so, last night i was all sad and angry over this motherfucker ex, all heartbroke and bitter—tossing and turning, the betrayed expression on my face i could fucking feel without having to look in a mirror bcuz emo dominican with mental health issues—with the pettish scrolling through an endless yet meticulously-curated ibook library of garbage, looking for something to put me to sleep—the sudden recollection that i'd tried to read ...more
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, not really, but it sort of felt that way to me.
This well-paced, action-packed M/M fantasy novel kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish and I thoroughly enjoyed the read, which clocked in at a bit over 320 pages.
Sebastian is a cursed young wizard who hides his magic from the world behind a spelled cape, a sharp mind and a wicked tongue, while being relentlessly pursued by a very handsome, also magical, prince Turren.
A lot of the action in the ...more
Do you like fantasy? If so, that’s good, because I think that might be necessary. This is based in a magical world with wizards, the fey, trolls, and other magical beings. There is little-to-no-explanation or exposition about the world and all the magical beings, so you have to either go in with some idea of ...more
READ THE BOOK!!!
Sebastian Orwell already has a small history with Prince Turren from when they were children and brawled over a book of all things, but he can't resist saving the Prince from death when he finds hims injured and dying. Not wanting to be recognized or associated with his heroics, he dumps the recovering Prince off at the local tavern, dusts his hands off at the whole ordeal, and calls it a day. Or so he thinks. Because Prince Turren knows enough to go b ...more
It is fantasy with magic, kingdoms and intrigue but it has an amusing caste of characters and a warm hearted romance at its core. I also like the opposites attract element of the story.
The world building is interesting and unique with all kinds of different magic spells, magic places and a young man who is able to wield deep and strong magic but hides it from his family and cloaks himself.
It took me time to understand why he hid ...more
For a fantasy book, it sadly lacked world building and desriptions of people and places. I wanted to know more about the magical forest that Sebastian's family owned, and why Sebastian had powers over plants and trees. Some explanation of the magic system would've been nice, too. Maybe it was explained somewhere in the 300 pages I skimmed ...more
4 shiny happy stars for this fun read, which made me smile, made me laugh, made me happy.
I had a full load of work to do this week and the thought of getting to this book during my breaks was really something I looked forward too.
a happy BR with Maya - thanks honey
This was a very long read but I wish it could have been longer. IT'S ONE OF THE BEST FANTASY BOOKS I'VE READ TO DATE! I love how it didn't focus only on Sebastian and Turren's relationship while the rest of the characters just blended in with their story. No! For me, this is a story of family and how blood will always be thicker than water no matter what. And my, Sebastian's family is a circus! Literally. Seriously, every character had their own personality which I find very endearing. Although...more
This book needed a thorough editing. It's nearly entirely dialogue, with only brief descriptions when the characters are kissing/sexing. The dialogue wouldn't have been too awful, except there were about a zillion characters. I think the protagonist had 8(?) siblings? And a few of them were married and their husbands/wives were in the story. Plus his parents, and th ...more
I love enemies-to-lovers stories, AND I adore friends-to-lovers stories too. This book was sort of a combination and it was great!
It started with the MCs as childhood rivals (so sweet!) and continue with them when they are around 20 years old.
I think the problem for me was when too many side characters kept coming into the story and It took me a while to know who each of them is (one of the MCs have 12 siblings with parts in the story)
Another thing was that between 15-40% it was a litt ...more
The only thing that I care and understand in this story is Sebastian & Turren!
Their banters were amusing, their sexing were sweet and hot at the same time!
But the rest of the story were blur to me...
By the end of the story I was frowning because there're unanswered questions left
- Why Sebastian hide his magic when practicing magic was common thing, everybody learns and uses magic
- Why Ophelia treated like China doll, what's the deal about her, is it because she sometimes got vision?
- I d ...more
There are 11 siblings - 11!! They are the snarkiest bunch you'll ever meet. And their relationship with their parents. The snark people, the snark! I was all smiles reading this.
Wizards, evil immortals, princes, and more. I honestly couldn't put it down. Sebastian is the youngest of 12 (11 living). He still lives with ...more
If you are ok spending 300 pages with a bunch of cheeky smartasses who have no problem poisoning or casting spells on those around them so they can further their agendas (or, sometimes, just because they can); who in the midst of assassination attempts against their Prince are perfectly comfortable to wine, dine, and place bets on the intimate life of the said Prince, then you’ll enjoy this book.
I certainly did.
It’s an entertaining story about a dysfunctional family, with hilarious dialogue, an ...more
I need more MM fantasy in my life, but not like this. Never like this.
I put it down a few chapters in. I'd like to say that I'll give it another chance, but I probably won't. After the prologue, it went downhill for me.
Clumsy sentence structure. Bad pacing. Just awkward setup for too many things in the story to keep me from pulling hairs.
Maybe it gets better? I'll likely never find out.
Prologue: Was I initially supposed to feel bad for the loss of something the ...more
One extra star for creative use of berries.
A rip-roaring adventure that started off a bit slow but eventually had me enthralled with wit, sarcasm, ridiculously engaging characters, sexytimes, an interesting plot & magic. It had a fairy-tale feel, without being sugar-sweet or making the MCs behave "appropriately" and the HEA was hard-won but believable. I don't know if it was intentional, but that scene with the bad guy near the end had me thinking of The Princess Bride and it was a wonderful homage if so.
The Orwell Family is ...more
For all that this is a high fantasy novel with Mages, Fey, Trolls, Wizards and more, and that this is also definitely a mystery to be unraveled, it's also got a very nice bit of romance as well.
Take one ornery wizard, add a headstrong Crown Prince with his own agenda, and a meddling family and you have the recipe for a thoroughly entertaining story. When you also add a seriously talented narrator to the mix it's practically magical!
I don't want to give anything away, part of it's charm for me wa ...more