Reviews: The Changelings by Elle Casey & Entangled by Nikki Jefford

The Changelings (War of the Fae #1) by Elle Casey
Ebook, 275 pgs.
Source: Author

Description from Goodreads:
Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do? 

I have to apologize to the author.  I got this for review a couple months ago and I read it right away but it was right at the time when I decided I was going to cut back on reviewing and I guess I just never got it posted.  Luckily I did a review on goodreads, so I’ll just copy that here.

This was a very creative storyline with lots of intense moments as well as plenty of funny ones. While some elements could be compared to The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner it is definitely a story all its own and really has very few similarities.

The writing was different for me. Not bad really, but something that had to grow on me. I would say it was ‘rough around the edges’ but I don’t necessarily mean with editing. Yeah, I caught editing errors as well but they weren’t so numerous they really bothered me. It was just different and rather difficult to explain.

I liked Jayne as a character but sometimes I felt like she was a bit much. She has this outspoken way and crazy attitude and I liked that, for the most part. I do think at times things just didn’t quite feel authentic to me, you know- like things were just a bit TOO extreme in her actions or inner voice. I also hated that she had such a potty mouth. I’m not fond of so much cursing. If the f-word wasn’t her favorite word I maybe wouldn’t have minded, but she said it A LOT.

Now all these negative things made me like the book less, but I still liked it quite a lot. Once I warmed up to the writing I really enjoyed the story. I’m definitely curious enough that I will continue the series, I really need to find out what happens!

 Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
Entangled (Spellbound #1) by Nikki Jefford
ebook, 303 pgs.
Source: Author

Twin witches Graylee and Charlene Perez agree on one rule: No dating warlocks.

Not so easy when a certain rogue warlock is convinced he and Graylee belong together and will use anything, including magic, to try and impress Gray. When Charlene’s boyfriend dumps her, she threatens to kill either herself or the girl who stole Blake. Somehow, Gray ends up dead.

A Resurrection Spell Gone Wrong:

Two months after dying, Gray wakes up in Charlene’s body. As a witch, can anyone blame her mother for attempting to bring her daughter back to life? Only now Gray’s stuck sharing her sister’s body 50/50 in twenty-four hour shifts.

The race is on for Gray to find a way back inside her own body before Charlene purges her from existence. Raj McKenna is rumored to meddle in the black arts, not to mention he’s after Gray’s invisibility spell and worse – her heart. But Raj might be the only one powerful enough to save Gray from fading away forever.

This was another one that just came at a bad time.  But once again I luckily did a brief review on goodreads so I’ll just copy that here.
 This book ended up being really good! I really liked the storyline and the characters. The first bit of the story felt a bit disjointed but it wasn’t long until it seemed to smooth out. While its not perfect the errors or things that maybe weren’t so great really didn’t bother me too much.
Definitely looking forward to the next one!
Has some cursing and sexual content (not described but talk of it) so would recommend to more mature readers.
Sorry, that was very brief, but to be honest it’s been a couple months now and I can’t say that I can really add much to that review.  I remember being pleasantly surprised with how much I liked the book and that it had some really great twists and most definitely the evilest sister EVER!  It was definitely one that got my blood boiling at time for the stupidity and cruelty of others and my frustrations with the stuff that Gray had to go through.  

Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
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  1. Wow, you are lucky that you posted things to Goodreads, I would have been completely out of luck. I have to write my reviews almost immediately or I start to forget what I wanted to say. I don’t take notes or anything which would probably help, but that requires way too much effort:) Love the cover for Entangled, it’s gorgeous!

  2. Imhave been seeing Entangled all over and tomorrow you can grab it for free on Amazon so I intend on checking it out. The first book I am not so sure about. Excessive cussing just doesn’t do it for me.

  3. I know what you mean about those characters that are just a bit too extreme. I’m reading about one now, and she is wearing on me.

    And are you sure about meeting the evilest sister ever there? Clearly, you haven’t met my sister yet. LOL

    Just joking, sissy.

  4. Aw I’m sorry you didn’t like The Changelings better. I really enjoyed that book but that was probably because I loved the MC. I think she had a lot of attitude and sarcasm which was so like me when I was her age. I was a good student though unlike her but for some reason I just connected well with her. :)

    I have yet to read Entangled but I do have a review copy that sadly has been put off for far too long so I need to get around to reading it so I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for the great reviews.

  5. I’ve been so terrible about posting to Goodreads lately–it even thinks I’m four books behind in my reading goals. I’m just starting Entangled and am enjoying it. I like the cover, too. Haven’t heard of Changeling, though.

  6. I always hate when you wait to long before writing a review! Yay for notes though 😉 I’m glad you ended up liking Entangled, even if it had some flaws. And her sister did sound evil, so I’m definitely curious about that. o: Can’t wait to give it a try.

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