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!

 

Crush


 

Review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Synopsis:

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

Favorite Lines:

“Her existence alone was excuse enough to justify the creation of the entire world.”

“And now everything was chaos and tumult. Yet I wouldn’t trade it. I didn’t want the life that made sense. Not if the chaos meant that I could be with Bella.”

My Opinion:

Midnight Sun is technically book five in The Twilight Saga but it is the first book from Edward’s point of view. If you have followed me along in any of my other reviews, you’ll know by now that I am a sucker for POV changes, especially when it comes from the male main character in a ship.

I was waiting for this book to come out forever. I had read the draft that Meyer had posted to her blog before deciding to come back and release an actual novel after the initial leak. Usually, I finish a book in one sitting because I can’t keep my hands off of it but I actually took my time with this one. I think because it was so bittersweet to read. I remember reading Twilight back in my high school days and going to midnight premieres with my friends. I grew up when the series was super popular, and bookstores couldn’t keep the books on the shelves.

I’ve always admired Meyer’s writing style and the certain elegance to it. I reread all of the Twilight books probably every couple of years just to get lost in them again and this book was no exception.

As I said previously, this book is from Edward’s point of view and literally fed my greedy heart everything I could ever want. I take that back, because now I want the rest of the books from his point of view too. But I loved loved loved this book. The insight into Edward’s mind is fascinating. We get to see the world he lived in and how deep his feelings for Bella really ran.

I have literally 0 complaints about this book. It was everything I wanted it to be and then some.

Summary:

Overall, I really loved this book. I am praying to the powers that be that Meyer changes her mind and decides to do the rest of the books from Edward’s point of view. If you have read the Twilight series, this is a must read. And if you haven’t read the series yet… well then I suggest you get on that.

 

Midnight Sun


 

Review: Love Costs by E.B. Roshan

Synopsis:

Love is a choice.

She’s Tur. He’s Sevian. She’s is stuck in a refugee camp. He’s working for the people who put her there. With three years of war and a fifteen-foot fence between them, finding happiness together seems impossible. But Radoslav can’t get the girl with the pink hair–or her missing cat–out of his mind.

Favorite Lines:

“My grandma told me that God gave us trouble in this life to make us better people. To prepare us for Heaven.”

“It means the feeling you get when you’re better off where you are, but you’ve left your heart somewhere else.”

My Opinion:

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

Love Costs is a love story that follows a refugee as she finds herself in a life or death situation and the man who loves her and offers to marry her to save her.  I was actually surprised about how cute this story was. It was well written and had a diverse amount of characters. The plot keeps you engaged despite being a novella rather than a full story.

There were a lot of historical parallels in here. It’s been awhile since I have had to learn about anything from history but even with what is going on in society today, you can draw parallels.

I don’t know how I felt about the relationship. On one hand I thought it was cute and realized it came from a place of innocence but I couldn’t shake the feeling that the situation was being taken advantage of. Clearly Radoslav has genuine feelings for Dunya, but she didn’t really have any other choice other than to marry him if she wanted to live.

Summary:

Overall, this would not have been my normal reading choice but I enjoyed it nonetheless. If you like romances that reflect real-world problems and have touches of religion thrown in, then this book is for you.

 

Love Costs


 

Books I am Looking Forward to Reading in 2021

The books I am most looking forward to reading in 2021 are listed below in no particular order. Keep your eyes on the lookout for these series and enjoy!

A Court of Silver FlameA Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

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.

Expected Publication: February 16, 2021

A Court of Silver Flames


CovetCovet by Tracy Wolff

The third book in the smash hit Crave series will not disappoint—full of shocking twists, high-stakes romance, and deep fantasy lore, it’ll be a must-have for die-hard series fans and new readers alike.

Expected Publication: March 2, 2021

Covet


The crown of gilded bones preview coverThe Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis Coming Soon!

Expected Publication: April 2021

A Crown of Gilded Bones


Grace and GloryGrace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Trinity Marrow has lost the battle and her beloved Protector. Even with both demons and Wardens on her side, Trin may not win the war against the Harbinger.

Bringing Lucifer back to the world to fight the Harbinger is probably a really, really bad idea, but they’re out of options—and the world’s ultimate fallen angel is the only being powerful enough to impact the outcome.

As Trin and Zayne form a new and more dangerous bond and Lucifer unleashes Hell on earth, the apocalypse looms and the world teeters on the end of forever. Win or lose, one thing is certain—nothing will ever be the same. 

Expected Publication: June 1, 2021

Grace and Glory


Review: The Damned Society: Smoke & Mirrors by L.J. Elliott

Synopsis:

Lexia Luccen is a seventeen-year-old girl with a fiery power that is slowly destroying the last fragments of her sanity. Having lost her abusive father, Lexia is left scarred from the way he treated her and by the grief of his death. When she accidentally uses her ability to create a devastating explosion that takes many lives, she is moved from her life of solitude into the hectic youth facility that is Lucida.

Lucida is no ordinary youth facility. It is a secretly run technological agency for supernatural wayward youth, set up to teach them how to control their abilities after they have caused disturbances in society. These youths think that once they have been reformed, they will be freed. However, the truth is a very different story.

Lies, love, and more death await Lexia at Lucida, and she soon realizes that this facility is not quite what it seems. Now she knows she must make a choice: does she finally give up to the darkness that slowly consumes her—like her father did—or does she follow the firestorm that runs through her veins and for once in her life, battle for something?

Time is running out. Lexia needs to make her decision fast, before Lucida makes it for her.

Favorite Lines:

I was speeding through this book and didn’t keep track!!!

My Opinion:

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

The Damned Society: Smoke and Mirrors follows Lexia as she finds herself at a secret facility that is supposed to help her control her powers after she accidentally blows up her college. This was a really creative story and the world that Elliott created in her writing was utterly unique.

I don’t know what it was but there was something about the writing that had it coming off as…choppy? I think it could have flowed better. There’s a lot of use of commas in one sentence and a lot of the sentences started with the same word repetitively.

I wish there had been a bit more romance. I felt like I kept getting a little taste but never more than that. I was constantly flipping the page waiting for it to happen and it never quite got there.

Summary:

Overall, this was an enjoyable book. What made it so good was the creative universe Elliott created. If you like action, supernaturals, danger, and romance then this book is for you. Happy reading!

The Damned Society: Smoke and Mirrors


Review: Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra

Synopsis:

Aurelia has always valued love and happiness over titles and power. Though her kind-hearted father has allowed her to turn away suitor after suitor in pursuit of a love she cannot yet define, when he dies her choices die with him. Knowing that marrying the elderly governor of a neighboring province can secure her mentally challenged brother’s safety, she gives up on her dream of finding love in return for his protection. Cassius is the ill-fated captain of the governor’s guard tasked with escorting the Lady Aurelia and her unpleasant aunt to the governor’s estate. Since the soothsayer Tullia foretold an early death for him, Cassius wants nothing more than to keep his hands busy with labor and his heart free from any connections to the world he believes he will be leaving soon. As they work through a series of misfortunes on the road to the governor’s province, the words of the soothsayer start to make sense, and together they find the courage to allow their true destiny to unfold.

Favorite Lines:

“But that is the way with great love—there is great sadness when it is gone.”

“I wonder if sometimes our understanding of a thing is based on our own notion of what that thing should mean, rather than what it truly does mean.”

My Opinion:

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

Soothsayer follows Aurelia, a woman of a relatively high position who was never forced into marriage by her father and was allowed to wait for love. That is, until her father dies, and it is up to her to keep her brother with special-needs safe. Aurelia agrees to a marriage with the governor of a neighboring province who is 40-something years her senior to protect her brother. Aurelia realizes she will be in a marriage with someone she doesn’t love and all her time waiting was for nothing…until she meets Cassius. Cassius is the captain of the governor’s guard and while he and Aurelia are first at odds with each other, they soon develop a bond and feelings that inspires them to fight for their love.

I haven’t read a historical romance novel in ages, and I have never read one that was set in ancient Rome.  The story was actually very cute, and I found myself staying up until 3am to finish it in one sitting. I was flipping through page after page just waiting for more of Cassius with Aurelia. This story was so unique and utterly its own, I really commend Amurra for being able to create a refreshing novel and to really be able to showcase her voice through her writing.

We get PoV changes right off the bat, which I loved. That being said, I don’t know if it was the formatting of my .mobi file or not but the PoV changes weren’t announced and happened in the middle of the chapters for me so sometimes I had to figure out who’s mind I was suddenly seeing events from.

Summary:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am so grateful to Amurra for allowing me to read and review it for her. If you love historical romances, action, and adventure then this book is for you.

 

Soothsayer


 

Review: Crave by Tracy Wolff

Synopsis:

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally―as the bait.

Favorite Lines:

“When exactly did I become the heroine in some YA romance? The new girl swooning over the hottest, most unattainable boy in school? Gross. And so not happening.”

“I want him to look at me like it physically hurts him not to be touching me.”

“You and Mekhi are trying to convince me that I’m living in the middle of a less bloody version of Game of Thrones. And winter is already here.”

My Opinion:

My bought this book on a whim. I saw it in a suggested list on my Nook and loved the cover. Its aesthetic reminded me of Twilight. But can you blame me? Twilight was aesthetic AF.

The story follows Grace. Her parents were killed in an accident and she has to move to a boarding school in remote Alaska to live with her uncle and cousin. Little does Grace know that she has moved to a school for the supernatural…and she is the only human.  This book is full of mystery and romance as Grace tries to navigate her new life and all the dangers that come with it.

The characters were too intimate the first time they ever met. Jaxon let’s Grace touch his cheek in the first five minutes. I don’t know about you, but no one is touching me in the first five minutes after meeting me.

Wolff also describes settings very well… almost too well. There is so much description given to the surroundings. I almost wonder if she could have spent more time elsewhere.

There were a lot of good pop culture references which if you have read any of my other reviews, you know I am a sucker for.

Summary:

Overall, I wasn’t too sure of this book at first but I decided that I liked it and I enjoyed the romance in it. I am excited to see where Wolff takes us next. Especially because she left us off at a plot twist that I didn’t see coming. Hopefully there will be more PoV switches for my greedy self. Until next time, happy reading.

 

Crave


 

Review: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Synopsis:

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watches her fair share of reality television, and does the odd job or two, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunting her own in the mortal world. When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking of a favor, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and uncover how to break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

Favorite Lines:

“‘Mock me all you like. Whatever I imagined then, now it is I who would beg and grovel for a kind word from your lips.’ His eyes are black with desire. ‘By you, I am forever undone.'”

“‘It’s you I love,’ he says. ‘I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn’t have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours.’ He walks to the door to the royal chambers, as though to end the conversation. ‘You probably guessed as much,’ he says. ‘But just in case you didn’t.'”

“And yet my heart is buried with you in the strange soil of the mortal world, as it was drowned with you in the cold waters of the undersea. It was yours before I could ever admit it, and yours it shall ever remain.”

“I feel like a constellation of wounds, held together with string and stubbornness.”

My Opinion:

This book is the final book in the Folk of the Air series. It follows Jude as she tries to adjust to her exile in the human world. Of course, Jude won’t stay away for long and we get to see her back with Carden trying to come to terms with her feelings for him. If you have been keeping up with the series so far than you know all about the main characters but if you haven’t been then I’ll give you a quick rundown.

Jude isn’t your typical female lead; she’s been training to fight her whole life and constantly looking to remain in control. Meanwhile, Carden is a prince turned king who had no interest in becoming king yet finds himself on the throne and being manipulated by Jude behind the scenes. All the while, the two of them aren’t sure if they love or hate each other which makes for a tense romance.

I won’t give any spoilers away with how this book ends up in terms of the ship or just the plot overall, but I do have to say I wish that the book (and the whole series) lasted longer. I wasn’t too sure when the series started if I was going to enjoy it but I’m really glad I stuck with it. I am also happy with how it ended, despite ending too soon.

Summary:

Overall, if you love fiction, fantasy, and romance, this series is for you. Black did an amazing job at creating a world that is totally unique and twisting a tale that will leave you constantly wanting more.

 

The Queen of Nothing


 

Review: Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis:

Juliette Ferrars isn’t who she thinks she is. Still reeling from the explosive events of the Continental Symposium and the secrets Warner has been keeping, Juliette has nowhere to turn and doesn’t know who she can trust. She’s desperate for answers, but to get them, she’ll have to face the nightmares that have been chasing her for a lifetime.

Favorite Lines:

“And it’s not insane to imagine that sometimes even horrible people are searching for a way out of their own darkness.”

“Happiness does not happen. Happiness must be uncovered, separated from the skin of pain. It must be claimed. Kept close. Protected.”

“I love you, Ella. I will love you for the rest of my life. My heart is yours. Please don’t ever give it back to me.”

My Opinion:

This book…so much happened in this book, I can’t even begin to explain. I am going to try in the least spoilery way, so I am sorry that it’s about to get super vague.

First, I’ll start by saying this book was really interesting. I feel like every time Mafi comes out with a new book, the world we thought we knew changes. Mafi continues to introduce new information and characters to the storyline. She somehow manages to do it in a way that flows nicely and isn’t confusing (which I appreciate).

This book follows Juliette as she begins to uncover the truth of her past. I really, really liked what happened between my ship. Juliette and Warner are seriously one of the best couples and this book just furthered my opinion of that. Despite them trying to figure out who they are and who they are meant to become, they are still able to love each other as they grow. Mafi does a beautiful and amazing job at writing the dynamic of their relationship.

As I said before, there are more aspects being constantly added throughout the storyline. No spoilers, I just wanted to say that I am excited with where Mafi is going to take it next. She only has one more book (plus a novella) to wrap it all up unless she is going to somehow add on to the series again like she did after finishing up the first three. For those of you who don’t know, the series was supposed to end with Ignite Me but Mafi was able to reboot it and add a whole new twist to the plot that left it open to a million different possibilities. I really hope the last book is long and full of all the closure that I need but who am I kidding? I never want this series to end.

I will say that I was kind of upset with all the point of view jumping and the past and present jumping. We get to see points of view from Juliette, Kenji, and Warner. I would like to say that I would have been perfectly happy without Kenji’s point of view but that would be rude of me because I love Kenji and his point of view on the events taking place in the world. I am just selfish and love Warner and Juliette. I couldn’t help myself on wanting to see more of them. In regard to the past and present jumping, I completely understand why it was necessary and I even appreciate it and like it for what it was. But again, I wanted to see my ship together in present time.

Summary:

Overall, this book was a really amazing addition to the series. I really hope you guys enjoy this book, and this whole series, as much as I do. Until next time, happy reading!

 

Defy Me


 

Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis:

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

Favorite Lines:

“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures. No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”

Can you hear my heart? I want to ask him.
I want you to make a list of all your favorite things, and I want to be on it.”

“It’s the kind of kiss that inspires stars to climb into the sky and light up the world. The kind that takes forever and no time at all.”

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

“My eyes are filling fast with tears and I blink and blink but the world is a mess and I want to laugh because all I can think is how horrible and beautiful it is, that our eyes blur the truth when we can’t bear to see it.”

My Opinion:

Ignite Me was supposed to be the last book in the Shatter Me series and I am so happy that Mafi decided to keep going because this series is one of my favorites and I selfishly want more.

The story follows Juliette as she continues to fight on for what she thinks is right; ending The Reestablishment. She is able to get everyone to team up and fight against a common enemy. This is the book where we see Juliette become who she is meant to be and realize her strengths and not just her weaknesses.

I love my ship in this one. I won’t spoil anything just know that I love it. Mafi does an amazing job like always writing this story. I am always in awe at how she is able to write each character so realistically. She doesn’t just write them as these incredible superheroes, she makes them so realistic and so human. It’s very easy to see a bit of ourselves in all of them.

There really isn’t anything to not like about this book in my opinion. Adam is less annoying which I’m thankful for. Even though the big fight scene isn’t too long and detailed, I don’t particularly mind. I think the way it way it was written doesn’t make it seem like it was cut short in any way.

Summary:

Overall, I love this book and this whole series. I’m really excited to keep reading and see what the rest of the series has in store for us! Happy reading!

 

Ignite Me