Review: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:

Untamed power. Untamed passion.

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.

Favorite Lines:

“‘This is a bad idea.’… ‘That should be written on the Night Court crest.'”

“For it was always music between their souls. Always had been. And his voice was her favorite melody.”

My Opinion:

A Court of Silver Flames is the first spin off from Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series (if you have not read it already, get on it!). The book follows Nesta and Cassian as they continue to put their lives back together after the war.

This book is an NSFW; you’ve been warned.

It was really interesting to see characters from ACOTAR from other points of view. In this case, it was from Nesta and Cassian’s PoV. I also loved that we got a split PoV. I’m always a sucker to see into the minds of both sides of a ship because what is happening in their mind is rarely reflected on the outside.

This book deals a lot with regret, depression, and a lot of other dark emotions. It’s really about Nesta overcoming all of these negative feelings to see that life is beautiful and worth living. So while it might be tough to read if you also experience these feelings, Maas did an amazing job of writing out a character arch that shows how to push through the bad to get through the good.

Summary:

Overall, ACOTAR is one of my favorite series and while I was a little hesitant to read a spinoff from it, I am very happy that I did. If you like action, adventure, romance, and the fae then this book is for you (after you read ACOTAR!).

 

A Court of Silver Flames


 

Review: The Elementalist: Journey to Zlorta by S.N. Hunt

Synopsis:

Not everything is as it seems.

Sarah thought she was just another orphan left on a doorstep. She had a quiet life working as a secretary at the local printing company. One night changed everything. Now she is journeying to Zlorta to learn about her powers in the company of a man named Micheal. Though she has never seen his face, she feels compelled to follow him and explore the passion that burns between them.

Antony will stop at nothing to possess her and her powers. He sends his henchmen to attack and kidnap her. Micheal swears he will protect her with his life. But as she loses her heart to him, she finds that she must protect him. Will Sarah prevent Micheal’s death or will Antony make her his weapon?

Favorite Lines:

I honestly didn’t keep track because I was so engrossed in the book!

My Opinion:

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

This is an *NSFW*. You’ve been warned.

At first, I was a little put off by the title of the book. I thought it was going to be an amateur science fiction novel so imagine my surprise that it was a paranormal romance with a new twist on vampires and magic.

Hunt did an amazing job at bringing a refreshing perspective to a vampire romance novel. I wouldn’t even say it is just a vampire novel because that is too small of a box to put it in. There is action, adventure, romance, and magic. At first I wasn’t sure how this book was going to go but the concept and storyline were both very interesting and I couldn’t put it down.

I do wish that Sarah and Micheal’s romance had developed slower. It went from “I just met you” to “I’m attracted to you” to “we’re inseparable” very quickly. I am a sucker for a slow tease that leaves you desperate for more.

At first, I noticed a lot of the sentences were short and cut off with a period; I felt like they didn’t flow. I felt like I had to stop and start my train of thought often. But as the story went on, it either got better or became less noticeable. This is simply me being nitpicky.

The ending was rather abrupt and cut off, but it did still leave me wanting to read more.

Summary:

Overall, this was a really interesting read, and I am excited to see where Hunt takes it next. If you like action, adventure, romance, vampires, and magic then this book is for you. Happy reading, everyone!

 

The Elementalist: Journey to Zlorta


 

Review: Awakening by Jennifer Leigh Pezzano

Synopsis:

Jezebel is a solitary woman with a haunted past. Running a business in a small coastal town, she clings to the predictability of her days, seeking refuge in the silence. When an enigmatic new client comes into her life, she is drawn to him, unaware of the link she holds to his own tangled history.

He offers her a seductive proposal, and she is propelled into an entrancing world of pleasure that shatters her reality, and deeply alters her sense of self.

But underneath all his magnetism and power lies the human complexities of a grieving man running from his shadows. Will August surrender his centuries of pain and allow Jezebel fully into his life? And will Jezebel be able to navigate the landscape of what he has to offer?

Delivering a new meaning to the vampire archetype, Awakening is a multi-layered, sensuous, paranormal love story that reaches through the curtain of time. The intricate ties that connect these two to one another will forever transform the course of their lives, stretch the fabric of their reality, and awaken within them something deeper and more profound.

Favorite Lines:

“I see a woman who wears her skin like armor. Whose heart is crying out for a place to run free. I see a soul that is intricately delicate, yet profoundly strong.”

“When you monetize the beauty of nature, it can lose its effect upon the soul.”

“Life is meant to be lived, not compartmentalized.”

My Opinion:

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

Awakening follows Jezebel x2 (you’ll see what I mean) as she tries to navigate a life where she felt like she never really fit in until she meets August. To start off this is an *NSFW*. As the synopsis says, these puts a whole new twist on the vampire archetype. I thought it was a really refreshing take.

The story kind of has a quick start. I felt like it went from 0-100 really quick. Pezzano did a good job at portraying some of the darker human emotions but I was annoyed that August just comes back the way that he did and expected Jezebel to be waiting for him.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the flashbacks because it was almost a whole new storyline but it made sense in how Pezzano had everything tie together and the little Easter eggs that were planted throughout the plot.

Summary:

Overall, it is a really interesting concept and I like how it wove what could be considered paranormal fiction and life lessons about healing from our pasts into one book. If you like fiction, paranormal, and romance then this book is for you.

 

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Review: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis:

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half-brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Favorite Lines:

“Save your stupid for later!”

“She’s trying so hard to be okay — to make it all this shit okay — but sometimes it’s like the world just won’t let her. The hits keep coming, and she keeps hurting.”

My Opinion:

This is a 60-page novella from the Shatter Me series. It takes place between the second and third books from Adam’s point of view. Due to it only being 60 pages, this is going to be a pretty short review.

This book follows Adam right before the battle with The Reestablishment. We get to see his thoughts and feelings while he interacts with Juliette and the rest of the characters from the Shatter Me series. To be honest, this is the book that made me not really like Adam. Last book he was kind of starting to get on my nerves, but this is the one that pushed me over the edge into the not liking territory.

Summary:

Overall, this book is good insight into what is happening in the series from someone else’s point of view. I’m always a sucker for a new PoV and this is no exception.

 

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Review: Blood and Bone by Paula Dombrowiak

Synopsis:

Jack and Mia, everyone else was just collateral damage. Love is complicated, messy, and sometimes painful but oh so worth it. A heartbreaking journey through love, friendship, and family. Music brought them together, addiction tore them apart, loyalty saved them.

Jack O’Donnell’s life was teetering on the edge. Forced, as a teenager, to make a decision that would change his life forever, he left his hometown to pursue a music career with collaborator Mia Stone. Living in a van by the beach was not the glamorous Los Angeles lifestyle they had envisioned but sparked the most creative time of their lives. Making it big was all they ever wanted but when it happened, friendships were tested, hearts were broken, and lives were changed forever.

Erin Langford is a seasoned journalist tasked with writing a feature on Jack O’Donnell. Being at the right place at the right moment puts Erin in a unique position to get the story, but at what cost? Having preconceived notions about Jack’s rock star image, she learns there is more to a story than just the headlines. The two embark on a journey through Jack’s past where he recounts the rise and fall of his band Mogo and the irreplaceable bond between himself and collaborator Mia Stone. The feature she thought she was going to write, turns into so much more.

Blood and Bone is an evocative story told in alternating time periods, from the early ‘90s to the present day about deep bonds between flawed people whose only outlet of self-expression is through their music.

Favorite Lines:

“It’s life…pain has a way of cutting into all of us and sometimes it’s so deep that it can’t heal.”

“I’m not running away from something. I’m running towards it.”

“Sometimes you think you want something and then when you get it, it wasn’t what you thought you wanted.”

My Opinion:

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

This story follows Jack ad Erin as they journey into Jack’s past through his rise to fame and all the heartache and lessons that came with it. I’ll start off by saying that this book wasn’t my usual type of book. That being said, it was still incredibly wholesome and a decent read. It took a bit to get into it but once you do, the story is full of deep and complex character emotions that I think really captured the very essence of what it is to be human and how everything is not black and white; there is plenty of grey.

This book was well written with an interesting story. The flash backs and flash forwards did a good job of explaining all of the events without being too confusing. I kind of wish it had ended differently but it was still a happy ending – just a different ending than what I wanted.

Summary:

Overall, this was an interesting book. Probably not a reread for me simply because it is not my cup of tea but if you like emotional journeys that explore real life issues, this book is for you. Happy reading!

 

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Review: Rage by Cara Carmack

Synopsis:

Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If she knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences— like the storm now tangled with her heart, the alarming disappearance of her mother and friend, and the fall of her kingdom to the Locke family. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan. She puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion, but the Lockes aren’t the only sinister thing plaguing Pavan. The Rage season is at it’s peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. But these storms seem… different than any she’s ever encountered. They churn with a darkness that frightens her, and attack with a will like she’s never seen.

This feels like more than Rage.

It feels like war.

Favorite Lines:

“Nature is the cruelest of masters.”

“I am beginning to realize that I traded one kind of naivety for another. I left this sheltered place, looking to learn more about myself and the world, and I did that. I thought I had cracked open some secret and everything would then fall into place. Bit I forgot that it is not as simple as my single journey from beginning to end, that there are thousands upon thousands of other journeys happening simultaneously. Why should mine be any more important than theirs? We’re all connected, and more suffering for one means more suffering for all. At least that’s how it should be. But everything is so divided, no one here looks past the parameters of their own wants and needs.”

My Opinion:

Rage is the second book in the Stormheart series by Cora Carmack. You can find the review for Roar, the first book in the series, here. Rage picks up where Roar left off, with Aurora traveling back to the castle to save her kingdom from destruction. She doesn’t know if the destruction will be at the hands of the Lockes or the Stormlord.

I really enjoyed the first book of this series and the second was no different. Carmack does an excellent job at providing a well written story and keeping the readers engaged. I never found myself bored or wanting to skip to the good part; the whole book was the good part.

There wasn’t anything I can think of that I didn’t particularly like about the book. I had been waiting for it to be released and preordered it to get it the day it came out and I was not disappointed.

Summary:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the only downside is now I have to wait at least another year for the next one to come out. Happy reading, everyone!

 

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Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Synopsis:

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Favorite Lines:

“Stories are a way to preserve one’s self. To be remembered. And to forget.”

“Small places make for small lives. And some people are fine with that. They like knowing where to put their feet. But if you only walk in other people’s steps, you cannot make your own way. You cannot leave a mark.”

“Nothing is all good or all bad. Life is so much messier than that.”

My Opinion:

I had seen this book around but dismissed it until I saw fan art for it on social media and that is what convinced me to buy it. As far as I know, this is a standalone novel by Schwab. It follows Addie as she lives an immortal life doomed to be forgotten by anyone who meets her. Until one day, someone recognizes her.

I had heard that this book was going to be kind of slow and hard to get into and I agree. I found myself wanting to skip the past flashbacks. But it did pick up about 150 pages in.  I also wish that there had been more about Luc and Addie’s relationship but that is just because I am a sucker for romances.

I didn’t think this book would get me that emotional but towards the end of it, my eyes were getting teary and when it got to the dedication part in the bookstore, I was full blown crying.

I don’t know how I expected it to end. I guess I wanted it to end differently. I was hoping for more of a happy ending, but I guess the ending was okay and artistic. I understand that not everything is about happy endings, and this was probably a more realistic ending.

Summary:

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I don’t know if I would ever reread it but it was definitely well written and interesting. If you like paranormal romances, historical romances, or fiction then this book is for you. Happy reading!

 

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue


 

Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice….

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

Favorite Lines:

“He was the first thing I’d ever truly chosen for myself.”

“Let’s make a deal that we won’t borrow tomorrow’s problems today.”

“‘Always’ he whispered in the breath we shared. ‘Your heart was always safe with me. It always will be. There is nothing I will protect more fiercely or with more devotion, Poppy. Trust in that—in what you feel from me.'”

My Opinion:

Guyyyyyyyyyys. It has been a MINUTE since a book made me feel this hard. This is on par with Sarah J. Maas in terms of emotions. It is too early to tell if the plot will be as complicated. I am so, so happy that I started reading this series and I am so, so sad that the next one won’t be out until 2021.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, is the second book in the Blood and Ash series. It follows Poppy as she tries to adjust to a life where she isn’t slave destined to sit in her room and be controlled until she is given to the Gods. Poppy and Hawke/Casteel are traveling to his home of Atlantia to be married in hopes that it will serve them both in being reunited with their brothers and prevent a full-scale war.

In this book we see a lot of romance, action, and self-growth from Poppy. I literally could not put this book down and read it all in a 24-hour period. I literally felt my heart clench and hurt multiple times throughout this book. I am so happy with how it turned out but also so mad that were left on such a big cliff hanger. I won’t spoil anything but lets just say there is so much that needs to still happen and hopefully this series will be more than just a trilogy because I need it in my life longer.

Summary:

Overall, I will be counting down the days until the next book comes out in 2021. The cliff hanger just made it clear that there is SO much more to come and I can’t wait. I hope you all enjoy this book and this series as much as I have. Happy reading!!!

 

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire


 

Review: From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

Favorite Lines:

“Fear and bravery are often one and the same. It either makes you a warrior or a coward. The only difference is the person it resides inside.”

“Some truths do nothing but destroy and decay what they do not obliterate. Truths do not always set one free. Only a fool who has spent their entire life being fed lies believes that.”

“When you listen to me, I think the stars will fall.”

My Opinion:

I don’t know how I ever overlooked this book. I didn’t know it existed until the night I bought it and devoured it in one sitting. I love Armentrout, she can do no wrong and this book is no exception. This is actually her first high fantasy novel and she had been sitting on the idea for years until some of her friends, including Sarah J. Maas (another favorite of mine), convinced her to write it; and I am so happy she did. I will warn you that this is definitely an R-rated book, so perhaps not the best for younger readers.

The story started out a bit slow and I was very confused because you are just thrown into the middle of a world and know nothing about the terms or how anything works. But somewhere along the way, I literally could not put the book down and stayed up half the night reading.

My heart literally ached multiple times throughout the story which is just the type of emotional torture I live for.

The plot was a bit predictable, but I still ate it up and could not stop turning the page.

Summary:

Overall, Armentrout out did herself; as always. I could not have been happier with the story and how it turned out. I cannot wait to read the next one. If you like action, romance, and adventure this will be perfect for you. Happy reading!

 

From Blood and Ash


 

Review: Crush by Tracy Wolff

Synopsis:

Everything feels off—especially me. I’ve returned to Katmere Academy, but I’m haunted by fragments of days I have no recollection of living and struggling to understand who, or what, I really am.

Just when I start to feel safe again, Hudson is back with a vengeance. He insists there are secrets I don’t know about, threatening to drive a wedge between Jaxon and me forever. But far worse enemies are at our doorstep.

The Circle is caught in a power play and the Vampire Court is trying to drag me out of my world and into theirs. The only thing Hudson and Jaxon agree on is that leaving Katmere would mean my certain death.

And not only am I fighting for my life, but now everyone else’s is at stake—unless we can defeat an unspeakable evil. All I know is that saving the people I love is going to require sacrifice.

Maybe more than I’m able to give.

Favorite Lines:

“I may not be a vampire or a warlock, but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to lie down and let ‘the menfolk’ make decisions about my life for me.”

*I didn’t keep track of any quotes besides that one because I got too focused on the story and forgot!*

My Opinion:

I can’t believe it!!!!!!!!!!! At first I didn’t know where this book was going to go but once I got into it, I saw the direction it was going and it was like ACOTAR all over again! Crush is the second book in Wolff’s Crave series. I recently got into the series about a month ago and was lucky that Crush was coming out soon after. Unfortunately for me, Wolff has left us all hanging and now I am dying to read the next book because I really need some closure about certain situations (if you read the book, you’ll find out).

Without spoiling anything, I am upset that Wolff wrote such a cute love story in the first book and due to certain situations in this book, we hardly see any Grace and Jaxon together. For my little romantic craving heart, this just simply won’t do.

We finally get to see Hudson after just hearing about him and what he was like from the last book considering he was/is dead. I feel like that was an interesting addition and I almost wonder if Wolff planned it all along or if after she finished the first book, she decided to take the story in a new direction. It almost seemed set up perfectly in the first book just to take a 180 this book. If it is anything like ACOTAR, there better be a good reason that we are moving in this direction.

Wolff did an amazing job writing this story and I am beyond excited to read the next book in the series…too bad it doesn’t come out until March. I’ll just have to wait and suffer until then. As a total side note, can we just talk about how aesthetic this cover is.

Summary:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Despite the lack of romance, I might have enjoyed this book more than the first on in the series due to the creative storyline. I am literally dying to read the next book in the series and if you read this series as well, you will see why. Until next time, happy reading!

 

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