Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, by Rosamund Hodge | Book Review #232

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28448239When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .


Trigger Warning: Blood, Self-harm

I actually thought (and was delighted) that Bright Smoke, Cold Fire was a standalone. However, when I got to the end of reading this book and found that it wasn’t?..well..I was both relieved because then at least we’d get another book to find out the true ending. Yet on the other hand, that means that there’s another book on the way. Continue reading

See Jane Run, by Hannah Jayne | Truly, Madly, Deadly, by Hannah Jayne | [Mini] Book Review #230 & #231

Today’s post is actually a combination of two mini book reviews! The reviews are fairly spoiler free.

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17586462I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it’s a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O’Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley’s parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn’t for her safety…but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O’Leary.


Trigger Warning: Stalking. Continue reading

Trust, by Kylie Scott [ARC]|Book Review #229

I received Trust, by Kylie Scott from Kylie Scott via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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35157260After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.


Trigger Warning: Gun Violence, Gun Violence resulting in Death, Blood, and Explicit Sex Scenes. Continue reading

Beautiful Decay, by Sylvia Lewis | Book Review #228

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15843158‘Ellie Miller has always needed her space. Literally. With a touch that rots whatever she encounters, Ellie must keep people at a distance for their own good. Not that her classmates are itching to be best friends with the “freak” of the high school.

So when newcomer Nate MacPherson makes it his mission to get close to her, Ellie has her suspicions. But when he identifies her as a viviomancer who can work the forces of life and reveals himself to be a necromancer who can manipulate death, Ellie finds herself trusting Nate and the romance that is blossoming between them. Unfortunately for the two, family secrets can kill, and they will need more than their abilities to keep a zombie mom and a conglomerate of evil-doing supernaturals under control.

After spending her life pushing everyone away, Ellie’s realization of the full extent of her power and willingness to let people get close to her may be the only way to save the ones she loves.’


When I first saw this book, I thought, ‘Hey, what a pretty spine this book has. Let’s see what it’s about.’ I then flipped the book over so I could read the back of the book and ended up being incredibly intrigued by what I read. And since the only reason why I picked Beautiful Decay off the shelves was because I thought that this books spine was pretty, I knew it wouldn’t hurt if I just borrowed the book and gave it a chance. Continue reading

Cryer’s Cross, by Lisa McMann | Book Review #227

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10765346Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer’s Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she’s not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world’s sweetest boyfriend, behind.

But when Cryer’s Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn’t get close to… the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico.

Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she’s always loved, Kendall keeps up the search–and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can’t stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried….


I’ve had Cryer’s Cross on my shelves for a while now — probably a good 3 or 4 years, actually. However, I’ve had Cryer’s Cross on my radar for far longer. When I got around to reading Cryer’s Cross last month, I didn’t know what to expect. Well — that’s a lie. I looked up Cryer’s Cross and people said that it was pretty creepy. It turns out my version of creepy is completely different from that of the general masses. Continue reading

The Pact, by Karina Halle | Book Review #225

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*The Pact is a full-length, standalone “friends to lovers” contemporary adult romance*

It all started with a pinky swear…

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.

Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.

But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.

Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them were in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounded like fun and games at the time but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.

Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.

The pact is about to change everything.

Note: due to the dirty talk and sexy times, The Pact is not meant for anyone under the age of 18.


I was in need of a different kind of book since I felt like I was falling into a reading slump, so I picked up downloaded The Pact. I’ve read Karina Halle’s work before and have really enjoyed it. I thought The Pact would end up in the “really liked it” category. While that didn’t happen, I did still end up enjoying Stephanie, and Linden’s story! Continue reading

Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder | Book Review #224

Trigger Warnings: there are mentioning of Mental, Physical, and Sexual Abuse, and Rape within Poison Study.

26019735Murder, mayhem and magic…

Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die–but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman’s noose.

But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia’s food taster–chosen to ensure that the Commander’s food is not poisoned–has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed–me–must be offered the position.


This review was originally posted on my Tumblr, but since I’ve recently re-read Poison Study, I’ve moved it here, with my new thoughts on the book below. Enjoy! Continue reading

Glass Arrow, by Kristen Simmons | Book Review #221

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15750874In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.


I am so glad that Glass Arrow is a stand-alone.

I had heard some good things about Glass Arrow on the internet, i.e., they liked it, or that the story is interesting.

Let me just say really quickly that I am so thankful that libraries are a thing. Continue reading

Ever the Hunted, by Erin Summerill | Book Review #220

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28114396-2Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.


Ever the Hunted is the first book in the Clash of Kingdoms duology/trilogy/series.

When I originally found Ever the Hunted on the internet, I couldn’t help but have high hopes and expectations for the story. While the book did have its interesting moments, but the story still fell flat as to my expectations.  Continue reading

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher | Book Review #218

SHORT AND BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW WITH PROFANITY.

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2813153You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes– and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.’


Thirteen Reasons Why is a Realistic Fiction. There are a few triggers as well.

TRIGGER WARNING: Rape, Rape Mention, Bullying, Suicide.

Thirteen Reasons Why is not a book for those who have had thoughts of suicide, or knows someone who committed suicide, or even for those who have trauma surrounding suicide.  Continue reading