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August 19, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

A COURT OF MIST AND FURYFeyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Review:

HOLY CRAPOLA. OH MY GOSH. I don’t even know how to write this review. For real, I’m in such mourning right now. I honestly just picked up the book and reread the whole thing again right after finishing it. How the heck am I supposed to wait until 2017 to read the third book. How is that a possibility?! What was I thinking not waiting for all the books to be released for I started reading this series?! WHAT WAS I THINKING?! Seriously, I need some support right now. My heart is absolutely shattered that I’ve already finished this book.

Being totally honest, I hated like the first 70ish pages of this book. Let me try and explain without giving away any spoilers. Okay: I HATED what was done with some of the characters. While that opinion never changed throughout the book, it did finally reach a point where it kind of just moved on and I wasn’t stuck in that rut anymore. And once it gets through that part, it’s smooth sailing from there. Seriously, whenever I was reading this book, I was DEVOURING it. I couldn’t even function properly when I was away from it. I would be away from the house, and I would just turn to whomever and say “I miss my book so much right now.” For real, I’m a big gooey pile of a mess right now. My heart cannot take this one bit!

If you thought that A Court of Thorns and Roses was brilliant, then you haven’t even started to realize the true definition of brilliance. The detail, the action, the romance, the character. HOLY. MOLY. Everything was so spot on and well written. This was like Harry Potter on crack. I need like ten more of these books RIGHT NOW.

There are several new characters introduced in this second book, and I loved every. single. one. of. them. Usually, there’s a least one new character that you really can’t stand. Nope. I’ll take them all again. Everyone was so fantastic and spot on. I LOVED THEM ALL!

And Rhys. OMG. I’m 100% team Rhys. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. I can’t even. THOSE SCENES. Who else is team Rhys!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

And that ending?!!?!? OH MY LANTA! I can’t even. For real. I need to shut my mouth right now before I spoil anything for ya’ll.


Rating: 250+ stars!

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August 12, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSESShe stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


My Review:

Breathtaking. Heart pounding. Tear Jerking. Gorgeous. Phenomenal. Outstanding. Blood Pressure Rising. All the Feels. These are key words to describe how I felt about A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. By far, one of the best books that I have read in 2016, if not in my whole life. This book…..there’s not enough words to describe how I feel about this book. I’m sure that I cannot accurately explain how much I loved this book. I’m already in mourning, just from finishing the first book, because I know that I only have one left. And, I sit here, writing this review, trying to figure out how I can accurately describe and explain my love for this book; how I can convince all of you readers to go out and buy this book. Buy, borrow, trade, beg. Whatever you have to do to get this book in your hands. Because this? This was a work of art.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty and the Beast retelling by Sarah J Maas. It features Feyre, a human girl whose family fell from riches to poor. Feyre’s family now lives in a run down cottage.  She lives with her crippled father, two selfish sisters, and Feyre is responsible for them all. Due to that responsibility, Feyre ends up owing a debt to the Fae and must now spend the rest of her life in their world. From there, Feyre experiences love, betrayal, pride, and what it really means to fight for what you believe in.

This book started out amazing, stayed consistent with that amazingness, and ended on an even more amazing note. There is not one negative thing to say about this book. It was absolute perfection. I don’t even know how someone can WRITE that well! This may be my most powerful statement ever, but it’s true: This book is on the Harry Potter level.

The whole Fae realm was realistic, imaginative, colorful, vivid, and beautiful. I was able to picture each scene, each character, and every feeling and emotion inside of my head. It was like watching a movie, the words blending into pictures inside of my head. Sarah J Maas’ writing is on a level of it’s own and she brought breath to those words.

Readers who enjoy a good romance will get a thrill out of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand were the real stars of the show and are currently fighting to own my heart. Don’t worry: I wouldn’t really say that this book has a love triangle going on! Although, that could possibly happen in the following books. It doesn’t even matter, though. Each one of these studs is so amazing. So breathtaking, hunky, arrogant, strong, powerful. There aren’t enough words to describe them. I don’t even know who to choose. I wonder if you will. The best part is that even though there is a powerful romantic theme throughout this book, it doesn’t dominate the entire book. It’s very well done!

I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses so much, but what I really want to talk to you about is the action scenes. OH. MY. LORD. Those scenes! I have to watch myself here, because I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but HOLY COW! THOSE SCENES! First of all, there is so much going on in this book. For real, you might think you know what’s going to happen, but you don’t. You really don’t. Trust me, this book is LONG, strong, and it’s got it going on. There is so much that happens. It is so flipping strong and action packed throughout the whole thing. And those scenes?! I pictured every single one of those sings in my head. I devoured every single word, sometimes rereading passages to relive the moment. PERFECTION!

Feyre. I haven’t bragged about Feyre, yet, have I? Feyre is such a strong and powerful female lead. She had a heart and she loves fiercely, but she’s also very proud and independent. She knows how to take care of herself and get things done. She knows how to fight for what she believes in. She is, by far, one of the best female leads that I have ever read about. I loved her so much. Every female needs to read Feyre’s story.

One thing that I will say is that Bloomsbury marketed this book incorrectly. For some reason, they are marketing this book as a Young Adult Book. This is DEFINITELY a New Adult book and could even be considered an adult high fantasy. There are some sexual scenes and encounters. Nothing overly graphic, but those scenes to exist. My mom read this book first and had absolutely no idea that this was marketed under the YA category and was super confused why this wouldn’t be in the adult fantasy section.

I feel like there’s so much more that I can say, but I don’t want to slip and mess anything up for anyone. I don’t want to take away this story from anyone. So, on my last note, I will tell readers once again that this book is amazing. It is a must read!

Rating: : ★★★★★


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May 16, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's GameVika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

My Review:

I’m looking at The Crown’s Game on Goodreads, and I’m noticing that I’m the odd one out. All of my friends loved this book, while I ended up DNFing it. And it really sucks to write up this DNF review, but I started out adoring this book. I was positive that this was going to be the next best thing since the Throne of Glass series. I was SO EXCITED to jump into the magic of the world. Instead, it fell flat with huge disappointment.

Unlike most high fantasy novels, TCG started out really strong. Usually, the first 100 pages are really flat and boring. This one, though, started out with a bang! I thought that was a really good sign. Unfortunately, it ended up being the last half of the book that was just super painful to read. I’ve never encountered that with a high fantasy before, so I’m just feeling a bit floored….

My number one complaint about this book was all of the words that I couldn’t pronounce or that I didn’t know the definition to. The Crown’s Game took place in Russia. While I loved the diversity that the book had to offer, there were several Russian words or phrases that I didn’t know or understand, and no meaning was offered. There were several instances where the words or phrases were translated to English. However, that wasn’t always the case, and I was often very confused. There were also several unnecessarily big words throughout the book. I continuously had to click for the definition in the Kindle app. I HATED that. And I would say that all of what I just mentioned happened at least a couple hundred times. It gave me a constant headache.

My second complaint about The Crown’s Game was the lack of magic. While this book was supposed to be about magic and enchanters, it felt more as if the enchanters were decorators, improving homes and sight seeing aspects of Russia. Painting houses and decorating islands weren’t very big displays of magic……… Seriously? Where were all of the action-packed magic scenes?

Don’t get me wrong, the detail and descriptions in The Crown’s Game were absolutely beautiful.  That being said, this book was BORING. I made it to 80% of this book…and I don’t even know how! I was DYING at about 50%. By the time I made it to 80%, I just had to make myself skim to the end.

I thought that the character development was a little….too much. Things happened that really didn’t make sense with the characters. There’s also at least one character who dies in this book (spoiler alert!) but I just didn’t really take it seriously and felt that they also had way too much of a character transformation at the time of their death. I just didn’t think the characters were treated quite the way they deserved to be.

The ending of the book is a little more action packed, but I absolutely detested it. I didn’t agree with the things that occurred and the roles that the characters began to play. It just…..didn’t work.

Let’s just say that I’m not looking forward to the sequel and will not be reading it….

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March 7, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Through Fire & Sea (Otherselves, #1) by Nicole Luiken

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TFaS_500Through Fire & Sea (Otherselves, #1) by Nicole Luiken:


There is one True World, and then there are the four mirror worlds: fire, water, air, and stone. And each has a magic of its own…

In the Fire World, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm’s most powerful lords. She’s hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods. But she has another gift…the ability to Call her twin “Otherselves” on other worlds.

Holly resides in the Water World—our world. When she’s called by Leah from the Fire World, she nearly drowns. Suddenly the world Holly thought she knew is filled with secrets, magic…and deadly peril.

For a malevolent force seeks to destroy the mirror worlds. And as Leah and Holly are swept up in the tides of chaos and danger, they have only one choice to save the mirror worlds—to shatter every rule they’ve ever known…





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Author: Nicole Luiken

Release Date: Mar. 7, 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy


There is one True World, and then there are the four Mirror Worlds: Fire, Water, Air, and Stone.


Audrey and Dorotea are “otherselves”—twin copies of each other who live on different

Mirror Worlds.


On Air, Audrey has the ability to communicate with wind spirits. As war looms, she’s torn between loyalty to her country and her feelings for a roguish phantom who may be a dangerous spy.


Blackouts and earthquakes threaten the few remaining humans on Stone, who have been forced to live underground. To save her injured sister, Dorotea breaks taboo and releases an imprisoned gargoyle. Brooding, sensitive Jasper makes her wonder if gargoyles aretruly traitors, as she’s always been told.


Unbeknownst to them, they both face the same enemy—an evil sorceress bent on

shattering all the Mirror Worlds.


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Nicole Luiken wrote her first book at age 13 and never stopped.
She is the author of nine published books for young adults, including Violet Eyes and its sequels Silver Eyes and Angels Eyes, Frost, Unlocking the Doors, The Catalyst, Escape to the Overworld, Dreamfire and the sequel Dreamline. Through Fire & Sea, book one of Otherselves, and Amid Wind & Stone, book two of Otherselves, are her most recent releases. She also has an adult thriller, Running on Instinct, under the name N.M. Luiken and a fantasy romance series, Gate to Kandrith and Soul of Kandrith.
Nicole lives with her family in Edmonton, AB. It is physically impossible for her to go more than three days in a row without writing.

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Read below for an excerpt from Amid Wind & Stone:

Stone World

The lights went out, plunging the cave into absolute darkness.

Dorotea froze on her hands and knees in the tunnel. Behind her, Marta wailed. Dorotea reached back and found her little sister’s hand. “It’s all right. The lights will come back in a moment.” Despite her reassuring words, worry wormed its way into her stomach. It wasn’t unusual for one or two of the light squares embedded in the walls to burn out and stay black for a few weeks before being replaced, but every light in the whole tunnel had winked out at the same instant as if it were False Night instead of an hour short of noon.

Instinct prodded at her. Something’s wrong.

Marta squeezed her hand with six-year-old strength. “I’m scared! Make the lights come back.”

As if being eleven years older conferred magic powers. “The Elect will fix it. All we have to do is wait.”

“I’m so scared,” Marta whined.

“Crawl up closer to me,” Dorotea said. “The tunnel’s wide enough here.”

Marta squirmed up. Dorotea lay on her side and cuddled her sister’s small body. The contact comforted Dorotea, too. Marta’s presence meant Dorotea couldn’t panic.

Her eyes remained open, uselessly straining to see in the utter darkness. She’d never experienced anything like it. During False Night, each cavern had a few lights that remained on so people could find their way to the privy. This darkness was blacker than the inside of a coal seam.

Maybe only the tunnel’s lights had gone out. Maybe there was still light in the main caverns.

“I’m scared of the dark,” Marta whimpered again. “What if the gargoyles get us?”

Dorotea’s heart jumped into her throat at the thought of hands reaching up through solid stone, but she made her voice calm. “Don’t be silly. All the gargoyles are safely locked up in the Cavern of Traitors.”

“But what if they tunneled through the floor?”

“They can’t,” Dorotea said shortly. “They’re frozen in place. Why are you scared of gargoyles? You’ve never even seen one. They were imprisoned before you were born.” They didn’t kill your father, like they did mine. Marta’s father, Martin, was annoyingly alive.

Dorotea had been younger than Marta when the gargoyles rebelled. She barely remembered them except for fuzzy images of her father’s gargoyle: a very tall, silent man made of gray stone with a craggy, rough-hewn face.

The gargoyles couldn’t have caused the blackout. Could they? Surely not, but anxiety still twisted inside her, keying her nerves to a higher pitch. She shivered in the clammy embrace of the stone tunnels. The rough trousers and tunic she’d donned for weeding were better suited for crawling than her usual robes, but the material was also thinner.

Something’s wrong. Something more than a Tech malfunction.

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My Review:

Through Fire & Sea was a solid YA fantasy that I would recommend to YA fantasy lovers, especially leaning toward the younger side. It has everything you could ask for: magic, different realms, dragons, sea creatures, and a ton more! It’s fast paced and constantly keeps you on your toes, wondering what will happen next!

I have mixed feelings about Through Fire & Sea, but I mostly really enjoyed it! Part of my thing was that sometimes I really liked Leah and sometimes I didn’t. Likewise, sometimes I really liked Holly, and sometimes I didn’t. It was never consistent. I thought all of the characters could have used a bit more development, but overall it was a really good start!

I found the different worlds, as well as the dual perspectives, to be a little confusing. I wish that the focus would have just been on one girl and one world with a storyline there. There was just a lot going on all at once. Sometimes, that worked out really well! I enjoyed the fast paced non-ending action that went on throughout this whole book. It was just a lot to take in.

One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the dragon theme it had going on. Not only did I really like the dragon and the volcano people, but I thought they added oomph to the storyline. I’m really curious to see where that storyline will take place in the next book. IT BETTER CONTINUE!

While I did really enjoy this book, sometimes to the point of staying up well into the night, I did think that it had a bit too much going on at once. Not only did you have the four different realms and the two perspectives, but there was also the Hollywood & acting scene, the two different relationships, the mom drama, etc, etc, etc. It was just a little too much all at once. It was sometimes difficult to keep up on everything that was going on all at once.

I did really enjoy Through Fire & Sea. The only thing that I’ll say is that it did seem to edge a little bit on the younger side. Not to the point of being middle grade, but more like a younger teenager book. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! I still enjoyed it! Based on the cover, though, I expected this one to be a little more upper fantasy/paranormal than it actually was.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I’m interested to see what will happen next in Amid Wind & Stone!

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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March 2, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Midnight Bites: Stories of the Morganville Vampires (The Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine

midnight bitesNew York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine presents a collection of stories—including six new tales—featuring the little Texas town that’s overrun by the undead.

By day, Morganville, Texas, is just a typical college town. By night, the vampires emerge and take control….

In a town where it’s not safe to be out after dark, student Claire Danvers and her friends have had their fair share of thrills. But Morganville still has a few secrets left to tell.

Now, in this collection, you can venture down the town’s strange streets, revisit all the tales you’ve come to love, and experience six new stories featuring your favorite Morganville residents—both human and vampire…


My Review:

Wow……just wow. It has been a LONG time since I’ve visited Morganville. It’s probably been eight or nine years since I first started reading this series. Not to make myself sound old or anything…

With it being SO long since I’ve read the Morganville books, I will admit that some of these stories confused me. I didn’t automatically remember who everyone was and what was going on. If that’s something that’s really going to bother you, I would highly suggest either re-reading the books or at least skimming over them. Some of you probably remember everything that happened and who everyone was. Others are going to have a slight problem remembering where everything left off and who everyone is.

Another thing that needs to be mentioned is that not every story in the book is equal. Some of the stories I really loved. Other stories, I was bored out of my mind. However, I will say that I mostly really liked and enjoyed this book. It was really the stories about the older vampires that were really tough to get through. I skimmed over Myrnin’s story, because I didn’t like it at all. I also had a really tough time getting through Amelie’s stories. I might just have butchered their names. Sorry, MV fans!

One thing that I really enjoyed about this collection of stories was how it really embraced stories from before the start of MV and during the beginning books. Those stories really made me remember how much I love the Morganville Vamps series and how much I enjoyed those four main characters. I also didn’t need a refresher for those stories. I remembered everything I needed to. I wasn’t confused at all!

On the bright side, for me, I didn’t read any free stories that Rachel Caine featured on her website or any of the stories in previous anthologies. So, all of these stories were 100% new to me. Some of you may have already read some of them, though. That being said, half of this book is completely new stories. So, if you’re feeling hesitant for that reason, just know that there is a huge chunk of new material in this book.

I’m usually not one for re-reading books or series. My TBR pile is larger than life at all times. I have library books, a ton of books in my room, Netgalley & Edelweiss books, plus review requests coming in daily. So, I never re-read books. I just don’t have the time. That being said, this book has made me want to re-read the Morganville Vampires series. And I will. I have every intention of re-reading this whole series this year. I just need to find the time for it. Not to mention that I never actually FINISHED Morganville. So, I have a ton to catch up on and to remember! I’ve very excited to reread this series & share all new reviews with you all!

OH! Another thing…I totally forgot to mention it. The romance between Shane & Claire and Michael & Eve was BEAUTIFUL in this book. I loved the opportunity to read those stories and to share in their romance. Some of those stories were SO CUTE! So worth it!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint was that some of the stories were difficult for me since I haven’t read the MV books in SO LONG. I also thought some of the stories could have been a little more entertaining. The majority of this book, though, was just like old times!

Pages: 512

Publication Date: March 1st, 2016

Publisher: NAL

Rating: : ★★★★☆

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January 31, 2016 posted by Pavan

Book Review: Night Study (Soulfinders #2) by Maria V. Snyder

27834845New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue.

Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realise it’s far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.


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I have been a huge fan of author Maria V. Snyder since the first Study Series book, Poison Study, was released. Poison Study will forever be one of my all-time favourite books EVER! The world, characters and relationships all drew me in and I love that there are more books for me to get lost in! While Shadow Study was a fantastic book, Night Study really stepped it up!

Author Maria V. Snyder’s writing style is one to admire. The way she can seamlessly move from one scene to the next is wonderful, I never felt the change from POVs or chapters choppy or too quick. And I definitely enjoyed how this book was more “show” than “tell.” In all honesty though, Maria could write about anything and I’d read it! The plot, with its different twists and turn, kept me on the edge of my seat whilst reading. It was very hard to put this book down to do normal things like eating and sleeping.

Since Night Study starts the second after Shadow Study finishes, I found the novel to be an nonstop rollercoaster. I never felt that lull between chapters, I was engrossed every single second! Even though Night Study is technically the 7th book in the Chronicles of Ixia series, it is officially the second book in the Soulfinders Series. I don’t have a problem with that at all but I sometimes have issues with “second books” in trilogies/series, in many cases I feel like they are filler books and I tend to lose interest quickly. Thankfully I did not have this problem at all with Night Study!!

So, I could basically read about Yelena and Valek all day! I adore their relationship and thankfully Night Study had more chapters of them together. The level of sweetness between our two leads was off the charts, especially when they were discussing *THAT THING* (no spoilers, promise!). There were so many lines/quotes between the two that would just make me sigh and hug my IPad.

Here is one that isn’t spoilery from Valek “He’d risk being arrested for a night alone with Yelena. Hell, he’d risk his life.”-Valek, you sweetheart!

As much as I love Yelena and Valek, I absolutely adored the other characters as well. Having four different POVs was a treat as I loved reading from Yelana, Valek, Janco and Leif. Each voice or POV is so different and distinct, I really felt that I know each of the characters so much better. Especially Janco, as his thought process is hilarious, he brings an added humorous element to Night Study.

Altogether, Night Study is an amazing edition to Soulfinders series. If you are looking for wonderful characters, a fast-paced plot with a lot of twists and a romance that just makes you swoon then Night Study is the book you are looking for! Also if you haven’t picked up the rest of the series yet DO IT!

Also, Aussie fans, make sure you have signed up for Maria’s newsletter as she details her plans for the Australian visit! So far it’s:

April 8-10, 2016  SupaNova Con in Gold Coast, Australia.
April 12-14, 2016  Events in Sydney, Australia – stay tuned!
April 15-17, 2016  SupaNova Con in Melbourne, Australia.
(Taken directly from Maria’s newsletter)

*Thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for this review copy in exchange for my honest opinion*

Pages: 448

Publication Date: January 25th  2016

Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia

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Rating: ★★★★★

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December 15, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Restoration by Randi Cooley Wilson

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RestorationRestoration (The Revelation Series #5) by Randi Cooley Wilson

350 pages

Published on November 30th, 2015

Genre: YA Paranormal

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Would You Run
Would You Fight
Would You Fall To Fate

If your heart was full of love, could you give it all up?

Eve Collins will do anything to save those she loves, especially her gargoyle protector and mate, Asher St. Michael. With the world crumbling down around them, Eve and Asher must face the final battle between darkness and light. One that will end in great sacrifice.

When the skies darken and love in it’s truest form is tested, would you run? When death becomes silence and battle lines are drawn, would you fight? If you had to sacrifice, to save the one you loved, would you fall to fate? Would you dare to let it go?

The End, Begins.

Restoration is the highly anticipated finale in the Revelation Series, a mesmerizing epic romantic journey filled with dark themes, beautifully melancholic musings, divine secrets, sacrifice and forbidden love


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Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. A resident of Massachusetts, she makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. For more information visit:




Book Review:

I devoured this series in less than a week. Part of me is really excited to say that, because I got to read all the hot Asher scenes. The other part of me, though, is a little bit devastated that it’s over. I mean, seriously, why can’t there be like 20 books in this series? I’d read them all.

I hate to say it, but Restoration was probably my least favorite book in the series…. It was a little choppy. There were several scenes that felt as if there was this huge space of content that I missed. Scenes would skip ahead of where they had just ended, and it kind of confused me. I wish that the story would have been a little more smooth and that I would have had a chance to read the scenes that I had seemed to miss.

The beginning of the story also confused me a little. I guess I should say spoiler alert for this paragraph………Ok, so the beginning of Restoration kicks off where book 4 ended and starts with Eve being unconscious and not remember anything about Asher or the gargoyles. She remembered a little bit, but not very much. Personally, I loved that. I wish that she had lost those memories for a good chunk of the book. How awesome would it have been to see Asher protect her and try to woo her all over again? Instead, she gained back all of her memories the very next chapter. So, I didn’t even really understand the point of her losing the memories in the first chapter.

Asher, as always, was perfection. I really enjoyed watching his character grow in the book. Yes, he was still a little childish and grumpy, as is his nature, but I felt like so much happened to him in this book. Also, him and Eve, swoooooooooooon! I just wish that there would have been some more swoony scenes between them, especially since this was the last book.

I have to mention Gage, because I’m super confused that Randi Cooley Wilson’s next series doesn’t focus on him. OMG that man is hot! Since the next series isn’t about him, I wonder if we’re going to hear more about his ongoing relationship with the sorceress. I didn’t really feel that that was completed in Restoration, and I REALLY want to know more! I so wish an entire series could be dedicated to him.

The action in Restoration was jam packed. There was SO MUCH going on throughout the whole book. There were also several scenes that blew me away! I did NOT see some of those things coming!!! I don’t want to give any spoilers about those moments, because I don’t want to ruin it for you, but they were good!

Overall, I absolutely adored this entire series. I’m very sad that it’s over, and I can’t wait until Randi’s next series comes out. I do hope that she eventually considers going back to the Revelation series, instead of just bringing them back as guest stars, because I really don’t feel that Asher and Eve’s story is over. I feel like they have more to tell.

I can’t express to you how much you need to go read this book. Go buy the whole series, right now!!!


Rating: : ★★★☆☆


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