Mayhem Book Review

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is still surviving in this pandemic, which needs to get out of my life. I can’t take it anymore. But let’s move on before I jump on a rant. 

So the only thing that has helped me survive this world’s craziness is books. No surprise there, but it is nice when someone from the St. Martin’s Press reached out about participating in a lovely blog tour to help share a wonderful story with the world! I saw this as a blessed opportunity to help share another author’s story with the world, and boy, do I have a wonderful book for you!

Estelle Laure creates a thrilling, emotional, and enticing world in her book Mayhem. It follows the story of Mayhem Brayburn, a young woman who has lived her entire life in fear. She has watched her step-father beat her mother time and time again, unable to help her. Nothing changes until Lyle lay his hands of Mayhem herself, does her mother decide its time to return to the place she ran away from when Mayhem was a baby.

Trying to leave their scars in the past, Mayhem and her mother Roxy return to the very town that has protected the long line of Wrayburn women. Mayhem is introduced to an entirely new scene, leaving the sleepy town of Texas in the past, and diving into the beaches of California. It’s there that Mayhem heals not only herself but others as she finds her true destiny in the world. 

What I loved about Mayhem’s character is the strength she persevered to heal herself from the domestic violence she experienced. She doesn’t let her past consume her entire being. Instead, she uses it to help others, especially her pill popper mother. Each relationship Mayhem builds is so unique and different, where the readers get an inside grip on the world Mayhem lived for so many years. I absolutely loved this Stranger Things like novel, where it takes a strong and courageous heroine to get things done! 

Be on the lookout for this supernatural and mystical novel on July 14, 2020!

See ya soon!

-Kylan

The Hanging Tree

Okay, readers! I’m posting early because this cannot wait until Friday!!!!

I just finished reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by the epic and amazing writing Suzanne Collins. And this prequel to her original series The Hunger Games reveals deeper meaning and knowledge, while still allowing it to be its own book. So before I go on any further let’s get this review started.

PLEASE KNOW THAT READING ANY FURTHER COULD REVEAL ANY SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YET (WHICH I RECOMMEND YOU DO!)!!!!

I WILL TRY TO LIMIT AS MUCH SPOILERS AS POSSIBLE.

First of all, the pacing of the book is really slow. The pacing reminded me of The Mockingjay, a lot going on, but nothing really happening. However, each part of the book built on one another, making it worth the wait and provide so many different theories and ideas by the end of it.

what I truly loved about this book was that it’s a truly separate novel in the making, compared to The Hunger Games Trilogy. Of course, it has a few familiar characters and the same setting, however, the overall themes and actions are completely different. There aren’t really any revelations that are seen periodically throughout the books. The book is it’s own making, giving readers a view of the Hunger Games through the perspective of the Capitol. Instead of watching the actual arena, readers watch the game makers and mentors.

Readers be prepared. This is the 10th annual Hunger games, meaning it’s not the 74th. Victors were not wined and dined as it seemed to appear. They were treated worse than animals, forced to live in a monkey cage at the Capitol’s old zoo. The mockeries and inhumane living conditions still giving me chills, thinking about how some didn’t even make it to the actual games.

That’s right…

Some died before the games even began.

But The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes follows a different perspective in Panem. Readers follow the young life of President Snow and how he became the powerful man we later see him as. We learn that he comes from not just a broken home, but the hardship in life. We learn that he and his cousin Tigris (yep, that’s her. The one from The Mockingjay who was fired by President Snow. I repeat. HIS. COUSIN.) were both orphaned from the war between the Capitol and District 13. His family is in financial ruins until he is chosen as a mentor. And guess which district the dirty scoundrel was selected to mentor???

District 12.

Mic-drop.

Snow is introduced to the lovely and talented, Lucy Baird (p.s. one of my ancestor’s last name of Baird, which I thought was pretty cool.), a feisty and quick-witted young woman. Snow and Lucy build a beautiful friendship that readers start to love until Snow’s heart becomes bigger than his ambitions. Not only does he help Lucy win the games. Snow also cheated for her.

Another mic-drop.

The famous President Coriolanus Snow helped a District 12 participant become the victor of the 10th annual Hunger Games. Then a bunch of other stuff happens (spoilers that I don’t want to share).

Finally, Snow is faced with a choice. One that leads him into the unknown (not now Elsa!). And one that introduces him to power and control.

You already know which one he picked.

Readers finally understand the pure hatred (yes, I said hatred) Snow on Katniss and District 12, all thanks to Lucy Baird (who is my official hero!)!!!!

You’ll even learn who wrote, sung, and directed the famous song “The Hanging Tree” at. Because it wasn’t just a song of rebellion. It was truly a song of love.

So before I go on any further, I better get off before I let any more spoilers out of my system. Page 435 was my absolute favorite!!! You’ll know why once you read it!!!!

I rate this book 4.7/5; only due to the pacing.

I thought learning about President Snow was very intriguing. But learning how Lucy got revenge on him through Katniss was even better.

Until next time victors!

“Are you, are you

Coming to the tree

Where I told you to run, so we’d both be free?”

                                                                        -Suzanne Collins

The Great Slytherin Love Story

I surprisingly made two blog posts on a schedule!!! I know that many of you may think I’m insane. HOWEVER, this is a huge win for me! Especially since I plan to make more in hopes of sharing some amazing stories that are in the world!

So, without further ado, let’s get this party started!!!

So, fantastic news…

Now before I begin, lets just all admit that we love a good Slytherin. Yes, I’m calling out every single person in the world that has watched, read, and breathed anything Harry Potter. We love that ambitious and clever individual that has plans A through Z ready to get out of any situation. And finally, after years of hoping Tricia Levenseller has graciously gifted us with the amazing book The Shadows Between Us.

Levenseller creates a kick ass feminist character in Alessandra Stathos. This young woman is the true definition of female empowerment as she battles the rules of being second best at everything. She’s the second best daughter. The second best choice. Until, she takes matters in her own hands. After giving her heart to Hector, her first love who ended up rejecting her, she cures her heartbreak with something greater than love.

Death.

It’s at that moment, Alessandra decides to do three things to help the women in the kingdom.

Seduce the Shadow King

Marry the Shadow King

Then kill him and take his kingdom

Alessandra sends her plans into motion, taking each step with much caution. Everything is good until she realizes that Kallias, the Shadow King, just like her. And to top it off, Alessandra isn’t the only one trying to kill him. But can she follow her plan? Or will her heart lead her astray again?

Sorry, but you’ll have to find out by reading it!

I’ll try to limit as many spoilers as possible, but the development of Alessandra is what really stood out to me. Levenseller pulls readers in to a dark side that makes you wish for Alessandra to succeed. She doesn’t try to pull at the emotional darkness from Alessandra’s past. Instead, Levenseller directs the change in Alessandra in the present time by showing her as a rebellious and caring person all Slytherins are to be. The chemistry between Alessandra and Kallias is a hot ambitious mystery as they both know they cannot truly love one another without sacrificing the true love to themselves.

I hope everyone has a chance to dive into the shadows and see what lies in store for these characters! This is a five star book that is hopefully going to be a sequel! I would love to see more adventures between these two.

And with that, I must bid you farewell until next time!

And make sure you subscribe because the next book is going to be AMAZING! We will be traveling back to a time of great sorrow, where a girl on fire inspired a rebellion like no other.

We are returning to Panem readers!

“May the odds be ever in your favor!”

                                                          -Suzanne Collins

Roses Are Red, Curses Are Gold

Roses are Red, Curses are Gold! Hey everyone! Welcome back to this lackluster blog site where I cannot seem to get my crap together. I want to apologize for my silence over the past few months. Graduate school has been a major buzz killer.

But…
NO.

MORE.

I am happy to announce that I’ve officially graduated with my Master’s degree in Creative Writing!!!

Now that we got that over, let’s dive into new books that have been keeping me up until the wee hours of the morning. Being a huge fan of mythology and old folktales, this next book was another satisfying read that made me wish my father cursed me.

Young Adult author Annie Sullivan continues her story in A Curse of Gold, the sequel to A Touch of Gold. Sullivan takes readers on another thrilling and exciting adventure with King Midas’s daughter, who he accidentally cursed his daughter. Not only did he turn his daughter, Princess Kora to gold, but he also cursed her with the ability to absorb gold and turn anything she touches.

Sullivan opens the sequel just months after they returned from their first adventure. Princess Kora is no longer afraid to show herself as she returns to Lagonia and helps rule the kingdom alongside with her father. That is until a group of mystical creatures attack the castle, seeking her death. Kora must once again carry the burden of trying to save not only her father but the people of Lagonia. She must gather her allies, which includes her cousin Hettie and her lover Royce. They sail out on an adventure to find the mystical island of Dionysius domain, where they must face the god that cursed her father in the beginning. Come along on a journey that takes readers to the palace of Poseidon’s son Triton and the Gorgon island.

This story is one of my favorite retellings because it takes the point of view from a different character in the old tale. Readers get a new perspective as they see the despair and strength Kora lived with since she was turned to gold at nine-years-old. You see the transition of her becoming a forgotten princess to an outstanding queen that is ready to rule her people! Kora’s determination to put others’ needs before her own is the true definition of sacrifice that will inspire readers all around the world. This story is more than just a warning of greed. It’s about showing acceptance for yourself and others in your journey in life. Kora never let fear prevent her from accomplishing her goals. Her golden curse transformed into a golden savior as she found love, guidance, and friendship.

I hope you give this series a try! I promise you won’t regret it!

Here is the link to the first book A Touch of Gold available where all books are sold.

A Curse of Gold will hit shelves on September 22, 2020! But is available for pre-order! (More than enough time to catch up!)

I’m going to try and post a book review every Friday, so keep watching for new exciting tales that will take you to places beyond the stars!

Talk to you soon!

-Kylan

The Two Mozarts

Mozart.

A name that is remembered as being one of the top composers the world had ever seen.

But the single name does not define the two individuals that perfected and showed the world a quality of music that changed lives.

Marie Lu introduces the Mozart family in her first work of historical fiction, depicting the life of one Mozart that was hidden from the limelight. A woman so genius and strong that stepped aside when her father commanded.

Nannerl Mozart, the equally talented composer, mostly known as being Mozart’s older sister. In The Kingdom of Back, Lu takes readers deep into the world of music. She takes readers back to the age the Mozart siblings toured the entire European continent, playing for the royalty of all many nations. She uses Nannerl’s voice to bring readers into her magical world she created a fantasy kingdom that needed her. One she wished reflected the real world. However, during her time, women were not allowed to compose. They were forbidden to do such a thing, however, with the help of her younger brother, Nannerl secretly composes her passion to hopefully share with the world. Although, as time wears on, she learns that her talent will never be appreciated at her brother, leading her to make a bargain with a mysterious boy named Hyacinth. Her father made it perfectly clear that she will only perform until she reaches marriageable age. Then Hyacinth, the mysterious boy from the Kingdom of Back, promises to give her everything she desires. But at the cost of loved ones.

The craftmanship of writing Lu brings to readers was unforgettable. The imagery appears like notes as Lu describes the passion within each piece. The determination to fight for her dreams is the inspiration that all truly need to witness. It’s admiral as Nannerl embarks on a journey to truly find herself in a world of traditions. I feel so honored and blessed to even read this piece of work as it is Marie Lu’s best book to date! Lu’s heart and soul are poured into the characterization as she accomplished to capture the heart and spirit Nannerl had within. No matter what the future lies ahead. Two things are for sure:

  1. Nannerl Mozart will never be forgotten.
  2. Marie Lu will never be forgotten.

So go on Nannerl’s around the world! Dream! Live! And share your heart and passion with the world!

Of New Beginnings and Silver

Grad school…

That’s literally all I can say, readers. I apologize for being away so long. I know you missed my sarcastic puns and horrible jokes from the enjoyment of your electronic device. But I promise to be back starting now! Just one more semester of grad school and I should be on my way to making my regularly scheduled posting.

Ha ha.

Let’s be real. I never have a schedule. It’s my New Year’s revolution.

Anyways, this year has been jam packed full of fun and school. I’m almost finished another project I’m working on. Just three more chapters! Come on Kylan Mogg! Get it together! And also finalizing a new Picture Book, which I hope to debut in 2020.

Other than that, my life has been filled been books, Disney+, dark and brooding thoughts, and of course Bob’s Burgers. But let me tell you, this year the Young Adult books have literally changed my world. I’m going to share my top ten picks to check out!

  1. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  2. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
  3. A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer
  4. Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra
  5. Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  6. With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  7. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
  8. Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
  9. Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
  10. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

These ten titles were ones that were published and read during the year! Don’t get me wrong, there were MANY MANY MANY GREAT TITLES to choose from, including some I haven’t even started reading yet (I’m so behind on my TBR list). These were the ones that really made a lasting impact that I read over and over when needing inspiration.

Without further ado, here a review from the book Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke! I urge you to add this to your 2020 list. I promise you won’t regret it!!!

A girl born with Silver. Haunted by a shadowy past. Jennifer Gruenke makes a stunning debut with the dark and twisted gem Of Silver and Shadow. Gruenke takes readers deep into Denfell, where a tyrant king rules without mercy. His team of highly trained guard keeps his land in check, along with his silver channel of powers. It takes a young group of individuals to join the rebellion and put an end to his evil ways, including a young child from his past. The one he thought was killed, one of the last silver wielders to stand against him. Gruenke introduces readers to a diverse set of characters who are all connected like cards in a deck. From a cunning thief to a rebellious prince, each individual has a role to play for everything to go as planned. Even if it means opening dark secrets from the past.

This exciting story provided a new perspective on the political affair of the monarch. It shows how strong the younger generation can work together to build a new world for others to live it. I can’t wait for readers to literally open this book and see how the evolution of Young Adult changes the readers from 2020 and beyond.

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!

-Kylan Out (imagine an image of me doing a peace out and slowly fading into the dark!)

The Blood Spell

Asyou can tell, my goals for keeping you updated on my blog with reviews on booksand other writing catastrophes is basically gone. To be honest, I’m failing atlife as well as keeping you informed with the new stories making their marks onthe world of readers.

I’mso sorry!!

Butdon’t be mad.  I don’t need your judgment!

Butin truth, I’ve been going through some health problems, mentally and physically.

Nowenough about me. Today I’m going to talk about one book that’s been on my TBR(to be read) list. C.J. Redwine is back with another book in her Ravenspireseries. If you haven’t read these books, stop reading. I repeat! STOP READINGAND GO BUY THR FIRST BOOK The ShadowQueen AND LET YOUR HEART BE FILLED WITH JOY!

Anyways,Redwine takes her love of classic fairy tales and twist them into darkdeceptive stories for the Young Adult world.

The Blood Spell is a retelling ofCinderella, introducing readers to the amazing, wonderful, fantastic,intellectual, inspiring Blue de la Cour. She is an alchemist, who secretly hasfairy magic. Now before I go any farther, if you haven’t read it yet, theremight be spoilers. I’ll limit as much as I can, but there is no guarantee.

Soin the beginning of the book, Redwine describes the how a blood wraith used toplague lands of Balavanta. It would murder children left and right, leaving thestreets stained with blood. However, Blue’s mother was able to trap it with thehelp of another witch and saved the land.

Manyyears later, readers discover the same thing happening all over again. Bluediscovers children are going missing, as well as the return of Prince Kellan,the boy she always disliked. They grew up together, the King and Blue’s fatherbeing best friends, and she unfortunately had the task of watching his crazyantics. She discovers his return in a street fight and persuades him to stopand think of the Nessa and his mother.

Bluetries to help figure out a solution, but is blindsided when her father is mysteriouslymurdered. She is then put under the guardianship of Dinah Chauveau, a socialelite who cares for nothing but power. The horrible woman forced Blue down tothe root cellar, the place where Blue watched her mother die.

However,Blue discovers that Dinah was the one behind her father’s murders and figuresout that Dinah is the one trying to free the wraith. Dinah murdered multiplechildren and reveals her identity as the other half of the blood wraith. Can bluestop her? Will she marry Kellan?

Goread to find out!

Nowthis review was filled with so much plot that it took  me forever to write it. First you have Bluetrying to turn lead into gold to help the homeless children, Blue and Kellan’slove/hate and undeniable chemistry, the murders, the blood wraith, and so muchmore.

WhatI truly loved about this book was the characters growth. Redwine creates astrong and fierce heroine in Blue with an African American Background. The princess,Nessa, is mute and communicates through sign language. I mean there is so much strongrepresentation of voices in this Young Adult fantasy for everyone to love!

Ican’t wait to see what is next in Redwine’s Ravenspire series!

Well,that’s all for now, but be on the look out for another post coming soon!

-Kylan

A Tough Choice

Many people don’t see the struggles of a writer. They don’t see the constant rejections, working more than one job, or the bitter doubt that surrounds them. Some days are good, while others live in the darkness

2018 was a real wake year for me. It was the year that I completed my second Young adult novel, and also the year that worked towards a manuscript that broke me during the writing process. I had no success when editing, using 9 months of it to realize that I was forcing the story. I was writing something that didn’t need to be told. I created characters and relationships inside my mind that I thought were brilliant. Although, it turned out that I was wrong.

2019 was supposed to be the year I saw relief and hope as I planned to publish my new title. Unfortunately, after careful consideration I decided to put away the manuscript. The story and characters deserve much better than I could give. They deserve a story that takes readers to a new place, where they can learn more about the crazy life we call reality.

After reviewing the story, it made me realize that my own writing wasn’t meant to be shared with the world. I’ve given a lot of thought on the subject, spending many nights in tears and horror as I thought of giving up the chance of a writing career. It seems crazy right now as I type this, but sometimes life knock the feet right out of you.

I believe that each person was given a talent in this world, and for 25 years I’ve been searching and waiting, only to discover that I haven’t found it. I have a passion for literature and writing, but believe that my talent lies elsewhere in the world.

So I’ll be using my skills to provide the best type book reviews with you all, hoping to send you down a path of love and respect for literature.

And even though this is goodbye to the writing world for now, I just want to thank each and every person for their love and support in the world. I am so grateful for every would that has given me this opportunity.

I’ll be using this new and exciting year to take a step back and focus on my love for reading and writing, which I lost in the past 4 years.

Once again, thank you all so much! And I wish you all luck in your passions!

-Kylan

Exciting Days

So I know I mentioned that my last post of 2018 would be like three posts ago…

However, I woke up today to some exciting news that I couldn’t wait to share. Many people don’t realize how long I’d been writing. I wrote my first story in the 6th grade, following a group of farm animals and their wacky adventures. Two of them are published, while I have many hidden away, too scared to share them with the world.

I decided to be more courageous this year, and submit a couple of short stories to some online literary websites, and magically one of them was accepted and featured online!!!

Thank you so much Short Kid Stories!!!

I am so excited, grateful, blessed, and speechless for this opportunity!! I really cannot thank all my supporters, and God for this amazing and wonderful chance to share my stories with the world!

So without further ado… Check out Trip to Ancient Egypt!