Saturday Short Story Review: Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

Saturday Short Story Review

Welcome back everyone to Saturday Short Story review!! Hope you all are have wonderful weekend. Today’s Short Story review is picture book/ graphic novel- Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais.


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Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Diamond Book Distributors

Read Date: September 30th 2017

Pages: 80

Stars: 5/5

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One day when, the Little Red Wolf is sent to visit his old grandmother with a rabbit. In his enjoyment, he stray from the path and loses his way. When a little girl, on seeing him crying offers to help, little wolf is pleased by niceness of the girl. Little he knew there is something else behind the niceness.

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Once upon a time, there was a family of wolves in deep and mysterious forest.

Little Red Wolf is inverted retelling of Little Red Riding, where little wolf pup is main character, wearing red cape, so innocent and lovely. That was brilliant thinking and it made story so interesting. Story told by little girl and wolf was mesmerizing and it was best part of the story.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young woman… who spent her time deep in the forest.

I loved how this little story, though they were 80 pages but pretty quick, was divided in chapters which was very different. I have never seen illustrated stories have chapters before.  All chapters had very beautiful art, all the details of forest, animals, and humans in it was eye-catching. This book will be on top of my list of best picture book for its artwork. I can imagine how beautiful finished copy will look.

I loved little wolf specifically. You seeing one in cover, that. Isn’t it very cute?

There were so many lesson in just few pages. First and obvious that was even in the original story that listen to warnings you are given, never trust strangers. Another which was new and my favorite, there are always more than one aspect of truth/story and action of the people are based on the aspect they choose to follow/ believe. Who said beast are always bad and humans are all good! Rage leads to blindness and guilt, so always try to understand situation before reacting.

The little twist and end of the book was unexpected and very beautiful.

Overall, I just loved this book and I recommend it for all children. It’s fabulous, entertaining, and I have no words for illustrations. Simply perfect. I want to read more by this author.


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Author and Illustrator: Amélie Fléchais

Publishers: Diamond Book Distributors.

*** Note: I received review copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got a chance to read this book. ***


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A Little of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson

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A Little of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson

Published: May 4th 2017 by Crooked Cat Books

Read Date: September 27th 2017

Pages: 252

Stars: 4/5

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Chantelle Rose, young and beautiful, started her career as ‘Extra’ role in gangster movie. That ‘Extra’ flashing role of hers gave her a biggest opportunity.

A chance to earn million dollars,

A chance to buy her dream house and

A chance to live a life she dreamed.

In that glittery blindfold she gave little attention to what was the script and what was her role. And end up in movie starring most famous actor of Hollywood, Lionel King. There was a lot at a stake in exchange of the million dollar opportunity.

Ahem, and Love life. Life where she had lot of Ex, little she thought she would truly fall for 2 heart-throbbing hottest men present on Earth. Robbie- mysterious, silent, country guy; and Lionel- star, actor, full of money, charm, and hotness.

Who will she give her heart and soul?

And then someone is stalking her. Who is that person and why?

Was the million dollar worth of her heart and life?


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That sounds quite a drama, right? Well it was hell lot of drama. A Little of Chantelle Rose is unique an interesting debut novel  by Cristina Hodgson. I definitely want to read more from this author.

The book was about Chantelle Rose, discovering her life, spreading her wing who wants to live and earn, finding a true love of her life that she had witnessed. And with her lady luck she found two. The story was about love, friendship, betrayal, trust, fame, running after dream and ‘Love Triangle’.

This was second contemporary I read where main characters were actors and got a glimpse of movie industry.

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As this book was character driven, it was hard to separate characters from what I liked or didn’t. Each character showed their positive and negative sides that I wanted to share, so this part will be little longer than rest of the review.

Chantelle was so funny, feisty, loud-mouthed (mostly in her head), hysterical at points, but truthful to herself. I have mixed feeling for her actions.

Ok bad one- She was so much after money that she even lost practicality of things. – Signing contract that she didn’t even know much about and then feeling all jittery. Then blaming others for plotting everything. (Seriously girl!!) She was giving lot of benefits of doubt to everyone.

Good one- She overreacted at tricky points, but for this I’m giving her benefit of doubt. 😉 I felt empathetic for her, the situations she was in and all her suffering, fearing, confusing emotions was so contagious. Development was good. She had something unique about her. I admired her with all her flaws. No, I’m not in love with her, but she would be a nice company.

What had I done to deserve the love of two such a wonderful men? Both special, each in their own way. I felt awful. Sick… If anyone confessed to me that they found themselves caught between two loves, I’d say a prayer for them. It was a bloody nightmare.

Both boys, Lionel and Robbie, had trouble in expressing their true feelings and made everything so unpredictable and confusing. Honestly, I couldn’t figure out who was right or wrong till the end. I assumed everything wrong about them. But one thing do agree from description, they were sexy as hell.

Lionel was all confidant, charming prince, workaholic, passionate, and so adorable. His love for Chantelle made me smile like teenage in the book. First half loved him totally. Second half confused me. I will give a plus point to Lionel for all good timing, and that’s why I might be partial with him. Bad one- How he approached Chantelle at first, for the main reason.

Robbie was true countryman, shy, and conservative. He was most genuine person in the book. His ‘know-me’ part came in second half of the book. So, I actually agreed to what Chantelle thought about him in whole book. Bad one- I can’t elaborate as it might give away lot, but his timing with her was bad, to be specific after attack. I don’t approve his action. Here you lost me dude.

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Good things I mentioned about characters. No character was perfect in this book they had flaws, lot sometimes, but that is what made them realistic. They realized their mistakes and they understood other’s feeling at the end and that was beautiful thing in the book.

Best thing of the book- Chantelle’s witty monologues were hilarious. I was literally laughing at some point. Damn! I loved her voice in this book. Funniest events were her encounter with Vivien in later half of the book, loo on flight, security check by custom officers, and many more I can go on and on about those events. She won my heart for this side of hers.

Friendship between Chantelle and Tammy. I loved Chantelle’s childhood with her. I liked Tammy’s parents, though they were not in the book until climax, they still showed their presence through Tammy, for her upbringing and accepting her friends. I loved character’s life story specifically about their parents.

It was ironic that Chantelle had feelings for both of them. That made story ‘Extra’ melodramatic, which looked implausible but honestly I enjoyed it, it made me curious to see whom she will choose and why. Sex scenes were okay, glad author left ‘too much extra’ from descriptions. Emotions in the book were so raw and real. It made me agitated from very beginning because that tagline on the cover, I was expecting something real bad will happen and also restless because of second half, I couldn’t just put down the book, I wanted to reach the end as fast as I can.

There were more turning point in the book than thriller/mystery book. I was feeling dizzy at the end with all the shocks of twists. Best twist was that stalker one, I can’t believe person who was after all those terror inducing threats.

Shell-shocked end of the book. It left me hanging. Sequel? I wish. 🙂 Though it was jaw-dropping, I kind of happy with the ending.

I loved epilogue, the word of wisdom Chantelle shared for all characters in the book. One of my favorite was one that she told to herself,

Make yourself a better person and know who you are before you try to know someone else and expect them to know you.

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Too much drama which was impossible in real life. Main thing was, by the time I reached to the revelation of stalker, I was so impatient and because of that weary. I felt like, I just want to turn pages and see who was behind all the mess. It took tremendous amount of energy not to do that or skim the pages. And the reason behind all that person gave, I was like, You Kidding Me!!

Few things about the characters that I didn’t like but I don’t judge them in the end.

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Overall, interesting, different, keep you on the edge (yeah that happens in contemporary too), dramatic plot and ending, mountain ride pace. If you’re fan of contemporary, I definitely recommend this book.


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Author: Cristina Hodgson

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*** Note: I received review copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got a chance to read this book. ***


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#BookBlitz & #Giveaway: Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 27 September till 3 October. See the tour schedule here.

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Genre: Coming of Age/ Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: September 27, 2017

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Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That’s me. And I don’t want it to be anymore.

Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn’t make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

Wanted. Important. Beautiful.

But we can’t be together because it isn’t real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren’t meant to fit together.

Even if I fall apart without him.

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“He’s so nice.” Janna takes another cookie and hands one to me as well. “He’s so out of my league, though. Hell, he’s out of most people’s leagues.”

Everyone is out of my league. Between my Pinnochio nose, planet-sized ass, and the scars left behind from the great pimple outbreak of 2015, I’m far down in the lineup for anyone to date. I accepted that a long time ago. After being called a dog more times than I can count, I finally made the decision that maybe everyone is right. I’m not pretty and never will be. The more and more someone refers to you as something, the more likely you are to believe it.

“How is he so nice and his sister is such a jerk?” I don’t think I’ve ever seen two people so different from one another before. His first impression is the complete opposite from Olivia’s.

Janna begins walking so I step in line with her. “Who knows? They were both super popular in school but for different reasons. Her reasons are more X-rated if you catch my drift.”

Sex tape? Pictures online? Favors in the bathroom? I want to know but I also don’t want to gossip about Olivia. I don’t like when people say stuff about me so I don’t want to do it to her. Besides, things like that tend to come back around. I don’t want it to bite me in the ass.

“So this Tyler guy, was he your boyfriend throughout high school?”

“Nah. We dated senior year. That was it. I had one other boyfriend, Grant, freshman and sophomore year. I took junior year off of guys, I guess. Who knows?” She shrugs. “Sometimes I think about quitting guys all together.”

“Like dating girls instead?”

“Maybe. Or not dating at all. I’ll graduate, collect two dozen cats, and call it a life.”

She can’t be serious. I would kill to look like her. Okay, maybe not kill, but I could do some damage if needed. I doubt she has had any experience with being called names, and she’s had two boyfriends to my zero. I picture her strutting down her high school hallway sans book bag—she’s too cool for one. Her books are snug against her hip as she works her way down the hall as everyone glances her way. No. She can’t become a cat lady. If anyone should surrender her life to cats it’s me, and even I won’t do that.

“What about you? Do you have a special man in your life?”

Does my dad count? Probably not what she means. I almost kissed Shawn Solender once in sixth grade but that turned out to be a joke. Another time as a freshman I was supposed to go to Homecoming with Chris Henderson. I sat on the front steps of my house for three hours before I finally admitted to myself he wasn’t coming. On Monday at school everyone made fun of me and pictures were posted all over Instagram. Someone had stopped by and snapped as many shots of me crying as they could. The hashtags were horrible, things such as #loser, #whowoulddateher, #dogface, #dogbreath, #nobody. They got pretty negative, pushed me down to a point I almost didn’t want to get back up, but I did. I keep telling myself they are only words, no matter how much they hurt.

The change begins with me, right? If I’m going to create a better life for myself, I have to be confident. “No. There are a few guys who want to date me, but since I’m here I want to play the field.” I’m sure she sees right through me, and if she does, she doesn’t let on.

“Us hotties have to stick together and stay single.”

Hotties? She’s speaking of herself, not me. I appreciate the gesture, trying to include me in a clique I will never be part of. I’ve been through it long enough. I know the truth.

I’m the ugly girl in the room. I always have been and always will be.


Tracy KrimmerAbout the Author:
Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

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The Ninth Circle, Book 1: Fire (The Ninth Circle #1) by C.A. Harland

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The Ninth Circle, Book 1: Fire (The Ninth Circle #1) by C.A. Harland

Expected publication: October 22nd 2017

Read Date: September 24th 2017

Pages: 244

Stars: 4/5

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Tala Morgenstern lives for the hunt, embracing her heritage as a demon hunter. When her younger sister, Hartley, disappears while on the trail of her long-lost father, Tala must seek the help of her other sister Aiva, who has turned her back on the underworld of magic and hunting. Suspecting demonic involvement, Tala and Aiva race to find Hartley before she can be claimed by hell.

Their search takes them deeper into the bowels of Dublin’s criminal underground, where the gangs are led by demons, and the currency is souls. With each Circle of hell bringing new dangers, and new revelations about their own place in the demon hunting world, Tala and Aiva have to rely on each other if they are to stand a chance of fighting their way to the Ninth Circle, and the demon lord who is waiting for them.


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The Ninth Circle was set in Ireland and was third person narrative alternates from Aiva, Tala, and few important events through different character’s perspectives. It was informative, descriptive, adventurous book about the 3 sisters, their life as Nighthunter, family drama and secrets woven in the world where demons of the hell roam among humans.

It was hard not to think about Shadowhunter Chronicles or similar kind of books while reading this. I could see little glimpse of Shadowhunter world and yet was very different than that.

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Aiva/Ivy– She was middle sister, not best in fight but was brainy one. Good at planning and researching. I liked her idealistic nature and her gift was cool. She was stubborn at some point had a weakness of accepting her mistake, for not listening her sisters.

Tala– She was amazing elder sister and hero for her sisters. Best in fighting with tremendous strength. Witty and high tempered. She was combo of Jace and Izabella of Mortal Instrument. She was blind in sister love which was her both weakness and also strength. One thing I didn’t like about her was, she will kill or betray others to save her sisters.

Hartley– Baby sister. She was not present in most of the book as she was missing and that’s why I couldn’t make out much about her. Complex and unexpected one.

All three sisters had a gifts which was discovered as the book progressed. Oh, did I tell they had different fathers? They were not blood sisters and still their love for each other was adorable. Characters developed a little, specifically Aiva, as book progressed. This was just a one part of the series and it was like reading detailed introduction of them and there might be more in the next books.

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Books directly started with main characters –Tala and Aiva’s life after Hartley goes missing with action scenes. It felt like I was suddenly whisked to a world where I didn’t know what was going on. I must say it started very well, my brain was flooded with lot of questions and slowly everything was answered and then I was introduced to these sisters and interesting world.

The main theme of the book- The Circles and family drama. Brilliant world building. I just love reading about supernaturals, demons, creatures and all of them was there in this book. Let me tell you what circles were.-

The Circles were run by demons who came from hell on Earth and functioned their demonic activity through circles starting from thieves, clubs, brothel, and casinos to gangs and terrorists. There were levels from one (lower, not that dangerous but informative) to nine (higher and most dangerous). In each chapter introduced one or two circles, the type of demons who run them and how they worked. There were various kind of demons in the book- sirens, fair folk, succubus, Kasha, Selkie, name it you have it and little about them as well.

Some readers may feel that was much info dumping but for me it was amazing. And best thing was, those info about demons and circles did not contain lot of pages of the book. They were in bits or just few lines, narrated in between actions or research by sisters or during their conversations. In short the Circles were perfectly written, I never felt like I was missing something or left unexplained.

I liked the pictures on the beginning of each chapters. All action scenes and descriptions of places and demons were beautifully narrated. I could visualize scene clearly.

I liked reading about family, how their mother died and why Aiva separated from their sisters after their mother’s death, and also more about their mother, what she planned and why she told few things like always stick together and wear necklace she gave to them. Discovering who was Harley’s father and Tala’s, was surprising. Aiva might know about hers in next books of the series.

Author created great suspense in the book. Like characters I could not guess what might have happened to Hartley or where she was. The mystery was solved step by step and there were little clue on how to find her and those clue lead them through each Circles with lot of danger and action. I couldn’t guess anything certainly even after climax. Twist and turns in the book were amazing. Climax and end of the book totally unexpected and taken me by surprise and at the same time was so typical.

There were lot of things and info in this first book only. I wonder what will be in next books of the series!!

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I felt like, their mother’s plan was little confusing and not properly explained. It was like wrapped in hurry to reach the end. The way story was in the end it could have 2 or 3 ending including what author decided. And I was not happy with ending author preferred. The ends I thought might be a surprise in the next books- of course there isn’t any hint of that- but as for this one, it was just okay.

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Overall, fast paced, interesting world building and suspense with family drama. Those who liked Shadow hunter chronicles and similar kind of books, would like this book. This book is for supernatural fans.


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Author: C.A. Harland

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*** Note: I received review copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got a chance to read this book. ***


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (4)

Hello Everyone! Welcome to weekly meme It’s Monday!

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIn case if you don’t know, ‘It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Last week I finished, Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2) by Kelsey Ketch and The Ninth Circle- I will post review tomorrow.

Currently I’m reading~~~

This is contemporary. So far I’m liking character’s voice in the book.

A Little of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson

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At the age of twenty-four, Chantelle Rose has all a city girl can expect: a tiny bed-sit in South London, a lousy poorly-paid job, a tyrannical boss, and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list.

Desperate for change, she becomes an extra in a seedy crime film. When that leads to the opportunity of a lifetime – a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose – she accepts without thinking twice. After all, what could possibly go wrong? In any event, she´ll earn enough to buy her dream home, set up her own business and never worry about money again.

And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel – Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.

But who can she trust? Who is bent on scaring her away, and why?

There seems to be more at stake than just her heart. Will a million dollars be worth it?

Another I’m reading parallel to this book is collection of short story and my first paperback ARC I won in giveaways. yeyyy!!

Tell Tale: Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer

tell taleNearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Jeffrey Archer returns with his eagerly-awaited, brand-new collection TELL TALE, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.

Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out Who Killed the Mayor? and the pretentious schoolboy in A Road to Damascus, whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life in the most profound way.

Revel in the stories of the 1930’s woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League University in A Gentleman and A Scholar while another young woman who thumbs a lift gets more than she bargained for in A Wasted Hour.

These wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales prove not only why Archer has been compared by the critics to Dahl and Maugham, but why he was described by The Times as probably the greatest storyteller of our age.

Next I’m reading this week~~~

Name of Ra (Descendants of Isis #3)  by Kelsey Ketch

Fantasy, Mythology and last in series. I hope I can read it by Sunday.

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“Set has risen.”

After being on the run from a psychotic cult for a week, Natara “Natti” Stone has finally come to realize she and Seth are the only two people standing between the Sons of Set and the secret name of Ra. Holding a part of the key that unlocks Ra’s power, they relocate to a more isolated location in the California mountains. While laying low, Natti becomes even more determined to understand her mother’s bloodline and her blessing from the goddess, Isis. But when she starts seeing the truth behind her destiny, she begins to doubt her role in the events that are about to unfold.

Then the unthinkable happens . . .

All Seth O’Keefe wanted was to get Natti as far away from his father and the Sons of Set as possible. Unfortunately, after hearing of Natti’s destiny from Isis’s own lips, he realizes they have bigger issues to worry about. Especially when one stupid slip up leads the god of chaos himself straight to their doorstep. Now Natti is the god’s prisoner, and Set holds the key to unlocking the location of the secret name of Ra. Can Seth save Natti from her own destiny and thwart the demented god’s rise to power?


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