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Review: Tempt

Title: Tempt

Author: Natalia Jaster

Date of Publication: October 17th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Long ago, she loved a hero—until he became a villain.

Wonder is a wildflower goddess who knows about the magic of picking a blossom—but even more about the consequences.

She’d thought her history buried and forgotten. She’d thought she would never see him again.

She was wrong.

Now, on the brink of an immortal battle between rebel deities and celestial rulers,

Wonder must find a way to defeat her enemies. The key lays deep inside a magic, subterranean library filled with twisting corridors, forbidden books, and secret legends.

Yet trespassing through a deadly forest and breaking into an ancient library isn’t the problem.

The problem is she’ll have company: the devilish god from her past.

And he’s got his own agenda with her.

My Review:

I love this series! And I think this may be my favorite it in so far! Malice, Malice, Malice. He was such an interesting character. He was one to say whatever was on his mind, be it good or bad! And a lot of naughty things came from that Malicious tongue! Loved him!

Wonder has always been a strong side character, and she was even more so with having her point of view this time around. We get to really crack into her backstory and find out what makes her tick.

The swoon was glorious! That is the best word to describe it because Jaster writes the best romance scenes in the world! They are just so emotionally, explicitly perfect! Really, really loved this one! Now, I can’t wait to see how Envy and Sadness’s story will play out next!

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What emotion would you use to describe yourself?

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Review: Rebel

Title: Rebel

Author: Marie Lu

Date of Publication: October 1st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale.

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

My Review:

This book was like a freaking gift! I loved how the Legend series ended, but I always wanted more, needed more, and I finally freaking got it!

This one has perspectives from my boy, Daniel AKA Day, and his little bro, Eden. Eden was so young in the last one and I loved his character, so it was awesome to see how he turned out. He isn’t like Daniel in a lot of ways, but he’s brave like him! And he’s so smart, too!

I will say that the highlights for me were when June and Daniel were together! Seriously, I needed those moments in my life! There was swoon, there was action-packed stuff, brotherly love. Also, the addition of Pressa was awesome! She and Eden made such a great team. Thank you, Marie Lu, for making my heart grow while reading this story!

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Have you read the Legend series?

Review: Reveal Me

Title: Reveal Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Date of Publication: October 8th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

This fourth companion novella to Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series is narrated by fan favorite character Kenji Kishimoto!

The explosive revelations in Defy Me have left readers reeling and desperate for answers. This fourth and final novella in the series will bring readers back to the world of the Shatter Me before the final novel installment hits shelves in winter 2020.

My Review:

This series has been my favorite since I first read the original three and still continues to be! I was excited to be back in Kenji’s head because he’s such an awesome character! He feels real, and his head is a mess with so many thoughts. And he’s funny! But also emotional, caring, and loyal.

I really liked the scenes between him and Nezeera because, like him, we never know whether to trust her or not. But from this one novella, we learn so much, about him, about her, about the others! Of course there is a freaking cliffhanger that makes me want the next book ASAP!!

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Have you read the Shatter Me series?

Review: The Call of Death

Title: The Call of Death

Author: R.J. Garcia

Date of Publication: November 5th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Priestly crashes into a terrifying future. She wakes up in her dorm room now knowing the name of an infamous serial killer, Norman Biggs. He will attack her in the future unless she and her three male friends can change fate.

Hannah is a suntanned, obsessive-compulsive California girl dropped off at an English boarding school by her celebrity mother. Hannah has difficulty understanding algebra, let alone her increasingly dark visions. Rory Veer is Hannah’s smart, easy-going and romantically challenged friend and school crush. When Norman Biggs unexpectedly appears in Rory’s reality, terror is set in motion. It is Rory who must acknowledge a past he has denied if the mystery is to be unraveled.

My Review:

This is the second book I’ve read by Garcia, and I knew it was going to be good because there was going to be that fun mystery aspect again that I love so much! And I’m always glad when I’m proven to be right!

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What I liked about the characters was that Hannah and Rory both felt real! The book is character driven and you want to know more about them, more about what is going to happen with their lives, and more about where the story is headed! I fell in love with the characters, and especially the romance!

After I finished, I kept thinking about the story! Loved the dialogue, the writing, the mystery with Norman, and I can’t wait to read more by this author!

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What is your favorite mystery?

Review: Dark Celebrations

Title: Dark Celebrations

Author: Calvin Demmer

Date of Publication: October 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Each year, people all over the world celebrate special festivals and days, shining light on what they wish to remember and revere. But sometimes, inhabitants of the dark arrive with the desire to disturb proceedings. Dark Celebrations is a collection of twelve short stories. And the holidays will never be the same.

My Review:

This was a great collection and I loved that I could read through each story quickly! My favorite would have to either be Prom Screams or Trick or Death! There was true imagination that went into these stories and the writing, along with the dialogue, was excellent!! Wonderful and horrific descriptions! My favorite kinds of things!

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Do you read short stories?

Review: Capturing the Devil

Title: Capturing the Devil

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Date of Publication: September 10th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

My Review:

This is the fourth and last installment in the Jack the Ripper series and I did a buddy read with the awesome Shannon @ Reads & Reels!

The last book had me slightly on edge in certain parts due to the sort of love triangle thing going on, so I was hoping this one would be smooth sailing with my favorite duo, Thomas and Audrey!

Thomas is probably one of my favorite male book characters ever, and he was his normal witty and awesome self here! I loved the banter between him and Audrey! At times, I did get frustrated with Audrey but it’s been like that this whole series, but I really do like her!

There was some great mystery here and some neat reveals! My favorite part was the swoon, though! Oh, and there was some serious swoon! I also hated Thomas’s father, and hate is probably a nice word about that gent!

Kerri just has such wonderful writing and description that keep me captivated page by bloody page! And yes, there was plenty mention of blood! Overall, I adored this one so much and can’t wait to read more books from Maniscalco!

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Have you started this series yet?

Review: Cold Falling White

Title: Cold Falling White

Author: G.S. Prendergast

Date of Publication: November 19th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:
Humans. Clones. Aliens. No one is safe anymore. It’s the end of the world.

Xander Liu survived the alien invasion—just barely. For more than a year, he has outsmarted, hidden from, and otherwise avoided the ruthless intruders, the Nahx, dodging the deadly darts that have claimed so many. When the murder of his friend leaves him in the protective company of August, a rebellious Nahx soldier, Xander is finally able to make his way back to human controlled territory and relative safety. But safety among the humans is not what it seems.

When Raven awakes on a wide expanse of snowy sand dunes, she has many questions. What has happened to her and the other reanimated humans gathered around her? What is the meaning of the Nahx ships that hover ominously above them? And most pressing of all, where is August, who promised to keep her safe?

In the shadow of an unforgiving Canadian winter, Xander and Raven find themselves on opposite sides of an alien war. Left with little choice about their roles in the looming battle, they search for answers and allies all while being drawn back to the place where their respective fates were determined, and to the one who determined them: August.

My Review:

I really loved the first book, Zero Repeat Forever so much! And it felt like forever, literally, for this next book to come out! So I was pumped to get an ARC of Cold Falling White.

Let me just say this book is super long! I felt like it could have been scaled back and this was due, for me, to Xander’s POV. For me, it bogged down the book because I just was not interested in him. I was hoping for it would have had the two POVs of just August and Raven AKA Dandelion! Not only was I a little disappointed with Xander, but it took so very long to get a POV from August and for him to even pop back up in the story! Why???????????

But I will say once he did, things picked up for me because Raven and August just bring the light into my life every time they are on pages together! Loved them so much! There was also some interesting things we uncover along the way with the addition of some new characters. There were some intense action scenes, sweet scenes, awesome dialogue, and excellent sci-fi elements. But I still wish there would have just been the POVs of August and Raven! There is a cliffhanger at the end but not a super bad one!

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Did you read Zero Repeat Forever?