Review | The Cupcake Caper

Title
: The Cupcake Caper
Series: Undercover Cat #1
Author: Kelle Z. Riley
Publisher: Curtis Brown Unlmited

My rating: ★★★★☆

Sexy, humorous and brilliantHow could you go wrong with such a protagonist?

The Cupcake Caper is the first installment in the cozy mystery Undercover Cat series by Kelle Z. Riley, following Dr. Bree Watson.

Bree has earned a PhD in chemistry and is a full time chemist in a company. But, when one of her coworkers dies unexpectedly and all the clues seem to incriminate her, what is she going to do? She sure isn't willing to leave everything to luck or to the hot detective that is suspecting her, thus soon launching her own undercover investigation.

I love cozy mysteries, because they contain the element of mystery, but also humor and steaminess are unmistakably present.

This novel was such an accurate example of a cozy mystery, and I loved it for that!
It was fast paced, kept you guessing and being all starry-eyed along with the heroine.

To top it all of? Bree was so clever and such an accomplished professional, making you love her all that much more.
I prefer a clever, capable heroine over a damsel in distress, any day and in any gender!

This novel was such a spectacular journey.

I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc, in exchange for an honest review.

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Review | The Bear and The Nightingale

Title
: The Bear and The Nightingale
Series: Winternight Trilogy #1
Author: Katherine Arden
Publisher: Del Rey Books

My rating: ★★★★☆

A magical tale with dangerous creatures and an atmospheric vibe!

The Bear and The Nightingale is the first installment in the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden, a truly magical story inspired by Russian legends and tales.

After Vasilisa's mother passed away, life for her and her family became hard. But, when her father introduces to his children his new wife, who is set on forbidding any spiritual honoring and sending her stepdaughter away one way or another, little do they know of the danger that is going to loom over their lives.

Our heroine is Vasilisa, a fierce and brave protagonist, fit to an amazing novel like this. I loved following her adventure and getting to know more about her life, the tales her nurse used to tell her and immerse myself in traditional Russian tales.

There was an intense atmosphere throughout this novel, with magic, reality and fairy tales blending perfectly into an unmistakably unique story. The winter was described so intensely, making the hardships the family experienced all that more heart felt.

Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of horror stories or tales and the fact that there were quite a few frightening elements in this novel, only serves to emphasize the amount of love I have in my heart for this story!

I found myself anxiously turning page after page, waiting to see how the story will unfold and what is going to happen next.

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Review | Hinder: A Bender's Novel

Title
: Hinder: A Bender's Novel
Series: Guardian of Monsters #1
Author: Kristin Ping
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

My rating: ★★★

A truly magical and suspenseful adventure!

Hinder: A Bender's Novel, the first installment in a new series by Kristin Ping, revolves around Alex, the last powerful Earth witch alive, and her bender, Ethan.

Benders are the guardians of witches and they are magically connected to their power. However, Ethan has recently lost his connection to the power, something that happens only the witch he's supposed to be guarding is dead. But Alex is not dead, only hiding along with her family, inside of her aunt's locket.

This was a truly intriguing story, with great characters and powers. I loved the fact that lots of background information on the history of those powers was provided, and we had the opportunity to completely submerge ourselves in the universe.

While I enjoyed the premise and the writing style in general, at some points, I felt like being distracted and not completely immersed while reading the story. I do, however, recognize the uniqueness of the plot and that this could be a result of my personal tastes and not necessarily something that would happen to everyone.

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