Bridgerton: The Duke and I: Review

About the Book:

Title: Bridgerton: The Duke and I 

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon 

Release Date: December 1, 2020 (First published January 5, 2000)

Pages: 464

Genre: Adult Historical Romance

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix.download (9)



In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…

This novel includes the 2nd epilogue, a peek at the story after the story.
 

Review:

4

After binging the Bridgerton series on Netflix in two days back in December, I knew I had to read the books! This is the first book of what I believe is an eight book series. I’ve heard that this is the “worst” book in the series, so I’m definitely hopeful that the series gets even better. I really want to learn more about the other Bridgerton siblings!

What I liked about the book, was that we get to know the characters a little more, and there are conversations had that weren’t explored as much on the show in my opinion. I really love the Bridgerton family, and Daphne’s brothers had me laughing a lot throughout the book. What I didn’t like about the book, was that I felt that “that scene” was much more problematic in the book than on the show, as Simon is under the influence. I think that this storyline is what ruins the best parts of the story for me, as it’s SO not okay. I also didn’t like how Simon was so controlling. I feel like he was better in that respect on the show.

I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed the book as much if I hadn’t seen the show first to be honest. Overall, a fun and entertaining romantic read.

About the Author:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.63898

A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into 32 languages, and she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

The Bridgertons, her popular series of historical romance, is currently in production by Shondaland as a Netflix original series starring Julie Andrews, Phoebe Dynevor, and Rége-Jean Page.

The Girl with the Whispering Shadow (The Crowns of Croswald #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: The Girl with the Whispering Shadow

Author: D.E. Night

Publisher: Stories Untold LLC

Release Date: January 23, 2019

Pages: 384

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Even a secret town cannot protect Ivy from a mysterious darkness…

Only hours after Ivy Lovely discovers that she is the fulfillment of the Moonsday promise, she is whisked away from her beloved school to Belzebuthe, a secret town for only those with magical blood.

Ivy sets out on a mission to uncover the second facet of the Kindred Stone while eluding the Dark Queen’s wrath. But even when she’s supposed to be safe, something is shadowing Ivy. She will need all her natural-born magic and more as she battles to find the rest of the Kindred Stone and return to the Halls of Ivy.

Before it’s too late…
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Review:

4

*I received this book from Stories Untold LLC in exchange for an honest review*

I am enjoying this series so much! It’s a fun, magical adventure that draws you right in.

The Girl with the Whispering Shadow starts off right where book one in the Croswald series ended. Ivy has just finished year one at the Halls of Ivy after narrowly escaping the Dark Queen’s attack. She is sent to Belzebuthe, a hidden, secret town for those with magical blood. Bezebuthe is the only place that can keep Ivy safe and away from the clutches of the Dark Queen. With the help of Fyn and some new friends she makes in Belzebuthe, she sets out on her mission to find the next piece of the Kindred Stone. While Ivy is supposed to be safe in Belzebuthe, something seems to keep shadowing her. She must embrace her natural-born magic and her courage as she battles to find the rest of the stone and return to the Halls of Ivy, in this action packed sequel!

I absolutely loved the town of Belzebuthe! It was winter there, even though it was summer for everyone else. It’s filled with matellers, the keepers of the quills, and the scrivenists. Ivy meets some amazing new friends, including her employers, Hodge and Podge, two dwarf brothers who are absolutely hysterical. Ivy even gets to attend some Quogo matches there, which were quite fun to read about. She also learns more about her past, and Fyn’s past as well. I really enjoyed learning more about Ivy’s world and her magic. The author really did a great job of expanding upon everything we learned in the first book.

If you haven’t checked out this series yet, I highly recommend it! Can’t wait to read book three.

About the Author:

Be sure to check out the author’s website www.denight.com     for all the latest info! 

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Lore: Review

About the Book:

Title: Lore

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Pages: 480

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Mythology

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption.

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.download (8)

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.

 

 

 

 

Review:

4

This was my first book by Alexandra Bracken. I must say that I really enjoyed this one, as it was very fast paced, action packed, and feminist. It is set in modern day New York City, and I thought it was a neat retelling. I think if you enjoy Greek Mythology, this will definitely appeal to you.

The Agon begins every seven years. Nine of the Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, and are hunted by descendants of their ancient bloodlines, as a punishment from Zeus. These descendants will seize the gods immortality and divine powers after killing them. Melora “Lore” Perseous ran from this world after her family was brutally murdered by a rival line, and she turns her back on the promises of the hunt and all it’s glory. She pushes away her thoughts of revenge against the man, now turned god, who is responsible for their deaths.

As the next hunt is about to begin in New York City, Lore is sought out by an old friend, Castor and the wounded Athena, who is among the last of the original gods. The goddess shows up at her doorstep begging for help. Athena offers Lore an alliance against their mutual enemy, and a way out of the Agon. Lore’s choice to bind herself to the goddess may come at a very steep cost.

I definitely found myself cheering for Lore. She has a very complex past, and we see as the story goes along what exactly makes her tick. She is definitely a fierce and compelling character. I really wished there had been more one on one time with the gods in this one. That is one of the things I was disappointed in.

Hope you pick this one up! A fun read for sure.

About the Author:

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study English and History at The College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in the publishing industry, she now writes full time. You can visit her online at http://www.alexandrabracken.com or on Twitter (@alexbracken). 2973783

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Blue Box Press

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Pages: 637

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.518nA6KLZPL

A Choice…

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

Review:

5

I LOVED From Blood and Ash SO much, so I was super excited to start A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. I always get a little bit nervous reading a sequel, as it’s usually not as good as the first book. This was a sequel that was even better than the first book! I don’t think that’s happened for me since ACOMAF. So, if you enjoyed the first book, you’re definitely going to want to pick this one up ASAP.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire begins right where FBAA left off. Everything Poppy has believed in, including the man she was falling for, has been a lie. The people she is surrounded by see her as this symbol of a horrible Kingdom, and she’s not even sure she knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. She does know that The Dark One is dangerous and that he wants her to fight him, and that she doesn’t mind doing at all. He may have taken her, but he can’t ever have her. She is hurt, angry, and confused, and must face the betrayal. She does so with so much bravery and courage.

Casteel is a man of many masks. His lies are seductive, and his truths are sensual. Poppy knows better than to give him her trust. He needs her alive and well to achieve his goals. However, he’s the only one who can help her get what she wants, to find her brother, Ian. She finds that she must learn to work with him, instead of against him. As they begin to work together, Poppy begins to become a part of Casteel’s plans. These plans force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself.

There has been unrest, talk of war, and lots of secrets, and Poppy finds herself at the heart of it all.

If you like action and adventure, betrayal, twists and turns, romance, and friendship, you will love this sequel!

About the Author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.4476934

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle:#1):Review

About the Book:

Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Pages: 409

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal

Synopsis:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.17675462._UY1200_SS1200_

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Review:

4

I loved Maggie’s Shiver series, which I read awhile back, so I was excited to read The Raven Boys! I don’t know what’s taken me so long, but I finally bit the bullet and started the series with a friend. It did not disappoint. I really enjoyed this one, as it was quite different than anything I’ve read in awhile. It was a bit of a thrill, and I am excited to start the next book in the series soon!

Every year, Blue Sargent and her psychic mother head to the old church where the soon-to-be-dead walk past. Blue never sees them, until this year when a boy comes out of the dark and speaks right to her.

His name is Gansey, and he’s a rich student from Algionby, the private school in town. Blue tends to shy away from the boys at this school, also known as the Raven Boys. The boys usually mean trouble. Blue finds herself drawn to Gansey despite everything. He’s handsome, rich, and good to his friends, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. He’s on a mysterious quest with three other Raven Boys, Adam, Ronan and Noah. Blue begins to become intrigued.

For as long as Blue can remember, she has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never really thought about it, or that it would be a problem, until she gets swept up in the adventure with the Raven Boys.

If you like books with supernatural elements and mystery, I think you will enjoy this book. I really liked the uniqueness of it.

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.1330292

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray-painted cars, sharpie-covered computer printers, ink-splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages. Maggie Stiefvater lives in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

Price of a Rose: A Beauty & the Beast Tale(Historical Fantasy Fairytale Retellings Book 2)

About the Book:

Title: Price of A Rose: A Beauty & the Beast Tale 

Author: Byrd Nash

Publisher: Rook and Castle

Release Date: February 10, 2021

Pages: 123

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fairytale 

Synopsis:

The Beast is about to be tamed by three determined ladies.

When their father loses a card game to the local recluse, his three daughters step in to determine their own fate. The oldest, Lily, rolls up her sleeves to take the strange household in hand even if the house keeps moving the rooms. The youngest, Poppy, devours his books on magic while playing secretary.

But it’s Rose, the middle daughter, who works magic in his forgotten garden. She could be the key to unraveling his curse, if he can recognize what’s real behind fairy magic.51NZKAwj25L

A Victorian England, 1890, Beauty and Beast fairytale retelling like you’ve never read before.

A novella featuring a delightful, clean and sweet romance. Perfect for fans of historical romances who also like a fairytale fantasy with humor.

This short story ebook is a friendly read for teens and adult readers who love the grand period of the Late Victorian time period.

 

 

 

 

Review:

4

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

A Beauty and the Beast retelling, with some of it’s own magic! This is the second novella in the historical fantasy fairytale retellings series by Byrd Nash. It was an absolute delight to read. I can’t wait for more in this enchanting series.

When their father loses a game of cards and trades his daughters away for a rose to a local recluse (the Beast), his daughters step in to take charge of their own fates. The oldest daughter, Lily, takes charge as the housekeeper of the Beast’s manor. The youngest, Poppy, begins reading books on magic in his library and becomes his secretary.

The middle daughter, Rose, begins working magic in his garden. She could be the key to unraveling the curse that’s been upon him, if only he can see what is real behind the fairy magic.

If you enjoy fairytales, retellings, and historical romance, than this novella is for you! An quick and enjoyable read.

About the Author:

Byrd loves creating fiction that delivers fresh stories and unexpected twists.

Whether it is a Doppleganger who was once a medieval knight now working in college administration, or a fairytale Red Riding Hood escaping a post-WWI wolf pack, her characters feel real. That Celtic goddess at the pet store? She’s someone you know. A medieval queen fleeing an abusive marriage? No matter the time period, that woman could exist today.

Described by one reviewer as “A literary glass of bourbon after a long day,” while another wrote “When I get a Byrd story, I know I’m in good hands,” Byrd gives readers a satisfying read.

With a B.A. in journalism, she worked at various newspapers as a reporter and sections editor. Her careers have included being a museum director, a horseback riding instructor, a kid’s party planner, and a manager of a veterinarian’s office.

However, she always returns to her first love: writing stories, dreaming up characters, and creating fascinating flights of fantasy.

Grab one of her stories at her website at ByrdNash.com. grdhvnssdcbjur2ura5o64jgah._US230_

The Crowns of Croswald (#1): Review

About the Book:

Title: The Crowns of Croswald 

Author: D.E. Night 

Publisher: Stories Untold Press 

Release Date: July 21, 2017

Pages: 249

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy 

Synopsis:

This is a page-turning fantasy in the tradition of fairy tales, whimsical worlds, and coming-of-age stories.

The Crowns of Croswald invites young readers to explore themes of stepping into their own magic, discovering their true selves, and battling evil head-on. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “an action-packed treat […] with a relatable heroine facing challenges in a vivid world of magic and mystery,” and called a new classic by readers, The Crowns of Croswald series is a magical romp through a fully formed universe with dragons, magical quills, potions, and mythical creatures.81i4RFgiZQL

Ivy Lovely is 16 and she has no idea who she is—or what her powers could be. When she crosses a magical boundary, she discovers a whole new world of enchantment and mystery. Making friends that will last a lifetime—and save her life—she steps into her own abilities and discovers more about her hidden past, magical blood, and the power of Croswald’s mystical stones. But all is not well: a dark history and an evil Queen threatens all that is good. Will Ivy’s bravery and wit be enough?

Curious and whimsical, both shy and brave, Ivy is a hero that connects with readers of all ages. For those who wished that Narnia, Harry Potter, and Alice in Wonderland could go on forever, Croswald opens a whole new world of magic. Recommended as a read-aloud for families and a first middle-grade fantasy read, The Crowns of Croswald is a four-part series that will carry readers to a whimsical world that they won’t want to leave. 

Review:

4

*I received the ebook from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity*

This was such a wonderful, magical, middle grade fantasy! It was very nostalgic and reminded me of reading The Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time as a kid. I’m excited that this is the first book in a four book series, and I am looking forward to the next book. The magic was unique to the story, and the setting and the characters are quite memorable.

Ivy Lovely is a 16 year old girl, who learns she has magic when she crosses a magical boundary with little more than her clothes, some books from a friend, and a scaldron, a mini dragon who bakes like an oven. She finds a whole new world filled with mystery and wonder. To unearth more about her magic and her past, Ivy attends a magical boarding school, the Halls of Ivy in Croswald. There she begins her journey of self-discovery and meets some interesting characters along the way. She is such a refreshing protagonist, so witty and smart, and brave, and sweet.

All is not as it seems in Croswald, as there is a dark history and an evil Queen who threatens all that is good in world. Will Ivy be strong enough to face the darkness?

I highly recommend this book, which is perfect for all ages! A lovely magical world that you’ll want to live in.

About the Author:

Go to the author’s website, www.denight.com for all the info! 

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From Blood and Ash (Book 1):Review

About the Book:

Title: From Blood and Ash

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 

Publisher: Blue Box Press

Release Date: March 30, 2020

Pages: 625

Genre: Adult Fantasy, Adult Romance

Synopsis:

Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor71bH9PgPr4L bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
 

 

 

Review:

5

I first became familiar with Jennifer L. Armentrout when I read and loved the Lux series a number of years back, and I have lots of her books on my TBR. A friend and I decided to do a buddy read of From Blood and Ash, and we jumped right in. Completely obsessed! It was hard to put down. My friend and I would message each other that we needed to read more chapters for the day, lol. It definitely lived up to the hype for me.

Poppy is chosen at birth, and her life has never belonged to her. The Maiden has a very solitary life, and can never be touched, looked upon, spoken to, or able to experience pleasure. As she waits for her Ascension, she would rather be fighting with the royal guards against the evils that took her family, instead of preparing to be worthy for the gods.

The fate of the whole Kingdom rests on Poppy’s shoulders, although she’s never asked for this. Hawke enters her life as a guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension. Things begin to get complicated, as Poppy begins to question everything that she’s ever known, and as she is tempted with the forbidden.

A fallen kingdom is rising once more, and is determined to take back what they believe is theirs. As the shadow of those cursed draws near, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is on the verge of being found unworthy to the gods, losing her heart, and losing her life as her world starts to come apart at the seams.

I absolutely loved the banter between Poppy and Hawke! They reminded me of some of my other favorite bookish couples, and I can totally get behind the comp to Sarah J. Maas.

If you’re a fan of fantasy and adult romance, than I highly recommend this book! I loved the setting, the characters, the romance, and the intrigue. There are lots of twists and turns, and I enjoyed figuring some of them out, and being completely surprised by others. That ending! Can’t wait to start book two, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. I need to find out what happens next.

About the Author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction4476934 by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more

Payback (Vale Hall, Book #3): Review

About the Book:

Title: Payback

Author: Kristen Simmons 

Publisher: Tor Teen 

Release Date: February 2, 2021 

Pages: 352

Genre: YA Thriller, YA Mystery 

Synopsis:

The unpredictable truth will be revealed in Payback, the stunning conclusion to Kristen Simmons’ Edgar-nominated thriller series that started with The Deceivers

Brynn Hilder has conned a lot of people. From the spoiled rich kids of Sikawa City to her mom’s loser ex-boyfriend, from a motorcycle gang to a senator’s son. If there was money to be gained, or a secret to uncover, she figured out how to get it done. And thanks to Vale Hall and its director, Dr. David Odin, she’s found a family of hustlers just like her.9781250175878_p0_v3_s550x406

Together, Brynn and her friends have overcome doubt, deceit, and betrayal to unearth the truth–a truth even a group of professional scammers couldn’t have predicted.

And now they must tackle the biggest con artist of them all: the man who brought them all together.

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

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

Epic conclusion to an amazing series! These books are definitely underrated and I hope that with Payback’s release, that more people pick them up. There were so many twists and turns, and definitely some surprises! If you like a good mystery, you definitely want to binge this series.

Vale Hall is a school for con artists and things get even more complicated in this conclusion. I often found myself on the edge of my seat, hoping for the best for these characters I’ve come to care so much about. Together, Brynn Hilder and her friends must overcome doubt, lies, and betrayal to unearth the truth. They must take on the biggest con artist of them all, the man who’s responsible for bringing them all together in the first place.

This book wrapped things up perfectly, and even better than I expected. Please do check it out! It’s releasing on February 2, 2021, so be sure to add it to your TBR. There’s still a little time left to preorder or request at your local library as well.

About the Author:

Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, METALTOWN, PACIFICA, and the upcoming DECEIVERS. She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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For more updates on Kristen and her writing, follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @kris10writes.

 

All the Tides of Fate (Book 2): Review

About the Book:

Title: All the Tides of Fate

Author: Adalyn Grace

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Pages: 368

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can 52345987know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc via Netgalley in a giveaway from the author, Adalyn Grace, and Fierce Reads. Thank you for the opportunity!*

Having recently read All the Stars and Teeth, I was SO excited to dive back into this world. All the Tides of Fate certainly did not disappoint! It’s so hard to put into words how I’m feeling after this one. Definitely feeling all the feels.

The story starts off a couple of months after the events that took place in the first book. You quickly become acclimated. Amora has taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia through much blood and sacrifice. The islands in the kingdom are in a state of turmoil and with people beginning to question Amora, and her authority, she doesn’t want to show anyone her weaknesses. She can’t let anyone know about the curse, her loss of magic, and the boy who holds a part of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora sets out on a quest to find a mythical artifact that could fix all their problems. She finds that it comes at a terrible cost. She tries to find a balance between everything, and learns that the power to rule could absolutely destroy her.

I really loved Amora, although I wanted to throttle her at times because of some of the decisions she made. I found myself going “Why?!” a few times. Amora did face a lot of tough decisions though, and she is stubborn and very strong-willed, and felt as though because of her position, she was the one that had to get things done. I loved how Adalyn wrote this character. She just seems very real and authentic. I am happy that the story didn’t just gloss over Amora’s grief and anxiety either, and it was handled well.

I truly enjoyed the whole cast of characters in this duology. I’m so glad I got to spend more time with Amora’s crew. They were a lot of fun, and they gave me a lot of laughter as well as tears.

A delightful world that I am sad to say goodbye to. A painfully beautiful story, make sure you have some tissues handy.

About the Author:

Adalyn Grace is a New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth, which was named “2020’s biggest YA fantasy” by Entertainment Weekly.

Prior to becoming an author, Adalyn spent four years working in live theatre, acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper, and studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular series The Legend of Korra.

Local to San Diego, Adalyn spends her non-writing days by watching too much anime, and by playing video games with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs.


You can follow her on:
Twitter: @AdalynGrace_
Instagram: @authoradalyngrace17671937