Aug 14, 2018

Rain

Rain
by Amanda Sun

Book: Paper Gods #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub Dates: June 2014
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Print
Source: Bought
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American Katie Green has decided to stay in Japan. She's started to build a life in the city of Shizuoka, and she can't imagine leaving behind her friends, her aunt and especially Tomohiro, the guy she's fallen in love with. But her return is not as simple as she thought. She's flunking out of Japanese school and committing cultural faux pas wherever she goes. Tomohiro is also struggling—as a Kami, his connection to the ancient gods of Japan and his power to bring drawings to life have begun to spiral out of control.

When Tomo decides to stop drawing, the ink finds other ways to seep into his life—blackouts, threatening messages and the appearance of unexplained sketches. Unsure how to help Tomo, Katie turns to an unexpected source for help—Jun, her former friend and a Kami with an agenda of his own. But is Jun really the ally he claims to be? In order to save themselves, Katie and Tomohiro must unravel the truth about Tomo's dark ancestry, as well as Katie's, and confront one of the darkest gods in Japanese legend. 

My Review: Eh I'm not too sure about this book. Loved book one, but I struggled to finish book two. 

After everything that has happened, Katie has decided she is going to stay in Japan with her aunt. She wasn't quite ready to leave this life she was building behind. Though there are going to be struggles ahead for her. Like failing school. Normally she could do some extra work after school, maybe even summer school and things could get better. Well school in Japan is a a bit stricter. She needs to get things on the right track and making less cultural mistakes...

It all starts just fine then about halfway the story slowed down and lost my interest.  It took a while for my interest to peak back up, however, by then the book was nearing the end.

Hopefully the final book will turn out better.




My Rating:
✪✪

Aug 13, 2018

Weekly Spotlight - Wicked Trilogy



“Tink appeared in the open door again, his wings rapidly moving, and in his hands he held a... slingshot? Oh sweet baby Jesus take the wheel. Where did he get a slingshot? Off of Amazon? That didn't matter. The brownie had taken the time to paint his face. One half was red, the other blue. He looked like he wandered off the set of Braveheart. I mouthed the word no at him.” 






Wicked
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.


Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.


But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
My Review





Torn 
Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.




Brave 
Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars. 

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens. 

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. 

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. 

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself. 

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…


Aug 7, 2018

Siren's Fury

Siren's Fury
by Mary Weber

Book: Storm Siren #2
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: June 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
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I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.

Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes herwar is only just beginning.

Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.

As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade…or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go.


My Review: I'm not too sure if I'll read the final book.

Unlike the first book, I managed to finish this one. However, I'm still not loving this series. Nym just finished helping to save Faelen, and things seem to be calming down....well for like a few moments at least. Before she knows it, Nym losing the one thing that made her unique, even if she didn't want them. 

When she losing her gift, she finally realizes what it meant to have them and the feeling that left behind when her gift is gone. On top of that, the person she cares about is no longer the same. She wants to save him but how? 

A few chapters later and my interest in the book started to get lost. The book slowed and took a bit too long to get back up to speed. Eventually it did pick up and I was able to get through to the end, but I wasn't excited. I wasn't jumping to get my hands on the next book. 

I'll probably give it some time before diving into the last book. Currently this is not my favorite elemental style series.




My Rating:
✪✪

Aug 6, 2018

Weekly Spotlight - Forbidden



“The throbbing shimmy spread through my hips and thighs. I could have sworn my body started to glow as if light were shooting from my fingertips and each strand of hair.” 



Forbidden
In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.







Banished
She thought she’d lost everything . . .

After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. Although everyone was convinced the violent and unpredictable Horeb, Jayden’s betrothed, killed the handsome prince, Jayden knew in her heart that her love was alive and safe. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed. Soon, the two star-crossed lovers are on the run toward Sariba, Kadesh’s homeland, where, as heir to the Kingdom, he plans to make Jayden his princess.


But the trek to Sariba is fraught with heartache and danger. After narrowly escaping being stoned to death for a crime she didn’t commit, and learning that her sister has disappeared, Jayden’s only solace is her love for Kadesh. But even he is keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that will change everything.


This gorgeous and enchanting sequel to Forbidden, is full of love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless.








Returned
After tragedy strikes on the day they were to wed, Jayden must support Kadesh as he ascends the throne and becomes king of Sariba. But with the dark priestess Aliyah conspiring to control the crown, and the arrival of Horeb, Jayden’s former betrothed, Kadesh’s kingdom, as well as his status as king, is at stake.

Jayden knows that the time to be merciful has come and gone, and that some enemies can only be halted by death. Now she and Kadesh must prepare to fight not only for their love, but also for their kingdom.


Jul 31, 2018

Aftermath

Aftermath
by Kelley Armstrong

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Crown Books
Pub Date: May 22, 2018
Genre: New Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter. 

Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye. 

Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.

My Review: LOVED THIS BOOK! 

This book is certainly different from some of Kelley's other works and given the tough subject, Kelley did an amazing job with this book!

Skye hasn't had a normal nor easy life is a very long time. Ever since the shooting, she's been moving, seen her mom go deeper into depression and her gram go through two strokes. By that point it was determined that Skye was to go live with her aunt back home. Back to where her life changed. Back to where she is know as the sister of a school shooter. 

Luka and two other guys were the ones holding guns and shooting up their High School. However, something always told Skye that it couldn't be true. Her brother couldn't have done such a thing. But some days she just didn't know what to think, it hasn't been easy for her. Moving back to her home is about to make her life even more difficult. 


Old classmates recognize her, the whispers start, notes in her locker, fires, break-ins. Things aren't easy, but Skye is determined to take back her home. Skye does have some old friend by her side who are there to truly help. Jessie is a big part of the story and together they find a way to solve everything that has been going on and truly learning what her brother was. Luka was and always will be a hero. 




My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Jul 12, 2018

Sky in the Deep

Sky in the Deep
by Adrienne Young

Book:Stand Alone
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Pub Date: April, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

My Review: Meh....I'm not too sure what happened with this book. It sounded amazing, folks were raving about this book and when I got the ARC, I jumped on this.

However, I didn't really like it. It didn't grab my attention and hold it. Eelyn, is an okay character. We start with her in the mountains when she is called back home earlier than expected. So off she goes making her way back with some people to accompany her. They never expected to be under attack. Eelyn should have run and hide like she was told, and maybe should have been able to escape. Instead she's caught and puts up a  good fight. Unfortunately they over power her and she is forced to go with this enemy.

I gave it about a few more chapters after that scene. And then I just gave up on the book. I wasn't feeling it. The character's weren't screaming amazing at me. The story seemed to be moving along slowly. I ended up putting the book down at that point.




My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪


Jul 10, 2018

Shadow of the Fox

Shadow of the Fox
by Julie Kagawa

Book: Shadow of the Fox #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: October 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Once Every Thousand Years...

Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns...and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near...and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret.

Demons have burned the temple Yumeko was raised in to the ground, killing everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her kitsune shapeshifting powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what she has...and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between him and the scroll.

A wish will be granted and a new age will dawn. 

My Review: LOVE THIS!!!! 

I started with Julie's Iron Fey books and since then I have been hooked and never found a book I disliked from her. 

Anyway.... The great Kami Dragon has the power to grant any one wish a person could desire. In order for that to happen, one must have the scroll of a Thousand Prayers. Luckily the scroll is not complete and the dragon can't be summoned. But someone is looking to complete the scroll and summon the dragon and will stop at nothing to get it.

Yumeko is a fun character who grows to be tougher than she thought. She likes to spend her time practicing her fox abilities, even though it doesn't really please those in the temple. When talk about binding her abilities away, Yumeko freaks out and runs to a woman who has been around a long time and also has fox abilities. The woman is a little odd, but she does try to help Yumeko and give her advice/opinion. 

When a fire threatens all she knows things are going to move fast.  She will have to take the piece of the scroll and go to another temple. Protect the scroll at any cost and never let it get into the wrong hands. Yumeko will set off on this mission and it won't be easy.

I couldn't finish this book fast enough! I loved this and can't wait for the next book to be released already!!! 



My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Jul 5, 2018

Brave

Brave
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book: Wicked Trilogy #3
Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pub Date: December 2017
Genre: New Adult
Format: Print
Source: Bought
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Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars. 

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens. 

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. 

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. 

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself. 

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

My Review: I refuse to believe that this series is over. Nope, nope, let the denial process happen. Yes this series is just THAT AMAZE BALLS. (Yes, I did just say that).

Ren and Ivy have been through so much, but mostly Ivy so to speak.  She went from killing Fae, to being a halfling, kidnapped by the Prince to have a kid, escaped, helped by good Fae and work with them. Oh and then she was stabbed by those who were to keep her safe and now her skin is shimmery and ears pointy. I'd say she's had a lot happen.....

Ren  has had to deal with ignoring Ivy when she really needed him, being kidnapped as well, nearly losing Ivy and becoming friend with Tink. 

Together they've been through a lot. But, together they will find a way to end this and send the evil Fae back to their world or kill them. They are working for their tomorrow and start to a somewhat normal life together. On top of that, I loved how Tink grew and pulled off some great surprises and was always there for Ivy. 

As the book progressed, the emotions just grew until you realized that you just finished the book. Together Ren, Ivy and Tink work together with the good Fae, Summer Fae Prince to reveal a surprising twist, and evil Queen. In the end it was enough, everyone made it out alive. They now have the chance for a normal life, at least for a few years.

One of the best series I've read in a long time. Jennifer's writing never fails to amaze me and her take on the Fae was top notch! 

  

My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Jul 3, 2018

Reign the Earth

Reign the Earth
by A.C. Gaughen

Book: The Elementae #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: January 30, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound. 

My Review: LOVE LOVE THIS! This is a great new series by A.C.  and I'm ready for the next book!

Shalia is making a great sacrifice. To marry a King she does not know, so that her people can have peace and she will become the new Queen. Her family gives her gifts and they party the night away. The next day she and her husband will head over to the Bonelands to begin their new life. Shalia won't be going alone, her brother will be going with them to the Bonelands and that will mean a lot to her.

They have been under attacked and met some some loyal folks all on the way to their home. Once they finally arrive Shalia is going to realize just what she signed up for wasn't exactly as she thought. Shalia will see a side of Calix that makes her blood boil. He is not so kind, doesn't think before ordering a kill, and once he even hit Shalia and that was way out of line. Right off the bat I could not stand Calix. 

As the ending came near, the intensity grew to on the edge of your seat kind of reading.  Shalia has done nothing but try and be the best Queen and wife she could be despite her secret of being an Elementae. She gave her people hope, more work to help feed and care for their families. Strong and elegant she is determined to make the kingdom even better. But now, Calix turns on his wife and is determined to kill her. He took away her family. Shalia will not back down without a fight, she and the resistance will stand against Calix until he is stopped and change and peace can begin. But until then there a long way to go before this war is over.
 




My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Jun 29, 2018

Savage Beauty



Title: Savage Beauty
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR


Once upon a time, a beautiful queen was cursed by a dark faery. That curse, inherited by twin princesses, Aura and Luna, binds their lives in the strangest of ways. At an early age, the girls were more than sisters. They were the strongest of allies until a combination of jealousy, anger and dark magic tore their relationship to shreds.

Aura took everything from Luna: her home, her family, and her love by murdering the prince who’d chosen her instead of Aura.

Luna wants revenge, but she’s running out of time. She must sever the magical bond tying her life to Aura’s before their eighteenth birthday or be bound to her forever. In desperation, she seeks help from a dark fae prince, but the price is steep – a piece of her soul.

Fate is a real witch. Luna was willing to give up anything to stop her sister, until Prince Phillip of Grithim, the brother of the only man she’s ever loved, falls into her life. Neither of them can fight their attraction, despite their guilt.

With Aura hell-bent on destroying everything she holds dear, Luna must decide whether she wants revenge or Phillip. She can’t have both, and in the end, this may be a battle both sisters lose.

**Savage Beauty is a fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty... with fae witches. :)



Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.

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