Review: Finding it All by Stacey Komosinski

Synopsis:

Welcome to the Finding Happiness in Harmony series’ first journey celebrating the bonds of friendship, love, and life. This feel-good story of first love and best friends will have you believing you too can find it all.

Warning: This novel contains a happy ending.

Twenty-five-year-old Chloe Larson has never had a relationship or been really kissed by someone. After a rough childhood spent hiding a secret and being ridiculed, Chloe believes she’s better off with only friends around her. That way she can’t get hurt or misused.

She spends weekends living life to the fullest with her best friends and roommates Gaby and Jess and weekdays proving her worth as a newly promoted reporter. The thing is, she doesn’t have time for anything romantic. But secretly she longs for that special connection with someone.

Chris Sherman is bored of the selfish women who flock to him. Recently out of a relationship, he isn’t looking for love. But everything changes when he meets Chloe Larson. She has a way about her that excites and intrigues him, leaving him desperate to get to know her.

Will they both find the courage to let each other in and experience the joys and pains of love, life, and happiness to find it all?

Favorite Lines:

“Love was a complex emotion. It brought about all the good and wonderful feelings a human could possibly feel, but it also surfaced a deep fear of losing the precious and delicate love you found.”

My Opinion:

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

The story follows Chloe, Chris and their friends/families as they try to navigate their lives and come to terms with love and the difficulties that come with it. The story started off a bit slow for me. Most of it seemed to be Chloe admiring her friends over and over which kind of got repetitive but I am glad that I stuck with it because it was such a cute story.

I related the most to Jess in terms of her personality and also her family upbringing. Considering this is a three-part series, I am interested to see if we get a book from Jess and Gaby’s point of views. It did jump from character to character a bit which was not what I expected. Usually, you get a book focused on one couple at a time and only see from their perspectives so that was interesting. Also, If I was being nit-picky, the conversations didn’t flow as well as they could have. Sometimes, I felt like they were choppy or too formal to be a conversation.

Summary:

Overall, this was a really cute contemporary romance. It made me quite envious of the characters. I hope to be able to have a relationship like that someday with a guy who isn’t without his faults but mature enough to know how to keep his woman feeling secure and happy. A girl can dream. Happy reading, everyone!

 

Finding it All


 

Review: The Weary God of Ancient Travelers by Jessica Stilling

Synopsis:

Who is Lydia Warren? That’s what she’d like to know. An amnesiac, she vaguely remembers arriving in Santorini with this one-armed man she instinctive trusts but cannot recall his name. She guides us through the fog that is her mind, and her odyssey towards understanding that is even further complicated by memories of a life not her own from before she was born.

Favorite Lines:

I didn’t keep track!

My Opinion:

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

The Weary God of Ancient Travelers follows Lydia, a woman with amnesia, as she tries to remember her past and discover why she has lost her memory. Along with her for the journey is a man whose name she never can remember so she calls him David Copperfield. As the story progresses, readers are along for the ride with Lydia to uncover the mystery of who she is.

There were some small grammatical and spelling errors such as switching between past and present tense. Additionally, the book started off a bit slow but had just enough mystery to keep me going. Despite the spelling/grammar errors, the book was really interesting.

Summary:

Overall, this book was not what I expected it to be but I still found it to be a good read. It is a mysterious kind of #metoo movement book. If you like contemporary fiction, female-lead books that are full of mystery, then this book would be for you. This book comes out June 15, 2021 and you can find the link below. Happy reading!

 

The Weary God of Ancient Travelers


 

Review: Admonition by Kathryn Amurra

Synopsis:

Sabina is a young noblewoman who, based on her soothsayer aunt’s prediction, believes her words are dangerous and will hurt those she loves.  Following the death of her beloved husband, she takes on a vow of silence to protect others from suffering the same fate.  Ignored and scorned by those around her, who believe her to be cursed by the gods who took her voice, she is content to live in the shadow of her former life, avoiding society as best she can and staying away of the politics and drama of Rome’s inner circles.

Lucius is an unwilling front-runner to inherit the title of Emperor from Rome’s childless leader, Trajan.  Although the soothsayer warns him to steer clear of a pretty face that hides a cursed soul, Lucius cannot help but be drawn to the silent and beautiful Sabina.  After learning her secret, he is as determined to help her shed her cloak of silence as she is to keep him at a safe distance.  But when Lucius becomes the target of a political plot, Sabina must decide whether breaking her silence will save his life or merely seal his fate.

Favorite Lines:

“The heart was made to feel, the body made to love.”

“Because, young man, some things are too important to leave to fate.”

My Opinion:

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

Admonition is set in the same world as Soothsayer. I believe it actually takes place somewhat parallel to towards the end of Soothsayer as there are common events that take place in both books. This story follows Sabina, a woman who has taken a vow of silence after her husband dies and Lucius, the man determined to win Sabina’s heart and help her heal.

Can I just start by saying that I love Lucius. He was so kind, caring, and understanding. The way he was patient with Sabina and felt about her without being too pushy or coming off as creepy was to die for. Amurra did an amazing job writing the character and making me with I had a Lucius of my own.

I liked Admonition more than Soothsayer. It seemed more thought out and well written. I couldn’t put the book down and ended up staying up until almost 2am to finish it in one sitting.

Summary:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you like historical romances, especially ones that take place in ancient Rome, then this book is for you. Admonition comes out June 5, 2021. Happy reading!

 

Admonition


 

Review: Anonymity by Rachel Martin

Synopsis:

Drop off the newborn of an unknown teen and incarcerated father at the doorsteps of a slaughterhouse, where he is adopted into a life of hard labor, albeit gruesome, and what do you get? In this case a superhuman sensory perceptive, with a different kind of drive. And one who’s afflicted with a fetish he must keep to himself. To live as he sees fit one day, this genius must put the past behind him.

Until now, expert brain surgeon Abel Rhodes has been shackled by societies expectations, his interpretation of a dystopian reality. After all, “functioning psychopath” doesn’t fit neatly into the life he’s created, or into one his family or colleagues would understand.

Abel’s Sanctuary, a brilliant hideaway, built with his own two hands, serves as the backdrop to satisfy his need for justice…by execution. Glorious? Yes, but even this isn’t enough to quench his cravings.

His growing angst toward a rotting society of the Internets ‘entitled’, while savvy societies watch—waiting to devour our ignorance, must be rectified. What he needs is a ‘Captain’—his captive, to be the face of said allegiance.

Once he finds one who is all he hoped for…and then some, can Abel successfully accomplish his greatest fantasy and romance his carnal fetishes? Or will she destroy him and the utopia he’s created?

Favorite Lines:

I didn’t keep track of any favorite lines in this one due to the adult thriller genre.

My Opinion:

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

To sum up this whole book, it gave me major Dexter vibes. Martin did a really good job at writing the inner workings of a psychopathic brain. You’re reading from the perspective of someone who has no humanity but must blend in with everyone else to get what he craves.

I was a little confused with the point of view changes happening mid-chapter and sometimes I thought the story dragged in terms of dialogue and explaining the inner workings of Abel’s brain. But with some patience, it added to the overall creepy effect.

Summary:

Overall, this was an interesting read for sure. It is classified as an adult thriller which is accurate. It definitely has some NSFW in it and is intended for mature audiences. If you like creepy, Dexterish vibes, this book may be for you. Happy reading!

 

Anonymity


 

Review: Outlaw by Imogen Keeper

Synopsis:

The sexy, action-packed first book in The City of a Thousand Lies trilogy by award-winning Imogen Keeper.

THE GOVERNMENT drugs us with ‘vitamins.’
They monitor us with nanochips.
They subjugate us with fear.

Citizens obey.
Outlaws are hunted down in the streets.

NO ONE knows that better than me.
Four years ago, my mother died, my father rebelled and was instantly Outlawed, leaving me responsible for my sick sister, a stack of bills and both our lives.
So I kept my head down and I prayed the government would never look my way. But now, they’ve found me anyway and have issued an impossible command. I have to write the code to convert nanochips to mind control devices and take the final freedom away from all of us—our own minds.

FOR A TEST SUBJECT, they gave me Romeo-Three, a captive bio-engineered soldier as dangerous as he is irresistible.
The reckless hope that saturates his every word ignites inside me a longing for a life beyond obedience.

LOVING HIM is an act of war.
The price tag of his freedom is my life, leaving us with no choice but to rebel—even if rebellion means certain death.

Favorite Lines:

“Some people just sparkle as if their very souls are amused…”

My Opinion:

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

This book was amazing. It was so refreshing and had such a creative concept without being so far out there that I got lost while reading it. The story follows Romeo-Three and Tierney Jones. Tierney has to program a chip that is in the brain of Romeo-Three and his family that will control their minds but the more time she spends in the lab with him, the more she is unable to deny her attraction.

This story grabbed me from the start. Sometimes books drag a bit while they introduce you to the world you will be reading about but Keeper did a great job at keeping me engaged from page one. I actually ended up staying up until 4am to read this book in one sitting; that is how good it was.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book but I loved it. It is a sci-fi NSFW romance that just got better and better with every page I turned. It made my heart hurt in just the right way (that is how you know a book is good).

Without giving anything away, the ending did confuse me a bit because it was suddenly like “Oh yeah Tierney can do this now and Michael just knows about it. No big deal”. You will understand what I mean when you read this. Maybe it will be explained more in the next book but it almost seemed like the ending was rushed a bit.

Summary:

Overall, this is one of the best books I have read in a while and I am dying to see where Keeper takes the series next. If you like NSFW romance, sci-fi, and dystopian societies then this book is for you. Happy reading!

 

Outlaw


 

Review: Stormcaller by Christine King

Synopsis:

Raised in fear of her elemental power, Seren has spent her life protecting her exiled people and trying to live up to their legends. When that responsibility is brutally taken from her, she and her shapeshifting friend Atomi must enter a divided world where their very existence is treason. Axys is a land of peace and prosperity for those in the Eternal Lady’s favour, but her benevolence comes at a cost that Seren and Atomi are unwilling to bear.

A storm wind stirs the long dormant ashes of rebellion.

Their legend is only just beginning.

Favorite Lines:

“Five minutes, ten minutes, the rest of my existence. Whatever you ask for as long as you will have me.”

My Opinion:

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

At the start, I felt like I was thrown into a world where everything had a strange name and had no idea what was going on. There is always an adjustment period when starting a new book to get used to the author’s writing style. But once I got used to it, the story really took off.

There were point of view changes mid chapter. It was in third person so it was not as confusing as if it were in first person but it was still hard to keep track of sometimes when you think you’re following one character just to switch to another. There were also a lot of characters to keep track of in general. It was almost as if King had this huge plot that takes place all over the world she created and she would jump from place to place. I would arguably say that there could have been too much going on at times and it got a bit confusing to keep up.

I can really appreciate the world that Ling set out to create. The story is really creative and unique. I do feel like the character relationships and emotion could have been developed a bit more but I also recognize how hard it is to take what may be a clear picture in the author’s mind and translate it to words on a page

Summary:

Overall, this was a really unique and beautiful story that has a lot of potential. It just needs to be cleaned up a tad and perhaps slowed down a bit to really develop the story. I have no doubt that King can take this series in an amazing direction and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

 

Stormcaller


 

 

Review: Parts of Me: Lost and Found by Cisel Ozbay

Synopsis:

A journey of self- discovery involves completely losing yourself in order to find yourself again. This collection of poems captures all the ways the author has lost herself, and all the truths she has found in doing so.

Favorite Lines:

I did not keep track as this is a collection of poems, but I especially liked the poems titled Flaws and Feels.

My Opinion:

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

This collection of poems kind of reminded me of Rupi Kaur. Ozbay did an amazing job at capturing human emotion in a way that was very relatable. I was surprised that Ozbay was able to capture thoughts that I have had and put them on paper. It seemed like she was writing about a lot of things that I’ve experienced in my life as if she were there. It made me reflect on my past and where I want my future to go. That is the beauty of art and words, everyone can interpret it differently.

Summary:

Overall, I really enjoyed this collection of poems. They were raw and beautiful. If you like any sort of poem collection like ones written by Rupi Kaur, you would love this book. Happy reading!

 

Parts of Me: Lost and Found


 

Review: Habits: An Analysis of the Habits of Powerful & Successful People by Deja Tyla Hansen

Synopsis:

Have you ever faced the distress of doing everything you possibly can and not being able to attain your goal? Is your dream of success and wealth within reach, but you don’t know what it is that you’re missing to make this dream become a reality?

Maybe you’ve done everything you’ve been told from paying attention to others and getting your diploma or degree. I’m sure you work hard and you’re dedicated, but maybe you’re stuck not achieving the wealth, success, or power that you want. You’re missing a critical ingredient — what is it?

The answer is simple, Habits!

Deja Tyla’s how-to guide will reveal to you not only the factors for success but a variety of tips on how to properly implement them into your path to a new lifestyle. In three basic parts, Hansen describes the motivational effects of healthy habits, exposes strategies to overcome the hardships of developing new habits, and how together they leave an infinite effect on your life for the better.

By the end of this book, you will:

– Understand the key habits of successful individuals

– Identify simple steps you can take to implement new, healthy habits

– Develop a clear understanding of why and how habits can make a difference

The right habits will bring you to success, and this book is where you will learn them. Achieve

Favorite Lines:

I did not pick out favorite lines as this is more of an informational, self-help book.

My Opinion:

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

This isn’t my usual type of book to read but I enjoyed it nonetheless. This book discusses exactly what the title says, habits for success. Some examples of habits discussed were continued learning, listening, and sacrifice. I liked that there were scientific facts thrown in to back up a lot of the information presented. I also liked that it was an easy-to-read format rather than just walls and walls of text. I did feel like a lot of it was common sense but the way it was worded made me look at it all in a different light and really think about what I could change for the better.

Summary:

Overall, this was an informational book that made me think about a lot of my habits and how I can improve them to better my future. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in striving for success in their lives.

 

Habits: An Analysis of the Habits of Powerful & Successful People


 

Review: Covet by Tracy Wolff

Synopsis:

I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire.

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

Favorite Lines:

I didn’t find any that I particularly loved enough to add but I did like the conversation between Grace and Hudson towards the end of the book so be on the lookout for that.

My Opinion:

This book was a bit of a disappointment to me. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about it, but I found it a bit boring. It is 800 pages, which would normally would excite me, but I didn’t find myself excited to read this book like I usually am.

The story picks up where Crush left off. We are following Grace as she is just trying to survive and graduate high school while navigating her position as the gargoyle queen and avoid being murdered every five minutes.

Wolff did a really good job at covering a lot of plot points without making it too confusing. I do wish that the romance wasn’t such a slow burn. I’m a sucker for romance and while this had romantic tension and eventually more, I felt like it took forever and wasn’t enough.

Summary:

Overall, while I found this book lacking compared to the rest of the series, it was still a good book and I recommend you at least try to read it. Maybe you’ll enjoy it more than I did. Happy reading, everyone.

 

Covet


 

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