The Fate of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen | Book Review #269

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27064449The thrilling conclusion to the Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.

Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.


The prologue to The Fate of the Tearling was incredibly interesting

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Blood Guard, by Megan Erickson | [ARC] Book Review #267

Thank you to Loveswept via Netgalley for allowing me to read Blood Guard by Megan Erickson, in exchange for an honest review.

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34444705Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change mydestiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.


Trigger Warning: Blood, Sex.

Since this is a vampire book, I felt the need to warn you against the blood, and sex scenes.

Blood Guard is the first book in the Mission series by Megan Erickson.

I found the synopsis for Blood Guard to be incredibly interesting. I actually originally thought that Blood Guard was a MLM book. Imagine my surprise when I read Athan’s part of the synopsis and found out that Tendra was actually a female! Continue reading

You’re Welcome, Universe, by Whitney Gardner | Book Review #266

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25701463When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.


Julia’s story is an interesting one. This is the first book I’ve read that had a main character who was deaf; and I won’t forget about You’re Welcome Universe. Continue reading

Windwitch, by Susan Dennard | Book Review #265

Windwitch is the second book in The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. This review may contain spoilers.

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29939390Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


The first thing that I realized about Windwitch, while reading the book, reading from all the different point of views there are so many point of views. There are at least 5 different view points; Merik Nihar, Safiya fon Hasstrel, Iseult det Midenzi, Viva Nihar, and Aeduan. While they are all interesting, Continue reading

The Sham, by Ellen Allen | [ARC] Book Review #264

Thank you to the Ellen Asher, via Netgalley for allowing me to read The Sham, in exchange for an honest review.

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22879003When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…

Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as “The Sham”, with her boyfriend, Jack, but he’s very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He’s also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months’ ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily’s classmates washed up in the local floods.

Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they’re pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.

WARNING: THIS BOOK IS UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNGER TEENAGE READERS. IT DEPICTS ADULT SITUATIONS, MURDER SCENES, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SEX AND PROFANITY.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The idea for this book came to me in a nightmare… It was so vivid that I imagined I was 17 again, at school, in the same group of 4 friends that I used to hang around with. We were involved in a murder and cover-up. I started writing partly as a way to get it out of my head and then the characters turned into real people… and Emily and Jack were born.

As some of the early reviewers have stated, it is quite extreme in chapter one, and necessarily so. This is the incident that sets up the whole book; something awful happens that sets off a train of events for the characters. This book is a mystery in two ways in that we’re: 1) trying to find out who killed Emily’s classmate; and 2) trying to work out who Jack is. I hope you enjoy it!


Trigger Warnings: Paranoia, Blood, Self Harm, Murder, Suicide

What drew me into the book was not only the cover, but the synopsis to The Sham as well. I only wished that the synopsis lived up to the story. Continue reading

The Infinite, by Lori M. Lee | Book Review #262

The Infinite is the second book to the Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee. This review may contain spoilers. 

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23746099The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.

Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.

To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.

In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.


I didn’t know what to really expect to see within The Infinite since it had been a while for me since I read the first book, Gates of Thread and Stone. However, quickly into the book, my recollection was coming back, which was a good thing. Continue reading

Switched, by Amanda Hocking | Book Review #261

This review contains spoilers.

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11457525When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.


Switched is the first book in the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking. Switched is the first book I read of Hockings’ writings, and I found that her writing was incredibly easy to read. While the book story wasn’t too over the top, the writing and pacing of the book was great and very enjoyable. The detailing of the writing was great in my opinion as well: not too over the top, but not all plane-jane, either.

Switched was actually on my TBR Tuesday #37th post. What I had hoped for this novel was something entirely different from what I got. What I hoped Switched would be about, or rather, what I hoped would happen was: Continue reading

The Charmer, by Autumn Dawn | Silence Fallen, by Patricia Briggs | [Mini] Book Reviews #259 & #260

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10533095Jasmine didn’t realize her friend Wiley was special until they were drawn into another world. Here Wiley is betrothed to the ruler of the Haunt, a wererace both dangerous and proud.

Keilor is the master of soldiers, a man few would cross, yet he’d never met a menace like the little brunette his princess calls friend. Will Jasmine find the portal home, or will she find a werewolf of her own?


This is a little mini-review of my re-read of The Charmer. The first time I read The Charmer I was still in high school. I was probably 15 at the time. Well, I’m currently 22 so it’s been seven years since I’ve last read The Charmer.

Overall the Charmer is a short read, I think I finished reading The Charmer in only 2 hours, maybe? The plot of the story is fast as well.

I enjoyed reading Jasmine’s story again. I think that my only wish were that the rest of the series was told in Jasmine’s point of view as well. — The rest of the series is told in different views of the exact same time line that The Charmer is told in.

I gave The Charmer, 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads.



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Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…


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The Body in the Woods, by April Henry | Book Review #258

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18490532In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear, and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.


Trigger Warning: Murder

I didn’t know what to expect in The Body in the Woods. All I knew about this book, this series really, was that it is a Mystery. And what a mystery this book was!

Told in multiple points of view, we have Nick, Alexa, and Ruby. We have a few other points of view as well, but these views only have a chapter. We even get a chapter or two in the point of view from the murderer. 

I found that the plot to this book was more of a slow burn, then at the peak almost everything happens at once. After we find out for then finally trickling down to a “normal” pace. Having said that we pretty much get a sense of what happened from Nick, Alexa, and Ruby. 

unnamed-15I didn’t know for sure who the killer was until the last little bit of the book. Which was surprising in itself. I admire Henry’s writing and how everything surrounding the murderer was pretty hush hush until it was time for the reveal. 

At the beginning I didn’t really appreciate Alexa, Nick and Ruby’s views, but how they’ve proven to be important to the story, I value their views on things. Everything about The Body in the Woods was interesting. Everything. I’m not even kidding.

I liked how by the end of the book, these three end up friends. The three of them aren’t really averse to each other in the beginning, but they’re more distant than anything else. So I enjoyed seeing them become friends by the end of the book.

I ended up giving The Body in the Woods, 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read The Body in the Woods? 

Happy Reading!
Adele

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Twist, by Kylie Scott | Book Review #256

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28220678When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they’re emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets… apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.


Twist is the second book in the Dive Bar series. You can read this book as a stand-alone if you wished. 

I enjoyed reading Joe and Alex’s story. I enjoyed getting to know the Alex, and to an extent, Joe as well. Continue reading