Review: Date Like a Woman by Kai Nicole

Date Like a WomanSynopsis:

This is the dating book Millennial women have been waiting for. It offers a fresh non-sexist perspective on dating and gives women the strategies they need for dating success. This book will revolutionize dating for women everywhere.

Favorite Lines:

“…a good chance there are at least three men who are good for you in your life right now that you have overlooked. Often, some of the best for you men are constantly overlooked because either they are just ‘too nice’ or you have ‘friend zoned’ them for whatever reason.”

“Well, to burst your fantasy bubble, there are no perfect men. They don’t exist. (Even Idris Elba isn’t perfect. He’s close though…).”

“When you find yourself attracted to someone, especially because of who they are on the inside, the outside will automatically become more appealing. It is equally true that a person who may appear outwardly attractive can quickly become unattractive if they are nasty personality wise. Remember, there is beauty in everyone. So stop playing physical limits on who you will go out with.”

My Opinion:

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

I will be very honest with you, I had a hard time finishing this book. Not because it was not good. I repeat, not because it was not good. This book was well written and had a lot of helpful tips and tricks for dating while still being able to boost the readers morale. I just happen to be an individual in a committed relationship, so the whole book does not currently apply to me.

I would recommend this book for any woman who is looking to date purely to gain experience in dating and see what is out there in the world. Multiple times throughout the book, the author makes it clear that this book isn’t for someone looking for a husband, it’s for someone who is looking to have fun and have new experiences.

I really enjoyed that the author made it clear what to expect or not expect on dates. I feel like a lot of women in today’s society expect too much from men and can sometimes be rather rude with their expectations rather than just having fun and getting to know someone.

I think the biggest thing I didn’t like about this book was that I felt like was at a motivational speaking conference. Which maybe that is how books like this are, I don’t know. I do know that this is my first time reading a “dating guide” so to speak. I personally, was just not a huge fan of being talked at but that might be what some people need to be motivated to take control of their dating lives and get out there.

Summary:

Overall, while this book might not have been for me, it could be helpful to anyone who is looking for more advice on how to have a successful dating life.

 

Date Like a Woman


Review: The Silver Bullet by Josie Jaffrey

The Silver BulletSynopsis:

The truth is out, and Emmy is faced with a choice she dreads: surrender her mortality, or allow her frailty to threaten the nascent society the Silver are building. With exile the only reasonable alternative, she struggles with feelings she can’t define and a duty she’s reluctant to accept.

While the Silver city hangs in the balance, Emmy must remake herself to redeem it and save her friends. Her reinvention forces her to choose sides, threaten alliances and risk becoming like those she fears: inhuman.

Favorite Lines:

I didn’t keep track!!!

My Opinion:

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is the final book in the Solis Invicti series; even though I hope Jaffrey keeps it going somehow. It follows Emilia as she has to learn how to fight and save her friends and the city from the clutches of Ben and the rest of the traitors. No spoilers, but Emmy goes through a big change and has to learn how to adjust.

This book has my new(?) ship in it. I put a question mark there because I guess it isn’t really new it was just second place to my original one but now that it’s happening maybe I like it more?

We get to see more of Laila in this book. We haven’t really seen her since the first book and had only been hearing about her periodically. I actually really liked her character and was surprised that I did. She has a twisted sense of humor, but maybe that is what makes her so funny. Her interactions with Emmy are always interesting to read.

This book also has a plot twist that I did not see coming and it was pretty good. I usually consider any plot twist that I didn’t see coming to be good, and I did not see this coming. I do wish that Jaffrey had gone into further detail about Emmy. She kept talking about how she is different but never elaborated much about it.

I really like that this book offers up the possibility of multiple different futures in regard to the Silvers (you’ll see when you read it). That being said, I don’t think that I like that the ending was left kind of open. There is some closure, but it is still somehow left open ended. We don’t know what the future will bring for Emmy and the rest of the world. Maybe that is the point, but I think I would like a bit more closure.

Summary:

Overall, this was a really good book and I am sad to see the series end. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did! Happy reading, everyone!

 

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Review: Bound in Silver by Josie Jaffrey

Bound in Silver by Josie JaffreySynopsis:

Exiled from the city and from the affections of the vampire who had loved her, Emmy finds herself pushed into a captivity she never expected to experience. With the bond to her former protector broken, she knows that the chance to turn Silver is now a monstrous obligation rather than a glittering opportunity.

In an unfamiliar place among unfamiliar people, Emmy feels deserted by those Silver she had thought of as friends, out of sight and out of mind. If only her enemies were equally forgetful.

Favorite Lines:

I did it again… and stayed up reading this book half the night without keeping track of quotes. If anything, that shows how good this series is.

My Opinion:

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is the third book in the Solis Invicti series. It follows Emilia as she finds herself exiled from the city and taken to a farm to be punished through labor. Unfortunately, the Silvers who over oversee the farm are not exactly the friendliest and seem to enjoy fun at the expense of the humans who work there; Emilia being one of them.

It seems that my ship is not going to happen but the way that it was written up in this book, I don’t particularly mind. I was kind of upset because there was hardly any interaction between Emilia, Drew, or Sol. Emilia was locked up on the farm with another human, Oliver, for pretty much the whole book. We get to see how Emilia interacts with another human and survives without the protection of Silvers who like her, but we don’t get to see any Silver romantic interests.

I did see where Jaffrey was taking the plot in the last book and I am happy that she went there. I just hope that it turns out the way that I want it to and that everyone can be happy in the end. I’m sorry that is vague; no spoilers allowed.

Summary:

Overall, this is probably my least favorite book in the series and that is only because there are no ships in it. If that is the only problem I had then it must be a pretty good book. I have really enjoyed this series so far and am excited to see what Jaffrey has in store for us for the last book in the series.

 

Bound in Silver


Books I am Looking Forward to Reading

This list is not in any particular order and does not show any favoritism.

The World of Throne of GlassThe World of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: October 1, 2019

The official guide to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series complete with characters, creatures, new artwork, and more!

Everyone knows the story of the assassin queen. But now, fans of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series will be immersed in her journey like never before. From Adarlan’s dark past to Terrasen’s bright future, this comprehensive guide will bring the people, creatures, settings, magic, gods, and world of Aelin’s epic journey to life in stunning illustrations and descriptive portrayals. Complete with an expansive vocabulary and timeline of events, this is the must-have official companion to the Throne of Glass series.


House of Earth and Blood Sarah J. MaasHouse of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: January 28, 2020

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savouring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world.

Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.

Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.

As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir…


The Queen of Nothing Holly BlackThe Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) by Holly Black

Release Date: November 19, 2019

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.


Reveal Me by Tahereh MafiReveal Me (Shatter Me, #5.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: October 8, 2019

This fourth companion novella to Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series is narrated by fan favorite character Kenji Kishimoto!

The explosive revelations in Defy Me have left readers reeling and desperate for answers. This fourth and final novella in the series will bring readers back to the world of the Shatter Me before the final novel installment hits shelves in winter 2020.


 

Review: The Price of Silver by Josie Jaffrey

the price of silver by josie jaffreySynopsis:

In the straits of necessity, sometimes there isn’t room for freedom.

The Price of Silver is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.

Emmy is fenced in by the city, the walls marking the edge of safety closing in around her and sealing her in with one vampire who loves her and another who wants her dead. As she struggles to keep herself and the people she cares about alive, her fellow humans chafe against their enforced submission, and it becomes clear that there are bigger schemes and greater deceptions in play than she had ever imagined.

All the while, the monsters wait outside the barricades for their moment. Of one thing she is certain: without the help of the Silver, the humans won’t be safe for long.

Favorite Lines:

I did it again with the quotes, guys. I am so sorry, and I will try not to get so wrapped up in the book that I don’t keep track of lines for you!

My Opinion:

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for my honest review. It was another 4am night for me last night… I just couldn’t put the book down!

The story still follows Emilia while she continues to adjust to her new life. She is having a hard time because she is independent and doesn’t like feeling like she has to be protected all the time. But she realizes that it’s probably for the best because there is a Silver who wants her dead.

There is a love triangle of sorts going on in this series and I am not sure how I feel about it. Not because I think it’s bad, it’s very well done but I think my ship isn’t going to work out. No spoilers but one guy seems so good for Emilia and the other seems….not so good. Maybe my mind will be changed if it ends up working out the way I think it is going to but why does Jaffrey have to make me love one character just to see it maybe not work out with them?!?

Summary:

This book is full of romance, mystery, and suspense. I still stand by my statement from the first review, this book series is a refreshing take on vampires and I really like it. I hope you all enjoy it as much as me! Happy reading, everyone!

 

The Price of Silver


Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy MeSynopsis:

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Favorite Lines:

“Love is a heartless bastard”

“I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us week, not our actions.”

“This girl is destroying me. A girl who has spent the last year in an insane asylum. A girl who would try to shoot me dead for kissing her. A girl who ran off with another man just to get away from me. Of course this is the girl I would fall for. I close a hand over my mouth. I am losing my mind.”

“She is a soft, deadly creature. Kind and timid and terrifying. She’s completely out of control and has no idea what she’s capable of. And even though she hates me, I can’t help but be fascinated by her. I’m enchanted by her pretend-innocence; jealous, even, of the power she wields so unwittingly. I want so much to be a part of her world. I want to know what it’s like to be in her mind, to feel what she feels. It seems a tremendous weight to carry.
And now she’s out there, somewhere, unleashed on society.
What a beautiful disaster.”

My Opinion:

Destroy Me is a novella in the Shatter Me series. It’s 109 pages long from Warner’s point of view; which I love. I always look forward to seeing from other character’s points of view because we get to see what they are thinking and how they view the main character. I won’t spoil much about this book and because it’s so short this will be a short review.

We get to see a whole different side of Warner; one we have never known before. We get to see why he is the way that he is and his inner most thoughts. More importantly, we get to see how he thinks and feels about Juliette (very important for us romantics).

There isn’t anything I don’t like about this book. It’s kind of hard to mess anything up in 109 pages; not that Mafi can do any wrong.

Summary:

Overall, this book is a nice little bonus to the series and our first introduction to the real Warner and I love it! Happy reading, everyone!

 

Destroy Me


Review: A Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey

A Bargain in SilverSynopsis:

If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life?

A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.

A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.

As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

Favorite Lines:

I honestly didn’t even keep track of quotes; I was too engrossed in the story.

My Opinion:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review by the author. Guys….this book is really good. So good that I stayed up until 4am and finished it in one sitting. It’s well written, has action, romance, and vampires. What more could you want? I have read A LOT of vampire books in my life, and A Bargain in Silver still managed to be refreshing. **This is a slightly NSFW book**

The story follows Emilia as she finds out that the world as she knows it is coming to an end. Weepers, almost zombie like creatures, have been multiplying by the thousands overnight. This forces the hand of vampires known as the Silvers. Yes they drink blood, but they are very similar to humans in every other regard. Emilia has to figure out how to survive in the new world that is beginning to emerge, but she’s not going to do it quietly. Emilia is a strong, female lead who doesn’t let people tell her what to do. I like that she is able to be strong but still tries to be human when the world around her seems to be less and less human every day.

The only thing I don’t think I liked was that I ship her with Drew. I was selfishly wanting more interaction between the two of them so I was always upset when she was with Sol. That’s just me being spoiled and selfish though and it didn’t make the book bad. I don’t think anything could make this book bad. What I am really hoping for at some point in this series is Drew’s point of view; maybe seeing when her first met her or when he first silvered. I’m a sucker for being in the other side of the ship’s mind.

Summary:

Overall, I really like this book and I can’t wait to finish up the series to see what happens. It looks like there will be more 4am nights in my future. Happy reading, everyone!

 

A Bargain in Silver


Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiSynopsis:

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Favorite Lines:

“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.”

“The sun is an arrogant thing, always leaving the world behind when it tires of us. The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”

“Find me a cure for these tears, I’d really like to exhale for the first time in my life.”

“Hope in this world bleeds out of the barrel of a gun.”

My Opinion:

This is a reread for me in preparation for the new books that she has released for the series, but this is my first official review on it. This is still one of my favorite series, even after multiple rereads; which is saying something.

Shatter Me follows Juliette, a girl who kills people with her touch. Juliette has never wanted to hurt anyone. She grew up with parents who hated and feared her and no friends because all the kids stayed away from her. After a terrible accident, Juliette is locked up for 264 days. After not seeing anyone or speaking to anyone for those 264 days, she is recruited by the Reestablishment to be their weapon; except Juliette still doesn’t want to hurt anyone.

I love love love the way that Mafi writes her books. She uses a lot of beautiful and poetic thoughts throughout the story. We have to remember that we are seeing the world from Juliette’s perspective. She has never had any friends or a family who loved her; she has a beautiful and sad way of viewing the world. I think Mafi’s writing style is really what sets this series apart from others.

I don’t particularly think anything bugs me. If I had to be nit-picky I would say I don’t know how I feel about how quick Juliette changes towards the end. No spoilers, but she does start to do a 180 on her perspective of herself and her abilities. I understand why she starts to feel that way so again, it’s nit-picky.

Summary:

Overall, I really love this book (and the whole series). It’s been a consistent reread series for me and never gets boring. I hope you all love it as much as I do! Happy reading!

 

Shatter Me


Review: The Never Dawn by R.E. Palmer

The Never Dawn by R.E. PalmerSynopsis:

All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he’s only heard about in stories.

For over one hundred years, Noah’s people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy.

But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface. But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside.

Favorite Lines:

“I had touched the sky. Not the real sky; that, of course, would be soft. The one under my fingertips had felt hard and scratched my skin.”

My Opinion:

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review so here it goes…

The Never Dawn is the first book in the trilogy. It follows Noah, a worker in a factory who is about to be 18. He is a part of a team and their job is to manufacture parts to help their community reach their goal of being able to go to the surface. Go to the surface? Yes. They are actually underground hiding from the toxic surface and another community of dwellers who are also trying to reach the surface. It’s a race to see who gets there first because whoever does is going to destroy the others…. or so they are told by Mother. Mother is their leader; she raises them and rules them. The “sky” changes color depending on her mood and she has a group of individuals called the “perfects” to help oversee the rest of the community. Noah starts as a worker happy to help his community in the Ark but as the story progresses, he starts to question everything.

I actually thought this was a really refreshing take on a dystopian society. I spent most of the book interested to see where it was going. Palmer did a good job at introducing stuff in a way that if you had been looking for it since the start you would have noticed it and it would all make sense but because we are seeing these events from Noah’s eyes, we are gradually introduced to everything.

The overall plot and where this is potentially heading is fascinating, I really hope in the later books we get to see what happens and the reason for everything. There were some biblical references throughout the story such as names and phrases from the bible.

I will admit, I was somewhat creeped out by Noah’s interactions with the females in his community. I understand where he is coming from, the men and women don’t really interact socially unless Mother wants them to, but Noah had some weird, obsessive thoughts I was not a fan of. Other than that, there wasn’t anything I didn’t particularly like about this book.

Summary:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and thought it was refreshing. I am excited to see what happens in the rest of the series and am rooting for Noah!

 

The Never Dawn


Review: The Phoenix Project by C.A. Gray

The Phoenix ProjectSynopsis:

Only the TRUTH you know can set you free…

The haven city of Beckenshire has been demolished, and most of the rebels lie beneath the rubble. The few that remain scramble to communicate with the the outside world, knowing that if they are to stand a chance in the coming war, they can’t do it alone. In a last ditch effort to grow their ranks, the remaining rebels systematically destroy the repeaters which help to propagate the control center signals. And it’s working: citizens in targeted cities are waking up in droves. But Ben Voltolini will stop at nothing to quell the uprising before it has a chance to get off the ground. And he has one major ace up his sleeve: Kate Brandeis.

During Kate’s broadcast to the nation, Voltolini unleashed targeted brainwave signals against her, causing her to allow both Jackson MacNamera’s capture, and her own. Now, despite Voltolini’s exquisite wining and dining, she can’t seem to stop the panic attacks. Whom can she trust? What is truth? Is there even such a thing?

Meanwhile, imprisoned and hopeless, Jackson realizes the depths of his feelings for Kate only after he has already lost her. The incredible self-control upon which he prides himself gets put to the ultimate test when he meets an unlikely ally who just may turn the tide in the rebels’ favor—but only if Jackson can put aside his own bitterness.

In this gripping conclusion to The Liberty Box Trilogy, new and surprising alliances are formed, passions run high, and our heroes learn what they are really made of. Do they have what it takes to fight for freedom—even if it means paying the ultimate price?

Favorite Lines:

“If there is an underlying theme to the story, it is this hard-learned lesson from my own life: your thoughts and your beliefs influence your actions; your actions form your habits, and your habits shape your life….just make sure that what you’re thinking and believing is both true and beneficial to you!”

My Opinion:

It has taken me awhile to find the time to finish this series, but I am happy that I did. The Phoenix Project is the last book in The Liberty Box series. It follows Kate Brandeis and Jackson MacNamera as they continue to try to free brainwashed people from under the rule of Ben Voltolini. No spoilers but the ending was a long time coming.

I really liked how Gray made certain characters personalities really come through in this book. In particular, I am talking about Alec. I won’t say anything other than I didn’t see it coming until the end but I am happy with how Gray developed the character. She also introduced us to the character Joe. Joe ended up being a really important character to the climax of the story and he wasn’t a main character, which I kind of liked.

Kate was less annoying (I’m sorry) in this one. She was much more tolerable and really seemed to settle into herself in this book which was what we, as readers, were waiting for. But I am happy with where she ended up and how the story came to an end.

Summary:

Overall, this series was an interesting and creative story. I think it was very unique and unlike any other series that I have read. I feel very grateful that Gray contacted me to review the series and for the opportunity to have read it and to have experienced the world that Gray brought to life. If you’re looking for a series that is refreshing and new, this is the series for you. It’s full of action, psychology, and romance all packed into a three book series that wraps the plot up nicely and leaves readers satisfied. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy reading!

 

The Phoenix Project