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


 

Review: Rage by Cara Carmack

Synopsis:

Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If she knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences— like the storm now tangled with her heart, the alarming disappearance of her mother and friend, and the fall of her kingdom to the Locke family. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan. She puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion, but the Lockes aren’t the only sinister thing plaguing Pavan. The Rage season is at it’s peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. But these storms seem… different than any she’s ever encountered. They churn with a darkness that frightens her, and attack with a will like she’s never seen.

This feels like more than Rage.

It feels like war.

Favorite Lines:

“Nature is the cruelest of masters.”

“I am beginning to realize that I traded one kind of naivety for another. I left this sheltered place, looking to learn more about myself and the world, and I did that. I thought I had cracked open some secret and everything would then fall into place. Bit I forgot that it is not as simple as my single journey from beginning to end, that there are thousands upon thousands of other journeys happening simultaneously. Why should mine be any more important than theirs? We’re all connected, and more suffering for one means more suffering for all. At least that’s how it should be. But everything is so divided, no one here looks past the parameters of their own wants and needs.”

My Opinion:

Rage is the second book in the Stormheart series by Cora Carmack. You can find the review for Roar, the first book in the series, here. Rage picks up where Roar left off, with Aurora traveling back to the castle to save her kingdom from destruction. She doesn’t know if the destruction will be at the hands of the Lockes or the Stormlord.

I really enjoyed the first book of this series and the second was no different. Carmack does an excellent job at providing a well written story and keeping the readers engaged. I never found myself bored or wanting to skip to the good part; the whole book was the good part.

There wasn’t anything I can think of that I didn’t particularly like about the book. I had been waiting for it to be released and preordered it to get it the day it came out and I was not disappointed.

Summary:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the only downside is now I have to wait at least another year for the next one to come out. Happy reading, everyone!

 

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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.

 

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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