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Review: Allied

Title: Allied

Author: Amy Tintera

Date of Publication: May 1st, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruined series, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.

But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.

My Review:

I have been a huge fan of this series, and I also loved Amy Tintera’s other duology! I was wondering how this would end. Good? Bad? Ugly? I’ll just say it ended how I wanted, but the road getting there wasn’t fist pumping worthy.

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I did like this book, but didn’t love it as much as the other two. I liked Galo, but I wasn’t rooting for his chapters in this book. I just wanted to keep getting back to the others’. However, his relationship with Mateo was extremely cute.

Loved Em! Loved Cas! My two little babies will forever hold a special place in my heart. Olivia was still cray-cray and as hostile as ever.

I actually think this trilogy would have worked better as a duology, but it was still fun, full of action, and sprinkled with cute romance. Plus, Tintera’s dialogue is always the best!

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Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Date of Publication: May 1st, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

My Review:

I know this is a novella so I wasn’t expecting anything too crazy. I just love this world in general, even though I was frustrated with some things here. To start off with, what was the point of Mor’s chapters? Just felt they were out of place. Especially since this is a bridge between book 3 and 4, so obviously the main character who is in book 4 would have chapters here along with Feyre and Rhys, but why Mor?

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Also is Tamlin getting a book? I need to be in his head! I feel for the beast and think he’s changeable and redeemable. Also why the heck is Elain so rude to Lucian for no reason? I could see if he was being a creep and stalking her … just don’t get it. I want to see the Nesta who we saw in book 3, not whatever she has become. My baby Azriel, I need a full book on you!

As always, the chemistry between Rhys and Feyre was on fire! They have such a beautiful bond. Overall, as a novella, I feel it was a good glimpse of what is to come… I just wish the full book was coming sooner!


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Review: Dance of Thieves

Title: Dance of Thieves

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Date of Publication: August 7th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

My Review:

I absolutely love Mary’s writing. Just like with the Kiss of Deception, Dance of Thieves sucked me right in from the get go! Also if you read the last trilogy, there is a glimpse of a few of the people from it! So I was fangirling about that!!

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My favorite aspect of this book was the bond between Kazi and Jase—they were a bucket full of cuteness. Or course being on opposite sides of things caused disagreement and secrets, but it made the story more addicting. Kazi made me frustrated at times, but I understood how she worked because of the way she grew up. However, I also loved her for how she was. Although, Jase was my favorite!

The side characters were great and the world building was excellent. I seriously can’t wait to read the next book and see what happens. I can already tell some serious stuff is going to go down!

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Review: Seeker

Title: Seeker

Author: Veronica Rossi

Date of Publication: May 16th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth.

She wasn’t losing her mind; she was gaining the Sight—the ability to see the future. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.

Until Sebastian.

Sebastian was her first—and worst—mistake.

Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael, the last surviving demon of the Kindred, guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It’s up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped.

Daryn must rely on instincts, intelligence, and blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil?

The very fate of humankind may rest in the answer.

My Review:

This was a fun and unique duology. Again, Under the Never Sky is still my favorite series by Rossi. But who can go wrong with horses that can do cool things?

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This time around, we also get Daryn’s POV thrown into the mix with Gideon’s, which I liked. I’m always curious to see what’s going on in another character’s head. There were some cute moments between them, especially after they were separated for a while, but I kept wanting to see that huge defining moment between the two that I feel like I never got—since a lot of action got in the way! Now, I do love action, but I still wanted that moment! However, they are still an adorable couple!

What I did really like is when they entered the other realm! I like seeing different worlds away from our own mundane Mother Earth, so that was a cool concept. The question is, did they or didn’t they find Sebasitan? Is he or is he not the same? I’ll never tell! (In case you didn’t get that line, it’s from Don’t Say a Word)

Overall, I’d recommend this if you are looking for a fun series, especially after reading some of these other books that feel too time consuming! Plus, Rossi’s writing is addictive and the characters feel real and actually their age!

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Review: Riders

Title: Riders

Author: Veronica Rossi

Date of Publication: February 16th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

My Review:

The Under the Never Sky series is one of my favorites ever! So I finally got around to finishing this book. I’ll admit when I tried a few years back, I just couldn’t! But I’m glad I came around to it, because the freaken horses!!

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The one thing that bothered me as it did last time was the back and forth between Gideon being questioned and then returning to what happened before. But by the end, it all makes sense and is worth it.

I loved that it’s told strictly from Gideon’s POV. You don’t find a lot of YA books where it’s just the guy’s POV. And I loved him! He was sarcastic, angry, and awesome! I also liked the bond between him and Daryn and the other guys!

I already have the second book ready to rock and roll, so I can’t wait to see where it leads. Also the descriptions of the bad guys was creepy and great!

 

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Review: Grim Lovelies

Title: Grim Lovelies

Author: Megan Shepherd

Date of Publication: October 2nd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Grim Lovelies is a darkly enchanting saga set in Paris that focuses on the forgotten characters of fairy tales.

Anouk’s human form is tied to her mistress’ dark magic after being enchanted by an animal. She’s never stepped outside of Mada Vittoria’s Parisian townhouse, but when her mistress is murdered, Anouk and her fellow beasties only have three days before the spell fades and they turn back into animals forever. In a desperate attempt to save themselves, they venture into the outside world and discover a well-kept secret.

My Review:

I thought the setting of this was amazing! Maybe just because I like the idea of spending time in Paris.

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I thought this was a pretty good start to the series and had an original feel to it. Anouk and four other “beasties” live together with a witch who gave them human form. After finding the witch murdered, Anouk and the other beasties leave their home. Anouk has never been out of the house, and I found her quite adorable in certain parts as she learned her way. There was also mystery: who killed the witch, where was one of the missing beasties, and will they be able to stop from turning back into animals?

There was also a cute side romance. It wasn’t a big part of the book, but I found Beau quite cute and protective at times. He also made me mad at times, too! But I liked him and Anouk together.

Overall, the writing is well done and the descriptions were on point. I’m curious to see what happens next as it does end on a cliffhanger.

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Review: Fragile Chaos

Title: Fragile Chaos

Author: Amber R. Duell

Date of Publication: July 11th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A god of war seeking restoration. An unwilling sacrificial bride. Betrayal that could destroy them both.

Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

 

My Review:

First, I wanted to read this because of the whole mythological aspect. It had me at War God! I also loved the prequel short story!

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Theo and Cassia, what can I say? I loved them! Theo was a complex character that slowly built his way into my heart while Cassia ripped it out from the beginning with her incredible strength. Their chemistry was great!

I could feel each and every emotion with Cassia when she became a sacrifice. From there I followed an intriguing story that I wasn’t able to put down. The book swept me in from the beginning with the writing and world building and didn’t let go until the very last page!

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