Dewitched: The Untold Story of the Evil Queen by E.L. Sarnoff Book Review

Dewitched: The Untold Story of the Evil Queen by [Sarnoff, E. L.]

Title- Dewitched- The Untold Story of the Evil Queen

Author- E.L. Sarnoff

Genre- Fairytale Retelling

Purchase Link- Amazon


After serving time for Snow White’s attempted murder, the Evil Queen is about to get a makeover. Just not the kind she expected. Thinking she’s being sent to a luxurious spa that will enable her to restore her beauty and recapture her title, Fairest of All, Jane Yvel instead finds herself at Faraway, a rehab center that caters to Fairytalelanders addicted to evil.

Upon confronting her love-hate relationship with her magic mirror and the demons of her past, she is sent back to the world of happily-ever-after. Her goal: to discover the true meaning of beauty. Her assignment: to work for Marcella, a demanding Princess-In-Waiting. Jane finds herself irresistibly drawn to Marcella’s dashing fiancé, Prince Gallant, and his exquisite seven-year old daughter, Calla Rose. Will the Evil Queen who had no heart end up with a heart that’s broken?

Wickedly funny, darkly shocking, and deeply moving, DEWITCHED unravels the Snow White story as we know it and will make you see the evil legend in a new light as she rewrites her life.


Jane Yvel is the fairest of them all- that is until her best friend a magical speaking mirror tells her otherwise. Her step daughter is coming to age and with her beauty will over throw that of Queen Jane aka The Evil Queen. Jane must fix this and fix it fast! After a couple failed attempts at killing of Snow White, Jane is thrown in to jail on on trial for attempted murder!

After being found guilty Jane is given a choice between life in the dungeon or a spa like rehabilitation center. Being the Queen that she is Jane thinks that a spa trip is just what she needs! Little does she know her life is going to take a drastic turn.

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I want to start off by saying I found this book by pure accident but Oh My Lanta!! The happy accident lead to me staying up well past my bedtime to read this fairy tale retelling with a twist!

I thought that the author was able to take a well known world of fairy tales and put her own unique and original twist on it! She is able to weave all our favorite villains that we all love to hate in to a world of redemption. She to humanize them all the while keeping the magic alive with in the pages of this book.

We follow our heroin (yes you read right!) as she is on a road of redemption and finding her true self. We watch her grow into a tender loving person who still has the spunk of the Evil Queen. The story is addicting and funny as hell and you will find yourself quickly addicted.

I would recommend this book to any one who loves a good fairytale retelling where the villain gets to tell their side!

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes

USA Today Bestselling Author, E.L Sarnoff has enjoyed a prolific career in the entertainment industry, creating, writing, and producing television series, including the original Power Rangers. She lives in Los Angeles with her Prince Charming-ish husband, twin princesses, and a bevy of pets. She’s also a not-that-evil stepmother. When she’s not writing in her PJ’s, she likes to dress up and pretend she’s Hollywood royalty. Connect with E.L. at…


Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon Book Review

Beautiful Demons (The Shadow Demons Saga Book 1) by [Cannon, Sarra]

Tittle- Beautiful Demons

Author- Sarra Cannon

Genre- Paranormal Young Adult

Purchase Link- Amazon

Harper Madison isn’t like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she’s lost count. Shadowford Home for Girls is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs.

At first, life appears to be looking up for Harper. She’s making new friends and is strangely drawn to the guy next door. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.


Harper Madison never knew her mother and she has been kicked out of six foster homes within a year. Her caseworker Mrs. Meeks has run out of places to place her and has no choice but to place her at Shadowford Home for Girls. Harper needs to make this work, it is her last chance or she is going to end up in a juvenile detention until her 18th birthday.

Harper tries her best to be a good foster kid but sometimes things are literally out of her control. She can’t control the bad things that happen when she gets upset. They just happen. Harper hopes that she can keep herseld calm and survive at Shadowford.

However everything isn’t as it seems in both the home and the small town of Peachville. Can Harper figure it all out before her inner demons take over?

The Sweet-

For the very beginning you are pulled in to this enthralling story that has magic, love, evil and so many secrets you can’t NOT want to read till you find them all out. The author creates a world that is both dark and enticing to readers who love YA and paranormal alike.

Cannon is able to create amazing depth not only in the main characters but the town of Peachville itself. The story is full of plot twist and turmoil that can almost be felt as you read along and want so much cheer Harper on and guide her into the right direction. You find yourself screaming at our main heroine almost like you do when watching slasher movies. “THE ANSWER IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!” “No, DON”T DO IT!!” and “RUN YOU IDIOT!”

I can honestly tell you that I am now hooked on this series and proudly own the first 5 books now on my kindle! I would recommend this to any one who likes a good mystery full to the brim with drama and magic!

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes!

Sarra Cannon writes contemporary and paranormal fiction with both teen and college aged characters. Her novels often stem from her own experiences growing up in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, where she learned that being popular always comes at a price and relationships are rarely as simple as they seem.

Sarra recently celebrated six years in indie publishing and has sold over half a million copies of her books.

She is a devoted (obsessed) fan of Hello Kitty and has an extensive collection that decorates her desk as she writes. She currently lives in South Carolina with her amazingly supportive husband and her adorable son.

Connect with Sarra online!

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson Book Review

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back (The Ugly Stepsister Series) by [Wilson, Sariah]

Title- The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back

Author- Sariah Wilson

Genre- YA Rom Com

Purchase Link- Amazon

Everyone knows how those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect–pretty, smart, and, worst of all, nice–stepsister is dating the charming, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her online. The school mean girl has made it her mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister is the most popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.


Mattie Lowe is beginning another year in her high-tech expensive High school and her list of grievances is quite long. For one her beautiful and prefect Stepsister Ella has moved in after her mom dies and is the center of attention every where they go. She is tall blonde and beautiful but also smart, hard-working and caring. Mattie is tired of living in the shadow of perfect Ella and has decided this will be the year of Matte.

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I am a sucker for a good retelling especially when there is a twist like for instance the person who is the supposed villain gets to tell their side. The author is able to put a rather original twist on the story we all know and love as Cinderella only the person we think is the hero of the story really isn’t in fact the ”uglý” sister is!

Mattie is tired of living in the shadow of stepsister Ella’s halo and decides to take a stand against all the haters including Ella’s hot boyfriend who Mattie just happens to be in love with… Yes you read that right Mattie is head over heels in love with Jake Kingston- foot ball star, popular kid and her stepsister’s boyfriend!

I have to tell you this isn’t your typical high school love triangle! The story had perfectly time plot twist, and laughs! I could not stop reading cut to me sitting in bed at 5 am wide-eyed because I needed to know if Mattie got the happily ever after she so deserves! The author is able to take a classic story we all know and love and spin it into a fresh take that cam totally stand on its own.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a smart funny read filled with  just the right amount of teenage angst!

Rating 5 out of 5 Cupcakes

Bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters–which is why she writes romance. She has published many happily ever after stories. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

Her website is


Favorite by Karen MsQuestion Book Review

Favorite by [McQuestion, Karen]

Title- Favorite

Author- Karen McQuestion

Genre- Ya Mystery

Purchase Links- Amazon

Five years have passed since sixteen-year-old Angie Favorite’s mother disappeared without a trace. Since that day, Angie has managed to go through the motions of everyday life—until the summer morning when she’s abducted from a mall parking lot. Angie narrowly escapes, and her attacker is arrested, but he takes his life in jail before he can offer an explanation for his crime. When his mother contacts Angie, begging forgiveness on her son’s behalf, the girl agrees to meet with her in hopes of finding answers to the seemingly random attack. But when she arrives at the family’s massive estate, she is overcome by an unshakeable sense of foreboding…

Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, Favorite is an engrossing young adult novel in which nothing—and no one—is as it seems.

16 year old Angie Favorite is 16 years old and lives with her grandmother and older brother. Her father is too busy trying to make it big as a rock star with is band and her disappeared 5 years ago. While running errands for her Grandmother is attacked and the mystery that unfolds is a truly twisted tale with Misery vibes.

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I found this young adult mystery to be engaging and slightly addicted though the beginning of the book starting off a bit slow for my taste. While it does take the author a bit to flesh out the story and plot once she does it is a fast paced and intriguing mystery. The author is able to make you second guess yourself and your gut with some amazing plot twist that surprise you at every turn.

The author creates an eerie and mysterious environment that in my opinion brings a certain Misery meets Pretty Little Liar vibe to the story. I really enjoyed cracking the mystery that is Where is Angie’s Mother and the end will shock even the most experienced mystery reader!

I would recommend this to any reader who loves a good mystery!

Rating 4 out of 5 Cupcakes


Karen McQuestion has written books for kids, teens, and adults, and is published in print, ebook, and audio through Amazon Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Brilliance Audio. Many of her titles have spent time on the top 100 Kindle list. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the NPR show, The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. She lives with her family in Hartland, Wisconsin.


Just One Bite By Nora Snowdon Book Review

Just One Bite: Dances With Werewolves Book One by [Snowdon, Nora]

Title- Just One Bite

Author- Nora Snowdon

Genre- Paranormal Rom Com

Purchase Link- Amazon

Rosie has an amazing one-night-stand with the most perfect man. Ever. He’s gorgeous, funny and really seems to like her. Then she overhears that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant and he’s being forced into a shotgun wedding. Hell, the only good thing that came out of that night she met Lucas, was the mangy dog who now jogs with her. He may be an odd looking mutt, but at least he’s a good listener.

Lucas adores Rosie but she hates him because she thinks he’s a lying sleaze who cheated on his fiancée. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not to mention, Rosie would freak out if she found out he’s a werewolf.

The other problem is, she only likes her jogging partner the wolf, and not the man. But damn, how do you woo a woman if all you can do is bark?

“Witty and warm-hearted, Just One Bite is a fun romantic comedy that will have you howling with laughter.” Helen Frost and Don Macleod, Screenwriters of Hallmark’s Just In Time For Christmas

Just One Bite is the first book in the Dances With Werewolves series. It is a paranormal romantic comedy with adult situations and is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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I found this novella to be incredibly cute and funny and just the lighthearted kind of read needed for the month of February.  The author is able to jam this short read full of romance, humor and some pretty schmexy scenes.

Our heroine Rosie is very relatable to romance readers. She isn’t a size two, 6 feet tall or drop dead gorgeous and lives a pretty low-key life with a boring job. She is also very vulnerable and has a lot of self-doubt and is afraid to put her heart on the line.

Lucas is your typical alpha with a twist. He is extremely handsome, rich and intelligent but also has his own chip one his shoulder and is very caring and tender. I absolutely loved the way the author is able to merge pack dynamics along with your typical over zealous and involved close-knit family.

Ths book had everything I look for in a Rom-Com- Snark, Laughter and of course steamy love scenes with just the perfect amount of sex not over done. I would recommend this book to any reader who loves a read that makes you smile and for those who love theirs books to have a paranormal touch to them

Rating 5 out of 5 cupcakes!

Living in New York and Toronto, Nora Snowdon was a jerk of all trades–one week hawking toys at major toy conventions, the next in a high-end jewelry store pandering to the rich. She worked in the financial market, gambling dens, food service industry and sold shoes. During these years she also either appeared in or directed over twenty-five plays.
Then Nora moved to the wet coast, took up health foods (dark chocolate and red wine) and became a Writer of Elegant Smut. Her ambition is to become a crazy cat lady and wine hoarder, not necessarily in that order.
You can read more about Nora at


Trigger Warnings- What they are and why they are so important.

Recently I bought a novel by an author but the thing is I try to stay away from reading the actual reviews because I am always so scared that the book will be spoiled for me. I do check to see how many 5 star reviews a book has and such but never read the actual reviews. In this case had I read the reviews it would have saved me A LOT of frustration as well as $4.99.

Like a lot of readers out there the cover and synopsis pulled me in. I knew that the story had sex and erotica. That is not my complaint I have read plenty of sexy novels and enjoyed them because the stories and plots are well written. What I did not know about this particular book is that with in 10 percent of the novel there would be a horrific rape. Not only is the main character  kidnapped and raped but it is glamorized. I could not bring it in me to continue to read the book. I was mortified and honestly it triggered me in the most horrible way as a victim of violence in the past. It gave me nightmares and I could not stop picturing it in my mind.

This is why in my opinion Trigger warnings are MUCH needed labels. When I explained  to my boyfriend whom I live with why I was so upset he was dumbfounded and asked what the rating was. See my boyfriend is a gamer and he automatically thought that books are rated liked video games- when I explained that it doesn’t work like that he asked why not?

So that is my question- we make sure to rate everything from television shows to music and games why are trigger warnings (or ratings) being overlooked and  left out when it comes to our books? Now I know there is a market out there for books that feature things like rape fantasies and erotica and in no way am I turning my nose up at readers who enjoy reading those kind of novel but I think that as a reader who is not into that kind of trope I should be given the heads up BEFORE purchasing the book and finding out the hard way.

Trigger warnings are a very much needed addition to synopsis’. It doesn’t have to be in BIG and BOLD lettering but it should be at the very bottom, Readers should not be afraid that they will be triggered by simply doing what the love- reading a new to them book or author. You should feel safe, you should be able to read with out fear of words on a page giving you false backs or nightmares of a traumatic event in your life.

So I open up for a discussion- How do you feel about trigger warnings?


Shifter’s University by K.R. Thompson Review

Shifter's University by [Thompson, K.R.]

Title- Shifter’s University

Author- K.R. Thompson

Genre- Paranormal Ya

Purchase Link- Amazon


Dragons, magic, and more…

Welcome to Shifter’s University!

Claire Pratten has a secret—one that she’s never shared with a soul. Whenever she is frightened, her “other” self comes out. Normally she has no problem hiding what she is, but lately life at her foster home has gotten harder and keeping her secret is getting tougher.

Logan Fairmont is a dragon shifter and more than accustomed to looking out for himself—and others. In fact, he is one of the few Imperium University students tasked with spending weekends in the city, searching for young shapeshifters on the edge of revealing their magic to the human race. When he finds Claire, Logan knows she will need the help of the University and its teachers to blend into society.

He thinks he knows what she is.

But magic is never quite so simple.

Claire has a secret that keeps her from getting to close to anyone except for her foster brother and her best friend. This secret is hard to control but has saved her life plenty from her abusive, alcoholic foster father, but for how long? How long can she survive? Her foster brother is gone more and more lately and her foster father anger only get worst with each passing day. When two strangers knock on her door offering her a escape and a better life she’s skeptical. Especially when they seem to know her secret.

Logan is a loner, true to his dragon nature, but something stirs inside him when he sets eyes on the shy red head. Something makes him want to protect her from the world which is unusual considering the nature of dragon shifters. He can’ seem to leave her behind and will do everything in his power to get her to Imperium University, even if it means possibly getting kicked out himself.

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I found this story to be unique and new when it comes to the world of shifters. The author is able to create a world where shirters have  more depth and the story itself lends to the world getting a better understanding of the shifter world and magic as well.

The author us able to capture teen angst and weave it effortlessly in to her story that combines your regular high school troubles with magic, darkness and turmoil. She is able to create an original world where shifters are elemental as well as magical.

I found the story itself to be a great way to start a series. We are just getting to know these characters and thier world when it is drowned in darkness and they must either sink or swim.

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Though I enjoyed the story at times I felt it was rushed. The author seemed to want the story to move along quickly. With this being the first in the series I feel like it should have been the perfect time to story build and allow the story to move aat its own pace.

Rating- 4 out of 5 cupcakes

I would recommend this story to anyone who loves paranormal Ya stories with romance.

K.R. Thompson was raised in the mountains of rural Virginia. She resides in Bland County with her husband, son, two cats and an undeterminable amount of chickens. She is an avid reader, firm believer of magic, and still watches for evidence of Bigfoot in the mud of Wolf Creek. She can be found on her website–…