Book Stop: Freebie Friday: Library Hookup Reviews!


Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Published: January 17th 2017

Series: Carve the Mark #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy, SciFi

I need to start off by saying that Veronica Roth broke my heart once before so I’ve been avoiding her work whilst taking time to stitch myself back together. I rarely if ever read reviews before I try a book… sometimes I may have to pause the book to go read some reviews especially if I feel like I have a really harsh criticism just to see if it is just me.. In this books case, however, I read the reviews before hand and was set up to force myself to finish it.. but I was so surprised. I had no problem staying super engrossed in the story which moved at a pretty decent pace in comparison to other things I have read. In fact I really liked it. There are parts of the book that seem pretty hopeless and in a lot of books that will bring me down to the point where I start to dislike them but the characters resilience, and determination really made up for those times I thought. The only problems I really had was the lack of backstory really about the worlds and this war that seems to be playing out.. this universe? controlled by this “current,” is pretty complex and it would seem like it has a really rich backstory especially between the people I would have liked a little more of that. I also saw a lot of reviews about the racial connotations and I am embarrassed to say that I read those reviews before hand and completely forgot all about it during the story and it never occurred to me that was going on so I don’t really feel its as “obvious” as they made it seem… either that or I’m just oblivious lol.

The concept we start out with in this story is that every person has a future, but only some have fates. Fates basically being a prophesied future that cannot be changed. What they never stress or tell you is that they can be interpreted a million ways of course…. like all prophecies but no one is supposed to know their “fate” until after death. People, also still have some sort of choices almost like their personality or decisions would effect out the wording on the “fate” is interpreted by life itself. Our MMC Akos and our FMC Cyra come from opposite sides of “the divide.” Akos from a Thuvhe family, 3rd son of the Oracle. Going about his happy life but his mother always hinting at some greater purpose, with a sad demeanor. Up until the day comes where fates were read aloud and his world was turned upside down by the Shotet people, his father murdered and him and his brother kidnapped. Cyra, the daughter of the Shotet King, is cursed by her “currentgift” to always feel and cause pain becomes a tool for her evil elder brother who is determined to conquer his fate and not fall to the Thuvhe ruling family. Ryz her brother has lost his humanity it seems in his desperate attempts to control his people and thwart fate itself. Cyra and Akos are thrown together him being the respite to her curse, but things aren’t exactly what they seem in this world, nor do we honestly know who the real enemy is….

We still have alot of questions plot wise, and some serious intrigue going on here… I have my theories but I don’t want to give any spoilers. One thing is for sure Veronica Roth has no problem killing off some characters… This book was completely engaging for me, nerve racking as well. We are left with a big reveal cliffhanger.. love those (insert sarcasm) lol. Can’t wait to see where this is headed.

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Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published: Delacorte Press

Publisher: February 5th 2019

Series: Ash Princess Trilogy #2

Genre: YA, Fantasy


Such a great continuation of the series. This book picks up right where we left off in book 1. I feel like we are starting to get more and more information about the magic in this world but I think we have only touched the surface. For the most part, I feel like Theo is finally growing up, she is still impulsive and arrogant but she has tempered it with people to care for. What kept me from giving this book 5 stars was that the plot line seemed to drag on at certain parts and during that time there didn’t seem to be anything plot related going on.. almost like we are plotting along and ….squirrel. I get the reasons behind why they start their journey by visiting another land to collect allies but the time spent there almost seemed wasted. We did finally get to point B from point A and I say almost wasted because we did learn some things but it was a long drive.

Theo and her entourage journey to Sta’Crivero, where the King has collected suitors from all the lands to meet with Theo so she can choose a husband best suited to her needs. Since her desire is an army to boot the Kaiser out of Astrea this is her main concern. Little does she know, the scheezy king is basically auctioning her off to the highest bidder and not all the bidders are there to play fair. During their stay they visit the refugee camp and come to the realization that just because they aren’t slaves like in Astrea their quality of life is almost as bad. I love loved Theo and Soren’s relationship in this book.. Its like they cleared the air and from that point on they were completely honest with each other.. no games. It was refreshing. When suitor’s Theo shows interest in start dying, and Soren is implicated, Theo becomes desperate to both save her people and finally escape the Kaiser’s clutches all the while trying to avoid the clutches of someone just as bad. With a not so great plan, and her desperate people at her back Theo finally gets to make a choice of a queen.. her or her kingdom. The surprising part is the person giving her the choice…..and how it turns out.

I can’t believe that we are left with that ending and now have to wait till 2020 for some closure!! Here is to hoping Theo really brings it in the next book! Im also wondering if the next book will pickup right where we left off here… or if some time will have passed due to some circumstances… Uggghhh so far away!!!

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Published: Henry Holt and Company

Publisher:  June 17th 2014

Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3Grishaverse #3

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

My excitement for this series has been slowly tapering off as things drag on… I’m not sure what is throwing me off. Maybe its the role confusion here? The bad guys just aren’t bad enough and the good guys just aren’t that good maybe? Or maybe its just Alina.. I had been hoping across the series to finally click with her but she is just so hard to lock down. One minute she is funny and sassy, the next minute she is morose and selfish, and every now and then a burst of self confidence comes out of no where. Its like no matter how much training she has, or how many times a chapter ends with her gaining some conviction from somewhere she is always just freaking wingin’ it. If I had to say anything she just isn’t heroine material… I feel like the story was being led by a side character and I kept waiting on her to truly step up into her destiny or this “Aha” moment but really even with all the events that happened when the story ended… There she was just ordinary… Its like the Shakespeare saying:

” Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” but in this case the character was like “oh Heck no”… lol.

We start right where book 2 left off. Alina and her “sun” followers along with her loyal Grisha gang are trapped underground, while the Apparat tries to play his leadership games. Alina is left without all her powers after her last run in with the Darkling, and she is desperate for some sort of hope of beating him so they set off to find the last amplifier. The “real” light of this book and the book before it, Nikolai, catches up with them and they head off to rally their allies. Betrayal from in their midst, leads them straight to the Darkling and yet another battle ensues in which mother and son must face off while Alina goes in search of the 3rd amplifier. We got more and more backstory on the amplifiers themselves and the man who first had the idea for them. As Alina continue’s her journey it becomes increasingly obvious that not only does she not want what seems to be her destiny but she is almost desperately trying to put off making any decisions or committing herself while she grasps for what she truly wants. As warnings catch up to her Alina realizes that the she will need the 3rd amplifier to defeat the darkness and the fold but the cost is just too much….

I really liked the plot twist at the end, but where, in the 2nd book, it seems like Alina is embracing her awesomeness and her destiny, it just isn’t happening she is back and forth giving me the whiplash. Also, I do feel like the ending was a little abrupt, like we really didn’t get to see the effects of their journey really. I think all in all it was a good series but it was not what I would call epic. I am super excited though, to read Nikolai’s story because he has been my favorite from his first scene!

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Hit or Miss: Kindle Unlimited Audio Books

I’m not sure about you guys but I have to have some audio books on hand because I just have too much going on most of the time to sit down and read. Granted I read really fast so when I do sit down I can turn out some books, however when I’m out soccer mommin’ it up and running a million errands between grocery stores, library, school pickups, bills, and yard work I love to have an audio book or 2 on hand to keep myself going. I use the kindle app on Iphone and I pay for KU so if I’m in a bind and need a quick audio I head to KU. I will say that it is a PAIN to sift through a million audios on an Iphone, also there have been multiple times I’ve been searching through the “audio” books and ended up downloading something without audio.. so irritating. It seems that if any of a series has audio availability then they chuck in the rest of the series even if it doesn’t. All that being said, I have a short attention span and so audio’s don’t always do it for me but I books a shot and if I can’t get into them I’ll switch over to reading it myself. Here are some KU audios I have enjoyed, and some that were meh.. as well as some I had to read myself because the audio killed me. Please comment and leave any audio’s you have enjoyed off KU and I’ll go take a look.. sifting through all of them is so time consuming lol.

Hits

All these series by Jeff Wheeler are amazing reads available with audio narrated by Kate Rudd and she is possibly one of my most favorite narrators. These series are all interconnected at certain points and are wonderful MG/YA reads!

  1. The Queen’s Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler 
  2. The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood #1) by Jeff Wheeler
  3. The Banished of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood #1) by Jeff Wheeler
  4. Storm Glass (The Harbinger #1) by Jeff Wheeler

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

I have noticed that several of Rick Riordan’s first books in the series are available on KU, which has saved me from having to dig them out of closets during rereads. This one is available with audio, though I will say that doing a reread with the audio kind of threw me because I already had imagined how Sadie and Carter would sound and that wasn’t it. Great to keep on standby though for a first time or reread.

Under Different Stars (The Kricket Series #1) by Amy A. Bartol

This whole series is available via KU with audio and is also narrated by Kate Rudd! Loved this series!

Miss

These books I just couldn’t get into due to the audio.. once I started reading it physically things picked up a lot in all of them.

The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans #1) by J.D. Horn

The audio on this was so hard for me to follow, the book itself is a hard to follow book and a little spacey here and there so it was no surprise really the audio was impossible for me.

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician #1) by Charlie N Holmberg

The audio on this book rubbed me so wrong that after about 10 pages I had to quit and read it myself. For some reason the narrator portrayed the FMC as the snottiest, brattiest person and I had such an intense dislike for her I almost DNF’d the book. I started it all over after a day or so and it was much better and a pretty interesting read.

Ink Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin #1) by Victor Gischler

I’m not sure what the problem was here but the audio just kept loosing me and over and over I had to go back and reread parts because I totally spaced them. Sometimes a narrator just reads so slowly that my ADD kicks in and I just get lost. I think that was the problem here and on Kindle you can’t speed up the narration.

Here are just a few of my Hit or Misses from KU audio’s. For these reviews and others click here.

Book Stop – Why Choose Valentine, rating: R of course!

Next year during February I will definitely put on my calendar to devote the month to the reverse harem revolution lol. I wish I had thought of it sooner. As we close in towards Valentine’s day I see myself leaning way more towards the romance section of my TBR and find myself rereading past loves.

Crimes of Cupidity by Raven Kennedy

Crimes of Cupidity: A Fantasy Reverse Harem Story by Raven Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published: January 31, 2019

Series: Heart Hassle #3

Genre: RH, Romance, Fantasy



“Now, pull on your big girl panties and ovary-it up. We’re mates, and we have a war to win.” 

Coffee Mug Material!

Ridiculousness to the max! Our favorite cupid Emelle’s mess continues as she desperately tries to grab herself a tiny piece..ahem of happily ever after of course, and the cure for all that ails her is a little vitamin “D”! It is amazing to me how Raven Kennedy keeps the raunchy humor going full force and still keeps a captivating story moving along in its madness! I’m pretty sure she is my idle! I am also pretty sure that I have highlighted a million one liners from this book to put on coffee mugs to brighten my day! I want to say I’m too mature to laugh at the ridiculousness but I’d be lying.. I’m pretty sure at one point I had coffee spew from my nose.. I may now have a sinus infection…


“Emelle’d,” Evert explains. “It’s when someone gets struck silent from the crazy ass words that come out of your mouth.”

Emelle finds herself sucked back to cupidville to face the consequences of her lack of cupid skills but in a twist she winds up being “boss bitch.” “Whoops.” Even still, the cooperate life isn’t for her so back to the fae world to find her yummy mates, but something is wrong. She has been gone longer than expected and their whole plan has been ruined. The princess is captured, the evil Prince is gaining ground, and Okot… our precious “beloved” doesn’t even recognize us other than as the enemy… Not to mention Ronark has gone feral and seems to need to be house broken. I just couldn’t even with this! I was dying…. Even the “Horney Hooker” isn’t safe from the love arrows in this book. Luckily he just might get his “shot” in the next series..


I watch as Ronak gyrates his hips a bit, and I narrow my eyes. Is he…? Yep. He’s drawing a dick on the carpet with his urine. A piss dick pic. It’s actually kind of impressive.

Once again a thoroughly entertaining read with the randomness continuing and the quest for love never ending!
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Dirty Alphas by Alexa B. James and Angelina Avery

Dirty Alphas: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy Romance by Alexa B. James and Angelina Avery

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Publisher: Indep Published

Published: December 14, 2018

Genre: RH, Fantasy, Paranormal


Whaaaaattttt! 3.5ish almost just rounded it up… l have to be legit honest, I accidentally downloaded this of KU.. like it was for real an accident and I went immediately to correct my mistake and find something to download in its place when I started to feel guilty for not giving it a chance. Let me first say, I’m not a fan of the cover, to me, it looks a tad on the cheesy side. Reverse harems are hit or miss with me. I find it amazing that author’s even attempt them, I mean it must be difficult to create chemistry between 2 characters let alone between 2+ characters and give them all some sort of dynamic all the while trying to make a story take place. There in lies the problem for most RHN I give a try.. the story gets lost in a bunch of eye rolling smut.. most of the time. Also, I find it hard to believe that a woman would want to take on more than one dude.. permanently lol. I mean realistically…that’s all the more dishes, laundry everywhere, shavings in the sink…. but its fantasy.. so I roll with it lol.

This book was surprisingly good, I did feel like there was quite a few plot holes, and some confusion on the world building that kept me from absolutely loving it but the story was prominent not the smut which is hands down a winner for me in the RH genre. So the blurb itself gave us more backstory and world building than the actual story did.. I almost felt like this was a sequel or a spin off or something, and it also didn’t feel like the story was over though this episode concluded pretty nicely. The book also started us off in a really confusing situation with no preparation and it didn’t go on to explain said situation till much later in the book.

Scarlet our FMC, starts of seemingly kidnapped by a madman, Jacob Knight, not only is he a madman but he is the alpha of her wolf shifter pack. He wants to force her and her wolf to submit to him after forcing her into marriage all the while holding her family hostage. During their tussle Scarlet is gravely injured and though as a human she works out a deal that in exchange for her family’s freedom, her wolf refuses to submit and rips out his throat. Her father runs in seeing what has happened and that pack alpha has transferred to Scarlet, but they know they are in trouble because it wasn’t won legally through challenge. There was no in depth preparation or backstory explaining the laws governing the shifters and magical creatures.. which was a little confusing. So Dad and Scarlet hide it and Dad poses as Alpha so Scarlet can have a normal life, all the while Scarlet must keep her wolf hidden so no one notices it is an alpha… Until a year later when Scarlet must return to the pack because Dad can no longer keep up the pretense with Scarlet so far away.. The governing “council” for the wolves have already sent 3 alphas of their own to take the pack away to keep it strongly out of Fae grasp, 3 other Knight brothers, who instantly have a connection with Scarlet despite her non dominant status in the pact.. of course Scarlet already is in deep with the Fae her best friend being a Fae prince.. The 3 Knight brothers aren’t the only ones skulking around however, someone else is out to get Scarlet, someone very dangerous…

It was a pretty enjoyable read for me and I flew through the book really despite all the holes. I dodged them pretty well and just kept on going. I am left wondering about all the possibilities… kind of wish there was more to answer all my questions.
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Gypsy Freak by Kristy Cunning

Gypsy Freak by Kristy Cunning

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Publisher: Indep.

Published: January 4, 2019

Series: All The Pretty Monsters #2

Genre: RH, Paranormal, Fantasy


2.5 stars.. rounded up… grudgingly. I was super excited to get in to this book after enjoying the first one so much.. Unfortunately if it wasn’t for the last 25% of this book I would have given up on this series completely! For at least the first 35% it was written so random, and with absolutely no cohesion what so ever that I was constantly going back to reread things just because I couldn’t even figure out whose viewpoint I was in.. I was so lost. Not only all that, but Anna… wtf. Your going to go and take my most favorite sister from another mister out of this story… I don’t even know… Finally after 75% of the book the author finally starts making sense.. and it wasn’t like things just came to light that made the whole book make sense, it was like the writing started actually making a cohesive picture and I was finally able to get into the story. Book 2 was just a train wreck until 75%.. in fact if I were to do it over again, I might just read book 1, the last 25% of book 2 and then jump right into book 3 because I don’t even think the reader would actually miss anything doing it this way..

So at 75% all the bickering, and long winded explanations that don’t actually explain anything, as well as all the vague posturing, and petty disputes over Violet, and mind games that play at being clever but are actually just quite annoying stop.. for the most part, and we really start getting some answers. After fighting between the wolves and vampires because of Arion coming out early escalate, and groups of wolves are found dead, Violet finds herself caught in the middle. Emit is then captured and as the perpetrators come forward and reveal their plans.. Violet demonstrates her ..”resilience” as well as why she should never, ever, panic.

I’m really hoping book 3 starts out where book 2 leaves off and we don’t have to go through this mess again and we can really get some answers. Crossing my fingers..

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Gypsy Origins by Kristy Cunning

Gypsy Origins by Kristy Cunning

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Publisher: Indep

Published: January 25, 2019

Series: All The Pretty Monsters #3

Genre: RH, Fantasy, Paranormal


Ok, so this book was in fact much, much better than book 2, however, I feel like now we have entered into one of those stories where random things are thrown in to cover up the plot holes, and now the story is just kind of way out there and seems like it is going to go on for freaking ever…. Yea its a travesty because I really felt like we were working with something great but it is now kind of all over the place for me, and Anna is still gone…. In all actuality, even though now we know a lot more about the situation, it took basically the whole book while we watched each characters individual reactions to the information.. and of course the bickering continues. *eye roll. I can’t help but feel like we are getting tiny snippets of story and a whole lot of useless filler… Progressing at a slow roll most of the time.

The other problem for me, is unfortunately Violet just really isn’t the most like able character. She is just meh for me, so the dragging it out is not helping, and its like the author is trying to force some humor or something on her and it is just awkward. I don’t know the pieces just aren’t fitting together very well and its like they just decided to hammer them in and roll with it.

So…. in short.. there were a couple of reveals.. that took the entire book to finally make it around to everyone… Violet has decided the to bring back the witch.. and then bam cliffhanger and a supposed threat from someone who is supposed to be dead? At least that is where I’m at.

In truth it was better than book 2, in that it at least made some kind of sense, but I’m not about this dragging stuff out forever. I like to feel like we got somewhere after reading like 400 pages.. just saying. I don’t know whether to be on the lookout for book 4 or not.. might wait till books 5-10 come out just in case I need to skip a few to get to the end *wink.
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Book Stop – Rainy Day Binge

I’m not sure if everyone has this problem but I seem to be able to read way faster than I can review. Truthfully, I try to write detailed reviews and sometimes by the end of a reading binge the reviews start either looking the same or go off on a tired giggle rant… What are some secrets that you more experienced bloggers use to keep yourself focused and keep up with the ever growing pile of read books that still need stars beside them?

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Tor Books

Published: September 24, 2013

Series: Villains #1


I’m not sure I have ever read anything like this. This book was both creepy with a sociopathic/psycho vibe.. and at the same time super engaging and all consuming. I feel like the Impassive voice of the writer made it all the more compelling. There were no good guys…. just a groups of antagonists in an all out brawl being pushed by some fanatic type notions driving them onward.. I found myself spending the entire book trying to justify and make excuses for one character or another in a desperate attempt to make a “good guy” out of at least one of them. The back and forth jumping through time answering questions almost as soon as I thought to ask them and revealing the plot in an almost genius way. I felt like for most of the story like I was running through a never ending hallway each door on the side revealing new things, new characters, new powers and at the same time I was striving to get to the present to find out the ending. An odd concept in itself striving to get to the now to find out the end…

Victor and Eli, the ultimate frenemies, start their journey in college 10 years ago with 2 thesis ideas which correlate. Victor wanting to study the effects of adrenaline and fight/flight type mechanisms and Eli wanting to study EOs or “Extra Ordinarys”, people with unexplained abilities caused by certain experiences.. Teaming up they discover a tried and true formula after some trial and error.. costly error.. and at the same time lose something intrinsic to human nature. Years later, after some ultimate betrayals by both Victor and Eli their battle comes to a head in a game where there are no heroes.. only villains. In all realness this is one of the hardest plots to describe without giving some stuff away.

I am not sure that I ever really liked any of the characters, but I think that was one of the points lol.
I can’t wait to start the next book if only for the fact that I want to see what other EO “super powers” are out there. Great, entertaining and nerve shredding read!
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The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer (The Falconer, #1)

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Published: September 19, 2013

Series: The Falconer #1

This was a decent start to the series.. I would say its probably more of a 3.5 star but not a 4 for me. There are multiple things this first book has going for it. The story is both original and captivating. It has a steampunk flare that really went well with the whole fantasy fae magic. The characters seemed well rounded and at the same time maintaining a huge air of mystery and the chemistry between our FMC, Aileana Kameron, aka Kam and her “trainer” Kieran was off the charts…. /face fanning. I will say that I did think our FMC a tad on the selfish/immature side, she was also very impulsive diving into situations without thinking, luckily she was bad A enough to dig her way out.

Aileana Kameron lives for vengeance. Since the moment she saw her mother brutally murdered by a fae she has wanted nothing but revenge. Found standing over her mothers dead body covered in blood by her father, her life hasn’t been the same. The whispers of murderer follow her everywhere and her father has almost written her off since. Now years later she has owned her title.. but not in the way the whisperers think. Kam with her ability to sense the fae, hunts them down all the while searching for her mothers murderer. Kieran her mysterious fae trainer has taught her how to survive.. but now she is venturing out on her own.. not knowing the danger she faces. Secrets come to light about Kam’s bloodline.. as the monsters turn the hunt on her. Now she is tasked with righting some wrongs and saving her city… but doing that may put her vengeance out of reach and loose her the friends she has made along the way.

I would say that what really kept me from loving this book was the infuriatingly vague plot reveals… clawing answers out a tiny bit at a time and right when I think I have a grasp of where we are headed.. the cliffhanger made me question everything I knew.. I about threw the book across the room.. ok so I didn’t really, but I imagined it for a minute. So, now not only do I have no idea where to stand.. I’m not even left standing I’m left hanging off said cliff not knowing whether to climb up and out or fall into the abyss…
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Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars, #1)

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray

Published: September 5th 2017

Series: Even the Darkest Stars #1

I have got to say I thought this was a really good start to the series. In fact I was hooked from the first sentence.. though in all honesty, the first sentence really had nothing to do with the rest of the book lol. Just mention some dragon eggs and apparently that’s all it takes for me. I really felt this book was super easy to sink into and I really felt the world building was pretty fantastic. I had no trouble picturing the scenes even having never read anything like this before. The characters for the most part were well rounded to me, seemed pretty relate able, and also seemed to compliment each other pretty well, balancing each other out. One thing I noticed, that threw me, was that events from the past, like centuries ago in the past, seemed sooo.. present? Events from centuries ago are kind of meshed in with events from a decade ago, and eventually it started to run together so much to where I couldn’t give you an honest straight timeline I don’t think. Either way everything seems to be remembered so vividly, like it just happened.. and yet there are legends of this sky city and a lost artifact that no one really knows about… Not sure if anyone else has felt this way but in reality it didn’t actually effect the events of the story, it just threw me here and there….

Kamzin, our FMC, has dreamed of following in her explorer mother’s footsteps since her sister and her followed her mother on her last adventure..across the deadly mountain Raksha. Now why a mother would take her 2 young children around/accross this mountain…. who knows, but after that failed attempt Kamzin and Lusha lost their mother and now they are the last 2 remaining people that know the way up to the mountain. Kamzin has always lived in her mother and brilliant sister Lusha’s shadow and longs for a time when she comes out the winner, the first picked, the most skilled. Famous Explorer River Shara shows up in Kamzin’s village to start of his next adventure and lo and behold he needs a guide for Raksha.. of course he would pick Lusha… Oddly enough Lusha studying the stars to become a seer has some stuff of her own she is trying to figure out and takes off before the journey leaving only Kamzin to lead River. Kamzin must her self esteem issues, her intense desire to prove herself, and her hero worship of River to lead them up the deadly Raksha, finding out some truths that can’t be forgotten and discovering the dangers lurking in her world are much closer than they seemed.

I will say that though the story was pretty captivating, there were lots of times where the plot did seem to move slowly though I really thought the last 15% or so of the book with all the plot twists, betrayals and discoveries made up for it. I’m super excited to continue the story because… I just have to know what is going to happen now… and I’m not at all sure I agree with decisions that have been made…
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Book Stop – ARC: Behesians by Isaiyan Morrison

Behesians by Isaiyan Morrison

Publisher: Self: Isaiyan Morrison

Published: December 6, 2018

Series: ??

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Behesians by Isaiyan Morrison

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was a hard book to rate. I’m thinking 2.5 stars though I feel like there were certain aspects that I would have rated a 3 so I am going to round it up. There were multiple aspects about the story that I liked. I felt that the whole concept was fresh and had a pretty unique origination explanation but it really lacked some details to make it cohesive. This has the appearance of a standalone novel but this is far from over and must be a book in a series.. and if I’m honest this read like a continuation or spin off of a series. I could not seem to shake the feeling that I fell right off in the middle of some on going story where the details and the world building itself happened long ago. I will say that there was enough information for a reader to make some generalizations or guesses to fill in the blanks so to speak…well most of them I think. What world building and backstory we did get here seemed a little repetitive and the same information was thrown at us again and again but never expanded to answer my questions. The characters told the story of how Vain ended over, and over, and over but we never really found out the entire why? or what was trying to be accomplished, and honestly there was no definitive on the who was responsible, it never honestly came out. I also had issue with several of the concepts of the Behesians having the same problem.. though the book talks about Bridging repeatedly.. and I gathered from the reading its like “mating”.. maybe? The concept was never explained in detail, nor did it seem surprising that Cassidy was bridging with multiple people?

Character wise I felt a disconnect with every character because I didn’t feel like we ever got enough details about any of their stories, or at least enough details for me to really bond with them. This may have to do with the overwhelming amount of character viewpoints. For example the story never went into detail about Darrien, one of our Male MC’s what his and Milan’s, another Male MC story seemed to be because it seemed they were friends at one point, nor why Darrien thinks he can never bridge with someone. The truth is I wasn’t a fan of any of the characters looking back.. Ava especially.. Omg that girl went on and on and on with her anger and grudges, hate, and total selfishness. I couldn’t stand her at all. Cassidy, our FMC, was naive, whiny and kind of pathetic, and we honestly didn’t even stay in her viewpoint long enough for me to have any sort of grasp on her personality, her wants in life, her dreams.. did she even have friends? hobbies? What even is her last name? Same as her father’s maybe? who really knows. This was a little disheartening for me as the reader because in this world that I’m unfamiliar with I can’t even seem to put my faith in our supposed heroine to lead me through.

The book kicks off after the short prologue with Cassidy on her birthday, after about 5 mins in her head I was already not a fan. She seemed like the really moody, depressed, antisocial, unappreciative teenager. Not really someone I could even say I would want to be friends with irl. Cassidy hates her birthday and runs through the whole drama mama cycle as her “family” tries all day to seemingly make this a great day for her.. I don’t think the book ever says why she hates her birthday, but I assumed its because she believes her mother died while giving birth to her.. but that could be wrong. This is one of the examples of the little holes the reader must figure out or make assumptions for themselves about. Another thing that kind of threw me, is at one point at the very beginning of the story Sara is referred to as her “stepsister” and later is referred to as her “half sister” but neither is ever explained like where Sara’s mom is etc, no info is given. While out and about on her birthday Cassidy and her “sister” run into Elijah and Darrien who seem to have some beef with each other and noone really finds it weird that Elijah’s coffee cup catches on fire during the altercation. Later Elijah shows up at Cassidy’s house with a completely unbelievable story casting everything in Cassidy’s life under scrutiny and basically telling her she is living a lie. From this point starts our adventure which mostly consists of a bunch of bickering and fighting and very little actual explanations on what in the world is going on and what anyone’s end goal is. Eventually we are left on the run, with really no more explanation that we began and a bunch of characters who’s in all honesty decisions make little or no sense to me.

All in all I never got close to DNFing this book, it made enough sense to keep me going and the concept was interesting enough for me to really want answers but it just lacked cohesiveness, a backstory I could understand and get behind, as well as at least one character that I really could bond with and get to know. These all may come later.. who knows as I am not quite sure if this is supposed to be a series or not.

* I received an advance copy of this book through BookSirens via the author in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.*

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Book Stop: YA Review Rampage!

I can’t decide whether to post Reviews one at a time.. Which adds up to about 2 blog posts a day or to combine them into one post.. I figure if its an ARC, I should do the author and the publisher the favor of separating it into its own post but if its me reading because that’s what I do.. then it shouldn’t hurt to combine them from time to time. With that being said here are some new reviews lol.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Publisher: Tor Books

Published: February 24th 2015

Series:
Shades of Magic #1
The Shades of Magic Universe

Genre: YA, Fantasy

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I think this is a potential 5 star but…. Deep Breath I borrowed this audio book from Libby, which for those that aren’t aware is a companion to Overdrive, an app allowing you to check out ebooks using your library card. I am not in the habit of grabbing the “just” audio versions of books because I have problems focusing sometimes, and in those instances I usually just switch over to reading myself. This audio book was one of the hardest audio’s that I have ever tried to listen to, and with no “read myself” option, I found myself constantly going back to re listen to a certain chapter or area because I had no clue where I was or what was happening. Honestly, the narrator seemed pretty talented with the different characters etc, but the narrator combined with the writing style.. it sent my ADD into hyper drive or something. I did finally speed up the audio to around 1.35 and was able to start to focus much better after that but daaannnggg I thought I was going to have to put this down and come back when I could get a physical copy. I’ve heard such wonderful things about this series and have seen a ton of my friends reviews of this and I was getting pretty anxious, thinking I was going to have to DNF till later, but I made it through and look forward to reading a physical copy so I would like to retain the right to change my mind on certain aspects at that time.

Now for the important stuff.. lol. This book had an interesting, amazing, very intricate and unique take on the magic world. Alternate dimensions, each a kingdom containing different types of magic, grey being the “human” dimension where magic has faded, Red being a kingdom with a great balance of magic, the White kingdom starving for magic, and the Black kingdom which was lost and closed off from the other kingdoms centuries ago due to magic taking over the kingdom. The only people that can travel between all the kingdoms seem to a race of blood magicians called the Antari, of which our MMC Kell is one of the last 2 remaining. Kell raised in the Red kingdom by the king and queen themselves travels between the kingdoms “smuggling” on the DL despite his adoptive brother Rye’s warnings against it. The other Antari, Holland, acts as a messenger between the kingdoms. During one of Kell’s smuggling attempts between kingdoms he ends up possessing a black stone, that ends up snowballing into a death defying adventure. Along the way he picks up a sidekick, Lyla from the grey side. That Lyla though lol. She is ridiculous, doesn’t put up with Kell’s stuffy crap, NEVER listens, and somehow always manages to save the day lol. Girl is a hot mess but its working I guess. I am super interested to see what is ahead for these characters, Lyla in particular since she has a particular talent of hitching rides across colors… lol.

I’m super interested on seeing where this is headed but I would definitely like to do a quick reread with a physical copy before I move forward in the series. I feel like there are parts I’m still missing… just small holes here and there, but I like being able to make small connections here and there and not having the info would keep me from my fullest potential enjoyment! I’ll be back for this series for sure!!



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Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Published: April 24th 2018

Series: Ash Princess Trilogy #1

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


4.5 stars. Fantastic start to the series! This book completely captivated me right from the start, and I had no problems sinking right into the story and staying there cover to cover. I really debated on giving this book 5 stars because it was so enjoyable for me, however, I would like to leave some room to completely wow me as the series continues. I feel like our FMC Theo has a ways to go development wise, as she learns how to deal with her new role, and works through the horrors of her past, and grows into herself really.

Surviving as a prisoner/whipping post, in a conquered land to a ruthless Kaiser, after watching her mother brutally murdered before her eyes, our FMC Theo, has learned to wear her masks well, or else suffer or watch others suffer the consequences in her place. Constantly aware of the games being played with her and around her she has learned to never trust, never let her guard down, and always play along. Growing up as the “Ash Princess” in this ruthless and unforgiving court, her only “friend” the daughter of the man who murdered her mother, Theo is to frightened to even dream of a different life, one of freedom. That is until, a notorious rebel is captured and his life.. yet another game for the Kaiser to play, is put in her hands.. This rebel however, comes with a host of memories long since buried in Theo’s mind, and triggers a domino effect of decisions made by Theo to not only save herself, but maybe even plan to save what is left of her torn kingdom, even if she has to betray all the “friends” she has made along the way.

We have some super interesting plot concepts playing out here, and we have really just barely touched the surface so far of the magic of this world and the consequences of these invaders defiling their gods areas with the mining of the gems etc. I think what kept me from smashing that 5 star was the fact that we have only barely touched on the magic so far in the series though it has been set up really well so far, and Theo herself as a character is still demonstrating the mindset of always pleasing others.. This has been beaten into her over the years, to be exactly what everyone wants and I’m waiting on her to climb her way out of that hole and take ownership of herself so to speak. We also have some intriguing mysteries surrounding some side characters, that I can’t wait to find some answers about! Super entertaining read, with just enough suspense and intrigue to keep a reader involved! Can’t wait to find out what is next!
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Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Publisher: Razorbill

Published: September 25th 2018

Series: Give the Dark My Love #1

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I need to “clear the air” so to speak to kick this review off. I had read the blurb.. and I felt it was a tad misleading. To me personally, the blurb gave the impression that there was going to be a bit of romance in here. What happened here was not that… This was for lack of a better description.. a very macabre read. The impression of a love interest possibly saving the FMC Nedra, was a false impression lol. In fact, I feel like if I hadn’t been waiting for the romance aspect to finally kick in and get serious the whole time I think that I could have weathered this out better.

That being said I really thought this had some great potential with very interesting concepts and a well thought out magical/scientific basis. The story line was easy for me to sink into right from the beginning. It really started off with a bang. If it weren’t for my confusion of an expectation vs reality nature here. I think that I could really have gotten behind it a little more. I feel like the main criticisms I have were the characters having really narrow personalities, and there being hardly any chemistry between characters, and the back story and world building felt a little like an after thought, thrown haphazardly in at times.

Our story starts with Nedra, our FMC, journeying from her poor northern village to the city of Yugen to attend an alchemy school (seemingly for only wealthy, prominent, and spoiled rotten young adults) on scholarship. Nedra, is an ambitious girl, with a true passion to heal the mysterious wasting plague that has been popping up all over their island causing people’s blood and limbs to turn black and eventually die. She goes to attend the school and finds its like nothing she has ever known before. Apprenticed under a very strict master. I feel like the “schooling” part of this story was super rushed over, almost a fact dumb but at the same time hardly giving us any information. Most of the students treat Nedra with disdain, all but Grey aka star pupil. Honestly, I almost felt like Grey was just a side character.. he mostly just walked through the scenes, acting bored, spouting opinions or feeling sorry for himself, he really had no purpose for this story. As Nedra furthers her studies she becomes more and more aware of the political turmoil her island is in, as well as the overwhelming increase in “plague” victims. People are dying left and right and Nedra is desperate for answers grasping at anything to save them… even forbidden Necromancy. Learning that the plague is probably caused by a Necromancer, Nedra turns toward the 4th alchemy once her parents die from the sickness and her sister is struck. The island is in chaos, revolting, government officials dead or in disposed. Her Master at school has been taken in for teaching her Necromancy… Taking up her new talent she storms toward the hidden Emperor to get some revenge and find some truth.. though that truth may not be what she thinks…

There were some hidden plot twists and turns though they weren’t super surprising really. Though we aren’t honestly left on a cliffhanger… we are left with things.. unfinished I guess, and with no knowledge of where things are headed for Nedra now that she is a Necromancer. In my opinion it was a little anticlimactic and kind of ended abruptly. I did have some issues with some aspects of the book but all in all it was an interesting read.. I think it really could have been epic but… maybe in the next book…
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Voice of Power by Melanie Cellier

Voice of Power by Melanie Cellier

Publisher: Luminant Publications

Published: December 26th 2018

Series: The Spoken Mage #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Voice of Power by Melanie Cellier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I was very surprised by the start to this series. The concept was incredibly original, entertaining, and profound to me. The first book in this series had me actually contemplating “creation” from an authors standpoint as the characters in this book battle to “compose” their magic. Also, this book really brought reading into a different perspective for me, and made me realize how much I may take for granted the ability to read and even write and the gift it really is.

In this world, just the act of writing by someone not of mage blood can bring dire consequences, even mass destruction, because people without mage blood have no ability to control the power release by written word. What a profound concept really…and the truth of it even applies to real life without magic.. or maybe even its own form of magic. Therefor, “common born” people are not allowed to learn to read, because that will lead to writing. In fact they aren’t even allowed to gaze upon the written word. Mage born however, learn to read and then properly control what they write expending energy and power into written spells that can be used at any time. All but Elena, who in a fit of miraculous impossibility, with no training whatsoever, and having never read or written a thing speaks a word “STOP” into an unruly crowd and everyone freezes.. until a power blast is felt throughout her kingdom as the power breaks apart. Taken to the Academy for mages to be “studied” and to learn control Elena must not only learn all about her ability herself since she seems to be the first of her kind.. Spoken Mage, and she must also maneuver the political intrigues in this new mage born world, all the while attempting to thwart attempts at her life for being an “unknown.”

Though we had a lot of info thrown around in here as Elena learns, I had no trouble keeping up. I did however, feel like it took almost half the book before Elena finally gets some things figured out and starts learning how her “power” works. The end of the book wrapped up awesomely, with Elena really coming into herself and owning somethings, as well as deciding what she is.. and isn’t going to put up with! YOU ROCK ELENA! I really enjoyed the characters in this book even though for most of the book it seems we are doomed to wading through an episode of “Mean Girls” with grown ups included. SMH. I really can’t wait to see where this is headed, especially with a war with another kingdom in process…
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Bookstops…and then some..

So we have been having wonderful weather in our neck of the woods… or town w/e, lately, and so I have been running train on some audio’s that fit our Goodreads group challenge “Gimme a V” for this month, all the while I knock out my seemingly never ending honey “do this or else” list. I’ve become aware of multiple things…

1. My beloved huskies Jake and Jax are sick and tired of winter, it being too cold to get in our “long” walks, as evidenced by the multiple holes dug in the back yard and the several successful escape attempts over the past week or two.

2. The search for audios on KU when I need a quick fix is getting harder and harder.

Therefor in light of these discoveries, I have started a list of KU audio’s that I super enjoyed and hope that I can con some of you guys to into pointing me in the direction of more, and also we over the last couple days have gotten in some good long walks with the boys, and I got pictures…

Jake and Jax my beautiful fur babies!

I also got some pictures of my husband and his idea of “walking the dogs.” I can see now why one of the wagon wheels are bent….

Either way with the walks and the chores I got in some audio and snuck in some reading time (hiding in the bathroom). Here are a couple new reviews:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Published: June 4th 2013

Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2Grishaverse

Genres: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Really I’m thinking 3.5 for this continuation because I was on the cusp of loving it, honestly, I’m just ready for some end game here. I’m a little discouraged at the end of this book, we need something good for morale. I will say that the addition of certain quirky, sarcastic and charming princely characters really was necessary for some intermittent humor and the occasional pick me up. Though it did turn a little darker, I don’t necessarily agree with others that it was all Alina, honestly I feel like we take a turn after the first book and we are left with almost no hope for a while. Alina spends a lot of this book coming to grips with herself basically, she is still on that “I want a normal life” train for a lot of this book. Despite the Darkling and Nikolai and so many other people really needing her to step up she is clinging to Mal and her old life so hard it gave the book kind of a depressing feel as she battles through that.

In this second book of the GrishaVerse series. Alina and Mal don’t last long on their own. Alina suppressing her power once again begins to turn her back into the sickly wafe she was before she discovered it, and Alina is having a really hard time dealing with some self inflicted guilt over the occurrences in the last book. Recaptured by the Darkling, they soon discover that he has plans to make Alina even more powerful, maybe even into something else, and he has a whole new bag of intimidating tricks. While fighting for the next amplifier, they escape with the help of my new favorite character in this series. The dashing, clever, charming, and entirely ridiculous privateer Sturmhond and his crew of misfits turn the tide on the darkling and help Alina escape, to be taken to his “client.” Agreeing to head back to the kingdom in order to save Ravka, Alina and Mal are shocked and dismayed to find out the Privateers actual identity, Nikolai Lantsov, yadda yadda, etc etc. AKA big fat lying sack of…. ahem. Alina and Nikolai ally up, and the king agrees to let Alina command what is left of the Grisha.. which is a whole lotta headache in itself. They await the Darkling’s next move, while they uncover the identity of a third amplifier and come closer and closer to Alina’s true purpose… albeit maybe too late…..

Though I can’t say we are left on a cliffhanger, truthfully we are left with some shocking information from Alina, and a super uncertain future. Who knows where this adventure is headed next. I do hope Alina comes into some self confidence before the next book and goes ape crap all over some Darkling…. but we shall see…



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The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

Publisher: Skyscape

Published: August 19th 2014

Series: The Vanishing Girl #1

Genres: NA, Romance, Fantasy, Scifi, YA

The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I need to start off by saying I listened to the audio, which was available on KU, while knocking things off my honey do list. I thought the narrator Rachel Vivette did a great job. She has one of those voices where I spent most of the book trying to figure out what other books I’ve listened to her narrate but couldn’t figure it out lol. I’m not sure if its the story line itself that kept me from loving this or the intense unfairness of this whole situation. I liked the book, it was interesting, had a kind of syfy feel, and was unique, I just couldn’t seem to reconcile the fact that there was some genetic tampering to increase defiance in our FMC, and yet we are just being played like a pawn.

FMC, Ember, discovered at puberty that she is different from everyone else. As soon as she goes to sleep for brief intervals she teleports somewhere else. Starting off in the story, this was a tad confusing and a little jarring because there really isn’t alot of information about this or any backstory really but we slowly get more and more answers as well as uncover all kinds secrets as the plot progresses. Lately during her teleportation episodes she has wound up in strange places with strange and sometimes disturbing written instructions on her person. During one of her more strange episodes she breaks into a safe, and just knows she is going to be busted for it. However, the next day to her astonishment just when she thinks she is going to jail, her mother breaks down and tells her she has been apart of a government program since conception, in fact this program is what caused her conception to even be possible, and now she has to pay for it via military service. Immediately she thinks to run but has no shot against this caliber of military and she finds herself in a group home, military school, type setting with almost no hope of escape, but she has finally found others with abilities like hers. Apparently she has been genetically engineered to be a weapon and now its time to do her thing. As she becomes more oriented to her tasks, she slowly discovers more and more about this program and the people who run it and becomes horrified by some of the things she finds, while at the same time she becomes closer and closer to her “pair” Caden…/sigh. Ember begins playing a dangerous game of discover and expose all the while trying to keep her and Caden from becoming one more file in a growing list of teleporters dead due to “splicing,” and each mission gets more and more dangerous but maybe not as dangerous as home base….

Character wise, though Ember did start to grown on me, I really wasn’t a huge fan of her for a lot of the story. She’s very hostile and negative for most of the story and it comes across as immature at times. Caden on the other hand… comes across as almost too perfect with his super human everything and soft sensitive side… Give the dude some flaws already… geez. Secrets and reveals come a little slow here which had me at the “omg I’mma pull my hair out” stage frequently lol. The story line also didn’t give very much time to really know and develop the characters and relationships due to missions and sleuthing etc. I think I personally, would have been more invested if maybe I had more of that.

All in all, I felt it was an interesting, and pretty entertaining read but it was just missing a little something that really captivated my heart so, to speak. I would, however, like to see where its headed so I’ll probably eventually pick up book 2… but I’m not beating down the book store door.. yet.

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Creeptastic Book Stop – Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Published: January 31st 2017

Series: Caraval #1

Genres: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Thrillingly creeptastic read, but not in a horror way. Have you ever read something and it just weighed on your mind for the rest of the day not just the characters and the story but the hint of a deeper meaning that might have been hidden underneath the tale? I felt like this book was riding on the line of profound in its lessons. As I watched the FMC, Scarlet, throw away some of her inhibitions in order to actually not just be alive but experience life even though it was not quite pretty… Whew this was an intense ride! I debated for a few whether or not to give this 5 stars… that’s how much it messed me up lol. I decided on 4 ish + stars because the romance aspect didn’t quite wow me, in fact if I were to break this up, this particular area might have only gotten like a 2 or 3 from me personally. This book was quite the emotional roller coaster with its intense twists and turns, ups and downs, and even upside downs. The illusion factor, very “Twighlight Zone”, and being right with the character not knowing what is really real was mind blowing and made for a really riveting read.

Scarlet our FMC has never left her home island. Having grown up with an extremely overbearing, controlling, and abusive father, her sister, Tella, and her have dreamed about running away. Hearing stories of the Caraval from her grandmother made her yearn to see the magic, and for many years of her childhood she wrote to the master, Master Legend, and begged him to bring his players to her island. In one last later she tells him she is due to be married, and tells him not to come. To her amazement she receives a response along with tickets for her to visit the games. But how can they leave, her father will ruin her hope of freedom through marriage if she disobeys him now… In a crazy scheme her sister takes the decision from her and has Julian kidnap Scar and abscond with her to the island for the games. Unfortunately in the process they lose Tella. Now, Scarlet is in a desperate rush to find Tella, all the while participating in these games where anything could be real or unreal. Scarlet must face her fears, solve the clues to save Tella, and maybe even give up everything or she may lose everything to the game.

This book had a real “life lessons” feel at times with the facing of the fears, and I was given pause multiple times to contemplate the profound message hidden underneath some of the comments and banter.


“You’re too quick to dive into fear,” Nigel said. “What you think of as fate only applies to the past. Our futures are only predictable because as creatures of this world we are predictable.”

World building wise I really thought the author did an amazing job of dragging us through this world of illusion. In my mind I can’t quite work out if it would be harder to create something realistic or something the reader knows is not to be taken as real and yet feels so real. plays Twilight Zone theme song in the background One of the more interesting things the author incorporates in her games is the asking of questions as payment… to buy something you must tell your biggest fear, or biggest desire. In a way this forces a character to be honest with themselves and allows you as the reader to get to truly know a character despite what they are telling themselves via inner monologues. Very clever and more personal in some ways.

“I think I’ve made a mistake.”…. “Then make it into something better.”

As for the romance factor, though Scarlet is undeniably and annoyingly drawn to Julian, she also has some childhood fantasies she is clinging to. The relationship interest between Scarlet and Julian is mostly them attempting to annoy one another. It lacked chemistry for me, and maybe even intensity in emotion.. other than their annoyance for one another. I just wasn’t honestly feeling them.

I can’t wait to dive into the rest of this series and see what is next. It seems as though we have closed a door on Scarlet’s story and are on to greener pastures.. maybe.. I really look forward to the next game… I’m onto you Mr. Legend…. I got your number now!







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Book Stop – A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

Publisher: Bantam

Published: March 4th 2003

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #3

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


My immediate thoughts following this book were: What devilry is this where I can read a book full of characters I can barely stand and still remain riveted on their stories. I almost wanted to continue straight into the next book. Sorcery I tell you! George RR Martin is a sorcerer!!! Never have I ever.. and all that jazz! I have been buddy reading this series, because I’m not sure I could do it alone. I mean really there are just times in this series where you just need a breather and some friend to “talk me down.” Its amazing to me how reading actually effects me emotionally outside of a book lol. I’m not sure that I have ever cheered so hard when people end up dead in a story… sort of disturbing I think lol. This writing style is so unlike anything I have ever read before… where each chapter can end in a cliffhanger and you have to wait 10 chapters or so to get answers.

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