I wasn’t planning on reviewing these books at all, but given the f The Laughing Listener July + August 2019 Format: eBooks
DAMON’S MOUNTAINS SERIES REVIEW
I wasn’t planning on reviewing these books at all, but given the fact that I’ve been completely OBSESSED with them for the past month, it feels wrong not to write somthing. So in the end I decided to write a general series-wide review that I’ll put up on each book—that’s right, all 48—because that’s how much fun I’ve had reading these.
OKAY listen. These books are straight up trash. They are. Romance drama trash to the max. But there’s no denying how freaking entertaining these things are. They’re hilariously funny, extremely cute, filled with action (some more than others), and packed with grade-A soap opera drama. Some of the novels are better than others, but if you need to go brainless for a while and just read something fun, these are the books you need.
All the characters are out-of-this world awesome, but the real thing that sets this series apart is the world building. Joyce has created such an elaborately rich universe with all these characters and I am 100% here for it. I love love love how everything overlaps and that we get to see all of our favorite characters even long after their books are done.
To help keep everyone straight, I even created a family tree spreadsheet like a NERD (Willa would be so proud) which you can view here. Just beware of spoilers.
These books are insane trash and I’ve loved every second. If you’re needing some laughs and romance, look no farther my friends. It’s worth the Amazon Kindle Unlimited free trial just to get your hands on these....more
Soooo ummmm… *Looks around baffled* Yeah. Wow. What a friggin’ weird r The Laughing Listener July 2019 Format: Paperback Overall Rating: 3 Reluctant Stars
Soooo ummmm… *Looks around baffled* Yeah. Wow. What a friggin’ weird reading experience this book was. I don’t even… I’m not even sure how to process all of whatever the hell that was. Honestly, I’m just really proud of myself for finishing because I’ve been reading this on and off for six flipping months. It feels like I just read the ‘roided up version of Twilight, but somehow I didn’t completely hate it??? I don’t even know, let’s just dive in.
Good luck wading through the swampy confusion that is this review.
Okay, backstory. After hearing from a couple people that this book is basically the adult version of Twilight (which is TOTALLY true, btw, but more on that in a second) I had absolutely no interest in reading this series at all. I was even planning on ignoring the TV show until a friend lured me with the promise of Matthew Goode. Don’t judge me okay?? LOOK AT HIS FACE.
I ended up liking the show a lot more than I was expecting. It definitely has its cheeseball moments, but by the end of season one I was dying to know what happens. Because who the heck wants to wait patiently for season two to come out? Not me clearly.
First and foremost, this book is Twilight. It is. It’s Twilight on steroids. Matthew is a slightly less emo version of I’m-going-to-control-everything-you-do Edward and Diana is Bella with a doctorate. The way Matthew follows her around in the beginning, the super fast way they fall in love out of nowhere, the way Matthew tries to push her away for her own safety (cue eye roll)—it all reeks of the glittery vamps and I had a hard time keeping a straight face reading it sometimes. Hell, even that part towards the end when everyone finds out (view spoiler)[the supposedly infertile vampire could possibly father children??? HELLO TWILIGHT. I swear to god, if I eventually have to watch a demon child rip it’s way out of Diana, I’m gonna light these books on fire. (hide spoiler)] And it’s all so… wordy. Something about the writing made this a super dense read and I could only handle it in short bursts.
By the way, in case anyone was wondering, apparently the only thing you need to do to get married is grab each other’s asses and makeout for five minutes. Who knew??
Now that I’ve finished the book, I definitely feel like the show is better and I think that’s because of the background characters. The TV series does a good job of splitting its time between everyone, even people that play a more minor role. By the time they cross paths with Diana, we understand who they are and their motivations. In the book, however, everything is told mostly from Diana’s perspective and characters just pop randomly in and out of the story cold turkey. It’s so weird! If I hadn’t already watched the show I would feel super thrown off and confused.
And can someone please tell my why Matthew and Diana are good at EVERY athletic activity?! Jeez. Matthew is a 1500 year-old knight, so that makes sense. But Diana? I get she has to “keep moving” to focus her powers, but come on. In the beginning of the book she sits around researching in between running, yoga, rowing, and drinking tea. What life is this?? It that how everyone at Oxford spends their time??? I don’t understand.
*SIGHS* Despite all of this, I still found myself liking parts of it. I actually really enjoyed the way Harkness framed this universe and the creatures in it. The witches and vampires are a new spin on the classic versions, which I really appreciated because I’m very #ProClassic when it comes to this kind of stuff. I liked that different witches had different powers and levels of power depending on their lineage. It made meeting new witches a lot more fun and engaging. I’m still don’t quite understand what a daemon is. I mean, what’s the difference between a creative human and a daemon? Or are all creative humans daemons? I don’t know, but I still enjoyed such a new take on an old idea. And all these creatures have their own government system and rich history and Harkness did a great job creating it.
I also really liked the setting. Honestly, I’m a complete sucker for stories set in Europe because I’ve never been, so I was totally all over this. Watching them traipse around Oxford and then France was amazing. *Cue wistful sigh*
And then there’s Matthew. I’m torn about him as a character because he can be a controlling douchebag (I know, SO SHOCKING for vampire character). But I will say that Harkness did a great job creating him. He is literally 1500 F*CKING YEARS OLD. I can’t even wrap my head around that number, but I can tell Harkness did her research and she gave Matthew a sprawling history that you can really feel in his actions. Edward Cullen was apparently over 100 years old in Twilight, but I never believed it. He was always just a whiny 17 year-old bitch. Matthew feels a lot more mature and I liked learning more about him as the story went on.
It’s over. The longest review in the history of reviews has finally ended. If you’re here wondering if you should read this, good luck figuring that out. I vote you just watch the show and call it a day.
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“‘It must be exhausting,’ he says. ‘What?! What must be exhausting?!’ ‘Acting like you don’t want me when we both know you do.’” *Gags*
YESSSSSSSS!! GATHER ‘ROUND it’s time to review another garbage fire! I’m kinda proud of myself for making it through this whole book. I don’t know why I love rejoicing in terrible pop culture so much, but it brings me so much joy. It doesn’t matter what it is—book, movie, music—if it sucks ass I’m going to have a lot of fun judging the crap out of it. And when I heard this was once a Harry Styles fanfiction, I grabbed a front row seat with some popcorn.
Man, where do I even START with this mess?? This is the exact middle ground between Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey. Literally. If you wanted a more skin in Twilight, but without all the weird bondage of Fifty Shades then LOOK NO FURTHER. Like seriously guys, the parallels are astounding. This book has EVERYTHING.
- Hawt romantic love interest with a “troubled past” who’s also emotionally abusive and awful. BUT WHO CARES RIGHT?? WE LOVE HIM, HE’S SO BROODING
- Bland main character with no personality who’s never had sex before. Because her sexual history is really super important for some reason???
-It’s set in the rainy green lands of Washington state
- A main character who is SO DEEP AND SMART because she “loves classic literature” but only references Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights (WHY IS THIS A THING? THERE ARE OTHER BOOKS!)
- A main character who doesn’t think anything through because WHO THE HECK NEEDS COMMON SENSE AMIRIGHT??
- Cast of “friends” who are actually terrible people and not real friends at all?????
- A main character that wants to be a writer and works in publishing
- A suuuuuuuper long story with barely any plot that takes place in the span of like, two days
- DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA
This book is too much. Any time Hardin said anything I would picture Harry Styles saying it and cracked up. I laughed so much reading this damn thing, which is how it got two stars instead of one. Bonus points for pure entertainment value. There was just so much screaming??? They would all go from having a conversation to shouting in mere seconds. God forbid anyone has a normal argument without it turning into a friggin’ Jerry Springer episode. And the writing?? Oh my god, it’s awful. It’s all awful. I’m pretty sure you could cut this book in half and it would still be too long.
Also, is it just me or is there something extra creepy about fanfiction written about a REAL person. Books and fictional characters are one thing, but so much time must have been put into stalking the hell out of Harry Styles for this. So many vivid descriptions of his torso and tattoos. I just… UGH.
The movie of this is going to be…….. Interesting…
But just to give credit where credit’s due, I have to hand it to Todd for that ending. I was NOT prepared for that plot twist and it kind of blew my mind. In hindsight I guess I should have seen it coming, but I definitely did NOT. And damn, that was some Desperate Housewives level drama right there. This is a four or five book series, so I know these two crazy, dysfunctional kids probably end up together, but let me just say that if this happened to me there is NO F*CKING WAY. NO F*CKING WAY I WOULD EVER TALK TO THESE PEOPLE AGAIN. Are you serious??? I can’t believe Tessa would even CONSIDER letting them back in her life after this crap. HELL. TO. THE. NO.
Oh, and if I had to hear Hardin ask Tessa for “just one more chance” one more goddamn time, I was gonna reach through the book and punch him in the face.
Okaaaaay… mixed feelings about this book, mixed feelings. On one hand, this was the most realistic book in the whole trilogy. These are real problems that teens face when they reach the end of high school and I thought Han did an amazing job portraying that. On the other hand, it just felt like something was missing?? There was just something about the ending that left me really unsatisfied and I can’t exactly pinpoint what it was...
You’d think Lara Jean and PK would have learned their lesson the last book about communication, but NO. It was so damn frustrating to read. I get where they’re coming from, but omg. TALKING IS A GOOD THING GUYS. Most of the book was just me wanting to reach through the pages and slap them both. And I guess I’m sort of happy with how the story turned out, but it felt kind of rushed??? It was like Jenny Han spent too much time drawing out the drama and then realized she needed to end it.
And ya’ll, I need to RANT for a sec.
What the hell was up with Peter’s dad situation?!? I’m so annoyed with that part of the story. When Lara Jean saw his dad at the lacrosse game and then made a big deal to Peter about inviting his dad to graduation, I thought it was going to be a big thing. My brain started preparing for a huge emotional dad subplot, but then NOTHING FREAKING HAPPENED. THERE IS NO RESOLUTION TO THAT PART OF THE STORY AT ALL. I guess if we’re going for realistic, it’s spot on. It’s not like family conflict like that ever gets tied off in a neat little bow in real life. But god, give us SOMETHING. His dad doesn’t show up to graduation, which really upsets Peter and it just gets brushed off as some family emergency. THAT’S IT. WE NEVER SEE THE GUY AGAIN. WHAT THE HELL??
Why is that part of the story at all if it’s not going to play a bigger role? You could completely delete it out and it would effect nothing. UGH.
Meh. I liked and disliked this book at the same time, which IS apparently possible. Part of me just wants to tell you to stop after book two, because honestly that would have been a better ending for me.
I just can’t do it anymore. I can’t. And I feel so GUILTY that I’m being a terrible b The Laughing Listener #FebsCursedKiss Buddy Read 2019
DNF @ 20-ish%
I just can’t do it anymore. I can’t. And I feel so GUILTY that I’m being a terrible buddy reader, but this book is insufferable. Every time I try to read it, it turns me into a rage monster and I’ve been actively finding excuses not to pick it up. Pretty much everyone is an idiot??
My biggest complaint of the last book was Kestrel and Arin’s suuuuuper weird push a pull relationship. Even though I understood the actions of each character, I did NOT understand how they were falling in love. She literally owned him as a slave and bought him at an auction. And he killed a ton of her friends and was holding her prisoner in his house. How do you even form a bond like that??? All of their feelings seemed too quick with no real foundation.
This second installment is even WORSE. It’s almost like Rutkoski realized they didn’t have any real foundation for their feelings and tried to backpedal. Arin and Kestrel both would remember interactions from book one that didn’t happen???? Or were GROSSLY exaggerated??? It was SO WEIRD. They both spend PAGES and PAGES longing to be together again and then when they finally are, they’re both COMPLETE BITCHES. I can’t with them anymore.
Ronan was the only light for me at the end of the last book and he’s not even in this one, so I’m calling it quits. I’M SORRY. *Sobs*
#1 ↦ The Winner’s Curse ↦ ✦✦✦✧✧ #2 ↦ The Winner’s Crime ↦ DNF...more
What. The actual. F*ck. This book is I-N-S-A-N-I-T-Y. I’m pretty sure Armentrout took every episode of Maury Povich and shoved them all into a 400 page book.
But I’ll be damned if I didn’t somehow end up loving this??? I don’t even know who I am anymore. All I know is, this book is filled to brim with DRAMA and I am 100% here for it. There’s kidnappings, murders, forbidden love, illegitimate children, comas, suicides, ghosts, and so much more. You guys don’t even know. My head is still spinning and I need a drink. Don’t let the low key beginning of the book fool you, the ending of this thing packs a punch.
And all of this may sound cliche and ridiculous, which it absolutely is, but Armentrout is a genius because I am HOOKED. I gotta keep reading these books to solve the mysteries and find out who the killer is. I JUST HAVE TO.
Also, side note: I was really digging the performances from the two narrators and loved the southern accents they did for everyone!
Do you love soap operas and telenovelas? Do you live for the outrageous drama in reality tv?? Then DAMN are these books for you.
What a fun book!! After having the busiest May ever, I was definitely stuck in a reading rut. I kept starting book after book, but nothing was holding my attention. This amazing cover has been staring at me on my shelf for a little while, but I promised myself I wouldn’t read it until I finished some of the other books I started. Then I saw the audiobook sitting on Scribd and broke down. I’M WEAK YA’LL.
But it was so worth it because this super fun story definitely got me out of my reading funk!
Having just finished Illuminae in May, I went into this with high expectations. That book was so awesome and I knew Jay and Amie wouldn’t let me down. Although I don’t think this book quite lived up to the magic of that novel, I still really liked this one. And let’s be honest, it’s mostly because of the characters. Squad312 is AMAZE BALLS.
First of all, Fin is a Sarcastic cinnamon roll and I love him?? I just REALLY wanted to give him a hug the whole book and his jokes were top notch. I also loved my sass queen Scarlett, who was definitely my favorite girl of the crew and I’m REALLY gonna need her and Fin to get together. #FINLETT NEEDS TO BECOME A REALITY IN MY LIFE. Tyler and his killer dimples were the best alpha a girl could ask for. And I’m super intrigued by Zila! I can tell that she has a story and I’m really hoping that we get to learn more about her in the next book. Last but not least is Auri, who my heart went out to. Her strength and resilience were admiral and her level headedness was a nice calm in this insane storm.
It was also really fun reading this story. There are some crazy twists and the whole plot went off in a direction I REALLY wasn’t expecting, so hats off to Jay and Amie! This was a great adventure that I couldn’t put down and I can’t wait for the next book to see where this crazy story goes.
And just so everyone knows, THE AUDIOBOOK IS MAGIC AND YOU ALL NEED TO LISTEN TO IT. The full cast did an excellent job and there were some really awesome sound effects. LOVED IT!!
After starting this book, I had everyone paired off within the first few chapters. I thought I had it all figured out and was looking forward to the fun romance side of this story. The relationships that ended up playing out, however, were soooooo not what I had expected and the pairings were just so… weird. There were two main romance subplots in this story and I didn’t think either of the couples jived well together. It was even a bit distracting at times. By the end of the book I didn’t hate who ended up together, but I still wished it had played out differently. Or maybe had been eliminated all together. Tossing the romance wouldn’t have made me love this book any less and I think the book would have flowed better.
I mean, (view spoiler)[the alien mating thing was just so random???? Not really sure what that had to be part of the story at all. (hide spoiler)] *Shrugs*
Also, Jay and Amie have ruined succulents for me for life and I DON’T APPRECIATE IT.
This was a really fun sci-fi adventure and I can’t wait to see what happens!!
Uggggggh I did not like this one as much as the others and even thought seriously about quitting it halfway through. I really liked Bowe and even loved Mari, but they started bickering in the beginning and then NEVER STOPPED. It feels like I just read one long argument for 300 pages. The ending was great and they were really cute when it was done, but JEEZ.
Actual footage of Mari and Bowe
Another major shout out to Robert Petkoff though, who continues to BALLER at narrating these books. His voices and accents are my favorite!
This one was rough and personally not my cup of tea. I’d say skip it and move on to the next one....more
The Laughing Listener *I was graciously given a free copy in exchange for an honest review* June 2019 Format: eBook Overall Rating: 5 Stars
*Aggressive panThe Laughing Listener *I was graciously given a free copy in exchange for an honest review* June 2019 Format: eBook Overall Rating: 5 Stars
*Aggressive panting* I DID IT. *Pants* I’M HERE. *More panting* I MADE IT.
PHEW. Guys. This book. Talk about action. From page one, this story kicks it into high gear and doesn’t let up. It feels like I just ran ten miles and I don’t even care because it was AMAZING. If you thought Dance of Thieves was awesome, just wait because this one packs an even bigger punch. It takes off at a freaking sprint right where we left Kazi and Jase travelling back to Hell’s Mouth in book one, thank god too because that cliffy ending was killing me slowly.
“Maybe I finally understood that history wasn’t just written on walls and in books but made in a thousand daily decisions, and some of them went wrong, some went right, and some decisions just had to be made because time was running out. Waiting for someone else to write your history was no way to live. Sometimes it was only a certain way to die.”
Right off the bat I have to scream about the amazing world building in this novel. Mary E. Pearson has done such an amazing job creating this universe and weaving a story that connects everything together. Everything. Little things that I had forgotten about in the Remnant Chronicles and Dance of Thieves came back and tied to the story in amazing ways. The attention to detail left me completely baffled. It immediately made me want to go back and reread all the other books to see if I missed anything and I love when that happens! This is framed so you don’t HAVE to read the Remnant Chronicles before this series, but the experience is so much richer if you do, which is so smart.
Plus, the story is INSANELY good. I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish and genuinely had no idea how things were going to end up for a while. Warning for anyone who has high blood pressure: maybe steer clear. And I was so happy to see magic make a comeback in this installment! Magic played a fairly large part in The Remnant Chronicles and I remember finding it interesting that Dance of Thieves has hardly any. But FEAR NOT FRIENDS. Pearson’s subtle way of weaving magic came back for this sequel and I loved it.
Overall I was worried about this suffering from second book syndrome since the first one was so perfect, but I shouldn’t have stressed because Vow of Thieves is just as good, if not better than book one.
"We wove our dreams together like armor. Nothing could stop us now."
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I thought this book was AMAZING. The perfect end to a perfect series.
I only have about 10% more of this book left to read because I fell asleep last night before I could finish (damn you body!! *Shakes fist*) but I 100% feel confident giving this 5 stars now. What a ride. I think this gave me high blood pressure and I don't even care. #WorthIt...more
Ahhhh the final conclusion to the EPIC Remnant The Laughing Listener September 2018 Format: Paperback #KissOfSeptember buddy read!
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Ahhhh the final conclusion to the EPIC Remnant Chronicles series. *Sniffles* This has been such an excellent series and I’m sad to see it come to an end because Lia is THE FREAKING BEST. I do have some minor gripes with parts of this book, but it was still an excellent conclusion to an excellent trilogy.
This book picks up right where the second novel leaves off (THANK GOD) and we get the same amazing characters we did before. Lia is incredible. She’s one of my all-time favorite female heroines now and I could never get tired of reading about her. I’m in love with Rafe too. He’s a complete idiot in this book and makes some bad decisions, but I forgave him and he’s still one of my fictional husbands. And Pauline!! Honestly, I’ve been feeling pretty blah about Pauline the entire series, but she really stepped up her game this book and I loved it! I can’t stress enough how amazing the character arcs are in these novels. Everyone has grown and evolved so much, Lia most of all, and it’s been such a great journey.
"Truth is as free as the air and we all have the right to breathe as deeply of it as we wish. It cannot be held back in the palm of any one man.”
Plus, I know I say this every review I write, but I continue to be stunned by the world building. Each kingdom has a different history, language, religion, culture, etc. and it’s been amazing to read about. I love when they go to new places and I get to learn new things about this universe because it’s so rich! Definitely something I’m looking forward to in Dance of Thieves as well.
“It is good to have many strengths, Natiya...Do not sacrifice one kind of strength for another”
The story was pretty great too and I LOOOOOOVED how it ended! It started off strong in the beginning and it was really interesting seeing Lia and Rafe go back to their kingdoms. Being gone so long had its consequences and they both had a lot to deal with when they got back. It was nice seeing that in action and I’m glad Pearson didn’t make everything magically fine upon their return. But the battle scene at the end of the book was… odd. I can’t really talk about it without getting spoilery, but it all happened so fast?? We’ve been building up to this battle for AGES and then it’s over in just a few pages. It all just felt kind of anticlimactic for me after all the tension that had been built up.
“Choice is powerful and can lead to great things if not held in the tight fists of a few.”
But the very very end was AMAZING and I’m so fangirlishly happy with how everything turned out. I would definitely consider this #KissOfSeptember buddy read complete success!!
Loved it! Admittedly this wasn’t as great as it’s two predecessors, but it’s still and awesome conclusion to a fantastic series!!
Remember that time I was completely broken by a The Laughing Listener September 2018 Format: Paperback #KissOfSeptember buddy read!
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Remember that time I was completely broken by a book and my brain exploded reading the ending?!? OH WAIT. That just happened. It took me a few days to collect myself because the ending of this book was INSANITY, but I’m here now and I’M READY. Let’s do this thing.
First of all, the world building of this series is so crazy awesome. Everything seems so well thought out and I’m living for it. I love how vast it is and how each kingdom has its own culture and language. It was already impressive in The Kiss of Deception, but it’s even better this time around and I was so fascinated with Venda. Discovering this new world through Lia’s eyes was amazing and it felt like we were falling in love with it together. I’m also shocked by how political this series has gotten and I’m even more shocked by how much I like it. Normally political intrigue isn’t my thing and I lose interest pretty fast, but Pearson has done such an excellent job building the suspense and making it interesting.
Also, the characters are so rich! Each one is layered with their own histories and desires that push them forward. I still think Kaden is terrible and I’m so over him, but I like that I know more about his character and can understand him better now. Even the Komizar was interesting to read about and he’s the absolute WORST. But so wonderfully vile and evil! Definitely a new favorite villain. Lia is still my girl though and she kicked major ass in this book, it was AWESOME. All of the character arcs are out of this world—not just on this book alone, but over the entire series as a whole. Everyone has come so far from where they started and I can’t wait to see where it leads next.
And that ending. THAT ENDING. Oh my god. So much happens you guys. SO. MUCH. The entire plot takes a dive in the span of two pages. I’ve never gone from okay to complete emotionally ruin so freaking fast in my life. I had to read it three times to make sure I understood what happened, but damn. It was so good.
This book was even BETTER than the first. If you liked The Kiss of Deception at all, do yourself a favor and keep reading. I also recommend having the third book handy because the ending of this one is diabolically EVIL and I love it. Two thumbs way up.
The Laughing Listener November 2018 Format: Paperback & Audiobook Narrator: James Marsters *Applauds* Guys, he’s a national treasure and we don’t dese The Laughing Listener November 2018 Format: Paperback & Audiobook Narrator: James Marsters *Applauds* Guys, he’s a national treasure and we don’t deserve his magical voice. Length: 23 hours & 30 minutes
I have been procrastinating on this review for AGES. You can’t even imagine how impossible it was for me to even start writing this. I mean, how the hell do you review something you loved so much??? So instead of trying to form complete sentences, I’m just going to list all the reasons why you should read this masterpiece.
- Julian being the loving mother we all adore - Emma and Mark awkwardly dating - Emma and Mark being adorable secret friends that are in love with other people - Daring rescue missions - Family bonds that will make you cry - My girl Diana being a beautiful, badass QUEEN - Ty, Livvy, and Kit bonding by being judgy bitches together - The Julian smolder - Surprising, heart wrenching twists - Watching Gwyn try to flirt - Mark saying his faerie-isms and words like “forsooth” - Alec Lightwood yelling at Zara and calling her a garbage fire - Ty and Kit—aka The Sherlock & Watson Cuties™ - Faerie threesome jokes - A Jessamine Lovelace cameo - Seeing Julian scheme like the true Slytherin he is - Cristina and Mark sexual tension - Mark and Kieran sexual tension - Kieran and Cristina sexual tension - Dru’s adorable friendship with Jaime - Emma being a badass sword wielding mofo - Feeling the crippling pain of Cassie Clare ripping your heart out of your chest and wondering if you’ll ever feel love again
FINAL WORD READ THIS BOOK. READ IT. IT WILL DESTROY YOU AND YOU’LL LOVE EVERY SECOND. BASK IN THE PAIN.
The Laughing Listener September 2018 Format: Ebook *I was graciously given a free copy in exchange for an honest review*
Rating: 4 Stars
Yet another book t The Laughing Listener September 2018 Format: Ebook *I was graciously given a free copy in exchange for an honest review*
Rating: 4 Stars
Yet another book that was nothing like I had imagined! I have no idea why, but for some reason I thought this was going to be a witch story set in present day. In my head it was like the girl version of The Covenant, but with less nudity and more actual plot. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this actually leans more toward historical fiction, which I loved!
I admit that I was a little unsure in the beginning, mostly because I couldn’t tell what Professor Barrington’s intentions were. Both his age and position gave him power over Sera and I was worried he would take advantage. Luckily I had nothing to fear! And as I kept reading, I was captivated by this world and the mystery they were trying to solve so much that it became easy to forget about my initial hesitations.
Actually I really loved both Sera and Professor Barrington! Sera is so fiesty and she doesn’t take anyone’s bad mouthing, so obviously she was my favorite. She’s a seventh born and in this world, every seventh child born causes their mother to die. Because of this, all seventh borns are looked down upon and lead harsh lives filled with prejudice. Just to give you a taste, Sera has to constantly deal with horrid comments like this on a regular basis:
“Unlike you, the students in this school hope to contribute to the magical community. At least have the dignity to appreciate you mother’s sacrifice… or stupidity.”
WHOA. Watching Sera deal with this kind of hostility made me feel for her and I loved that she didn’t lose that fire to fight back. I think that’s really what made me fall for Barrington because he’s the only one that treats her with respect and kindness. Watching their relationship slowly grow over the book was so great and now I’m dying for more! They’re so cute together and I liked watching them lean on one another for support.
I also really had fun with the story itself. It’s cool combination of historical fiction meets Sherlock Holmes meets romance. But with witches!! And I’m totally here for it. I can’t wait for the next installment!
FINAL WORD This was a super fun book that I totally recommend to anyone who loves mysteries, witches, and historical fiction! ...more
If I'm being honest, I probably would have skipped this book completely had it not been in the November 2017 Owlcrate box. Luckily for me, it WAS in the Owlcrate box and I ended up listening to the audiobook. Although it didn't blow my mind, the world building was great and I had a lot of fun with it!
It took me a little bit of time to connect with the characters, so initially the universe is what captured my attention. It was so interesting!! There was such an interesting mix of old world ideas meeting new advanced technology. And the use of alchemy was really cool! Listening to Gerdie and Wil talk about alchemy and creating new inventions was really fascinating. Plus, DeStefano took some time in the beginning to showcase the great relationship Wil had with her brothers Gerdie and Owen and I really loved it. It was so nice reading a YA book that didn’t just immediately devolve into a romance.
Once the story got going, I really grew to love Wil too. She had a quiet kind of strength that I always appreciate in my female characters. And her power was so crazy cool to watch! I really felt for her after everything happens and she has to come to grips with her abilities.
That being said, this book was sloooooooow. A lot of it was was just world building and establishing the plot, which I can completely understand being the first book and all, but I felt only half invested the whole time. Plus, I really wasn’t feeling the romance between Wil and Loom at all. He was kind of an ass for half the book and then they’re suddenly all googly-eyed at each other. It felt a little too insta-lovey without enough substance for my taste.
Despite being a little slow, this was a fun book! I can DEFINITELY tell there’s going to be loads of drama in the next book, so I’m totally here for it. I gotta see how this story ends....more
I don’t exactly know what to do with this book??? It wasn’t completely unfortunate, but I also rolled my eyes a lot more than normal. Just like my venture into A Kiss of Shadows a while ago, this was a buddy read I did with my best friend because we like to tackle trashfire books together for entertainment. And although this wasn’t Merry-Gentry-level bad, I did think this was a complete snooze fest.
First of all, here is who this book is about: Raylene—A completely paranoid, jaded vampire who lives in solitude, babbles too much and gets paid to steal stuff for other people.
And here is who this book COULD have been about: Domino & Pepper—Two siblings who somehow came to be orphans living on the streets of Seattle. To survive, they steal food and squat wherever they can find shelter. When they stumble across an old factory, Domino and Pepper set up camp in one of the upper unused levels until the owner Raylene comes by and threatens to throw them out. When the siblings refuse to leave, they all eventually form a bond.
Ian—An older vampire with a mysterious backstory that was somehow kidnapped by the government, held captive, and experimented on. These experiments made him lose his eyesight even though he’s a vamp and that should be impossible. With his ghoul friend Cal, they’re on a mission to figure out how to restore his vision and take down the people who did this.
Adrian—A former Navy Seal who’s sister Isabelle went missing in his early 20’s. He never gave up searching for her and every time the police tried to shut the case, he fought to keep it going. Now years later, he works at the Poppycock Review as a SASSY DRAG QUEEN NAMED SISTER ROSE. When a vampire named Raylene stumbles into his life, they ban together to solve the mystery of his sister, take down the people performing these experiments, and generally kick ass.
I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW FREAKING AWESOME A BOOK FROM ADRIAN’S POV WOULD BE.
It seemed like every other character surrounding Raylene had a WAY more interesting story to tell and it made her pale in comparison (HA! Get it? PALE?? Vampire puns people!). That fact coupled with her tendency to babble on and on made this a little painful to get through. Most of the time I just really wanted her to GET TO THE POINT. And she also had a weird habit of talking directly to the reader, which really irked me. It’s like breaking the fourth wall in movies—you just don’t do that without a good reason and when you do, it’s used sparingly. But Raylene talks to the reader the entire book saying things like “Oh there I go again,” or “Well, you get the idea,” and it just made her drivel feel extra incessant.
The last half of the book was a lot better because that’s when the action really started. And I actually kind of liked Raylene when she was out performing jobs or talking to the other characters. It was just that damn inner monologue that put me to sleep. I mean, this book is about a VAMPIRE and DRAG QUEEN DUO FIGHTING CRIME. That should be the best book EVER. How in the world was I bored?!?!
And I was also more than a little salty in the end when Domino and Pepper, the two kids staying in Raylene’s warehouse, just kind of drop off the face of the earth??? There’s a very dramatic phone call between Raylene and Domino that takes place halfway through the book where the warehouse gets raided and they can’t find Pepper. By the end of the call they still haven’t located her and... then they just… never… talk about Pepper again?? WTF?!?! At the very very end (like, the-last-few-paragraphs-of-the-book end) the author kind of vaguely solves that mystery, but BARELY. Don’t create this high-drama moment if you’re NOT GOING TO FOLLOW UP WITH IT LATER. I WAS VERY CONCERNED OKAY???
Ugh. Don’t bother. This isn’t even really funny-terrible, it's just boring....more
This book was AH-MAZING guys! After finishing The Remnant Chronicles at the en The Laughing Listener October 2018 Format: Hardback
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
This book was AH-MAZING guys! After finishing The Remnant Chronicles at the end of September, I was eager to start this book and keep the good times going. This universe is the best and I’m so happy we’re getting another story set in this world. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into it, but this was the PERFECT combination of old and new and I looooooved it!!
First of all, the characters are A+++++
There are a few old characters to spark the interest of returning fans (view spoiler)[(guys, I SQUEALED when my smol cinnamon roll Eben showed up) (hide spoiler)] and the other new characters are excellent! Kazi, Wren, and Synove are basically the Powerpuff Girls and I was LIVING for it. They’re so badass in their own unique ways and the bond they share was excellent to read about. I also really loved Jase and his family! Even though they’re pretty much the mafia, all of them are really layered and like Shrek, I enjoyed peeling those layers back and getting to know them better.
Am I completely, head-over-heels in love with Jase Ballenger now?? I’ll let you figure that out on your own when you read it… *Winks conspicuously*
And the world building was SPECTACULAR!!! Once again, Mary hit it out of the park. Even though this takes place in the Remnant Chronicles universe, it’s in a new town, so we get the best of the old while discovering everything new. I loved it! The histories and religions are so fascinating to me and now I’m having a lot of fun piecing it all together with the last books.
I literally have nothing bad to say. It was SO GOOD!!!! EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS!!!!
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At this rate, I’ll get through this entire series in a couple days, but it’s kind of nice reading something so short. I’m so used to books being over 400 pages. Just like the last one, this was a super fun audiobook. I definitely get the feeling listening to it is the way to go and I don’t think I’d like this as much actually reading it. But Therese Plummer does an excellent job and I love that her voice has so much personality.
The story is super cute too! This one is a tad more tame than the last one, but there was more action, so I didn’t even really mind. Jolie is kind of an idiot too. More than once I was like, “Girl WHAT are you DOING??” But I love that she’s quick to own up to her mistakes and apologize. And don’t even get me started on Ashley.
Can’t say I’m surprised about how her storyline turned out *Rolls eyes* but I was definitely shocked at the twist in Hauk’s. Color me surprised. Of all the possibilities I thought up, that definitely didn’t enter my mind...
Another quick and breezy, fun romance with a little action! If you liked the first one, you’ll definitely like this one too. Gotta love a sassy, smart heroine!!...more
This was pretty cute, but OH MY GOD was Aishlinn daft. It's understandable and easy to brush off in the beginning because she's been abused her whole life, but after a while it gets old. The whole second half of the book is basically her walking around confused at every sexual innuendo. And all the men just stare at her like, "Whatever, she's just SO BEAUTIFUL." It was physically painful sometimes and I ended up rolling my eyes. A lot.
Despite Aishlinn, this was kind of a cute throwaway story. After reading an emotionally heavy book not long ago, I wanted something light and easy, which is what I got. I'm a sucker for the whole Highlander thing and the secondary characters were fun. Plus, Erin Jones did a spectacular job narrating and doing the Scottish accents! I'm curious enough to read the second book because Aishlinn isn't the protagonist and she was really my only gripe. My real endgame is to see what happens to Wee William, but that's book three, so... *Shrugs*
Aishlinn was annoying as all hell, but this was still a pretty cute, light romance to pass the time. ...more
The Laughing Listener November 2018 Format: Hardback & Audiobook Narrator: James Marsters *Standing ovation* You seriously haven’t lived until you hea The Laughing Listener November 2018 Format: Hardback & Audiobook Narrator: James Marsters *Standing ovation* You seriously haven’t lived until you hear James Marsters talk like a kelpie Length: 30 hours & 23 minutes
THIS. BOOK. WAS. INSANITY. And I just???? Oh my god. FEELINGS.
And similar to my Lord of Shadows review, there is no possible way I can form complete, coherent, constructive sentences right now, so I’ll just list why this book is the shit.
- Slytherin Julian - Kit being adorable and hilarious - All the Herondale-ness - Jace with a beard - Twisty plot - Diana taking down the patriarchy - Mind-shattering insanity - Blackthorn family love - The Julian smolder - Tessa and Jem - Cristina being a badass - Diana being a badass - Emma being a badass - Dru being a badass - Extreme Stranger Things vibes - Mark + Cristina + Kieran = Kierstinark - Gwyn throwing his axe around like Thor - Ty being a smol cinnamon bun - Subtle-but-not-really A+ political undertones - Mark challenging Jaime to a duel - Malec adorableness - Ty and Dru sibling bonding - Lots of Faerie drama - Alec being a major badass and all around MVP - Zara being an idiot - Phoukas wearing purple pants - Drunk Magnus - LOTS OF FEELINGS AND PANIC ATTACKS
FINAL WORD This book was complete insanity from beginning to end and I feel like I didn’t breathe for a week. I LOVED IT.
The Laughing Listener January 2019 I was graciously given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are subject to change upon final rele The Laughing Listener January 2019 I was graciously given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are subject to change upon final release. Format: Paperback
Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars
God I’m just… *Wipes away tears* SOOOOOO happy to be in this universe again.
If I’m being honest, I was more than a little confused when this book started. I’ve always considered myself a huge Buffy fan, but I’m a huge fan of the show. I’ve never read any of the comics or given them much thought and I just assumed this would be focusing on the TV aspect of the fandom. I should have known better. I mean, I knew the comics were canon to the Buffverse, but when this book started I was so focused on the show that I got SUPER confused. I didn’t understand what the hell was going on. In chapter 2 or 3 there’s a bare bones explanation of events, but I still spent an ungodly amount of time on the Buffyverse wiki page. I wish there had been a fact page or something for people to reference because that would have come in handy.
To help others like me, here are some things to know going in:
➤ Nina and Artemis, the two main characters, are the daughters of Merrick Jamison-Smythe who was buffy’s first watcher before Giles and the start of the show. You can see his story in the Buffy MOVIE, which I highly recommend because it’s 90s cinema gold.
➤ This book is sandwiched somewhere in between season 8 and season 9 of the comics. Buffy had to destroy The Seed of Wonder to cut earth’s ties to hell dimensions and save the world, but this also destroyed ALL magic. Buffy eventually finds a way to restore The Seed of Wonder and bring magic back, but that hasn’t happened in this book yet.
Buffy smashing the crap out of the Seed of Wonder.
➤ Buffy now lives in San Francisco. I know this one seems stupid, but there are a bunch of little references to the Golden Gate Bridge that I didn’t understand until I learned this.
SO. Due to frequent Google search stops and too much over-thinking, it took me a while to get into this book. I was too busy over-analyzing how everyone connected together. Once I took a chill pill and made myself focus on the actual story, this was a fun read!
Kiersten White did an AMAZING job capturing the same Buffy vibes that were in the show. This book kind of plays out like it’s own spin-off episode, which I really appreciated. And her sense of humor was spectacular! I literally laughed out loud at this book several times.
And the characters are great!! Even though the cast is all new (besides a few awesome cameos 😉) they all fit right into the Buffyverse and I had a lot of fun getting to know each one. Cillian was my absolute FAVORITE. He had the best one liners and I wish he was a real person I could actually be friends with. I also loved the main character Nina and despite being almost half my age, I found her so completely relatable. She’s a strong character with a great sense of humor who’s just trying to navigate her way through life. Her mother and sister, on the other hand, I absolutely HATED. I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to strangle each of them, especially Artemis who spends most of the book being over protective, pushing Nina aside, and discounting her opinions. I could understand her motivations, but as someone who’s been on the receiving end of that kind of treatment, I had NO patience for it.
But don’t let that stop you! Once the story gets going it’s really great and I loved all the action and fighting and creatures and drama. It was all so Buffy *tears up* I can’t wait to dive into the next one to see where this story goes.
I was confused at first and it took me a while get into the story, but once I did it was AWESOME.
This was actually a super tough book for me to rate. Listening to the audiobook was really fun and despite the meh rating, I enjoyed it. But when I started thinking about the story, I just couldn’t bear to give this more than three stars.
Thomas. He’s the best part of this book. Hands down. There, I SAID IT. I’m pretty sure he’s the entire reason why I was almost fooled into giving this four stars instead of three and I’m a little in love. He’s smart and observant while still being compassionate and HILARIOUS. I loved his sass. And it was awesome that he treated Audrey with the same respect he would with a male colleague (maybe minus all the flirting).
I also really loved the atmosphere and setting of this story! I will forever be a complete sucker for historical fiction and London, so I was totally all over this. Plus, the narrator did an excellent job and really brought the story to life. Her English accent was perfect for this book and all the different characters.
The story was just so damn PREDICTABLE. And since this book is mainly supposed to be a mystery, I had to dock some major points for that. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I knew who the murderer was by chapter two and wasn’t surprised by anything that happened. I still plan on reading the next book in the series because this was a fun audiobook (and I need more Thomas, let’s be honest), but I’m REALLY hoping the mystery is better because this was such a let down.
And I gotta be honest, Audrey kind of bugged the crap out of me. Half of me loved her and the other half of me wanted to give her a slap. I really LOVED the feminist part of Audrey that challenged society and wanted the same opportunities as men. YAS. Power to you sister, I love it. She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty or wear whatever she wanted and that was awesome. But then she would do something dumb like hunt down a murderer alone in the middle of the night or run up to a strange guy hunched in an alley even though he’s been unresponsive to all her shouting. And UGH. I just couldn’t handle it.
Meh. If you read this, don’t do it for the mystery. This is more for young-adult fans who like romance and historical fiction.
Phew! Jeez. This was kind of a rough one to get through ya'll. Not because it was bad, but dang, what a roller coaster. First I dragged my feet on this because I thought there would be more of the dull love triangle from the last book. Then I dragged my feet because I fell in love with Chaol, but already knew it wouldn't last. I was STRESSED. And THEN I had to take a break halfway through because Sarah J. Maas just RIPPED MY HEART OUT. Okay. All right. I see you SJM. Lulling me into a false sense of security before stabbing me in the back. I SEE HOW IT IS.
First of all, WHY ARE ALL THE MEN IN THIS BOOK IDIOTS?!?!?! Like seriously, they’re all ABSOLUTE MORONS. Thank god Nehemia and Celaena were around to make all the SMART, RATIONAL DECISIONS. Ugh.
Also, I just can’t believe (view spoiler)[that NEHEMIA IS DEAD?!?!?! WHYYYYYYY????? *Sobs* And I have so many conflicting feelings about it! Chaol was soooooo stupid for keeping quiet about the King’s plans for Nehemia, but I also know he didn’t do it maliciously (right???). And then Celaena tries to MURDER him and I was like, WHOA. I mean, does he really deserve to die for it?!?! But on the other hand, I completely understand where Celaena’s coming from because she’s been through so much and just lost her only friend.
UGGGGGH WHO AM I SUPPOSED TO BE MAD AT?!?!? WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME SJM????? (hide spoiler)]
Okay, outburst over. I feel better.
It’s odd, for the first half of this book I was lulled into the sort of vague interest I felt during the first one. I wrote this off as just a fun read until the Chaol/Celaena ship started really gaining traction. Even though I knew it was doomed from the start, I couldn’t help thinking they were THE CUTEST. After that the hits just kept on coming. The ending half of this book definitely wasn’t short on plot twists because it felt like I got repeatedly slapped in the face.
And the last half was just SO AMAZINGLY GOOD that it completely made up for the disinterest I felt in the beginning. FANDOM, I HAVE ARRIVED.
FINAL WORD It’s official, I’m completely here for this series now. The last half of this book was so good, I’m totally sold and MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
Chaol guys. Chaol. *Sighs loudly* I feel like the Throne of Glass fandom can be broken up into the pro-Chaols and the Chaol haters. Unfortunately I fall into the latter. Needless to say, this put a bit of a damper on my reading experience and I was DREADING this book. I have to admit though, this was a lot better than I was expecting!!
First of all, the wold building in this was spectacular and I really loved getting to know this new kingdom!! For some reason it reminded me a lot of the Summer Court in A Court of Thorns and Roses, which I ain't mad about. There was such a rich history to it, especially with the Torre healers, and it was so interesting to read about. Antica folds in really well with the rest of this universe and made it all that much more layered and rich.
And the characters!! There are so many awesome new characters that really made this book amazing. The royal siblings were amazing and Kashin was a sweetie. I'm not really a huge fan of Hasar, but I loved that she was gay and unashamedly herself. Yrene was feisty and sweet and despite my gripes with Chaol, I really enjoyed reading their love story for the most part (more on that later). All of the healers were great. And of course, Sataq and his Rukhin clan members!! BORTEEEEEEE!!!! SARTAAAAAAAQ!!!!!!! I was so so so happy that my girl Nesryn gets her own awesome love story with Sartaq and they were SO FLIPPING CUTE. She deserved so much better than the bullshit Chaol was feeding her and it was amazing to see it play out.
Plus, there were some developments in the last half of this book that shocked me! I admit that I went into this already writing it off, but Sarah J. Maas showed me. I was not expecting that plot twist and I'm so curious to see how this effects the next book!!
All right, brace yourselves. The Chaol ranting is about to start.
In the beginning I felt bad for Chaol because of his injury and what he was struggling with (which SJM did an excellent job writing about, by the way). I was even excited when him and Yrene started getting closer because I really like her and they were cute together. But every damn time I'd let my Chaol guard down he would do something to ruin it. Like blatantly flirt with Yrene while Nesryn was RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF THEM. Or say repeatedly that Aelin left him, when HE'S the one that corned her into leaving! And that kiss with Yrene?!?! What was that??? He says these awful, horrible things and that somehow leads to makeout session????? Screw you BUDDY.
Chaol has a big realization at the end and does some self-reflecting, THANK GOD, but I was so frustrated by the time the book got there I couldn't even appreciate it. I wish that realization had happened sooner or that the book was shorter because that would have really helped. Instead, my feelings about Chaol are kind of where I started. Literally, my only hope for the next book is that he doesn't piss me off more.
Would I have read this book if I didn't have to??? No probably not. But Sarah J. Maas does an excellent job of making it a worthwhile read and I actually really enjoyed it. Sartaq and Nesryn make this.
Ohhhhhh boy. How do I even begin to unpack this monster book?? I’m sitting here staring at my computer and I don’t even know where to start. It was AWESOME. And heartbreaking. And wonderful. And complete torture. SJM really knows how to hit a girl in the feels.
Actual footage of SJM shattering my soul.
Okay, first of all, THE SHIPS. Damn does Sara J. Maas know how get me on a bandwagon. I am so here for all these ships and I loooooooved seeing them all develop!! Aelin and Rowan are FREAKING ADORABLE. Aedion and Lysandra are adorable. Manon and Dorian are… Well, not adorable, but definitely badass. And hell, I don’t even like Lorcan (more on that later) and I was still shipping him and Elide together. All these relationships are giving me LIFE and I can’t wait to see where they go in the next one. *Bites nails nervously because everyone probably won’t make it*
It was also suuuuuuper cool seeing so many little things in the past books come back around full circle. Stuff from The Assassin’s Blade and Throne of Glass came into play once more and I love how it’s all connecting together! I already want to reread the books when this is all over to try and catch things I missed.
That being said, I HAVE FEELINGS. LOTS AND LOTS OF FEELINGS. (Very minor spoiler coming your way).
I’ve discovered that Fenrys is actually a sarcastic marshmallow and I LOVE HIM. That ending on the beach absolutely WRECKED ME and my badass Queen Aelin and my Fenrys BETTER BE OKAY DAMMIT. Seriously guys, I was reading the ending of this at 3am the other night and crying like a baby.
And Elena?? Oh my god, FREAKING ELENA?!?! I feel like I’ve been Dumbledored, except worse because I hate Elena now. The Betrayal!! I can’t handle it. And Lorcan. Uggggggggh Lorcan. I’m riding the struggle bus with his character. My hatred for Maeve runs so deep in my soul that I genuinely can’t understand how he could love her at all. He almost hooked me when he was with Elide because they were super cute together, but then the ending happened and all that progress was RUINED. I can’t with him. WHAT AN IDIOT. WHYYYYYYYYYYY????
The only sort-of negative comment I have is that it kind of felt like this story floundered a little?? In the past books there was a clear character arc for Aelin and I didn’t get that as much this time. It seemed like she ended where she began. HOWEVER—before you all throw vegetables at me—I know that SJM did this on purpose. The whole time I was reading this, it felt like there wasn’t a clear direction. We were just following these characters as they bounced around from place to place. Aedion kept making comments like “What are we doing?? We’re wasting time!” and I would think, man, he’s right. What’s going on? After six freaking books you’d think I’d learn my lesson and trust in Aelin a little more, but I didn’t. Instead I was a bit frustrated and puzzled and the extra length of this book didn’t help.
Of course, there’s a big reveal at the end where everything comes together. Aelin (as always) had her secrets that she couldn’t tell anyone else, which means the reader couldn’t know either. So there WAS an arc, but it was hidden??? I have conflicting feelings about this now because I understand why it was necessary. I just wish there had been a way to let the reader in on what was going on a little. It felt like Queen of Shadows toed this line well by letting us see parts of Aelin’s schemes while still hiding the rest for dramatic effect and I wanted more of that in this one.
THIS. BOOK. WRECKED. ME. I love seeing all these amazing characters come together and now I’m DYING to know what happens in the next book. I’M SO STRESSED Y’ALL. I NEED EVERYONE TO BE OKAY.