Okay, this book is a bit different from what I was expecting. I haven't read Melinda Salisbury's dSame Review Also Posted On My Blog:Dreamy Addictions
Okay, this book is a bit different from what I was expecting. I haven't read Melinda Salisbury's debut series the Sin Eater's daughter, but I really wanted to give this a shot because the synopsis very very intrigued me. If you're hoping for an action packed magical adventure then this book is not for you. This book is mostly about power and politics with a dash of magical elements. I'm not really fond of books that mostly focus on politics and this book has lots of it, but surprisingly I still found myself enjoying it. I really liked the plot and concept of this book. The writing and the world building was captivating. I liked the main character Sorrow Ventaxis, she was truly incredible. I had some issues with some aspects, but overall it was an enjoyable read.
Seventeen Year old Sorrow Ventaxis is the princess of the Rhannon, a country which is in mourning after the death of the heir Mael seventeen years ago. Colors, Arts, Celebrations, and even smiling is banned in the country. When Sorrow's father, the high chancellor falls ill after years of grieving for his son and wife, she takes his place and rules in his stead. Currently Rhannon is in a bad position and it's on the brink of collapsing. Sorrow lost her hope for her father who wouldn't want to come out of his grief and save the country. With no choice left, She reluctantly plans to take over his throne so that she could change her father's laws and save the country by bringing it back to its former glorious state, but her entire world turns upside down when a man makes an appearance and claims that he is the lost heir. Sorrow is not ready to believe the impostor as her elder brother but she doesn't have any proof. Even if he is her brother, can she step aside and give a complete stranger the control to rule her country which is currently in poor state or will she fight against him for the power.
Sorrow is a strong protagonist with a vulnerable side. She's very determined, selfless, and a fearless person who isn't afraid to break the rules in order to find the answers but when it comes to politics she's a bit naive and lacks confidence in ruling the country because she has spent most of her life in between the palace walls and she's afraid that people wouldn't accept her. She never found love from her father who really didn't care about her since she was born. Yep, that guy is the worst father figure. The secondary characters were pretty interesting but I had a hard time connecting with them. Rasmus was a mysterious character but he wasn't fleshed out well enough. I don't know if it was intentional but his character really lacked depth. The relationship between Rasmus and Sorrow was a bit confusing but the steamy scenes between them were pretty hot though. On the other hand we have Luvian Fen. He's arrogant, cocky, smug, smart, and witty. I liked this guy as soon as he made his appearance. I'm just sucker for witty and arrogant guys and I'm totally rooting for him. I also liked Irris, Sorrow's best friend and also adviser. She's always there for her whenever she's down or whenever she needed her good advice. Yeah, that's what best friends are for. Charon, Rhannon's Vice Chancellor and Irris father is another character that I really liked. He cares for Sorrow like she's his own daughter and he always looked after her well being. I don't want to give out anything about Mael, but I just want to say that I felt a bit sad for him. He was such a sweet guy and I want to know more about him.
The plot was interesting! Some parts were easy to figure out, but it didn't affect my enjoyment at all. The pacing was good it was neither slow nor fast it's somewhere in between. I liked the twists in the plot even though some were predictable. The only issue I had with this book was that it lacked in action which is something I always look forward in YA fantasy. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed all the political drama and also the folklore representation. The writing was pretty good, but to be honest I did struggled a bit at the beginning. The whole book was told in Sorrow's third person POV. The world building was amazing. I quite enjoyed Rhannon and Rhylla and the folklore history that connects them. I just wish the author provided a bit more info on the other countries and their leaders. Anyways, I really hope we get to explore more of this world in the next book. There is some interesting magic in this book but it was very light which is a tiny bit disappointing.
Overall, It was a good read and I enjoyed it! It isn't one of those epic fantasy reads that'll blow your mind away but if you're looking for something interesting and entertaining then definitely give it a shot. There isn't any cliffhanger at the end thank god for that but I'll definitely read the next book when it comes out....more
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed it but I didn'tActual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed it but I didn't love it. The concept of this book was amazing and the world building was a total perfection, but sadly I couldn't connect with the characters and the pacing seemed slow to me and it literally dragged in the middle. I'm really not fan of slow reads but if you can handle them then you might enjoy it more than I did. I liked the characters, but the romance was totally meh. I love triangles in my YA but this one was awful. Don't worry, you can still enjoy this book because it wasn't the central focus of the story. Anyways, For a debut, it was a good start and I hope the next book is much more improved and better.
The story is set in the 18th Century New York, Brooklyn where dangerous gangs roamed around the city and young kids worked in the iron work factory to survive. In this dark forbidden city, Sixteen Year old Avery Kohl lives with her inventor father. She used to live a normal easy life dreaming about going to a collage and marrying a wealthy husband but all of her dreams were collapsed when her mother was taken by the mysterious crow masks who works at the Tombs Asylum, a place for deranged people like her mother who could see something others couldn't. Now she's living at Slums and working hard to get back to her old life. When the same symptoms begins to show on Avery, she fears that she'll face the same fate as her mother. So, she hides from the Crow Masks and struggles to spend her days by working at the Ironworks Factory, hearing the adventurous tales of her best friend Khan who's an ex-slave, and caring for her pet falcon Seraphine. When Avery's power starts to become uncontrollable, she makes an explosion at the factory which creates a huge trouble for her. She believes that she finally needs answers that only her mother can give but she's in the Tombs. Her father has restricted her to meet her because it was dangerous to her because if she get caught by them then she would get locked up like her mother and face the horrors of the tombs forever. Against her father's wishes, Avery decides to meet her mother even though it was risky and when she sees the state of her mother, she feels bad that she couldn't do anything. When she learns about the strange experiments done on the patients, Avery is determined to get her mother out of there with the help of her mother's people from the gypsy camp.
The characters were good but I can't seem to connect with any of them. Avery is strong yet Vulnerable. She's pretty likable character who's good hearted, compassionate, selfless, and very protective. I really liked her relationship with her fellow factory workers who're younger than her. It's pretty sad seeing boys that young working at an iron factory facing all the abuse. The side characters were intriguing but they weren't fleshed out well enough. I really wanted to know more about Khan and Indigo. The romance was totally meh. Khan and Avery were best friends since young and their relationship is beginning to turn into something more but suddenly comes another guy and bam, she loves him. Even though I like the other guy, I wish it wasn't so abrupt because it felt quite unrealistic and nonsensical. Anyway, I really liked the boys Geeno, Leo(12), Tony(14), and Oscar(12) but my favorite was Geeno. He's pretty adorable and a very smart kid. Dr. Spector is a creepy and mysterious villain. He's only a human but he's totally giving off the vampire vibes.
The plot was interesting but It didn't excite me enough to love it. The pacing a bit frustrated me because It really moved a bit slower than expected and I wanted more action. It's a historical fantasy and the author did a great job in executing the historical and steampunk part but when it came to the fantasy part everything seemed okay-ish but not well detailed. However, I liked the Idea behind this concept and I really enjoyed the Steampunk elements in this book and I had already figured out what's Avery's father is building in his secret basement. The writing was good and easy to understand. The story was told in Avery's first person POV. The world building was amazing and felt authentic, I would give it an A+. I think it's the major highlight of this book. The author described everything in detail and gave a clear image.
Overall, I liked it but I didn't love it! Even though It didn't blow my mind away, I still want to continue this series and hope the next book is much more improved and more action packed....more
This book was twisted, dark, horrifying, gory, and totally messed up! The scenes are quite gruesome and I wouldn't recommendActual Rating: 3.5 Stars!
This book was twisted, dark, horrifying, gory, and totally messed up! The scenes are quite gruesome and I wouldn't recommend it to the readers who can't handle blood and gore. The plot was disturbing yet interesting and the ending left me totally speechless. ...more
By A Charm and A Curse was an entertaining read! I have set low expectatActual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
By A Charm and A Curse was an entertaining read! I have set low expectations before jumping into it because I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about it, but honestly I didn’t find it that terrible instead I really enjoyed it. This was really a good read with an interesting plot, and enjoyable characters. I’m a great fan of books with Carnival settings and this didn’t disappoint me. Despite its flaws, the story was entertaining enough to enjoy it. I loved the magical concept, it’s the first thing that intrigued me and also the appealing title. The characters Emma and Benjamin were really good and I liked both of them.
Seventeen Year old Emmaline King is the new girl in town who recently moved with her father and three brothers to Claremore, Oklahoma. When Le Grand’s carnival visits their town, Emma and her friend Jules decides to enter so they could have a fun time together but no one knows about the magical curse and charm that is keeping them bound together. Emma meets a charming mysterious boy at the carnival whose cold kiss turns her whole world pretty much upside down. Bound by a curse, Emma unwillingly joins the circus. She needs to do her job as the new girl in the box until she can find someone that could replace her. Then she meets Benjamin, the guy who makes her heart flutter but she can’t even kiss him even if she wants to. Breaking the curse means breaking the charm that protects everyone in the carnival. Emma don’t want to pass her fate to another innocent but it looks like it’s the only way to her freedom.
Emma is a pretty likable character. I’m glad that she isn’t a typical annoying teenager, her feelings felt realistic. I liked her character growth. She was pretty much devastated, angry, and lost at the beginning when she learns of her new situation. She starts to grow strong as she accepts her situation and makes some new friends. I loved Benjamin. He is a super sweet boy who works at the Circus. He wants to help Emma despite her mother’s warnings to stay away from her. The relationship between Emma and Benjamin was cute and sweet. I’ve seen some people complaining about the insta-love but it didn’t felt like insta-love to me. They’ve an attraction but their relationship does grow from friendship to love. I also liked the secondary characters especially Gin, Whiskey, Sidney, Pia and Duncan. Gin and Whiskey are fun characters. They’re both sisters who deeply care for each other. I hated Sidney at the beginning, but later I felt sad for him. Pia and Duncan were pretty enjoyable characters. They’re twin psychics and together they’re hilarious.
I really liked the Plot, It was entertaining and engaging. The concept is very unique. I liked how the curse and the charm are co-dependent on each other and how it really works. The ending was satisfying and also a bit sad. The pacing was good. Some parts felt slow but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment. I enjoyed the writing style of the author, It was pretty good and easy to understand. The story was told in Emma and Benjamin’s first person POV. I’m glad it has a alternative POV because I really enjoyed the story from both sides. The carnival Setting was simply great. I wish there was a bit more magic in the story because the magic in this book seemed very light to me, but nonetheless I loved it.
Overall, I really liked this book! It’s not perfect but it was a good read filled with magic, romance, friendship and some family dynamics. For a debut, I think it’s a great start and I look forward to more books from the author....more
I was very conflicted writing this review because I really enjoyed this bActual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted In My Blog:Dreamy Addictions
I was very conflicted writing this review because I really enjoyed this book, but honestly it didn’t blew my mind away. I had some issues with the heroine and also with the pacing. This book was very unique with a lush setting and a beautifully dark concept but I wish it wasn’t too slow. This was my first book by Dhonielle Clayton so I don’t know what to expect from her. The Belles was really a good read with a unique concept. There are some aspects I loved in this book but there are also some parts that I’m not really fan of. There is a huge hype over this book and I’ve seen so many of my fellow bloggers giving praises to it which made me quite excited for this book. Sadly, It didn’t make me fall in love with it but I did enjoy the story so I’ll probably continue the series. I’m gonna leave out the summary part for this book because I don’t want to spoil the story for you so let’s get to the characters.
I didn’t love Camellia but I didn’t hate her either. I was hoping for a rebel belle who can stand up against unfairness and injustice but Camellia is definitely not that. She was very confident when it comes to her skills but as a person, she was too innocent, naive and too trusting person who follows the rules. I wanted to like her but she disappointed me twice in the book, if you had read the book then you’ll know what I’m talking about. And her attraction to the stalker prince really made me roll my eyes cause I seriously don’t see the appeal. The romance was extremely insta-love and I didn’t love it. I liked the other guy Rémy. He’s assigned as a bodyguard for Camellia. He’s an hard edged guy who’s very loyal to his kingdom but he also has a sweet side that loves his little sisters. I can’t wait to know more about him in the next book. I loved the sisterly bond between Camellia, Padma, Edel, Ambrosia, Valeria and Hana. Among these belle sisters, my favorite was Edel. She’s stubborn, rebellious, snarky, and also a little bit troublemaker. The villain in this book is a psycho spoiled brat princess who seemed creepy. She’s pretty ruthless, clever, cunning, and quite manipulative. At the beginning, she didn’t seem like the villainy character to me, but as she slowly reveals her evil side, we can say that she definitely fits the villain category but not the strongest type.
The plot was interesting and very refreshing. It was so much darker than I had expected, but I really wish it wasn’t too slow. The first half of book gave princessy vibes with beautiful gowns, fashion, make-up, colorful flowers, and delicious food, but after halfway through the plot, the story takes a dark turn and that’s where things starts to get interesting. Most of the book is focused on Camellia searching for answers and the only action you’ll get is at the end of the book. If you don’t mind slow paced books then you’ll definitely enjoy this book more than I did. The plot twists were good, they’ll definitely keep you hooked to the story. I loved the diversity in this book but I’ve seen some of the readers having an huge issue regarding the gay characters. It didn’t anger me enough to hate the book but it might anger some readers. Anyways, my major issue was with the heroine Camellia. Even after watching all the evil deeds of the princess, she hopes there’s still some good inside her and I was like “does she lack common sense?”. She does some few mistakes which are forgivable but what made me mad is at the ending part, where something horrible happens and she does nothing but watch and what makes it even worse is that she’s part of it. Her inability to take action really frustrated me. Even though I was a bit disappointed with her, I’m still interested to see how the story continues in the next book. Okay enough of my rants, coming to the best parts of this book. The writing was beautiful. I loved the colorful lush setting and also the unique concept which shows the dark side of beauty and glamour. I liked the magical system. It was very unique but I did struggle to understand how the whole arcana thing works.
Overall, I enjoyed this book but it didn’t make it into my favorites list! It’s an interesting read filled with political intrigue, beautiful setting, and a unique magic system. ...more
This is my second book by Katie McGarry. I've been seeing people ravingActual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
This is my second book by Katie McGarry. I've been seeing people raving about it so I really wanted to give it a shot. After finishing the book, I was left with a mixed bag of feelings. It was such a sweet read and I really enjoyed it but I didn't fully love it as much as others because of two issues. My first issue was the book felt long. A little too long in my opinion. My second issue was the insta-attraction which hindered my enjoyment a bit but I still loved the sweet romance between Drix and Elle. And finally that bitter sweet ending which left me quite mad. I can't talk about it because it's a spoiler. The characters were pretty good. They're quite realistic and so relatable.
Eighteen Year old Drix was committed for a crime he didn't commit and spent one year in Juvie. He thought his life was over, but luckily he gets saved by the governor's new second chance program to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. To get back to his old life, Drix agrees to be the poster child of this project and bares himself to the press reporters. He can't do any kind of violence that'll jeopardize his position because it's either this or a prison sentence. Seventeen year old Elle is the governor's daughter. She lives a privileged life but it comes with too much pressure and expectations. She always needs to maintain a dignified persona in public. She wants to follow her own path but she don't want to disappoint her parents either. When Drix and Elle first meet instant connection takes place. They both come from different worlds. Their forbidden relationship might jeopardize everything but they can't resist their connection and undeniable attraction to each other.
I liked both Elle and Drix. Elle is a pretty likable character. She's sweet, caring, and compassionate person who likes rescuing stray animals. She wants to live an independent life and choose her own path but it means going against her parents wishes and she doesn't want to hurt them. Hendrix aka Drix is a pretty tough character who cares very much for his family. His half siblings are his only family and he would do anything for them. I really admired the strong bond between Drix and his family. I really liked how they're protective towards each other. The angsty romance between Drix and Elle was definitely swoony but to be honest, I didn't like the insta attraction at the beginning and how their relationship developed quickly. The secondary characters were pretty much fun and interesting. I liked Drix's three siblings but my favorite was his older brother Axle. He's a responsible guy and very protective of his family. I also liked Elle's Cousin Henry and I wish we had more of him in this book. And finally not to forget, the pup Thor. He was so cute and quite adorable puppy. I'm not fan of Elle's parents so you can say they're my least favorite.
This was a heartwarming story that focus on family, friendship, politics, and a swoony romance. The story moved in a slow pace so be warned, things starts to get intense only at the end. The mystery of the robber's identity was pretty easy to guess so when it was finally revealed, I wasn't really surprised. I enjoyed the family dynamics in the book. The ending totally broke my heart and It truly left me pretty sad. The writing was flawless and I don't have any issues with it. The story was told from Drix and Elle's POV's so that we can understand how much their worlds differ from each other.
Overall, I enjoyed this book but it's not my favorite. It was a sweet romance and I can understand why so many people loved it. It's a stand-alone novel but I'd love to read the side characters stories too.
Recommend it? Yes
I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves sweet YA contemporary with forbidden romance....more
Okay, I thought I was going to love this book but sadly, I didn't. This book has an intriguing prSame Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
Okay, I thought I was going to love this book but sadly, I didn't. This book has an intriguing premise and has so many positive reviews which made me put some high expectations on it. Well, I didn't enjoy the story as much as I hoped and I also had some issues with it. I actually wanted to read this book because of the necromancy aspect which is the first thing that grabbed my interest. The characters seemed okay-ish and the plot felt pretty predictable for me. The necromancer magic was unique but it wasn't that interesting either. There was not much world building in this book which was another disappointment for me. However, for a debut, I think it's a good start and I hope the next book is better.
The story follows seventeen year old Master Necromancer Odessa who serves the royal and noble families of Karthia. Whenever a royal member dies, Odessa's job is to raise them from the dead so they can continue their reign. In the mean time, the souls are wandered in the dangerous shadow world called deadlands. Every Necromancer have to retrieve the soul from the dangerous deadlands and bring it back to their body in order to revive them. One day, while retrieving King Wylding's soul, Odessa and her partner Evander finds a master necromancer dead in the deadlands and soon they get attacked by a dangerous shade, zombie like monster. The whole incident raises an alarm and fear among the necromancers. When shades starts to attack in the human lands, everyone in karthia begins to panic. The people whose eyes filled with respect for the necromancers are now filled with suspicion and disdain. Odessa searches for answers and she finds that someone is creating the shades and controlling them for their evil deeds. Can Odessa save her kingdom in time before it's too late?
I can't connect with any of the characters which was one of the major issues I had with this book. Odessa was an okay-ish character and she wasn't as strong as I expect her to be. When tragedy struck her, she falls into depression and gets addicted to drugs and makes some stupid decisions which quite annoyed me. She's a bisexual protagonist which is the only thing I liked about her character. The secondary characters seemed interesting but sadly, they aren't fleshed out well enough. They appeared whenever they're needed and quickly disappeared. I really wanted to know more about Meredy, Valoria and Kasmira. The romance was a huge disappointment and I didn't care much about it. There was zero chemistry between the characters and it kinda felt forced to me.
The plot was interesting but it was somewhat predictable for me. It's a fast paced plot but the middle part felt slow. The action scenes failed to thrill me because I didn't feel any tension. After I took a break from the book, I wasn't eager to get back into the story. I wasn't emotionally invested. I couldn't wait for the story to be over which is sooo not a good feeling when reading. The author's writing was good but I think it needs some more improvement. The whole book was told from Odessa's POV but I honestly think this one should've been written in multiple POV's. There's not much world building in this book which was a bit disappointing. We mostly get to explore Karthia and the deadlands. The necromancy magic didn't seem that much interesting to me. I wish the author explained a bit more about the world and the magic.
Overall, it was an okay-ish read for me! I liked the diverse aspect in this book. The story also focused on grief, depression, addiction, and healing which is rare in YA fantasy books. I'm not sure if I'm going to pick up the next book in this series but we'll see.
Recommend it? Yes
I would recommend this book to all the YA fantasy readers because me not loving this book is very much a case of it's not you, it's me. I just didn't connect. It might work out for you. So, do give it a shot!...more
“There are layers of pain inside me. Pain that I can’t put into words, and underneath it all isSame Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
“There are layers of pain inside me. Pain that I can’t put into words, and underneath it all is hell. It’s raw and bloody. Agony. Suffering. Torture.”
This book was an emotional roller coaster ride! Tijan’s books are either a hit or miss for me but I really wanted to give this book a chance because I’ve heard great things about it. This book was heart wrenchingly good. It hit me right in the feels and I was left emotionally drained. I wasn’t really into the story at the first half because it felt like a typical YA romance but damn the second half totally changed my mind. Ryan’s bed was completely different from Tijan’s other books. It not only deals with loss, grief, acceptance, and healing but it also deals with sensitive issues like suicide and depression. I think it’s the best book of Tijan so far and I really loved it.
“I felt her everywhere, Sitting next to me, Standing with me, Walking beside me. She was me, but I wasn’t her anymore.”
Seventeen Year old Mackenzie is the only normal child in her extraordinary family. Her eleven year old little brother is a boy genius and her twin sister Willow is a popular student who excelled at everything. Mac always felt like an outsider in her family. One day, her whole world turns pretty much upside down when she finds her twin sister dead. Mac don’t know how to deal with her twin’s suicide. Then she meets Ryan Jenson who’ll soon become her safe haven. Ryan is the school’s star basketball player, when he finds Mackenzie on his bed he gets pretty surprised to find a girl on his bed but after learning her situation, he can understand what she’s going through. They build a emotional connection which soon becomes something more. Ryan wants to help with her grief but Mac thinks she’s totally broken and she’s beyond saving.
“I didn’t want to have memories in my head, making me feel things I couldn’t handle.”
Mackenzie and Ryan are pretty great characters! Mac was vulnerable yet strong character. Her inner turmoils and how she coped with her twin’s death really made me sad. She makes some stupid decisions which annoyed me a bit but I still enjoyed her character development and her journey to healing. Ryan was such a sweet and caring guy. He’s another flawed character that I really liked. I quite enjoyed the relationship between Mackenzie and Ryan, and how they found solace in each others arms. It’s really not a slow burn romance but it’s not an insta-romance either. Their relationship started off as friendship but soon it turns into love. I loved the chemistry between them. There was lots of angst and sorrow. As for the other characters, I also loved Mac’s little brother Robbie. He’s totally adorable and I really enjoyed the sibling relationship between him and Mac. I hated Mac’s parents at the beginning when they ignored her living daughter but it can be understandable that they’re also coping in their own way too.
“In Ryan’s arms, I felt a little less crazy. I felt a little better. And I felt a little bit more whole.”
The story began like any other typical ya romance but slowly it became intense when things starts to unfold. Hence begins the journey to heart wrenching feels. The author did quite well in portraying the loss and grief and how it effects the whole family in the story. The pacing was slow but I think it’s the perfect pace for this book. There is a tiny mystery in the plot which unveils at the end and it totally surprised me. I really didn’t saw that coming. The author’s writing style was addictive and captivating throughout. The whole story was told from Mac’s POV but I wish Ryan’s POV was also included in it.
“Somehow, some way, Ryan had become necessary to me. He shielded me, protected me. My head was above water with him. Without him I would sink. I would drown alone.”
Overall, I loved it! It’s not your typical YA/NA contemporary romance, it’s a story about loss, grief, healing, depression, family, friendship, and love. This book delivers a great message and I would like to remind that it is a mature YA and some themes may not be comfortable for young readers....more
Oh my, this book was super entertaining, engaging, and thrilling! It was one of the hyped books tSame Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
Oh my, this book was super entertaining, engaging, and thrilling! It was one of the hyped books that I wanted to read for a while and I’m so glad that I finally got to read it. It was really a great read and definitely lived up to the hype. The plot was very addictive and suspenseful. I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I really liked the way the author used the high school stereotype characters in this book. It was a pretty impressive work and it was hard to believe that it was Karen McManus debut novel. I’ll definitely look forward to more books from her in the future.
The story centers around five high school students/stereotypes Bronwyn(Nerd), Nate(criminal), Addy(princess), Cooper(Jock) and Simon(The Outcast). Bronwyn is a smart/rich Ivy League girl who is looking forward to her future studies in Yale. Nate is a handsome bad boy with a criminal record and currently on probation for dealing drugs. Copper is the star Athlete of the school with great future ahead. Addy is a beauty and homecoming princess with a perfect boyfriend. Simon is an outcast of the school and also creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. He posts everyone’s secrets in his app for entertainment. One day, five of them ends up in detention but only four of them comes out alive. Due to some accident, Simon ends up dead but after some investigation it was revealed that his death wasn’t an accident. The remaining four of them becomes the prime suspects because they all have one thing in common, a dark secret that could destroy their future and Somehow Simon already got a hold of them and he has already planned to post them in his app. These four had great reason for wanting him dead, So, Who was the real killer in these four or did they planned it together? or they’re just the scapegoats for the murder while the real killer still out there? Read this book to find out!
I enjoyed every character in this book! Bronwyn, Nate, Addy, and Cooper are interesting characters even though they’re cliched stereotypes. They’re all multilayered, well built and well developed. My favorite was Nate and Cooper. They’re definitely the strongest characters in this book. At the beginning, they all seem like the typical stereotype characters but as the story progressed, we get to know more about them and that’s when I started to care for them. After Simon’s death, their life is never the same and they become kinda outcasts in their own school and I liked how they worked together as a group to help each other. I don’t know who to root for because I wanted everyone to be cleared of the murder because I liked them all. There is also some romance in the book which I absolutely loved. It’s a well written romance which didn’t overshadowed the mystery in the plot. The secondary characters are pretty likable too. I loved Maeve, Eli, Ashton, and Kris!
The plot was amazing! It was well written and engaging. I was totally hooked to the story right from the very start. The pacing of the story was perfect. As the story slowly unfolds, It was very hard to guess who’s the real killer. The plot twists were pretty good. They’ll keep the readers suspenseful and keep them guessing until the end. I had some predictions but it became a bit hard when the author keeps on throwing suspicions on every character. After I’m halfway through the book, I finally guessed who actually killed Simon. It wasn’t very hard, you just need to pay attention to every details. At the final reveal, I wasn’t very much shocked but I did enjoyed how our characters finally puts everything together. Karen has a compelling writing style and I quite enjoyed the shifting POV’s(first-person) between the four characters and being in their heads.
Overall, I loved it! It was a great read and an amazing YA debut! It was a perfect entertainer filled with mystery, drama, suspense, and light romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can’t wait to know what the author has in store for us next....more
I was super thrilled to read this book because it’s a western themed novel set in a dystopian worSame Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
I was super thrilled to read this book because it’s a western themed novel set in a dystopian world with a strong female lead. After finishing the book, I was left pretty much disappointed. It turns out to be quite different from what I was expecting. It was totally a dystopian read with a very light western setting. I tried really hard to love this book, but I can’t. I’m not saying it was a terrible read and many people seems to love it but it just didn’t work out for me. I’ve read tons of dystopian books and this one felt like another typical dystopian read that I’ve read before except for the gunslinger girl aspect which was the only thing I found unique about this novel. Honestly, I enjoyed Rebel of the sands(another western mix novel) way more than this one.
The Story follows seventeen year old Serendipity Jones aka Pity who lives in a shitty world where women don’t have equality. After the second civil war, the west has become dangerous lands, so many women were turned infertile so the fertile women are bartered as prizes between communes as bridal bribes. Since her mother’s death, Pity had led a tough life with her father and two brothers. Pity was pretty much skilled with guns which she inherited from her mother. After her father forbid her to touch a gun, she always craved for them. When she learns that her father sold her to another colony that needed fertile women, Pity gets pretty much devastated. To avoid the same horrible fate her mother had, she escapes from her colony with her mother’s pair of six shooters which is the only reminder left of her. During her journey when a tragedy takes place Pity finally ends up at Cessation, the last place on the continent where you can do whatever the hell you want. Soon she joins a show business which gives her fame and fortune but soon she gets tangled in underworld politics. When Cessation started to get the best of her, Pity realizes that she needs to get out but the prize she has to pay for her freedom was too great.
I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in this book. Seredipity Jones was an okay-ish character but she didn’t impress me much. I expected her to be strong heroine that kicks ass but instead we get a weak character. Yeah, she’s a good shooter but she really wasn’t that amazing. I was also annoyed with her weird nick name Pity. It sounded totally uncool and stupid. There is a light romance in the book and I’m glad it wasn’t the central focus of the book. I really wasn’t interested in the romance between Max and Pity, it was dull and boring. There is zero chemistry between them. Add to that, the love interest Max was even more boring. His character wasn’t fleshed out well enough, the only thing that we get to know about him was that he’s a nice guy with piercings on his face and he paints well, but later when the author drops that twist about him, it was the ultimate cliche( I saw that coming). The secondary characters aren’t fleshed out well either. They aren’t really memorable characters and after finishing the book, I already forgot their names. The only character that stood out for me was Selene, Cessation’s leader. She seemed like a female mafia leader and everyone fears her.
The plot was good but it could’ve been executed even better. The story began with a great start, but after Pity joins the theater show in Casimir the story took a slow turn and then I started to lose my interest. There were some exciting parts that I enjoyed but there were also slow draggy parts that bored me. I was expecting adventure and some bang bang action in desert but instead we get a circus like L.A show and some underworld politics which I did enjoyed btw but seriously, I was expecting more than that. I also forgot to mention this book doesn’t truly have a western feel to it which was the major thing that disappointed me. The writing of the author was pretty good but I need to say that there was a lot of telling but less showing. As for the world building, Lyndsay did create a interesting world but she didn’t provide a strong backstory and in this book, we didn’t get to explore much of this world. So far, we only get to know about Pity’s small commune at east, and Cessation. I’m hoping the next book going to be interesting because Pity was finally got out of that dump.
Overall, it was an okay-ish read for me! It’s a dystopian read with a western twist. I might’ve given it a 3.5 stars if my expectations weren’t too high on this book. The book concludes with an interesting end and I might give the next book a shot when it comes out but I’m not sure yet....more
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*I received a digital ARC copy from the Publisher Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
OMG, This book was really good! It took me by surprise and I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It was totally fast paced, action packed, and engaging YA sci-fi read. I’ve never read any of Audrey grey’s books but I want to give this a shot because I loved the premise and also not to forget the gorgeous cover that was literally calling my name. It kinda reminded me of defy the stars by Claudia Grey but they’re definitely not the same. After finishing the book, I was left wanting for more. I enjoyed every aspect in this book. The characters were pretty good and they’re the best thing I loved about it. The plot was a bit predictable but It didn’t hinder my enjoyment of it at all.
Princess Talia Starchaser is the sovereign to the Starchaser dynasty, ruler of the seven planets. In their world every human has a companion mock, human looking androids with emotions programmed inside them. Because of a virus, the mocks started to make their own decisions and they start to rebel against their makers because of the way they’re being treated as slaves. Eventually, the rebellion starts to get out of control. To save the Starchaser dynasty, a political wedding was set between Talia and a prince from another planet. Talia and her mock Companion Ailat have grown together and they’re best friends since forever but when she was forced to betray her on the eve of her eighteen birthday, a chain of events takes place which leads to a princess floating in space, an end to the humans authority and a start to the Mock’s reign over humans.
Hundred years later, half-Mock Captain Will Perault of the ship Odysseus and his scavenger crew discovers a floating device in the space surrounded by mines. He retrieves it by risking his life along with his crew members in the ship. Everyone gets surprised, when a flesher(a term used by mocks for humans) emerges from inside it. When the Queen’ s forces starts to chase after them, Will believes that she’s going to be the key to buying his way back to the queen’s regiment and also earning her good graces. Six months ago, he was kicked out from Queen’s regiment for getting away an alliance ship filled with humans. So in order get his old life back, he needs to hand Talia over to the Queen. Will and Talia can’t stand each other and they don’t trust each other either but to survive they both make an unlikely alliance. When Talia brings out the buried human feelings inside him, Will wants to get rid of her as soon as possible even though he feels guilty about it.
Talia and Will were pretty enjoyable characters! I loved Talia! She’s strong, stubborn, sassy, and also a bit spoiled. I enjoyed her character from the start. She loves adventure and deeply cares for her loved ones. She didn’t hated her family even when they arranged a political marriage with a jerk prince from another planet. Ailat, her companion mock is her only friend in her entire life and she always treated her like a sister. I liked the sisterhood between Ailat and Talia at the beginning and I felt bad when Talia was forced to betray her. Will is a very intriguing and also a bit complex character! He had a dark past that made him hate humans. After he was turned into a mock, he forgot about human emotions and how to feel them. I wish we had more glimpses of Will’s past so we could know a bit more about his childhood. I absolutely enjoyed the relationship between him and Talia. I’m so glad it wasn’t an insta-love. I’m always a sucker for slow burn romances. Talia and Will constantly clashed with each other at the beginning. She always gets on his nerves whenever she fails to obey his command. But eventually they start to trust to each other and feelings bloom. I loved their chemistry, their banters and the tension between them. As for the secondary characters, Will’s crew members Leo, Lux, Dorian and Jane are pretty likable too. I enjoyed their playful banters and how they cared for each other as a family. It would’ve been great if the authors focused a bit more on the side characters too.
I really liked the plot even though it was predictable. The story was pretty entertaining and fun, I was never left bored. It’s really a unique sci-fi retelling of Sleeping Beauty and I enjoyed every minute of it. The space adventure and action in the book made this book even more enjoyable. The pacing was good but some parts felt a bit rushed though. There are some interesting twists and turns in the book. Some were predictable but some came as a surprise for me too. The writing style was funny and captivating through out. I’m glad this book had a dual POV. I enjoyed reading the story from Will and Talia’s third person perspective. The world the authors created was pretty good and I want to explore more of it.
Overall, I loved this book! It’s an entertaining YA sci-fi read filled with adventure, action, humor, and light romance. For now, it’s a stand-alone novel but I really hope there’s more of this story....more
He’s the kind of guy that could break hearts with just one look. I notiActual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
He’s the kind of guy that could break hearts with just one look. I notice the little details that make his perfect face even more devastating—the sexy indent on his top lip, the even sexier dimple on his chin and his impossibly long golden lashes, so thick, that it’s sinful. I find myself thinking again that he looks exactly like an angel might. But when he opens his mouth to speak, that image is quickly banished.
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First of all, I really enjoyed this book. It was Paper Princess meets Romeo and Juliet with a fantasy twist. I was totally sold when I first saw this book’s synopsis, if you don’t know I’m total sucker for hate to love romances. The story was totally entertaining and fun to read but to be honest, it didn’t blew my mind away. The plot was pretty much predictable and there are some aspects in this book that really annoyed me especially the high school drama. Nevertheless, it was still an engaging read and I’m quite certain that many people will definitely love this book. It has interesting characters and a hot romance which I enjoyed a lot. I also liked the fantasy and magical elements in the plot. For a debut, I think it was a good start for a new NA series and I hope the next book would be even better.
The story follows Jazmine, a seventeen year old orphan who has lived in ten foster homes in ten different places but she never felt like she belonged anywhere. Not in her foster home or anywhere on earth. She currently works as a waitress wearing skimpy dresses to save money for the art college but suddenly her whole world changes when she gets kidnapped by a stranger who has unusual eyes like her and gives the otherworldly vibes. The stranger turns out to be her grandfather who reveals that she’s the last heir to the sovereign Evenstar dynasty in Eden, a parallel world which is running alongside Earth. She’s half human and half Seraph, bastard child of the late king. Jazmine tries to find her place in this new beautiful world and hopes that she might belong here but it gets hard when everyone tries to make her life miserable by reminding her that she doesn’t belong in Eden especially the alluring Raphael St. Tristan, heir to the rival sovereign St. Tristan Dynasty and next in line to the throne of Eden. He is a devil with an angel’s face who promises to break her but Jaz had led a pretty hard life since young and she isn’t someone who would break easily and she wouldn’t give up without a fight.
Jazmine is a strong character, she’s a total badass with great amount of sass! I really liked her character but her attraction to Tristan annoyed me a bit. She hates the guy and calls him an a**hole but she can’t stop ogling his hot body and she feels the need to tell us how beautiful he looks whenever he makes an appearance. She was a total mush whenever he invades her personal space. I wish she had some control over herself. Tristan is definitely a swoon worthy character but I have mixed feelings about him. Currently I’m not fan of him but I don’t hate him either. He was arrogant, Jerk, Cocky, Alpha, and Class A A**hole. Some of his actions in the book really made me want to kick his ass and when I started to like him, he messes up once again. Honestly, he isn’t really a total bad guy, he has some good qualities too and after that cliffhanger, I’m curious to know what he’s gonna do next. The chemistry between Jaz and Tristan is off the charts. There is a lot of sexual tension between them at the beginning. I absolutely enjoyed their hot romance, it was totally steamy and blush worthy. As for the secondary characters, I liked Baron, Lance, Keller, and Ivy. I loved the fun banters and the friendship between these group. Layla on the other hand was a total Queen bitch, I absolutely hated her and I really hope she disappears soon.
The Plot was very much fun and interesting but It was also very much predictable too. I’m not saying it was a bad read because the book never failed to hold my attention and interest from the first page to the last line and I just finished it in two sittings. The only thing that I didn’t liked about the plot was that it was focused a bit too much on the high school drama and less on the magical element. I mostly felt like I was reading a New Adult Contemporary read set in high school. The characters are teenagers but it’s definitely not a Young Adult novel so be warned. The writing style was good, it was simple and easy to follow. The whole story was written in Jazmine’s first person pov. I hope we also get to have Tristan’s POV in the next book. There’s not much world building in this book which was a bit disappointing because I really wish to see more of Eden. I liked the elemental magic system and It was one of the aspect I loved. I hope we get to see some more elemental action in the sequel.
Overall, I had fun reading this book but sadly it didn’t make it to my favorites list. However, I’m still very much looking forward to the next book. The book finally concludes with a cliffhanger which I already saw coming but I’m still very curious to know what happens next.
I highly recommend this book to every one who loves enemies to lovers/hate-to love romance especially to the people who loved The Paper Princess by Erin Watt but I must warn you that the plot is predictable filled with lots of high school drama and sizzling romance....more
The Language of Thorns was a wonderful read! I’m not fan of anthologies and short stories but I cSame Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
The Language of Thorns was a wonderful read! I’m not fan of anthologies and short stories but I can’t miss this one because I love dark fairy tales, I love grishaverse, and it was written by my favorite author Leigh Bardugo. I would read anything written by her. I loved her Six of crows duology and Grisha Trilogy. This book was beautiful inside and outside. The illustrations by Sara Kipin made this book even more irresistible and also not to forget its gorgeous book cover. All the tales in the collection are definitely dark and a bit creepy but I enjoyed every one of them. It has a gorgeous writing style and fantastic world building. This wonderful collection of tales mostly deals with friendship, betrayal, love, sacrifice, revenge, feminism, abuse, and family and sibling relationship.
Here’s my mini-review of all the tales in this anthology:
Ayama and the Thorn Wood (Set in Zemeni) : 5 Stars!
This story was definitely one of my favorite in this collection. It’s kinda mix of beauty and the beast, and Cinderella. I loved Ayama! She’s a wonderful character. Since young, she had lived her life like she was a servant in her own house because of her ugly rough voice unlike her older sister who was gifted with sweet singing voice. Ayama’s parents forbid her to speak less and she was allowed to talk only when it was necessary and she had spent her entire life doing house chores. When a beast is making havoc in their kingdom and no one dares to go into the woods, her parents sends Ayama to negotiate with the deadly beast so that they could get the reward from the king in exchange for her help. When Ayama finally meets the dangerous beast he wasn’t what she had expected. Okay, I loved every minute of this story, It was quite fairytale-ish from start till the end. I absolutely hated Ayama’s parents in this book. I’m glad her sister wasn’t heartless like her parents. I really liked the sisterly bond between them. The ending of the story was just Perfect.
The Too-Clever Fox (Set in Ravka) : 4 Stars!
This story was pretty much heartbreaking! It follows a clever fox who has no friends and he was shunned by everyone because of his ugly looks. So far, he survived by his clever trickster skills and he was known as the cleverest fox in Ravka. He was pretty confident of himself because of his smart mind but what happens when he gets outsmarted and finally meets his match. I quite enjoyed this tale and the twist at the end was pretty much shocking. I really didn’t see that coming. I felt pretty bad for the fox but the ending was quite satisfying though.
The Witch of Duva (Set in Ravka): 4 Stars!
The Witch Of Duva was a nice take on Hansel and Gretel. It’s a mystery story about missing girls in a village where everyone believes that the forest has ate all the girls so every young girl was warned not to wander in the woods. The mystery was totally unpredictable and the revelation at the end will definitely surprise you. I’m glad it wasn’t a total rip-off of the original tale and I loved the twist at the end, It was totally unexpected, creepy and twisted. Some scenes might seem a bit uncomfortable for some readers but overall it was a good tale.
Little Knife (Set in Ravka) : 4 Stars!
Little Knife is another great tale in this collection. It was very unique and I really loved the moral of this story and the message it delivers. It’s a story about a young girl who was born with a great beauty. Every male in her town wants to possess her and her father wants to marry her to the richest man in the town so she can have a happy rich life. The story was a bit predictable but what made me give this a four star was the unexpected twist which changed everything.
The Soldier Prince(Set in Kerch): 3.5 Stars!
This story is a retelling of Nutcracker with some elements of Grisha Magic. I enjoyed this story but I didn’t fell in love with it. This one seemed a bit slower than the other tales. I loved the nutcracker in this tale aka The Soldier Prince! He was a nutcracker who was given life by a clocksmith named Droessen who was actually a Fabrikator. Droessen was a mysterious and creepy character. He has a strange obsession over a young girl and he uses the Nutcracker to learn all of her secrets. But what happens when the Nutcracker develops a mind of his own?
When Water Sang Fire (Set in Fjerdan) : 5 Stars!
This was my second favorite tale in this collection and it also had a wonderful surprise for all of the grisha trilogy fans (hint hint: Darkling). It’s a story about two misfit mermaids who were forced to work together but soon they become great friends. Together they produce beautiful music and their powerful voices can summon even deadly storms. When they both get the opportunity to walk on the human lands, they couldn’t resist it because all the mermaids are intrigued of humans. This tale was based on the sea-witch story. The plot was unpredictable but we can guess how it’ll end. I felt pretty sad for Ulla at the end and what she has gone through. I really hope we get to see her once again.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves dark fairy tales and also to all the grishaverse lovers!
The Bear and the Nightingale was absolutely beautiful and enchanting! TActual Rating: 4.5 stars! Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
The Bear and the Nightingale was absolutely beautiful and enchanting! This book has earned a lot of praises and you don't know how much I was excited to finally read it. I love fairy-tale retellings and this one was definitely a gem. I've read a few books based on russian folklore so I knew this was going to be another great read. I truly enjoyed devouring this book. The best things I loved about it was the cold wintry setting, and the lyrical writing style of the author. Vasya was a strong heroine and I really loved her character. Despite the slow pace, the story has always kept me engaged and never left me bored. I can't believe this was Katherine's debut novel. She has really done an impressive Job with this book. I loved the way she beautifully weaved this wonderful tale filled with russian folklore, traditions, and their old superstitions.
The story follows Vasilisa aka Vasya whose mother has died giving birth to her. She lives with her father and her siblings at a village near the woods. All the people in her village believe in superstitions and follow old traditions. During Winter every family huddle together before their oven to survive the harsh cold. Vasya grew up with her siblings hearing fairytales from her nurse dunya who is like a grandmother to her. She always loved hearing about the frost demon with cold blue eyes who appears at night. Everyone is afraid to wander in the woods at night because people who has crossed paths with him has never returned alive. Vasya isn't beautiful like her siblings and people find her odd because of her wild appearance and behavior. When Vasya's father goes to Moscow, he comes back bringing her a step mother who forbids them to honor the household spirits and add to that, she's really not fond of the wild Vasya. She wanted to get rid of her by either marrying her away or sending her to a convent. Since childhood Vasya has a gift to see the household spirits and talk to them. She hid her ability because she knew no one would believe her and people already call her a witch. When a new charismatic priest appears in the village, people stopped following the old rituals and soon misfortune has fell upon their village. Crops begin to fail, the winter has become even more harsher, wild creatures started preying on their livestock. But Vasya can see the real danger is the rising evil that keeps getting closer to them. To save her village and her family from this ominous threat, Vasya defies everyone and uses her gift to find someone that holds all her answers.
I loved Vasya! She's a strong heroine who's brave, curious, rebellious, and Independent. Her wildness is the best part I loved about her. I quite enjoyed her character development throughout. I really liked the slow transition of her from a curious little girl to a strong woman. I also liked Dunya! She's really a great grandmotherly character. I enjoyed her relationship with Vasya and how much she cared for her. Pyotr is a good father who loves his daughter but I wouldn't say he was a great father figure and there were some things he did that made me not like him. Vasya siblings were not bad either. They really care for her sister even though they hate her wild behavior. The frost demon was a very intriguing and mysterious character. We still don't know much about him but I'm very curious to know all the secrets he was hiding. Father Constantine was my least favorite character. He was a total prick and I just wish that he would disappear from the story. I also enjoyed the supernatural spirits especially domovoi(house hold spirit) and Vazila(spirit protecting horses). They are a bit creepy but they're total fun characters.
It's a character driven story that has a huge fairytale vibe to it. Although the pacing was slow and there's not much action in the book, I was still hooked to the plot because I really enjoyed seeing Vasya growing up from a wild kid to a strong young woman. People who love character driven plots will definitely love this book. The culture, religion, the exotic wintry setting, and the supernatural elements are the other aspects that held my interest. The religious theme seemed a bit too much sometimes but I didn't mind it. The story was told in third person pov and I'm glad that we get to enjoy the story from different perspectives. The world building was totally stunning! I totally fell in love with the beautiful scenery the author has created. Her vivid and lyrical writing style will take you to her enchanting imaginary world filled with magic and adventure.
Overall, it was a fantastic and Magical read! I'm so glad this was a trilogy because I really want to explore more of this world. This book also makes a perfect winter read. If you haven't read this yet then I highly suggest you to pick this up asap. There isn't any cliffhanger at the end but Vasya's story hasn't ended yet. Her real adventure starts in the next book and I can't wait to read it.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves character driven fantasy books with strong heroine. It's not a fast paced action packed fantasy read but it's still a must read for every fantasy lovers....more
Elise Kova is one of my favorite YA fantasy authors and I was so disappointed with this book. I wSame Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
Elise Kova is one of my favorite YA fantasy authors and I was so disappointed with this book. I was really very excited to read it because It was her new series which sounded quite intriguing and It also has Jinns. I just can’t resist books with Jinn. I loved her Air Awakens series and also The Alchemists of the Loom saga but this was one was a huge disappointment. While reading this book, I was wondering “is this really her book” because it really has a great concept but the story’s execution felt pretty much dull to me. Honestly, It wasn’t really great as her previous works and the romance was totally meh. Adding to that, the protagonist didn’t impress me much either. This was actually Elise’s debut in urban fantasy and also her first collaboration with another author maybe the problem lies in that, I’m really not sure but I really hope the sequel is much more improved.
The story follows Nineteen Year old Josephina Espinosa aka Jo who works as an hacker for hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. One day, she was hired by the Yakuza to break into the Black Bank System but everything goes disastrously wrong when they get busted and gunned down by the government, and her friend Yuusuke gets killed. Jo feels responsible for his death. She suddenly remembers the old magical tale about wish granters her grandma used to tell her when she was young. Without thinking for a second, she completes the ritual and summons a Jinn. Her only wish was to save her friend’s life, but in exchange she had to sacrifice her eternal life and get completely erased from the mortal world.
After Jo’s wish was granted, she’s the newest member of the society of the wishes. She lives in a lavish mansion and meets seven other members like her. The guy who granted her wish is also with them and he was the leader of their group. Jo has a hard time adjusting to her new life when no seems to answer her questions. When she learns that her friend whom she sacrificed her mortal life for is once again heading to the same path, she decides to stop him because her sacrifice would mean nothing if he dies once again. Despite everyone’s warnings, Jo uses her new abilities to help him but even a minute change in the mortal world can bring great consequences. When Jo finally realizes her mistake she decides to make everything right even though everyone forbids her to not to get involved.
I have mixed feelings about our main protagonist, Jo. I liked her sassy and tough personality but when she started to make stupid decisions, she started to seem like an annoying teenager. She’s a badass hacker but I wish she wasn’t too overconfident about her skills. Honestly, She’s really not as amazing as Elise’s other heroines Vhalla and Arianna. The secondary characters were interesting but I wish they were a bit more fleshed out. I wanted to know more about Snow, Nico, Takako, Eslar and Wayne. Everyone seems to have their own stories but no one wants to share them. Seriously, how can you build a connection with the characters if you don’t know anything about them. Snow is one of the major characters but he was barely there in the plot. I like broody mysterious guys but his hot and cold personality towards Jo really irked me. Sometimes he acts like a total douche but sometimes his expressions shows that he has feelings for her which felt major awkward to me. There is a light romance but I didn’t care much about it because it was sort of a insta-lovey thing and here I was expecting a slow burn romance.
The Plot was good but to be honest, it’s a bit predictable and I think it could’ve been executed even better. This book mostly seemed like a prequel because we still don’t know what’s the actual story really about so there’s still hope for this series. The story moved in a fast pace with engaging scenes but it still failed to thrill me. And Argh, that random sex scene was totally awkward. It’s like watching two horny teenagers getting each other off. It seemed like forcing a sex scene into the book to make it a New Adult novel because that scene didn’t bring anything to the plot and it felt unnecessary to me. Another thing that I didn’t like was the single POV. I really would’ve enjoy this book a bit more if it was written in multiple POV. The world building was pretty cool and I want to explore more of the outside world but not the lavish mansion because I had enough of that. The magic in this book is a bit different which is good and I want more of it. I liked the diverse aspect and how every member of the society comes from different regions and worlds.
Overall, it was an okay-ish read! It really has a great concept and intriguing characters but the execution part seemed average to me. However, I still want to give this series another chance and I hope the next book is better than this one....more
Since I finished The V Games, I was looking forward to read this book. I didn’t set any high expeSame Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
Since I finished The V Games, I was looking forward to read this book. I didn’t set any high expectations on it because second books in a trilogy mostly tends to disappoint me but this one turns out to be even better than the first book and I quite enjoyed it. It’s full on entertaining and I really had a great time reading it. There was action, humor, romance, and some unexpected twists. Besides Selena and Varick, we’re introduced to some interesting new characters. The V-games in this book are a bit different than the first one and the Helsing’s has set some new rules to the game. We also have Lycan’s aka werewolves in it which is another thing that I liked about this sequel.
The books starts from where we left off in the first book. Selena escapes the Island of Raskdød with the help of Varick but unfortunately, he can’t come with her and he was left behind. Now, Varick is awaiting for his punishment and he already knows what it’s going to be. After escaping the island, Selena feels bad for leaving Varick at the hands of the ruthless Van Helsings and she wants to save him. When she gets stuck in the middle of the North Sea, her paths cross with someone who wants to help her. Together with unlikely allies, Selena sets on a rescue mission and goes back to the island. When things doesn’t go as planned, she ends up back in the V-games, but this time it’s a brand new game set in a brand new island. This new V Games are even more worse than the last one and Varick might be one of the V’s hunting them. Can Selena Save Varick in time or will she end up dead by his hands.
I loved Selena in this book! After surviving the V Games, She became even more fearless, determined, and tough. I also loved Varick, at the beginning he started off as a bad guy but later he turns into a good guy. He gets tortured for helping Selena escape which he doesn’t regret at all. There is some romance in this book which I really liked. It isn’t the major focus of the book, but I really loved the romance between Varick and Selena. I totally ship them and also the other couple whom I’m not going to name because it’s a spoiler. Jameson, Varick’s old friend is a new surprise and I really enjoyed his character. He’s pretty fun, sexy, and flirty guy who cracks jokes even in life threatening situations. Ignus is kinda sick and sadistic guy who enjoyed torturing Varick and Jameson, and he got what he deserved at the end. Besides some new interesting characters, there are also other characters who makes re-appearance but it’s a bit spoiler-ish to mention them.
The plot was engaging and pretty much entertaining! From the first page, I was hooked to the plot. The story moved in a fast pace and there was never a dull movement throughout. The brand new setting, new games, and new rules made the plot even more interesting to read. The twists in the plot were pretty good and they made the story even more enjoyable for me. The writing style was good and easy to follow. The story was told from multiple POV’s and I’m glad that we get to read the book from different POV’s.
Overall, It was a great sequel and I Ioved it! It wasn’t mindblowingly amazing, but It was pretty much entertaining and action packed enough to enjoy it. I’ll definitely look forward to the finale of this trilogy and I hope it’s even more better. ...more
I loved the beautiful cover of this book it’s obviously the first thingActual rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
I loved the beautiful cover of this book it’s obviously the first thing that grabbed my interest. I picked this up for fun and I couldn’t resist myself after reading its interesting premise. The V games was such an entertaining read. It’s like Hunger Games meets the Vampires. I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I’m so glad it wasn’t another cheesy YA vampire romance novel. This book was totally an entertaining read filled with kickass action, engaging plot, and a slice of romance. I really liked the concept of the book even though it was a bit bloody. There are some flaws in the book, but despite that, it still was an enjoyable read.
The story follows Eighteen Year Old Selena Grey who was sentenced for 25 years in jail for killing her abusive step father. She didn’t know how she could survive alone in a jail but soon she makes a new friend named Cassandra aka Cass who is also her cellmate. One night, all the prisoners are woken up for a sudden inspection which Selena found a bit strange. After everyone was gathered, She’s surprised to find that their inspector is quite young and handsome but Selena’s instincts told her that he’s very dangerous. Next time, she wakes up to find herself in a ship with the same guy who calls himself Varick. Selena soon comes to learn that she’s been kidnapped along with another 6 young girl prisoners who are from the same jail. They’re all taken to an isolated island with high security. Selena confused about why they’ve been kidnapped but later she’s horrified to learn that they’re contestants in a blood sport held by a powerful family in which they’re hunted by hungry blood thirsty vampires. To win the game they need to survive the island for one week but it’s not an easy task if the island is surrounded by hungry vampires. With no choice left, every contestant should learn to fight the V’s or else get killed by them. The last one to the grave wins the grand prize which is their freedom.
Selena was a pretty likable character! She’s strong, brave, and very compassionate. Even though some of the other contestants were a total bitch to her, she never held a grudge against them. She helped the other girls whenever they’re in danger. Since young, she led a tough life especially with her step father being abusive and when he finally crossed the limit, she did a great thing by putting a stop to it. I also enjoyed her character development. With each checkpoint, Selena begins to grow more strong and more badass against vampires. Varick is a mysterious and very intriguing character. He’s a powerful vampire and also a reluctant slave to the powerful Van Helsing’s family. I really liked his character. I actually thought he was a bad guy but soon we get to see the good side of him. He loathes the Van Helsing’s family and their ruthless tradition where innocent girls gets killed for their entertainment. I enjoyed the light romance between Varick and Selena. The first time Varick meets Selena he gets totally captivated by her scent and his strange attraction to her makes him feel confused because he’s a vampire and the only thing that he should care about is the blood flowing in her veins but something about her awakens feelings inside him that he thought he has lost forever. I know it does sound a bit cliched and insta-lovish but trust me, it’s really not that bad. Both of them don’t get along well from the start. So it’s kinda like hate to love relationship. The secondary characters that I liked are Cass and Kite. Cass was a sassy and fun character. I really enjoyed the friendship between her and Selena. Kite is a queen bee bully from Selena’s jail and I really didn’t expect to like her.
The plot was engaging, action-packed, and totally entertaining! I was hooked to the story right from the very first page. The writing style of the author was pretty good and I’m so glad that this book was written in dual POV because it brought more insight to the story. The plot moved in a fast pace filled with action, thrill and light romance. I really liked the unique take on vampire novels. We know that the Van Helsing’s are the famous Vampire Hunters, the good guys who hunts vampires to save humans but in this book, they’re actually the villains who’re uber rich and they’ve got nothing to do but organizing blood sport games for their entertainment. I enjoyed the V-games concept where every girl needs to reach the checkpoints in order to get to the next level and also not to forget the ticking time bomb that is placed on the back of their heads. Before entering the game, all the girls are dolled up in beautiful gowns. With limited food supplies and a wooden stake as their only weapon, they fight for their lives against the vampires and being weak will get you killed. I loved the world building! The island is a perfect setting for the V-games.
Overall, I immensely enjoyed reading this book! It might not be a total perfection but it’s still a good read and I’ll definitely be checking out the next one. ...more
*ARC e-copy received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*
OMG, This book was sooooo good. It was my first book by Rachel A. Marks and I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. This book was a perfect YA urban fantasy read that left me wanting for more. I enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed ACOTAR. It was a very entertaining UF read that has so many magical beings like demigods, shades, wraiths, druids, vampires, selkies, Pixies, fae etc. I really loved all the aspects of this book. The characters were very intriguing, the magic was interesting, and the plot was engaging through out. This is really a great start for a new series and I want more of it.
Sage is an eighteen year old orphan who lives on the streets of L.A and struggles to survive everyday. Her whole world changes when she and her friend gets invited to a Halloween party but she wasn't aware that it was a trap set for her. She was suddenly thrusted into otherworld that she never knew existed. What makes it even worse is that she was one of them, a celtic demi god that has a power of fire. She was captured and taken to one of the lavish mansions at the uptown L.A. Sage wants to escape from her captors but she has no choice because she has this new power that could turn deadly and dangerous to others if it wasn't controlled properly. She was asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, the house of Brighid. She was assigned to a new broody bodyguard who harbors so many secrets. She was pursued by a dark handsome prince who thinks that she belongs to him. With so many trying to win her favor, Sage doesn't know whom to trust but in the end, she has to make a decision that'll change her whole fate.
Sage is a strong protagonist and I really loved her character in this book. She's rebellious, sassy, and fun. I enjoyed her character growth throughout the novel. At the beginning she was very confused and also a bit naive about the other world and the Celtic mythology, but as the story progresses, she slowly becomes confident and strong as she gets familiar with everything and slowly gets control of her powers. Faelan, Sage's broody and grumpy bodyguard was a swoon worthy character. This guy has an interesting back story. He is a bounty hunter and reluctantly becomes Sage's mentor. I quite enjoyed the relationship between Sage and Faelan. It was a slow burn romance and I pretty much enjoyed the chemistry between them. I'm totally shipping them! On the other hand, we have dark raven prince, Kieran. I liked his fun and dark personality. I actually hated him at the beginning because of what he does at his first appearance, but slowly he grew on me. Now I'm pretty much confused to whom to root for. As for the secondary characters, I liked Sage's friend Ziggy. I'm pretty mad for what she has done but still I hope to see more of her. I also liked Lailoken, wizard of the wood. He's an old wise monk that turned a bit crazy with time. I didn't liked Marius's daughter Aelia, she's such a spoiled brat and very cunning.
The plot was interesting, mysterious, and engaging through out. I loved the unique elements in the book which makes it different from the other typical YA Urban fantasy reads. From the beginning to the end, I was hooked to the plot. The mystery of the Raven King and Queen Lily in the plot made the story even more interesting. It took some time for me to understand all the Celtic mythology and how everyone is connected to the story. The pacing was good and there were some interesting twists in the plot that I didn't see coming. The writing was addictive and I enjoyed the dual POV(first person). The whole setting was pretty good. I liked how the author mixed the modern world of LA with the magical otherworld and the Celtic mythology. There are actually five powerful houses that controls the otherworld and all of them are based off by their elemental powers. Lyr (water), Arwen(darkness), Cerunnunos (earth), Brighid (fire), Morrigan (Spirit). They're all the descendants of Danu, ancient celtic goddess.
Overall, I loved this book! It was a very entertaining read filled with magic, mythology, political intrigue, action, mystery, and a dash of romance. It's not a total perfection but I absolutely enjoyed it and that's what matters to me most. The book concludes with a surprising twist which left me wanting for more and I really can't wait to read the next book....more
This was a dark read but it wasn't really a heart pounding thriller. There is a lot of blood and gore at the end that might be a bit uncomfortable toThis was a dark read but it wasn't really a heart pounding thriller. There is a lot of blood and gore at the end that might be a bit uncomfortable to some readers. Cora was totally a spoiled psycho bitch who was quite insane. I hated her from the start. The story focuses on how her obsession for Micah turns into absolute madness. She's definitely one hell of a crazy character. The ending totally surprised me. I didn't see that coming but it's really a good one. ...more
OMG, this book was really good! The cover looks pretty cool isn’t it? but after reading this bookSame Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
OMG, this book was really good! The cover looks pretty cool isn’t it? but after reading this book and finally learning what it really represents I was like WTF? Are you shi**ing me? That was a bit gross but it’s still a beautiful cover. I actually didn’t put any high expectations on this book because of the mixed reviews but it turns out to be a great read. I loved reading it even though some of the plot was pretty predictable. This book was filled with lots of geeky and science stuff. I loved how the author Incorporated the science stuff into it with detailed explanation. However, I think some readers might have a have a bit hard time understanding it. I enjoyed every aspect in this book. For a debut, Emily Suvada did a great job and I hope she writes more novels like this in the future.
Seventeen Year Old Catarina is the daughter of Dr. Lachlan Agatta, world’s greatest gentech coder. Two years ago, her father and her boyfriend Dax was taken forcibly by the Cartaxus to work on the vaccine for the Hydra virus which is currently plaguing their world. Cartaxus is an organization that has a powerful hold on genetic technology and the people living under them. People have to give up their rights if they want their high tech services and their protection. Cat lives in hiding from the Cartaxus because of her promise to her dad and also because she’d rather live in danger than giving up her freedom. When a Cartaxus soldier brings the news of her father’s death, Cat’s whole world turns pretty much upside down. He’s the last hope for finding the cure but it looks like before his death, he left a quest that only she could solve. Cat realizes that her father has already found the vaccine but in order to get to it, she needs to solve the puzzle that he left for her. Cat and the lone soldier Cole sets on a journey to find the answers and during their search they discover so many secrets that raises so many questions but what they find in the end will change everything.
Cat is a pretty smart and tough character! She’s a genius hacker and coder who can hack any system or decrypt any information without any hard struggle. I really enjoyed her character in this book because I like smart and talented heroine’s especially hackers. She lived a hard life on her own and she never gave up hope and stood strong even in difficult situations. I loved Cole. He’s a pretty interesting character from the start. He’s not like any other Cartaxus soldiers. He’s freaking strong and can move faster than any other humans. He was a weapon and a trained soldier since young but he wasn’t a total brute. He’s quite protective of cat and her safety is his top priority. I felt a bit bad for him after learning what he’s been through. Dax is my least favorite character in this book. He’s Cat’s ex-boyfriend and also his father’s assistant. There are some parts that made him seem like a total douche. I loved the slow burn romance between Cat and Cole. It’s not the central focus of the book but I really enjoyed their relationship and how they slowly build trust. There is a light triangle in this book but it didn’t bother me much.
I loved the plot! It was engaging and interesting throughout. Although some parts felt a bit cliched and predictable, It was a pretty good YA sci-fi read. I loved the science in this book. Even though some parts seemed impossible, the author made it seem believable. If she hadn’t explained everything clearly, I would’ve been totally lost. The pacing of the story was good but I found few parts a bit slow. The twists in the second half are totally surprising and the ending was pretty suspenseful and action packed. I loved the writing! For a debut author, Emily has a great writing style. The whole story was told in Cat’s first Person POV but I really hoped that we also have Cole’s POV. The world building was amazing! The author has created a perfect post apocalyptic setting where people struggle to survive while fighting the virus which is getting stronger with each day. In this genetically and technologically advanced futuristic world, every citizen has a cabling inside their body to transport nanites throughout the body and everyone is recognized by their Panel ID in their arm. They can easily manipulate their DNA with a simple code which is created by using a tool called genkit, a portable genetic sequencer to create various apps for healing, changing your appearance etc. People communicate with each other through VR technology with the help of their panels which is directly connected to their optic nerves. To be honest, it really took some for me to understand how everything works. It really has a lot of geeky stuff and you need to have a basic knowledge on DNA and coding to fully understand this technology.
Overall, it was a pleasant read! It was better than I expected. I immensely enjoyed the plot, the science, the main characters and the world building. The book finally ends with a minor cliffhanger and I’ll definitely look forward to the next book....more
*I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review *
This book is an exceptionally enjoyable read that left me wanting for more! I requested this book on netgalley because I liked its premise and the *cough* pretty cover *cough* but I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. It has an interesting story line and unique fantasy elements. It actually started as a three star read for me but eventually it became a four star read. The characters were pretty interesting and I loved the main protagonists Jura and Tylak. It has an intriguing fantasy world that seems to have a persian vibe. I loved the magical system and OMG, it also has fire breathing dragons which came as a total surprise to me. I love dragons and this book has lots of it. Although I love this book, It doesn’t mean that it was a perfect read without flaws. There were some cliched and predictable parts which can be overlooked if you enjoy the story. Anyway, it was really a solid start to a new series and I want more of it.
Seventeen Year old Jura is the daughter of the first of thirteen, successive rulers of the Republic of the Sand Sea. When her father was blood chained by an unknown enemy who can now control him like a puppet, She was forced to attend the council meetings. Jura has never been to the council meetings, but in order to save their place as the first she needs to stand in his place as the ruler without revealing her father’s condition. On the first day, she was forced to give a death sentence to a man named Tylak, a former slave who was accused for stealing everflame but later he becomes her reluctant ally. To free her father from the ancient blood chain she needs to track down the prince of shadows and Tylak is the only one who can lead her to him. To survive the council and the new threat, Jura needs to be coy and smart because no one can be trusted. With enemies lurking everywhere, Jura searches to find the answers which eventually leads her to dangerous secrets and she realizes that they’ve been facing a bigger threat that can ignite a world war.
I liked all the characters in this book but my favorite was the little girl Kay. I actually expected this book to be about Jura and Tylak but we have three more interesting characters Ash, Kay and Beshar. Jura is a strong protagonist but she’s not perfect. She’s fearless and smart but she seemed a bit naive when it comes to trusting people. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed her character. I liked how she handled every difficult situation, despite her naivety. I absolutely loved Tylak! His cocky, sweet, and smart personality totally appealed to me and I can’t wait to know more about him. The relationship between Jura and Tylak was definitely a slow burn. They haven’t realized their feelings yet but I’m so looking forward to know how their relationship develops further. Coming to the other characters, I also loved Kay. She’s seven year old fire dancer and I quite enjoyed her chapters. She’s adorable, sweet, and oh so powerful. I can’t wait to see her kicking ass. Ash and Beshar were interesting characters too and I’d love to know how they play their roles in the next book.
The plot was very intriguing and engaging throughout. This book actually has two subplots which is somehow connected to the main story It took some time for me to get into the story because of the shifting pov’s, but as the story progressed everything became clear to me and I started to enjoy the story and the characters. The story began with a slow start to get oriented with the world and everything but eventually the pace picks up speed. I liked the mystery and political intrigue in the plot. The Villain in this book is kinda predictable but the twists totally surprised me. The writing is pretty good and I liked the multiple POV’s(third person). This book has five multiple POV’s and I really enjoyed reading the story from different perspectives. At the beginning, I was a bit annoyed with so many POV’s but as I get to know them better, I started to like them because everyone has a major role in this book. The author created an interesting world filled with magic and political intrigue. The Republic of the sand sea is a desert world where water is the highest commodity. This world seemed like a mix of Persian and Indian setting. The magical system was pretty awesome in this book. I really liked the aspect of shadow dancers, fire dancers and also not to forget about the dragons. I would love to explore more of this world, magic, and the other creatures living in it.
Overall, I loved this book! It’s an entertaining fantasy read filled with magic, political intrigue, suspense, mystery, and a dash of romance. This book doesn’t have any huge cliffhanger at the end but it does conclude with a surprising twist that’ll make you desperate for the next book. So yeah, I’ll definitely look forward to the next book....more
I loved Megan Miranda’s debut novel Fracture and this is my second bookActual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
I loved Megan Miranda’s debut novel Fracture and this is my second book by her. Fragments of Lost was pretty interesting to read but sadly, it didn’t thrill me as much as I expected. The reason I picked this up because of its intriguing premise which sounded very much promising. The characters and the plot was pretty good but my main issue lies with the slow start which made the story a bit less exciting for me. However, the mystery is hard to guess which is the only thing that held my interest until the end of the book.
The story follows Jessa Whitworth whose ex-boyfriend Caleb dies in a car accident at a storm swept bridge. Caleb’s mother blames her for his death and Jessa feels guilty that she might be right because the last time she saw him, she has broken up with him. When Caleb’s mother asks her to pack up Caleb’s things from his room, Jessa agrees and believes she deserves this punishment. She knows she doesn’t deserve to be in his room but it’s the only way she could find the reason behind his death. Everything in his room is linked to her such as the photos, T-shirts and her butterfly necklace that she gave him for safe keeping on that day. Each thing triggers the memories she had with him and she finally starts to realize that their relationship may not be exactly as she remembered and as she discovers new things about him, she starts to wonder how much she knew about him. With each new discovery, Jessa gets even more curious about Caleb’s accident and she needs to find the answers without getting his mother suspicious of her actions.
Jessa is a great main protagonist. She’s smart, strong, and very determined person who’ll not give up until the end. Her ex-boyfriend’s death has turned her pretty much heart broken and I felt a bit bad for her situation but I’m glad she still stood strong and searched for the answers that she deserved to know. As for the supporting characters, I loved Caleb’s best friend Max. He’s such a sweet guy and I really liked the friendship between him and Jessa. I totally ship them! They work together to find the answers for Caleb’s death. Caleb was a pretty complex character. From the start, I found him a bit strange and I didn’t liked him. I wish I could say more about him but it might be a bit spoiler-ish. Caleb’s mom is a cruel bitch and also a bit crazy. From the beginning, her strange behavior made me suspect that she was hiding something and I really wanted to know why she wanted Jessa to clean out her son’s room.
The plot was interesting and mysterious but the slow start was a bit turnoff for me. The mystery in this book unfolds very slowly. The first half of the story was focused on the flashbacks of Jessa’s relationship with caleb and how it was finally ended. To be honest, I started to enjoy the book only after I’m halfway through the book. There are so many twists and turns in the second half that made the story even more suspenseful. The final revelation was totally unpredictable. There is a light romance in the book and I’m so glad that it wasn’t the central focus of the book. I enjoyed reading the book from Jessa’s perspective and seeing how she slowly unveils the mystery behind her ex-boyfriend’s mysterious accident. I absolutely loved the writing, It was captivating and addictive.
Overall, It was a good read and I liked it but it’s not my favorite. If you like mysteries with slow starts then you’ll definitely enjoy this book more than I did. ...more
Storm and Silence is one of my favorite historical series so far. In theActual rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
Storm and Silence is one of my favorite historical series so far. In the Eye Of the Storm both Lily and Ambrose has some crazy adventures in the deserts of Egypt but in this book they embark on a new journey to find a treasure in the wild jungle of South-America. I was pretty excited to read this book because I loved the first two books which was totally hilarious and adventurous. But coming to this one, I have mixed feelings. Although I immensely enjoyed the overall story, I had some issues with the plot development and also with the main protagonist. I’m not saying it was a terrible read because It really was entertaining throughout but some parts felt quite ridiculously annoying and unrealistic especially Lily’s new found bold personality.
The adventures of Rikkard Ambrose and his secretary Mr. Linton aka Lily Linton continues in this third installment. After their adventure in Egypt, the cold and uptight business mogul Mr. Rikkard Ambrose is back on his track to increase his wealth and business by using his smart skills. Lily is back to her normal life as his assistant but she still can’t seem to forget the journey she had with him especially the hot special moments they had shared together. Her Aunt hasn’t given up on the search to find her a decent husband and she was nearly engaged to a guy that she doesn’t like. Being a secretary for Mr. Rikkard Ambrose wasn’t an easy Job. After nearly escaping from various dangerous circumstances, Rikkard, Lily Linton and bodyguard Karim end up in the wild jungle of South America. With only a map as their guide together they go on a treasure hunt. During their journey, they face many dangerous obstacles. Lily tries hard to deny her attraction for Mr. Rikkard but in the end she couldn’t. She turns totally wild and she doesn’t give a damn about the society rules because they’re in the middle of the jungle.
Lily is my favorite character in this series so far and I never felt her character to be annoying but in this book I found her to be not only annoying but also a bit stupid and over dramatic. She’s quite hilarious and bold in this book but some of her actions seemed totally ridiculous especially her lecherous behavior towards Ambrose to get him riled. It seemed like she was a girl from a 20th century not 18th century. To be honest, I loved the way she taunted him but sometimes she was too much. Her ranting about being a Feminist but she can’t help herself getting attracted to Ambrose gets quite repetitive in this book. It totally annoyed me! Ambrose is still a chauvinistic miser with ice cold personality. I always find his character interesting because we still don’t know much about his background. We have a short glimpse on his dark past and we finally get to meet the mystery lady that sends him pink letters. I can’t wait to know more about him in the next book. Ambrose’s bodyguard Karim is a fun secondary character. As always, he still treats Lily like she was an Ifrit(demon). I really enjoyed his funny expressions whenever Lily starts to show her wild side. The relationship status between Ambrose and Lily is still unknown but the sexual tension between them is too high in this book and get ready for a lot of hot makeout sessions between them. They both act like horny teenagers in the jungle. To be honest, I enjoyed the hot romance but I wish there was a bit more heart-to-heart interaction between them before they step into the naughty world.
The Plot was interesting and fun but it wasn’t as adventurous as the previous installments. It was mostly focused on the romance between Lily and Ambrose. It seemed like the third book was written for fun because It was missing all the seriousness that I found in the last book. I really expected more from this book so it was a bit disappointing though. I loved the witty writing style of the author. As always, the entire book was told from Lily’s POV and also three bonus chapters at the end from Rikkard Ambrose’s POV. I always enjoy reading Rikkard’s POV’s and I really hope the next book is written in dual POV. The world building was great. This time the author takes us into the wild life and it was fun reading how Lily struggles to survive in the jungle enduring the heat and the mosquitoes.
Overall, It was fun and entertaining but it’s not my favorite! I wish the author focused a bit more on the plot and the action. The next book sounds pretty interesting because we finally get to meet Rikkard Ambrose’s family and learn his dark past that turned him so bitter and cold. I can’t wait to read it!...more
I loved Livia Blackburne’s debut novel Midnight Thief and this is my secActual Rating: 3.5 Stars! Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
I loved Livia Blackburne’s debut novel Midnight Thief and this is my second book by her. I’ve been sitting on the fence whether to read this book or not but after hearing so many great things about It, I finally decided to give it a shot. After finishing the book, I had hard time rating it because I was torn between 3.5 and 4 stars, but after some thought I gave it a 3.5. This book was really an enjoyable fantasy read that has an engaging plot, but to be honest it didn’t excite me as much as I thought it would. There wasn’t much action in the book and there are no magical elements. It’s a political fantasy novel set in a medieval world. The whole plot felt like another typical fantasy novel but the main characters are pretty much interesting though. I really loved Zivah and Dineas. They’re definitely the best part of this book.
Seventeen year Old Zivah always wanted to become a High Healer. After lots of hard struggle, She finally earns it but unfortunately, she soon falls prey to the dangerous rose plague after taking care of the plagued Amparan Soldiers. No one has found the cure for the plague yet and they don’t know how it spreads. Although Zivah survived the Plague fever, she’s rosemarked and she knows death is imminent for her because when the fever attacks her once again she won’t survive it. To keep her family safe from her, She lives in isolation and does experiments on herself to find the cure but nothing seems to work. When she learns about the threat to her village from the Amparan empire, she agrees to help her people by going to the capital where she would get the opportunity to study about the advanced healing methods. Dineas is a rebel warrior of the Shidadi Tribe who has been brutally tortured by the Amparan’s and left for dead. Luckily he has escaped and finally re-united with his tribe but the torture has left him broken. He vows to take revenge by bringing down the Amparan Empire. Zivah and Dineas are pretty much opposite to each other but in order to save their loved ones, they agree to go on a dangerous spy mission that could kill them both.
Zivah is a pretty likable character! She’s strong, smart, brave, caring and very determined. She might be a healer but don’t think of her as a soft character. She raises some dangerous pets that could kill anyone in minutes. She owns poisonous snakes, deadly spiders and Scorpions. She could take down anyone easily with her poisonous pet snake named Diadem who obediently listens to her every command. That’s totally badass btw. Dineas is a bit complex character. The torture by the Amparans has turned him bitter. I really loved the two sides of him where one is sweet, the other one is cold. I wish I could tell you guys more about his character but it’s a minor spoiler. OMG, I almost forgot to mention Dineas’s three crows who acts as messengers in this book. Among the three, Slicewing is my favorite. I don’t know how they could understand everything but their actions seemed so adorable. There is a light slow burn romance in this book. It felt like a triangle to me but it’s definitely not a triangle. You will get it after reading this book. The secondary characters are good but they’re not interesting enough to mention.
The plot was interesting and engaging! Although it seems unoriginal, it has an interesting storyline. I really enjoyed it but, I still had some issues with it. Due to the lack of action in the first half, the story felt a bit slow for me. There are not many twists in the book which made it less suspenseful. And also It would’ve been great if the author has provided more back story about The Amparans, The Shidadi Tribe, and the Rose plague. I enjoyed the author’s compelling writing style and I loved the dual POV[first-person]. There’s not much world building in this book but It’s satisfying enough. I really hope we get to explore more of this world in the next book.
Overall, I really liked it! Despite issues, I enjoyed the story! It was really an entertaining YA fantasy read with dynamic characters, and interesting plot. I’ll definitely look forward to the next book....more