Shadow of the Forest

Shadow of the Forest

Shadow of the Forest by Emma Michaels

My Rating: 1 of 5 stars

Publication date: November 5th 2016

I got this beautiful book as an ARC through Xpresso Book Tours. It was…well, a disappointment.

This is a very short story, only about a 140 pages, and it still took me 2 weeks to read. My hopes were high, the synopsis made it sound really intriguing. I had hoped for a good, short read. What I got was a boring insight into the head of a boring girl.

This story could have been good, but the writing couldn’t bring it out. The writing is too philosophical, and I was often left confused. The writing style just didn’t explain a lot about what was going on, which was very frustrating in the first half of the book. Then the story became more stream lined, but sadly it couldn’t be saved.

Boring character + Writing not at all to my taste = Disaster

However, I did, and still do, like the cover very much! It is such a beautiful piece of art, and that was what first drew me to the book.

Everyone is dying to live in the Shadows of the Forest.

They gave me three rules to follow in exchange for my brother’s life:

  1. Do not enter the West Wing;
  2. Do not go outside after darkness falls; and
  3. There is only one exit; The Gates.

This is what happened when I broke them…


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A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception

32074234A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception by J.D. Woodson

My Rating: 1 of 5 stars

I got this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book was… weird. I have never read anything like it and I don’t think I ever will again.

The characters all sounded the same. The world left me confused. The story didn’t move anywhere for the first half of the book. I didn’t like the poetry/philosophy writing style.This book wasn’t at all up my alley.

I will leave the review like this and put this book behind me.

“Songstress Shanti’s final performance is no different than any other. Gazing into the mirror, the Songstress laments her faceless curse. To hide her unsightliness, she dons a beautiful mask. She knows she doesn’t belong in the darkness. Her desire is to live in a world of eternal light, to be seen for who she truly is.

An enigmatic man who calls himself Avidia beckons Shanti, claiming to know how to conceive the world of light sleeping inside of her, and escape her current world of darkness, Cauraaha. Avidia poses the question that will be the key to her desire, as well as an unresolved pain:

“What is your first memory?”

Reno, a gentle florist, has his own stigma, a translucent coil of thorns wrapped around his arm, draining him of life at the utterance of the word “Promise”. Hidden away in his heart is the knowledge of a past he doesn’t wish to face, one that connects to Shanti, Avidia, and her curse.

A dual narrative of introspection and self-discovery, A Space Between Worlds eloquently questions the truths of life and death, timeless bonds, and regret through lyrical imagination, philosophy, surrealism, and a journey through the unconscious mind.”

– Goodreads

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103288811Beastly by Alex Flinn

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I saw the cover of the second book and liked it. Now I’ve read the first and well, I did not like it.

This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but nothing like A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was like watching the Disney movie put straight into a modern setting, where Belle (Lindy) develops Stockholm Syndrome. There also were a lot of references to books and movies every girl is supposed to have read/seen – I’m not one of them. This has bugged me in other books as well. Where are the other girls who have read J.R.R. Tolkien? Maybe I’m the only girl who haven’t read Jane Eyre

Back to the book of this review! There were moments I really enjoyed, like comments about Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings (even tough the main character were taking down on people liking HP and LOTR).

I think I might have enjoyed this if I were younger. But as a 21 year old, this wasn’t my cup of tea.

“I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.”

– Goodreads