Review: The Price of Silver by Josie Jaffrey

the price of silver by josie jaffreySynopsis:

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

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

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

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

Favorite Lines:

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

My Opinion:

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

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

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

Summary:

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

 

The Price of Silver


Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy MeSynopsis:

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

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

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

Favorite Lines:

“Love is a heartless bastard”

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

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

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

My Opinion:

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

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

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

Summary:

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

 

Destroy Me


Review: A Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey

A Bargain in SilverSynopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Lines:

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

My Opinion:

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

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

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

Summary:

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

 

A Bargain in Silver


Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiSynopsis:

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

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

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

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

Favorite Lines:

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

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

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

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

My Opinion:

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

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

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

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

Summary:

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

 

Shatter Me


Review: The Never Dawn by R.E. Palmer

The Never Dawn by R.E. PalmerSynopsis:

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

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

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

Favorite Lines:

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

My Opinion:

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

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

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

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

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

Summary:

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

 

The Never Dawn


Review: The Phoenix Project by C.A. Gray

The Phoenix ProjectSynopsis:

Only the TRUTH you know can set you free…

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

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

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

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

Favorite Lines:

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

My Opinion:

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

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

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

Summary:

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

 

The Phoenix Project


Review: The Eden Conspiracy by C.A. Gray

The Eden ConsiracySynopsis:

Can the truth set you free?

The refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead. The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeis’s fiancé, hacker Will Anderson—and probably therefore Kate herself. Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows they were at the caves not long ago—they can’t get far.

The remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kate’s fiancé Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the Potentate’s plans to expand his influence internationally. But the remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will likely die in the process—or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that they might live out the rest of their days in peace.

Kate, meanwhile, finds herself torn: between Jackson and the fiancé she thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was, and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the government’s lies?

Favorite Lines:

“…become aware of the things that you’re thinking about, and determine two things: whether the thought is a truth or a lie, and whether it serves your ultimate goal in the moment. Even a true thought might not be worth dwelling on.”

My Opinion:

This review was a long time coming. I had originally reviewed the first book in this series a little over a year ago but have been quite busy with law school and haven’t been able to get around to the rest of the series until now. You can find the review to the first book in the series, The Liberty Box, here.

This book picks up right where the first one left off, the caves have been destroyed and most of the refugee’s have been killed. The survivors now have to go on the run in order to avoid being caught and killed for their resistance. The book still follows Kate and Jackson but we have a new addition to the group, Will, Kate’s fiancé.

This story was pretty face paced and straight forward. I really like how Gray incorporates meditation and thinking that could (and probably should) be applied to our everyday lives. I do have to admit that Kate was kind of annoying for me towards the beginning. As she is trying to rediscover who she is now that she isn’t brainwashed, she can come off as a bit whiny sometimes. But I think in the last book in the series, we will see her settle into the person she is supposed to be and this little annoyance will disappear.

The ending to the story was definitely not something I saw coming, it left us on a cliffhanger and I am excited to see how Gray brings the series to a close in the last book!

Summary:

Overall, I enjoyed the book and how it was straightforward but still enjoyable to read. I look forward to reading the last one in the series and I hope that Gray can carry us through to the end and tie it all up nicely (I’m sure she will). Happy reading, everyone!

 

The Eden Conspiracy


Review: Concealed Power by Michelle Crow and A.A. Warne

Concealed PowerSynopsis:

For centuries, Earth has served as the battleground for a secret war between a reptilian alien species and the clandestine human organization dedicated to eradication this extraterrestrial threat. But when a single woman becomes the focal point of this brutal conflict, the fate of the planet alters forever…

Life hasn’t been easy for Riley Anbar since her grandmother’s death. Between struggling to run the family business, dealing with troubling psychic visions, and puzzling over unanswered questions about the parents she never knew, Riley is doing her best just to get by. After a pair of chance encounters with two mysterious men, Riley finds herself thrust into danger as both human and alien forces converge on her once-ordinary life.

But in this war, there is no clear boundary between good and evil. Both factions are determined to use Riley for their own ends, and they’re willing to endanger everyone around her to achieve their goals. Caught between the two men who have captured her heart and the secrets of her own past, what choice will Riley make when she discovers neither side is in the right?

Favorite Lines:

“Dedicated to those of us a little less human.”

My Opinion:

I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review of this book. Crow and Warne wrote this book together from different countries, which alone is an amazing feat. And can we talk about the cover art? It’s gorgeous! Alien books are not too common nowadays, especially alien books where the aliens are actually alien looking rather than being gorgeous human beings all the time. The story follows Riley as she meets two men who aren’t exactly normal. One is an alien species that humans are completely unaware of and the other belongs to a secret society meant to stop the aliens.

I wasn’t too sure about the inner thoughts of the characters being reflected to the readers so often, but I actually loved it once I got used to it. We often see what characters say and do but it’s not very often we get to see an inner monologue with the thought processes of the characters.

I do have to admit, I ship Riley and Mareo more than Riley and Liam. I was actually kind of upset we didn’t get to see as much Mareo in this book, it was mostly centered around Liam. Liam kind of bothered me because he was always frantic and hectic in his interactions, he didn’t seem to have a real connection with Riley. If Crow and Warne are going to go where I think with the rest of the series, perhaps Liam’s actions make sense and I will be satisfied with the results. I am excited to see Mareo and Riley together more (hopefully in the next book).

Summary:

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I read it a couple of hours a night and in the mornings to finish it in a few days. I will be looking for the next book in the series because I want to know what happens to all of the characters and how everything comes together. You should too! Happy reading, everyone.

 

Concealed Power


Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and StarlightSynopsis:

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.

Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.

Favorite Lines:

“I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.”

“Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.”

My Opinion:

I was beyond excited to read this book because it is my favorite series. I reread all of the series in preparation for this book to come out. I have to say that I was slightly disappointed with this book. Not because it wasn’t great, but because I wanted more. This book is just a halfway point between A Court of Wings and Ruin and the spin-off novels to come.

What I liked about this book is that it shows different points of view from all of our favorite characters (especially Rhys’s PoV) and how everyone is adjusting to life after the war is over. I was very happy to get more of Feyre and Rhys because they are the OTP of all OTPs. The book also set up so many more opportunities for the future involving different characters and couples throughout the series. I am excited to see where Maas takes it and can’t wait for the next book to come out.

This book hints at what characters we might see in the new spin-off books for the series. I think I am most looking forward to Nesta and Cassian but I think I would be happy to see any addition to this world Maas has created!

Summary:

Overall, as I said above, this book provided us with more of Rhys and Ferye. If you’re anything like me, you’ll take what you can get. Now it’s time to reread the series like a million more times while we wait for the next book in the series to come out.

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight


 

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and RuinSynopsis:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all

Favorite Lines:

“It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it—not be broken by it.”

“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”

“Kindness can thrive even amongst cruelty.”

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have…the wait was worth it.”

My Opinion:

I will start by saying that this is technically the last book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. There is a novella coming out as well as some-sort of spin-off to come in the future.

A Court of Wings and Ruin follows Feyre and Rhys as they navigate their lives and prepare for the impending war that is going to change the future for both humans and fae alike. I am still 100% bias for this series because it is my favorite series to date so I am going to keep this review pretty short and sweet. If you have made it this far in the series than you will understand why this book is a must read. It is the conclusion to the series and has so much to cover to wrap up the story that Maas has laid out for us.

That being said, I don’t like how many events had to be covered in this last book. It was almost like Maas had all these ideas and wanted to express them but was limited to this last book to cover them. I feel like some the events that took place towards the end of the story could have been expanded upon and drawn out longer (you will see what I mean when you read it). I hope that Maas is able to expand upon a lot of what happened in her next book and spin-off series.

Summary:

Overall, I love this series and this is my fifth time reading it. What I love so much about Maas is that she is able to paint such a detailed and extensive picture of the worlds she creates. No matter how many times I read her books, there is always some detail that I pick up on that I see later on in the series or can reflect back on from a previous book. Maas is excellent at connecting all her stories together and weaving story lines together. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin