Review: Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch by Serena Valentino

The Cover: I really love this cover especially for a retelling according to the villain’s side of the story. Everyone knows The Little Mermaid and Ursula is one of the most iconic villains ever and I really like this cover. What I also really loved about Poor Unfortunate Soul was the fact that when you remove the cover sleeve, the cover becomes Ursula’s human counterpart, Vanessa. 

Basics: Poor Unfortunate Soul was released on July 26th 2016, published by Disney Press and is 208 pages long. It is the the third book in the Villans trilogy. Genre wise Poor Unfortunate Soul belongs to Young Adult and Fantasy. 

Description: The third novel in Serena Valentino’s (Fairest of All, Beast Within) “VILLAINS” trilogy, featuring the story of the Little Mermaid from the perspective of the sea witch Ursula.
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Overall thoughts: I am a huge Disney fan! Since I was little I loved everything Disney and it’s no surprise that I adore The Little Mermaid! Considering the basis of this blog’s design is based off beachy style! I was in Barnes & Nobles several months ago when I saw on one of the display shelves that Disney Published and author Serena Valentino teamed up to write books based off Disney villain’s points of views. I immediately grabbed Ursula’s book, Poor Unfortunate Soul. I just finished reading it recently and I was completely blown away! 

I’ve read a lot of difference versions of retellings of fairy-tales but not like this! I like reading from different types of perspectives: good guy, bad guy, etc. There’s always two sides to a story and Poor Unfortunate Soul definitely tells you Ursula’s side of the story and then some! Valentino adds some other interesting details in Poor Unfortunate Soul that literally had me pausing my reading and saying, “Wait…what?!” 

Ursula is still herself in this book and she is definitely evil too, but Valentino adds more depth to the sea witch and she actually made me feel bad for her. Seriously. Overall Poor Unfortunate Soul is any fantasy, fairy tale, Disney lover’s dream. It is part of Valentino’s Villain’s trilogy series and can be read as a standalone but I feel like the reader would understand the book and series better if they had read the other books in the series, which I plan on doing very soon! 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Serena Valentino is best known for weaving tales that combine mythos and guile with her work on the comic book series GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales, and her best selling Disney Villain Novels which have earned her critical acclaim for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty and extraordinary female protagonists.

Her Disney Villain novel series would be best enjoyed if read in this order: Fairest of All: The Story of the Wicked Queen,  The Beast Within: The Story of Belle’s Prince, Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch,  and Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy. Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch will be released in August 2018, and the Odd Sisters book will be released in Summer 2019.

Serena lives in New Orleans with her dog Gozer, and a very tiny kitty named Momma.

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Review: Blood Oath by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare

blood oath.jpgThe Cover:  I love this cover! It’s very eye catching and beautiful; the fantasy details in are gorgeous and honestly it’s so beautiful I immediately want it on my bookshelf. A+

Basics: Blood Oath was released on November 9th 2017 and is 324 pages long. Genre wise Blood Oath belongs to Mature Young Adult, Fantasy and Romance.

Description: Everything I know is a lie.
I’m an ordinary mortal girl. Lord Irrik is a depraved dragon shifter. King Irdelron is an immortal tyrant. In the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the established rings of our kingdom. Everyone has a role…
Me? I’ll be uselessly serving potato stew for the rest of my life because I can’t make anything grow. But starvation brews rebellion.
When the king strikes, I’m captured by Lord Irrik. Instantly, I’m embroiled in a deadly game. One where I’m desperate to understand the rules. Because nothing makes sense anymore. Now, I’m not only fighting for my life . . . but a love that could be the key to my freedom. What if the truth means you’re not who — or what — you thought you were?
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Overall thoughts: I found Blood Oath on Kindle Unlimited and I was drawn to it because I’ve been on a Fantasy and Young Adult kick lately. I read the synopsis and as soon as I saw dragons I immediately picked it as one of my top ten kindle unlimited books and was completely blown away! Blood Oath is well written, the plot draws you in and makes you want to continue reading from start to finish. 

Ryn is the heroine of Blood Oath and I adore her. She is funny, stubborn, determined, sassy combined with great sense of humor and she is an amazing character. She gets caught up in a quite mess and finds herself in a horrible situation but she keeps going anyway; which I think many would find inspiring myself included, because honestly with the way the world is right now, it’s nice to be able to read about a character who keeps rallying forward through terrible circumstances. 

Irrik is a very mysterious fellow who has this attractive, bad boy look going on with a ‘I’m not telling you anything’ kind of vibe. No spoilers but I found Irrik very interesting and super, SUPER frustrating by the end of the book but I love him all the same. He and Ryn have a very strange, dynamic and charging relationship that I enjoyed reading about. 

Overall Blood Oath kept me on my toes, curious and craving for more! I devoured this book within a day and immediately got the second book, Shadow Wings on my kindle right away! My review for the second book in The Darkest Drae series will be up soon! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Authors: Kelly St. Clare: Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unraveling this mystery and began writing. Her works include The Tainted AccordsThe After Trilogy, and The Darkest Drae. A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her ginger-bearded husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.
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Raye Wagner:
 As one of eight children, I learned to love reading as a means of escaping the chaos that comes with being a part of a large family. When I was a teenager, I read Leon Uris’s Exodus, and fell in love with the character, Kitty Fremont. Not only was I in love with Ari Ben Canaan (my first introduction to an alpha male), but I felt a connection with her, so much so that I pursued a career in nursing. I continued to collect books and read through college, and even as I established my career. Years later, I read the Twilight saga, my first introduction to YA literature as an adult. I was in Half-Price Books and picked up a middle-grade novel with a boy and a lightning bolt on the cover. I read the first page, and bought the first four Percy Jackson books. Isn’t this series fantastic? After that I was hooked, and YA literature became my genre of choice.

I live in Middle Tennessee with my husband and three children. My favorite things include trips to the beach, baking sweets (and eating them), Tae Kwon Do, and doing puzzles and Legos with my family.

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