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Halayda | Review

Halayda| Review

I picked up Halayda just because of the cover art alone. And then I read the blurb and realized the book dealt with fairies, magic and alchemy and I knew I needed to read it. And I’m happy to report that Halayda did not disappoint.

The book opens with Sylvie, who was studying alchemy at a local college before being betrayed. She now keeps to herself and watches over half-fae orphans at her house. One night a quarter, she works with King Taylan Ashkalabek of the fae to help keep the peace between faerie and humankind. But plans and schemes are in place to destroy that peace, plans that change Sylvie’s life forever.

Halayda sucked me quickly and did not let go! The character development was great, with a round house of characters that balanced each other out perfectly. The world building was unique and intriguing, and the plot was well developed with a quick pace that kept me turning pages well into the wee hours.

I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the Star-Fae Trilogy!

 

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 stars

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An Inheritance of Curses | Review

An Inheritance of Curses | Review

An Inheritance of Curses is a book that immediately drops you into the plot, which is fast paced and never lets up throughout the book. In the novel, you follow Rose, who is determined to prove herself different from the rest of her family. Too bad that Rose’s plan is befuddled by the fact that she walks into her aunt’s basement to find a chained up fae, werewolf, and vampire.

There is a lot going on in this book, and the false mate-bond that happens does seem to put everything else on the back seat, but towards the end of the book, everything comes back into focus and the book ends on a well rounded note.

The writing was straightforward and engaging, and the world building was decent, but I thought it could have been more fleshed out, especially in regards to the different houses and the background of the LeFey family.

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 stars

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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Secondborn | Review

Secondborn | Review

If you’re not familiar with Amy A. Bartol, you need to be! I loved both her Premonition and Kricket Series. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across Secondborn as a Kindle First book for July, as I didn’t know Bartol had a book coming out this year! So of course I snatched it up and began reading.

Secondborn follows the story of Roselle, the second born child in a prominent family. Her older brother, Gabriel, is destined to lead the family, while Roselle will go on to be in the military, as the second children in every family go into servitude on their 18th birthday.

 

I immediately fell in love with Roselle and found her very likable and relatable. The world building was fantastic, as was all the cast of characters. I was really intrigued by Agent Crow, and I do feel like there is more to that story, so we’ll see!

My dislikes for Secondborn stems from the fact that so far, it does have a lot of similarities to the Kricket Series. And the pacing was off at times, with stops and starts to the otherwise great plot.

Rating: 4 stars

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Fallen Flame | Review

Fallen Flame | Review

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved Fallen Flame! The world building was so unique and I loved the spin on magic here. The writing flowed nicely, and the plot had some exciting moments. I would have preferred more character development and less insta-romance, but nothing so major to stop me from reading the next books in the series!

But Fallen Flame is about Vala, a girl born with charred skin. Because of her skin, she was trained to be a member of the guard for the Prince’s detail. Vala grew up together with Prince Caulden and they formed a friendship. An unsuccessful attempt on the Prince’s life leads Vala down a rabbit hole of secrets that changes her life forever.

Thanks so much for NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Rating: 4 stars

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Black Dawn | Review

Black Dawn | Review

I just finished Black Dawn, and if you’re looking for an adventure filled weekend read, this is it! Emory Fae is living her life when it is suddenly turned upside down by the news that she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line of Kiero, a far away and magic filled world. Emory also finds out that is is part of the Black Dawn Rebellion and is thrown into a fight to save her world and throne.

When I started reading Black Dawn, I was really surprised at how short the book was, and how quickly I was moving through it. But it really is action packed and very little room is wasted on unnecessary dialogue or plot points, which I appreciate.

I did struggle a little with the multiple plot points, but it didn’t take anything away from the book – that’s just a personal preference of mine. The world building was intense at times, and Emory really developed and grew as a character and I can’t wait to see what ends up happening in book two, since Black Dawn ended on a MAJOR cliffhanger.

A couple of things that didn’t sit that great with me are that this book has a villain that I really think could be fleshed out a little more (so hopefully that happens in book two) and the romance that occurs felt a bit insta-love to me (not to mention the love triangle / square that’s going on).

 

Rating: 3 stars

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2017 Book Releases To Read

l’ll be updating this list throughout the year, but here are some of my most anticipated 2017 book releases! This list is really so I can remember what books I want to read, as there are always so many great ones coming out, that I can’t keep up!

January:

  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard (2 stars)
  • Roseblood by A.G. Howard (1 star)
  • Feversong by Karen Marie Moning (1 star)
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (3 stars)
  • The Bear and the Nightingale (3 stars)

February:

  • Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey (4 stars)
  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (5 stars)
  • A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab (5 stars)
  • Daughter of the Pirate King (4 stars)
  • Empress of a Thousand Skies (2 stars)
  • Gilded Cage by Vic James (3 stars)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5 stars)
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (4 stars)
  • The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins (3 stars)

March:

  • Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop (4 stars)
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (2 stars)
  • The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins (2 stars)
  • Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (2 stars)
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (3 stars)
  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (5 stars)
  • Hunted by Megan Spooner (3 stars)
  • Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (DNF)

April:

  • Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer (2 stars)
  • Savages by Katherine Bogle (3 stars)
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshy (4 stars)
  • Skullsworn by Brian Staveley (3 stars)
  • Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz (1 star)
  • Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima (5 stars)
  • Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (DNF)
  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (3 stars)

May:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas (4 stars)
  • The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye (2 stars)
  • Ensnared by Rita Stradling (3 stars)
  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (3 stars)
  • Death and Night by Roshani Chokshy (5 stars)
  • Dragon Redeemer by Amy Bearce (4 stars)
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (4 stars)
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (DNF)
  • Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney (1.5 stars)

June:

  • Roar by Cora Carmack (4 stars)
  • The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King (4 stars)
  • The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen (5 stars)
  • The Fallen Kingdom (5 stars)
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (3 stars)
  • Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau (DNF)
  • Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (4 stars)
  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White

July:

  • The Changeling’s Journey by Christine Spoors

August:

  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
  • Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

September:

  • One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (4 stars)
  • Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

October:

  • That Inevitable VIctorian THing by E.K. Johnson
  • Warcross by Marie Lu

November:

December:

Book Review

OverRuled | Review

OverRuled | Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the author of OverRuled, Brittney Joy, if I would be interested in reviewing her book. She said it had magic. And heroines. And horses. And so like any person who loves magic, heroines, and horses, I said yes.

And another gif because this book has horses. Beautiful, majestic, lovable horses.

OverRuled follows the story of both Nova Hart and Princess Jade. Nova hasn’t set foot in the city of Sterling since her family left when she was just a baby and is shocked to find the use of magic in the kingdom, and more importantly, the way magic is used to rule and control.

Meanwhile, Princess Jade has not only never left Sterling, but she’s never set foot outside of the castle. She is told by her mother, Queen Katrina, that this is for Jade’s own protection, but Jade starts to wonder how true this really is.

Nova and Jade become thrown together in a power play for rule over the kingdom, along with the mysterious Chael, a royal guard. Neither girl knows who to trust, and this fast paced novel will have you guessing until the very end.

Now even though this novel is written in dual POV (Jade and Nova) I found myself attached and growing fond of both characters. When Chael appeared on screen and started to interact with both girls, I found myself torn because I could feel a love triangle potentially developing. But that part is still a grey area, I think on purpose, because Chael does have some secrets of his own and keeps things close to his vest and doesn’t say everything.

The world building was fantastic and there were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, so I was pleasantly surprised there. I really did like how the magic was ‘built’ differently than from what I’ve ever read before in terms of how it is passed down through the line.

Overall this was a great read and I’m really eager to see where the next book goes!

My favorite line: 

“Jade?” He raised her chin with a finger when she didn’t respond. She reluctantly returned his gaze, wanting the intensity in his eyes to be for her, not simply for the responsibility of her.”

My favorite visual: Riv!

Rating: 4 stars

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A Crown of Wishes | Review

A Crown of Wishes | Review

So if you follow me on social media, you might have seen that I had a hard time getting into Roshani’s first novel, A Star-Touched Queen, and so I was a little unsure about A Crown of Wishes. But the week before ACOW released, I decided to re-read ASTQ and I’m so glad I did!

I found ASTQ to be better the second time around of reading, and I feel like I connected so much more with the story. So then I was sooo excited for ACOW and pretty much stalked my mailman on release day, I couldn’t wait to read it (plus by that point I had heard so many good things).

So where ASTQ dealt with Maya, ACOW follows her sister, Gauri. And oh how I loved Gauri! Gauri is a badass, plain and simple. Gauri  is in captivity and soon meets (and attempts to kill) Vikram. Vikram, whom you may view as Gauri’s sworn enemy since he is the Prince of the country Gauri finds herself captured in, is clever and quick on his feet and I love that correlation between him and his nickname (the Fox Prince).

Through fate, Gauri and Vikram find themselves working together for a common goal. I mean, they can trust each other, right? Or can they? Who knows! Either way – the commentary between these two is absolutely gold and I wanted to underline and highlight and write on my walls all the funny and lovely (and pithy ) verbal barbs Gauri and Vikram traded. Their chemistry was superb. Plus, Vikram is handsome. Never hurts.

I really don’t want to give anything away, other than just to say the world building was magnificent, the character development outstanding and why can’t Roshani just write everything I need to read in my life? That’s totally doable, right? 😉

 

My favorite line: 

“I donned my armor, lining my eyes with kohl until they were dark as death and patting crushed rose petals on my lips until they were scarlet as blood.”

My favorite visual: I don’t want to give too much away, but it has to do with a beast.

Rating: 5 stars

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Wintersong | Review

Wintersong | Review

(why yes, I will be using all Labyrinth gifs for this review)

Wintersong was one of those books that had me hooked from the moment I read the synopsis. Fantasy, Labyrinth and the Goblin King? Yes, yes and yes. It released a couple of months ago, but it took awhile for my library to get a copy. But once it did, I was so on that and devoured the book in a couple of days.

So, if you’re not familiar with Wintersong and what it’s about, it is the story of a young girl named Liesl, who grew up on stories of the Goblin King and let those stories inspire her musical compositions. But soon Liesl’s older sister will be married, and her younger brother off to train as a musician. Liesl starts to feel trapped and that her childhood dreams of music are fading. \

A twist of fate has Liesl’s sister captured by the Goblin King, and it’s up to Liesl to journey underground to save her. Complete with goblins, balls, and tricky magic.

Now, in my opinion, the Goblin King steals the show. He’s mysterious and brooding, but with enough fragility exposed that you start to wonder about him, and his story slowly becomes unraveled as you read through the novel.

The writing throughout Wintersong is very lyrical and poetic, and I do agree with what some others have said in that there were a few pages I had to re-read a few times to make sure what I thought had happened actually occurred. There are places where you need to read between the lines a little to stay on top of the story.

As far as the pacing, I did enjoy the first half of the novel more than the second half. Not that there was anything wrong with the second half, it’s just the first half was so perfect!

My favorite line: 

“You are the monster I claim, mein Herr.”

My favorite visual: The red cloak.

Rating: 4 stars

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Daughter of the Pirate King | Review

Daughter of the Pirate King | Review

I’ll be honest, when I first heard about the Daughter of the Pirate King, I had no interest in it. The cover didn’t thrill me and I’ve never really been a pirate person, mainly because it seems like I’m the only one who despises Pirates of the Caribbean, and given that this book was pitched as a female Jack Sparrow I was very much ehhhhhhhhh about it.

But my library had a copy, so I decided to read it.

 

And I am oh so glad I did.

Alosa is the daughter of the pirate king, and a fearsome pirate in her own right. She’s on a mission for her father that involved her orchestrating her own kidnapping (I got some very Lila Bard vibes from this!) but her plans quickly start to go awry, and Alosa finds herself in some hot water as her special ability becomes exposed… and she starts to fall for one of her captors. Never a good combo, right?

This book really grabbed me from the beginning, and I thought the writing was great. The tone of most the book is upbeat and fast paced. Alosa’s quick-wittedness had me laughing many a time while reading. And let’s just say her fiery hair really does reflect her personality. The banter really was a shining star in this novel.

The pacing for me did get a little wobbly towards the end, but nothing major, just what seemed like a very quick wrap up. For me this was a really great, easy, weekend read and if it interests you at all, I suggest picking it up.

I can’t wait for the second book! Definitely intrigued to find to out what will happen next.

 

My favorite line: 

“Everyone has something dark in their past. I suppose it’s our job to overcome it. And if we can’t overcome it, then all we can do is make the most of it.”

My favorite visual: Omg omg omg spoiler!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Rating: 4 stars

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