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Book Review: Amber Sky (C.O.I.L.S Of Copper and Brass Book 1) by Claire Warner

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Raven Press, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Science-Fiction/Dystopian/Steampunk

Plot: “You thought I did this out of the goodness of my heart?” He gave a short mirthless laugh. “Not a bit of it, this is going to be dangerous for me. What are you offering for my help?”

Beneath the Amber Sky, the nobility control the food, education, and the mysterious C.O.I.L.S of Copper and Brass. To Tay, struggling to keep her siblings alive, the ideas of rebellion and freedom are distant and unreachable.

But when her father is arrested, she begs Darius James, the son of the Overseer, to save his life. Darius agrees, but his help costs her a favour, one he can call in at any time.

Darius’ favour will bring her to the Palace, and the perfect position to help the growing rebellion. But the court has games beyond anything she has seen before, and Darius’ secrets will add to the danger.

Tay is now able to make a difference, to join the rebellion, find the C.O.I.L.S and discover the secrets of the Amber Sky. All she has to do is survive.


It’s official, I’ve begun my descent into madness and true unyielding despair.

Once again, I have made the mistake of requesting the first book in a series from Netgalley. I told myself I wouldn’t do it again, that I wouldn’t put myself through this immense torture. This bleak fantasy of happiness that only leaves me alone, irritable and sulky. But look at me now…Look at me! On the floor of all places, sobbing, flailing and screaming. Like a fish that was knocked out of its tiny fish bowl…or maybe it jumped out of sheer desperation to be away from those ridiculous plastic castles that have absolutely NO practical use.

Anyways, due to my idiocy in requesting to read this book, I am now left suffering in silence while I wait for book 2. Because holy s***, this series is going to be SO GREAT that it might kill me…with joy!

Set in a Dystopian/Steampunk world, Tay and her family are at the bottom of the totem pole. She is forced to abide by the laws put forth by the noble families; which include strict limitations on food, education, and job placements. But as the rebels fight to make a change, her father ends up getting arrested and being sent to the mines. Knowing that death is just a matter of time in the mines, Tay finds a noble by the name of Darius and pleads for his help. Surprisingly, Darius agrees to help Tay in exchange for a favor…a favor he will not tell her. Hesitantly she agrees, and from that moment on, her life is forever changed. The following days bring her into the homes of Noble families and eventually into the Palace, where she is forced by Darius to pretend to be his sister. But among these Nobles, nobody is safe. If any talk of rebellion is whispered, someone who sat next to you at dinner might just disappear. Tay fights to hide her true identity in order to help her father, while also assisting the rebellion in any way that she can.

Claire Warner did an AMAZING job with this story, and I am bouncing my leg nervously waiting for the next installment. For some reason I am EXTRA excited to write this review, and I think you will see why. Firstly, the characters. They have the perfect amount of description surrounding them, and I felt an immediate connection to our main characters upon first “meeting” them. Tay is a strong-willed and brave female character. The reader can feel her fear as she is forced to do countless illegal things to protect her family, but she does it and does it well. I’m so fond of the way she took on the role of Darius’s sister, she was SUCH a bad***. Not only does she smooth talk the prince into letting her live, but she makes countless friends among the nobles that we can assume are really on the rebel side.

Darius is an interesting character, and I knew I was going to love him right away. It’s the sarcastic one’s guys…I can’t help myself! Upon our first meeting of him, he is pompous and arrogant. I was expecting him to deny Tay right on the spot, but he didn’t! He agrees to help her father be transferred, but requests a favor in return that is less than easy. I found the character of Darius to be an entertaining and caring person, he isn’t at all what the reader expects him to be. ALSO, I think we can all agree that we saw that romance coming. I mean…come on…*Ding Ding* wedding bells! Though I end up favoring his character, I can’t help but feel a bit of sorrow for Tay. She is used and made a pawn in countless games, and it all feels a bit ruthless.

Apart from the characters, this story is KILLER! It’s packed with princesses and royalty, wedding gowns and dances, and even a few explosions and attempted murders. What more could we ask for?! Tay is swept into a world that she had only heard rumors about, and I must say…the girl does a wonderful job of faking it. Though things seem fancy and copacetic between the nobles, underneath it all…they are all on guard. If anyone even mutters a word or rebellion or coils, they suddenly disappear or lose their rank. These people aren’t screwing around guys, it’s serious stuff! My ONLY complaint is that I had some trouble keeping up with this “C.O.I.L.S.” explanation. I think the author could have delved a bit deeper into this, but I’m wondering if that is being saved for book 2? Hopefully. We know that the coils will be the key to the rebels taking control, but WHAT do they do exactly? It’s all very hush hush, and I need more.

To conclude, guys…you need to read this! I LOVED it. I know it sucks having to wait for the next few books and you sometimes forget what happens, but that’s just more reason to read it over again. It’s THAT good. It will keep you hooked and entertained, and you will lose yourself in this fantasy/dystopian world. Trust me, have I ever let you down?

(Don’t answer that)




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HATRED DAY (Volume 1) by T.S. Pettibone

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Chrysanthalix Press, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Genre: YA/Dystopian/Science-fiction/Fantasy

Plot: In the year 2052, it’s not love but hate that unites the world.

Humanity is unified against the Inborns, an extraterrestrial species with godlike intelligence and abilities whose arrival on earth caused an environmental and biological crisis.

Enslaved and despised even by her own Inbornkind, 18-year-old Snofrid reawakens to the world after having her memories stolen and is certain of only one thing: she will do anything to ensure her freedom. But her resolution is soon tested when the son of a high-ranking human official is murdered and her home city becomes the center of the interspecies war, one that might see the Inborns purged. Desperate to find a way out of the city for herself and her family, Snofrid risks making a deal with the manipulative Inborn Commander, Hadrian, and his brutal cadre of soldiers. Her task is simple: take part in a historic hunt that will bring wealth and fame to all who survive. Unfortunately, Snofrid’s role is one in which survival is rarely seen–the bait.

Opinion: First, take a moment to appreciate that cover. It’s damn swoon-worthy. The dark side of me that has a pitch black soul is tingling guys, tingling.

As I write this, I am literally having a side conversation with a fellow book nerd on Bookstagram about how incredibly disheartening and frustrating it is to fall in love with a book, finish said book, and then realize that there is a SECOND book…but it doesn’t come out until next year.

I mean…really? Are you guys purposefully trying to pour miniature hand grenades down my throat in the hopes that my heart and soul will either implode or explode?!? It feels as if microscopic nuclear bombs have entered my body and they are seeking out every aspect of myself that is happy and content…and they’re just BLOWING IT ALL UP! Mark my words, authors will be the death of me.

Due to the book description being fairly self-explanatory, I am not going to be giving my own little explanation of what happens. There is so much that goes on in this book, and frankly it is confusing my brain just trying to figure out how to explain it all. In regards to that, I would like to touch on the fact that this book can be hard to grasp at first. Our two authors, twin sisters Brittany and Nicole Pettibone, have created a wonderful and elaborate world for us readers to get lost in and obsessed with. The reason this story can get confusing in the first half is because the reader is being introduced to A LOT of things. With all the lingo and strange names being thrown at the reader and barely explained, it gets hard to keep up with what is happening. I found myself finding it hard to differentiate the characters at first; as well as, understanding what creatures did what and what certain names for things meant. For how elaborate this world they created was, I think this book should have been way longer so that they could have explained things better to the reader.

Now don’t let this scare you away from reading, because I certainly hope it doesn’t. You can honestly get through the first half of this book having a vague understanding of what a swangunner is or what kind of beast Snofrid is talking about. By the time you hit about 40% of this book, be prepared to skip out on any plans you might have made for the rest of the day. This is where you will get HOOKED. As soon as Snofrid comes in contact with that Mania Mirror and gets back most of her memories, you fall head first into being seriously in love with this story. This is where the reader connects to the main character, Snofrid, and where we truly understand EVERYTHING (or mostly everything) that is going on in this maze of a story. I felt such an immense connection to Snofrid as I was being carried through her childhood and upbringing, and I was able to understand this world as Snofrid did. Maybe this was a purposeful move made by the authors, maybe it wasn’t. Whatever the case may be, keeping me confused and then blowing my mind completely worked.

This is also about where the reader falls in love with Lycidious, because trust me darlings…you will. To my readers that will read any book that will give them another “book boyfriend”, look no further. This kid is a serious bad boy, and he will without a doubt put every other bad boy to shame. Lycidious is lethal, dangerous, and on the border of being downright psychotic. He is the shadow or protector of Snofrid who is a half-breed, which means that a lot of people want her dead.  Lycidious will basically do anything to keep her safe as it is what he swore to do, and yes readers, that means he will kill for this girl in the most brutal and graphic ways. Yep, murder. *Sigh*…oh how all the girls swoon!

Basically, I think I have found a new favorite series. I just can’t get over how imaginative and cutthroat this story is, and it never ceases to amaze me. There is a fantastic amount of detail put into this story, and the idea behind it all is extremely unique. I will be waiting patiently for book 2, Verdict Day, and HOPEFULLY it will be released early next year. GO GET THIS BOOK READERS, you will not be disappointed.

4 Stars


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READERS, READERS, READERS!! The Stolen Child by Peter Brunton was released on today in Kindle formatting for $2.99! I have posted the links below for purchase, as well as a link to the Exiled Series website where you can find an even deeper description on this story.

I just started this book and it is proving to be truly amazing. I should have a review up in the next few days, so look out for it! 🙂

There are roads that are not on any map. There are worlds beyond our own, where cities hang between the clouds and Guildships sail on steam and lightning.

There is a girl living on the streets of London, hunted by ruthless mercenaries and a boy made of shadows and smoke.

There is a place beyond the furthest edge of the Dreaming, where the Lady of The Falling Leaves is calling her home.

And there is a secret, buried in the heart of Rachael’s city, that will change our world forever. – US Readers – The Stolen Child (Exiles Book 1) – UK Readers – The Stolen Child (Exiles Book 1) – Canadian Readers – The Stolen Child (Exiles Book 1)



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His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind. 

Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram’s father brings his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same. Vikram thinks things will be better now that he’s gone. He’s met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered. Now, his family’s life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them. From the bestselling dystopian fiction author with over 200 reviews and ratings of her dystopia books across Goodreads, Amazon and other retailers. 

If you’re looking for books like Hunger Games, then this dystopia romance series, The Ruby Iyer Series is it.

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The Ruby Iyer Series—by Laxmi Hariharan
Clad uniformly in jeans, hoodies and baseball hats, the boys look pretty slick. Tenzin wears a brand new Lacquer jersey, another gift among the many he receives from home on a weekly basis. Me—I like my faded old leather bomber jacket. My concession to fitting in with the boys is my very own pair of Wu-Tang jeans. There’s just something badass about them. It’s a brand I am going to stick to, especially in the more trying times of my life ahead.
Not that you’d know it that day, as the five of us swagger up the strip in the town centre. It’s August, just a few months into the start of the school year. The sun is just beginning its descent, and the shop lights twinkle on, one by one. We perch at the gang’s customary spot. It’s a bench at the edge of the mall. If you look down you can see the rest of the town spread out one way. Look the other direction and the entire mall spreads out before you. More importantly, you can see every single girl who walks by. It also gives them a clear view to check us out. 
“So remember, stay cool. Don’t give these girls the time of the day,” Tenzin lectures as I take in the scene. “Especially this girl, Miriam—Mirri—boy, I so want to get into her pants. But, you know, got to act all casual around them. Let them come to you, know what I mean?”
“The Italians call this passeggiata,” I say to Tenzin, as I stand next to him at the bench.
The others sprawl in various poses, meant to convey casual disregard of their surroundings. All of them have a lit cigarette that they puff at. Tenzin offers me one, which I refuse. “What the fuck is passe … passage … dude?”
“It’s an Italian tradition,” I say. “A gentle stroll in the evening through the town centre—for which you are meant to dress up, of course—and then you walk through the piazza, to see and be seen.”
“Yeah, whatever, man.” Tenzin puffs away on his cigarette, coughing a little. “You going to Italy or something?”
“Nope, Oxford probably. It’s just … this reminds me of a passeggiata, Indian-style.”
“Dude,” he taps me on my forehead, “all that studying is frying your brains. You need to get out more often. Check out the girls … know what I mean?”
“Hmm! You need both brains and muscles … dude.” I grin, but I know what he means. The flame I’ve been carrying for Ash has died a natural death, but it’s left me with a bitter aftertaste. No, I don’t think I am headed anywhere near girls anywhere soon. I might look at them, but that’s about it for now. 
“Hey, Tinny!” A girl in mini skirt, boots over her knees, leather jacket zipped up to enhance the thrust of her breasts, approaches us. 
“Tinny?” Did she really call him that? I chuckle. Once. Before wiping all expression off my face. 
“Hey, Mirri,” Tenzin nods. He’s playing it super cool, but his body is wound tight; he is almost vibrating in anticipation, hoping to speak with her.
“Who’s your friend here?” She nods at me.
I raise an eyebrow at her and almost choke at the surprise on Tenzin’s face. Apparently she’s interested in me. The rest of the boys are watching us, too distracted to smoke now.
“Ah, my friend, Vik. Vik, meet Mirri.” 
I nod, unsure what to do next. Then I put out my hand, and when she places her smaller palm in mine, I kiss it. “Enchanted,” I say.
The boys around me chuckle. But Miriam takes no heed. Taking a step forward, she looks up and her eyes round with interest. Curling a strand of hair around her forefinger, she asks, “So, you want to go see a movie?”
Charm. It definitely gets you everywhere.

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About the origins of Ruby Iyer:

up in Bombay, my daily commute to university was inevitably nightmarish. It’s
just how public transport is here. The man behind you on the bus will brush up
against you. You know you are going to be felt up on a crowded train platform.
All you can do is accept it and get on. Or so you think. I did too, until, a
young photojournalist was raped in the centre of Bombay in broad daylight.  It made me furious. Nothing had changed in
this city in all these years. Then, I had a vision of this young girl who would
not back down; who would follow her instincts, stand up for herself regardless
of consequences.  Thus Ruby Iyer was
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her best friend is kidnapped, Ruby will stop at nothing to rescue him.
Criminals run the streets of Bombay. Jam-packed
with the worst degenerates. The city is a shell of the pride and joy it used to
be. Ruby knows something must be
done, but it isn’t until her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr
Braganza that she knows that she and she alone must save city, save her best
friend, save the world from total destruction. Armed only with Vikram, a
cop-turned-rogue they are about to embark on a road they may never return from. If you’re looking for fast-paced books
like Hunger Games or dystopia fiction like Angelfall,
the Ruby Iyer series is perfect for you. 

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About the Author:

She almost died. But when dystopia romance author Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of dystopian romance series, RUBY IYER SERIES (The MANY LIVES OF VIKRAM ROY – FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards, the bestselling The RUBY IYER DIARIES , The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY, The SECOND LIFE OF RUBY IYER & VIKRAM ROY, PANKY’s FIRST LIFE), and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner, The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). If you’re looking for books like Divergent and Angelfall, you’ll love the RUBY IYER SERIES.

Laxmi writes books similar to Hunger Games while listening to electronica & progressive rock, and downing innumerable cups of extra sweet ginger-chai. She is also an avid photographer of street art and believes she was a tree — a redwood — in her past life. London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination. 

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HAVEN by KM Hager

51aS7W2sNBL._AA160_ Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Raven PA for an honest review.

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Utopian

Similar Writings: The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.


What if, the world never ended? What if, the great war of 2022 was all a lie? What if, there’s a world out there hiding a much darker secret? When Evelyn Pierce the last remaining royal in the world, is confronted with the truth about Haven, the small cluster of islands that she calls home is in fact a smoke screen for something much darker. Evelyn will find that the truth is much more sinister than the lies she has been told. Aiden has spent his whole life watching and observing Evelyn, and now the day has come for him to leave his home and travel to the secluded islands of Haven, but Aiden only has one mission and that’s to get Evelyn Pierce away from Haven, but how do you rescue someone that doesn’t even know they need rescuing?

Opinion: This is definitely a book that I can see turning into a big time movie. I am a big fan of the Utopian and Dystopian genre of books, so this read was really perfect for me. It had everything that was necessary to make an enjoyable Utopian book: a seemingly perfect society created after a brutal war, a female protagonist of royal blood with no knowledge of the corruption that her world is ruled by, and a hero who fights to leave and destroy the illusion that is called Haven.

Evelyn Pierce is the last remaining royal in the world, and lives on a set of islands called Haven in the year 2074. Evelyn has been lead to believe that the great war of 2022 killed off most of the human race and that out of the wreckage, Haven was built by a new government (The Fellowship) that promised to keep everyone safe. On Haven there is no crime or treachery, and all of its citizens are equal and well taken care of, or so Evelyn thinks. In reality, there is a world outside of Haven that Evelyn has been told doesn’t exist. After being kidnapped from a young man named Aiden, Evelyn starts to find out the truth about Haven and about her life.

Like I said above, I can really see this turning into a great film series. The storyline kept surprising me throughout this read, in the sense that it kept turning out to be something different then what I was initially expecting. I went into this read expecting a Utopian story that was similar to The Giver or The Hunger Games, in a way that the main characters have been lied to and that there is much more going on then what has been put before them. This book has LAYERS though. At first the reader experiences a sheltered protagonist living in a Utopian society, but then we find that it is all just one big social experiment to see how social classes live separately, but THEN you find out that the entire world is not only still existing…but that Evelyn’s life has been closely documented by the government her entire life (I won’t give away why, no spoilers!). The story is great, apart from grammatical errors and misspellings throughout the book. I will admit that it gets VERY hard to read at times when there is no “s” at the end of a word that should be plural, or when ending quotations are not inserted at the end of dialogue. But it becomes less noticeable as you read on, so do not fret.

Another small issue I had was how all of these characters were so gullible! Over and over I saw all of the main characters somehow “knowing” that another character was telling the truth. The same line of “knew she was speaking the truth” or “knew what he was saying was the truth” was repeated by Aiden, Evelyn, and even Harrison. How, may I ask, do these characters just KNOW? Haven must have installed lie detectors in everyone’s brains huh? .Sarcasm.

Harrison Dickson, the unruly antagonist. Harrison is arrogant, charming, gorgeous, ruthless, and power driven (you know the type), and wants to marry Evelyn so that he can rule over Haven. I personally found Harrison to be very wishy-washy throughout this story. The basis of his character is to be greedy, heartless and dangerous, but I kept seeing him start to care for things that I could not see him caring for. I mean let’s be honest here, a man that murders his girlfriend’s when they become “a problem” and expressing his lack of emotions should NOT be JEALOUS if Evelyn has another love interest. If anything he should be worried that he will not be in power. I think this character could have been made to be much more sinister and dark, which I think would have brought on much more issues for Evelyn. Seeing as how there is a bit of romance brewing between our heroes Evelyn and Aiden, I found it REFRESHING that the author did not base this story around their relationship. There are WAY too many books that have a plot and story-line that are amazing, but have then been ruined by a dramatic romance…Yes, again, I am looking at you Twilight. So THANK YOU KM Hager, for not ruining this amazing book with that nonsense 😉

Overall, I really enjoyed this read and if you like Utopian/Dystopian books then you should definitely give this a try. 4 Stars612B40E9C1CD2F68AD9B9A8097CED4FF


Hey there blog world!

My name is Jenaca and I am brand new to blogging and to reviewing books. I wanted to start a blog to help people find books they are either thinking about buying, or haven’t even discovered yet. I am ALWAYS looking for a new and exciting read, a story that will completely grab me by my frizzy head and scream “READ ME, I AM SO ADDICTING!” There is nothing better than wasting your day stuffing your face into a story and forgetting all about reality. So here I am, helping the world become book worms and spreading the word of authors I don’t even know…because I care. 😉

My main genre of books: Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult, Dystopian, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Cookbooks, Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller, Romance. I am open to other genres as well.