This Rebel Reviews: The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

Genre: Adult Gaslight Fantasy, Gothic

This book begins with a group of six teenagers in England that have been chosen to become the new members of The Guard a secret organization that keeps the spiritual world separated from the mortal world.

I love the main character Percy I really connected with her insecurities and her loneliness and wanting someone to finally see her. Her love interest Alexi is a true gothic hero. He is moody, always wants to be in control, solitary and I loved him from the first scene. Alexi and Percy have a pretty big age gap(19 and 34) think Jane and Rochester from Jane Eyre. I love the romance between Percy and Alexi she was in love at first sight but it took a bit longer for Alexi to let himself love. The dance scene had me swooning. It was so romantic. I loved watching these 2 lonely people find each other. But this isn’t just a love story. There is an Ancient Prophecy, the relationships between the six guard members is tangled, complex, and dramatic and ghosts ghosts everywhere. Leanna’s books always speak to my soul and her books are always full of love, friendship, family and fighting against the darkness in the world. I might have already devoured book 2.

Rating: 5 stars

This Rebel Reviews: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey

Genre: Classic

Northanger Abbey was a book that should never been published and the only reason it was was because Jane Austen’s death prevented her from reworking and rewriting it. This book will never be heralded for being her best novel as it is missing the depth, character development and plotting of her later work but it is still a must read. I have read it 5 times and It never fails to charm me and make me laugh. It also has a super cute romance. In two characters in NA(Henry Tinny and Isabelle Trophe) I feel the shadows of the characters she would create in her later work like Henry Crawford and Miss Bingley. One thing that Austen never fails at is her amazing understanding of human nature. Her stories may take place in regency era England but her characters are still so relevant today. We have all meet a man like John Trophe who only wants to talk about how smart he, how fast his car goes and how he has more important friends and connects then anyone. I don’t recommend Northanger Abbey as your first Austen. I think Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility the best to start with.

Rating: 5 stars

This Rebel Reviews: Wrath, Goddess, Sing by Maya Deane

Wrath, Goddess,Sing is a beautifully written retelling of Achilles but with a twist. Achilles is a transgender women and her mother goddess Athena gives her the women’s body she has always wanted to get her to agree to fight in the Trojan War.

Masterfully written and the story really flowed and the author had great world building.The writing is what really stands out for me in this book. I really enjoyed the story that was until the end which I disliked so much I took off a whole star in rating. It was really weird and felt the author feel into the trap many author’s fall into when writing a retelling giving an ending that doesn’t fit the story. I also felt the author didn’t need to list the god or goddesses every name from every nation whenever they came into the story.

Achilles wasn’t always the easiest character to like let alone love but her strength, courage, and love for her chosen family won me over to her side. She was flawed and I love that. I love a lot of the side characters especially her cousin Patroklos and his wife Meryapi and Achille’s two horses. I do recommend you look up trigger warnings before you read this book. If you love LGBTQIAP+ books and greek mythology this a must read even if I didn’t like the ending I am still happy I read this awesome book and recommend you do as well.

Rating 4 stars

This Rebel Reviews:Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

Year of the Reaper captivated me from the first page. The main character Cas has been though a lot of both emotional and physical pain and one thing this book is about is healing. I love the hero and heroine and their romance. They have such deep connection. Plus their meeting was the first fantasy meet cute I have read. I was worried about the world building this being a fantasy standalone but it was really well done. I love that this whole book was told from Cas’s Point of View which is rare for me because I always feel like I am missing parts of the story but never felt like that in this book.

This book had some great twists I didn’t see coming. This book really shows the strength of the human spirit and no matter what life throws at us we can survive and come out the other side stronger. I also like how this book explored how life and loss can change you. The ending was perfection.

Rating: 5 stars

This Rebel Reviews: Vampish: The Hunt by G.K. Derosa

Adult Paranormal Romance Series

Book 1

This book is amazing. I love the heroine Phoenix. She is kick butt, dedicated to her mission and is very loyal to the people she loves. If you have read Wolfish the hero Ransom will be familiar. Derosa has created an amazing world with Azar. One you you want to come back to time and time again. I loved the hero and heroines first meeting. It is one of my favorite scenes. This book has two of my favorite romance tropes enemies to lovers and close proximity. Ransom and Phoenix have amazing chemistry and the sexual tension is HIGH people. If you don’t like a lot of sex references or that makes you uncomfortable you should skip this one. The plot was smooth like butter. The writing was fang-tastic (Sorry, I couldn’t resist) and I adore all the characters. That cliffhanger was so cruel. I need the next book right now.

Rating: 5 stars


This Rebel Reviews: The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

This book has TEETH and I love it. It has all of my favorite things witches, mystery, magic, angry girls and sapphic romance. I love both of the two main characters. Della and Natasha will both do anything to protect those they love. I really connected with that. I really felt for Della and her having to be the leader of her family because her father was too weak. I wasn’t very fond of his character. I love the mystery element to the story even if I figured out who was doing the crime very quickly. I also really love that Natasha was adopted at 10 years old and not as baby. My aunt was adopted when she was a teen by my grandparents and was happy to see that rep in this book. I love Della and Natasha’s relationship. Enemies to lovers is a favorite trope of mine. This book bought up a lot of injustices that women have to face at the hands of men and didn’t sugar coat it. I want the last two lines of this book tattooed on my soul. Go and read this book and remember that the river has teeth.

Rating: 5 stars

This Rebel Reviews: Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Young Adult Contemporary LGBTQIA+ Romantic Comedy

This book is so adorable and awkward. The main character Lou reminds me of Emma from Jane Austen expect Lou’s romantic plots are much more illogical and teen and Lou has doesn’t think she is the best thing sense crispy M&Ms like Emma. While I didn’t connect with Lou and her matchmaking I did connect with her and her low self esteem and insecurities. I was always like Lou never the princess always the Hot Dog Girl and I loved watching Lou find out being the Hot Dog Girl is even better then being the princess.

Seeley is the Lou’s best friend and I love her so much. She is always there for Lou no matter how crazy her ideas and always helps her with them. Seeley is best friend goals. I love how Lou and her father where so close and had such a great relationship. I want to see more great dad and daughter relationships like this in other books. If you love rom coms I can’t recommend this book enough.

Rating: 5 stars

This Rebel Reviews: A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

Standalone Young Adult Dark Academia

This book is a dark twisted story full of ghosts, witches, murder, magic and secret societies. I couldn’t put this book down. I love the creepy haunted atmosphere that hung over the Dalloway school and how it’s history make Dalloway feel so alive like it was a character and not just a school. I love both the main character Felicity and her friend Ellis. But with Ellis you can’t help but became fascinated and a bit obsessed with her just like Felicity and the other girls at Dalloway are. There is just something about her.

I love the romance in this novel and think that Felicity and Ellis are soulmates. This book keep me guessing. The last few chapters get really intense and I had no idea how this book was going to end. This book was just fantastic and is going on my keeper shelf.

Rating: 5 stars

This Rebel Reviews: The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

Standalone Science Fiction Novella

I usually think novellas are too quick and don’t have enough story and/or character development. Not The Cybernetic Teashop it has great fully flushed out characters and a story that is the perfect length. This book has amazing asexual representation and romance. This story is so charming and heartfelt. It is like having a perfect cup of tea.

Rating: 5 stars

This Rebel Reviews: The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

Standalone Young Adult Contemporary

This book is about two siblings. One living and One dead and about living on when someone you love is no longer here. About how it is so hard to be the one left behind. The author did an amazing job showing Liam’s grief and how you can truly never understand a person’s grief even if you are grieving the same person. This book is a raw, ugly, and brutal portrayal of living with grief. I loved how the author had before and after chapters and how you have a better understanding of Liam’s and Ethan’s characters because of it. This book is heartbreaking but hopeful. While I didn’t love this book as much as the author’s first book. I really liked this one and think it is a very important book that will help others going though grief themselves.

Rating: 5 stars