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The Fire Queen | Review

So I absolutely LOVED the first book in this series, The Hundredth Queen. It completely took me by surprised and sucked me in, so I had some fairly high expectations for The Fire Queen. Unfortunately, The Fire Queen just didn’t live up to those expectations.

Not that this was a bad book, but it felt a lot like the first one and most definitely didn’t have that spark of magic that made me read the first book in just a couple of days. I think with the main plot point having a tournament to decide Kali’s fate, yet again, was just a bit annoying.

Another thing I disliked about this book was it can be hard to sell me on a book with multiple points of view. And honestly, I just wanted to skip all the chapters from Devon’s POV.

And there may have been some insta-love that just felt forced to me.

Overall I did enjoy this book, and if you liked the first book, I do think you’ll find the follow up to be a good read, just maybe not as enthralling as the first.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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The November Girl | Review

 

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this book. What I was expecting from the blurb was not what I got. And I mean that in a very good way.

This book is deep, intense, and rich. There are so many layers to each character, they just keep unfolding as you turn the page.

Throughout the book you follow Hector and Anda, learning a little more about each one and their history as they appear on the page. Hector is 17 and running away to an island to hide out until he turns 18 in the Spring. He thinks the island is deserted each Fall and Winter, but he finds that Anda is also on the island. But Anda has secrets of her own, and her innocence is only rivaled by her danger.

The tale that Lydia Kang weaves here is absolutely spell bounding and I highly recommend it.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Rating: 4 stars

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Of Flame and Fate | Review

This book pleasantly surprised me! I haven’t read any of the other books in the series and had no problems picking up this one and following the plot, so no worries if you haven’t read any of them either, this is still a great book! It’s one of those books that plops you down right into the plot and takes off, which I do love.

The book centers on a group of four sisters who are human but with some extra powers that makes them unique, and they stand out (and don’t quite fit in) with the rest of the paranormal world. One of the sisters, Taran, is the main focus on the novel and she gets stuck with the job of babysitting Destiny, a prophet with some major magic mojo. Destiny ends up meeting Jonny Fate, a male version of herself, and all hell starts to break lose. Now it’s up to Taran and her sisters to protect the world from what may come next.

Overall, the plot was stellar and never really let up. Taran has an amazing voice and I loved seeing the world from her point of view. There are little bits of romance that help break up all the action (because in a world of good vs. evil, there is a lot of fighting). This is a (relatively) quick read, as I finished it in a few days, but it’s packed full of action if you like paranormal novels (think the Mercedes Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs).

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

Rating: 4 stars

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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

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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 (3 stars)
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (4 stars)
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (3 stars)
  • Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows (2.5 – 3 stars … I’m unsure!)
  • The Fire Queen by Emily R. King (3 stars)
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (4 stars)
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (4 stars)

October:

  • That Inevitable Victorian THing by E.K. Johnson
  • Warcross by Marie Lu (4 stars)

November:

  • The November Girl by Lydia Kang (4 stars)

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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