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review 2017-01-14 18:32
Book Review: Entwined
Entwined - Heather Dixon

Book: Entwined

 

Author: Heather Dixon 

 

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/Fairy-tale Retelling/Family

 

Summary: Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her - beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing - it's taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation. Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.- Greenwillow Books, 2011.

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text 2016-12-24 07:05
Book Blitz – Entwined Souls
 
 
Book Blitz:
Entwined Souls
by
Michele Gantz
Dec 19th - Dec 24th
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Amia Grace has always escaped into the abandoned graveyard to write, no clue why she’s drawn here of all places. Lately, it’s the only place that the feeling of being watched doesn’t overwhelm her. Everything in her life on track, until she meets Gage McGavin.

There’s something about him that creates a riot of emotions

that Amia can’t quite place her finger on.

One moment she wants him, the next she wants to run scared.

Gage only wants Amia for one reason. Her power. He knows that she’s more than just a writer. More than just a girl. She’s the future, and he plans on controlling that.

Until his brother enters the picture. Hunter has a goal of his own. Amia will be his.

What do you do when your soul isn't completely your own?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
      
 
 

Kitty's Book Spot! Author Interview, with Author Michele Gantz:

 
1. What was your favorite childhood book to read?
My favorite books as a child was The Boxcar Kids books. I read them all!!!
 
 
2. Is there a different genre that you hope to write one day?
I tend to love all genres, right now I'm working on a new adult/erotica book along with a dark serial killer!!
 
 
3. Do you write to music or make playlists for your books?
I don't make play lists really, as I tend to write to what puts me in the mood. Such as with Entwined Souls, seeing as Hunter was inspired by Dean Winchester from Supernatural, I watched hours upon hours of Supernatural while writing!
 
 
4. What do you hope readers will take away from your story?
Entwined Souls was a love story from the beginning. This story, for me, is about how love can truly over come anything and how true love can make you a better person.
 
 
5. Is there anything you are willing to share with our readers (something no one knows about you, yet?)
Hmm, let's see. I'm a debut so most people know nothing about me lol! Let's go with this, I love love love writing sex scenes. I've been told their my strongest skill.
 
 
6. What will you be doing for the Christmas holiday season? Do you have any traditions you keep?
We have a huge Italian dinner on Christmas, lasagna, ziti, garlic bread, shrimp scampi (I'm making myself hungry) on Christmas and I love it. In addition to that, we always leave Santa eggnog vs. Milk on Christmas cause we figure he needs a new drink lol!!!
 
 
 
 
 
In my time on this Earth, I have always been intrigued by the written word. As a child, I was always a strong reader. As I grew older, I found other hobbies, that was until I was introduced to Edward Cullen, yes, I was a Twihard! I loved the Twilight Saga very much and opened my eyes back to the Young Adult book world. I was ravenous again, reading any YA book I could get my hands on.This eventually lead to the inevitable right? Fifty Shades of Grey entered my world, and while I, like many, enjoyed it. But I was left thinking, wow, the romance genre really has changed, and I like it!! I began paging through Amazon desperately searching for books. Then I discovered book blogs and my world was done. I eventually became a reviewer for a blog, and couldn’t have been more thrilled. I discovered a love within myself for dark, dangerous antiheroes that could be found within the pages of books. This amazing indie book world introduced me to some of my now best friends, opened my eyes to amazing authors, and has turned into a career that I know love. After reviewing for another blog and helping with blogging duties, I craved running my own blog, and with the help of some of the most amazing women, we created #Minxes Love Books. Silly name as it may seem, we had fallen in love with Jaimie Roberts writing, and we were known for creating funny hashtags in her street team. She began calling us her #Minxes, so we KNEW when we started a blog, that it just had to be that! We have grown a following and love what we do!! Now, join me as I enter into the world of authorship. I honestly cannot wait to share this story as these characters have been screaming in my head for years for me to tell their story.
 
 
 
   
   
 
 
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review 2016-11-10 19:24
Entwined with You - Sylvia Day

Entwined with you  by  Sylvia Day and Jill Redfield
Have read other works by the author and enjoyed them. This one has a lot more sex than storyline.
It's on fire throughout the book. Ava and Gideon are together and at times it's like reading 50 shades, very erotic, very detailed.
Like storyline but the sex gets in the way too often. They both work in NY and her father finds out about a past incident that her mother had tried to keep from the ex husband-Ava's father.
It comes to light now and others are on her tail so that part of the book is interesting as we find out more details and what is being done to safeguard her.
Wow surprising ending....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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review 2016-08-21 16:23
Audio Book Review: Queen Mab
Queen Mab: A Tale Entwined with William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet - Kate Danley, 'William Shakespeare'

*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.

The ruse to distract Queen Mab and away from her home to steal a sacred magical bull, creates a centuries long feud between Mab and Faunus. Each powerful being has picked a wealthy house, Montague or Capulet to continue the battle offering their protection, but one House will fall while the other rises. Mab is caught in meddling in the human world and punished for it, until she is touched by love like she tried to ruin. After centuries of competition between Mab and Faunus, which separated the two houses that were once dearer than blood relations to each other, Faunus suggests one last go. For all the power Mab has lost, to walk in daylight one again. Each must find a champion, but love gets in the way.

Okay, the first thing I noticed as I listened to the first words of the story, the seductive voice of Julian. *sigh* His accent and flow of his rhythmic tone had me at the first sentence. He uses his breath with the words to draw me to the feeling of the romance present with the characters. Good gracious! I wanted to listen to him for ever! Okay, the quality of the audio - it's splendid. It was clear and clean, nothing to distract for his amazing voice. Julian also did slight differences for the characters that indicated their emotions and personality as he spoke for them.

I do enjoy the poetic flow of descriptions written by Kate. It's similar to Shakespearian and, as the fairy descriptions do, has a unique feel to drawing images in our minds. Even what they do in action has a hidden meaning to get to what they want. And the fairy beings have centuries to wait for what they truly want, as they are immortal. And that the do here.

In the beginning things feel simple, the fae and their mischievous ways and Mab reck her revenge on those involved. Easy to understand and follow, which gives us the grace time to slip into thinking used to the speak of poetic words. We get the history and important events leading up to the big show of what happens with Romeo and Juliet. Bringing us the details from a few different POV's that tells what the characters are working toward, what they desire in doing all they've done. We mostly get the POV of Mab, but we do slip to Juno's head as well as Faunus too.

Oh, even Queen Mab has an equal out there that puts her in her place. Mab is not the only powerful being in the realm. Learning this in the story, we see Mab suffer from coming toe to toe with another powerful being. And there are lessons to be learned. In the fairy way, things twist and turn to bring those involved to do opposite what they thought they would do. There is always one pinning for power, and will do anything for it.

For what do the fairy of old compete over? Power? Affection? It seems that love is at the root of all, to feel or not feel love. But, the question is who was scorned deepest, as it seems several are seething to get revenge for the lack of love in their live. Love seems to be one emotion to easily manipulate to get what you want, yet you stand the chance of losing to love as well, which can be good and bad and what Mab learns here.

I found I was tearing up at one death. Saddened for the lose of life and the lose of a love that was finally felt. In the end, Kate's words and Julian's voice brought pools to my eyes, all works in my heart with the way this ends. Kate has done a splendid job of mixing what Shakespeare created with Romeo and Juliet and Queen Mab with her own story involving Queen Mab and the reason she's the way she is. I thoroughly enjoyed the story while I listened to it.

When I finished this story, I thought this could be one that young adults could listen/read as well. There was no terrible language or overly intimate scenes. It's about finding love. This could easily be read/listened to by all ages.

Who was the true player of these games? In the end I wonder if it wasn't Juno, who knew all needed to learn lessons and come to who they are. I would gladly listen to this story again, not only for Julian's voice but also for hearing the twists to the story as I would now know how it ends and could pick up some smaller details in the wavy road we take.

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review 2016-03-18 00:00
Entwined
Entwined - Heather Dixon Zzzzzz was for most of the loooong story. Granted, I am not a fan of the fairy tale (Twelve Princess Dancing) but I've read another retelling book that was fantastic ([b:The Princess Curse|9588207|The Princess Curse|Merrie Haskell|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1299897431s/9588207.jpg|14475179]) and well, why not? It could work again. But not with this book. How much can you tell about this story, to drag it for hundreds of pages?

If I could get a penny for every "The King sucked in his cheeks"; "her yellow-green eyes", and "her auburn hair" that we find in this book, I would be a millionaire. Instead, I have a sort of ache in my cheeks (every time I was reading that the King sucked in his cheeks, I tried to do the same... and since he does it the whole book, my cheeks hurt).

Azalea, the oldest of the 12 princesses, is another Mary Sue. All her sisters love her dearly, they can't be without her. She is nice, she can dance, she is the best daughter, the most princessely princess. While in the original story the sisters have a curse that make them dance every night, in this book the girls choose to dance every night. They certainly didn't have anything better to do, poor girls. They couldn't leave their castle. They barely open a book. If you are wondering, Azalea is around 17 I guess. The youngest is months old only, but she goes to the Underworld as well (and also her sisters that have 2, 4, etc.) to... err, dance? All of them need sleepers and when they are lack of them, they dance in their boots, which result in blisters. Yes, even in the little ones. All the princesses want to do is dance, and have new dresses and new sleepers. And yes, seems like even the little ones (the babies!).

The girls have stupid names that go from A to L: Bramble, Clover, etc. At least they have their own personality that makes the reader remember more or less who is who. Ok, not all of them but at least a third of them. The Mary Sue, the pretty shy one who goes into rage once in a while, the rude one that is supposed to be rebellious instead, the twins, and the baby. Err, that's it. The others were... errr, F, G, H... errr, and all with, auburn hair?

So the story (and me reading it) goes like this:

The beginning was ZZZZZZZ.

The romance: **snoring**

Going to the forest and meeting The Keeper: **slowly opening my eyes**

Trying to break the curse: **snooze**

Other love interests (for the other sisters): **peeking**

More dancing and tantrums to their father, the King: ZZZZZZZ

The girls getting closer to their father: **slowly opening my eyes**

Azalea trying on her own to defeat the bad guy: **snoring**

The end: **eyes wide open**

So basically, the best thing about this book is not the fantasy side (magic? meh, almost nothing), nor the romantic part (boring), nor the adventure part (which there isn't). More like, it is the bond between the sisters (sometimes corny, but nice towards the end) and eventually, the bond they form with their father (who stops sucking in his cheeks, btw, hahaha).

So, not trying to be unfair, I give this book a 1.5. It is not BAD book, but a BORING one, with not enough MAGIC.
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