Review – No Plain Rebel

No Plain Rebel

(No Ordinary Star #2)

M.C. Frank



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A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2525.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth. Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate.

The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head.
Because she’s no longer there.
The Stadium is looming in the distance.
It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.


No Plain Rebel is just as gorgeous and enthralling as No Ordinary Star (Review). M.C. Frank has created such a unique, thrilling, and heart achingly memorable story about loss, forgiveness and hope. I’m positively in love with this breathtaking series and honestly can’t recommend it enough.


I loved being back with Felix and Astra as they continued to uncover more truths about themselves and the world that had forgotten kindness, faith and love. Some were quite pleasant, others were just sad, while many were absolutely atrocious. Through it all, the plot was fast-paced, insanely intriguing, and amazingly suspenseful. There were plenty of nail-biting twist and turns, fun surprises, and tender moments that kept the story moving. I felt so many emotions with this book that I thought my heart would burst into a million pieces. When Frank writes… she writes with so much passion and purpose. Every single page had meaning, beauty, and most of all – a tremendous heart! Trust me, you will be obsessed with this series so much that you won’t want it to end.

My admiration for Felix and Astra has no bounds. They’re strong, complex, beautifully flawed, and lovable in every way. They both have been through so much pain and loss that it was so wonderful to see them become the amazing heroes you’ll root for all the way to the end. Together, Felix and Astra rebelled against everything they knew and worked together to change the world. Along the way, they also found friendship and love in each other. A love so real and sweet and just beautiful. Tin Soldier and Match Girl have a piece of my heart now and forevermore.

With a powerfully evocative writing style, fascinating storyline, gorgeous world building, and great character development, No Plain Rebel is 200 pages of pure beauty. It’s wonderfully poignant, incredibly engrossing, and so utterly sincere.


It’s ten heartbeats to midnight. Ten heartbeats to the unknown future of humanity and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

As a member of the NOS Street Team, I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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(Releasing December 5, 2017)


About the Author

(Taken from M.C. Frank’s Website)

mcfrankI am M.C. Frank: writer, reader, designer, editor, physicist and teacher. (To mention a few.)

I have been living in a world of stories ever since I can remember (that’s before I knew how to write). I started writing them down when I could no longer stand the characters in my head screaming at me to give them life and while those first scribblings weren’t exactly good (nor were they books, although I insisted on calling them that), they were enough for me to discover my passion in life.

I started writing seriously a few years back, pursuing my dream of a writing career. I started small, in a magazine, but ever since I’ve been dreaming of doing what I absolutely love for a living, and finally I am getting there! I feel so blessed and happy.

I got my university degree in physics a few years ago. People look at me weirdly when I tell them I’m a physicist, so I say, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I’m like Sheldon, only a bit crazier! I am now free to pursue my love of reading and writing, as well as my free-lance job of editor-in-chief. I live with my husband in a home filled with candles, laptops and notebooks, where I rearranges my overflowing bookshelves every time I feel stressed.

Which is often, since (as you might have noticed) I don’t pick the easiest subjects for my novels. I put my characters in icy-cold dystopian worlds where kissing is forbidden (among other things), or place them in green forests ruled by evil Sheriffs. If they’re in Jane Austen’s London, they have to be running away from a traumatic childhood, or if they are in our current, contemporary world, they’re scared they’ll die before they have finished high school. That sort of thing.

Don’t worry, though, I know we all are in need of a little hope and joy in our lives, so there’s a good dose of those as well in everything I write.

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Thanks for reading my review. I hope you get a chance to meet Felix and Astra and discover the beauty in this breathtaking series. I promise you will fall absolutely in love.

Don’t forget to leave your comments down below. I’d love to hear what you think.

Sincerely Karen Jo



Book Blitz + Giveaway – Got Mine by Nicole Loufas

Got Mine
Nicole Loufas
Publication date: July 25th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

When his girlfriend joins the army; Theodore Sway is left to raise their daughter on his own. His shitty job barely covers the ever-rising cost of his San Francisco neighborhood. When Lulu is accepted at a hipster private school, Theo is forced to find a better job. He does what any good parent would – he becomes a stripper.

Theo sacrifices his ego, his morals, and his body hair so his daughter can have the kind of childhood he’s always dreamt about. With the encouragement of his not-so-helpful club brothers and Sylvie, his ex-stripper BFF, Sway struggles to maintain balance between his sexy stage persona and his role as the world’s okayest dad.

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Author Bio:

Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native, however she’s lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve years – give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels. Long story short – kids that lie become writers.

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WWW Wednesdays

Hello lovelies!! My week has been dragging so much. Thanksgiving was such a nice break and I miss it so much already. Anyway, time for another WWW Wednesdays which is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Just answer these three questions:

  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

With hustle and bustle during my Thanksgiving break, I didn’t have time to read as much as I had planned. I thought I would get a few hours here and there, but my days were jam packed with activities. Having said that, I did manage to finish reading  Instructions for a Secondhand Heart by Tamsyn Murray and I loved it! It’s painfully real, incredibly affecting, and so beautifully written. I’ll have my review for that later on in the week.



I’m still reading The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby from Entangled Teen Crush. As I mentioned last WWW Wednesday, I started reading this before Thanksgiving Day, but I didn’t get to really read it until Sunday night. I’m almost halfway done and so far the story is dragging a bit. The plot is quite intriguing and fun, but for some reason it’s not holding my interest. Maybe I’m burned out from work or having a Holiday hangover.



I’m part of a blog tour and still trying to knock off as many books on my Netgalley TBR, so I still plan on reading the same books I had from last week –  The Sweetheart Sham (Southern Charmed #1) by Danielle Ellison and Where I Found You by Heidi R. Kling.


Hopefully next week I’ll have new books to include in my WWW Wednesday. How are you all doing with your TBR? What are on your WWW Wednesday this? Leave a comment down below. And as always, thanks for reading and have a great day!!

Sincerely Karen Jo