Make Up Break Up Review

About the Book:

Title: Make Up Break Up

Author: Lily Menon

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Pages: 336

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”

High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.

Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC 9781250761996investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile—and monumentally more successful—didn’t already make her stomach churn.

As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?
 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley, the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Sandhya Menon is now writing adult romance under Lily Menon. Her debut adult contemporary romance was so hard to put down, and I just wanted to keep on reading. Can we say hot, but I’m not talking about the weather?! There’s such a romantic spark between the two main characters, there’s witty banter, and there’s overall fun! Just like all of Menon’s books, I got that warm, fuzzy feeling I needed.

Annika Dev is a hopeless romantic and the CEO of her own app, Make Up, that she hopes will help people to find their happily ever after. She started the company with her best friend, June. Hudson Craft, has an app called Break Up, and it’s known as the “Uber for breakups” and is the exact opposite of what Annika is trying to achieve with her app. Hudson just so happens to move into the office next door to Annika’s. What also complicates things is that they have a past history, as Annika and Hudson had a summer fling in Vegas. The two begin to prank each other and bring on the competition. Things really heat up as they compete for the EPIC investment pitch contest, which Annika is desperate to win as her business is having some financial difficulties. Despite the two clashing constantly, Annika finds herself drawn to Hudson. As she gets to spend time with him, she finds that there may be more to him than his shallow public personality. She begins to wonder if she could have been completely wrong about him.

If you enjoy a good contemporary romance, then this book will be right up your alley. Lily Menon really knows how to write chemistry, and some of the scenes were absolutely smoking! This book is releasing in February, right before Valentine’s Day, so add it to your TBR now.

About the Author:

This is Lily Menon’s debut adult contemporary romance, which releases in February 2021.

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Pandemonium Review

About the Book:

Title: Pandemonium

Author: Willow Anderson

Publisher: Self Published 

Release Date: April 28, 2020

Pages: 360

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Lace Ashburn was only twelve years old when she witnessed a murder behind Pandemonium’s grandeur – a strange, magical traveling show where admittance is hard to gain. With a dead Ringmaster and his murderer in jail, Pandemonium packed up and fled in the middle of the night, remaining missing for five years.

When Lace’s older brother steps up to take the throne of Falhaven, he announces not only the return of Pandemonium but an arranged marriage for her with their neighboring country’s prince. With less than a week to discover a way to keep her freedom from her fiancé, Lace finds her way 51vo4hf4l6L._SY445_QL70_ML2_back into the heart of Pandemonium.

With a new Ringmaster heading Pandemonium, Lace is pulled into a competition run by the strange show with an invaluable prize at the end should she win. Paired together with a mysterious partner, Lace fights through the contest to keep not only her independence but her heart safe.

Come one, come all, to the show that will enthrall…welcome to Pandemonium where in order to win, you must lose it all.

 

Review:

5

I am so glad that I came across this book on bookstagram! I was initially attracted to the cover, and then I read the synopsis and became intrigued. I picked up a copy on Amazon, and I have no regrets. This book was amazing! It was super hard to put down, and I just wanted to keep reading. If you are a fan of Caraval, The Night Circus, or Forest of Stars, I think you will definitely enjoy this debut. I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the beautiful descriptive writing from Willow. The outfits that Lace wore sound to die for, and the places she visits are just magical.

The story follows Lace Ashburn, who is only twelve years old when she witnesses a murder at the Pandemonium magical traveling show. The Ringmaster is killed and the killer imprisoned, so the show packed up and disappeared for five years.

Lace’s brother Robert steps up to take the throne of Falhaven (oh yeah, Lace is a princess!) and announces the return of the show and the betrothal of Lace to their neighboring country’s prince. With only a week of freedom from her betrothed, Lace finds her way back to Pandemonium. There’s now a new Ringmaster and Lace is pulled into a competition with a prize at the end that she is desperate to win. She is paired with a mysterious partner for the competition, and she finds herself torn between her political duties, and her want for freedom. Lace is lucky to have her little sister Victoria, and friend Lucille at the palace, as things become quite sinister.

A book that is filled with mystery, mayhem, and magic, this is a debut that you won’t want to miss! It is available now, and the sequel Catalyst is forthcoming.

About the Author:

Willow Anderson was born and raised in west Texas where she learned early on to gaze at the stars and dream. She knew her life would eventually lead her to picking up a pen and letting her creativity flow. After leaving childhood behind, Willow found she was ready to explore away from the desert and left her small town behind. Soon after, she earned her RN initials behind her name but continued to do what she loved – writing. It wasn’t long until she met her current husband and brought him into her life for good. Now she travels wherever the Army takes her. Though she still keeps hold of her colorful imagination, she now has two teenagers and a pre-teen to help her imagination continue to thrive.
Willow is the author of the upcoming Pandemonium series that is available exclusively on Amazon. She writes YA fantasy and sometimes dabbles in the romance world.81Su3EkqjML._SY600_

Language of Thorns Review

About the Book:

Title: Language of Thorns

Author: Leigh Bardugo 

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: September 26, 2017

Pages: 281

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.51Jy6-ypOrL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Review:

4

 

A beautiful collection of six dark and twisty fairytales that are loosely based on classics, from Leigh Bardugo! I was very pleased with this collection and with the stunning illustrations found inside. Fans of the Grishaverse books and Six of Crows duology will want to pick this one up, as there are mentions of this amazing world throughout these tales. 

I think the Witch of Duva and When Water Sang Fire were probably my favorites. The Witch of Duva was a twist on Hansel and Gretel and When Water Sang Fire was a twist on the Little Mermaid.

If you like hauntingly beautiful stories and are a Leigh Bardugo fan, I definitely recommend you add this to your TBR. 

 

About the Author:

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

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Rent a Boyfriend Review

About the Book:

Title: Rent a Boyfriend

Author: Gloria Chao

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: November 10, 2020

Pages: 320

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Synopsis:

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.

Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.

Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.51to-IXA-pL
When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.

But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley and Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review*

After reading and loving American Panda, I knew I wanted to read this one. I’m so glad I did, as it was so cute! It was the perfect blend of a rom com and a story that dealt with family struggles. Gloria just has this great writing style that makes it work.

Chloe’s traditional Taiwanese parents are pressuring her to marry Hongbo, who is quite wealthy and well known in their tight knit community. After a disastrous “date” with Hongbo, where he took her to a strip club, Chloe gets quite desperate. She feels that the only way out of marrying Hongbo is to hire a fake boyfriend from Rent for Your ‘Rents.

Drew has a passion for art, and unfortunately his parents disown him after he drops out of college to pursue his dreams. He works for Rent for Your ‘Rents to pay the bills as he’s supporting himself completely. Thankfully for him, learning the protocols for work come naturally to him. For this job, he just needs to convince Chloe’s parents that he’s right for her, and he’s golden.

Chloe and Drew start to fall for each other, but Drew is quite different than Andrew, the character he has been portraying to her parents. As they fall for each other, the lies to Chloe’s parents keep on coming, and things get pretty complicated. Will Chloe be able to figure things out after the mess that’s been created?

I adored these characters, and they definitely made an impression on me. If you enjoy rom coms and fake dating, I definitely think you’ll enjoy this one!

About the Author:

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American PandaOur Wayward Fate, and the upcoming Rent a Boyfriend. When she’s not writing, you can find her with her husband on the curling ice or hiking the Indiana Dunes. After a brief detour as a dentist, she is now grateful to spend her days in fictional characters’ heads instead of real people’s mouths.

Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at GloriaChao.Wordpress.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram @GloriacChao.Gloria-Chao-Author-Photo_web

Emmie and the Tudor Queen Review

About the Book:

Title: Emmie and the Tudor Queen

Author: Natalie Murray

Publisher: English Editor Limited

Release Date: August 25, 2020

Pages: 304

Genre: YA Historical Fiction, YA Romance

Synopsis:

True love has never been more deadly in this lush sequel to the best-selling Emmie and the Tudor King.

For an extraordinary love, Emmie Grace has given up her life in the modern world to move to the sixteenth century and marry the Tudor king she bravely saved from a dreadful fate. However, not everyone is pleased to see the glorious King Nick betrothed to the unknown and uncultured Emmie—especially the noblemen commanded to protect her.

As Emmie is drawn deeper into Nick’s sumptuous and savage world—where beheadings are way more popular than time travelers—the Tudor court heads on progress across the country, and a growing rebellion against the promised queen looms.51rvZeg-lWL

With life and love at stake, Emmie must face the cost of changing the path of history and realize that her greatest sacrifice is yet to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an arc of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I loved this sequel so much! I really enjoyed the first book, Emmie and the Tudor King, but I wound up enjoying this one even more.  If you love Tudor England, time travel, and romance, you’ll definitely love this book! Natalie has way of drawing you into her stories, and you feel like you’re living in that world.

The story starts off right where the first book left off. Emmie and Nick head back to England to announce their betrothal. Emmie has essentially given up her life in the modern world to go to the sixteenth century and marry King Nicholas. She soon finds that not everyone is pleased about their betrothal, especially the noblemen who are supposed to protect her. Emmie goes through so much in this book. Her heart is torn between the two worlds, and she’s once again faced with difficult choices to make. I felt that Nick showed growth in this story also, as he had difficult choices to make as well. Other familiar characters are back in this book that I grew to love even more, and we are also introduced to some intriguing new characters. Get ready for an adventure, as there are so many twists and turns, you won’t want to put the book down!

I hope that you will add this one to your TBR. It just released yesterday, so you can pick it up now! I am crossing my fingers that we get a third book, because I need more Nick and Emmie in my life! I need to know what their future holds.

 

 

About the Author:

Natalie Murray is the author of EMMIE AND THE TUDOR KING (June 11, 2019) and EMMIE AND THE TUDOR QUEEN (August 25, 2020). A fast-paced YA time-slip romance, the Emmie and the Tudor King trilogy follows an American high school girl to a reimagined Tudor England, where she meets a doomed, but utterly dreamy, Tudor king. Emmie and the Tudor King has already received acclaim from Foreword Reviews, YA Books Central, and popular YA authors Brigid Kemmerer (A Curse So Dark and Lonely) and CJ Flood (Infinite Sky), among others. You can visit Natalie at nataliemurrayauthor.com. 14829945

Cast in Firelight Review

About the Book:

Title: Cast in Firelight

Author: Dana Swift

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: November 17, 2020

Pages: 448

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

The first book in an epic, heart-pounding fantasy duology about two royal heirs betrothed to be married, but whose loyalties are torn, and a ruthless enemy who threatens their world, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh.

Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people.

Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who’s mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child.

51630215Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery’s most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet.

Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross…and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead.

Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery’s fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it’s complicated and bound for greatness or destruction.

Review:

5

* I won an e-arc from the author in a giveaway*

Amazing debut from Dana Swift! I was immediately swept up into this fantastical world where magic is cast in nine different colors, corresponding to their deities. The magic system was crafted so well, and I could envision the stunning colors swirling through these enchanting kingdoms. I also loved the rivalry to lovers trope and the slow burn swoon worthy romance. Yes please!

I absolutely adored the main characters, Adraa and Jatin. They first meet as children when their parents arrange a marriage between them to unite two of Wickery’s most powerful kingdoms. Their first meeting doesn’t go very well to put it bluntly. They continue to communicate through letters after, which become a competition between them, and they haven’t seen each other since that fateful meeting. They finally meet up again accidentally, and begin working together with secret identities, neither one realizing who the other is.  As they work with each other, they begin to uncover a sinister plot from the criminal underground. As things get dangerous, they must learn to trust each other in order to survive, which isn’t easy when they don’t really know who they truly are.

Adraa is fierce, yet flawed, and I really loved that about her. Jatin is also a strong character, and I love the witty banter between him and Adraa. I also enjoyed these characters connections with their families. Both Adraa and Jatin feel that they have to prove themselves to their families and their kingdoms respectively, and it was an interesting journey to behold.

Please do be sure to read the author’s heartfelt note where she clearly explains her inspiration behind the story.

I’m so glad that there’s going to be a second book! That ending!! I definitely need more of this wonderful world and characters. Definitely add this one to your TBR. It will be releasing in November of 2020.

About the Author:

Dana Swift started making up fantasy worlds when she was eleven years old and hasn’t stopped since. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned degrees in English and Advertising. While in college, Dana competed as a saber fencer and learned a thing or two about fighting, parrying and how it feels to fall in love with your sparring partner. She currently lives with said husband in Anaheim, California where Disney fireworks provide a nice musical backdrop to late night writing. 19510928

Emmie and the Tudor King Review

About the Book:

Title: Emmie and the Tudor King

Author: Natalie Murray

Publisher: Literary Crush Publishing

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Pages: 304

Genre: YA Historical Fiction, YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

“As satisfying as it is suspenseful…rich with raw emotion.”
–Foreword Reviews

“A swashbuckling, romantic adventure story about time travel and a love that spans four centuries, Emmie and the Tudor King is an absolute pleasure.”
–C.J. Flood, award-winning author of Infinite Sky and Nightwanderers

One moment, Emmie is writing her high school history paper; the next, she’s sitting with a gorgeous 16th century king who vacillates from kissing her to ordering her execution.

Able to travel back to her own time, but intensely drawn to King Nick and the mysterious death of his sister, Emmie finds herself solving the murder of a young princess and unraveling court secrets while trying to keep her head on her shoulders, literdownload (6)ally.
With everything to lose, Emmie finds herself facing her biggest battle of all: How to cheat the path of history and keep her irresistible king, or lose him–and her heart–forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

4

I needed a book like this! It was a mix up of history, time-travel, and a sweet romance. It’s pitched as Dr. Who meets Outlander, and is about a young girl who is pulled back into the 16th Century. There she faces a handsome King, court intrigue, and a murder plot!

Emmie is working on a history paper with her BFF about a long dead, and brutal King. She finds an old ring at a yard sale, falls asleep, and is transported back about 400 years! She finds out that the King she was studying isn’t as terrible as the history books describe him, and is actually quite easy on the eyes. She soon discovers that using the ring, she can travel back and forth between her time, and the King’s time. I loved this, and it definitely kept my interest! I love that the main character grew up not far from where I did, so that made the book even better. The author did a great job researching the area! I really loved Emmie, and appreciated her journey of self discovery, and her sense of humor a lot.

Nick was absolutely swoon worthy! I loved how we were able to see how difficult life can be as a royal. He had so many difficult decisions and choices to make. He was just so passionate and endearing. He and Emmie are just adorable together! I’m not typically into insta-love, but there was just something about the two of them and their situation that captivated me.

If you like historical fiction and romance, I think you will enjoy this fast paced novel!

About the Author:

Natalie Murray is the author of EMMIE AND THE TUDOR KING (June 11, 2019) and EMMIE AND THE TUDOR QUEEN (August 25, 2020). A fast-paced YA time-slip romance, the Emmie and the Tudor King trilogy follows an American high school girl to a reimagined Tudor England, where she meets a doomed, but utterly dreamy, Tudor king. Emmie and the Tudor King has already received acclaim from Foreword Reviews, YA Books Central, and popular YA authors Brigid Kemmerer (A Curse So Dark and Lonely) and CJ Flood (Infinite Sky), among others. You can visit Natalie at nataliemurrayauthor.com.14829945

The Silvered Serpents Review

About the Book:

Title: The Silvered Serpents

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: September 22, 2020

Pages: 416

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Silvered Serpents.

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Severin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Severin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.45044785
As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Wow! I’m kind of speechless. This sequel surpassed my expectations. I really enjoyed the Gilded Wolves, but I loved this one! It’s magical, twisty, diabolical, and one heck of a ride!

The Silvered Serpents takes place right where The Gilded Wolves left off. They have thwarted the Fallen House, but at a very steep price. Desperate to make amends, Severin follows a lead for the long last artifact. The hunt brings them from Paris to an Ice Palace in Russia, where the majority of the story takes place. The crew, still grieving the loss of one of their own are thrown into quite the risky venture. There are lots of clandestine activities that take place, and the things that are revealed will leave you questioning everything.

I felt much more connected to the characters this time around. We learn even more about where they all come from, and what makes them tick, as the book has multiple points of view once again. On this adventure, the crew must decide if they’re going to give into their grief, or if they will enjoy the moments that they have, as they work together to find the artifact.

If you thought the ending of The Gilded Wolves was heartrending, be forewarned that this ending will make you desperate for the third book.

 

About the Author:

Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.13695109

Kingdom of the Wicked Review

About the Book:

Title: Kingdom of the Wicked

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books

Release Date: October 27, 2020

Pages: 448

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Kerri Maniscalco introduces her next series, a dark tale of a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and their epic romance, set against a 19th century Italian backdrop.

Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.513sPik-KzL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley and the publisher Jimmy Patterson Books in exchange for an honest review*

I absolutely adored the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco so I was very excited when I heard she was starting a new series. I am over the moon that I was able to review this early! Thank you Netgalley and Jimmy Patterson Books.

I was totally unprepared for this book! I was completely and utterly spellbound, and drawn in from the very first page. A beautiful witch, a demon prince, and an Italian backdrop, who could ask for more?!

The story begins with a family in Palermo, Sicily that runs a popular restaurant called the Sea & Vine. I could totally relate to this family, their love and affection for each other, and the phrases used by Nonna, the main character’s grandmother. I had an Italian American grandmother and an Italian great grandmother that was from Sicily, and the descriptions of Nonna cooking with Emilia and Vittoria just made me feel so happy, and it felt like home. The twins help their parents and Nonna with all the cooking and the cleaning at the restaurant. The thing that makes this family different though, is that Emilia and her twin, Vittoria, are witches that live secretly among humans. They have been told since they were little girls to always wear their amulets, or cornicello, and to beware the Malvagi.

Vittoria does not show for dinner service at the restaurant one night, and Emilia finds her body completely desecrated. Emilia is completely devastated, goes out looking for vengeance, and doesn’t care what the consequences are. She uses dark magic to summon one of the Malvagi, or seven princes of hell. In comes Wrath, the demon prince who chooses duty over pleasure. Their fates become intertwined and Emilia gets pulled into Wrath’s investigation of the murders of women on the island.

I loved Emilia Di Carlo, and watching her character throughout the journey. After the loss of her sister, she goes through so much, but she keeps fighting. She’s so smart and so fierce! I completely fell for the sexy demon Prince Wrath! I always seem to fall for the bad boys, lol.  I highly enjoyed the witty banter between him and Emilia.

If you’re looking for something deliciously wicked, then look no further! I suggest that you preorder/library request/add to your TBR as soon as possible. You are not going to want to miss this one! Now to wait for the sequel with bated breath.

 

About the Author:

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER quartet. The final installment, CAPTURING THE DEVIL, will be released on 9/10/19. KINGDOM OF THE WICKED, the first in a new YA fantasy series, is slated for fall 2020.

For more information, visit Kerri online:
www.kerrimaniscalco.com
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Crooked Kingdom Review

About the Book:

Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

Release Date: September 27, 2016

Pages: 536

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

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Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Review:

5

Fantastic conclusion to this amazing duology! Twisty and magical, I was completely here for it.

After the heist in the first book, Kaz and the crew find themselves back in Ketterdam fighting for their lives. The dregs are struggling with everything and without much hope. The story snowballs from there, and we are immersed in lots of action, intrigue, and excitement!

We have multiple points of view in Crooked Kingdom, like in Six of Crows. There is a lot more character development that we see in our crew of Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Matthias, and Nina. We get to see much more of their backstory, and what has shaped them into who they are. I liked how some of our Grishaverse characters were in this one as well. Throughout this story, I was often on the edge of my seat, wondering how the crew was going to get out of certain situations (Kaz is a genius!). I came to truly care for these characters and what happened to them. This book was painfully heartbreaking at times. I found myself sobbing, and that doesn’t happen for me that often. I think I’m still picking up the pieces of my broken heart.

I absolutely recommend this duology. I’ve been doing a buddy read which has included the Grishaverse series, and the Six of Crows duology so far. Next up is Language of Thorns and King of Scars! Yay for more in this amazing world.

About the Author:

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

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