Book Review – Titus Fogg by Aaron Piper

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Hello bookish friends!! Today, I have my review for Titus Fogg by Aaron Piper. This book was so fun to read and suprised me a few times. Many thanks to Aaron Piper for sending me a copy of this book. I honestly cannot wait to see what happens next!

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Independently Published: July 25th 2018

Genre(s): Fantasy

Pages: Paperback 452 and Kindle Edition 328

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Titus Fogg hates magic, and with good reason. Born into a murderous family of cruel and powerful casters in modern Massachusetts, magic has contributed to every bad thing that has happened to him since birth. After finally managing to banish the most likely evil (but definitely dirty-minded) entity called Shade from his body to the sidelines as his shadow, Titus has the chance to have a normal, magic free, high school life. But, when Tess Roe, his classmate, neighbor and model of justice at their school realizes she can see the creatures Titus calls the Wyrd too, Titus must return to the world of the strange to help her. Soon Titus’s dark past comes to light as he must prove that he isn’t responsible for the death of one of Tess’s friends, and the theft of a magical book that could lead to the destruction of Arkham.

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Wildly Imaginative, Spellbindingly Entertaining, and Wickedly Fun 

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What a marvelous debut novel! Titus Fogg was spellbindingly entertaining, wickedly fun, and a bone-chilling adventure that had me on the edge of my seat.

I love stories that can keep me on my toes and make me laugh. Titus Fogg by Aaron Piper definitely did that and caught me off guard with quite a few surprises. With plenty of action, humor, unexpected twists and turns, and spine-tingling suspense, the first book in the Wyrd series was a thoroughly enjoyable read that had me holding my breath a few times. It’s terrifying and absolutely enchanting at the same time. I was intoxicated with the magic, the danger, the unknown, and all the fantasy elements. I knew there would be some suspense based on the synopsis, but I honestly didn’t expect the story to be quite scary or gruesome. Some parts even gave me the chills… totally NOT a bad thing. I LOVE horror movies and being scared, so this absolutely made my reading experience more fun. The beginning did start a bit slow for me, but once it picked up, I was captivated and completely hooked!

I liked the world-building and all the magical aspects. I thought Piper created an amazingly dark, unique and intriguing world that had me engrossed. Even though some parts of the magic world felt a bit familiar, Piper weaved his own interpretations and ideas and that was interesting to read about. I enjoyed all the wonderful quirks, the weirdness, and even the ugly and frightening parts of this book. It was different in a good way and I had so much fun exploring this Wyrd world and going on this fantastical adventure with Titus, Tess and Shade.

Speaking of Titus, Tess and Shade, I thought they were such fascinating characters. Titus frustrated me quite a bit, but he’s such a likable anti-hero. Even if I didn’t always like or agree with his choices or how he went about to do things, he eventually warmed his way to my heart. Titus definitely had a softer and sweet side and I was able to see that in the way he always wanted to protect Tess and be there for her. I loved that Tess was no damsel-in-distress and she made sure Titus knew that. She was strong, feisty, brave, and determined and I really liked that about her. And then there’s Shade… sinister, snarky, and mysterious. Shade’s portrayed to be an evil creature, but he really wasn’t (at least not yet…) and I honestly really liked his character and found him very amusing. The supporting cast were quite interesting too and I can’t wait to meet other strange creatures and characters in the next book.

Aaron Piper created a wildly imaginative and chilling adventure about magic, friendship, and the unknown that had me flipping through the pages. I enjoyed the wonderful suspense, mystery, humor, and surprises. I also really liked that Titus Fogg addressed important issues such as bullying and its consequences and having the courage to do what is right. Overall, I really liked this book and I think both young and adult readers would too.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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The world is what it is, beautiful, horrible, scary, and magnificent, exactly as it had been before, but now you see it differently.

Everyone’s capable of good. Deep down, everyone cares about the suffering of others.

Time is all we are given in this world, and we have no guarantee how much of it we will receive.

That was the cost of magic, beyond sacrifice, and the feeling of power that overtook a person. It was like being tapped on a path that led straight to a god. Power to change the world, power to bend it to one’s will. There was nothing else like it — no drug, no emotion, no sensation could compare.

 

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Aaron Piper grew up in farmlands of Ohio, reading anything he could get his hands on, in lieu of normal social interaction. When he complained one too many times about books he didn’t like, someone finally told him, “If you think you can do better, why don’t you write a book?” Many years and a minor in English from Ohio University later, he finished his first novel, Titus Fogg.  Currently, he lives in southern Indiana with his wife and daughter and have worked as a photographer and journalist for more than ten years.

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As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day lovelies!!!

 

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Blog Tour – Review of THE FALLBACK by Mariah Dietz

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Hello loves and welcome to my blog tour stop for THE FALLBACK by Mariah Dietz. Today, I have my entire review to share with you. Happy Reading!

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Published: January 10, 2019

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Format: Ebook

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Breaking up is hard to do.
It’s even harder when you’re not expecting it.
Brooke Jensen is a planner. Not only in her personal life but also professionally as one of the most sought after event planners in Chicago.
But, when the ideal life she built for herself, complete with handsome, long-term boyfriend and perfect apartment crumbles, she realizes there are some things you just can’t plan for.
While trying to start anew from her best friend’s guest room and discovering the best doughnuts in the city, an idea sparks to life when she meets Levi. He’s intriguing, funny, and shockingly good-looking, and what had been a few stray thoughts becomes a new passion for Brooke, a blog detailing learning how to be single. The project introduces Brooke to new people and experiences, and keeps returning her back to Levi.
But, Brooke learns kismet may have been wrong when she learns Levi is the last person she should be interested in.
Falling for the wrong guy once has Brooke hesitant to start a new relationship, but Levi is quickly proving that The Fallback might be even better.

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Charming and fun with the perfect dose humor, heart and so much happy

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This was the first book I read by this author and I’m positively certain it won’t be my last. The Fallback by Mariah Dietz was a quick read with plenty of heartwarming and humorous moments.

I really liked the writing and the pacing of the story even if some parts were kind of slow. The plot, while a bit predictable at times, was delightful and amusing. Now, I didn’t completely fell head over heels in love with this book, but I had some amazingly good giggles, laughs, and a dorky smile stuck on my face while reading. There were a few twists that caught me off guard and that kept things really interesting. Of course there were some serious moments and I liked the emotional depth, but what I loved the most about was how Dietz was still able to keep the storyline funny, light and sweet. Sometimes, you don’t really need all that heaviness, outrageously complicated drama, and endless tears and heartache for a story to be intriguing, entertaining, and enjoyable. Not that I don’t love those cause I do… I really do, but sometimes humor and lovable characters are just what my heart needs and this book definitely had those.

The characters were well-developed and I adored them so much. I thought they were likable, interesting, and realistic. They had their own strengths and weaknesses, but overall, they were a really great cast. Brooke was relatable and I loved her determination and work ethic. Levi was charming and sweet.  But, Felicity… Felicity stole my heart hands down no questions no doubts whatsover. I absolutely loved all the scenes with her in it and was having some major best friend crush on her. She was spunky, honest, kind, supportive, and had such a good heart. Everyone needs a best friend like her. I know I’m a romance addict and I did like the romance, but I LOVED the friendship between Brooke and Felicity. Oh and Brooke’s Grammy was so adorable and Catherine surprised me in the end.

As I’ve already mentioned, I did enjoy the romance and rooted for Brooke and Levi to have their HEA. I thought their chemistry was deliciously fun and I liked the development of their relationship. However, the slow burn was just a tad bit too slow for my taste. There were some swoony flirtations, but I needed a just little more tease and spice. Maybe if Levi’s POV was included, then that might have made things more juicy and fun. I personally really love multiple POVs and I was dying to know what was going on in Levi’s head. That being said, things did eventually heat up and the ending was just too darn precious and cute.

Overall, I had fun reading this book. Charmingly predictable, funny, and adorable, The Fallback left had the perfect dose of humor, heart and so much happy. Not only was it romantic, but also inspiring, affecting, and a wonderful story about LOVE — love between family and friends, love for what you do in life, love for the person you want to spend your life with, and most importantly love for yourself.

Go check this book out. I’m sure you’ll be charmed and entertained just as I was!

I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, swoons, smiles, and giggles are my own.

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Mariah Dietz lives with her husband and three sons, who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon, where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.


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As always, have a wonderful day friends!

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