Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell #1) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born . . . and so begins every fairy tale ever told.

This is not that fairy tale.

There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosen.

And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell.

There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he’s bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First, there’s the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy’s untimely death . . . and also very fine cheese. Then there’s a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, the Dread Necromancer Steve, and a strange and wondrous journey to the most peculiar “happily ever after” that ever once-upon-a-time. 

Jan’s Review

If you enjoy the humor of Monty Python and fairy tales then this book will be right up your alley. The book is a light-hearted romp through fairy tales spun up roaringly on their heads. The cast of characters pretty much tells you this not meant to be a serious fantasy story. Yours supposed to laugh and shake your head as you read along.

The story takes place in the land of Pell, where an unlucky soon to bed dead farm boy lives. He sent on a quest to save a sleeping princess from a tower and an evil character who wants his heart. Then you have a bard without a tune in her heart but an adorable fuzzy tail, an assassin who is deathly afraid of chickens, and a mighty fighter who sports a chain-mail bikini. The group will also gain a trash-talking goat and dread necromancer named Steve. This not your normal fairy tale group but they will have a strange and wondrous journey through Pell to a fairy tale ending you will never see coming.

This is not my normal kind of story and it did take me a bit to get into it. You also have to realize that not everything in this book is there to support the plot. They are merely meant to be humorous and expand your knowledge of Pell. The funniest part I think is that the Dread Necromancer Steve is in no way an intricate part of the story but with the way the characters trash talk on him it makes you want to hate him just as much as the rest of the crazy cast does.

This is one of those books you have to pick up and give a chance and remember that it meant to be over the top and that it to be humorous and you should be laughing and shaking your head at the antics that are being portrayed on the pages. The next book is another story that based in Pell but this one will be about Gnomes and sure it will be just as funny as this one is. Pick this up as a fun read to get lost in and share the antics with your other Monty Python loving friends you won’t regret it.

Piper Prince (Forbidden Forest #2) by Amber Argyle (

Can you hear him? The beast is coming for you. 

Long ago, a curse fell upon the land—a curse of forgetting and wraiths, a curse that ensured no daughters were born to the pied pipers in over three centuries. The pipers were all that stood between humanity and utter destruction, so they did the only thing they could: they stole the daughters of the nearby kingdom with their hypnotizing melodies. With the sons born from those unions, they continued to defend against the wraiths and fight the curse, even though they were slowly losing. 

Larkin was one of those daughters. Stolen by Denan and married against her will, she found herself falling in love with the very man who had taken everything from her, the man who had made her a princess. Together, they discovered that she was the first woman in three centuries to possess the magic of the pipers, and therefore, the only person capable of breaking the ancient curse. 

But breaking the curse means unraveling the very past the curse is intent on keeping secret. The answer lies buried in the crypts of the Black Druids, men who consider Larkin a traitor they’ll kill on sight. Embedded in the intrigues of their court, she unearths a dark conspiracy destined to hasten the destructive power of the curse—a conspiracy aimed at destroying her piper prince.

Jan’s Review

A curse has ravaged the land forcing pipers who stand between humanity and the evil lurking in the forbidden forest to steal daughters to marry them. Our main character is one of those daughters and she forced to marry Denan. She fallen for this piper and is no longer enchanted and is truly in love with him. She has also been fated to be the one with magic to break the curse of the pipers.

This story has a lot going on in it, intense romance, fighting scenes and dark secrets that will be unraveled as you turn the pages. I was caught up once again in the sad story of the pipers who are forced to steal daughters to have someone to marry and produce more pipers with. The heartache that you feel as you read about all the suffering that is inflicted on the families who lose the daughters and the pipers who are trying to survive. The world is darkly inflicted by the wraiths who are controlled by black druids.

By the end of this second book of a 4 book series you really see Larkin come into her own as Deana wife. She manages to get the pipers’ wives to realize that they are not still enchanted and that they truly love the lives they have with the pipers. To the point where the most intense scenes are when they come up against their families and make a stand to stay and fight for the pipers.

I can’t wait to get book three as we end book two the fate of star crossed lovers is hanging by a thread. Will denan survive or will Larkin have to make the ultimate sacrifice and take his place? Pick p the Wraith King release date to be announced.

The Deepest Blue (Tales of Renthia) by Sarah Beth Durst

The natural magic of the classic The Island of the Blue Dolphinsmeets the danger and courage of The Hunger Games in this dazzling, intricate stand-alone fantasy novel set in award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst’s beloved world of Renthia.

Life is precious and precarious on the islands of Belene. Besieged by a capricious ocean full of malicious spirits, the people of the islands seek joy where they can. Mayara, one of the island’s fearless oyster divers, has found happiness in love. But on the day of her wedding to the artist Kelo, a spirit-driven storm hits the island with deadly force.

To save her loved ones, Mayara reveals a dangerous secret: she has the power to control the spirits. When the storm ends, she is taken into custody by the queen’s soldiers and imprisoned with other women like her.

They vary in age and social status, but to many they are heroes who will aide the country or witches that will sacrifice themselves trying. No matter who they are, the women are sent to a terrifying place—an island filled with bloodthirsty nature spirits, and left without food, water, shelter, or any tools except their own instincts and magic. Whoever survives the Island of Testing will be declared heirs to the queen. But no matter if she wins or loses, Mayara knows that the life she dreamed of is gone.

Jan’s Review

I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program

I not read the trilogy that this series is part of but it did make me curious enough to go pick those book as well. I definitely know i would not want to be a character that has power in this world. Your choices are try to survive on an island with evil spirits, along with 11 other girls who are trying to do the same thing. That part of the story reminded me a lot of hunger games or the show survivor.

Once we move pass the threat of surviving on the island then the real action of our story takes place. Our main character is driven by the loss of the love of her life and all she wants to go back to being a simple farm girl with her husband.

You spend the whole story wondering if the evil deep blue leviathans are real and how things are going to play out once the battle to be queen is waged. It a page turner of a story and i throughly enjoyed it.

A Blade So Black (A Blade So Black #1) by L.L. McKinney

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally. 

Jan’s Review

I really enjoyed this book, i listened to it as an audiobook and the person who read it totally made the story. The mom character reminded me of Nick mom from Sherrilyn Kenyon Chronicles of Nick series. The same concept happen in that one our main character is still in high school living with their parents but on the side they are out kicking demon but. The mom is sassy and tends to try to be understanding while majority of the story has no clue that their kid is out killing of nightmares/demons to save the world.

The added twist of the Alice in Wonderland theme to the story really cinched it for me. The main issue that did grate at me that i saw right at the beginning at the story was the race descriptions. I not sure if that was because of how the main character saw people or lack of descriptions for race from the author. Hatter is a great character and that ending is heart wrenching and i eager to read the rest of the series.

The Story Peddler (The Weaver Trilogy #1) by Lindsay A. Franklin

Selling stories is a deadly business

Tanwen doesn’t just tell stories—she weaves them into crystallized sculptures that sell for more than a few bits. But the only way to escape the control of her cruel mentor and claw her way from poverty is to set her sights on something grander: becoming Royal Storyteller to the king.

During her final story peddling tour, a tale of treason spills from her hands, threatening the king himself. Tanwen goes from peddler to prey as the king’s guard hunts her down . . . and they’re not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers she’s not the only outlaw in the empire. There’s a rebel group of weavers . . . and they’re after her too. 

Jan’s Review

Sometimes a book just has to sit and simmer for a bit before you pick it up cause you know that your going to just devour it. The Story Peddler is just that kind of book, the cover is eye catching, the blurb selling stories is a deadly business, and their secrets buried deep in the story. Also the sequel is coming out later this year so not much time to wait to sink your teeth into the rest of the story.

I the concept of weaving stories and have them be magical shown in strands of color shooting from your hands made for a very interesting magic system. Add in that the art of the story peddling is very controlled in the form of Crown Stories, stories that are approved by the king, better not let anyone be creative in this world. As our main heroine is unfolding these secrets and in turn her weird twist on the story peddler magic a whole group of peddlers exist as well. So she swept up in this political plot when her entire life she just want to spin stories for the king as the top story spinner and hopefully see the world at the same time.

The secrets and political intrigue of this novel are so on point, i did think when i first added this to my to be read list that it was a middle grade novel, but it definitely sits squarely in the young adult genre. It an amazing read and i can not wait for the sequel later this year.

The Memory Thief (City of Wishes #1) by Rachel Morgan

In a world of fae, vampires and shifters,
where wishes can be bought and bargained for,
fae royalty rule the land,
and the Godmother rules the illegal wish trade.
Elle is human, bound to her stepmother by a slave charm.
She cannot earn her freedom,
but she can wish for it.
If she pays the price the Godmother demands.

Jan’s Review

Totally love the cover for this first installment of this series. Unlike this author previous books this one is gonna be released in small installments that give you a nice chunk to read while you wait. In this first one we meet Elle a human living in a word full of fae and vampires. Humans are treated as lesser then and are enslaved to the other two races. They are enslaved since they are not known to have any true power. Elle is no different and she lives with her you guessed it her evil stepmother and her two step sisters. If you think you know how this story goes you really don’t. Elle has power that she is selling to save up enough essence to make a wish for her freedom.

Rachel has a way of drawing you in and you keep flipping the pages totally engrossed in the story. I did not even realize i was the end of this first part until i could not get my kindle to give me more story. I am eager for the next one and sure you will be to.

Spark by Sarah Beth Durst (Goodreads Author)

When a shy girl and her dragon-like companion discover their country’s idyllic weather comes at a steep—and secret—cost, they recruit fellow students to defy authority and attempt to spread the truth.

Storm beasts and their guardians create perfect weather every day, and Mina longs for a storm beast of her own. But when the gentle girl bonds with a lightning beast—a creature of fire and chaos—everyone’s certain it’s a mistake. Everyone but Mina and the beast himself, Pixit. Quickly enrolled in lightning school, Mina struggles to master a guardian’s skills, and she discovers that her country’s weather comes at a devastating cost—a cost powerful people wish to hide. Mina’s never been the type to speak out, but someone has to tell the truth, and, with Pixit’s help, she resolves to find a way to be heard. 

Jan’s Review

 ” I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program.”

I am for one am a dragon lover and truly enjoy it when i find a unique stand along that all about dragons and their human companions. I especially enjoy when their a few nice nuggets of truth and wisdom to be found in the story. I have read a few of this author middle grade novels and I found them all to be enjoyable. The writing is smooth and al the characters have depth and definition.

In this one we have a shy quiet girl who is not quite certain that she is bonded to the correct storm beasts. Mostly cause she not like any of the other children who are also lightening beast guardians. She very quite and reserved while the other lightening guardians are loud and very confident in their abilities. This is the first lesson of truth that found in this story. Your uniqueness is what makes you stand out among your peers. You should never try to change yourself to be like any one else. The second truth is that you don’t need others to believe in you (while that nice) you need to believe in yourself and hold tight to your dreams. Your the only one who can make them come true.

I love the whole concept of this story the storm beasts and how the children are the ones who are shaping the future of this country. The final lesson that I saw that was built very well into the story. Was not only do we need to think about how we treat those that are different but we also need to think about how our actions effect the world we live in. Weather it something small like recycling or something bigger like donating to help clean up the ocean. Our actions have a bigger effect then what we can see right in front of us.

I really wish their were more books as i can see a whole series about this land and all the various dragons. I also would like to see more of how things are changed from the events in this book. This is a fun book and a wonderful addition to any teacher classroom.