And I really enjoyed P.O.’s story, so now I am even more excited and determined to read the first two books because I am sure they are going to be just as awesome as this one. Exposure is Philippe-Olivier Tisserot, or P.O. for short, and Auréle’s story. PO is seriously one of my favorite characters… Read more »

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Nov 21
{Review} #Whichwood by @TaherehMafi

{Review} #Whichwood by @TaherehMafi

Whichwood is a middle grade fantasy novel by Taherah Mafi. Even though this book is technically middle grade, I think it will appeal to fans of young adult books. It is a very detailed and long novel, and rather dark in some parts, and it felt like upper middle grade/lower young adult to me. I read, and really loved Furthermore last year. (you can check out my review here) So, I was super excited when I saw that a companion novel set in the same world was going to be released. So, it should come as no surprise that I absolutely loved Whichwood as well. It is a delightful book. Whichwood follows our main character, Laylee, who lives in the village of Whichwood. Whichwood is set in the same world as the village of Farenwood, but it is a totally different place. Farenwood is a town where colors come to life, and Whichwood is a town that is in stark contrast. Laylee finds herself becoming more and more colorless as… Read more »

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Nov 20
{Review+Giveaway} The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting

{Review+Giveaway} The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting

The Chosen Knights is the first book in the Angel Knights series by author Mary Ting. However, It was recommended to me to try the prequel novella, The Angel Knights, first. Each of the books can be read on their own, but I decided to read this series in order, starting with The Angel Knights. On one hand, I was glad that I did. It helped me get to know Lucia and Zachary a little better, and since I didn’t read the originating crossroads series, this book helped me put all the pieces together for the crossover characters. But on the other hand, I didn’t love the Angel Knights. I found it to be a little simplistic and a lot rushed. I didn’t have the chance to connect with any of the characters. But still, I love the idea of The Chosen Knights, which is the first full length book in the series, and I wanted to see what Mary Ting could do with the characters in a full length… Read more »

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