Tag Archive | fantasy

Review: Transcend

Title: Transcend

Author: Natalia Jaster

Date of Publication: March 26th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

An arrogant deity, a snarky archeress, and a rebellious attraction.

Envy is a celestial seducer—all vain smirks and conceit.

Sorrow is a celestial spitfire—all edgy vibes and sarcasm.

Together, they’re a hot, magical mess. He’s hardly amused by the prickly shrew. She doesn’t have time for his narcissistic crap.

Too bad they’re stuck with one another.

In a star-crossed world divided between deities and humans, a celestial battle has begun. Transported into an enemy realm of seas and starlight, Envy and Sorrow weren’t supposed to get separated from their band of rebel immortals. They weren’t supposed to end up lost in an enclave of dark, mythical waterfalls.

And they definitely weren’t supposed to end up alone.

Not with each other.

My Review:

I’ve loved this entire series! Natalia knows how to write the best couples! And if you thought the other books in this series were swoony, then holy smokes prepare yourself, because this one has amazing romance!

I really liked getting into Sorrow’s head. She had a very interesting backstory, and yes sad, because she’s Sorrow! And Envy was much more than his sexy looks. He had a lovely heart in there too!

Another thing I enjoyed was seeing all the other couples together. All eight of these people made an awesome team! The words as usual was spot on and had some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever seen! I’m sad that it’s over, but I can always reread their journeys!

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Review: The Kingdom of Back

Title: The Kingdom of Back

Author: Marie Lu

Date of Publication: March 3rd, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this. I also knew nothing about Wolfgang Mozart besides him being a famous pianist. As for Nannerl, I had never heard of her! As the pages turned, I wanted to know more about them! Not just in the story, but in real life as well! I was pleasantly surprised about how much I loved this!

Nannerl was a girl I truly felt for, especially during this time where women weren’t truly equals. But her brother, Wolfgang, AKA Wolferl, was so freaking adorable, cute, and sweet! I really did love their bond.

The entwined fantasy elements were so cool and deliciously strange. I’m a lover of all things weird and odd, so I was so on board with the Kingdom of Back’s fantasy world. I’ll also admit that I think this may be Marie Lu’s best writing that I’ve read from her! Beautiful, haunting, magical, and mesmerizing!

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Review: House of Earth and Blood

Title: House of Earth and Blood

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Date of Publication: March 3rd, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

My Review:

When I read a Maas book, I always know I’m going to be in for a fun time! And this one did not let me down! However, it did take me a little longer to get into and love the characters! But that last 150 pages had my heart!

Bryce was an interesting character because she may have seemed superficial at first, but underneath her there’s so much more! Sometimes you just have to find the right person who can chip away at those hardened layers!

And oh dear lord, Hunt! Loved him! He was definitely like a mirror of Bryce! Both have been through so much pain and grief! I really liked the chemistry between the two of them!

At first, I just felt claustrophobic with so many fantasy and paranormal creatures thrown my way at one time. But as the pages turned, I really did fall in love with this world! There was plenty of action and surprises and I’m excited to see what happens next! 5 stars!

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Review: Kings Rising

Title: Kings Rising

Author: C.S. Pacat

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Goodreads Summary:

Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity—can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?

My Review:

Not much I can say besides this was one of the best series I’ve ever read! Damen and Laurent were absolute perfection. They were swoon and they were emotion and they were beautiful!

There are reveals that had me excited and other reveals I wasn’t expecting! I can’t express how much I love the world the author has built here. Yes, it’s dark, but yes, it’s awesome! And the side characters were wonderful, too!

Overall, this is a series I could read over and over again! My only complaint is I wanted an epilogue, but I’ll get to read that in the short story collection!

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Review: Prince’s Gambit

Title: Prince’s Gambit

Author: C.S. Pacat

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Goodreads Summary:

With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow . . .

My Review:

After book one, I had to dive straight into this bad boy. And seriously, it was even better than Captive Prince!

Damen, I love you! And Laurent, you have my heart! My sweet, sweet boys! The tension and angst between these two was perfect and on fire!

There were twists and betrayals and awesomeness and sadness and a lot of me with my eyes wide while reading!

Pacat has built an incredible world full of nightmares and treasures and I just need more! Can’t wait to read the last book!

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The Midnight Lie Blog Tour

Title: The Midnight Lie

Author: Marie Rutkoski

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Goodreads Summary:

Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

My Review:

The Winner’s series is one of my favorite all time series! I love the world the author created so much! So when I heard there would be a spin-off of sorts, I was very interested and excited!

Rutkoski’s writing is just as wonderful as ever! She knows how to truly build a lush world that a reader can visualize. This one was a lot different than Winner’s Curse but still had characters who felt real.

There was romance and one very unexpected twist that I didn’t see coming! I’m very intrigued to see how the next book will play out! Oh, and yes, there might be some appearances from past characters!

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Review: Captive Prince

Title: Captive Prince

Author: C.S. Pacat

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Goodreads Summary:

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

My Review:

Holy toledo! This book was so freaking addicting! I especially loved the world that was created here, even though it was a super dark one!

Damen is in a crap hole of a mess because of his half brother making himself king after letting everyone believe Damen is dead! Damen is now a slave in his enemy country where he can’t reveal who he really is because he risks getting killed.

Laurent is a real something. I don’t know what exactly but I loved him! There was a lot of shocking moments that even had me raising my eyebrows! But I just couldn’t put this one down! I’m seriously yearning for book 2!

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