A Slave of Shadows by Naomi Finley

A Slave of the Shadows
By
Naomi Finley

No of Pages: 32702_A Slave of the Shadows

Publication House: Huntson Press Inc.

Date of Publication: March 5, 2018

Genre: Fiction

Series: Yes, A Slave of the Shadows Book #1

Book Source: HFVBT

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Book Blurb:

In 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society. In an era where ladies are considered mere property, beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks’ father has filled her life with turmoil, secrets, and lies.

Her father rules her life until she finds a kindred spirit in spunky, outspoken Whitney Barry, a northerner from Boston. Together these Charleston belles are driven to take control of their own lives—and they are plunged into fear and chaos in their quest to fight for the rights of slaves. Against all odds, these feisty women fight to secure freedom and equality for those made powerless and persecuted by a supposedly superior race.

Only when they’ve lost it all do they find a new beginning.

Book 1 presents Willow and Whitney—and the reader—with the hardships the slaves endure at the hands of their white masters.

Review: This is the first book by author Naomi Finley and I have become a loyal reader after reading this book. A Slave of the Shadows is a well-written book with very strong female characters. In a world where one race feels superior to the other females like Willow and Whitney come forward and fight for their rights and equality.

As soon as I started the book I was glued right away to the story. It always gives me the inspiration to read such stories where strong-willed people go against the so-called rules set by people in power and break stereotypes.

The revelation of secrets and surprise factor is on point, especially towards the end. I liked all the characters in the story and the voice that these strong headed ladies put forth.

Surprise Factor: Well, the tension built and the revelation of truth had kept me going.

Would I be reading more from Naomi Finley: Yes, I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

About Author:

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Naomi lives in Northern Alberta. Her love for travel means her suitcase is always on standby while she awaits her next plane ticket and adventure. Her love for history and the Deep South is driven by the several years she spent as a child living in a Tennessee plantation house. She comes from a family of six sisters. She married her high school sweetheart and has two teenage children and two dogs named Ginger and Snaps.

Creativity and passion are the focus of her life. Apart from writing fiction, her interests include interior design, cooking new recipes, throwing lavish dinner parties, movies, health, and fitness.

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Behind The Books with KIM CORMACK

Author Interview

Kim Cormack- Author of The Children Of Ankh Series

You can find our review here: Sweet Sleep

 

We had this pleasure to interview Kim Cormack author of The Children of Ankh series. When we first read her book we immediately fell in love with the characters and the story. Below are few things that you may want to know about Kim Cormack to know her better.

 

What inspired you to write Children of Ankh series?

I was writing children’s books when I was diagnosed with M.S. While dealing with the emotions of it all, I had a nightmare that started at Kevin’s dad driving away the night of Kayn’s Correction and ended at that creepy lullaby. I wrote it down and just like that, I had switched genres to Dark Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance. I haven’t turned back 🙂

How do you select the names of your characters?

Most of the time, I have no idea why or how I chose the name. Sometimes, I write a friend or fan in if they ask to be klled in the series. This sounds super creepy but it’s become a bit of a thing.

What was your hardest scene to write?

This is a difficult question to answer… Kayn’s death had me absolutely wrecked. I was confused as to how I was even writing this series at the time. I still cry every time I read it. The scene felt like I was revealing a darkness within myself. Both Matt’s reaction and Kevin’s made me go through boxes of Kleenex. Melody’s death with her siblings was also brutal, but the beginning of Lexy’s book and Charlotte’s death… Had me bawling my head off. It was a difficult choice to leave her age as originally written. I was afraid I’d have some backlash, but instead, I received kudos for being brave with the storyline.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

I have a crazy amount of Author friend’s from social media. I’m afraid I’ll leave someone out and they’ll be choked.

What is your favourite childhood book?

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe… Hands down 🙂

Tell us about your upcoming works.

I’m halfway through the third book in Lexy’s series, Deplorable Me. Lexy’s character is gloriously unhinged. It’s so freeing to write about her. I have, Beautiful Disaster partially written. ( The Children of Ankh Backstory. It takes place a thousand years ago in Rome. I may slip it into the main series in the future.) I  have, The Repopulation Project, it’s old school apocalyptic Sci-fi. Someday, I may have the time to release it but the two series I already have running parallel, keep me pretty busy.

Which book in your opinion has been underappreciated but is excellently written?

This book was underappreciated for a long time and it gives me the knowledge that it can happen… People can magically fall in love with a beautiful imagination. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I’m sooo on a serial killer watch list. I’ve googled some crazy stuff like, how long it would take someone to die from being disembowelled? First-hand accounts of people being eaten by wild animals. How long would it take a person to die from various parts of the body being chopped off? The approximate time it would take to successfully drown someone. Does people meat taste enough like any other meat to slip it into a breakfast menu at a diner? Killing someone with lava. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. I look up almost everything while fact-checking during the editing process.

How long on an average does it take you to write a book?

It takes me around three or four months but I rarely write after two-thirty in the afternoon.

Last but not least, do you Google yourself?

My shenanigans in my younger years were rather epic so I check to make sure I’m all good. I do plan to own it all though. 😉  I usually get an email whenever the series is mentioned. I feel so humbled and blessed by the way people have fallen in love with the characters.  

 

About Author

Born: Port Alberni, Canada

Website: http://www.kimcormack.com

Twitter: kimcormack

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Influences: Robert N. Munsch Stephen King

 

Quotes from The Children of Ankh series ❤

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The Cruel Prince: Holly Black: Book Review

The Cruel Prince

By

Holly Black

 

The Cruel Prince - Holly Black- Reviewing Nerds- 05 April 2018No. of Pages: 370

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Date of Publication: January 2, 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Yes, The Folk of the Air  #1

Should Buy: Yes, The Cruel Prince

Book Source: Personal collection

Star Rating: 4.25/5

Book Blurb: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Title: The Cruel Prince is

Title Rating: 4.5/5

Cover: The gold crown on branches with a light background is a perfect cover for this book. I am happy to add another light coloured book in my collection.

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Characters: Jude: A human girl who happens to be a part of faerie. She is skilled in combat and learns from the best. She had a rough childhood and she is now fighting for a place for her own.

Cardan: He is the youngest prince of the faerie. He is rude, revengeful and arrogant. But he also has his own secrets.

Characters Rating: 4.0/5

Review:  The story of The Cruel Prince is interesting. It is a journey of three sisters, how they end up in Faerie and the difficulties that they have to face knowing the truth of their parent’s murder. Being mortals is not easy in faerie as they are always troubled by the fey. The Cruel Prince is full of characters some of them are interesting and kept me going and some were just there for no reason.

Overall I enjoyed the story of The Cruel Prince. Can’t wait for The Wicked King.

Story Rating: 4.0/5

Appreciation: Good story with a little bit of romance. Well, when faeries are included it is always interesting.

Let Downs: The story build up and reasons for character’s actions are not that so convincing. It would have been better if the characters are provided with enough reason for their actions.

Surprise Factor: Well there were quite a few surprises in the starting as well as towards the end.

Would I be reading more from Holly Black: Yes, I am sure “The Wicked King” is going to be really interesting.

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Little Fires Everywhere: Celeste Ng: Book Review

Little Fires Everywhere

By

Celeste Ng

Reviewing Nerds 3rd April, 2018, Book Review, Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

No of Pages: 338

Publisher: Penguin Press

Date of Publication: September 12, 2017

Genre: Fiction

Series: NA

Should Buy: Yes (Little Fires Everywhere)

Book Source: Personal Collection

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Words That Touched My Heart ❤

Life Isn’t fair, or Fair doesn’t always mean right.

Title: The title has been justified right from the beginning of the story when the Richardsons house is burnt down by little fires.

Title Rating: 5/5

Cover: The cover depicts the supper planned Shaker Heights community with a fire burning in one of the house. The designer had the eye for detail which makes it a good cover for the story.

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Characters:     Mia: She has a unique personality with an artistic flair like no other. She works hard on her projects, does everything in her power to give her daughter comfort and is a proud woman who doesn’t like to accept favors. She is a true believer of hard work and is a creator of her art. She has a past that she doesn’t like to talk about as it contains things she has tried to lock away. She doesn’t like to plan and goes with her eyes to look for new artistic projects.

Mrs. Richardson: She is the exact opposite of Mia, afraid to take risks, calculating and planning her life to a strict order. She believes in going by the standards set by the almost perfect society of Shaker Heights. She is too afraid to take risks, takes extreme pride in her family and upbringing. She tries to be the nice one buy somewhere in her head she’s keeping a tally of all her favors.

Characters Rating: 4.5/5

Review: The story is simple to follow. I finished it in 2 sittings: one very short and the second one was extremely long. The first sitting was for the first 100 pages which involves heave background and plot stories which seemed like a bit drag to me. The moment things started happening, everything was in a whirlwind and I couldn’t have slept on it or left the book even for a second. The story revolves around Mia who has decided to stay in Shaker Heights for her daughter and a Mrs. Richardson who only thinks that everything should be ideal and never be disturbed. She is like a bird who hasn’t known any fear, any risk and happy to be in the confines of society.

Once Mia’s daughter Pearl and Richardson children start mingling it wreaks a havoc on everyone’s life. Pearl feeling the peer pressure, Lexie wanting to have everything sorted like her other, Trip thinking on the deeper level, Moody infatuated with the idea of Pearl and Izzy finally finds someone who begins to see her the way she is. When the adoption issue arises in the community and everyone is divided between the right and wrong. Mrs. .Richardson has decided that Mia has secrets that she must uncover for her mental satisfaction as she had refused to be her charity case. Mia’s past comes as a shocking twist and changes everything you have been thinking till the first half of the book.

Story Rating: 4.5/5

Appreciation: The book pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me think about things that I had no perspective on. For example, the issue of the adoption of a Chinese baby makes you wonder which side of the fight you are on. You would think what does adoption have to do anything with the baby being Chinese, it is an act of kindness and brings joy to all. Celeste made me think that if the baby is taken away from the birth mother and given to a white family, the baby will start noticing when she grows up and wonders if she was snatched from her roots. Even after the book has been finished I still have this dilemma that what would have been right for the child: a better life or a real life.

Let Downs: The starting was slow which lowered my expectations from the book. The moment we hit the main plot all my expectations went soaring up again.

Surprise Factor: The description of the mother’s love for her kids (The only thing which stood true for both Mia and Mrs Richardson):  To a parent, your child wasn’t just a person, your child was a place, a kind of Narnia, a vast eternal place where the present you were living and the past you remembered and the future you longed for all existed at once. You could see it every time you looked at her; layered in her face was the baby she’d been and the child she’d become and the adult she would grow up to be and you saw them all simultaneously, like a 3-D image. It made your head spin. It was like a place you could take refuge, if you knew how to get in. And each time you left it, each time your child passed out of your sight, you feared you might never be able to return to that place again.

Would I be reading more from Celeste Ng: ABSOLUTELY! She knows how to write an intricate story where the characters come to life and you feel as if you are watching everything from the railing.

 

Crooked Kingdom: Leigh Bardugo: Book Review

Crooked Kingdom

By

Leigh Bardugo

 

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No of Pages: 546

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Date of Publication: September 20, 2016

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Yes, Six of Crows #2

Should Buy: Yes, Crooked Kingdom

Book Source: Personal collection

Star Rating: 4.8/5

Book Blurb: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Words That Touched My Heart ❤

One of his hands balanced on his cane. The other rested at his side next to her. She’d need only move the smallest amount and they would be touching. He was that close. He was that far from reach.

Title: I believe it’s the perfect title for this book. It fits really well with the story and those who are familiar with the story, book 1( Six of Crows) it made perfect sense to them.

Title Rating: 4.8/5

Cover: I loved everything about the cover of this book. Crow, kingdom, font style and the colour contrast for both books. It’s ❤

Cover Rating: 4.8/5

Characters: Kaz: He is rough, full of revenge, too young for Ketterdam but he knows his ways. He is a strategist, a mastermind and is known to pull off the impossible.

Inez: She is a fighter, a spider who moves in shadows, also known as The Wraith. You won’t be able to tell if she is there or not but she is always listening.

Jesper: A student who came to study in Ketterdam but never finished his studies. He is a habitual gambler and he never misses a shot.

Wylan: He is the son of a high ranked council member. He can’t read but he is intelligent and clever enough to survive in a city like Ketterdam.

Nina: She is beautiful, a Grisha, and is trying to help a friend in Ketterdam.

Matthias: He is disciplined, but he is also a traitor to his country. He helped his enemy survive. He struggles when he revisited his country’s sacred place.

Characters Rating: 4.9/5

Review: To be honest I read this series right after I finished Grishaverse series. I thought it won’t stand a chance but the author has once again proved her mettle. But as I start reading and get to know characters and when a team starts to forming up I was just glued to the series. Specially Crooked Kingdom is just like pulling the impossible. The planning, the innovation, the execution of plans it is breathtaking. There is no end to the revelation of deals and secrets. The run for the money is endless.

When Kaz and his team are double-crossed and a war begins everyone wanted to get to the most powerful resource. Ketterdam is pulled into a war between nations. In a war everyone takes risks and everyone is tested and then you can tell where did your team’s loyalty lie.

Story Rating: 4.8/5

Appreciation: I have to praise the imagination of the author to write a story like this.

Let Downs: I wish I could know more about the afterlives of all the characters.

Surprise Factor: When you are familiar with the characters of a book you somehow know the level of the surprise factor. Well knowing Kaz I knew they are going to pull off something that seems impossible to others and well they did!

Would I be reading more from Leigh Bardugo: Yes, without any doubt period.

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