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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
|Release Date: September 6, 2016|
from Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Goodreads | Amazon
"The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken
and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?"
My Thoughts:Before I start, this review has spoilers for previous books in the series but is spoiler free for Empire Of Storms.
Sarah J. Maas is a queen and we are not worthy. Seriously, her books continually deliver everything I want in a book and that is why she is my favorite. My expectations for Empire Of Storms was ridiculously high and the book still managed to exceed every single expectation I had.
Gotta start with my girl Aelin. I’m trying to think if there has ever been a heroine I’ve loved more than Aelin and I don’t think there is one… maybe Hermione and Feyre but even then I don’t think so. I am forever and always Team Aelin and I love how she continually shines. Not only is she a badass, but she is insanely smart. She surprises me left and right and no matter how dire the circumstances I know she has some sort of plan. Also, I absolutely love her swagger and sarcasm.
But aside from Aelin, this book delivers a horde of amazing heroines. I’m completely obsessed with Lysandra because she is a rock star. I could gush about her for days on end. She is so strong and smart and her friendship with Aelin is amazing. And Manon, gosh there are no words to truly express how awesome Manon is. Or Elide who is so strong in a way that is so different from Aelin, Lysandra, and Manon. I seriously love them all.
Now what would this review be if I didn’t talk about our guys. Sarah J. Maas delivers delicious characters. I mean we all know how I feel about Rowan. From the moment he swaggered into Heir Of Fire I was hooked and with each book the hooks dig in deeper. I absolutely adore him… to whatever end. And Dorian. I’ve loved Dorian from day one and I still love him. And then so many newish and older guys to love in this one. She just crafts such wonderful characters that you can’t help but get invested in.
Empire Of Storms delivered in every single way. I was heartbroken and devastated. The book gutted me. But I was also swooning and smiling and crying. It’s such a wide range of emotions and you really live the story. You don’t just read it. It gets under your skin and into your soul. The plot keeps you on edge and turning pages and reading for hours on end. The book is huge but you still demand more once you are done.
All in all, this series is forever solidified as an all-time favorite and I know there are many re-reads to come. Here’s to surviving a year waiting for the final book.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
So I grabbed some freebies this week in Hard To Love, Seven Year Itch Compilation, and Venom & Vanilla. Then I also grabbed Wait while it was on sale. I keep meaning to read this author! For review I got My Rogue My Ruin which I am super excited for. I love Amalie Howard and I have been itching to read a historical lately. Thanks Entangled! And then lastly I got a paperback of Succubus Dreams. I have been slowly getting this series for myself and I have been super picky about making sure I get these specific paperbacks.
Hard To Love by: Kendall Ryan
Seven Year Itch Compilation by: Jennifer Foor
Venom & Vanilla by: Shannon Mayer
Wait by: A.L. Jackson
My Rogue My Ruin by: Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan
Succubus Dreams by: Richelle Mead
Chapter Spotlight: Touching Down by: Nicole Williams
Cover Reveal: As We Know It by: Carrie Butler
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters I'd Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After
Waiting On Wednesdat: The Valiant by: Lesley Livingston
Cover Reveal: Lucian Divine by: Renee Carlino
Blog Tour: Harley & Rose by: Carmen Jenner (Review, Excerpt, Teaser, & Giveaway)
On My Shelf: The Falconer by: Elizabeth May
On My Shelf: The Falconer by: Elizabeth May
Friday, October 21, 2016
On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.
This book sounds like it was made for Teresa so I have no idea why I haven't read it yet. I even have the sequel too. This cover is basically the prettiest thing and LADIES WITH DAGGERS FOR THE WIN!
So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner. I adore Carmen and I am super excited to be taking part today.
Once upon a time they had been more than friends….
Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner is NOW AVAILABLE!!
|Release Date: October 18, 2016|
"Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?
Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.
Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.
She’s always been his best friend.
He’s always been hers.
She’s in love with him.
He’s … not in love with her.
He’s … marrying someone else.
He’s … hiding something.
He’s … well—it’s complicated."
This review is going to be short. I have so much I want to say, but I don’t want to spoil a single damn thing about this book because it was not at all what I was expecting in the best possible way and I want everyone to experience that. I hurt all over and you need tissues for this one, but it’s beautiful and it makes you feel. The last time I felt this much over a contemporary book was Collared and The Empty Jar and those books are very special to me and Harley & Rose brought out that same level of emotion from me.
Harley and Rose are both so so real and that’s why I love them. They are stupid and make mistakes and they are flawed and you will get angry with them both, but all of that is also what makes them wonderful. Harley and Rose fell in love at such a young age and that makes everything hard. Sometimes you aren’t ready for that kind of love when you’re young, but that doesn’t stop it from finding you. Harley and Rose found something special at a time when they weren’t really ready for it and that made everything harder but there is no denying it was worth it. Because at the end of the day without the romance, Harley and Rose are most importantly best friends and everyone needs a best friend.
The only way I can describe this book is with the phrase emotional whiplash. This book. I went from “Harley you are a douche canoe and Rose you can do better” to “Rose, stop it you love Harley” to completely and utterly shattered. Like I said before… this book is not at all what I was expecting… it was better.
I have a lot more I want to say about this book and if you’ve read it please message me so we can chat, but I need to stop here because to say more would be to spoil it. Just know that Carmen Jenner once again delivers with Harley & Rose.
He doesn’t make it five yards before the truck slams to a stop, its red taillights hovering, taunting me in the early SF morning. He isn’t moving, but I’m on autopilot. One step, two steps, my feet swallow the ground between us, and then he’s out of the truck, catching me up in his big arms as I wrap myself around him and smash my lips down on his, kissing him in a way that the parentals probably wished they weren’t privy to.
When our kisses return to gentle sorrowful pecks I pull back and whisper, “I love you, Pan.”
“Wendy, my Wendy,” he says breathlessly. “You wait for me. You wait for me or I’m going to come back and gut the asshole who takes my place.”
“No one ever could take your place,” I tell him. He nods, setting me on my feet and smoothing the hair back from my forehead.
About The Author:
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
Stalk Her: Website, Facebook, Goodreads
Published titles to date:
Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown Series #1)
Enjoy Your Stay (Sugartown Series #2)
Greetings from Sugartown (Sugartown Series #3)
Now Leaving Sugartown (Sugartown Series #4)
REVELRY (Taint #1)
KICK (Savage Saints MC #1)
TANK (Savage Saints MC #2)
Toward the Sound of Chaos