Art of Death is a new adult urban fantasy by author Becca Vincenza, an**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Art of Death is a new adult urban fantasy by author Becca Vincenza, and is the first book in the curse breakers series. Art of Death was a quick, but action packed read that really got me interested in this new series. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book in the curse breakers series, Secrets of the Dead, which is out now as well. Fans of fast paced, action filled stories will devour Art of Death. There is a smidge of romance in this one as well, but it is not an overly heavy part of the story. I wish there was a bit more romance, but the romance that was there was good, and I am hoping to see even more in the second book. In Art of Death we meet twins, Rowan and Abel. I so loved the two of them, both together and as individuals. We see so many dysfunctional and unhealthy sibling/family/friend relationships in young adult books, that it was pleasantly refreshing and wonderful to see how well Rowan and Abel get along. You can tell they really care for each other, and not simply because they happen to be twins. We see a lot more of Rowan in Art of Death because she is on a mission to rescue her twin brother Abel. I think that is why I felt a deeper connection to Rowan in this story. I really enjoyed learning about the curse that plagues Rowan and Abel's family and I really enjoyed learning more about necromancers. They are a branch of magic that has always intrigued me and one where I have not read too many books featuring a necromancer as the main character. Most of my encounters with them have been as secondary characters in a more ensemble cast set up. It is nice to see them front and center. In fact, I would love to hear other book recommendations that you have for me featuring necromancers. (Leave them in the comments below) Art of Death is a great first installment to the curse breaker series. I can't wait to read the sequel and see what is going to happen. Becca Vincenza does a great job writing a fast paced tale that grabbed me immediately and did not let me go until after I had finished the last page. I am eager to read more from her.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Cold Spell is the third book in the Sweet Escape series by Mia London**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Cold Spell is the third book in the Sweet Escape series by Mia London & Susan Sheehey. The sweet escape series is a series of standalone contemporary romance novels by this author duo. You do not need to read the books in this series in order. Cold spell is the third book in the series, but it is also the first book I have read from the series. I think this series will be great for fans of super quick, instant gratification type reads. I tend to like my books a little longer so I can enjoy all of the details of the story, so this novel was a little too short for me, but if you are looking for a read that you can easily complete in one sitting, this will be a great one for you.
Cold Spell is the story of Liddy and Luke. Liddy goes on a quick ski trip to unwind with her friends and she ends up hurting her ankle. Enter hot and charismatic ski instructer, Luke who comes to her rescue. I really liked Liddy and Luke, but at about 100 pages, this story felt too rushed for me. I loved the plotline of Luke's family lurking in the background and I wanted to see that explored more. I also wanted a bit more of a slower burn, which is simply not what this story is about. So overall, I liked everything I did read, but I just wanted a bit more from this story. The characters were good. The romance was sexy and fun, but it is more of a novella than a novel in my opinion, which is something I didn't realize going into the story. I think fans of novella romances will really enjoy Cold Spell. It was a quick fun read.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Lantern's Ember is a standalone young adult novel by Colleen Houck**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Lantern's Ember is a standalone young adult novel by Colleen Houck. I don't normally mention a book's cover, but I have to talk for a moment about just how stunning the cover of The Lantern's Ember is. I think it is the perfect cover for this story, and it helped to set the mood of the story for me. I really, really love it. And speaking of love, I thought this novel was the perfect read to get you into the Halloween spirit. I think this is a great read for young adult readers (even some on the younger end that are ok with a romance) . The characters are age appropriate and the novel has a wonderful magical atmosphere that will draw you in.
The Lantern's Ember gave me HalloweenTown vibes. In a strange way, because the setting is not really like Halloween Town but the concept of journeying into another magical world with a guide of sorts. Plus, while the atmosphere was totally spooky and had a hint of a darker vibe, the overall feel of the story was not overly scary. But I kind of enjoyed that about the story. It gave me a chance to get to know the characters and feel a part of the world. Ember is our main character, and I think she was a very age appropriate young lady. (or should I say young witch...) She is someone that grew on me. She starts out a bit too trusting and naive, but we get to see her grow as the novel progresses, which is fantastic in a standalone novel. (I love seeing characters grow over the course of a series, but I always find it really impressive when an author can depict that type of growth in a standalone novel as well.) Despite Jack's warnings, Ember crosses over to the otherworld, which in turn makes Jack follow her, and off we go on Ember's adventure.
I also really enjoyed Jack and Ember's friend Finney. Jack is Ember's guide to the Otherworld- he is a gatekeeper of sorts for the otherworld. I would personally like to see more of Jack's time as a portal guardian. And Finney is my favorite (but I love a nerd, so this should be a surprise to no one...)
If you are looking for a really scary, dark novel, this might not be your best bet. But if you are looking for a fantastic atmospheric Halloween read that still manages to be creepy, yet lighthearted, I think this will be the perfect novel for you. I think it will be perfect for the younger, young adult audience as well as anyone looking for a fun Halloween read with other world magic and some romance.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Apollo is Mine is the first book in the Harem of the Gods series by Mi**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Apollo is Mine is the first book in the Harem of the Gods series by Mila Young. This is the first book I have read from Mila, but it certainly won't be my last. I think you guys all know by now that I am a sucker for anything greek mythology related. And when you combine that with my love for a swoony romance, well, you pretty much have a Michelle approved hit on your hands. Which is exactly what I found reading Apollo is Mine. I loved this novel and I am already itching for the next book in the series.
The set up of the series is super interesting to me. This book is set in modern times. Zeus has given Elyse Lowe and her whole family line some of the Gods abilities. They are given those abilities to help fight monsters and demons on earth. Elyse is the last remaining member of her family, so the task of fighting all of these monsters now falls on her shoulders. That is such a huge responsibility, I can't even fathom it. But Elyse does not back down from anyone or anything (a bit of her hubris perhaps?) but she is a warrior through and through. Zeus appoints Heracles to be her trainer. Honestly, he is the one t character that surprised me the most. We meet lots of Gods in this story and I expected to like all of them, but I really expected to love Heracles. I mean, he is the one that was in Elyse's corner first. But he was kind of disappointing to me. I felt a huge disconnect from him. But luckily, he is the only character that I felt that disconnect from.
We get to meet Hades, Apollo, Ares and Zeus (momentarily) in Apollo is Mine. And actually, I have listed them in my order of preference. I seriously love Mila Young's Hades. He is so intense and he really matches Elyse well. I also love Apollo, but that's not surprising because he is an easier character to love. I didnt' really get to know Ares much in this one, so my opinion on him is still to come, but I am the most interested in seeing more Hades in the next book. (And Poseidon)
The coolest part of this novel is the Death storyline. I can't wait to see how that plays into the larger plot of the series. Bottom line- if you are a fan of Greek mythology and of a sexy romance featuring a kick butt warrior heroine and lots of Greek Gods (literally) then this is going to be great series for you to check out. I loved the first book and I am super excited to read book two!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Last Dragon Princess is a young adult standalone fantasy romance b**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Last Dragon Princess is a young adult standalone fantasy romance by Cynthia Payne. I really loved so many things about The Last Dragon Princess. I love dragon shifters, I loved the detailed world that Cynthia Payne created, I loved the large cast of characters (some more than others) and I really loved that this was a completely standalone novel. Don't get me wrong, I love series, but every once in a while it is really nice to be able to start and finish a story within one novel.
Fans of fantasy novels that feature rich world, and lots of secrets and court politics will really enjoy The Last Dragon Princess. I loved all of the layers to this story. In The Last Dragon Princess we meet Danu, who is one of the few remaining breeders- or a woman who can birth a dragon shifter, left in the kingdom. There are plenty of secrets that surround Danu and some of the other characters in the book, but I will let you discover them for yourself. Danu is offered up to have her mate selected by the council to become their next Queen. They need a breeder that can produce more powerful dragon shifters because their country is at war with a much more powerful enemy, called the Creators.
Through trying to pick her mate, Danu uncovers more secrets and is quickly immersed in a very high stakes adventure. I loved how the story kept growing and growing as we learned more about the world and the players. The Last Dragon Princess is a book that honestly kept getting better and better. There are five main dragon shifters present in the story. The only one I really liked was Garm. I wanted to like some of the other guys more, and I really wish that I did. (I think that would have made everything just a bit more interesting) but I really didn't. Fenrir was just way too surface level and full of himself. Hagen was ok but he was too much of a follower, Aegir was just....no, and Pan. Well Pan is adorable but he is just not my type. I liked Garm the more I got to know him, and ultimately I loved Garm. I will explain more of what I mean in this spoiler, but be warned...it IS a spoiler. (view spoiler)[I just wanted Garm to have more competition. He did have some with Pan, but I think I would have enjoyed the guys a little more if they were not so one dimensional each. Danu and Garm were both complex characters, which made them so interesting, so I wanted that for the guys too. (hide spoiler)]
Cynthia Payne really, really impressed me with this story. I loved The Last Dragon Princess, and honestly, I can't wait for more novels from her. I love the way she creates a fantasy world. The Last Dragon Princess was interesting from start to finish. I think fans of fantasy romances will really love this standalone epic fantasy.
An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason is a young adult historical fiction by Virginia Boecker. I loved this book. Honestly, it reminded me of all thAn Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason is a young adult historical fiction by Virginia Boecker. I loved this book. Honestly, it reminded me of all the reasons why I love a well crafted young adult historical fiction. This book was giving me major Cindy Antsy vibes, which is a huge compliment in my opinion, but with more adventure dashed in. I also really loved that this book is a standalone novel. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason is a fun read full of shakespearean drama, spies, secrets and great characters.
An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason is told in multiple perspectives, which was a bit hard to follow at first, because there are so many characters, but once I met allt eh players so to speak, it was easier for me to keep track of everyone and of their points of view. I am not going to lie, one of the big immediate selling points for me is the fact that it takes place in Shakespeare’s London, which is always a huge plus for me. But on top of that, I really loved the two main characters- Katherine and Toby. They are so different, but at the same time they have a lot of similar qualities that I really admired about them. They are both survivors and both very plucky.
An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason does have a lot of danger woven into the plot. I mean, the story starts out with a murder and another one is plotted early on as well. But there is also a lot of romance woven in, which you all know is something I am drawn to. I really admired Virginia Boecker’s ability to include romance while still not compromising the seriousness of the danger present. The whole thing was really well done. I don’t feel like I have read this book before. It felt unique, and completely able to hold its’ own as a standalone novel. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason is a really well done story that will keep you invested and interested right till the very end. Bravo, Virginia. I really enjoyed this novel....more
My Lullaby of You is a young adult contemporary romance by Alia Rose.**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
My Lullaby of You is a young adult contemporary romance by Alia Rose. The blurb for this book said it was perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. After reading My Lullaby of You, I'm not sure I see much Jenny Han in the writing but I definitely see Sarah Dessen. My Lullaby of You is great for a quick beachy read. The characters' story flowed in a very pleasant way, and while this book didn't send me into a spiraling book hangover, it was a nice feel good read.
My Lullaby of You is the summer story of Amy and Seth. I enjoyed watching the interaction between these two. Each of them has their own story to tell, which was my favorite aspect of this novel. We get to know Amy and we get to know Seth and we get to see everything that they are each going through and how those things shape their interactions with each other. Of course, we also get to see a really cute romance form between the two of them, but My Lullaby of You is just as much about individual character development as it is about romantic character development, and that was really nice to see in this young adult novel.
I am going to come right out and say it- I liked Seth more than Amy. Amy can be a bit whiny at times. She struggles with depression and she is having a hard time with the transition between high school and college, but man she did irritate me a time or two. Seth was great though. I really enjoyed him. Seth has gone through a lot , so he seemed a little more mature than Amy, but not by too much. I loved that the story was split between their time together and their own story portions. It was a cool narration technique, and it allowed us to really get to know Seth and Amy.
My one issue was with the pacing of the story. I couldn't really fall into a comfortable rhythm. At times, the story felt too slow. I was urging Amy or Seth to open up more. To tell more of their story. But then again, at other times the things felt a bit too fast or a bit too under developed. I wish a few more of the chapters and scenes were more fleshed out. But overall, the story was cute one. You can easily read this book in one sitting, preferably by the pool or on the beach listening to the waves hit the shore in the background. That is the perfect setting for this summer shore setting.
Bottom line: if you are a fan of Sarah Dessen's romances. That mixture of sweet with a hint of strife/real world stresses, you will really enjoy Alia Rose's novel. My Lullaby of You was a sweet read. One that I enjoyed. It is great for a quick, summer read.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**You can see my review of books 1, 2 & 3 here: The Hooker and the He**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**You can see my review of books 1, 2 & 3 here: The Hooker and the Hermit (5 stars) The Player and the Pixie (5 stars) The Cad and the Co-Ed (5 stars)
The Varlet and the Voyeur is the fourth book in the Rugby series by Penny Reid and LH Cosway. I am just going to say it...The rugby series is my favorite sports romance series of all time! Which should come as no surprise to any of you because I think by now you know I have a not so mild obsession with everything Penny Reid (and now LH Cosway) writes. Each of the books in the rugby series can be read as standalones and they each follow a a different character, but trust me when I tell you this, you are going to want to read all of the books in this series. So you might as well read them in order. They are all so stupendously wonderful, and they each follow a different member of the rugby team. Please don't make me pick my favorite because I might have a melt down (but if you twist my arm...it's still Sean. I just love him.)
The Varlet and the Voyeur is Will and Josey's story. The fact that Will is made out to be some kind of pervert is downright laughable because he is the most adorable wholesome, good hearted guy out there. I loved him. And Josey totally cracked me up. She is a sweetheart too, but the girl does not know when to stop talking. It was kind of hilarious. And what I liked the most is that Will totally appreciated her for exactly who she was. He might not have known it, but he was kind of smitten with her from the first moment she opened her mouth. And I loved it! Stoic Will and Chatty Josey are such a cute couple, and watching their story unfold was so much fun in signature Penny Reid/LH Cosway style. I knew from the very first chapter that I was going to enjoy this book every bit as much as the first three books in the series. We get to see some of my favorite characters from the first three books, but Teh Varlet and the Voyeur was still very much Josey and Will's story.
I am just going to come right out and say it- you can't beat a Penny Reid romance. Her signature humor, sexiness and character development are unmatched. She knows how to write characters that you want to read about, and she knows how to write romances that you just can't get enough of. and the author duo of LH Cosway and Penny Reid is a huge hit in my opinion. The Rugby series is my favorite. They never let me down. The characters are engaging, the romance is some of the best there ever was, the writing is witty and so much fun and the story is so good you will not be able to put it down. Penny Reid has written some of my very favorite romance series. Of all time people. She is one of my favorite authors Of.ALL.TIME! If you are not reading her books, you are doing yourself a disservice. Show yourself some love and read the Rugby series.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Lifel1k3 is the first book in the young adult science fiction series,**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Lifel1k3 is the first book in the young adult science fiction series, Lifelike, by author megastar Jay Kristoff. I loved Jay's Illuminae series, and I have been dying to read his Nevernight Chronicles (Which I really need to get a move on. Come on Michelle!) but when I saw he was releasing the Lifelike series, I knew I couldn't miss it. Lifel1k3 has such a cool concept...robot, robots and more robots. The concept of artificial intelligence has always fascinated me. So when you take a book set in a post apocalyptic future where robots and AI are a huge part of the world, I am all in.
Eve is our main character in Lifel1k3. Eve builds robots to fight. Things quickly get interesting in a robot fight that goes south really quickly. Eve is in danger of dying until she has some x-men like abilities that save her, and at the same time, put her in a very dangerous position. The world in Lifel1k3 is fierce and very violent and dangerous. All of that really adds to the atmospheric feel of this novel. There is absolutely no denying that Jay Kristoff is a masterful storyteller.
Once Eve's powers manifest themselves, she is off on a pretty scary run. Here she runs into a whole gang of characters, including her best friend, a robot dog (yes, yes yes!!) and an android boy, named Ezekiel. There are so many cool things that reveal themselves throughout the course of this story, and I really don't want to spoil anything for you guys because Jay's books are best when you go in knowing just a little, and you get to watch the whole thing unfold and grow before your eyes. That's exactly how I feel about his novels. They start out interesting and they continue to grow and evolve until the world and the characters completely consume you. I cannot get enough. I am so interested in this series. I have not read a ton of the books and series that Lifel1k3 is being compared to,(like mad max, blood red road and blade runner) so the whole idea felt unique to me. If you like high action post apocalyptic books that are not afraid of violence, Lifel1k3 is going to be a great novel for you! I really enjoyed it and I definitely want more!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Bring Me Their Hearts is the first book in a new young adult fantasy t**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Bring Me Their Hearts is the first book in a new young adult fantasy trilogy by Sara Wolf. I loved this book. It was one of those books that started off decent, and then just kept getting better and better until I was completely and utterly entranced by it at the end. Bring Me Their Hearts was such a fantastic book. I'm not sure why I was surprised..I absolutely LOVED Sara Wolf's lovely vicious series, and this was equally delicious in a different way. Bring Me Their Hearts is a darker fantasy series that has a fantastic romance woven into a really cool plotline. It is the story of Zera, who is a heartless. A heartless is someone who has lost their heart to a witch. And as long as the witch holds their heart, they are under the control of said witch.
Zera is such a fascinating character. I loved her. She sees herself a monster (for a variety of reasons), but her shades of morality make her super interesting. That and her mouth. She has sass for days! In fact, the only thing sharper than her heartless teeth is her tongue. She is not afraid to give a verbal lashing to anyone, which is one of the things I loved about her. There was a pretty devastating war between the witches/heartless and the people years ago, which has led to a switch of religions and a huge hatred and fear of witches. Another war is brewing, and the witches want the prince on their side...as a heartless. Zera is sent in to complete the mission. I don't want to give away more than that, but though this plot may sound simple and like it has been done before, the themes of magic and the old gods are going to play a much larger role in this story. I just know it. There is enough foreshadowing in Bring Me Their Hearts to know that certain characters have some secrets that are going to play out in big ways in the next two books. And I am so here for the journey.
I'm not going to lie, the ending of this book slayed me. I can't say I didn't see it coming, but it was a blow nonetheless. I want answers and I want more right now! This is going to be a painful wait for book two because I really loved this book so much! Lucian and Zera are fantastic together, and I really loved Malachite. Heck, I even grew to love Lady Y'shennrias. Sara Wolf has a way of weaving a hauntingly addicting story. I flippin love her books, and Bring Me Their Hearts is no exception. I fell for this book hardcore. It is one of my favorite reads of 2018. The only downside is that I have to wait to get the second book. I want it now!
Bottom line: Fans of dark fantasies, with a healthy dose of sass and romance will absolutely love Bring Me Their Hearts. This was an excellent, excellent novel!
Please Note: Genesis is the second book in a series that needs to be read in order. If you are new to the Project Nemesis series, you can check out my Please Note: Genesis is the second book in a series that needs to be read in order. If you are new to the Project Nemesis series, you can check out my review of the first book HERE
Genesis is the second book in the young adult science fiction series, called Project Nemesis by author Brendan Reichs. I am so in love with this series! I loved the first book Nemesis, and I think I loved Genesis even more!It is a great series for fans of science fiction, dystopians and mysteries. This is a series that needs to be read in order, so if you have not read Nemesis yet, you will want to grab a copy of that and dive in immediately. But if you read Nemesis when it first released and you are worried that you won't remember everything that happened, don't worry! Brendan Reichs does a fantastic job of providing enough information to bring the reader up to speed without just regurgitating the information from Nemesis. It felt like a natural continuation to me.
Genesis keeps the mysterious vibe going that I loved so much in Nemesis. We did get a good bit more answers, but I believe this is going to be a trilogy because we are certainly left with some more unanswered questions at the end. Brendan left me wanting the next book very badly. I love the world and the characters created in Project Nemesis. We still are very much centered on Min and Noah, but we also get to meet a lot of new characters. New character that are all really interesting. Some I hated, but mostly they were all very complex...in the best of ways.
The first book left us off in a pretty brutal world, and this sequel is just a dark and brutal. This is an intense book! In fact, it is even darker than Nemesis. I won't go too much into specifics, because that would be pretty spoiler-y, but the world is in a state of constant chaos because of the events that are taking place. But the most interesting part for me as a reader is to see how each of the different characters deals with that chaos. It is so fascinating to watch the different perspectives and though processes and actions of everyone. This peek inside different people's psyches in the face of these dark times held me captive as a reader. I simply could not put this book down. Genesis was such a strong sequel. I loved it and I am dying for the next book! If you have not read Project Nemesis yet, you should! ...more
Man, oh man do I love the Stalking Jack The Ripper series by Kerri Man**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Man, oh man do I love the Stalking Jack The Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. Every single book is interesting on its' own, but together this is a world and characters that I simply cannot get enough of. They are the type of books that has you excited from the very first page until long after you have finished the last page. Escaping from Houdini is the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and this is a series that I would recommend reading in order. They follow the same set of characters on a series of different cases. The first book involved the Ripper Murders, the second book dealt with Prince Dracula and now we are in Houdini's midst, and I have to say I am a huge fan of Kerri Maniscalco's writing and her world building/story telling ability.
I love our main character, Audrey Rose. She is a strong young lady, and I could totally relate to some of her eccentricities. In this book we get to see some of the more complicated and nuanced layers of Audrey's personality. Though I didn't enjoy all of the individual decisions she made, I can appreciate the young woman that she is. I really enjoyed her character as well as Thomas. And I still loved the two of them in Escaping from Houdini but I really loved the whole carnival theme and I especially loved that this book took place on a ship. It added to the mystery knowing that every suspect was on board the ship the whole time. I have to admit that I thought Houdini would play a bit of a larger role in the overall story, but the carnival was so interesting in and of itself that I didn't notice how little we saw of Houdini until I was practically done reading the book. I was that into the storyline.
If you are a fan of murder mysteries with wonderful writing and really interesting, compelling characters, the Escaping from Houdini and the Stalking Jack the Ripper series as a whole is one you do not want to miss out on. I have loved every single book, and I am already ready for more. Kerri Maniscalco really is a master story teller. I already know I will be reading anything she decides to write in the future. She has a fan in me.
Please note: I read an ARC version of the book and some of the plot details may have been changed in the final version.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Power of Five is the first book in the new adult fantasy romance serie**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Power of Five is the first book in the new adult fantasy romance series by the same name by an author that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Alex Lidell has written some amazing young adult action/adventure series, but Power of Five is by far my favorite of hers! Guys, this book sent me into a spiraling book hangover. So much so, after reading 3 other books that I thought would help me move past my obsession of Power of Five, I had to go back and re-read Power of Five a mere 3 days after I binge read it the first time. I am so in love with all of the characters. Power of Five is by far my favorite read of 2018. I am talking top of the top!
Power of Five is a fae fantasy and it is the story of a group of four elite fae warriors, who have been searching for years for the fifth member that will complete their warrior quint. They are all shock to find it is a human girl named Lera. Lera and the four warriors- River, Coal, Tye, and Shade, set off on an adventure through the fae realm to try and sever the bond that links all members of the Quint together. But of course, across this journey they get to know Lera and it is so so good. I don't want to say much more except that I am completely addicted to each and every one of the five characters. I can't pick a favorite, I just love the way they are all so different and they all complement each other.
There are plenty of secrets and magic galore and tons of sexy, awesome fae warrior goodness and other intangibles that just make Power of Five the best book I have read in such a long time. There are multiple love interests in this series, but if you are unsure of how that will play out, just read the book! I promise you will be a convert and you will immediately fall in love with Lera, River, Coal, Tye, and Shade. I especially love Coal and River.
Fans of new adult fantasy romances do not want to miss this series because it will soon join your favorites shelf. All of Alex's series are well written, well though out and well executed, but the Power of Five series has become my favorite of all time. I am already itching to get my hands on the second book. I need it in my life right now! Right now! And if you guys would be interested, I am already coming up with a post featuring the members of the quint and breaking down their personalities. I cannot get enough of this book! Everyone needs to read it immediately. (It is free on Kindle unlimited, so if you are a KU member, go grab this book this instant!)
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Ignited is the first book in a new young adult fantasy, called the Dan**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Ignited is the first book in a new young adult fantasy, called the Dance of the Elements series by author A.M. Deese. I am so sick of books that start out slow and eventually build up to something interesting. It seems like that has been all I have been reading lately. But I am really happy to report that Ignited is not a book that starts out slow. It plops us right into the middle of interesting action. We start with out main character, Jura having to plow head first into a governing council meeting in her father's place. She is the daughter of the first, the highest family in the council of the Thirteen, and she has to make lots of tough decisions as she tries to unravel the mystery of what is going on with her father. While keeping the whole thing a secret. In a country that thrives on secrets. I immediately fell in love with these characters, this world and this story. Ignited is one of my favorite books of 2018!
Ignited is told in multiple perspectives. I loved Jura, Kay, Tylak and I even loved some of the less expected characters. But I really loved the world that AM Deese created. It is world filled with fire wielding magic, dragons, and plenty of political intrigue and secrets to keep you on the edge of your seat at all times. I didn't think there was a single dull moment in this book. I gobbled it up in one quick sitting and I was left wanting book two asap.
My only two gripes about the book are so minor and they didn't really detract from my overall love of this fast paced, intriguing magical adventure. First, Kay. I loved little Kay. I loved her so much. But she is 7 years old and she acted about 15. Which is fine, I prefer characters on the mature side, it just seemed a tad unrealistic how mature she actually was. But I loved her so it was only a casual observation on my part. The other is that it was pretty easy to guess who one of the bad guys was. And I didn't want it to be true for the simple fact that it was too easy to guess. But other than that, this book was tailor made for me. I love political fantasy and I really love magic and dragons and secrets. And this book had it all. I feel a love triangle coming on in the next book, so we will have to see how that plays out, but fans of politically driven fantasies with court intrigue will really love the Dance of the Elements series. I already know it is going to be a favorite of mine. Ignited is easily one of my favorite reads of 2018.This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** *Note: this is the second book in a series that should be read in orde**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** *Note: this is the second book in a series that should be read in order. If you are new to this series, check out my review on the first novel- The Last Magician HERE
The Devil's Thief is the second novel in the Last Magician series by Lisa Maxwell. I loved the first book in this series so much. I thought the Last Magician was utterly fantastic! And I have to say that the sequel, The Devil's Thief completely lived up to my expectations after the first. I might have even liked more than the first book! In case you are new to the series, The Last Magician is a young adult fantasy novel by author Lisa Maxwell. It is the story of Esta, who is a Mageus with the ability to time travel. Esta uses this time traveling ability to steal magical artifacts.
The Devil's Thief gave me all of the characters that I loved from the first novel, and we get to meet some more as well. I really liked seeing the cast expanded, and some of the secondary character storylines were actually great as well. But of course the main focus is still Esta and Harte, and here we have a world fair setting. To be honest, I totally loved this setting! Lisa Maxwell is a master world builder. She has this incredible ability to transport the reader to a place and time. She made me feel like I was at that St. Louis World Fair. And when you take that ability and combine it with magic and time travel and heists. I am so in love with this series. I feel like it was written just for me! And the romance was kicked up a notch in this book as well, which I really loved.
This series reminds me of the show warehouse 13, combined with X-men like magicians and a dash of Ocean's 11. It's just so, SO GOOD! Just like book one, I read this book in one sitting. And that is saying something, because The Devil's Thief clocks in at about 700 pages. But it is still one of those novels that you get so sucked into that when you finally come up for air, you have lost all concept of time. I thought I would sit down and read for maybe an hour or so, and before I knew it, it was several hours later and I had flipped the last page. I am already itching to dive back into this world. I am so excited to see where Lisa Maxwell is going to take this series next. I know one thing, I am ready for more Esta and Harte!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Royals is the first book in a young adult series by the same name from**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Royals is the first book in a young adult series by the same name from author Rachel Hawkins. I loved this super fun read for many reasons. First, I am all about all things wedding at the moment with the Royal wedding happening this summer and me planning my own wedding. This was right up my alley and second, because of the characters. I cannot tell you how much I love that the main character of this story is the sister of character engaged to the prince. This was a great idea on Rachel Hawkins part. It sets Royals apart from all of the other, I fell in love with a prince books.
Daisy's sister, Ellie is engaged to Prince Alex. But the real star of the story is Daisy. I loved Daisy. She is a bit of a hot mess at times, but she is always feisty and spunky and has no problem speaking first and dealing with the consequences later. I was hoping that Royals would have a princess diaries-esque vibe, and I it did! I love Meg Cabot's humor in her books, and Rachel Hawkins made royals a super cute, dramatic read that was so much fun.
On Goodreads, Royals is listed as the first book in a series. I am really interested to see where the series is going to go. I can see it going in a few different directions. We might get to see some companion novels focusing on some of the characters, which would be my preference because we got to meet a ton of people and I want to know more about a lot of them- especially the Wreckers. I liked the overall fluffy fun of the book, and I do always enjoy a good bit of drama so Royals was right up my alley. Because there were so many characters and because the book was on the shorter side, I did find myself confused because of a lack of details a few times, but it was nothing too bad. And I think a lot of the details will flesh themselves out in future books. Overall, Royals was exactly what I wanted it to be- pure fluffy fun! I think it would be great for fans of the princess diaries, all things royal family and gossip and for fans of reality tv. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** S.T.A.G.S. is a young adult mystery thriller by author M.A. Bennett. I**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** S.T.A.G.S. is a young adult mystery thriller by author M.A. Bennett. In case you didn't know, S.T.A.G.S. stands for St. Aidan the Great School, is a book that is touted to be awesome for fans of The Secret History and Pretty Little Liars. I am a big fan of both of those books, so that coupled with the boarding school setting, I was pretty pumped for S.T.A.G.S. And S.T.A.G.S. delivered on what it promised, a twisty thriller. And though S.T.A.G.S. is set at a boarding school, a bulk of the novel took place at a country manor where this "hunting" weekend is set to take place.
I loved the premise of S.T.A.G.S. I think that was my favorite aspect of the story. And the writing and storyline were both excellent. They kept my attention the entire time and I loved the eerie feeling of the story. But the characters didn't always live up to the plot in my opinion. I liked Greer well enough, but I didn't completely love her. And I not entirely sure why. There wasn't anything I could pinpoint that I really disliked. I was just way more invested in the storyline than I was the characters.
But the storyline was pretty great. I loved the way the story is presented. Pretty early on we learn about a murder and we also know the murderer, which is totally unique. (It kind of reminded me of episodes of the tv show Monk, where we watch the murder take place, and then we spend the rest of the episode finding out the how and the why.) We didn't know the why, which had me totally intrigued. And I have to say, I really really enjoyed watching this story unfold. MA Bennett did a really great job making it very interesting. It does seem reminiscent of The Secret History by Donna Tart.
Overall, Plot driven readers will likely enjoy this suspense thriller. The setting was great and the writing was excellent. There were many areas of the plot and mystery game that I absolutely loved, but I don't want to get into specifics because they are every much a part of the plot that gets revealed as Greer and her friend pulls back some layers and dive into the mystery. It is worth discovering for yourself. I liked the characters well enough, but I wasn't completely won over by them all. Fans of this book will be excited to find out that it is going to be made into a movie. I am really excited for this news because I think it will translate really well to the big screen.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Nocturne is the first book in the fourth talisman series by Kat Ross.**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Nocturne is the first book in the fourth talisman series by Kat Ross. I really love Kat Ross' books. There should be a big ole disclaimer on this review though. Although Nocturne is the first book in a series, it is really a follow up series to Kat Ross' Fourth Element trilogy. Though you might be able to read this series without having read The Fourth Element trilogy, I am not sure that I would recommend it. There are some spoilers for events that happen in the previous series. I think these books are best read in order. Plus, The fourth Element series is a really awesome fantasy series that is perfect for fans of The City of Brass. And even better, the whole trilogy happens to be on sale right now for only 99 cents!
Nocturne follows Nazafareen after the events of Queen of Chaos leaves off. I can't really get into much about those events without spoiling the previous trilogy, so let's keep it vague. Nazafareen is now in the foreign land of Nocturne, which is the land of eternal darkness. I actually love the lands of Solis and Nocturne even more than the world from the first trilogy. I just found their magic spellbinding and the setup is so unique. A land of endless sun and one of endless night. The only spoiler I will give you is that Nazafareen has forgotten much of her past and she is trying to get some answers to unlock her past.
I loved that we got to see some of the same characters, like Nazafareen and Darius, as well as some new ones. Plus, I really love it when there is a character that I cna love to hate. And boy have I hated some crazies in this series! When I think back on Nazafareen and Darius in these four novels, I just get so excited at their progression. Even with the setback of Nazafareen's forgetfulness I still love them so much! Nazafareen and Darius feel like old friends of mine and I eat up every word that Kat Ross has to write about them. I think both the Fourth Element and the Fourth Talisman series is perfect for fans of City of Brass by SA Chakraborty, which was one of my favorite reads of 2017. I love getting to know daevas and the rich magical atmosphere that Kat Ross so expertly crafts. Her books never let me down.
And now for the hard part. As much as I loved the characters, I have to say the plot in this story stole the show. (Which is something for me to say, since you all know I am such a character driven reader.) But I could not put this book down. I want to bow down to Kat. This book seriously rocked! I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I cannot wait for more.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Batman is the second book in the DC Icons series. Each of the books in**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Batman is the second book in the DC Icons series. Each of the books in the DC Icons series is written by a different author, and it features the origin story of some of the biggest superheroes (and villains) in the DC universe. I am such a huge fan of all things DC and Marvel and I love origin stories, so this series was made for me. I still need to read the first book, Wonder Woman. Now that I have read and enjoyed Batman so much, I know that Wonder Woman will be coming up on my TBR pile shortly. Batman was everything I wanted it to be. It was fun and it was really cool to see a younger, and super nice Bruce Wayne.
I have a bit of a confession to make. Batman is my first Marie Lu book. Yes, I know! Please don't throw tomatoes or rocks. I have a bunch of her books, but I haven't read any of them. But fear not! That will all be changing soon because Marie Lu pulled me right into Gotham and held my attention until the very last page. I love Bruce Wayne. He is such a good guy. And you all know how much I love a good guy. It takes a lot for a bad boy to win me over (unless they have marshmallow for their insides) but Bruce is good through and through. He just has this internal urge to save people, which you can tell right from his first scene. I have never read the Batman comics, but I have seen the movies and tv shows centering around this icon so I do know enough about his world to have some expectations going in. And Marie Lu did not disappoint. I loved the exploration of all the Wayne Industries safety tech, and I loved that we got to see some familiar faces to the batman world. Of course we got to see Alfred, and we also got to see Harvey Dent as one of Bruce's best friends.
But other than Bruce himself, my favorite character in the book was Madeleine. She intrigued me right from the very start. The first scene of the book is actually from her point of view, and she is one interesting girl. Bruce meets her at Arkham Asylum, where he is doing community service. Let me tell you, Madeleine is brilliantly creepy. That girl is always thinking. I loved her, as long as I am not on her bad side. She made the story extra interesting for me.
Overall, Batman delivered everything I wanted. I got to learn more about Bruce Wayne. I loved Marie Lu's depiction of him, and I loved her rendering of Gotham. This was a book that I easily lost myself in. It had great characters and was an overall great time. Fans of superheroes books and of origin stories do not want to miss this one. Check out the DC Icons series if you have not already. Two books have already been released (Wonderwoman and Batman) and up next is Catwoman: Soul stealer by Sarah J. Maas!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Rise is the first book in the new adult Coven of Fire series by author**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Rise is the first book in the new adult Coven of Fire series by author Sierra Cross. It has been some time since I have read an urban fantasy and even longer since I have read an urban fantasy featuring witches, so I was really pumped to read Rise. I love new adult books that are in the fantasy and paranormal genres because there don't seem to be too many of them. Rise did not disappoint. I enjoyed this read from start to finish. There were a few slow sections of the book, but overall, I flew through this novel and I am anxiously awaiting the second book, which is already out. In fact, the first four books were all released in 2017, which is crazy! You go Sierra Cross! Book 5 is due to come out this year.
Rise follows our main characters, Alix, Callie, Matt, with some great secondary characters as well. I really enjoyed how many people were showcased in such a short book. I think that is going to be my favorite aspect of the upcoming novels as well. We get to watch some of the characters come into their powers and we get to watch everyone as a whole as they try and save the world. We get to learn about their parents coven, and watch as they start their own to try and battle the demons entering their world. The plot was interesting, if not a little conventional and predictable. But it worked with the story. I am interested to see where the author is going to take this series next.
The characters were hit or miss for me. Some of them I loved and some not so much, which I think was intended. But as I said before, I like how many characters we were introduced to in this novel. I think it opens up lots of possibilities for future plot lines and developing relationships. Overall, I think the Coven of Fire series is one that I will enjoy continuing on with. It is a little formulaic but it was nonetheless a good read. If you like witchy urban fantasies and new adult books, give this series a try!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Pacifica is a future dystopian novel by Kristen Simmons. I am kind of**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Pacifica is a future dystopian novel by Kristen Simmons. I am kind of picky when it comes to dystopian novels, because like a lot of people, I read a TON of them several years back, and they all started to feel similar and I got burnt out on the storyline. But Pacifica sounded too good to pass up, and I am so glad that I didn't pass it up because I loved this book! I loved it! it made me want to go binge read all of Kristen's other books. (I already own them all, but I haven't read them! #bookbloggerproblems)
Pacifica is set in our world in the future, when pollution and climate change has taken a very noticeable toll on the inhabitability of the earth. The waters are filled with waste and completely polluted, and people are trying to flee to this elusive uptopian island, that is supposedly untouched by the pollution of the main lands. It was scary how easy it was for me to envision this world. But as awesome as the world building in Pacifica was, the plot and the characters really stole the show for me.
I loved Marin, our kick butt lady pirate. I also loved Ross and Adam, the president and vice president's sons respectively. Obviously, Marin Ross and Adam all come from very different backgrounds, and each of their characters felt fleshed out and wonderfully complex. They felt like real people to me. It made it easy for me to become completely immersed in this story. Right from the start. Pacifica is told in dual perspective between Marin and Ross, but Adam is a really important character as well. I loved the friendship between Adam and Ross just as much as I loved the relationship between Marin and Ross. I love it when an author is able to incorporate a wonderful friendship into a story. Very often the focus becomes the romance and friendships sour, which I hate to see. It was great to see both a wonderful romance and a great friendship.
And finally...the plot. The plot pf Pacifica kept me interested and engaged the entire time I was reading. I didn't really encounter any slow spots. This is a kick butt pirate adventure. One that I totally dug! There are tons of political undercurrents in Pacifica, many of which Kristen Simmons drew inspiration from the internment camps of WWII (read her authors note before you read the story...it made everything so much more meaningful for me!) This book was a huge hit for me! I loved it and I can't recommend it enough to everyone...even people burnt out on dystopian! Plus, it has pirates! :)
Three Blind Dates is the first in a new series by the fabulous Meghan Quinn. I love Meghan's books, and Three Blinds Dates is right up there as one ofThree Blind Dates is the first in a new series by the fabulous Meghan Quinn. I love Meghan's books, and Three Blinds Dates is right up there as one of my favorites. This book was so, so good you guys. It is quoted as a a modern twist on You've Got Mail which combined dating apps and blind dates, and I ate all of it up. I seriously loved this book. It had sass, romance and plenty of heart. not to mention it will keep you guessing until the very end. It is the first book in the Dating by Numbers series, and I already know the whole series is going to be a big favorite of mine.
Three Blind Dates is kind of a hard book to review without ruining the magic. But I will try my best anyway. In Three Blind Dates we follow our main character Noley as she searches for love. She joins this new dating restaurant in town, which has a really cool premise by the way. The restaurant is basically a really romantic place to have the perfect first blind date. They pair the restaurant up with an app where you anonymously create a profile and matchmakers match you up with your perfect blind dates. And then they handle all the details and feedback and help you find your perfect partner.
Noley gets set up on...wait for itttttttt.........three blind dates throughout the course of the story. I know, who could have guessed?? And the guys are all so different from each other. I actually really loved that. They each spoke to a different aspect of Noley's personality. Honestly, I can see why she was paired up with each one. Noley dubs these guys The Suit, The Rebel and The Jock. I am going to be 100% real with you. As soon as the Suit turned up and they had their first date, I was done for. No way did I think any of the other guys were going to measure up. But I also really ended up liking the Jock, so there goes that theory.
I loved the way Meghan Quinn played this story out. She made the whole thing feel really natural and exciting. I felt like I was going on these dates with Noley, and I was pushed back into the nerves and the excitement of it all. I really loved the experience this book provided. It was a fun read. At the end of the book, Noley does end up with one of the guys but I really liked that Meghan kept us guessing until the end. And what I like even more is that the other two guys are each going to get their own story! Yes! Bring them on, and then bring on stories about their failed dates, and then stories about their failed dates, etc. You get where I am going with this. I love this idea and I want so much more in this series!!!
Bottom line: If you have not read a Meghan Quinn romance, you are really missing out. Her stories are excellent and Three Blind Dates is one of my favorites....more
Death Island is a new adult fantasy by author Kelsey Ketch. Death Isla**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Death Island is a new adult fantasy by author Kelsey Ketch. Death Island is a pirate adventure that is filled with intrigue and mythology. I enjoyed this novel overall. It was a lot of fun. I love a quest style adventure. I love pirates and I love mythology, so those elements of the story were right up my alley. I believe Death Island is slated to be a standalone, but the ending did leave open the possibility for some more exploration in this world that Kelsey Ketch has created.
There were a lot of things I really enjoyed about Death Island and a few things that held me back from totally falling in love with the story, but let's start with all the elements that I really enjoyed. First, I loved the main character, Meriden. She is spunky and fiery and a great adventure heroine. She was always up for whatever was thrown her way, which was evidenced by the fact that right in her first chapter she went from waking up to immediately getting involved in a pirate fight. It was easy for me to root for Meriden for the whole time. Next, I really liked the fact that Death Island is told in multiple points of views. It helped me get to know the characters better and kept the story interesting. The romance was also good. It felt a little predictable at times and a little cliche, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. The world that Kelsey Ketch created was also really cool. It is set in the 1800s, so it felt partially like a historical, partially like a fantasy with the mythology elements woven in and I really dug the mixture. And finally, I loved loved loved the mythology and the mystery of Death Island, Meriden and Gregory seek out to find. The characters and the mystery were what kept me interested in the book.
The list of what I did enjoy is so much longer than the list of issues I had with the novel, but the issue was enough to stop me from becoming fully obsessed with Death Island. This book was longggg and it felt even longer. Death Island clocks in at 726 pages, which makes it the longest single novel that I have read in a while. The length itself isn't necessarily an issue, because I have read plenty of really long books that I have absolutely loved, but this one felt slow. And the sheer length plus the kind of dense and meandering plot lines got to me in parts. It got to be a little boring at times. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it were broken up into installments and the pacing was sped up a little bit. But overall, I did enjoy the characters and the story. If there were another novel in this world, I would likely read it as well because I really enjoyed the world that Kelsey created. Fans of long fantasy novels and of hidden mystery style quest stories should check out Death Island.
The Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new series by the same name, by Jeri Westerson. I really, really enjoyed this supernatural/4.5/5 stars
The Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new series by the same name, by Jeri Westerson. I really, really enjoyed this supernatural/urban fantasy read. It follows our main character Kylie, as she moves across the country to a town in Maine, where she opens up her own Herb & Tea shop. There she finds a book hidden in the wall, called the Booke of the Hidden. From there, she is swept up in a crazy whirlwind demon hunting adventure that reminded me of part Buffy the Vampire Slayer and part Supernatural. I cannot wait to read more about this series.
Kylie is a feisty main heroine. She has no problem standing up for herself, which I loved about her. Even when she first meets the mysterious Mr. Dark, she doesn't mind putting him in his place. I loved that Kylie was immediately embraced into this quirky small town. It is already a spiritual town. Kind of like in Buffy, where the town seemed to be the epicenter of supernatural activity. Except in this case, it is not because of a hell mouth, but rather because of the Booke. The Booke is really rather fascinating, so I am going to put a spoiler in place right here, which is really not much of a spoiler since it's descirbed within the first 50 pages of the story, but click on if you want to see how the Booke works. (view spoiler)[ When Kylie finds the Booke of the Hidden she opens it and sees that it is blank. The book forms a connection with Kylie and she is the only one that can open it. The Booke acts like a kind of pandora's box, and when she opened it she released a whole bunch of demons into the world. She is then tasked with rounding up and defeating the demons by killing them and writing in the Booke to trap them there. Cool, right? (hide spoiler)]
There is a light budding romance in The Booke of the Dead. I really liked the romance, but I wanted more of it. If I am being honest with myself, the light romance is the reason I couldn't commit to 5 stars for this otherwise excellent story. I am really hoping that the romance will develop into something more in the next book, because I love the dynamic between the two of them. Bring on more romance! (even if it is a love triangle, I will take it)
Bottom line: If you are a fan of demon hunting adventures, set in a cool atmosphereic small town, with plenty of supernatural baddies, then The Booke of the Hidden is a great book for you. It is the start of what is sure to be an exciting series. I can't wait for the second book. I love the spunky main character and I am really interested to see the whole cast of secondary characters developed more. Plus, I totally want more romance! I really enjoyed The Booke of the Hidden....more
Too Distracting is the third book in the Lewis Cousins series by author Bethany Lopez. I read the first book in the series, and I didn't really love iToo Distracting is the third book in the Lewis Cousins series by author Bethany Lopez. I read the first book in the series, and I didn't really love it, but I remember I was interested in reading about Gabe's cousin, so when I saw Too Distracting I decided to check out Dillion's story. I ended up enjoying this book more than the first book in the series. I liked this book, but it didn't rock my world or anything crazy like that. It was a quick contemporary romance read. Overall, it was a decent read. Each of the books in this series can be read as standalone, so I would recommend starting with this one.
Too Distracting is the story of Laurel and Dillion. I connected with these characters so much more than I did with Gabe. It made their romance fun to read about. I really enjoyed how devoted Dillion was to Laurel. Fans of quick, fun reads with a happy ending will enjoy Too Distracting. I don't really have any desire to read the second book in the series, but I would certainly try out something new from this author in the future. I'm not sure if this series is too short or too surface level for me. I liked this book, but I walked away wanting more in terms of character development between Laurel and Dillion.
Bottom line: Too Distracting was a decent read for me. It was quick and pleasant. I enjoyed it more than the first book in the series and I like that it can be read as a standalone. If you are interested, I would check out the series while it is on sale. ...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Renegades is the first book in a new series of the same name by author**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Renegades is the first book in a new series of the same name by author powerhouse Marissa Meyer. Marissa's Lunar Chronicles has been on my TBR for forever, but I recently read, and loved! Heartless. So I was super excited to pick up Renegades because I am obsessed with super heroes. Ever since I watched X-men, years and years ago, I was instantly hooked. And what was extra cool, was that Marissa Meyer said something really similar in her foreword note to Renegades. So extra yay for that!
Renegades is set on the premise of a world like our own, where super powers have started to emerge. And with those powers a group of villains, called the Anarchists gained power and actually were in control for a number of years, so the world was a very different place, full of violence and chaos. Enter the Renegades, who swooped in to save the day. And right after these events, our story takes place. It was really cool to see a world where the villains were running the show for a while.
The start of Renegades felt a little slow to me, but it picked up right around 35% or so. And once it picked up, I was hooked. I think I read the second half of the book in one shot (and this is a 500 page book!) I really liked the cast of characters and all of the different powers. It was really cool to see what powers were extra special and what powers were considered ordinary in this extraordinary world that Marissa Meyer has created. If you are a character driven reader, like I am, stick with this book. It starts out a little slow but you will end up loving it.
Bottom line: Renagades felt a bit like an introductory novel at times, but it is the introductory novel to a series that I know I am going to love. I already want the second book! Fans of x-men and super heroes need to read Renegades. Which side will you be on?
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Note: this is the second book in a series that must be read in order.**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Note: this is the second book in a series that must be read in order. Though I will keep spoilers to a minimum there may be spoilers for the first book in the series. If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of book one- Blood Rose Rebellion, HERE
Lost Crow Conspiracy is the second book in the young adult fantasy series, called Blood Rose Rebellion. It is also author Rosalyn Eves debut series which really impressed me. The first book, Blood Rose Rebellion was an excellent read for me, and I can't wait to journey back into this crazy world. The first book ended on a great note, with Anna breaking the binding with her breaking magic and releasing magic to the masses. Initially it seems like a fantastic idea, but this is only the start of the second book, where we get to delve deeply into the class struggles and political drama that have really heightened in the world that Rosalyn Eves has created. And I have to tell you, I am here for it! I loved Lost Crow Conspiracy...even more than the first book!
One of the things I loved most about Blood Rose Rebellion is that the story kept growing and growing. This is a very intricate world not only with the different classes, which all have their own struggles and intricatsies, but also with the politics of the world itself and various countries. So be sure you read closely or you might find yourself confused at some points. I will admit that it took me a quick minute to fall back into the world. I had to remind myself of what went down in the first book, but once I got back into this rebellious mindset, I was off on an adventure with Anna and Matyas. Lost Crow Conspiracy is told from both of their perspectives, which I loved!
I will say this, History, politics and class struggles are very present in this series. I love that, but I do recognize that might not be everyone's cup of tea. i loved how Rosalyn Eves infused magic into this age old history lesson class systems and divides. In the world of Lost Crow Conspiracy, magic is no longer something only reserved for the upper classes. Now that Anna has broken the binding, people from any class have the ability to be a conduit for magic, which leads t a whole slew of extra interesting side effects. I loved seeing how magic heightening all of the intense rebellion elements in this story.
Bottom line: If you are a fan of fantasies that have tons of layers, politics, magic and secrets, with action and fighting and lots of political history thrown in, you will love the Blood Rose Rebellion series. I found the premise to be super interesting and wholly unique. The second book was even better than the first book. I am really loving how this series is unfolding and I cannot wait for more!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions is the first**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions is the first book in the adult romantic comedy series called Contract Killers by Erin Lyon. I loved this book. As soon as I read the title, I knew I was going to love this book. (The title still cracks me up.) I love you, Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions (hereinafter "I Love You") (see, I can be lawyer funny too...) is set in a world where the concept of marriage has turned into a series of seven year contracts. At the end of your contract term, you and your partner can choose whether or not to re-sign for another term of years. How romantic, right? This book is marketed as, "27 Dresses meets Bridget Jones’s Diary for the millennial set", which I think is spot on. I really really enjoyed every moment of this book. In fact, when I got to the last page, I kept trying to turn for more. I need more!
I'm really hoping that the contract killers series is going to be several books long, focusing on lots of different "contract killers" or men that only go after women that have signed a contract with another man. But I know it will be at least two books long because our main character's story is not finished yet. I am dying to find out what is going to happen with Kate. I really like her. When we first meet her, she is pretty happy with the way her life has turned out. Until her jerk of a partner decides that he is not going to re-up their contract. Kate's journey is just so darn relate able. Whether it is on the newly single level, or on the trying to find a job/career level, something about Kate and this book will have you nodding along. I loved getting to know Kate. We would be great friends!
I completely adored Adam. I didn't think I was going to love him right away, but he totally won me over. I am so excited that we get to see another book and I am hoping for tons of Adam in it. This book left off at a killer cliffhanger, and I am itching to get my hands on the second book in the series. I think I love you is the perfect novel for fans of witty romances with tons of humor and lots of heart. This book needs to be made into a movie. The whole time I was reading I Love You, I was seeing it unfold on the big screen in my mind. I can't wait to read more from Erin Lyon because she totally sold me on this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first book in a new duology by the same na**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first book in a new duology by the same name from debut novelist Gwendolyn Clare. Ink, Iron, and Glass is a steampunk fantasy duology about a world where a type of science called scriptology exists. Scriptology is a science magic hybrid where the "scientist" can actually create a new world by scripting or writing it into existence. This concept gripped me right from the start. How awesome and complex it would be. And I was immediately intrigued to see how Gwendolyn Clare would handle such a big idea. And I have to say, she handled it really well. I loved that she didn't water the idea of writing a world into existence. She embraced how complicated and complex it would be. You have to make it livable world. If you create a world that does not support air, then everyone in that world would die. Same with gravity, warmth, food. Creating a world was not just about writing flowery descriptions of the rolling hills and beautiful field of flowers. Your coding had to back up with a world that was actually inhabitable. And I loved that. That also meant that the start of the book is a little dense. In a good way. There is a lot going on in the world of Ink, Iron, and Glass.
Ink, Iron, and Glass is a book that really builds as it goes on. It was a book that just kept getting better and better. By the time I was done, I didn't want it to end. I loved the whole gang of characters. We follow Elsa who is on a quest to find her worldbook, after her home world was attacked. Elsa is a special kind of person and soon she finds herself a group of people who have abilities like she does. The group home kind of reminded me of refuge for masterminds, but with a magical element. They are called pazzerellones, and it was here that the steampunk elements of the story really came to life. I loved watching Elsa interact with people who were gifted either mechanically, or able to perform alchemy or scriptology, like she could. They set off to help her find her wolrd book, and they become entwined in something much larger than they expected. I loved the politics and all of the secrets.
Ink, Iron and Glass combines so many elements that I love in a fantasy. It has great characters, a really cool science and magic system, and a great plot line. The world itself was my favorite part of the novel. I just could not get enough of Scriptology. I really appreciate how much time and detail Gwendolyn Clare went into. She describes the world structure very well, which gave me a really solid foundation while I was reading. And then the adventure she sends the characters on was great. I loved some of the twists and secrets that were revealed, and I really liked the friendships that were formed. I was so happy to see positive friendships come from the group of pazzerellones.
Ink, Iron and Glass is a fantastic debut novel, filled with magic, politics, intrigue, magic and a really fascinatingly complex world. This novel had me thinking all kinds of fantastical things. I cannot wait to get my hands on a finished copy of this one as well. The cover is stunning. I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book. I am excited to see how this duology wraps up. This is a book you want to keep on your radar for sure.