Muse of Nightmares is the second installment in Laini Taylor's young-adult fantasy duology titled Strange the Dreamer. This series is original, uniqueMuse of Nightmares is the second installment in Laini Taylor's young-adult fantasy duology titled Strange the Dreamer. This series is original, unique, highly complex, and it features Taylor's gorgeous writing style. Admittedly, I enjoyed the first book more than this second, but it was still good and a must read for fans of this ongoing story. I highlighted many relevant and lovely quotes, and I continue to be in awe of Taylor's imagination. However, in my opinion, this second book feels very long-winded in sections, filled with words and not a whole lot of scenes that move the story forward. Laini Taylor fans already know this is not necessarily a bad thing. Afterall, Taylor's words are her talent, but in this case, I felt the drag big time. It is my genuine hope that this is my isolated experience and that other readers fully enjoy this much anticipated sequel from one of the world's greatest storytellers of all time. ♥
My favorite quote: “For an instant, at least, they seemed one and the same, as though all anguish exists in the same deep well, no matter what loss or misfortune leads us to it. We might be at odds, hate each other, and desired each others destruction, but in our despair, we are lost in the same darkness, breathing the same air as we choke on our grief.” ...more
A Discovery of Witches is the first installment in Deborah Harkness's paranormal 3-book series titled: All Souls Trilogy. This was a long-ass book witA Discovery of Witches is the first installment in Deborah Harkness's paranormal 3-book series titled: All Souls Trilogy. This was a long-ass book with sections that felt so familiar it gave me flashbacks of other reading experiences, but overall an engaging story that is worthy of its following in my opinion. I have to admit I was impressed with all the history, science, and wine elements threaded throughout this story, which made up for all the borrowed plotlines. I read it in preparation for the upcoming TV adaptation which I plan to watch; however, simply based on my personal enjoyment, I am undecided if I plan to continue reading. If you enjoy the paranormal/fantasy genres that feature vampires and witches, then it's worth a look.
My favorite quote: "I've always thought yoga and magic had a lot in common." ...more
If you liked Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, then you will love this spin-off! Never heard of Chloe Neill or Chicagoland Vampires? That's oIf you liked Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, then you will love this spin-off! Never heard of Chloe Neill or Chicagoland Vampires? That's okay...you'll like it too.
Wild Hunger is the first installment in the Heirs of Chicagoland series, and the series title tells you exactly what you need to know. It's Chloe Neill's fun and familiar action-packed storytelling, still set in well-loved Chicago, but it's filled with the next generation. The main characters are Elisa Sullivan and Connor Keene (recognize any last names??) but there are tons of additional characters that compliment the leads in a format similar to its predecessor. Bonus: We even get major screen time with all our favorites from the original, but their roles are downplayed as to allow their offspring to shine.
Urban fantasy meets mystery/suspense in a spinoff that promises some passionate romance in future installments. How long til the next book? You can fill the time catching up on the generation before or you can start fresh with this one. Your choice. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: "It's not an advantage to be numb to terrible things. It means we can't feel. When we can feel, and we do it anyway, we show our bravery. And terrible times are when we need to act most of all. That's when we do the most good."...more
A fantastic ending to a long and worthy series. Lots of humor and action, with passionate characters working together to protect the city they love. WA fantastic ending to a long and worthy series. Lots of humor and action, with passionate characters working together to protect the city they love. We’ve got a wedding here, and of course a villain to fight, and even a (view spoiler)[prophesy fulfilled (hide spoiler)]. I’ve had fun but I’m ready to say goodbye. It’s time. However, I am very much looking forward to the spinoff! Love this author!
My favorite quote: “Love doesn’t guarantee happiness or wealth or success. But if you’re willing to commit to it, to work at it, it guarantees partnership. So that no matter the trials or tribulations, no matter the joy or loss, you are not alone.”...more
I was so excited to read this based on the synopsis, but it wasn't quite the experience it could have been in my opinion. With a mixture of m/m BDSM aI was so excited to read this based on the synopsis, but it wasn't quite the experience it could have been in my opinion. With a mixture of m/m BDSM and paranormal/urban fantasy, there is a lot to fit inside this novella-length book. So it makes sense that elements couldn't quite be expanded upon, many supernatural revelations were taken at face value with convenient and sometimes confusing happenings, and the depths of characters and their relationships couldn't be reached. In which case, maybe this length should be reconsidered. Unfortunately, the result of one-dimensional storytelling negatively impacted this reading experience for me.
On a positive note, the first chapter does a good job at capturing the readers attention (for the exception of a strange try-and-catch-me game inside a D/s scene) and the main character works in a sex shop which provides a setting for a few humor scenes.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Winter. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: M. Raiya Publisher: Less Than Three Press Genres: LGBTQIA, Romance Pub Date: August 1, 2018...more
“Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one
“Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.”
The Cruel Prince is the first installment in Holly Black's young-adult fantasy series titled: The Folk of the Air. I found it to be fast-paced and incredibly engaging with a storyline I am eager to follow. The many, many characters to follow gave me a little bit of trouble, but it may not impact you at all. Definitely a winner in terms of YA that appeals to many ages. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “The odd thing about ambition is this: You can acquire it like a fever, but it is not so easy to shed.”
Chosen One is the sixth installment in Scarlett Dawn's new-adult fantasy series titled: Forever Evermore. This one fell in the middle for me. There weChosen One is the sixth installment in Scarlett Dawn's new-adult fantasy series titled: Forever Evermore. This one fell in the middle for me. There were things I loved and things that annoyed the hell out of me. Ain't life full of contradictions.
Loved: -Caro winds up 40 years in the past (not a spoiler) and I so enjoyed seeing some of the other characters in their younger years. Realizing that many of the characters had already met Caro in the past gave me a reason to go back to the fourth and fifth installments and re-read sections when they all met "for the first time" in the present day. That was a lot of fun and I loved that their present-day reactions to Caro took on new meaning now knowing all the details. -I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know some of the elders a bit more. The character count is rapidly rising and I am surprisingly able to remember who everyone is. That's a huge compliment to the author.
Annoyed: -In my perspective, plot direction is severely lacking in this novel. I mentioned this in my review for the fifth installment too hoping with every ounce of my being that this sixth book would make sense of it all. In my opinion, there just wasn't enough story to fill an entire novel and there were huge chunks of what felt like filler to me. Entertaining filler, yes, but after a while I felt that I was just reading scenes that weren't taking the story anywhere...and with a multi-installment fantasy series, you have to keep it moving forward. -My consistent complaint with Caro's saga has been no resolution as to identifying the romantic interest. Well, he is identified in this one just to be put back in question with Dawn's trademark cliffhanger. Speaking of romantic interest, Caro and her main romantic interest in this installment have a hate-filled relationship. Admittedly, it was cute as first, but it got old real quick. Like eyeroll old. -There are significant formatting issues and distracting scene shifts that needed a chapter separation or at least some kind of segue but this may be confined to the ARC edition I received so I won't go into further detail as hopefully this will be resolved in the final ebook.
If Scarlett Dawn's "saga" pattern continues then the next book should feature a new heroine and new prodigies but I don't see how this is possible as Caro's story does not yet feel complete. This concerns me a great deal as a loyal follower of this series and knowing first hand the storytelling talent Ms. Dawn possesses. Regardless, I will continue to read from this amazing author. She has brought me so many laughs, tears, and quality entertainment in general. If you have never experienced this author's work, there's no better time to start!
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Chosen One. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Scarlett Dawn Publisher: Escape Publishing Pub Date: December 4, 2017...more
Into the Bright Unknown is the third and final installment in Rae Carson's young-adult historical fiction trilogy titled The Gold Seer. Set in the golInto the Bright Unknown is the third and final installment in Rae Carson's young-adult historical fiction trilogy titled The Gold Seer. Set in the gold rush era, Ms. Carson puts her spin on history by adding a bit of magical realism which added some interest. Topics related to gender, race/slavery, the treatment of Native Americans, and corruption are brilliantly showcased in my opinion and added a depth that many YA authors could learn from. Overall, my investment in this trilogy as a whole ebbed and flowed, but I found this final installment to be engaging and satisfying.
My favorite quote: "It's always the most vulnerable who suffer most."...more
The Hunt is the third installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled Devil's Isle. It is a wonderful addition to this series and is my favorThe Hunt is the third installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled Devil's Isle. It is a wonderful addition to this series and is my favorite installment to date. Mystery, action, suspense, maturing powers, romance, game-changing revelations... it was an engaging read that I easily flew through (via audio). If you follow this series, get your hands on this one sooner rather than later. You won't regret it!
My favorite quote: “Sometimes the ones who cry loudest for war don't really want change. They just want the fight and the power.”...more
Phantom Kiss is a great novella that perfectly compliments the near closure of Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. It has sexy romance, humor, mystery, action, suspense, history, magic, ghosts, vampires (of course), and preparations for a certain couple's upcoming nuptials...Ms. Neill fit a whole lot into 90 pages of fast-paced entertainment. If you follow this series, don't miss this gem!
My favorite quote: “Most of us rarely rise to our full potential.”...more
7/28/17: I picked up The Queen and the Cure again to finish it after some encouragement and the convenience of using it for a challenge in my favorite7/28/17: I picked up The Queen and the Cure again to finish it after some encouragement and the convenience of using it for a challenge in my favorite goodreads group. The writing and the romance/romantic longing were beautiful but the fantasy element unfortunately has yet to capture me as a reader. It's still a dropped series but at least no longer a DNF and never a dropped author ♥
7/20/17: Sadly and regretfully, I just can't follow the amazing Amy Harmon into the fantasy world of Jeru anymore. I didn't love The Bird and the Sword and I'm not finding any connection or love for The Queen and the Cure either. It's a DNF and a dropped series for me. Definitely not a dropped author though! Amy Harmon is one of my forever favorites! If you've never read her, you must check her out!!!
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.” “Beautiful and full of mons
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.” “Beautiful and full of monsters?” “All the best stories are.”
One of the world's greatest storytellers writes a book about a storyteller.
Strange the Dreamer is the first installment in Laini Taylor's young-adult fantasy duology titled Strange the Dreamer. This book was so good. I experienced a bit of confusion once in a while which I think caused me to sadly feel this book's length, but the writing...the complex world building...the magical descriptions of determination and courage and first love and longing...it all made up for it. Entirely original and beautiful, the story of the ultimate underdog turned legend in a time of gods and monsters. It was great. Check it out.
My favorite quote: “Life won't just happen to you boy, he said. You have to happen to it.”...more
DNF @ 60% God, I love this author. Her imagination astounds me...but my brain just couldn't keep up with this one. The fantasy world being developed inDNF @ 60% God, I love this author. Her imagination astounds me...but my brain just couldn't keep up with this one. The fantasy world being developed in the first installment of this Romeo and Juliet retelling is so very complex. Blink and you're lost... and I got lost more times than I'm willing to admit. Just going to put it down for now :(...more
Like a River Glorious is the second installment in Rae Carson's mildly magical, historical fiction series titled The Gold Seer Trilogy. Although thisLike a River Glorious is the second installment in Rae Carson's mildly magical, historical fiction series titled The Gold Seer Trilogy. Although this ongoing story feels like a refreshing addition to the young-adult genre due to its originality and gold-rush setting, it's not as engaging as I hoped it would be. This may be an expectation issue on my part as the storyline focuses primarily on group dynamics versus the magical element, and based on her previous work, I was expecting more of a balance. Regardless, I plan to complete the trilogy and am hopeful the ending will warrant many more gold stars.
My favorite quote: "“Thanksgiving is a stupid celebration,” Mary says. We all turn to stare at her. “You’re grateful enough to have a holiday, but then you go and slaughter Indians and steal their land. It makes no sense.” I start to protest, “We didn’t slaughter them. Not all—” Mary mutters something in Chinese, and even though I have no idea what she’s saying, I’d bet my witchy powers it’s something unseemly. Then she adds, “Your people. You. There’s no difference.” “Giving thanks is not stupid,” Tom says. “Killing Indians is.”
The Sight is the second installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Devil's Isle. I was uncertain about this series when I started it wiThe Sight is the second installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Devil's Isle. I was uncertain about this series when I started it with the first book, but after reading this second, I'm feeling much more confident. Chloe Neill's signature writing style is starting to shine through and The Sight shows a strong heroine who is growing stronger while managing to hold on to her humanity (and hope) in a very inhumane world. I just love heroines like that, don't you?
For fabulous and more detailed 5-star reviews of this beauty, check out Beth's and Angie Elle's. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: “Sometimes horrible things happen, and they're no one's fault. Sometimes they're just horrible things. The world keeps on spinning; we just try to stay on our feet."
★★★ The Secret Language of Stones is the second installment in M.J. Rose's magical/historical fiction series titled The Daughters of La Lune. The lead★★★½ The Secret Language of Stones is the second installment in M.J. Rose's magical/historical fiction series titled The Daughters of La Lune. The lead character in the first book: The Witch of Painted Sorrows was Sandrine. Sandrine gave birth to a daughter named Opaline, and The Secret Language of Stones is her story. Like with the first book, this one offers many engaging elements such as history, culture, art, mystery, the supernatural, and ghostly passionate romance. Elements that seem to be new to this series include wartime and politics which just happened to be my favorite parts.
If there is such a thing as insta-love with a ghost or spirit, this book had it. It was a bit distracting how fast the lust/love became a full blaze but it was still very engaging and sensual thanks to Ms. Rose's writing. Speaking of, Ms. Rose made the stress of war so incredibly palpable it almost brought me to tears. From the financial impact of war to the emotional torment of not knowing if your child is still alive...it's tough stuff that sadly is not isolated to the past. Another of Ms. Rose's strengths was her ability to allow art to seep into your soul and open your eyes to it's grave importance. Those parts were really beautiful.
If you enjoyed the first book in this series, continue on to this one. If you are new to this series, I believe The Secret Language of Stones would still be enjoyable as a standalone. Sandrine is in this book along with a few references to her “abilities” so there may be an underlying feeling that some backstory is missing. If that's the case, it's just added motivation to read The Witch of Painted Sorrows which happens to be my favorite of the two anyway. Enjoy!!
My favorite quote: “This is the miracle of art to me, why we must preserve and protect it. The artist alone can take the grotesque and make it beautiful, can take the confusing and explain it. The individuality of each one of us who creates must be protected and encouraged, for only in art do we learn who we are and of what we are made.”
8/24/2016: 3.5 Stars Thoroughly enjoying this series. I remember liking the first book a bit more but this one was still very good. So many memorable quotes and the audiobook experience was beautiful. RTC...more
I adore Amy Harmon, and the fantasy genre is one of my favorites...but the combination of the two in The Bird and the Sword had its ups and downs forI adore Amy Harmon, and the fantasy genre is one of my favorites...but the combination of the two in The Bird and the Sword had its ups and downs for me. Breathtaking writing, engaging romance, characters with fascinating curses/gifts, world-building that I liked but didn't quite love, and a plethora of rhymes that unfortunately started grating on my nerves. See? Ups and downs. I liked The Bird and the Sword. I'll read a sequel if one is written/released. I'm happy to recommend this fantasy novel to others. I'm a full-time supporter of the miracle that is Amy Harmon and that will never change. Check out Ms. Harmon's first full-fantasy novel and see how you like it. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: “Maybe the secret to happiness is simplicity.”...more
Twist is the second installment in Dannika Dark's urban fantasy series titled: Mageri. Ms. Dark is an amazing writer of paranormal/urban fantasy and ITwist is the second installment in Dannika Dark's urban fantasy series titled: Mageri. Ms. Dark is an amazing writer of paranormal/urban fantasy and I adore her Seven series. Mageri has been a difficult storyline for me to invest in though. After finishing the first book Sterling with three stars, I was pretty hopeful that Twist would be the one to win me over but it was a struggle. Based on my personal reading experience, Sterling warranted those three stars and I detailed why in my review, but for Twist, I can't really tell you why it feels like a 3-star read except for it felt like a chore to pick it up each day. I wasn't engaged or invested at all. This is why I think it was probably just a bad reading week for me or something. Regardless of the reason, I'm putting this series down for now. Probably not forever but certainly for now. I wouldn't deter anyone from trying Mageri though. Ms. Dark definitely has some skills and like I said, it was probably just me. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “Careful what you choose for your purpose in life; revenge is a swamp you’ll get lost in.”
Sterling is the first installment in Dannika Dark's adult, urban fantasy series titled Mageri. I have found a lot of joy in Ms. Dark's Seven series anSterling is the first installment in Dannika Dark's adult, urban fantasy series titled Mageri. I have found a lot of joy in Ms. Dark's Seven series and was interested in experiencing her earlier work. I have to admit I'm pretty conflicted about Sterling. It is such a promising start to a series I do intend to continue but there were many notable distractions caused by the writing.
I always have a hard time critiquing an author's storytelling because it's not like I could do any better, but for the purpose of an honest review, I feel I must document my reading experience - the good and the bad. Without nitpicking, I guess the most noticeable and distracting part of Sterling was the abrupt relationships that seemed to immediately form between the heroine and the three male leads in this story (yes, three). To give the benefit of the doubt, these individual events may have been a way of developing the characters or building this urban fantasy world of Mage's, but if it was, it didn't quite come across very clear. A few times, I honestly felt like I missed a chapter or two because of how relationships and partnerships just seemed to happen and subplots began with no forewarning.
Ms. Dark has however created a fascinating world of Mages with characters that I am excited to follow. It really says something that I am eager to continue the series regardless of the distractions I noted. Even when my expression looked like this
I never once contemplated DNF'ing or dropping the series. I'm not quite sure where these three male leads will fit into our heroine's life moving forward...I have my preferences of course because there was some serious sexual tension going on at times, and at other times I battled my personal wish for a "friends to lovers" scenario. Let's just say, there are a lot of directions these relationships can go. Even if they started rather suddenly, I'm glad they were put into place because I'm all in!
My favorite quote: “They say (whoever “they” are) that you should live each day like it is your last. In my former life, I would have thought that was a true statement. Go out swinging, throw caution to the wind, and break all the rules. I've learned something far more valuable since I was given a second life, a second chance, and a new beginning-live each day of your life like it is your first.”...more
★★ Industrial Magic is the fourth installment in Kelley Armstrong's urban fantasy series titled Women of the Underworld. The focal point of this story★★½ Industrial Magic is the fourth installment in Kelley Armstrong's urban fantasy series titled Women of the Underworld. The focal point of this story is once again the witches, which very much disappointed me. On the plus side, Elena, Clay, and Jeremy re-enter the storyline after a bit THANK GOD! ...but it just wasn't enough for me. To be clear, it's not a bad story/book/series, but it's certainly not the engaging shifter world I thought I was entering when I started. I have to say I'm out. I love the urban fantasy genre but storylines that center on witches rarely spark my interest for some reason. I really, really tried to find some kind of investment with these non-shifter characters but it's just not working.
Lucky Break is a novella (#10.5) in author Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. Merit and Ethan desperately need some time away from their dutieLucky Break is a novella (#10.5) in author Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. Merit and Ethan desperately need some time away from their duties and just when they begin a romantic vacation, wouldn't you know it...yep, work calls. This mystery heavily involves the shifter community which was a nice addition. This series never gets old, and even though I would have thoroughly enjoyed reading a fun Ethan and Merit love-fest, I certainly didn't mind this mystery-filled quickie.
My favorite quote: “It’s a big world,” I said. “I like to fly because it reminds me how huge the planet is and how small we are by comparison. I like that idea—that we’re inconsequential, so our troubles are inconsequential, too.”...more
Midnight Bites is an audiobook which contains two novellas from Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. I have listed the novMidnight Bites is an audiobook which contains two novellas from Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. I have listed the novellas below and provided an individual review for each. If you follow this series and haven't already read these short-stories then check them out!
#8.5 Howling For You (Review from March 2014) ★★★★★ Howling For You is a novella (#8.5) in author Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. This less-than-100-page story was a wonderful addition to the series. It focuses on the shifter community, specifically the North American Central Pack and the Keene family. Jeff Christopher plays a significant role in this story as well, and many readers will love how he is included in this story. We see another side to him; he's not just a nerdy, IT genius. He's a fighter, a romantic, and a lover. “Sweet and geeky Jeff, lover of games, knew how to move.” I just loved him in this book! The lead character is Fallon Keene, the first female to be next in line for pack leadership. The mystery element was fairly simple and easily solved but this is not a complaint since it's such a short book. Neither Merit nor the Cadogan House are involved; the story really is all about the shifters. This novella was written in a way that any reader new to the series could read it as a standalone novel and enjoy it as such. I am a loyal reader of the Chicagoland Vampires series and I would be loyal to a spinoff featuring these characters as well. Hint Hint Chloe Neill...spinoff please!!!!!!!!!!!!
#10.5 Lucky Break ★★★★☆ Lucky Break is a novella (#10.5) in author Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. Merit and Ethan desperately need some time away from their duties and just when they begin a romantic vacation, wouldn't you know it...yep, work calls. This mystery heavily involves the shifter community which was a nice addition. This series never gets old, and even though I would have thoroughly enjoyed reading a fun Ethan and Merit love-fest, I certainly didn't mind this mystery-filled quickie. ...more
★★★★ I'm not sure if it's just been too long since I read anything from Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, but this eleventh installment was ju★★★★½ I'm not sure if it's just been too long since I read anything from Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, but this eleventh installment was just what I needed to snap me out of a quickly approaching reading slump. I don't put every book I drop on my DNF shelf but I've already gone through four deleted books this week...and I was scared lol. I'm glad this book was available when it was.
Dark Debt had a lot of suspense and fun mystery/strategy that kept my attention. Keeping up with all the familiar characters is something I look forward to with each installment and this one rewarded loyal readers with a lovely event at the end. Chicagoland Vampires is such a great urban fantasy/mystery series and I'm so glad I started it. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “Love wasn’t perfection. It wasn’t always roses and candy. Hell, it wasn’t even mostly roses and candy. Sometimes it was battling back fear that loomed like a leviathan, trying to find a way through misery, being grateful to have a companion who knew your strengths and weaknesses, and loved you not just in spite of them, but because of them. Love was acceptance. Love was bravery. Love was sticking it out.”
★★★ Blood Games is the tenth installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. Each book in this series has a strong myst★★★½ Blood Games is the tenth installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. Each book in this series has a strong mystery element and although this one had a murder mystery to solve, it is more focused on Ethan's future in the GP. My favorite part in this book though was some confirmation on the direction of Merit and Ethan's relationship. Whoop Whoop! If anything, this story will keep readers motivated to continue the series.
My favorite quote: "I knew there were Web sites devoted to Ethan. I might, in a moment of curious weakness, have visited Ethan SullivanIsMyMaster.net and smiled at the bloggers’ obvious adoration. But underwear? Underwear!"...more
★★★ I love Rae Carson. Her The Girl of Fire and Thorns Complete Collection completely blew me away, so obviously I had her new trilogy on my radar. Thi★★★½ I love Rae Carson. Her The Girl of Fire and Thorns Complete Collection completely blew me away, so obviously I had her new trilogy on my radar. This first installment prepares readers for a fascinating gold-rush historical setting with a strong heroine who possesses a touch of very convenient magic. This book seems to be pure set-up in my perspective but I look forward to seeing what this desperate story evolves into. Rae Carson is more than capable of delivering awesomeness and I can't wait!
My favorite quote: "The harm we do others always comes back around."
Re-read: November 2017 With almost two years between publication dates for this book and the next, get ready for a re-read. I am so excited to have recRe-read: November 2017 With almost two years between publication dates for this book and the next, get ready for a re-read. I am so excited to have received an ARC for the next installment Chosen One but I was totally lost when I started reading. No backstory reminders; it picks up right where the story left off FYI. I did a re-read of Chosen Fool and now I'm ready to dive in! I actually enjoyed this one more the second time around. I've come to terms with the twist so I wasn't so disappointed during this re-read (note: my disappointment was in the minority of reactions based on reviews). I always love reading this author though. Forever Evermore is such a fun fantasy series!
Original Review Chosen Fool is the fifth installment in Scarlett Dawn's new-adult fantasy series titled: Forever Evermore. I've been a Scarlett Dawn fan since I read her debut novel in 2013. I've been an even bigger fan of this series and have loyally followed it, spent my hard-earned money on every new release, and recommended it to many, many readers. I don't regret any of it. However, this installment has me concerned. Events and revelations in this book make the installment before this one (Chosen Thief) as well as the first 40% of this one utterly pointless in my opinion, there is no plot direction - things seem to happen just for the jaw-drop effect, and again...who the hell is the romantic interest?????
Even though I personally had notable problems with Chosen Fool, I can say that Ms. Dawn has again managed to keep me thoroughly engaged and invested in a series I am more than happy to continue. Who knows, maybe by the time this particular saga ends, the summed up events will demand a re-read and everything will make sense. If it does, I will be sure to reflect it in a second review/rating. Fingers crossed :)
My favorite quote: "Life is filled with much heartache and many pleasures. But when you try to ignore the unavoidable - true love - well, the unavoidable means you can't, nothing stops it. Not even fear. True love is too passionate. It always comes back in the end, deeper than lifelong loves, deeper than life's involvements, and even deeper than mates. If your love is from the soul, it's timeless."
I've waited a long while to immerse myself back into Karen Marie Moning's Fever world. I was so excited, so much so that I began to fear I would be di I've waited a long while to immerse myself back into Karen Marie Moning's Fever world. I was so excited, so much so that I began to fear I would be disappointed and it would be my own fault. No fear needed though, it was perfection! I remember feeling that the "song" and black hole elements were getting a bit redundant as the story progressed but there were so many other new and critically engaging elements that would follow so it didn't negatively impact my enjoyment AT ALL. This series finale brought stomach-churning suspense, magical revelations, Moning's classic humor, perspective-altering quotes, both surprising and lovely romances, and tears...yes, balling, bloodshot-eye tears. Sigh. This may be the final book in the series but the characters are far from finished. On her facebook page, Moning announced that the next book she will write will be a Dani novel. "It does not pick up where Feversong ended, but at a different time. The title is High Voltage." No release date is set but it is tentatively expected in the early months of 2018. I can't fecking wait!!!!!
My favorite quote: "Things never stop going wrong. Life isn’t about waiting for peace to arrive, it’s about learning to thrive in the midst of war."
2/10/17: It took me fifteen days to read this but it was everything I hoped it would be ♥ Full review to come....more
The Veil is the first installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Devil's Isle. This was a promising first book to a series that will suThe Veil is the first installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Devil's Isle. This was a promising first book to a series that will surely grow in popularity. Overall, I liked it. The premise was complicated enough to keep me thinking, the characters were interesting enough to keep me reading, and for the most part, the story was pretty fast paced. Although, I liked it, I didn't love it and I'm sad to have to admit that. There was a portion of this story that had me zoning out a bit and I even considered skipping over whole chapters. The thing is, I can't identify what it was that kept me from feeling completely engaged and invested. I also want to note that while there may be some romantic tension, any actual romance in this book is understated to the point of being almost nonexistent. On the plus side, the potential for romance is enough to keep me interested in reading the next book. I think the characters have some pretty good chemistry.
Ms. Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series completely sold me on her as a writer, and I was very excited to read The Veil. While Chicagoland Vampires is Ms. Neill's love letter to the city of Chicago, The Veil looks to be the start of a love letter to the city of New Orleans. One of Ms. Neill's many talents include drawing the reader into the setting and giving you a reason to want to stay there. The smells, the tastes, the sounds, the visuals...let's just say I want to visit New Orleans now :) Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres so I for sure will be continuing the series. I have faith in Ms. Neill, and I'm interested to see what she does with this story.
My favorite quote: "You could take the people out of New Orleans, but you’d never get all the crazy."...more
This is another book I decided to read along with my son after he was asked to read it for school. As a student, it can be hard to get excited about books that are "assigned" to you or are listed as "required" reading. One of the joys of reading is picking out exactly what you want whenever you want. But with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, he just couldn't wait for the next day's chapters! I love that!!
So now the plan for us is (in no particular order): 1-Find a good recipe for turkish delight. 2-Watch the film adaptation. 3-Go to IKEA, hide in a closet display, and jump out every time someone walks by while yelling, "I'm back from Narnia!"
UPDATE 11/23/2014: So my son and I did actually find many recipes for Turkish Delight and we ended up making a batch. It's very time consuming to cook and it has an odd texture, but it was worth the experience. We each had a piece while watching the film adaptation today. Definitely wouldn't put the time/effort into making it again though LOL Click HERE for the recipe we used if interested....more
Burn for Me is the first installment in author Ilona Andrews's new urban fantasy series: Hidden Legacy. Being a devoted fan of the urban fantasy genreBurn for Me is the first installment in author Ilona Andrews's new urban fantasy series: Hidden Legacy. Being a devoted fan of the urban fantasy genre, I have seen Ms. Andrews's name around the book community, but I have yet to read anything she has written. Burn for Me was the first! I knew nothing about the story line before beginning the book- I just saw a spankin' new urban-fantasy series with tons of 5-star ratings and I was in! I have to admit though, I was skeptical when I started this book, wondering if there would be enough world building incorporated in its 400 pages. In the past, I've seen some very awkward balances between story line, world building, and character development in fantasy-based books, but it turned out that no worry was warranted with this one. I can tell that finding this perfect balance is one of Ms. Andrews's strengths.
Burn for Me introduces a complex but engaging world containing a variety of creative magic systems. This world is fascinating and the characters are just as amazing! The female and male leads: Nevada and Mad Rogan team up as they try to capture a fire mage who has gone rogue and is causing destruction and death. Their teamwork is not altogether voluntary and their interactions together ended up being hilarious at times, not to mention full of sexual tension. However, it is important to note that Burn for Me is a paranormal mystery/thriller first and a romance second. It is urban fantasy and not paranormal romance. No matter, it's a great start to a series which I plan to follow. If you're a fan of the genre then don't miss this new series!!
My favorite quotes: “I opened a writing app and began typing what I knew about Pierce. Vain. Terminal fear of T-shirts or any other garment that would cover his pectorals. Deadly. Doesn't hesitate to kill. Holding him at gunpoint would result in me being barbecued. Whee. Likes burning things. Now here's an understatement. Good information to have, but not useful for finding him. Antigovernment. Neither here nor there. Hmm. So far my best plan would be to build a mountain of gasoline cans and explosives, stick a Property of US Government sign on it, and throw a T-shirt over Pierce's head when he showed up to explode it. Yes, this would totally work.”
The Hidden Legacy series includes the following installments: (as of November 2014) ...more