Ten of my favorite YA books!
Favorite Horror (Since horror is awesome, it gets its own category)
What’s your favorite book of the year?
So I’ve got a lot going on with edits and writing, so this will be another slow reading month. However, I do have a buddy read with Melanie over at https://meltotheany.com/ this month! We’ll be reading Strange Grace!
What are you reading this month?
In the sequel to The Traitor’s Kiss, war breaks out between nations and Sage Fowler must infiltrate enemy territory to reconnect with her first love, Captain Alex Quinn.
After proving her worth in book one as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she’s called upon to teach his majesty’s soldiers how to read and write, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom of Demora—and to be reunited with her fiancé, Captain Alex Quinn.
During a skirmish, Sage and Alex are separated. She watches him die before he can deliver important military intel—or so she thinks. She escapes from the enemy and makes an unlikely alliance with a mysterious soldier from a third nation. As Sage tries to rally their support against a common foe, the important political alliance is plagued by secrets and betrayal.
Can Sage complete Alex’s mission and save her kingdom once more?
I loved this book! Sage and Alex are one of my favorite book couples ever. They make me happy, they make me mad, they make me want to yell at them while shaking them, and they make me swoon.
What I like most about this series is the setting. It’s similar to The Winner’s Curse trilogy where there isn’t magic but the setting is historical fantasy. I think that is the right term, but don’t take my word for it. Also the chapters are short which is the freaking best!
Alex has been dealing with inner demons from what happened in book one, so much so that he doesn’t always make the right decisions. Sage therefore has to go around these things, even disguising herself in a few situations, unknowingly knowing how much her presence is actually affecting Alex.
There are things that happen in the story that as a reader you know what is going on because the book is told from both of their perspectives yet they don’t know what’s happening. So there is a particular scene with a cell, and I was like, nooooooooo!
At the beginning of the book there is some lovely romance which then takes a turn into action and plotting and many obstacles. There was a scene that made me seriously sad, yet it happened. The writing was on point, and I’m so ready for book three!
Have you started this series?
An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.
With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.
As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.
This was definitely one of my most anticipated reads this year, and now I just feel lost! The cover while stunning, what was inside did not hold a candle up to it.
The beginning started off awesome. The whole matchmaker business in the beginning reminded me of Mulan, where she just makes a disaster of things, so that got me all kinds of thrilled.
Sage then goes to apologize to the matchmaker and is offered to become her assistant, which she takes. Things then get all kinds of good. Then we flip to Quinn’s POV, and I started to get bored. There was a lot of military strategy stuff going on that I did not care about.
Ash, who works with the military, enters the picture to get some info on things and then runs into Sage, where he is requested to get more info. So, I was seriously bored.
Things pick up halfway, and I had already figured out what was going on, but it was still entertaining. The romance was sweet, but it still felt underdeveloped, because I didn’t see any real conversations going on. I will see I did like Sage’s training scene!
Overall it was still an okay read that lands in the mediocre range for me, but I still would read the next book!
How does this book sound to you?