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.

 

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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.

 

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

Synopsis:

Untamed power. Untamed passion.

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

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

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

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

Favorite Lines:

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

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

My Opinion:

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

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

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

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

Summary:

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

 

A Court of Silver Flames


 

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

Synopsis:

Not everything is as it seems.

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

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

Favorite Lines:

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

My Opinion:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summary:

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

 

The Elementalist: Journey to Zlorta


 

Review: Awakening by Jennifer Leigh Pezzano

Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

Favorite Lines:

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

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

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

My Opinion:

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

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

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

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

Summary:

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

 

Awakening


 

Review: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis:

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

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

Favorite Lines:

“Save your stupid for later!”

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

My Opinion:

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

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

Summary:

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

 

Fracture Me


 

Review: Blood and Bone by Paula Dombrowiak

Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

Favorite Lines:

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

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

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

My Opinion:

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

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

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

Summary:

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

 

Blood and Bone