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Review: King of Scars

Title: King of Scars

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Date of Publication: January 29th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

My Review:

I’m going to say right now that Leigh Bardugo has more creativity and writing skills in her pinky finger than I have within my whole being! But let me just say I did like the book but I wasn’t in love with it. Andddddd I wanted more romance in this book!

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Let me just say when I heard this was going to be Nikolia’s book I was shouting from the rooftops, but here is where things go clunkity clunk clunk. To me, the book wasn’t even Nik’s story—it felt as if he was in the background the majority of the time, even in his own chapters. The other 3 main POVs seemed to have more interesting backstories with more attention—at least I felt that way.

Then there’s Nina… I’m just going to say so far, her story didn’t go where I hoped it would… So not sure how I will feel about that in book 2—could change. Isaak was new and a sweetheart and Zoya, well, she’s become pretty freaking awesome. I really enjoyed learning more about her.

So a lot of the book was slow, but don’t worry there was some awesomeness mingled in. Oh, and as expected, the book does end on a major cliffhanger. But as it stands right now, I feel like all the good things are going to take place in book 2, as if this was more of an opening book. I don’t know, but I hope Nik has more chapters next time because he deserves it!

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Review: Blood Heir

Title: Blood Heir

Author: Amélie Wen Zhao

Date of Publication: June 4th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

A fugitive princess with the power to control blood. A cunning conman with no past and no future. An Empire spiraling into darkness. A world worth saving.

The Cyrilian Empire: a glittering white sprawl of frozen tundras and ancient, snow-capped forests, where ice spirits roam beneath the flickering northern lights, and where slavers hunt Affinites — those born with powers to manipulate elements.

Born with a horrifying Affinity to blood, Anastacya Mikhailov has never believed herself to be anything more than a monster. Her curse rings true when an accident in the dead of the night results in the death of her father, the Emperor of Cyrilia — and she is sentenced for his murder.

But Ana knows what she saw that night: the scent of poison in Papa’s blood, and the face of a murderer vanishing into the dark.

Alone, hunted, and on the run, Ana makes a bargain with Ramson Quicktongue, a handsome yet dangerous underground crime lord: help her find the true murderer and clear her name in exchange for her alliance.

When Ana’s search lands her in the lair of the most powerful slave trader in the Empire, she uncovers a horrifying truth. A new monarch stands poised to lead the empire to a path of hatred and divisiveness, and Ana must stop her before Cyrilia falls to darkness. But first, she must come to terms with the monster she thinks she is and the heir she was destined to be.

My Review:

A dark retelling version of Anastasia? I’m all in! I’ve read one other Anastasia retelling, Heart of Iron, which was totally different than this one but both were awesome!

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Ana was my baby monster—she could do some pretty amazing things with other people’s blood! We get another POV besides her, Ramson, and oh boy, this young gent had a mind full of things—betrayals, a dark past, a dark heart with a hint of light hidden in it. I loved him!!! And the scenes with him and Ana own my life!

The writing was so good, and the story was an incredible page turner. I was so scared of another book with a cliffhanger because I’ve started so many dang series that end on them, and while it is open ended because of the second book, it isn’t the death cliffhanger sentence that I loathe! And I’ll be ready for book two when it comes! Can I also just state that the freaking cover artist deserves a metal for the beautiful cover!

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What’s a power that you wish you had?

Author Interview: M. Dalto

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Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.

Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.

Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.

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Clouded by Envy up for Pre-order!

Hey guys so my book, Clouded by Envy is up for pre-order! If you want to join in and meet Bray and Brenik, the pre-order links are below! Releases February 19th, 2019!

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Summary:

Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.

Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.

When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.

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Review: Black Heart

Title: Black Heart

Author: Holly Black

Date of Publication: April 3rd, 2012

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Goodreads Summary:

In a world where Magic is illegal.

Cassel Sharpe has the most deadly ability of all. With one touch, he can transform any object – including a person – into something else entirely. And that makes him a wanted man. The Feds are willing to forgive all his past crimes if he’ll only leave his con artist family behind and go straight. But why does going straight feel so crooked?

For one thing, it means being on the opposite side of the law from Lila, the girl he loves. She’s the daughter of a mob boss and getting ready to join the family business herself. Though Cassel is pretty sure she can never love him back, he can’t stop obsessing over her. Which would be bad enough, even if her father wasn’t keeping Cassel’s mother prisoner in a posh apartment and threatening not to let her leave until she returns the priceless diamond she scammed off him years ago. Too bad she can’t remember where she put it.

The Feds say they need Cassel to get rid of a powerful man who is spinning dangerously out of control. But if they want Cassel to use his unique talent to hurt people, what separates the good guys from the bad ones? Or is everyone just out to con him?

Time is running out, and all Cassel’s magic and cleverness might not be enough to save him. With no easy answers and no one he can trust, love might be the most dangerous gamble of all.

 

My Review:

This series was seriously addicting, and I love, love, love Cassel! He’s a character that will forever stick with me, and my favorite character by Holly Black thus far!

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We start this book out with Lila hating Cassel after book 2, and all the moments between the two of them were spectacular. I got mad, I said aww, I said aww again! They are so cute! Then there are twists and turns which kept me on my toes. Cassel’s friend, Sam, was a lovable idiot! Cassel’s brother seriously needs his own book!

I like that things aren’t black and white, and Cassel as well as the other characters all live in the gray area of life but still have good hearts! If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it! So freaking good!

 

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Review: Red Glove

Title: Red Glove

Author: Holly Black

Date of Publication: April 5th, 2011

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Goodreads Summary:

In Cassel Sharpe’s world, they go together. Cassel always though he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth – he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything – or anyone – into something else.

That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she’s human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila’s been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion-worker mom. And if Lila’s love is as phony as Cassel’s made-up memories, then he can’t believe anything she says or does.

When Cassel’s oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue – crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too – they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can’t trust anyone – least of all, himself?

Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.

My Review:

An excellent sequel indeed! Makes me want to go out and get me some red gloves to parade around in!

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Cassel is definitely one of my favorite male characters ever! He makes wrong choices, a lot, but he’s so dang likable—I want to squeeze his cheeks! Of course, Lila got worked in the previous book, so Cassel doesn’t know if he can trust himself around her because her feelings for him he doesn’t believe them to be real. It’s a mess of feelings, and an addicting one!

Also his brother, Phillip, is dead, so it’s quite the mystery to figure out how he ended up that way. And the freaking ending! Another cliffhanger to where I have to read the next book! Loved it! And the magic system is just so cool!

 

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Review: A Sorrow Fierce and Falling

Title: A Sorrow Fierce and Falling

Author: Jessica Cluess

Date of Publication: October 16th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s time for war.

After suffering terrible losses, Henrietta and Lord Blackwood have led their warriors to Sorrow-Fell, a vast estate where only those invited by a Blackwood may enter–and the ideal place to plan a final assault against the Ancients.

It’s time for a wedding.

Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Blackwood, but when the ritual to become his bride reveals a dark secret, she realizes that Sorrow-Fell is not a safe haven; it’s a trap. Convincing the sorcerers of this, however, is not easy. So with Maria, the true chosen one, and Magnus, the young man who once stole her heart, at her side, Henrietta plots a dangerous journey straight into the enemy’s lair. Some will live. Some will die. All will be tested.

In this stunning conclusion to the Kingdom on Fire series, Henrietta must choose between the love from her past, the love from her present, and a love that could define her future. While battles rage, the fate of the kingdom rests on her decision: Will she fall or rise up to become the woman who saves the realm?

It’s time for Henrietta to make her stand.

My Review:

First off, I’m going to say this was a five star read even though what I have to say may not feel like it is! To start, anything that involve fire power, give it to me!

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What I love about these books is the world—it has some pretty awesome and dark descriptions! I also love the historical type setting, even though it is a fantasy world. Also, I absolutely love Magnus! When I read book one, I probably wouldn’t have said that, but since book two, my mind has been changed. Who would have thought?

Let’s get to the nitty gritty—geez, Henrietta has been one character I’ve wanted to shake all along. The chemistry between her and Blackwood got real weird in book two and even worse here. Still not sure about the Rook situation either—she was all about putting him first before, but then barely thought of him in this book.

Cluess, though, has a way of keeping you immersed in the story and it’s addicting words. Like I said above, her descriptions are fantastic. Besides wanting to strangle Henrietta a few times, I enjoyed this book much more than book two and felt it was on the same level as the first one! And that ending was perfection!

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If you had the power of fire, what would you do with it?