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Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles) by Matilda Reyes & Jennifer Siddoway – Review by Angela Hayes

Chasing StarlightChasing Starlight by Jennifer Siddoway
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 Stars

“Moonlight shone through my bedroom window and I felt the knowing pull toward the flute hidden in the corner. I’d sensed it a thousand times before and knew exactly what it meant. I had work to do…..
As I reached for my flute, magic humming reverberated through my ears, an odd, hypnotic melody that called to me, and me alone.
The silver instrument fit perfectly in my hand. It had been a long time since I took the time to admire its design. The metal, and the carvings along the side, were of artisan quality craftsmanship. It was the first gift my father had ever given me. My biological father, Ellyllon—the King of all Fae and Lord of Night.”

Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story is the first book in The Daughters of Night Chronicles by Jennifer Siddoway and Matilda Reyes. I was so excited when I saw this book appear on my recommended book feed, I actually squealed. It held the promise of being a great fantasy- one with such an original premise- so I had a lot of expectation going into the book. Plus, I have read Matilda Reyes other books and have loved them- so I was intrigued by what this collaboration would produce.
While the premise was exciting and new- the execution left me wanting, and fairly disappointed. I really wanted to love this book, so hard! I wanted to be swept up in a fantasy that would hold me spellbound from the moment I opened the first page! After all, the synopsis held such great potential. But, for me, there were just too many issues with this book that really detracted from what should have been an enthralling story. I really hate being critical, especially when I know what one of these authors is capable of producing- but there were so many little errors, editing issues, and missed opportunities here, that really let this down. This is definitely not the captivating polished piece I was expecting- a little more editing and a touch of revising- and this story could be amazing.
Simple things like spelling mistakes/wrong words, should have been caught in the editing process- but there was also a LOT of repeated information, things we had already been told before coming up again several times through the story and being ‘introduced’ like it was new ‘information’. Then there were fact checking issues- like when Cassandra sets up a classroom (she’s a 3rd Grade teacher) with 20 desks for her students, then on the first day of school she looks out at the smiling faces of 24 students? A character’s name changes from Adam, when we are introduced to him, to Andy/Andrew later in the story- which was confusing.
Cassandra has an anxiety disorder, and I applaud the authors for shining a spotlight on mental health issues. But, I felt there was too much emphasis on her anxiety- she spent so much time in her head, over analyzing everything- it became really frustrating and detracted from the story. Especially when her anxiety didn’t affect the actual storyline, or really ‘further’ the story in any way. (I hope I am making sense)
The characters were interesting, but lacked the real development and depth that I expected, or experienced the ‘growth’ I thought they would, having gone through what they did. It was a little hard to connect with them.
I would like to read the next book, ”Kissing Cupid”, just to see where the series is leading- and hopefully it won’t have the same issues as this book. After all, there are seven sister- so the potential for seven books. That should be exciting…. but more attention to detail (and the overall editing process) will be needed in the future, to really make this series stand out from the crowd.
(My ‘Verified Purchase” review can be found on Amazon Australia)

Thank you, Jennifer Siddoway & Matilda Reyes!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Wicked Wolves of Windsor: and other fairytales by Byrd Nash – Review by Liz Vrchota

The Wicked Wolves of Windsor: and other fairytalesThe Wicked Wolves of Windsor: and other fairytales by Byrd Nash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I simply loved this collection of short and fulfilling modern and adult versions of fairy tales that I loved and adored as a child. Fairy tales are the first stories that I remember and they sparked my love for reading at an early age. It is hard to find books that can make you feel like you are in a far away and magical land, but yet also make it seem so real and vivid that anyone could swear it could happen. When I found out this was a collection of fairy tales I just knew I needed to get my hands on it.

Bryd Nash was a new author to me when I picked this up but now that I have read and loved this so much I just may be a new fangirl. Her writing takes you away to these strange worlds with all the vivid and beautiful words she uses. I absolutely felt like a child full of fascination and wonder as I read. I loved how these stories also pulled in strong women as the leads. Another bonus was the fact that these incorporated modern day times as well.

Every story is wonderful but I truly enjoyed the title story, The Wicked Wolves of Windsor, and it stuck out to me as a favorite. It was the perfect mix of dark and twisty and magical. I can’t wait to see what else is available and what will be to come from Bryd Nash!

Review by @lizaileen
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The Wicked Wolves of Windsor: and other fairytales by Byrd Nash – Review by Erica Fish

The Wicked Wolves of Windsor: and other fairytalesThe Wicked Wolves of Windsor: and other fairytales by Byrd Nash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Wicked Wolves of Windsor and other fairytales by Byrd Nash. This book is a collection of fairytales. The heros in fairytales is the female character. Nash’s is very descriptive and it was easy to follow throughout all the short tales. My favorite by Nash has to be The Wicked Wolves of Windsor. “This is a dark version of Red Riding Hood in a magical fantasy England post WWI” as the author says in the synopsis. With all these short tales, I felt my blood boiling and heart racing throughout the stories. I highly recommend this story to see it from Byrd Nash’s take of the fairytales.

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The Wicked Wolves of Windsor: and other fairytales by Byrd Nash – Review by Netania Lim

The Wicked Wolves of Windsor: and other fairytalesThe Wicked Wolves of Windsor: and other fairytales by Byrd Nash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book. The writing was gorgeous, the stories were short and sweet, and I couldn’t get through this book fast enough. I loved the storytelling and the writing. A great collection of fantasy fairytales.

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Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles) by Matilda Reyes & Jennifer Siddoway – Review by Kerry Baker

Chasing StarlightChasing Starlight by Jennifer Siddoway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story by Matilda Reyes and Jennifer Siddoway is a story in the Daughters of Night Chronicles. This book is a brilliant read and one that you will not want to put down once you start!
Both of these authors are new to me and this book is a great way to learn about them. The whole book was so well written – both the characters are the story line are developed perfectly, with just the right amount of suspense and excitement.
The story was different to other books I have read in this genre. It felt fresh which made it, for me, even more exciting to read. This was a fantastic book and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I cannot wait to read more by these authors.

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Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles) by Matilda Reyes & Jennifer Siddoway – Review by Mary Katherine Alexander

Chasing StarlightChasing Starlight by Jennifer Siddoway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When it comes to Chasing Starlight Cassandras Story it doesn’t take much for it to chase down a 5 Star Rating. I absolutely adored this book. Cassandra was a wonderful character and was incredibly well written the entire story was just brilliant. Amazing writing and I look forward to more from these authors!

Reviewed By @teainaukgarden
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Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles) by Matilda Reyes & Jennifer Siddoway – Review by Heather Lovelace

Chasing StarlightChasing Starlight by Jennifer Siddoway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fabulous book! I absolutely loved every page and felt like Cassandra was an amazingly well written main character. Filled with fantasy and suspense this book kept me enthralled and reading each page with rapt attention. Absolutely loved it and highly recommend!

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles) by Matilda Reyes & Jennifer Siddoway – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Chasing StarlightChasing Starlight by Jennifer Siddoway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first book by these two authors, I enjoyed it and the journey they took me on. I can’t wait to see more from them. This is a creative, well written story that their attention to detail made me feel as if I was right there in the story. This is a fantasy story that the main character, Cassandra is a strong young woman. She has just taken a new job as a teacher but she also works as a Dream Weaver at night. What will happen when her night job turns complicated, other Dream Weavers are missing and she is now being stalked. This is a shorter story that I read in one sitting as it kept me turning pages. I highly recommend reading this book to find out what happens next.

Review by @bjwagner
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Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles) by Matilda Reyes & Jennifer Siddoway – Review by Laura Furuta

Chasing StarlightChasing Starlight by Jennifer Siddoway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles)
By Jennifer Siddoway & Matilda Reyes
5 out of 5 stars

The story Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles) by Jennifer Siddoway & Matilda Reyes is a fantasy/romance book. It is a story that pulled me in from the beginning and didn’t let me go until the final page. I loved reading about Cassandra Williams. She is a Dream Weaver. She is intelligent, kind, and caring. She is a teacher and also may have a chance at love. She finds out from her father that other dream weavers have started to disappear. There is a creature that doesn’t want her to leave the Realm of Dreams. How much danger is Cassandra in? Will she finally find true love? Read this book to find out. Cassandra’s story is a journey that had my emotions going up and down with hers. I grew to care about her and wanted her to be happy. Her father, the Lord of Night, is a character that is mysterious and at times demanding. There are many other characters that interact with Cassandra and I enjoyed reading about them. There are others that have their own plans and agendas. Will their plans succeed? This is a book that has magic and romance. It has moments that touched my heart and others when I wondered what was going to happen next. Don’t’ miss out on a fantasy story that will keep you reading into the night to find out what happens next. I recommend reading this book.

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Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles) by Matilda Reyes & Jennifer Siddoway – Review by Piper Foster

Chasing StarlightChasing Starlight by Jennifer Siddoway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cassandra is a dream weaver. This book starts off a little slow for me as it taked time to get into the main grit of the story. It takes a while to get to know the characters and Cassandra and her family relationships are easy to realted to i hope we get to know about this in the next book. This book is ideal to those who haven’t read about fae before and want to divulge into fantasy.

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