Cianna’s Mainstream Book Reviews!

New Release! The Star Touched Queen! Don’t miss it!


THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN (St. Martin’s Griffin; April 26, 2016) is a lush and vivid standalone debut young adult fantasy that seamlessly weaves the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone with Indian folklore.  Featuring a smart, independent anti-princess who must take her place as queen and a forbidden romance that defies the odds, debut author Roshani Chokshi pairs beautiful writing with a thrilling pace and compulsive plot, using her own Filipino and Indian heritage to create a culturally diverse and vividly imagined world.


#Review of #BookofLife by Deborah Harkness – Finale to epic #supernatural series gives you all you want and more @VikingBooks @DebHarkness


The day has finally come! I finished the book of life after work a few days ago, and I’ve been sitting on my hands, trying to keep from typing up my review entirely too early. I’m so beyond excited Viking gave me the chance to read this finale to my beloved series early, and even more so, giving me the chance to give YOU a copy of this amazing book! 🙂

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The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.


Grade: A++++ (Out of this world stars)

I am going to attempt to be spoiler free, because I’m not one to spoil books for anyone, but THIS BOOK IS AMAZING, from the first to the last page, I was hooked, I lived, I died, I cried. I was basically a mess for the whole time I read the book. I wanted to scream as random strangers on the bus when certain twists and turns come to light, when certain villains re-emerge, and certain unexpected heroes risk life and limb, without even knowing if their efforts are in vain. It’s brilliantly written, and it captures everything fans love about the series and amplifies it by about 100. Diana is brought into a whole new level with this book, leaving behind the history she came to know and love in the Elizabethan England, and brought into sharp, vivid, modern day magical world. Things have changed, rumors have surfaced, and lines are being drawn. I’m really trying hard to avoid any major spoilers, but as Deb said on Facebook, read with a friend! You’re going to want to call or text someone for each of these bumps, and share you’re excitement, astonishment, and general anger depending on the instance. Overall, this book was wonderful. History and Magic intertwine, and it’s beautiful. I think the weaving of this story was something I was just impressed by. Characters I didn’t think could grow anymore still did, and other characters I wanted more of came out and we really got to watch them grow and change. I don’t think I can allow myself to say anymore because I’ll spill all kinds of secrets, but I promise you, buy this book and read it quickly.

* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

About The Author:

My life has been a series of left turns that nevertheless took me in the right direction (though it didn’t always seem so at the time). I went to college to be a theater major and ended up studying the Renaissance. I went to grad school to become a college administrator and loved to teach so much I became a college professor instead. I thought I wanted to be a Tudor-Stuart historian, and found myself a historian of science. I started blogging because a friend needed help on a project in 2006 and am still blogging about wine today. I started writing a novel in the fall of 2008, and it became a New York Times Bestseller in February 2011: A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. The second volume in the All Souls Trilogy, SHADOW OF NIGHT, came out in July 2012 and debuted at #1 on the NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller’s List. What’s next? The final volume of the trilogy, of course: THE BOOK OF LIFE, coming July 15 2014 to the US, UK, Canada, and Republic of Ireland.



To enter to win a copy of The Book of Life, (US Only), comment on this post and let me know, if you’d rather be a witch or a vampire! 🙂 Simple & easy! Plus for a bonus, share this post somewhere and let me know where!

Giveaway ends 7/18! 🙂

Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian – Perfect Novella to help the waiting, fantastic story! @BerkleyRomance @sarahharian @penguinusa

Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian




Available August 19th, 2014

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In The Wicked We Have Done, readers were introduced to Valerie Crane. But you don’t know her the way you think you do. This is her story…

Valerie has always been different from her identical twin Veda. Tattooed, fiery, and foul-mouthed, Valerie acts on instinct, getting even with anyone who wrongs her passive and sensitive sister.

At twenty-two, Veda doesn’t want to seek revenge against the three young men who raped her. As for Val…

Val never could manage her anger well.

As far as Val sees it, the Compass Room is simply a quicker way for her to die—payment for the crime she feels no guilt over. There isn’t a reason to fight, not until a girl as broken as she is reminds Val of what it’s like to hope…



Grade: 4.5 Stars

Reviewed by Cianna for Sunshine & Mountains

When I reviewed “The Wicked We Have Done”, I loved it. Simply thought, wow, here’s a new idea. A fresh idea. The Compass Room, similar to the testing in Divergent, was such an in depth, immersive experience for the reader. When I saw a novella by the same author up for grabs on my review list, I grabbed it, and I read it right then. If you would’ve asked me a year ago, I would’ve told you I never read a book with same sex love interests. It wasn’t that I was against it, it just never came up. Well, my eyes have been opened, by this novella, and a few other novels before it, like The Red Sun Rises by Victoria Kinnaird! Authors who choose to stray from the beaten path for a novel that is not just straight sex, but provides depth, love, relationship issues, and struggles, it’s something to be impressed by. I’m glad for it, and I enjoy it, because the character dynamics aren’t exactly the same as we’d see with a male/female dynamic. There’s other layers to it, and it makes it beautiful. This novella grabbed me. It grabbed me from the first chapter, because I too would like nothing more than to sleep in, and it kept hold of me for the action, and even the jump to the next major time/scene change didn’t faze me, because the writing was fluid and allowed for time to slip. Val is a great character. She’s a fighter who doesn’t yet realize that all her fighting is born out of being a lover. She’s flawed but in a perfectly relatable, challenging way. I don’t think any of us know what we are capable if someone should hurt someone we love. The Compass Room is also so interesting because it really challenges each criminal to come forward and be honest with their reasoning. Was it borne out of duty, love, revenge, hate, anger? What drove them to do that? This novella, even being short, made me cry! I was touched by Val’s relationship with Jace, and it hurt! I need more of this story! I want to know about the trial, and what happens next! Great job on this story, it’s a nice filler in the world while we wait for the next book in the series!  🙂

*I was given a copy from the publisher, via NetGalley for an honest review.


About the Author:

7112593 (1)Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.

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