Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson book review

Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson book review

Book blurb:

Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.

Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she use her power to keep ticket sales high—and that she stay out of sight. For if anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.

But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she’s ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memories hints of a way to finally break free of her gilded prison.

Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends more and more time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that in order to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place.

My Review

An adorable, music loving guy that loves making caramel, a red haired piano loving girl that has memory manipulation abilities, a society were memories are currency PLUS a gothic French opera house…
If that isn’t enough to make you want to read this book I don’t know what will 😂 (< That was me!)

The thing with new releases and hyped books is that it can be a complete hit or miss. YA is a tricky genre- more so in the fantasy realm of books…. 
But, the question is, did I like this book? Did it hit the mark to reside on my bookshelf? 😂

The thing is- ok let me explain ⬇️

This book was so original and unique I give it a solid 4 stars because of that. The plot seemed a little slow and I thought at first that it was going to turn cliche but then the twists and turns it took, specially after hitting that 60% mark were what encouraged me to finish it (it was quite slow in the beginning… ) . After that, it was super intense and filled with action and that author explained things that were not quite clear for me in the beginning. I loved the idea of having humans that have the ability to extract memory elixir from people and ahhh! So good! 

The characters were also nicely developed and I loved the male lead character, Emeric. A complete cinnamon roll 😂🤍 🍬 He is the cutest most talented opera janitor in the whole galaxy 😉😆

Ok. The MC, Isda, had a very unusual character growth throughout the book… I won’t say more because it will spoil the book but I will say it wasn’t my fav. The story ended and I really cared more about the love interest than for her.
Which was kinda of a bummer because in WANTED to care for her but it got to a point I just couldn’t 😭 because- yeah.

BUT, even so, I would have given the book a solid 4 stars if it wasn’t for two things that I just don’t feel comfortable reading about.

*Trigger warning* ⚠️ 

Throughout the book we see the MC and another character practice self mutilation. I understand why she did it but I don’t like reading about a teenager grabbing a knife and carving her skin because she wants to be able to use her magic better… nope.

Also, I don’t like how the last half of the book became all bloody and gory… Semi descriptive shootings, mental and physical abuse, blood, and Ohmygosh, the endingggggg! That was a savage ending 🥺💔. 

There is also use of the word d*mn, mention of the word “curses”, two semi de descriptive kisses, one more descriptive and physical kiss. They have their own deity called the god of Memory whom them refer to constantly.

So yeahhhhhh… I dunno… it wasn’t a book that made me feel happy in the end. And I love to feel happy or a little sad but I didn’t get that with this book. It was kinda depressing. 💔.

Those are all my honest thoughts and I hope they help you decide if this book is for you or not!

About the Author

Jessica S. Olson claims New Hampshire as her home, but has somehow found herself in Texas, where she spends most of her time singing praises to the inventor of the air conditioner. When she’s not hiding from the heat, she’s corralling her three wild—but adorable—children, dreaming up stories about kissing and murder and magic, and eating peanut butter by the spoonful straight from the jar. She earned a bachelor’s in English with minors in editing and French, which essentially means she spent all of her university time reading and eating French pastries. Sing Me Forgotten is her debut novel.

Traitor by Laurie Lucking book review tour

Traitor by Laurie Lucking book review tour


Today I’m excited to participate in the Book Tour for Traitor by Laurie Lucking hosted by L2L2 Publishing.

Traitor: Tales of the Mystics, Book Two by Laurie Lucking

Release Date: April 27, 2021
Paperback: $14.99, eBook: $4.99
Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC
Genre: YA Fantasy, 310 pages, ISBN: 978-1-943788-55-2.

Book blurb:

Princess Penelope has finally found a way to redeem her past mistakes—if only it didn’t require betraying her new fiancé.

Princess Penelope has been the object of gossip and ridicule ever since she returned home in disgrace following her failed engagement to the Crown Prince of Imperia. When her father offers a new start in a country far across the sea, she has no choice but to accept.

Even if it means another betrothal, this time to a total stranger.

Penelope arrives in Delunia determined to avoid bringing further shame upon her family. But her devoted, caring fiancé makes it harder to guard her heart than she anticipated, and rumors of dark magic haunt her with memories she’d rather keep buried far beneath her pristine exterior.

When a poverty-stricken village outside the palace gates looks to her as their hope for a brighter future, Penelope embraces the opportunity to make amends for her transgressions. But in order to help, she must manipulate her new fiancé, putting her reputation on the line once more. And her heart.

Can Penelope rise above the failures of her past, or will she forever be branded a traitor?

Purchase Link (L2L2 website): https://www.love2readlove2writepublishing.com/books/traitor/

Book Review

I have been eyeing this book for a while now and when I saw that L2L2 was accepting reviewers for this book I just HAD to sing up 🥰.

I don’t know where to start because this book is so so good! Traitor has honestly saved me from a book slump 😂😍. I was dying to read a fantasy book but I kept DNFing book after book because they weren’t making me feel that magical/ sweet/adventure-filled feeling I longed for….And then L2L2, like a magical pixie, came and blessed my Kindle app with this amazing book ✨✨

I loved it.

Let me explain. *cracks knuckles*

First of all, let me just say that I love my small Publishing houses and indie authors, but sometimes the editing or writing is not really ”there”, you know. I try to push through that and enjoy the story in itself but with Traitor, I was instantly obsessed with it. The writing style and the voice of the Author is amazing!!! The editing is top notch (I salute you L2L2 🥳)This book is literally a mix of everything a princess-forced marriage book should be. Sometimes it bugs me when authors skip the traveling or ”getting” there process in their plots to make things go, apparently, ”smoother”, but ohmyword, Laurie gives me all the deets and ahhhh! ✨perfection✨

I don’t want to talk about the plot so much because the less you know about it the better :) But it is completely clean and gorgeous (Have I already said that I LOVED Traitor? 😂💕) Also, that MC character arc is SO good! My feelings were at war at the beginning of the book and then 🥺🥺🥺🥺. And DELUNIA! AHH! Can someone take me there? It felt like I was in an exotic other world *sighs*

So, do I recommend it? OH YES. Traitor is a gorgeous coming of age book filled with adventure and sweet romance that will keep you riveted from beginning to end.

About the Author

Laurie Lucking loves hoarding books, singing at the top of her lungs, playing games that don’t involve too much strategy, and spending time with her husband and three energetic kids. A recovering attorney, she now spends her days as a stay-at-home mom and has discovered writing young adult romantic fantasy is way more fun than drafting contracts. Her fairy tale–inspired stories combine the excitement of discovering new worlds with the timeless enchantment of falling in love. Find out more about Laurie and her writing adventures at http://www.LaurieLucking.com.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.laurielucking.com
Blog: http://www.landsuncharted.com
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FB Reader’s Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/faithandfairytales

Facebook Launch Party Link (Thursday, April 29th, 8-10 PM EST): https://www.facebook.com/groups/l2l2bookreleaseparties

Traitor Blog Tour Schedule
(Monday, April 19th through Friday, April 30th)

In the Jaded Grove by Anela Deen book review

In the Jaded Grove by Anela Deen book review

Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for In the Jaded Grove by Anela Deen hosted by MTMC ToursThe Darkest Part of the Forest meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this gripping portal fantasy—where an injured pixie knight from a magical realm falls into the path of a poet from Michigan. Out on April 15th, 2021 from Fine Fables Press.

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In the Jaded Grove by Anela Deen 
Series: Kindred Realms #1 
Published by Fine Fables Press on March 31, 2021 
Genres: AdultFantasyNew Adult 
Pages: 333 
Format: KindlePaperback 
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Buy on Amazon 
Source: AuthorMTMC Tours 

I received this book for free from Author, MTMC Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Simith of Drifthorn is tired of war. After years of conflict between the Thistle court and the troll kingdom, even a pixie knight known for his bloodlust longs for peace. Hoping to secure a ceasefire, Simith arranges a meeting with the troll king—and is ambushed instead. Escape lies in the Jaded Grove, but the trees of the ancient Fae woodland aren’t what they seem, and in place of sanctuary, Simith tumbles through a doorway to another world.

Cutting through her neighbor’s sunflower farm in Skylark, Michigan, Jessa runs into a battle between creatures straight out of a fantasy novel. Only the blood is very real. When a lone fighter falls to his attackers, Jessa intervenes. She’s known too much death to stand idly by, but an act of kindness leads to consequences even a poet like her couldn’t imagine.

With their fates bound by magic, Simith and Jessa must keep the strife of his world from spilling into hers—except the war isn’t what it appears and neither are their enemies. Countless lives depend on whether they can face the truths of their pasts and untangle the web of lies around them. But grief casts long shadows, and even their deepening bond may not be enough to save them from its reach.

My Review:)

I have so many thoughts about this book! 🙃🌻 What I liked the most was the beautiful setting and the pixies and fae and all the sunflowerssss 🌻 🧡 I want a magical backyard with a portal pls!!! 🥰 
Anela’s writing is atmospheric and captivating! ✨ The MC was also very original! I love that she was Filipino and had a very unique personality (which I so so so appreciate in YA and NA books). Also, there are trolls in this book! ✌🏼😳✨ TROLLS and a portal….. 😳🌻
I think that the magic and the fairy aspect was what I liked most- that collision of a fantasy world and the human one was SO good! BUT, I’m even more impressed by @aneladeenwriting skills! The way she developed the story and build it up truly surprised me 😃. The fairy realm was magicallllllll! All the Alice in Wonderland vibes mashed up with Once Upon a Time! I loved ittttt! This was truly a very well written and engaging book :) 

Content for my clean read peeps : There are some semi descriptive kisses, some descriptive torture methods, some dirinking, a non descriptive same sex relationship/attraction between scondary characters, a couple times God’s name was taken in vain, some gorey scenes and violence.

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Amazon | Book’s Website | Goodreads!

ABOUT ANELA DEEN
A child of two cultures, this hapa haole Hawaiian girl is currently landlocked in the Midwest. After exploring the world for a chunk of years, she hunkered down in Minnesota and now fills her days with family, fiction, and the occasional snowstorm. With a house full of lovable toddlers, a three-legged cat, and one handsome Dutchman, she prowls the keyboard late at night while the minions sleep. Coffee? Nah, she prefers tea with a generous spoonful of sarcasm. Find her at

 Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter

Book Quote Graphics :)

Pre-order Campaign for In the Jaded Grove!

Author Anela Deen is also running an EPIC pre-order campaign, and best of all, it is open internationally!
Details and links are on her website here: https://bit.ly/3eWOmE2 but below are some highlights.

Anyone who pre-orders the book on Amazon OR suggests it as a library purchase – and fills out my Google form – receives a swag pack.

The swag pack includes: 

  • A 5×7 “In the Jaded Grove” Art Print (Exclusive design by Dreamy&Co)
  • 2 Bookish Stickers
  • 1 Double-Sided Bookmark
  • 1 Signed Author Bookplate

This is running until I run out of swag packs or until the end of April, whichever comes first.

INTL Tour-wide Instagram Giveaway!

Head over to our Instagram account where you can enter one of the following prizes:

1 Winner:

-A paperback copy of In the Jaded Grove
-A slim volume of selected poems by Emily Dickinson (the MC’s favorite poet) with gilt-edged pages
-1 Alice in Wonderland postcard (my favorite portal fantasy ) illustrated by @MarijkeIllustration

5 Winners:
– 1 Alice in Wonderland postcard illustrated by @MarijeIllustration

Tour Schedule:

April 12
@paperfury – Boostagram + Book Blog
April 13
@pixiecutsandprose – Bookstagram
April 14
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Book Blog
April 15
@theheavycrownreads – Bookstagram
April 16
@brenyandbooks – Bookstagram + Book Blog
April 17
@gcreads04 – Bookstagram
April 18
@thereadingchemist – Bookstagram + Book Blog
April 19
@readmeinpastel – Bookstagram
April 20
@my_heart_is_booked – Bookstagram + Book Blog
April 21
@dazzlingtragedy – Bookstagram

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