Review- Gilded Cage by Vic James

Book Description

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. 

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price? 

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. 

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

My Thoughts

It was through a dear friend of mine ( who also happens to be a writer ) when I first met author Vic James, writer of `Gilded Cage`. Our encounter was brief but Vic James left a positive impression and before she left for the evening she kindly handed out a promotional poster from her newest release. Mind you- I´ve never heard nor seen anything from Vic James before so the author and her work were completely new to me. All I was told was that I had to read her work. She´s a brilliant writer. Well, okay. If my friend says she´s brilliant then she probably is. ( I so hoped she was right.)

Even if I´m not huge on dystopian stories I really enjoyed this one.

In a nutshell, `Gilded Cage` is about inequality. A world devided into two parts- the aristocrats and the commoners. The aristocrats have magical powers and the commoners, who are just normal humans, have nothing magical but have to devote 10 years of their lives as slaves to the aristocrats. Those ten years were due anytime during a commoners lifespan. ( Totally interesting, right? I sure thought so.)

Outside a nutshell ´Gilded Cage´ is so much more. It´s exhilarating, gripping, powerful and magical. A total page turner. This is a read where you gladly do an over-nighter because you just HAVE to know how the story continues. ( Sleep is overrated anyways * wave off *)

A huge surprise for me was how I easily accepted the multiple POVs. I´m usually annoyed when a story has more than two POVs. Because, let´s face it- most multi-POVs in one story are unnecessary and / or just repetitive. That´s not the case in `Gilded Cage`. Each POV was mandatory and each contributed to the story. Just like it´s supposed to be.

I can´t really say if I have any complaints now because `Gilded Cage` is the first in a series and definitely the build-up story for what´s to come. By the feel of it- there´s going to be something huge happening in the next installment ( at least I hope there will be ).

Vic James is an icredible worldbuilder and storyteller. That alone is rare combination and I fully appreciate the authors talent because without her abilities… I would have died of boredom ( that´s not really true, I would have slept. Lol )

I fully recommend `Gilded Cage´ to anyone who loves themselves a great dystopian story with lots of everything any YA reader craves.

The Cover – 5 stars ( I am so in LOVE with the cover. It´s an eye catcher )

The Story – 4 stars ( I´m not a big fan of dystopian stories but this is definitely worth it. There´s romance, corruption, Good vs. Evil, suspense and a whole lot of nail bite worthy scenes.)

The Characters – 4 stars ( I see book #1 as a build-up and because of that I thought the characters were pretty good. Very interesting, very clever and strong. Definitely interested in getting to know them more. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – I´m anxious to continue the story. Roll on book #2… I´m not getting any younger!!

I´m giving `Gilded Cage` ( Dark Gifts #1 ), by Vic James, 4 out of 5 stars.

To purchase this book all you need to do is click here and begin to read.

Enjoy! xx

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And the Meek Shall Walk – Shaun Allan ( Wattpad )

 

Book Description

Princess Aren is determined to make the human who killed her mother and exiled her people to the bottom of the ocean pay. To do so, she must go to extremes of pain and heartache in her search for justice.

Aren, however, is no sweet, happy mermaid. To kill is to ignite a fire of passion in her heart which only the savage letting of blood can satiate. She will go to any lengths to find the man responsible, including cutting off her own tail and sewing, in its place, a pair of human legs – legs she tore from one of the many humans she had murdered.

With the unwilling help of the sea witch, Princess Aren must go ashore and hunt for her mother’s killer. But, in doing so, the worlds above and below the ocean will clash in ways neither thought possible!

** Wattpad Featured **

My Thoughts

Picking out a story to read on Wattpad comes pretty close to window shopping. You spend so many hours on the hunt for that special somthing to wear / read until you actually find what you´re looking for. Only books are a bit like russian roulette.

It wasn´t the cover that grabbed my attention- It was the title.And the Meek Shall Walk“ by Shaun Allan… what a brilliant read. 100% unpredictable, 100% captivating and oh-so off the charts cool. In all honestly- how often does one read about a mermaid who collects body parts from humans?

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The story is basically a retell of the classic „The Little Mermaid“ written by Hans Christian Andersen ( Don´t even attempt to think about the Disney version ) … only Shaun Allan´s version is a little vicious and more shocking with lots of surprises.

Stories that have the ability to surprise a reader are the best! And with „And the Meek Shall Walk“ it felt like I was exploring a whole new territory filled with loads of awesomeness. A beautiful darkness I wished would never end.

Now- the end was something that completely threw me off. I wasn´t expecting what happened. Even the epilogue felt like a loved one was stabbing me in the heart with a smile in their face. Quite bittersweet but still amazing.

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A fully recommendable story for anyone who loves themselves some great writing, great characters, and an end that will leave a reader stunned.

The Cover – 5 stars ( I´m a huge fan of simplicity. The cover image is perfect. A total eye catcher)

The Story – 5 stars ( a little horror here, a tad romance there, the element of surprise, twist of events…. An absolute fabulous story )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Although all were wonderful in their own way I have to say Aren was my favorite. The transformation her character went through was fantastic. At first vicious, then kind, then life happened…. * sigh * )

My emotional state after finishing this readcompletely satisfied. A true fairytale that will stick with me for a while.

I´m giving `And the Meek Shall Walk` by Shaun Allan 5 out of 5 stars

To read `And the Meek Shall Walk` all you need to do is click here and enjoy!

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The Lost ( Whitechapel Chronicles #2) by Lindsey Clarke ( Wattpad )

Book Dscription

‘Whitechapel. The East End of London. Streets of tawdry degradation and grisly dark crimes of unlimited horror…..’

From the comforts of London’s middle class suburbia, to taking refuge in an old abandoned asylum in Whitechapel, Megan’s life has changed immeasurably since meeting the vampire, Harper Cain. Now living with Harper, his blood brother Garrick and Garrick’s gang of mercenaries,

Megan finds herself at the centre of an age-old war between the vampires and their enemies, the lycan-esque Varúlfur. Still struggling to cope with the turn her life has taken, Megan discovers that not only is she unable to escape the ghosts of her past, but she is going to have to contend with some very dark revelations about her future.

A vampire with the history of Whitechapel running through her veins she might be, but Megan will soon learn that there are far worse things to be frightened of than ghosts.

*** Spoiler free Review ***

 

My Thoughts

`The Lost` is the second installment in The Whitechapel Chronicles. And since author Lindsey Clarke has not once disappointed me I just knew the second part of the dark vampire tale was going to blow my mind. And I was right. I thought `Playing Dead` ( book #1 ) was genius….

I won´t waste anyone´s time giving my own description of the story because I completely lack that skill ( in other words- I suck at it ). I will, however, say one thing- Lindsey Clarke is AMAZEBALLS. `The Lost` is flipping brilliant!

The story:

Megan, Harper and Brandon´s story continues and the path they take is unexpected and far from easy ( emotionally and physically ).

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After the events in `Playing Dead` I never thought Megan could be confronted with anything worse. I mean- turning into a vampire and finding out your husbands fury secret is tough, but not as tough as what happens in this part of the story.

New characters are introduced, challenging Megan and Harper and the entire vampire race. The obstacles become more and more challenging. The characters thread into more unknown territories.
A lot is at stake. Are the characters up for saving the world as it´s known? Will Megan find the answers to her questions? Will she ever see the light in the never ending dark tunnel?

I cannot being to tell you how extremely nail-bite-worthy `The Lost` is ( in fact- I´d probably end up writing a full novel explaining every awesome detail about this story, so best I don´t start.).

What´s extremely noticable is how much Megan´s character has grown. The Megan from the beginning is long gone and is replaced by a curious, head strong woman who knows what she wants and won´t stop for anything to get what she needs… even if that means going against Harper.

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With `The Lost` being the second book in the series, one would think that this is a bridge to the grande final. It isn´t. `The Lost ` feels like a warm up story, getting ready to blow a reader´s mind.

My mind has been blown away already and there´s still `Savage Wings` ( book #3 ).

If it were up to me, this story would never end.

The Cover- 5 stars ( It fits perfectly with the first cover. The coloring is fab and catchy. ❤ )

The Story – 5 stars ( I´m not sure my heart can handle more. But it has to, damn it! Extremely well thought through story. LOVE IT! )

The Characters – 5 stars ( The author has an evil side. She creates characters you want to take home with you and then does the unthinkable to them. I guarantee- you will want a Harper Cain, a Brandon and even a Garrick. You´ll want a Josiah, a Fenton… all at your beck and call.)

My emotional state after finishing `The Lost`– Drained in the best possible way ever. Totally satisfied but afraid to continue at the same time.

I´m giving `The Lost` ( The Whitechapel Chronicles #2 ) by author Lindsey Clarke 5 out of 5 stars

`The Lost`, along with `Playing Dead ( book #1) can be read for free on Wattpad. All you need to do is click here and begin to read. Don´t forget to leave a comment for the author and a vote.

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Cuptid´s Match – L. E. Palphreyman

Book Description

In a world where everyone has a perfect match, what if you were matched with the dangerous, notoriously good looking, original bad boy….Cupid himself?

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Dear Lila, I am contacting you on behalf of The Cupids Matchmaking Service. You will not have heard of us but we are an organisation that work behind the scenes of society, identifying each person’s perfect match. Usually we would not contact our clients. We prefer to work in secrecy – setting up the ideal environment for the two matches to have a chance encounter. Recently, however, we ran your details through our system and…well….in your case… We think you’d better come in. Please respond at your earliest convenience. Yours Urgently, The Cupids Matchmaking Service

My Thoughts

`Cupid´s Match` by L. E. Palphreyman is plain and simply cute. I never expected to love this story as much as I do. This might be my favorite Young Adult / fantasy story 2016!

There are quite a few Cupid stories on Wattpad but not one I´ve read ( so far ) was as fun as this version of Cupid.

A total page-turner!

The intro was so darn catchy I couldn´t put this story down. How do you avoid your own match? Ha. You don´t.

Lila had no intention of being anyones match unless it was her own boyfriend. But after receiving numerous letters from The Cupids Matchmaking Service she decided to end the harrassment and tell the 3,000 year old business that she wanted her name scratched off their contact list since she never signed up for anything.

It was their mistake, right? Little did Lila know that the love matching company didn´t make a mistake. She was, by all that´s pink and fluffy, someone elses match. Someone Lila never thought actually existed. Someone who wasn´t supposed to be matched- let alone with a human. That certain someone wasn´t supposed to be on the list to begin with. It was against the company policy / the law. Yet, the match was inevitable.

I will stop right there because I´d hate to spoil the story for you. Just know that we´re dealing with a gorgeous God, a frightening Venus and, of course, LOVE.

What I liked alot about this story was that it wasn´t a overly sappy lovestory. There were problems around every corner. People… or better… Cupids from all over were trying to prevent love from happening. I enjoyed the cat and mouse chase and above all- Venus. It was awesome to read about Gods that bring love and desire and then reading about Venus * shiver *. Her role was not what I expected yet I totally welcomed the psycho behavior from the Goddess of love and beauty.

A fully recommendable read! `Cupid´s Match` is one of those stories you can´t put down.

The Cover- 5 stars ( I LOVE the simplicity of this cover. Love, love, L.O.V.E it.)

The Characters – 5 stars ( Great characters. From Lila to Cupid to Cal to Charlie…. even Venus… all were fantastic!)

The Story- 5 stars ( It´s a story well written and told. Totally catchy, exciting, and way cool )

My emotional state after finishing this story- I felt like the author hit me with one of Cupids arrows.

I´m giving `Cupid`s Match` by author L. E. Palphreyman 5 out of 5 stars

To read this story just click here and begin reading. It´s totally free. If you don´t have a Wattpad account yet then go ahead and invest just a few seconds to sign up. Trust me- if lazy me can do it, you can too!

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Bite the Bullet ( Vampire Cohorts #1) – Angela Louise McGurk

Book Description

Let me tell you what it was to be made vampire. It wasn’t birth. Birth implies pushing, tearing forth into the light, screaming. Becoming immortal was to be pulled, to be tugged irrevocably into darkness, and it was silent.

I should have fought, any person should fight, but my mind had been filled with a hazy calm which forbade any battle. Struggling had been the last thing on my mind, even when my bus arrived and my assailant waved it on, dismissing my last hope of escape.

Yet my lack of rebellion was far from the most unsettling part of the stranger’s control over me. The truth was that the man could’ve asked anything of me and I would’ve complied, but he didn’t need to vocalise his request. I knew instinctively what he wanted. I sighed and surrendered myself as he held me against his front in a lover’s embrace, tipping my head and willingly giving him access to my throat.

One day you’ll understand,” he whispered, his tone subdued. I’ve often wondered since if he was really talking to me. Perhaps he’d been talking to himself, persuading himself that one day I’d know and accept his reasons for what he’d planned for me. 

I wouldn’t. I couldn’t. Because when my fangs came in, my world altered irrevocably. It became somewhere dark, somewhere filled with murder and blood, where magic was sinister and where even my closest ally seemed more like an enemy… Even if he did make my heart skip a beat.

My Thoughts

Bite The Bullet: Vampire Cohorts Book 1 is the first installment in Angela McGurk´s vampire series. Angela McGurk is a Wattpad writer who went into selfpublishing.

This was my first time around with this writer and I was positively surprised.  After seeing the cover all over social media and hearing fabulous things about the story / characters I thought it´d give it a go.

The writing style was fun and the story was exciting. I mean- it isn´t every day I come across a vampire story that´s THAT seductive and gripping.

The story starts with Darcy ( Heroine ) realizing her life has been turned upside-down and is forced to live a new life she never wanted to be apart of. Darcy´s struggle to accept who, or what she turned into was well described and interesting. Especially when she was introduced to the man who was responsible for her change. Conn. Page after page a reader slowly finds out how Darcy copes with what was forced upon her and discovers ugly truths about her life along the way. Facts she never thought could be true to begin with.

It was a nice tale with lots of DRAMA ( a fine understatement ), that much I can say. Alot of scenes were predictable, but that didn´t bother me at all since the core of the story was good. The dialogue was sharp and quick ( often too quick ).

The characters in this book were very straight-forward and strong. Darcy was the typical strong-headed Heroine who didn´t put up with anything…and Conn ( the Sire of the Vamp group) was the typical God-like worrior / beautiful as hell Hero.

It was nice to read about a romance with a struggle ( Should Darcy love Conn? Should Conn let himself fall for Darcy? Should they, should they not? Will they have a future together, or will they go separate ways still feeling an unbelievable attraction to one another?)
As you can see…..this book is your everyday romance just with vampires.

 

What I didn´t like so much was Darcy´s attitude. Sure- she was a strong character but she was also very tiresome, provocative and irritating. I´m not sure if the author wanted Darcy´s character to be exactly like that or if that sort of character was the author’s idea of a fantastic Heroine.

There´s so much to write about this book and not enough time to explain each and every event. All I will and can say is that Bite The Bullet was cool and exciting ( Except for Darcy. She wasn´t cool.)

 

The cover – 3 stars ( It´s not bad, it´s just nothing near what I prefer.)

The story – 4 stars ( Good storytelling. )

The characters – 3 stars ( It seemed like the characters were only out to diss each other all the time. Too many quick comebacks that felt unnecessary)

My emotional state after finishing this book – Okay. Not thrilled nor disappointed. 

All in all a recommendable read. A must have for every vampire lover.

I give `Bite The Bullet`( book #1) by Angela Louise McGurk 3 out of 5 stars.

NOTE- Bite the Bullet is not available as a completed novel on Wattpad anymore. If you want to read book #1 you must purchase it through Amazon.com ( and / or other ). Book #2-#6 are currently available as completed stories on Wattpad. 

If you´d like to buy this book all you need to do is click here and start enjoying Darcy and Co.

Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them – Brittanie Charmintine

Book Description

“Everyone knows mermaid blood is like vampire crack …” Right before her senior year, mermaid Waverly Marie Fishwater’s parents inform her they’re moving to the Bay Area in Northern California. She’s to attend a cross-cultural experimental high school. The major problem is that it’s a vampire school, and mermaid blood is their favorite snack!

**A WATTYS 2014 AWARD WINNING STORY**

My Thoughts

Mermaids and vampires? Does that even work in a book? I can tell you- It´s possible. I couldn´t believe it myself. `Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them` by author Brittanie Charmintine is a breath of fresh air! I´ve read so many books from all kinds of genres and NEVER have I come across a story as unique and as compelling as this one. ( still amazed by how mermaids and vampires worked together )

After the eye-catcher cover I read the book description. I´ll be honest here- I had no clue what to think of what I saw. A beautiful cover, a title that said so much yet not enough, and then the description. Hmm. The fact that the book had won an award AND that it´s currently #2 in the Wattpad Vampire rankings did finalize my decision to read this story.

Let me just say – WOW! . From the beginning to the last page- EVERYTHING was exciting. The characters, the storyline, the details…. all sent me on a ride I will never forget.

Although this was more a Young Adult novel I enjoyed it immensely.

This story had so much to offer ( and SO much more ). To say I was surprised about the Vampires and Mermaids is an understatement- This author packed some more mythical figures into the mix which made this story one huge colorful piece of enjoyment. Are you looking for fairies in a story? Or maybe a werewolf? Hof about greek Gods? Search no more, they´re all in this book and make a wonderful lot.

What I loved most about `Mermaids and the Vampires who Love Them` was that there never was a slow moment. If it wasn´t Waverly doing something spectacular it was another character, showing their abilities and adding using them at the cross-cultural high school.

This was an exciting read that will most definitely make my „Top 10 List Of Awesome Reads“. A magical, mythical, lovable story about new beginnings, lies, truths, friendship, loyalty, and of course, love. 

Highly recommendable. YOU CANNOT MISS OUT ON THIS BOOK!

Cover- 5 stars ( it´sblue. I love blue. And a mermaids tail/ fin. Does this cover need more?)

Characters – 5 stars ( Wave, Pierce, Cupid & co. made my nights. Can´t ask for more.)

Story – 5 stars ( spectacular story telling. An AWESOME Young Adult read. Colorful storytelling…need I say more?)

My emotional state after reading this bookecstatic! Ready to dive into an ocean and fight off Sharks! 🙂

5 out of 5 splashing stars for Mermaids and the Vampires who Love Them, by the talented Brittanie Charmintine.

NOTE- This book is currently available on Wattpad FOR FREE.

If you want to read this book ( which you should do. You´ll love it. I promise´) then all you need to do is click here. Don´t forget to vote and comment.

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The Lady In The Tower – Debbie Goelz (Wattpad Short Story)

Short Story Description

What happens when a lawyer travels into a fairy tale and meets a sexy prince, cranky dragons and a psycho nymph? For Round Four of the Romance Smackdown – A Tale of Departures.

My Thoughts

A Fairytale gone OVERBOARD!

I love Debbie Goelz to bits! „The Lady in the Tower“ is a fascinating, creative and intelligent story that had me smiling for days after reading!

I have to be honest- I had no clue what I was getting myself into when I started reading. The story started out interesting and after the dragons came into the picture I just couldn´t help myself. I woke the evil, snoring dragon who lays by my side at night because I laughed so hard.

Loved the dragons, loved the nymph, loved the prince…. Meeh, * wave off * I loved everything about this story- even the AHA! Moment. It´s simple storytelling done in a brilliant way.

This is what storytelling is all about, folks. It´s about letting your imagination run wild and that is what this writer has done.

Debbie Goelz has a beautiful, colorful imagination and I couldn´t be more happy that I found her stories on Wattpad.

I´m giving „The Lady in the Tower“ 5 out of 5 stars.

To read „ The Lady in the Tower“ just click here. It´s free to read on Wattpad!

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