Thursday, October 31, 2019

October Releases: Did I Read It?

So I recently started a monthly post that features upcoming releases I am looking forward to. I thought it would be fun to revisit those posts at the end of the month and see if I ended up reading the books or not and if I did see what I thought about it.

Head on over here to check out my October releases post.

I adored this book! The romance was so good and it was a great enemies to lovers. Check out my review here.

This series just continues to deliver. So much fun all the time. My review is here.

AHHHHHHHHHHHH I loved this book so much! Luc and Evie are everything. Check out my review here.

I am still not caught up on this series, but hopefully one day soon.

I didn't get a chance to read this one but everyone seems to love it and I know I will need to make some time for it 

Lucky and Liam are so wonderful and each and every book in this series is amazing. My review is here.

This book had so many twists and turns and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Check out my review here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Mini Review: Right Next Door by: Leah Montgomery

Release Date: October 30, 2019
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"John and Marcy Stanley moved to The Coves for the quiet life. When the two meet the couple next door, they think they’ve struck neighbor gold. Jill and Marcy become fast friends, but It isn’t until Marcy receives an ominous letter that she begins to suspect Jill’s husband, Mark of hiding something.

Something dark.
Something violent.

Shannon Vogle was the victim of an elaborate kidnapping. After being set free, she becomes obsessed with finding the man who took her.

Who tortured her.
Who changed her.

Both women want answers.
Both are determined to get them.
Neither is prepared for what she will find."

My Thoughts:

Leah Montgomery delivers once again and it is so hard to write a review for this book. So I’m going to keep this short and sweet because there are so many things I could spoil. I don’t read this genre all that often, but I enjoyed Leah Montgomery’s debut so I could not pass this up and I am so glad I read this one. The book kept me on the edge of my seat and I just could not stop reading. The book is addictive and engaging and oh holy wow the twists took me by surprise. I read a lot, so I’m not always caught off guard, but this book got me good. And not once, but twice. The character dynamics in this book are so detailed and complex and this book has so many layers to be pulled back. And the way she balances the differing perspectives and slowly pulls them together is done perfectly. The writing in this book is so good and feels so effortless when we all know it is not. This author just knows how to tell a story and knows how to tell it well. Just, all in all, a great read.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books With Ghosts

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week is a Halloween freebie, so I am featuring some of my favorite books that have ghosts in them!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Recent Reads: Debutantes and Neighbors and Wilders

Recent Reads is feature here 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 Bookly 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 debutantes, neighbors, and wilders.

Friday, October 25, 2019

On My Shelf: Anathema by: K.A. Tucker

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.

I grabbed this one for my kindle ages ago when I first read K.A Tucker. I loved Ten Tiny Breaths so much that I just needed more from the author, but then it just sat there on my kindle forgotten about. It still sounds like a good one and K.A. Tucker always delivers, so I think it would be cool to read this different genre from her.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Book Review: Fury (Menagerie #3) by: Rachel Vincent

Release Date: October 30, 2018
from Harlequin MIRA
Goodreads | Amazon

"1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre—committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realize that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.

The Reaping has begun.

Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.

But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger—and more dangerous—than she ever could have imagined."

My Thoughts:

This was definitely a bittersweet end to the series. And I guess with how heavy this series has been, I should have seen it coming, but truth be told I didn’t and it definitely hurt my heart. I have come to love these characters so much and watching them hurt even more than they already have hurt me.

I adore Delilah. She is so strong and smart and a fighter. She is coming to terms with a lot in this book, but I love how she always pushes through. And Gallagher absolutely owns my heart. I just absolutely love him and I love how bloodthirsty he can be. And Eryx! Adore him so much! I just love this entire self-made family.

I will say though, that while overall I love this series and really liked this book, to me the ending felt a bit rushed. I just….the climax came up so fast and then was just done in a snap. I also still have some questions that I would love answered. There is nothing that makes me feel like the book isn’t complete, but just things I would have liked to know some more details on and “why’s” behind. Honestly, the book just didn’t stick the landing in some ways and it really bums me out.

Overall, though, I would still recommend this series. I love these characters and the concept really is intriguing. It’s so heavy but it’s still such a good series.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Book Review: Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by: Patricia Briggs

Release Date: January 2, 2008
from Ace
Goodreads | Amazon

"I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape - but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy's loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can't decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her..."

My Thoughts:

This series and world just continues to get better and better. This is definitely my favorite of them all, even though it gutted me. I am so glad I finally took the dive into this series.

I adore Mercy. She is exactly the kind of heroine I just love. Feisty and sassy and strong and never willing to back down. She doesn’t give up on those she loves and she will fight until the end. Mercy goes through a lot in this book and what she endured absolutely broke my heart. But she is a fighter and a survivor and she lets nothing stop her. And then there is Adam who has just absolutely stolen my heart. He has won me over big time and I adore him. He is strong and grumpy and cranky and so alpha, but also sweet and caring and while he wants Mercy safe he never wants to hold her back or tell her how to live her life. I want these two to work in the worst way. But I also love me some Sam. He is such a sweetheart and has a real heart of hold and I want to take him home with me and love him.

The secondary characters have really won me over as well. I love Warren and Kyle so much. Zee is just the best and I find him fascinating. And man oh man has Ben won me over. He was a surprise, but I’ve come to just absolutely love him.

Iron Kissed was another great addition to the Mercyverse. I’m a few books in now, but I have no desire to stop anytime soon. Just give me all the answers and give me some more Mercy and Adam!

Friday, October 18, 2019

On My Shelf: Seraphina by: Rachel Hartman

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.

I grabbed this one from Book Outlet because the cover is stunning and because DRAGONS! But then I read Tess Of The Road, which while not a direct sequel, is still the same world and I really just didn't love it, so it leaves me curious as to how I will feel about this one.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Mini Review: Lucky And The Crushed Clown (The Carriage House Capers #4) by: Emmy Grace

Release Date: October 16, 2019
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"**Lucky Boucher never has to go looking for trouble. Trouble finds her just fine on its own.**

What do a dead clown, an elephant, and a black cat have in common?

If you guessed me, you’re getting really good at this.

The circus has come to town, y’all, and I couldn’t be happier if I were twins. Unfortunately, because of a recent development with the grouchy ex-FBI agent that has become my shadow, I have to sit this one out. That is, until a clown is crushed by Lola the elephant, and not by accident. That’s when Miss Haddy, the oldest and most rambunctious resident in all of Salty Springs, calls me in to help find the killer.

As it turns out, circus folk aren’t very welcoming to outsiders, so there’s only one way to identify the culprit—go undercover. As a bona fide knife-throwing, cat-wielding performer. Sounds like a dream come true, right? Well, as with the majority of my endeavors, this exploit doesn’t exactly go off without a hitch. In fact, this time there are stitches involved. Not in good places. And not just for me.

But the big question remains: Do I catch the killer?

You’ll just have to brave the series of wild mishaps that is my life to find out."

My Thoughts:

So. I do not like clowns. But for Lucky and Liam I will brave anything. So in I went and it’s really no surprise but of course the story delivered. Lucky is my hero. She is just such a light and so unflappable and I think we could all learn a bit from her. She doesn’t let anything get her down and she perseveres. And I have to mention Liam, who basically holds my heart in his hands now. He is so grumpy, but has a heart of gold and he is so sweet and so good. And I say it in every review, but the banter between Lucky and Liam is phenomenal. I love how they play off one another and my gosh do I ship these two. This time around Lucky and Liam are on the case of a murdered clown and have to go undercover in the circus, which if you’ve met Lucky before then you know how this is gonna go. There are twists and turns and lots of crazy along the way while Lucky and Liam catch a killer in the most unconventional of ways. *sigh* I’ve just really come to love this town and these characters and the moment I get the next book in the series I am just so ready to dive in. It’s like coming home and visiting old friends. What I really have come to love about these books is just how silly they can be but how it’s also so full of heart. Lucky and the Crushed Clown is just so good and these books are some of my favorites this year.

Monday, October 14, 2019

152 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading Kingdom Of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: October 23, 2018
from Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Goodreads | Amazon

"The final battle is here.

Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an explosive conclusion as Aelin fights to save herself―and the promise of a better world."

My Thoughts:

1. Spoilers for the series
3. And then my Aelin *sobs*
4. “Once upon a time in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a princess who loved her kingdom.”
5. FENRYS *cries and cries*
6. Ugh Aedion. Still mad at you.
8. I’m really never going to forgive Aedion and I’m okay with that. Lysandra can forgive him, but I shall remain mad on her behalf.
10. Go screw yourself Ren. “She still left” like an 8 year old had so much choice.
12. I love Evangeline so much.
13. I mean seriously Aedion. She didn’t lie to you. She kept Aelin’s secrets, her best friend, and you don’t get to get between that. It was Aelin’s secret to tell.
14. Gavriel is so so good.
15. What they do to her… what Aelin endures… it’s just too horrible.
16. I will forever love the growth of Manon and Asterin and The Thirteen.
17. Awwww no Dorian… you have plenty to live for too.
18. Ugh Gavin not being helpful, because he too is a bastard.
19. YES DORIAN IT IS ELENA’S FAULT. SOMEONE SAYS IT. Gavin is being so selfish in this moment.
20. Elide is so friggin smart and I love it so godsdamned much.
21. You should feel bad Lorcan. This is all your stupid fault.
22. Ha… Vaughn has the right idea just flouncing off.
23. Thank the gods, Rowan is such a stubborn bastard willing to say a big F you to the gods and keep Aelin with him.
25. Dorian is becoming such a fantastic King and I appreciate him so much.
26. I wish Maeve was made to suffer more in the end… she’s terrible.
27. I hate Connell… everything Fenrys did he did for him and this guy just UGH…I hope he burns in hell for all eternity.
28. Nooooooo Aelin… Rowan is coming for you.
29. Maeve’s black blood!
30. That’s what is most annoying about Darrow. All of these armies gathered for Aelin not him.
32. I really detest Darrow and I don’t care that he comes around later. He still almost costs them all everything.
33.The way Aedion speaks to Lysandra here… I will never forgive him for this.
34. Lysandra does not deserve this. She has done nothing but help and be a fantastic friend to Aelin and he is being a baby.
35. “You do not yield.”
36. Such a risky plan Manon… but so brilliant.
37. That’s my King… a great warrior… taking out that valg spider.
38. Dorian is so ridiculously smart.
39. I. Hate. Darrow. So. Much.
40. All of these lords are the worst. They just don’t like the idea of giving up their tiny amount of power to Aelin.
42. I friggin adore Nox. He knows that isn’t Aelin, but because he is loyal to his friend Celaena he keeps his mouth shut because he trusts her.
43. Chaol’s father is a jerk and I love how Yrene handles him. She just puts him in his place and it’s perfect.
44. It’s all Maeve’s fault. If she has never come here none of this would have happened.
46. It’s just so very Aelin that at the precise moment Rowan and them are coming to get her she is like YES NOW IS THE TIME TO RUN.
47. Rowan is terrifying in these moments. He is not here for anyone’s shit.
48. Cairn deserves everything Rowan gives him.
49. I hate so much that Maeve took her scars. Aelin’s scars meant so much to her.
50. My awesome bloodsworn Fenrys. “Welcome to the court pup” *sobs*.
51. I LOVE that we got this bit of closure from Kaltain.
52. I will never EVER forgive Aedion for kicking Lysandra out of his tent practically naked and for pinning it all on her.
53. The moment Aelin realizes that this isn’t a dream and that is actually Rowan and he did come for her always makes me cry.
54. And I just wanna take a second to appreciate that we saw Aelin have multiple boyfriends because that’s usually how life goes. You don’t stay with your first love forever. You grow and change. But I also love that once she found the one you could just TELL how different it was from everyone else. And I know that this is a thing so many people don’t like but I truly love it and at the end of the say I’m team Aelin and I want what is best for her. She is my favorite and this is her story.
55. “I would rip apart every world until I found you” AND HE WILL.
56. “I’m so tired Rowan.” Aelin can only be vulnerable with him and I’m so glad she found him because she needs to have someone to admit these things to.
57. The moment with Aelin and Rowan and their wedding rings. Gonna sob forever.
58. Gods damn. I just really love this book.
59. Forever gonna appreciate that once Sarah gives us the endgame couple we get to see them couple for a good amount of time. So much good Rowan and Aelin stuff in this book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the first to say how much I love seeing the heroine find the right guy and have breakups but once she establishes THE couple I never worry about them anymore.
60. Rowan is just not gonna accept that Aelin has to forge the key and I love it.
61. “We’ll only invite him to Orynth on holidays” “So he can ruin the festivities?” Fenrys scowled. “I for one cherish my holidays; I don’t need a misanthrope raining on them.”
62. Fenrys and Aelin’s banter is amazing.
63. Manon really just comes into her own over the series and it’s so amazing.
64. “So pushy.” “That’s the nicest thing you’ve ever said about me.” These two. I am dead.
65. Aedion is always whining about how hard things are for him like everyone else is just at a party or something.
66. Aedion and his nonsense almost gets Lysandra killed. YOU CAN’T TAKE BACK ALL THOSE HORRIBLE WORDS NOW JUST BECAUSE LYSANDRA IS IN TROUBLE.
67. Aelin always knows how to make an entrance.
68. I am forever grateful that the Yrene and Aelin reunion was actually between Yrene and Aelin because I was so worried Yrene was going to encounter Lysandra as Aelin first.
69. “Aedion is my pride” *sobs*.
70. Aelin just strutting around collecting bloodsworn fae.
71. I just never like Hasar.
72. Aelin and Falcon reunited!
73. And Falcon getting his youth back!
74. My poor fae babies finding out Maeve is a valg Queen.
75. Yepp Aedion you should be sorry. Grovel now. AND I LOVE THAT LYSANDRA JUST PUTS HIM IN HIS PLACE.
76. I am so over Darrow. Stripping Aedion of his rank and being just such an ass toward Lysandra. He deserves to rot. AND HIM TAKING THE SWORD OF ORYNTH. JUST. UGH.
77. I love though that Killian is just like nah… Aedion is still General.
78. Chaol’s father is such a bastard but Aelin just owns him. “And please do rot in hell.” LMAOOOOO.
79. Manon Crochan Queen of Witches!
80. Aelin once again making an entrance into battle with some badass armor and reminding them all that she is an assassin and more than her magic.
81. And there goes Aelin giving Rowan a heart attack putting herself in front of that broken dam to stop it with her fire.
82. Captain Rolfe coming in clutch!
83. Elide just brings Lorcan to his knees.
84. “Is this the sort of surprise that will end with my heart stopping dead in my chest?”
85. “I scheme and lie so grandly and that’s all the credit I get?”
86. I will never get over Dorian’s character arc and how amazing he is. He has forever been one of my favorite characters in the whole series.
87. Thank you Lysandra! Darrow does have Aelin to thank and he is so ungrateful.
88. “All of them. All of them came here because of Aelin, not you. So before you sneer that there’s no Her Majesties Armada. Allow me to tell you that there is and you are not part of it.”
89. Hahahaha I love that Aelin gets everyone to betray Maeve. It’s such a treat.
91. Vernon got everything he deserved.
92. Ahhh yes. Now I remember how I started to semi forgive Aedion. He begins to pull his head out of his ass and because of that sweet scene with Evangeline.
93. That’s my girl Evangeline! Winning over that cranky bastard Darrow and getting Aelin’s kingdom back.
94. Manon coming in clutch again!
95. Also, Darrow’s shocked reaction to the witches showing up for Aelin and her better world gives me great pleasure.
96. Lysandra is just such a badass and her shapeshifting ability is such a powerhouse for them.
97. I will say though that I hated that Lysandra and Aelin were apart so much of this book because I love their banter and friendship so much and I especially love how they always ganged up on everyone.
98. Only Rowan. Mr I Just Do Not Accept Things Rowan would give himself and Aelin matching tattoos and hide a connection in there.
100. I love that Petra gets her revenge for Keelie.
101. “Bring our people home Manon” The loss of The Thirteen is something I will never get over.
102. Chaol and Dorian together again!
103. I mean of course Aelin and Dorian are fighting over who gets to be sacrificed.
104. Screw them all for voting to sacrifice Aelin… it’s terrible of them all. And Rowan's reaction absolutely guts me.
105. This scene forging the lock hurts me.
107. These gods are the worst but I still don’t feel all that bad for Elena.
108. So happy she got revenge against those gods. Because eff them and their meddling and blaming others for things Elena did.
109. The Queen Who Walked Between Worlds!
111. Piggy backing on this Rhys and Feyre cameo. I’ve been thinking. This book establishes that Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses exist in the same multiverse. I also was thinking that Maeve literally rips into the minds of the world to convince them she’s a Fae Queen. Which is very similar to the daemati ability Rhys and Feyre have. Which makes me wonder. At some point did the valg get into ACOTAR world and breed that into the fae there. We know the fae did some hopping around looking for Maeve when she ran. So now I wonder.
112. Aelin losing most of her magic hurts me.
113. I do love the twist though that it’s Aelin’s human side that is sacrificed, because going into this I really thought it would be her fae side and that Rowan would tie his life to hers but this… this was nice.
114. “Killian too. If you want to keep telling yourself he is the one who’s leading them” thank you Murtagh.
115. You defend our girl Yrene.
116. Hasar can go screw herself and then sit on a cactus the ungrateful bitch.
117. Elide is wonderful and I love the female friendships so much.
118. I love how far Aelin has come that now Rowan gets to be included in her scheming.
119. At least Evangeline was able to get through Darrow’s thick skull and now she is the heir to two territories.
120. And here Aelin comes again making yet another grand entrance… just riding in on that stag like the badass Queen that she is.
121. Lysandra and Aelin reunion!
122. Love that little callback to Sam.
123. Aelin and Lysandra are deadly together and I love it.
124. GAVRIEL NO DON’T DO IT *sobs and sobs*.
125. “The Queen had come to hold the gate.”
126. “Her name was Aelin Ashryver Whitethorn Galathynius and she would not be afraid.”
127. Aelin just staring down Erawan and Maeve and holding that line.
128. “Go save the world Yrene.”
129. Love that it all came back to Yrene and Aelin and that all of the women were so vital.
130. Guys I’m pretty sure Dorian and Yrene are carranam… they link bloody hands and share power. It’s so similar to what Rowan and Aelin do.
132. Fenrys getting the killing blow on Maeve was so perfect and deserved.
133. Aelin in home!
134. Ahhhhhhhh Lysandra meeting Falcon!
135. “Win me back my kingdom Evangeline” and she really did.
136. Lord Lorcan Lochan – never not going to be funny.
137. Manon gets to bring her people home.
138. The banter with this court is the actual best.
139. Aelin so offended when someone slightly mentions the possibility of the court being boring lolol.
140. My Queen has her crown and Aedion has his blood oath.
141. The Queen of Terrasen and the Faerie Queen of the West.
142. Aelin and Rowan dancing gives me life. Those two are so wonderful.
143. Nesryn getting to go home and be an Empress makes me so happy.
144. And Chaol getting to reunite with his mother and brother makes me so so happy. Chaol deserves happiness and he and Yrene are gonna make such a great family.
145. No no no no no I hate the goodbyes.
146. “We’re a long way from Innish” “But lost no longer” AELIN AND YRENE.
147. An assassin, a captain, and a prince started this all and this goodbye hurts me.
148. Dorian is gonna be such a good King. I love him.
149. “To whatever end Fireheart.”
150. Aedion and Lysandra wedding!!!! *runs in circles*
152. Gods this is such a perfect ending. All the Kingsflame for Aelin.

Wrap Up:
I somehow love this even more the second time around. Other than Queen of Shadows this is my favorite of the series and it really gives that book a run for its money. I just love how everything came together and wrapped up. Just so so good.

Friday, October 11, 2019

On My Shelf: Click To Subscribe by: L.M. Augustine

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.

I grabbed this for my kindle ages ago because it sounded adorable, but of course I then just forgot about it and never got around to it. It still sounds super cute and I think the cover is adorable.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mini Review: Soul Of The Sword (Shadow Of The Fox #2) by: Julie Kagawa

Release Date: June 25, 2019
from Inkyard Press
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos."

My Thoughts:

After the way Shadow Of The Fox ended, I was excited to see where the story went in Soul Of The Sword. Julie Kagawa is an author that just loves hurting her readers (I’m looking at you ending of The Iron Queen) and I just had to know how these poor characters would come through. And man Soul Of The Sword puts them through the wringer and of course the ending leaves the reader READY for the next book. Kagawa always kills it with her endings. I do think Soul Of The Sword suffered a bit from middle book syndrome. There was some of it that I just felt dragged a bit and there were a few side steps that I was meh about, but all in all I enjoyed it and I am really looking forward to the next book. The way this book ends has me so curious about how Julie Kagawa is going to pull it all together. I have come to love Yumeko so much and she is a great heroine. Honestly, this whole case of characters is great and they really balance one another so well. It is such a rag tag group of heroes and they have some really fun banter. I will admit that my favorite POV to read from was our demon Hakaimono's because sometimes it is just fun to be in the head of a character that truly does not care and is plain evil… it’s also just outside the norm which makes it intriguing. All in all, Soul Of The Sword really set this series up for an exciting conclusion and I am excited to see what Julie Kagawa delivers next.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Recent Reads: Pixies and Clowns and Sin and Origins

Recent Reads is feature here 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 Bookly 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 pixies, clowns, sin, and origins.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Book Review: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: October 8, 2019
from Tor Teen
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling."

My Thoughts:

JLA does it again. I mean, there has yet to be a book by her I haven’t enjoyed but I always feel like her paranormal books are just at another level. I was introduced to JLA with Obsidian back when it first released and to see how far this series has come is just so crazy. The world has expanded so much and it’s a testament to her writing and world building. This book picks up right where The Darkest Star left off and it doesn’t take long to get going.

I love Evie so much! She is a great character and she has been through so much in such a short time. She is a fighter and she stands up for what she believes in. Her world is basically turned upside down but she handles it and stays strong. And then we have Luc. If you would have told me when I met Luc that this is how he would grow up I would not have believed you. Luc is still the scary dangerous Origin that he always was… probably even more so now… but he is also hysterical. He is so charming and so funny and so witty and his cheesy pick-up lines are THE BEST. And the way he feels about Evie is just so clear and he doesn’t hold back with how he feels. I will never say that he is better than Daemon because Daemon holds a special place in my heart but Luc really does give him a run for his money. And I love these two together so much. JLA is the Queen of romance and this book shows all the reasons why.

This is not a short book but it is so easy to devour. I felt like the pacing was just right; it really builds to a bombshell of an ending. It never drags along the way and has just the right amount of action spread throughout. And the story is rounded out with a great secondary cast. Kent absolutely stole my heart… just STOLE IT. And I adore Zoe and love how she is such a fantastic friend to Evie. I am always here for positive representation of female friendships. On that note, love Heidi and Emery as well. And Grayson… well I just wanna know what his deal is. And catching up with some old friends again was wonderful. If you read and loved the Lux series you’ll be happy to see some familiar faces. 

The Burning Shadow really delivered and it is probably one of my favorite reads this year. I always know going into a JLA book that I am going to enjoy it, but somehow she still manages to exceed my expectations. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book because I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. 

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