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Screaming Beauty (Tales from the Poisoned Apple Book 2) by Scott Mooney – My Review


Title: Screaming Beauty (Tales from the Poisoned Apple Book 2)

Author: Scott Mooney

Release Date: April 28th 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Twenty-three-year-old Briar Pryce has earned a little rest and relaxation. She’s rescued her best friend from being transformed into a cat and stopped a war in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s hidden neighborhood of counterfeit curses and fairy tale trickery. All Briar wants is to have a carb-filled brunch, gossip over a couple of mead-mosas, and maybe figure out if she’s actually in a love triangle with her high-school crush and her strait-laced business partner.

But relaxing is hard when the city starts screaming.

Some malevolent curse has invaded the dreams of the sleeping princesses across the Apple, spreading nightmares and violence throughout the city. What’s worse, a militant new faction of knights has used the chaos to grab power and trap Briar’s community in its authoritarian grip. If Briar’s going to be able to free the princesses and stop these fairy tale fascists, she’s going to have to solve a deeper mystery: the origins of her own uncontrollable, emotion-altering powers. Briar and her friends will journey from the depths of the enchanted Afterwoods to the penthouses of the Upper East Side to stop the knights, wake the princesses, and save the Poisoned Apple.

And hopefully still fit in that brunch.

I have been anticipating this book for awhile and was excited to finally grab my hands on it! Briar and the gang are back and this time, there’s more danger and a few surprises. 

I really liked the vibe of this book. I felt the story was a bit darker than book one and I was there for it. I appreciated the unique touches the author wove into the story. It truly felt magical. This is a really great adventure read with some awesome twists and turns! Like I mentioned at the beginning, I have been looking forward to this book and the author didn’t disappoint! Now I wait not so patiently for the next. If you like fairy tales with a twist, this series is for you! 

I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Pricked by Scott Mooney – My Review

Release Date: August 13th 2019

Genre: Urban Fantasy


Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a cursed muffin basket. Needless to say, Briar is nowhere near happily-ever-after. But that’s just life as a twentysomething in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s lost borough of fairy-tale wonder and rent-controlled magic.

When Briar reluctantly agrees to help find a princess’s kidnapped boyfriend in exchange for reversing the curse on her friend, she gets the heroic quest she never really wanted. Unfortunately, the life of a noble heroine is not all it’s cracked up­­ to be – the hours blow, and Briar suspects that the Royal family employing her might be evil, Republican, or both. To complete the suckage, a killer smoke magician is stalking Briar as she searches both the Poisoned Apple and Manhattan for the missing boy. As tensions between the Poisoned Apple royalty ignite and civil war looms, Briar must figure out how to write her own happy ending–or she’ll just be ending.

~My Review~

It’s been a loong time since I’ve had a fairy tale fantasy book capture my attention like this one did. There’s also an urban fantasy vibe to it as well. I enjoyed that because it made for a fun read! The author has built this magical world with such creativity that you feel transported to another realm. THAT is a good sign of a good book. There’s tons of fairy tale references and it was fun to see how the author would put their twist on them. Briar was a fave. She isn’t perfect but tries to do the right thing when she can. A totally relatable character. This author is new to me and I enjoyed his style of writing and storytelling. I do hope there’s another book! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*