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Review: Immortal Reign

Title: Immortal Reign

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Date of Publication: February 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

My Review:

Finally, we have reached the end of the Falling Kingdoms journey. And a very satisfying conclusion it was. Kyan, the fire god, was back and set on restoring his siblings.

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As with the other books there are multiple POV’s and just like last time, Cleo and Magnus were my favorites—especially Magnus. I could have actually done without Amara’s POV, but that’s because I have never really liked her to begin with and still don’t. But you can’t like all the characters in every book!

I loved the magic system in it, especially some of the scenes that showed Cleo and her water powers. It was great! Rhodes writing is easy to read and doesn’t get all crazy with lyrical prose, which I like! It has been a fun ride through this series! Now, I just need the third book in her spin-off series to hurry up and release!

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Review: Those Which Remain

Title: Those Which Remain

Author: Angela V. Cook

Date of Publication: January 28th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

In Into a Million Pieces, seventeen-year-old Allison solved her sister’s murder, barely escaping an attempt on her own life. Now, with the past behind her, Allison is finally getting a taste of teenage normalcy—going to school, hanging out with her best friend, and sharing it all with her loving boyfriend, Ren. Life is good.

But it doesn’t stay that way. It never does for a succubus.

When Allison’s nature draws in a predator, shattering her sense of trust and safety, she realizes the succubus curse is behind all the darkness and heartache in her life. Determined to end it, she tracks down a distant relative with knowledge about the curse. But more questions are raised than answered when Allison meets the mysterious and wealthy Leona Doriano. Suddenly thrust into a dangerous world of money, power, and deadly secrets, Allison must find a way to break the curse—a curse not everyone wants broken—before she’s drawn in too deep.

My Review:

I was glad to see the sequel was finally out. Since it had been a while, I went ahead and reread book one, which I loved even more the second time around. So I went into this wondering where it would go? Would Allison stay a succubus, or could she rid herself of the horrific curse?

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What I like best about this duology is that although it has a paranormal aspect, it is very much a contemporary book, which I absolutely love when those two are combined. Allison has been a strong character, especially with everything she has gone through. But this time you throw a creepy uncle and maybe some other obstacles in the way, and she has even more on her plate to conquer.

I will say this time around that my boy Ren thoroughly pissed me the heck off. Come on, Rennnnnnnnnnn! I know you are a teen boy, but think boy, thinkkkkk!!!!! I also wish there would have been more of him in this book like there was in book one, but this one was more of Alison needing to find herself and to figure out a way to give herself a normal life. The writing was well done, and the author had me sucked in page after page. I can’t wait to read more from her in the future! I definitely recommend this fun and emotional duology.

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Review: Avalon Nightmares

Title: Avalon Nightmares

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: February 21st, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Vivienne is still reeling from the fight with Carleigh and finally enjoying some well-deserved quality time with Sébastien. Absorbed into each other, neither is aware of the dark forces lurking in the shadows that threaten their newfound happiness.

The one who could warn them stays silent – not out of choice. Alistair finds himself bound to a mysterious new enemy, only for an old lover to come to his rescue. Will his demon lord powers be enough to help the Lady of the Lake and her savior? Or will he be faced with a choice that could change everything, including his loyalty?

And what of Merlin, whose sole purpose was to imprison the now-immortal Carleigh? Try as they may, none of the heroes can reach him, and his eerie silence is worrisome.

Lost opportunities, bitter lovers and ambitious sorcerers collide in one last battle for the fate of the world. In this final installment of the Avalon Chronicles, everything will come full circle…but not everyone may get a happy ending.

My Review:

First off, I think this is my favorite cover of all three! This series has such beautiful covers!

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I was so glad to see more of Seb and Viv, and there were some surprises along the way, which I need to keep my lips sealed about! As with the other books in the series, it is told in multiple POV’s, and it works really well because you can feel each character and how everything connects.

What I like best about Avalon Nightmares is there’s plenty of swoony romance, but also a great story along the way. Plus the whole Merlin type theme has been freaking amazing! The writing sucks you in right away and doesn’t let go until the very end.

The third book drew to a perfect close, and apparently, there will be a novella about Atrox coming up. I’m already ready for that one!!

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Review: The Last Goodbye

Title: The Last Goodbye

Author: Amber R. Duell

Date of Publication: December 5th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

500 years before Theo met Cassia, Leander met Lyda.

The Netherworld was never meant for the living. It steals a mortal’s sanity piece-by-piece, day-by-day. No one understands that better than the God of Death. But the chance for even a single day of company is a seductive thing and Leander can’t help looking forward to each sacrifice.

When the last mortal country outlaws human sacrifice, Leander’s new bride becomes his last. Though he knows he should let Lyda continue on to her afterlife, the pair grows closer and the God of Death hesitates in the face of eternal solitude. But soon, Leander must decide between being selfish and selfless.

Review:

This is one of the best short stories I have read, and I can’t wait to read the spin off novel, Fragile Chaos. Even though it was short, I could connect with Leander and really feel for him as I was inside his head. I wanted to pull him into a great big hug!

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I liked Lyda’s character, too! But watching her sanity slipping away was heartbreaking! I loved the writing and the beautiful ending in this! A must read!

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Review: Alex, Approximately

Title: Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: April 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

My Review:

This is the third Jenn Bennett book I have read, and it was super cute. However, I do like The Anatomical Shape of A Heart and Starry Eyes much more. Also, I seriously hate this cover! It could have been a hundred times better—but not a big deal.

I actually liked both of the character here and found them both adorable, but again, not as much as in Jenn’s other books. There was also some weird drama, like with the drug addict friend. Also, sometimes I wanted to shake Bailey and just yell, “Open up to him!”

I’m also not sure why Bailey didn’t tell Alex that she was moving to the West Coast. I get it she’s an “evader”, but still! The romance between Porter and Bailey was spot on—fighting to lovers is the best kind!

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Bennett always gives her characters distinct and awesome personalities that show great characterization. This was a fun read, and I was addicted to every page. I seriously can’t wait to read her next book!

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Review: Starry Eyes

Title: Starry Eyes

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: April 3rd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

My Review:

I absolutely loved The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett, so when I saw this I was like oooooh I have to read it. I generally am let down by most YA contemporary with an exception of a few authors. This one was really good! Camping in the wilderness? Come on, that’s awesome!

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So at first to be honest, I was pretty annoyed with the MC in the first couple of chapters. She eventually got on my good side as I delved deeper into the book. I also really liked her name—Zorie. Now, Lennon I loved from the first moment he appeared on the pages—funny and adorable!

There was just so much cuteness it’s insane! The writing was funny, beautiful, and addicting. I need to go ahead and read her other book Alex, Approximately because I still haven’t read that one! I know it’s early in the year but so far this is my favorite contemporary this year.

 

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Review: Ace of Shades

Title: Ace of Shades

Author: Amanda Foody

Date of Publication: April 10th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

My Review:

Going into this book I wasn’t sure if I would like this one because I wasn’t completely sold on the summary. However, this one was a pretty awesome ride. Plus, the setting is in the City of Sin, so there has to be some awesome stuff that goes down, right?

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So if you liked Six of Crows you will probably like this—it’s like baby Six of Crows. I didn’t fall in love with the characters as much as I do with Bardugo’s books, but they were interesting with qualities that held my attention. I have a feeling in the next book, I will be shouting in Enne’s and Levi’s ears about certain things like I was doing here.

The author has created a very intriguing world full of magic, fun, and intrigue. The writing was great, and I’m ready for book two!

 

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