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review 2018-04-24 06:37
Widow of Papina - Katie Hamstead Widow of Papina - Katie Hamstead

 

Braydon and Forrest had the made-for-each-other romance/relationship that others envied. Happily married, Forrest had just been hired at his dream job of helping at-risk teens on the Reservation. The couple had just bought their dream house in small town Papina and their first child born shortly there after. One of the Native American girl, Nova, Forrest was mentoring had had a very troubled life and had an obvious crush on Forrest-- the only nice man she had ever known. One day, while trying to help her, Forrest is tragically murdered. Everyone except Braydon believes the girl with the troubled past is responsible. Braydon takes the girl in and tries to finish the job her husband started with her while trying to deal with her own grief and support their infant son. The sheriff, Paul Davis, feel bad for all that Braydon has on her plate and tries to help. The investigation drags on as Nova won't speak due to trauma from whatever she had witnessed and ends up going to court for the murder of Forrest... I won't say anymore so as not to spoil anything for anyone.


I enjoyed this book-- it was good with plenty of suspense and I could easily identify with many of the characters-- they were very relatable. The book easily had my attention as I wanted to see what would happen with Braydon-- would she overcome her grief? would she be able to move on and find love again? Could she help Nova find her voice again and find out what happened to Forrest? Would Forrest's killer be found and he finally get justice? I would have given it 5 stars, but I felt some of the scenes/dramatics were a bit drawn out-- but not often and not enough to throw me off from reading it. All in all I though The Widow of Papina was a fine book with a good story and lovers of romance and/or suspense should be equally satisfied with it. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review-- thank you!

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review 2017-04-11 08:00
Myths Of Mish
Myths of Mish (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles Book 2) - Katie Hamstead

This second installment in the Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles features different characters from The Princess of Tyrone, which I was looking forward to. Meet Hansel and Gretel, ten years after the events in the well known fairytale.

Please let me introduce to you my theory: the real villain in this book is no-one less than: Hansel himself. He's an ass. Acts like an ass for the entire book and I'm supposed to cheer for him? No thank you.

As it might have become clear, I didn't like Hansel as the main character. The other characters only filled the background in my experience. The space travel and the other stories fitted better in this one, since it was not - as far as I could tell - a retelling, but Hansel ruined what could have been a nice story. It felt a bit like there were too many things the author tried to fit into the story, but otherwise I liked it better.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-04-10 08:00
Princess of Tyrone
Princess of Tyrone: Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles, Book One - Katie Hamstead

I'd initially missed out on Princess of Tyrone, but with Myths of Mish coming, I decided to give it a try. I'm a bit picky when it comes to fairy tale retellings, so please bear with me.

Young Appoline doesn't know anything besides her life in a small cottage in the woods, almost hidden away, raised by her three fairy godmothers (who for the record, are almost as cringeworthy as the ones from the movie Maleficent, and make her recite fairy tales at random). Either way, since there is space travel in this universe, she meets a young prince pretending (but utterly failing) to pass as a commoner. They spend most of the book wondering about their respective matches, as both have been betrothed since birth, as of course, all commoners are. The rest, as they say, doesn't really come as a surprise for the reader.

I wasn't sure what to expect, and I can't really say whether or not I found it with Princess of Tyrone. While it certainly was a quick and easy read, I kept thinking to myself that it was all a little bit too obvious. There was no real surprise, everything fitted together a bit too well for my taste. Also, the space travel and general fairy tale mix up was a nice touch but didn't seem to add to the story really. I hope Myths of Mish will be more up my alley.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-05-11 23:17
Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead
Princess of Tyrone: Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles, Book One - Katie Hamstead

I had a few problems with this book. It was very predictable and boring at times. It stayed way too true to the original fairy tale that it is a twist of. I wish that the author would have done something more with it than just make it in space. The main character seemed way to perfect to me. Her flaws were practically nonexistent. I also didn't like how perfectly everything ended up. Everything just fell into place and there was barely any complexity in the solution.
I received this book for review from net galley

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review 2014-01-12 01:21
Now, *this* is how I like my history.
KIYA: Mother of a King - Katie Hamstead

4.5

 

*Book source ~ Many thanks to Curiosity Quills for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

At the behest of her husband the Pharaoh Queen Kiya has fled Armana with her children and the daughter of another wife who died protecting her. With only the Hebrew guard Malachi to protect them the journey is perilous as they need to stay off the well-traveled roads and cross the desert to Thebes. Queen Nefertiti and her father Ay will do anything to make sure Kiya and her son Tut, the true heir to the throne, ends up dead. Kiya and crew must make it to her family and stay hidden until the death of the sickly Pharaoh and Tut is old enough to rule. Life in the royal family in ancient Egypt is dangerous and treacherous, but with Malachi and her family as protectors outside of Armana and Commander Horemheb as a protector inside Kiya is determined to persevere for her son’s sake.

 

There is a lot that goes on in this book. It’s well-written, the characters are great and the plot is believable for the time period. I know it’s historical and that people married young back in the day. I mean, way waaaaaay back in the day, but a nine-year-old boy marrying a 20-year-old woman is ewwwww. Of course, that’s nowhere near as bad as a father marrying his daughter, but it’s still hard to read about and not want to call the police. What were these people thinking back then?!

 

Anyway, why anyone would want to be the Pharaoh and be in constant danger of assassination, backstabbing and deceitful machinations is way beyond me. Is the power of the throne that great of a compensation? Poor Tut doesn’t have a choice. He’s definitely, even at nine, better than Smenkhkare or Ay though. The story of Kiya and Tut is very creative and since I never really liked history, much more exciting for me to learn than anything that is actually out there about them. Which isn’t a whole lot.  I’m looking forward to the conclusion.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/01/friday-featured-spotlight-curiosity.html
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