Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mini Review: Untamed (Splintered #3.5) by: A.G. Howard

Release Date: December 15, 2015
from Amulet Books
Goodreads | Amazon

"A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

This collection expands upon Ensnared's epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters."

My Thoughts:

**spoilers for Splintered, Unhinged, and Ensnared ahead**

This was a fun little extra for fans of the Splintered series. I had already read Moth In The Mirror when it originally released and really enjoyed it. So with Untamed, I only read The Boy In The Web and Six Impossible Things. I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Boy In The Web. This one is told from Alison’s (Alyssa’s Mom) point of view and I just don’t love Alison. She has never been my favorite. This one also didn’t really give us anything new; we all kinda knew this already. It was a fun read but I was a bit meh on it. As for Six Impossible Things, this one was fun and was what I was looking for from Untamed. This story dove into six of Alyssa’s memories; three with Jeb and three with Morpheus. The Jeb ones were okay but I ADORED the Morpheus ones. If I’m being honest, those memories are what I was most looking for out of these novellas. I wanted to see some more Morpheus and Alyssa and I wanted a peek into their happily ever after. I will forever love Morpheus and I ate up every bit of his presence. So all in all, Untamed was a fun little trip back to Wonderland for fans of the series.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Recent Reads: Wizards and Vampires and Demons and Gods

Recent Reads is feature I recently started on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of wizards, vampires, demons, and gods.

Waiting On Wednesday #222: Dark Breaks The Dawn by: Sara B. Larson

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price." 

I adore this cover and it sounds like a me read!

Dark Breaks The Dawn will be released on May 30, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read When You Are Short On Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

This week I'm going to feature some of my favorite novellas! Perfect to read when you are short on time.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Review: The Struggle (Titan #3) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: March 20, 2017
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…"

My Thoughts:

This world always sucks me right in. I love Greek Mythology to begin with so mix in my favorite author and this series just works so well for me. The Covenant series is forever one of my favorite JLA series and the Titan spin off lived up to my love for that series.

Honestly, I never thought I would love Seth as much as I do. He was never my favorite in the Covenant series (look I was really devoted to Aiden okay) but he has grown so much. Seth basically defines character growth. He has become such a great character and he has really atoned for his mistakes. I simply adore him and I adore how much he cares for Josie. But I also love that he is still the same Seth. He is still his sarcastic self who never wears a shirt (thankfully) and who has no problem crossing certain boundaries to do what he thinks he has to do.

I also adore Josie. That girl is made of steel. She has adjusted to the crazy so well and really come into her own. She is a fighter who does not give up. What she goes through is horrible and I love how she kept fighting. I also love that she doesn’t let Seth get away with nonsense. He is an idiot at the end of The Power and she doesn’t just let him get away with it. I love the dynamic between these two and the way they have evolved as a couple over the three books. Plus the chemistry and swoons are so lovely.

I also love getting to see my favorite characters again. I absolutely adore Deacon and I just eat up every single scene he is in. He is hysterical and I just love his whole personality. I also love him and Luke together. Of course I also love catching up with Alex and Aiden. Those two hold a very special place in my heart and I love seeing them basically live out their HEA (even with all the crazy around them).

The Struggle was easy to devour and I loved the pace of the book. Things have gotten so crazy and so much took me by surprise. I honestly never saw this series going the way it has but I love the direction it is taking. I cannot wait to see how everything wraps up in the next book.

This was a great read and once again JLA did not disappoint. This world of hers is one of my favorites and each book continues to deliver. I love Seth and Josie and I know I’ll revisit this series again and again.

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