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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.

OK. I’m stopping. All I have to say is that this book is like crack and EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO READ THIS SERIES RIGHT NOW SO THEY CAN SUFFER THE SAME HEARTBREAK THAT I CURRENTLY AM EXPERIENCING AND MOURN WITH ME!!!!!!!!!!

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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August 11, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter

darkest secretIn this sexy new installment of Showalter’s bestselling Lords of the Underworld series, the haunted Amun meets a woman who tempts him like no other…

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortal warrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty.

Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

My Review:

Ok, what? Amun and Haidee? What about Amun and Kaia? What about Strider and Haidee? WHAT IS GOING ON?! It’s not okay to practically throw it in our laps that that will be the line up and then CHANGE IT! Super confused! That’s what we thought the ENTIRE last book AND we thought Amun and Kaia since Aeron’s book! WHAT IS HAPPENING!? I’m so confused right now.

I hate to say it, but I didn’t like this book at all. Maybe it was because we barely got any face time with Amun throughout the series. It definitely was because I couldn’t STAND Haidee. And it’s possibly that I was just really ticked off about Amun and Haidee being a thing. It didn’t work. I didn’t like it.

Amun and Haidee were the most nauseating couple to read about. OMG. If I had to hear them cooing, whining, or going on and on and ON about how they couldn’t have sex ONE MORE TIME, I was going to rip through those pages and STRANGLE THEM! There is only SO MUCH of that nonsense that I can take. AND I REACHED MY LIMIT! For realz, yo. I skimmed SO MUCH throughout this book. It was NOT my cup of tea!

The only positive sides of this book were the scenes with Liam, Gilly, Strider, and Paris. I love THEIR scenes. Everything else sucked butt. PASS.

Bring on Strider’s book!

Rating: : ★☆☆☆☆

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August 8, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter

Darkest AngelThe Darkest Angel, which is a Lords of the Underworld tale, is Gena’s story in this (Heart of Darkness) anthology.

An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust—until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation….

My Review:

I’ve been so curious about Lysander for quite awhile now. Lysander just kind of pops up in the books. Unless you look it up (or read this review,) it’s not really explained that Lysander actually has his own novella. So, it might be a little confusing to readers to just have him kind of pop out of nowhere. Lysander’s story is right before Aeron’s story, and it’s really short. It’s about his greatest temptation, Bianka, and their relationship together.

If you remember from Sabin’s book, Bianka is Gwen’s older sister and a Harpy. Bianka is fierce, badass, in your face, and totally aggressive. She also wears her heart on her sleeve, which she probably would never admit out loud. Paired with Lysander, who is completely opposite from Bianka and sheds light everywhere, they make a fierce power couple! I definitely shipped this couple. They were smoking hot and had so much chemistry!

The one thing that I would have changed about this novella is that I would have made it a full length book. Having it be so short hindered it in some places and made it feel a little squeezed together and rushed. I would have preferred to see more of a progression of Lysander and Bianka’s relationship rather than watching them fight it out at the very beginning and then rushing into love. I understand that’s how it had to be as a novella, but preferences!

We haven’t really had a ton of face time with Gwen’s sisters. So, I’m really excited to see them making appearances and creating relationships of their own. I didn’t realize how funny they were! While I’m writing this, I’m currently on Kaia’s book, and OMG! The theatrics, hysterics, and laugh out loud moments! I could read about these Harpies all day long.

One quick thing: It was a little weird to have Lysander be such a jackwad. You would think that the angels would be super nice and friendly. Maybe it makes sense because Bianka is technically a demon (and so are the Lords of the Underworlds,) but it was sometimes really awkward and weird to witness him be so cold and stern. Another thing that was kind of weird was to have him be a virgin. Come on. Nobody wants to read about the male virgin!

Overall, I thought this was a cute novella. I am glad that I read it. However, I would have preferred that it was a full length novel so that we could see some more character development from the main characters and their romantic relationship. That being said, I definitely think it’s important to read this novella if you’re a loyal fan of this series!

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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August 4, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter

darkest whisperNew York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter returns with her long-awaited next installment of the Lords of the Underworld series…

He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.

Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…

My Review:

For those of you who have been nervous to read Sabin’s story, because he hasn’t received all that much face time in the series, FEAR NOT! Sabin’s story is definitely one of the best in this series, so far, and exceeds so many of the standards and expectations previously laid out in the prior books. Sabin and Gwen melted my heart, mushed it into goo, and then rebuilt all over again. The Darkest Whisper is, by far, one of my favorite books of 2016. I just could not have asked for very much more.

The Darkest Whisper focuses on Sabin, the demon of Doubt, and Gwendolyn the Timid a.k.a scary ass Harpy. This is the second book in this series that has focused on a female lead character who is an immortal. Let me tell you, it WORKED! Books 1 and 3 had human female lead characters. While that was awesome, there was something just a little too weak about them. The Immortal females (Anya and Gwen) are super badass and can take care of themselves in an instant. For those of you who are on the fence about Gwen being called Gwendolyn the Timid, let me be the first to tell you that there is not much Timid about her. She is definitely badass and in your face. Gwen had so much spunk, passion, and determination. I would say that her timid moments were really more passionate moments between her and Sabin.

Speaking of Sabin, HOLY HOTNESS. Oh. My. Lord (I guess that phrase is actually pretty accurate!) I absolutely adored Sabin. He was tough, fierce, loyal, sexy, romantic, and a little bit of an arrogant asshole. I loved watching Gwen bring him to his knees and for Sabin to realize that he wasn’t God’s gift to humanity. I loved watching him realize that a female could slither into his heart and that he wasn’t as cruel and uncaring as he might have once thought he was. Gwen was just what Sabin needed in his life. And as a couple? SWOOOOOOOOOOON! Now I have to decide who I love more: Lucien and Anya or Sabin and Gwen. It might just be a toss up.

Honestly, I was a little nervous going into The Darkest Whisper for two reasons: 1) Even though Sabin is introduced in book 1, we don’t really get that many moments with him. So, I originally had thought that his book was creeping up a little too soon. And, 2) I was a little nervous about him demon, Doubt. I wasn’t sure how Sabin could be paired with another female without his demon doing irreparably damage. I really shouldn’t have worried about either of those concerns. Everything in this book was handled just perfectly! Amazing!

On a slightly negative sight, I did have a few complaints. 1) I wish there would have been some more sexy or romantic/sweet moments between Sabin and Gwen. That’s one thing that I really think that the author needs to work on, especially since each book focuses on different characters. I especially would have enjoyed to see something that made Sabin stand out from the rest of the Lords. That could have been a quirk, a nervous habit, a pet name for Gwen, something that he liked in bed, etc. I don’t care what it would have been. In all of the books, though, all of the Lords are kind of blending together because they aren’t exhibiting anything unique that separates them from the rest. Yes, they are Lords. However, they are also men. Not all men are the same. 2) I was really confused why the Hunter guy who hates Sabin wasn’t showcased more in Sabin’s book. I think it was book 3 that made such a huge deal about him hating Sabin and why exactly he hated him. I think he made like one tiny appearance in this whole book. Since it was specified that the Hunter hated Sabin the most, I had expected to see a big showdown between the two of them. 3) Finally, I had a slight complaint about the big action scene. I’m actually going to talk about this in the next paragraph, because I actually have some good things to say about that scene as well.

While all of the books in this series, so far, have showcased more than just the main character (branching out to short scenes of the other Lords,) this specific book has wayyyyyy more of those scenes. There’s actually this huge action scene toward the end of the book that is not focused on Sabin and Gwen. I absolutely LOVED that this book focused more on those scenes. However, I would have liked to see more detail in the action scene itself. It sort of felt a little bit rushed. I needed a little more suspense.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book. I loved Sabin and Gwen so much. I really hope that we get some more sneak peeks at them in the following book! GO READ THIS SERIES!

Rating: : ★★★★☆

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August 2, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) by Gena Showalter

the darkest pleasureReyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her–even defy the gods. Danika is on the run. For months she’s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won’t rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can’t forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear….

My Review:

The Darkest Pleasure is the third book in the Lords of the Underworld series and focuses on Reyes and Danika as the main “couple” of the story. Danika was introduced to us in the very first book and also made appearances in the second book, as well. Please note that it is very important to read this series in order. They can’t really be read as standalone romances because there is just so much going on plot wise.

I have to be honest, I was a bit shocked that Reyes and Danika’s book was the third book. I kind of anticipated their book being later on so that we could see more of the struggle behind their relationship and more stolen moments between them. I suppose it does make sense that their book had to be so soon, mostly because of Aaeron (spelling?) but it just seemed to really just creep up out of nowhere. Despite the fact that I thought their book occurred a little too soon in the series, it was definitely action packed, romance filled, and heart pounding!

For those of you who might be a little bit on the fence about reading this book, because you might think that it might be a little too gory for your personal taste, have no fear. That was my biggest worry about this book. Reyes is possessed by the demon of Pain and finds pleasure in inflicting as much pain on himself as possible. Meaning, lots of cutting himself, breaking bones, etc. I’m not much into gore with either books or movies, so I was a littttttle bit concerned about going into this book. Kudos to the author for highlighting his demon without making it offensive. Pain is definitely mentioned and there are some scenes that showcase that pain. However, there were no scenes that made me have to skim or flip the pages. There were no gross sex scenes or weird creepy moments between Reyes and Danika. So, rest assured, this book is safe to read!

My biggest concern with this book, and I didn’t think that it would happen, was that I found it a little bit…..cheesy. While there were definitely some shocking scenes that I didn’t see coming, I kind of felt that it just went over the top of ridiculous. I did enjoy the fact that we got to learn more about the Gods, artifacts, and more about why Danika’s family is so important. However, it was just a little too bizarre even for a paranormal book. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed the story. It just wasn’t my favorite in the series.

Another thing that I had a slight issue with was Danika’s character. Let me first tell you that I still hadn’t warmed up to her after meeting her in the first two books. I definitely wish that I would have had more time getting to know her throughout the series and maybe some more personal scenes between her and Reyes. Since I didn’t have that time to get to know her or witness those essential moments between her and Reyes, I started out this book already not loving her all that much. Danika had too much of an “in your face” personality for my taste. I did enjoy that she always stood up for herself and that she had a fierce, independent, loyal façade about her. On the flip side, I would have enjoyed a bit more of a submissive personality from her. At least during certain moments of the book. While I love strong female leads, I am also someone who really digs a slight submissive quality to my female characters. It’s just a personal thing.

Even though I had my complaints about this book, I LOVED that this storyline dived more into some of the other characters, as well as more interactions with the Gods and the Hunters. One thing that I really love about this series is that, even though each book focuses on a main couple, there is a strong plotline that continues with each book.

Overall, this book wasn’t my favorite in the series. However, that’s going to happen with each series that focuses on different characters. Reyes and Danika didn’t happen to be my favorite couple in this series and because of that it wasn’t my favorite book. However, I still really enjoyed this book, and I love the series, and I would totally recommend it to paranormal lovers!

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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July 23, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

cinderHumans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 

 

My Review:

First off, I would like to give a huge thanks to my Secret Sis for getting this book for me! I know, I know. I’m really way behind the times with this series!

I’ve had it stuck in my head for a long time that I don’t like retellings. I can only presume that this opinion stems from the fact that I’m really not the biggest fan of fairy tales to begin with. Why I thought that had anything to do with YA books is beyond me. Cinder is a YA Cinderella retelling and, let me tell you, I LOVED IT. I loved every single moment of it!

Even though I loved Cinder, it did take me a little bit to get into the book. This probably resulted from two different reasons: 1) The first so many chapters were a little slow moving. Nothing major and it didn’t take very long for the story to pick up, but it was a little slow to progress into awesomeness. 2) I honestly just haven’t read very many YA books this year. Cinder is probably like the second or third YA books that I’ve read in about seven months. Since I’ve read close to 60 books this year, you can probably see the gap. I’ve been so stuck on the NA and adult contemporary genres that YA hasn’t really appealed to me. So, even when I decided that I loved this series, it was a little difficult to put my other amazing books down. I’m glad I did, though, because this book rocked!

Science fiction, dystopia, and steampunk genres don’t often appeal to me. It’s just a fact about me: I’m really not the biggest fan of those genres and usually avoid them. Honestly, that’s probably why I didn’t read this series when it first came out. The synopsis just didn’t really appeal to me. After years of other bloggers and readers telling me how amazing this series is, though, I broke down. I put it on my wish list. Let me tell you, I’m glad I did! Even though the above listed genres are incorporated into this book, I would probably lump it more as a retelling with those subgenres. Retellings are a genre of their own, so that makes sense to me. My mom read this book before me and tried to tell me that it was high fantasy………..it’s not. I think sometimes she forgets that, even though she’s read some really cool high fantasy books in the past, I probably have several hundred books on her record. So, if someone tries to tell you that this is high fantasy, please just ignore them. This book is amazing in it’s own right, but it is NOT high fantasy!

Cinder and Kai were amazing leads! I was a bit disappointed that their relationship was a bit cliché. Their moves and actions were fairly predictable. I also would have liked to see maybe some more character development and growth. Same goes for the supporting characters. Everyone kind of stayed at the same pace and not much growth happened from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. This really wasn’t a major complaint for me throughout the book, but it was something that I definitely recognized.

On a more positive note, I really enjoyed some of the twists and turns that happened throughout Cinder. There were some things that happened that I just didn’t see coming. In contrast, there were definitely some roll of the eye moments going on. Some times that happened were definitely a little too predictable for my taste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am very excited to read the rest of the books in this series and to see how it progresses!

Rating: : ★★★★☆