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!

 

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